India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, leads a cabinet meeting observing social distancing in New Delhi: a 21-day lockdown has been declared.

More than 1.3 billion Indians began confining themselves to their homes on Wednesday in the world’s largest-ever lockdown in an attempt to contain the(...)

Residents argue with security personnel in the Shiv Vihar neighborhood of Delhi on  February 28th. The New Delhi police force has been widely criticised for standing by during some of the worst religious violence in years. Photograph: Atul Loke/New York Times

Kaushar Ali, a house painter, was trying to get home when he ran into a battle. Hindu and Muslim mobs were hurling rocks at each other, blocking a str(...)

Donald Trump and Narendra Modi are archetypes of the strongman, autocratic leaders whose growing predominance over the last decade has given rise to fears that seemingly embedded democratic values are on the retreat. Photograph:  Prakash Singh/ AFP via Getty Images

There was a rich irony in the selling of US president Donald Trump’s visit to India last month – streets lined with posters declaring the “world’s old(...)

Residents stand behind a makeshift barrier at the mouth to a lane splattered with bricks following violence in New Delhi, on Friday. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP

There was an edgy calm in the riot-torn neighbourhoods of India’s federal capital New Delhi on Friday following days of sectarian clashes. The death t(...)

 Indian security forces patrol on Wednesday near the site of violent clashes  in eastern Delhi. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued by India’s federal government to paramilitary and police personnel deployed across parts of the capital New Del(...)

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi speaks with US president Donald Trump  and first lady Melania Trump  upon their arrival at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad on Monday. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP

US president Donald Trump called for India to strengthen its strategic ties with America at a massive rally to kick off a two-day visit to the south A(...)

Construction workers build a wall  along a route that US president Donald Trump and India’s PM Narendra Modi will be taking, in Ahmedabad, India. File photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

A newly built wall will shield US president Donald Trump from noticing a slum when he visits Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s hometown of Ahmedab(...)

P.K. Kunhalikutty, a member of the Indian parliament, speaks to reporters outside the supreme court in New Delhi. The court has deferred a hearing  on a controversial citizenship law. Photograph: T. Narayan/Bloomberg

India’s supreme court has refused to suspend the implementation of a controversial new citizenship law that has triggered countrywide protests in whic(...)

Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone (centre) visits students protesting at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi against attacks on students and teachers, on January 7th. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

When a Bollywood superstar joined students protesting against a mob attack at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, India’s film industry set up an(...)

Kashmiri journalists display laptops and placards during a protest demanding restoration of internet service, in Srinagar. File photograph: Danish Ismail

India’s supreme court ruled that the five-month digital lockdown imposed on the Kashmir region by Narendra Modi’s government is unlawful and gave the (...)

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