Devotees whirl their heads to the beat of drums as a ritualistic performance during the annual Jhiri Fair at Kanachack village on the outskirts of Jammu

Devotees whirl their heads as a ritualistic performance during the annual Jhiri Fair at Kanachack village, Jammu - AP

Devotees whirl their heads as a ritualistic performance during the annual Jhiri Fair at Kanachack village, Jammu - AP

Devotees whirl their heads as a ritualistic performance during the annual Jhiri Fair at Kanachack village, Jammu - AP

Devotees whirl their heads as a ritualistic performance during the annual Jhiri Fair at Kanachack village, Jammu - AP

India

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.