Rahul Gandhi, president of the Congress Party: calls for him to step down have intensified among demoralised party workers. Photograph: Pursuance Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

The remarkable election victory by India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), devised by prime minister Narendra Modi, has imperilled the(...)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi: opposition leaders accuse him of fostering social unrest by pursuing anti-Muslim Hindu nationalist policies. Photograph:  Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

In what’s being described as the world’s largest ever electoral exercise, some 900 million voters will be eligible to choose India’s federal governmen(...)

The heavy smog in  New Delhi. It is likely to get worse when millions of residents illuminate their homes with oil lamps and burst firecrackers on Wednesday to celebrate Diwali, the annual festival of lights. Photograph: Getty Images

India’s capital New Delhi was enveloped on Monday in a blanket of thick grey smog that threatens to worsen when millions of residents illuminate their(...)

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(...)

 Relatives of Indian journalist Sandeep Sharma grieving on March 26th  after he was fatally hit  by a speeding truck in Bhind in Madhya Pradesh state, India. Photograph: Getty Images

The Editors Guild of India has demanded strict action in investigating the deaths of three journalists in what their families and human rights activis(...)