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Members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, stand at attention and salute a saffron-orange flag at a morning shakha, or drill session, in a park in suburban Mumbai, India. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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The Powerful Group Shaping The Rise Of Hindu Nationalism In India

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Some of the products on sale at Umesh Sonia's boutique in Mumbai include bottles of distilled cow urine, soap made from cow dung, floor disinfectant made from cow urine, under-eye gel and toothpaste made from cow excrement. This is part of a growing retail market in India. Sushmita Pathak/NPR hide caption

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In India, Ayurveda Is A Booming Business

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Satendra Das, 80, is the chief priest in waiting for the Ram temple, which has not yet been built in Ayodhya. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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Nearly 27 Years After Hindu Mob Destroyed A Mosque, The Scars In India Remain Deep

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The name of India's Mughalsarai railway station, near Varanasi, was changed last year to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, for a right-wing Hindu leader who died there in 1968. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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India Is Changing Some Cities' Names, And Muslims Fear Their Heritage Is Being Erased

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Jet Airways planes are grounded at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, India, on Thursday after the airline announced it was shutting down because of financial problems. Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with of Yogi Adityanath (left), a Hindu priest who is chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, during a campaign rally on March 28. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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With Indian Elections Underway, The Vote Is Also A Referendum On Hindu Nationalism

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Siddharth Dube, a longtime public health advocate, has written a memoir: An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex. Hindustan Times/Getty Images hide caption

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An Indian Mishing tribal woman looks back to ensure her vote has been cast as she prepares to leave the voting compartment during the first phase of general elections in Majuli, Assam, India, Thursday. Anupam Nath/AP hide caption

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Polls Open In The World's Largest Democracy: Fun Facts On India's Election

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India launched a ballistic missile defense interceptor last week — and NASA says it created dangerous debris in orbit. "We have identified 400 pieces of orbital debris from that one event," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. Handout /Reuters hide caption

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Experts believe the target of Wednesday's anti-satellite test was India's Microsat-R, which is shown here launching in January. Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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India Claims Successful Test Of Anti-Satellite Weapon

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As India's middle class grows, more domestic tourists are coming to Gulmarg, a resort in Indian-administered Kashmir that used to be a playground for British colonial rulers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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Surrounded By Military Barracks, Skiers Shred The Himalayan Slopes Of Indian Kashmir

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From left: Janaki Ammal (1897-1984), a botanist who developed a sweeter type of sugar cane; Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941), a Hungarian-Indian artist who loved painting traditional Indian customs; and Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian origin to go into space. Courtesy of Anupama Alias/Kalyani Ganapathy/Dhruvi Acharya hide caption

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Air India's flight crews have been directed to end all in-flight announcements by saying, "Jai Hind!" The slogan translates to "Hail the Motherland." Haidar Hamdani /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in November. On Monday, Trump announced he would be ending preferential trade treatment for India. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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This still image taken from video circulated by Pakistan's military shows a man who identified himself as the pilot of an Indian military aircraft that was shot down Wednesday. Pakistan Armed Forces via AP hide caption

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Pakistani soldiers stand next to what Pakistan says is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir in the Bhimber district near the Line of Control on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pakistan Says It's Holding Indian Pilot After Jet Shot Down In Cross-Border Airstrike

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Snowflakes began accumulating on the turf by halftime during a Feb. 6 game at Real Kashmir's home stadium in Srinagar. The coach of the visiting team said later that some members of his team, from southern India, had never seen snow. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Against The Odds, A Pro Soccer Team In Kashmir Is Close To Winning India's Top Title

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