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A girl offers cake to a lifesize cut-out of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on his 71st birthday, in Ahmedabad. Photograph:   Sam Panthaky/AFP via Getty Images

India’s government on Friday launched 20 days of grand nationwide celebrations to mark prime minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday. In a move widely(...)

 In the village of Amlitala in 2004, a villager prepares a mix of smashed seeds and purified water to cover the bride and groom’s bodies, a ritual performed on the day before the actual wedding. File Photograph: Alexis Duclos/Gamma-Rapho/ Getty Images

India’s two Covid-19 pandemic waves, which erupted in early 2020 and again a year later and led to nationwide lockdowns, also prompted a spate of ille(...)

A health worker administers the vaccine to a woman  in Hyderabad, India. So far, about 51 million Indians have received two vaccine jabs,   that’s just under four per cent of the country’s massive  population. Photograph: Mahesh Kumar/AP

India has launched a nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive but concerns have been expressed about its sustainabilty. Prime minister Narendra Modi re(...)

An Indian health worker receiving a shot of Covid-19 vaccine during a  vaccination drive in Bangalore, India. Photograph: EPA

As India’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic officially crossed 300,000 on Monday, it faces a related outbreak of cases of the fungal disease m(...)

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(...)

Indian voters show their ink-marked fingers after casting their votes at a polling centre in Amritsar. Photograph: Nardinder Nanu/AFP/Getty

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance is likely to win a big majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sun(...)

Indian women wait outside to cast their votes at a polling station in Supana village in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Women make up about half of India’s population of more than 1.3 billion, but they continue to be poorly represented in parliament and state legislatur(...)

 Congress Party workers celebrate the party’s lead in votes counting and potential victory in assembly elections, with a cutout of party president Rahul Gandhi at party headquarter in New Delhi, India. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faces a damaging defeat by the opposition Congress Party in elect(...)

Election material with pictures of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Congress party president Rahul Gandhi in a shop in Bhopal. Photograph: Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

Rival political parties in India are vying to outdo each other in distributing assorted freebies to voters in elections in five states across the coun(...)

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