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(...)

Activists from a local women’s organisation hold placards during a protest as they mark  International Women’s Day in Ahmedabad, India on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

A 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her family’s home in a(...)

Residents carry water in containers after filling them from a municipal tanker in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Engineers are working to restore New Delhi’s full water supply after protesters damaged a key canal in a neighbouring state and disrupted supplies ove(...)

Demonstrators from the Jat community shout slogans as they block the Delhi-Haryana national highway during a protest at Sampla village in Haryana, India. Photograph: Reuters

Rural Indian protesters paralysed a northern state on Monday despite a deal giving them more government jobs, but there was relief for New Delhi’s 20 (...)

Indian army deployed to quell rioting
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  • February 22, 2016, 01:00

India deployed thousands of troops in a northern state on Sunday to quell angry protests that have severely hit Delhi water supplies, forced factories(...)

Indian children cool themselves off in New Delhi today. At least 800 people have died in a heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees . Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly 800 people have died in the heatwave that has swept India over the past few days, in which temperatures have risen 50 degrees in the eastern(...)

Home minister Rajnath Singh (above) objected to an interview in BBC documentary  “India’s Daughter”. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

A variety of bans, influenced by narrow caste, ethnic and religious loyalties and nationalistic sentiments, are being steadily imposed in India. The c(...)

Nuns hold vigils to condemn the gang-rape of an elderly nun in Ranaghat, India, on March 14th, allegedly by Hindu extremists. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Ten months after prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power, many members of India’s minority Christi(...)

Supporters of self styled guru Sant Rampal during a protest in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, after police tried to storm his ashram compound in Haryana state. Photograph: Money Sharma/EPA

At least six people have died in a stand-off between police and an Indian religious leader who was believed yesterday to be holed up inside his ashram(...)

A police officer checks people’s voting slips as they wait in line to cast their votes at a polling station during the third phase of voting for national elections in New Delhi today. Photograph: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Indians voted in the crucial third phase of national elections today, with millions going to the polls in the heartland states essential to the(...)