Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at the start of a crucial parliament budget session. Mr Modi is due to present his first federal budget amid growing disenchantment with his government. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi faces his first major appraisal this weekend when his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government p(...)

BJP leader and India’s next prime minister, Narendra Modi (left), and BJP president Rajnath Singh watch evening rituals on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi on Saturday. Photograph: AP

More than a third of India’s 543 newly elected members of parliament face criminal charges, their number having risen marginally since the previous 20(...)

Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh (R) welcomes BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (L), at the BJP headquarters  in New Delhi today. Mr Modi led India’s Hindu nationalist BJP to unprecedented victory  in the general elections. Photograph:  Harish Tyagi/EPA.

Incoming Indian leader Narendra Modi told thousands of supporters in one of Hinduism’s holiest cities that he represented a break from past governmen(...)

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), takes a “selfie” after casting his vote at a polling station in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. Photograph: Reuters

India’s Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi looked triumphant after voting yesterday in the world’s largest election, but the man tipped to be the next pr(...)

BJP leader Narendra Modi delivers a speech during an election rally yesterday in Palampur in northern India. Photograph: EPA/Sanjay Baid

As India’s marathon election heads into its final stretch, with voting in 89 seats being held today, the political jousting is becoming shrille(...)

A group of people in Mumbai pose after getting their faces painted to encourage voting ahead of the sixth phase of India’s general election today. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

In the sixth round of countrywide voting taking place today in 117 of 543 parliamentary constituencies in India’s staggered general elections, (...)

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(...)

Voters stand in a queue to get their voting slip to cast their vote at a polling station in Majuli, a large river island in the Brahmaputra river, Jorhat district, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam today. Photograph: Reuters

The first Indians cast their votes in the world’s biggest election today with Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi seen holding a s(...)

A supporter of Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wears a headgear with a portrait of Modi during a rally. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

India’s mammoth parliamentary election will start on April 7th, authorities announced today, kicking off a race that will pit charismatic Hindu(...)

Gulabi Gang members from the village of Rauli Kayanpur dressed in their pink sari uniform. Photograph: Carol Ryan

Bundelkhand is a brutally poor region in the north of India that has a reputation as a place where people still die of hunger. Every morning villag(...)