The location where a fire triggered by fireworks resulted in an explosion and a roof collapse at a temple in Kollam, India, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Indian police have detained five people after a fireworks display at a Hindu temple set off explosions and fire killing 108 people, an officer said o(...)

The authorities in India’s Bihar state have advanced the alcohol ban deadline by six months to Tuesday this week, claiming that now was “the right time for social change in Bihar”. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The authorities in India’s eastern Bihar state have imposed prohibition in a move aimed at “cleansing” society and ridding it of a “social evil”. Chi(...)

Officials privately indicated that the move to promote the Asiatic lion as the national animal was prompted more by politics than by considerations of either conservation or national pride. Photograph: Indranil MukherJee/AFP/Getty Images

A debate is raging in India over an emotive proposal to make the lion the country’s national animal, instead of the tiger that has held this status fo(...)

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has not reacted to eruptions of apparent Hindu bigotry from members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which he leads. Photographer: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg

Nine weeks after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi assumed office, heading a Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, trends of(...)

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi flagging off the first train at Katra,  a small town 275km south of Srinagar, while inaugurating a railway line linking a popular Hindu shrine to the rest of the country. Photograph: EPA/government of India information bureau

Prime minister Narendra Modi arrived yesterday to empty streets and a security lockdown on his maiden visit to India’s northern disputed Kashmir prov(...)

A man carries a portrait of India’s former prime minister Manmohan Singh outside the parliament house building in New Delhi. New prime minister Narendra Modi has ordered civil servants to tidy up slovenly government offices in Delhi, requiring them to not only be uncluttered and litter free, but also sparkling. Photograph: Reuters

India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi has coerced indolent civil servants in the capital New Delhi into working longer hours and spending less t(...)

Narendra Modi, the next prime minister of India, in Ahmedabad yesterday. He will change Indian politics and economics. Photograph: Amit Dave

Surjit Bhalla, an Indian economist, has written to me that India’s is “the most momentous election in world history”. I disagree: the elections of Abr(...)

The colossal outright victory of Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s general election – 336 of the 543 seats in the lower ho(...)

Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi greets his supporters after addressing a public meeting in Vadodara, Gujarat yesterday. Photograph:  Amit Dave/Reuters

A triumphant Narendra Modi is primed to become India’s 15th prime minister after his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured a comfo(...)

Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is greeted by huge garland. Photograph : Divykant Solanki/EPA

India’s opposition leader, Narendra Modi, swept into power as prime minister-elect today, as voters delivered a crushing verdict on the corruption sca(...)