India

Appealing to India's Hindu heart

Jason Koutsoukis In a dusty fairground adjacent to a Doric-style retail emporium on the far outskirts of Delhi, a saffron-coloured crowd of 50,000 roars for its new Hindu champion, Narendra Modi.

India election: Modi headed for thumping victory, polls show

Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.

Jason Koutsoukis Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist coalition is on track to win a thumping victory in the world's biggest democratic elections according to opinion polls published the day before voting begins in the...

India's leadership contender Narendra Modi appeals to middle class masses

A supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wears a headgear carrying a portrait of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for BJP during a public meeting   in the old quarters of Delhi on  Friday.

Jason Koutsoukis In a dusty fairground adjacent to a doric-styled retail emporium on the far outskirts of Delhi, a saffron-coloured crowd of 50,000 roars for its new Hindu champion, Narendra Modi.

India: five convicted in gang-rape case that shocked Mumbai

One of the men convicted of gang raping a photojournalist exits a police van as he is brought to prison.

Mansi Choksi A court in Mumbai has found five men guilty of gang-raping a photojournalist and a call-centre operator in an abandoned mill building last year.

Students in India face criminal charges after supporting Pakistan cricket team

Three of the Kashmiri students suspended from the university: From left, Gulzar Ahmed, Muteebul Majid and Aijaz Bhat.

Sanjeev Miglani A group of Kashmiri university students who cheered for Pakistan during a cricket match against India have been charged with disturbing communal harmony.

New US charges against diplomat Devyani Khobragade anger India

The Indian government has expressed its displeasure with the US Justice Department for refiling criminal charges against a diplomat whose arrest in New York last year on charges of underpaying her...

Man-eating tiger shot dead in south India

Forest officials in southern India have shot dead a tiger suspected of killing three people, ending its three-week reign of terror which forced dozens of schools to close.

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler heading to India, aide says

Valerie Trierweiler

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is going Sunday to India in support of a charity effort, an aide said, after a week-long stay in hospital following revelations that her partner Francois...

Tiger claims eighth victim in India

(FILES) In this photograph taken on April 14, 2010 a tiger rests in its enclosure at the Zoological Park in New Delhi.   A wild tiger is believed to have claimed its eight victim in northern India, even as forest officials attempt to track down and kill the animal, an official said January 29, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA /FILES

A wild tiger is believed to have claimed its eighth victim in northern India, even as forest officials attempt to track down and kill the animal.

India set to ease visa restrictions

Tourists travelling to India from up to 180 countries will no longer have to queue up at their local consulates to obtain visas under reforms expected to be approved this week, local media reports...

Man-eating tiger claims ninth victim in India

Nishant Saxena A man-eating tiger on the prowl in northern India has claimed its ninth victim, defying hunters and wildlife officials who have been trying to gun down the animal, an official said Friday.

Italy warns India marines case could hurt EU ties

Italian government envoy Staffan de Mistura speaks to journalists after a court hearing at the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

Philip Pullella Italy said on Monday India's relations with the European Union would be seriously damaged if New Delhi uses anti-piracy and anti-terrorism legislation to try two Italian marines accused of killing...

India's girls pay the price for our fashion choices

Trapped: Rajeshwari and her grandmother Padma plan to rescue Rajeshwari's sister from a cotton-spinning mill.

Ben Doherty From the outside, they are not the dark satanic mills of Blake's dystopia. Almost uniformly, they are painted white and carry names such as Best, Casual and Classic.

India's PM Singh accused of being weak on China

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Andrew MacAskill and Bibhudatta Pradhan Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is facing attacks from the opposition for being too soft in trade and border disputes with China ahead of a visit to the world's second-biggest economy that comes...

India, China sign border pact

China's Premier Li Keqiang and India's PM Manmohan Singh

Unni Krishnan Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh signed an agreement to resolve border disputes that have hampered ties between the world's two most populous nations for the past five...

Tears as India's onion prices soar

Workers harvest onions

Annie Gowen Can a country of 1.2 billion people really come undone over a lowly vegetable? In India these days, the answer is yes.

Parents guilty of killing Aarushi in case that captivated India

Rajesh Talwar and wife Nupur taken to a court

Shyamantha Asokan A court on Monday found a dentist couple guilty of murdering their 14-year-old daughter and a servant five years ago, in a dramatic finale to a case that transfixed the country and tapped unease on...

Fugitive hit-run driver held in India after police tip-off

Puneet Puneet

Ben Doherty Puneet Puneet, the Indian fugitive hit-run driver who skipped out on justice in Australia four years ago, had carefully avoided making contact with his immediate family since his return home.

Gay sex ruled illegal by India's highest court

Indian activists greet each other during a protest against the Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex, in Mumbai on December 11, 2013. India's Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex on that could see homosexuals jailed for up to ten years in a major setback for rights campaigners in the world's biggest democracy.  AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE

Ben Doherty Homosexual sex is illegal, and punishable by life in prison, India’s highest court has ruled.

Gang-rape leads to suicide in India

Indian students and activists carry placards at India Gate in New Delhi, during a protest following the gang-rape of a student in the Indian capital last December.

As India erupted in protests over the fatal gang-rape of a student, teenager Seema suffered her own horrifying abuse at the hands of a pack of men.