Prime ministerial candidate for the BJP Narendra Modi addressing a public rally this week for the  Lok Sabha election in Bangalore, India. Photograph: Jagadeesh NV/EPA

Narendra Modi, the son of a tea seller who is widely tipped to become India’s next prime minister, filed his nomination papers yesterday to con(...)

Voters wait  at a polling station during the first phase of the Indian general election in Lakhimpur district, Assam state, on Monday. Photograph: EPA

India began voting yesterday in the world’s largest democratic exercise in which the ruli(...)

Voters stand in a queue to get their voting slip to cast their vote at a polling station in Majuli, a large river island in the Brahmaputra river, Jorhat district, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam today. Photograph: Reuters

The first Indians cast their votes in the world’s biggest election today with Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi seen holding a s(...)

People cross a railway track at Vadnagar  in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Vadnagar is the home town of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, tipped to win the general election starting on Monday. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

Opposition leader Narendra Modi’s chances of becoming India’s next prime minister have been bolstered by an opinion poll showing his Hindu nati(...)

A group of women beat men holding a shield over their heads during “Lathmar Holi”  in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh yesterday.  Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Photograph: KK Arora/Reuters

Women voters in India will play a decisive role in determining the outcome in the country’s general election, polling for which begins on April(...)

A supporter of Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wears a headgear with a portrait of Modi during a rally. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

India’s mammoth parliamentary election will start on April 7th, authorities announced today, kicking off a race that will pit charismatic Hindu(...)

India’s junior human resource development minister Shashi Tharoor gestures after performing the last rites for his wife Sunanda Puskhar at a cremation ground in New Delhi on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

An Indian government minister promised to co-operate with an investigation into the death of his wife days after she accused him of adultery.Shashi Th(...)

Smoke rises after a bomb exploded near a public ground where Gujarat’s chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was to address a rally in the eastern Indian city of Patnatoday. Photograph: Krishna Murari Kishan/Reuters
Bombers target India rally

At least five people died and 50 were injured as seven bombs exploded in the Indian city of Patna hours before Narendra Modi, a prime ministerial cand(...)

Rescue crews search for survivors at the site of a collapsed residential building in Mumbai, India. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Rescuers have pulled a baby alive from the rubble of a building 11 hours after it collapsed in Mumbai, India’s financial capital. The infant was the 2(...)

A beggar covers his face as municipal workers fumigate a street in Mumbai yesterday. Despite India’s steady economic growth over the past decade, it ranks 67th among 80 developing nations in the International Food Policy Research Institute’s global hunger index. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

India’s lower house of parliament has approved a controversial food security Bill, which aims to provide subsidised grain to more than 800 million peo(...)

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