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(...)

An injured man after an explosion and fire at the Puttingal temple in the Kollam district of the southern Indian state of Kerala on Sunday. Photograph: Getty/AFP

More than 100 people died and some 300 were injured in Indian’s southern Kerala state on Sunday, in a fire during a fireworks display at a Hindu temp(...)

A Kashmiri woman greets new chief minister Mehbooba Mufti (right) after she took an oath during the swearing-in ceremony at Governor House in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, on Monday. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA

India’s only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir, has appointed its first woman chief minister. Mehbooba Mufti (56) was sworn in as chief execut(...)

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 (...)

A lawyer, centre, who spoke to the media supporting student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, is beaten up by other lawyers outside a Delhi court in India. Photograph: AP

Dozens of lawyers – many with links to India’s ruling nationalist party – have attacked protesters demanding the release of a student leader arrested (...)

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) activists react after Tuesday’s hearing at the supreme court in New Delhi. Although the law banning homosexuality is rarely enforced in India, it is used to intimidate, harass, blackmail and extort money from lesbian, gay, bisexual people, activists say.  Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

India’s top court on Tuesday said it will review a decision over whether to uphold a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex in a victory for homos(...)

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh stand before a casket containing the body of chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, at Palam Airport in New Delhi, on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Indian Press Information Bureau

India’s northern Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir province is poised to get its first woman chief minister, following the death of the incumbent Muft(...)

Supporters celebrate the Grand Alliance’s victory in the Bihar assembly elections in Patna, India. Photograph: EPA/STR

Prime minister Narendra Modi suffered a heavy defeat yesterday in an election in Bihar, India’s third most-populous state, signalling the waning po(...)

South Africa’s foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in  New Delhi. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

The third India-Africa summit in seven years opened this week at a sports stadium in New Delhi, amidst unprecedented security and chaotic traffic jams(...)

Smoke billows from a mortar shell allegedly fired by  Indian Army  across  Line of Control in Pakistani administered Kashmir on  August 18th. Photograph: Amiruddin Mughal/EPA

India and Pakistan’s national security advisers are, for the first time, scheduled to hold talks over the weekend in New Delhi in an effort to kicksta(...)