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 (...)

Indian women participate in the “Women’s Wall” in Kochi. Photograph: Prakash Elamakkara/EPA

More than four million women formed a 620km “human chain” in the southern Indian state of Kerala on New Year’s Day in support of gender equality and t(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

A general view of the “Statue of Unity” portraying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of India, during its inauguration in the western state of Gujarat. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the world’s tallest statue his western home state of Gujarat, honouring a key independence leader and(...)

MJ Akbar during his swearing-in ceremony as a minister. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s junior foreign minister, MJ Akbar, has resigned following allegations of persistent sexual harassment by numerous female colleagues. The form(...)

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(...)

India’s supreme court in New Delhi:  Adultery is no longer punishable with a five-year prison sentence, a fine or both. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee

India’s supreme court has ruled that adultery is no longer a criminal offence. Striking down the 158-year old British colonial-era law, the five-judg(...)

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/File Photo/Reuters

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has announced the world’s largest healthcare insurance programme ahead of next year’s general election. The schem(...)

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