India’s mission to Mars

India’s success in putting a satellite into orbit round Mars on Tuesday is a remarkable testimony to the country’s spirit of adventure, technological (...)

Indian scientists and engineers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) monitor the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) at the tracking centre in Bangalore. Photograph: Jagadeesh NV/EPA.

A $74 million (€57.4 million) Indian spacecraft entered orbit around Mars after an almost yearlong voyage today, and for 11 percent the cost of the la(...)

World leaders cannot fail to respond to what United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres has called an “unprecedented public mobilisation” for ac(...)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Legal activists are hopeful that under hisnewly elected Hindu nationalist BJP government archaic colonial laws will be annulled. erased. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Indian legal experts have drawn attention to the country’s anomalous inheritance of a body of law which dates from the colonial period but which is(...)

Community members take part in a yoga class in the Englewood neighbourhood of Chicago. Indian yoga guru B.K.S Iyengar, who played an important role in the global expansion and popularity of yoga, has died aged 96. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Indian yoga guru B.K.S Iyengar, who played an important role in the global expansion and popularity of yoga, has died aged 96. Bellur Krishnamachar Su(...)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi: “Why don’t parents apply the same yardstick of good behaviour for their sons as for their daughters?” Photograph: EPA/Harish Tyagi

India has been shamed by a string of high-profile rapes and sexual attacks on women, Narendra Modi said yesterday in his first independence day spe(...)

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(...)

Kunal Bahl, one of the founders of Snapdeal, an Indian e-commerce website, in New Delhi. The swift rise of Indian e-commerce – Snapdeal and at least half a dozen other leading Indian shopping sites have recently announced major fundraisings –  has captured the attention of international investors. Photograph: Graham Crouch/New York Times

At first, Kunal Bahl and his high school buddy Rohit Bansal had modest ambitions for their online shopping site, Snapdeal.Their previous venture – a p(...)

People come to wash and pray in the Ganges, a major source of pollution in Varanasi, India. Photograph: Graham Crouch/New York Times

The big question on many minds in the Indian city of Varanasi is: how long will the electricity last?Since Narendra Modi was elected prime minister in(...)

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(...)