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Women on a  New Delhi street. India has more women than men for the first time on record, according to government data. Photograph:  Prakash Singh/AFP

For the first time in more than three decades India’s gender ratio appears to have tilted in favour of women. According to the fifth National Family(...)

 A cyclist endures the heavy smog in New Delhi    as the city’s s air quality reached  dangerous levels following  the Diwali festival. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

New Delhi was smothered in a noxious smog on Friday, the morning after Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, after large numbers of residents in India(...)

Multiple funeral pyres can be seen burning as people perform the last rites of their relatives who died with Covid-19 in the outskirts of New Delhi. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/Getty

As a second coronavirus wave ravages India, overwhelming its already inadequate medical and public health facilities, the mood among the majority of t(...)

Farmers wrapped in blankets sit on a blocked highway as they continue to protest against  government  reforms,  on January 29th. Photograph:  Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty

The angry calls of defiance blasted from the loudspeakers. “We are not going away, no matter what,” shouted the speaker, to loud cheers from the crowd(...)

An elderly farmer argues with policemen standing by a barricade as they attempt to move towards Delhi, at the border between Delhi and Haryana state last Friday. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP

Hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers have marched upon Delhi and set up vast camps blocking entry to the city in protest at agriculture laws they s(...)

Commuters in New Delhi’s heavy smog. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

India’s capital, New Delhi, is beleaguered by a winter surge in coronavirus cases as temperatures fall and severe air pollution appears to exacerbate (...)

 A health worker in PPE kit collects a swab sample from a child for coronavirus testing, at Nirbhay Vihar, Cantonment Area, on October 10th in Lucknow, India. Photograph: Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times via Getty

Shut down for nearly eight months due to the coronavirus pandemic, and unable to run online classes due to limited internet access, thousands of schoo(...)

Cooks prepare dinner for migrant labourers at a camp set up by the Indian government  in New Delhi. Fear of hunger sparked an exodus by thousands of migrant workers and their families. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty

A lockdown in India aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus could well extend beyond mid-April, raising the spectre of food shortages as the cou(...)

The daughter of a migrant worker sleeps on a highway as they failed to get a bus to return to their village in Delhi on Sunday. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Millions of migrant Indian workers are fleeing possible starvation in cities, many trekking hundreds of kilometres to try to reach the safety of their(...)

Cow protection is an issue that has dominated Indian politics since Narendra Modi was elected prime minister in 2014. Photograph: Graham Crouch/New York Times

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government plans on launching numerous new schemes to cosset cows(...)

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