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Indian prime minister Narendra Modi gestures towards his supporters after the election results at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarter in New Delhi, India, last Thursday. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Fresh from his impressive victory in the Indian elections last week, outgoing prime minister Narendra Modi promised voters in a Twitter message: “Toge(...)

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 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(...)

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-(...)

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: 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(...)

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(...)

Mrs Which, a gigantic Oprah Winfrey, is given to speaking in Oprahisms

Mr Murry (Chris Pine), a brilliant physicist, has disappeared without a trace. He left behind his research partner and wife (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a young(...)

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau with  his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau,  daughter Ella-Grace  and son Xavier at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The enduring issue of radical Sikhs in Canada demanding a separate homeland for their community in India’s Punjab state continued to overshadow prime (...)

Sinn Féin whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh who brought a proposal to Dáil business committee to allow time for statements on Castro.  Photograph: Sara Freund

The Oireachtas is to draw up a set of guidelines on whether the Dáil should set aside time for tributes to deceased world leaders, following a disput(...)

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