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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(...)

Indian Congress party president Rahul Gandhi takes part in a roadshow rally ahead of the upcoming general election, in Amethi. Photograph: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

Voting in the first of seven rounds of polling in India’s general elections begins on Thursday in what is emerging as one of the country’s most aggres(...)

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama pictured in Derry in 2017, where he called for “a century of peace”. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was admitted to hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi with a chest infection, but is doing fine, (...)

A woman wearing a mask of prime minister Narendra Modi dances at an election campaign rally  in Morigaon district in the northeastern state of Assam, India, on April 5th. Photograph:  Anuwar Hazarika/Reuters

Under the shadow of Jodhpur’s imposing Mehrangarh Fort, the Pokar Sweet Home is famous for its traditional Indian snacks: thick creamy lassis, batter-(...)

BJP leader and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi speaks in New Delhi, India. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has pledged to scrap a decades-old statute that confers special rights on the people of (...)

If the US report turns out to be true, it would be a further blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that India had taught Pakistan a lesson. File Photograph: Farooq Naeem/AFP

Pakistan’s F-16 combat jets have all been accounted for, US-based Foreign Policy magazine said, citing US officials, contradicting an Indian air force(...)

People watch Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s  address to the nation at a shop in Jammu on Wednesday. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA

India claimed on Wednesday to have successfully shot down one of its own satellites with an indigenously developed anti-satellite missile, making it t(...)

A street astrologer taking rest in hot summer afternoon in Kolkata, India in May, 2013. Photograph: Saikat Paul/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty

Hundreds of Indian “godmen”, astrologers and soothsayers are dusting off their cosmic calendars and honing their star-reading skills to help local pol(...)

 Indian prime minister Narendra Modi with other party leaders during a National Democratic Alliance rally in Chennai. Photograph: Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

India will hold its general election in seven stages, starting on April 11th, in what will be the world’s largest democratic exercise to elect a new f(...)

Little surprised that with general elections around the corner, the josh (zeal) of patriotism hasn’t even spared the skies,” former Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted. Photograph:  Jagadeesh Nv/EPA

Indian politicians have reacted adversely to a government directive instructing all cabin crew of the country’s national airline to forcefully conclud(...)

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