Modi will have an uphill task returning as prime minister. For the first time, Rahul Gandhi has a decent chance, as he is increasingly being seen as a leader by voters. The Grand Alliance is the kingmaker, and may throw up a prime ministerial candidate of its own. The election games have begun.
Blasphemy law Pakistan have been used to persecute minority faiths, unfaith and unfairly target minorities. It carry a potential death sentence for anyone who insults Islam. A large majority of Pakistani people support the idea that blasphemers should be punished.
The Maldives is a tourist paradise. The island chain of 26 atolls attracts more than 1.5m visitors every year. But alongside the clear blue waters and perfect beaches, this is a country riven with deep political and religious conflicts. And now those conflicts are reaching boiling point.
Called the World’s largest biometric system, the Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDIA), is supposed to map the biometric information of India’s 1.3 billion citizens. The Government of India expects every Indian to have an Aadhaar card, and the process of collecting the data is underway.