A devotee offers prayers at the illuminated Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday, the 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev—AP

A devotee offers prayers at the illuminated Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday, the 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak De

A devotee offers prayers at the illuminated Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday, the 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak De

If elections come, can conspiracy theories be far behind? With bypolls around the corner, Uttar Pradesh is abuzz with talk of a sinister plot of young Hindu women being tricked into marriage by Muslim men, and made to convert to Islam. Over the past week there has been a flood of reports about “love jihad”.

Peace is at the best of times a tenuous proposition in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even as the world hopes the new indefinite ceasefire that has brought 50 days of bloodshed to an end will last, the real causes of the conflict have been put to the side, rather than resolved.