Modi, who represents a Hindu nationalist party, is widely blamed by Muslims for not averting a pogrom in Gujarat in 2002. The state's chief minister has since tacked to the center.
The man expected to be India's next prime minister is campaigning on his record of economic success in his home state of Gujarat. Residents of the state go to the polls today.
Narendra Modi is favored to become India's next prime minister, but he would need to secure the backing of powerful regional parties to form a government.
India's village population is declining as young people migrate to cities and rural areas are reclassified as towns, creating a new breed of 'rurban' voter for politicians to chase.
The Congress Party held its first ever primaries to select candidates in 15 constituencies, while the opposition party is promoting its leader in a presidential-style campaign.
Today is the first round of voting for India's next parliament, launching a five-week-long process that is the world's largest democratic exercise. A change at the top is predicted.
Samuel Evans Stokes spent years trying to persuade his neighbors in the Himalayas to grow apples, giving away plants freely until locals took to apple farming and Indians took to Red Delicious.
Apples in the Himalayan foothills are seeing the worst effects of climate change already, according to farmers. Orchards are shifting upland as winters shorten.