Supporters of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP party in Mumbai celebrate the decision to strip Kashmir of its autonomy. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

To India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, eliminating the autonomy of Kashmir, a disputed, predominantly Muslim territory, was an administrative move,(...)

 Rahul Gandhi: “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019,” he wrote. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Rahul Gandhi, leader of India’s opposition Congress party, said on Wednesday he had asked party bosses to find a successor after he took responsibilit(...)

‘Why do prominent scientists such as Richard Dawkins still campaign to replace religion with science?’ Photograph: Alan Betson

It has long been predicted that religion will wither away as science spreads globally. This prediction has failed to come true, however, as outlined b(...)

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(...)

Actor-turned-politician Divya Spandana: has been accused of “appreciating the people of Pakistan, India’s nuclear rival”. Photograph: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty

A court in India’s southern Karnataka province has adjourned a sedition case against a politician for praising the people of neighbouring Pakistan and(...)

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), takes a “selfie” after casting his vote at a polling station in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. Photograph: Reuters

India’s Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi looked triumphant after voting yesterday in the world’s largest election, but the man tipped to be the next pr(...)

A group of people in Mumbai pose after getting their faces painted to encourage voting ahead of the sixth phase of India’s general election today. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

In the sixth round of countrywide voting taking place today in 117 of 543 parliamentary constituencies in India’s staggered general elections, (...)

Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi (centre) and her son, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi (right), perform a Hindu “yagna” ritual before she files her nominations papers for the Indian elections. Photograph: EPA

Indian politicians are busy consulting astrologers, stargazers, soothsayers and clairvoyants to help them emerge victorious in general election(...)

Surjeet Kaur, 77, displays a telegram which was sent by her husband on her birthday in 1955. Photograph: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

India’s last telegram went out at the weekend, marking the end of a 163-year-old colourful era of messaging that was launched by an Irishman working f(...)