Sikh devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Amritsar on Wednesday

Sikh devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar - PTI

Sikh devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar - PTI

Sikh devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar - PTI

Sikh devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar - PTI

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.