A health care worker takes a person’s temperature in November, in Ganjam, a rural district of India that was untouched by the coronavirus until migrant workers began to return home. Photograph: Atul Loke/The New York Times

Special trains operated by the government to ease suffering and counteract a disastrous lack of planning  instead played a significant role in(...)

Workers of the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony. Photograph: Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has laid the foundation of a Hindu temple at a spot where a mosque was demolished by Hindu zealots nearly three(...)

Doctors and nurses with a  coronavirus patient at the intensive care unit of the Sharda Hospital, in Greater Noidam India, on July 15th. Photograph: Xavier Galiana /AFP via Getty Images

Narendra Modi has cultivated a reputation for making dramatic decisions to respond to India’s complex policy challenges. Addressing the nation on prim(...)

‘Every demagogue convinces the masses that he is God Almighty himself.’ Above, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi. Photograph: Handout/PIB/AFP via Getty

Vipul Mishra’s life has been upended. Days into India’s coronavirus lockdown, the 34-year-old software engineer was made redundant from a travel websi(...)

 Indian prime minister Narendra Modi greeting soldiers during a visit on July 3th to Nimu in the  northern Himalayan Ladakh region in India. Photograph:   Press Information Bureau via AP

China has started pulling back troops who have been locked in a standoff with the Indian army since early May along their disputed border in the north(...)

A child of a migrant worker waits with others for transportation in Hyderabad, India. Migrant workers are becoming infected at an alarmingly high rate, leading to fresh outbreaks in villages across northern India. Photograph: Mahesh Kumar A/AP Photo

Its coronavirus cases are skyrocketing, putting it among the world’s most worrisome pandemic zones in recent weeks. Nonetheless, India is reopening, l(...)

Migrant workers, who were stranded in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, India due to the lockdown, huddle to receive biscuit packets distributed by police. Photograph:  Reuters/Jitendra Prakash

Gopal Das has laboured on construction sites in Mumbai for nearly two decades, helping build the office towers of India’s bustling financial capital. (...)

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(...)

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