India’s president Ram Nath Kovind (left)  administered the oath of office to  Narendra Modi   at a grand ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi. Photograph: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

Narendra Modi was sworn in on Thursday for a second consecutive five-year term as India’s prime minister at a grand ceremony in New Delhi attended by (...)

India’s new president, Ram Nath Kovind, inspecting a guard of honour during a ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi on Tuesday.  Photograph: Prakash Singh/Getty Images/AFP

India’s 14th president was sworn into office in an elaborate ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday. Ram Nath Kovind (72), who was administered the oath of(...)

Ram Nath Kovind: presidential candidate is an associate of the National Volunteer Corps, a Hindu group accused of stoking religious hatred against Muslims. Photograph: Tsering Topgyal/AP

Indian MPs and state legislators voted on Monday to elect the country’s next president for five years. The two-candidate contest is likely to be won (...)

Supporters of Ram Nath Kovind present him with a garland. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

A member of India’s poorest, most oppressed caste is expected to be elected president. Ram Nath Kovind, the governor of Bihar until last month, was a(...)