Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government dismissed allegations of snooping as ‘baseless’ but declined to say whether it had procured the Pegasus software or not.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

India’s supreme court has appointed a panel to investigate allegations that the country’s federal government deployed Israeli military-grade spyware t(...)

A girl offers cake to a lifesize cut-out of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on his 71st birthday, in Ahmedabad. Photograph:   Sam Panthaky/AFP via Getty Images

India’s government on Friday launched 20 days of grand nationwide celebrations to mark prime minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday. In a move widely(...)

 A woman  receiving  a vaccine jab  in a car  in Kolkata, eastern India. Photograph:  EPA/Piyal Adhikary

Several Indian cities and rural districts that have been coronavirus hotspots over the past three months, including the federal capital New Delhi and (...)

 People receiving vaccination at a drive-in Covid-19 vaccination station  in Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh state, India. Photograph: Mohammed Idrees/EPA

Police have arrested at least 20 people in India’s federal capital New Delhi for criticising prime minister Narendra Modi’s handling of the second co(...)

 Relatives push an elderly woman in a wheelchair as she arrives for a Covid-19 vaccination at a government hospital in Kolkata, India. Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

India continues to reel under its second coronavirus wave, with continuing shortages of oxygen, hospitals beds, medicines and ambulances, while its na(...)

Supporters of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party at an  election rally in Kolkata,  West Bengal, in March.  Photograph: Bikas Das/AP

Narendra Modi’s popularity has fallen during India’s deepening Covid crisis, according to an opinion poll, as the country reports more than 400,000 da(...)

People wait their turn to get tested for Covid-19   in Hyderabad, India, as the nation struggles to contain a second wave of the pandemic. Photograph: Mahes Kumar A/AP

India’s second coronavirus wave intensified on Monday as people continued to die for lack of oxygen, crematoriums and burial grounds overflowed and th(...)

  Relatives of a Covid-19 victim mourn outside Batra hospital, in Tughlakabad, on Saturday in New Delhi, India. New infections have reached about 400,000 a day in India. Photograph:  Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

His Covid-19 taskforce didn’t meet for months. His minister for health assured the public in March that India had reached the pandemic’s “endgame”. A (...)

People sit in an observation area after getting inoculated with a dose of Covishield vaccine at the BKC Jumbo vaccination centre in Mumbai on May 2nd. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP via Getty Images

India’s prime minister has suffered a rare political defeat in a key state election, amid signs of a voter backlash over his handling of the coronavir(...)

Indian people wait to fill their oxygen cylinders at an oxygen vendor shop in New Delhi. Photograph: Idrees Mohammed

Having devastated major Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, among numerous others, the country’s second Covid-19 pandemic wave is over(...)

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