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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: formal entry into politics has led to the Bharatiya Janata Party  accusing the Gandhi family of perpetuating dynastic rule. Photograph: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the 47-year-old scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, has formally entered politics by joining the opposition Congress Party h(...)

In the western Gujarat and northern Haryana states, cow slaughter is punishable with imprisonment of up to 14 years, or a fine, or both Photograph: Deepak Malik/NurPhoto/Getty

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party has launched an elaborate campaign to further protect cows, which are considered sacred (...)

A monkey on the banks of the Yamuna river, next to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/Reuters

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is on a name-changing spree across northern Uttar Pradesh state, but on(...)

Passengers stand on the side of train carriages in Mumbai. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The world’s largest recruitment drive is under way across India, with 23.7 million young men competing for 127,000 moderate- to low-paid government jo(...)

A  flooded area in India’s southern state of Kerala, one of the country’s worst-hit areas, where over 400 people have lost their lives. Photograph: Sivaram V/Reuters

More than 1,000 people have now died in ongoing monsoon rains across India that show little sign of abating. In addition to the more than 400 who have(...)

India’s supreme court castigated the authorities for not acting quickly enough to protect the Taj Mahal in Agra. Photograph: EPA/STR

India’s supreme court has declared that preservation of the Taj Mahal from environmental degradation is a “hopeless cause”. Responding to a public-in(...)

A computerised impression of the Shivaji statue planned near the Mumbai shoreline.

For all the famed exploits of the 17th century Hindu warrior king Shivaji, he never extended his domain to Bombay, instead watching from afar as the f(...)

Doga is a system of balancing dogs on the body while in yoga poses. Photograph: iStock

A Belgian shepherd has got snappy with a chow chow, chasing it between the mats. Ten other dogs erupt, like schoolboys egging on a punch-up. Things ca(...)

A damaged electric pole is pictured in a market after strong winds and dust storm in Alwar, in Rajasthan. Photograph: Reuters

Workers were rushing to restore electricity to scores of towns and villages in northern and western India on Friday after a powerful dust storm and th(...)

People walking under heavy rainfall and dust in the northern  town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state, India on Wednesday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images.

Dozens of people have been killed after a powerful dust storm and rain swept across parts of north and western India. At least 77 people have been re(...)

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