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(...)

A year after he swept to power after a landslide victory for his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India’s prime minister Narendra Modi (...)

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(...)

Security personnel stop Indian National Congress Party workers who were trying to jump over the barricades during a protest in New Delhi yesterday against the death of a 14-year-old girl in the  Moga district of Punjab. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

The death of a teenage girl in India’s northern Punjab state, after being thrown off a moving bus by staff who tried to molest her, triggered a furore(...)

Supporters of Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party  watch as others try to rescue a farmer who hung himself a rally against the government’s Land Acquisition Bill  in New Delhi. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

An Indian farmer died by suicide in New Delhi yesterday by hanging himself from a tree at a political rally being held to protest against the federal(...)

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(...)

India’s former prime minister Manmohan Singh has been summoned by an Indian court  over allegations of corruption and wrongdoing in the allotment of coal mining licences during his government’s decade-long tenure. Photograph: Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images

An Indian court has summoned former prime minister Manmohan Singh over allegations of corruption and wrongdoing in the allotment of coal mining licenc(...)

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(...)

Indian men carry the body of one of the victims of botched surgeries in Chhattisgarh, India. Photograph: EPA/STR

Ten women died and 14 were left in a serious condition after botched operations at what has been described as a government mass sterilisation camp in (...)

A Kashmiri man evacuates an elderly woman to a higher ground at a flooded road in Srinagar today. Authorities declared a disaster alert in the northern region after heavy rain hit villages across the Kashmir valley, causing the worst flooding in two decades. Photograph: Reuters

The death toll from serious flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir climbed to 175 today, with homes, military bases and hospitals inundated in the r(...)