India’s Modi vows to boost social spending, make country into a manufacturing hub ahead of election

[ad_1] NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday vowed to boost social spending, develop infrastructure and make India into a global manufacturing hub as companies shift away from China, as he unveiled his Hindu nationalist party‚Äôs election strategy. Modi hopes to return to power for a third five-year term. He and other … Read more

AP Photos: India celebrates Holi, the Hindu festival of color, marking the reawakening of spring

[ad_1] NEW DELHI — Millions of Indians celebrated Monday the Hindu Holi festival, dancing to festive music, exchanging food and drink and smearing each other with red, green, blue and pink powder, turning the air into a joyful kaleidoscope of color. Widely known as the Hindu festival of colors, Holi marks the arrival of the … Read more

As India’s election nears, some Bollywood films promote Modi politics by embracing Hindu nationalism

[ad_1] NEW DELHI — The movie trailer begins with an outline of the iconic glasses worn by Mohandas Gandhi, the leader who helped India win independence from the British colonialists in 1947. In the backdrop of a devotional song that Gandhi loved, the outline slowly morphs into what appears like his face. Then, a raucous … Read more