India

War and peace

Image copyrightSurender SangwanImage caption The Indian Peace Keeping Force was tasked with overseeing a ceasefire between Tamil militants and the Sri Lankan government A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting. Thirty years on, BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare revisits the former battlefields of

Stuck in court

Image copyrightHindustan Times Image caption Shafin Jahan claims he met Hadiya on a matrimonial website The decision by an Indian court in May to annul the marriage of a Hindu woman who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man has grabbed headlines in the country, with many referring to it as a strike against “love jihad”. The term was popularised by radical Hindu fringe groups, who accuse Muslim men

Philanthropic high

Image caption The Patels about to get on their plane A cohort of Indian-Americans who have made their fortune in the US are increasingly turning to large-scale philanthropy. Kiran Patel’s giant gift to a Florida university is the new high-water mark. Every day at school, eight-year-old Kiran Patel would watch longingly as his younger brother and friends snacked on chocolate and soda bought with their pocket money. His one shilling

Maximum city

Image copyrightSooni TaraporevalaImage caption A camel ride on Mumbai’s Marine Drive in 1977 Sooni Taraporevala is a leading Indian photographer, screenwriter and filmmaker. She is best known for writing films such as Mississippi Masala, The Namesake, and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay. She also directed the National Award-winning film Little Zizou. Since 1977 Taraporevala has photographed India’s western city of Mumbai in which she grew up. These photographs celebrate the odd and

‘Don’t brand me’: The Indian women saying no to forced tattoos

Image copyrightWaterAid/ Ronny SenImage caption For more than 2,000 years, the Baiga tribeswomen have been getting tattoos In India, and across the world, getting a tattoo is nowadays seen as a sign of independence and rebellion. Many young people get inked to showcase their identity, what makes them distinctive and who they are. But for me, a decision to not get a tattoo was my version of rebellion, an assertion

Vijay Mallya: India tycoon faces new money-laundering charges

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Vijay Mallya denies the allegations against him Indian drinks tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is charged with committing fraud in India, has been re-arrested in London. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon, after India issued new charges of money-laundering against him. Mr Mallya denies any wrongdoing. The allegations are linked to the collapse of his airline, Kingfisher. The 61-year-old left India in March 2016 more

Taj Mahal left out of an Indian tourism booklet

The Taj Mahal has been controversially excluded from an Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet. The booklet, issued by the tourism department, was not intended to be a promotional brochure, but the omission of one of the seven wonders of the modern world has nonetheless sparked anger and bemusement. Journalists, politicians and activists were among those who took to social media to decry the 17th Century mausoleum’s absence. The popular tourist attraction,

Kashmir suicide attackers target Indian paramilitary camp

Image copyrightAFPImage caption It took eight hours for Indian forces to kill all three militants and end the battle An Indian soldier and three militants were killed in a suicide attack on a paramilitary camp in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said. The attack on the camp near Srinagar began about 04:00 local time (22:30GMT Monday). It took eight hours for Indian forces to end the gun battle. The attackers’ identities have

Honeypreet Insan: India rapist guru's adopted daughter arrested

Image copyrightPress Trust of India Police in India have arrested Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of controversial guru Ram Rahim Singh. Honeypreet Insan was among those accused of inciting violence in which 38 people were killed in Panchkula in Haryana state where the guru was convicted of rape in August. Police say she had been on the run ever since Singh’s arrest. Hours before her arrest, she told a TV

Maximum misery

Image copyrightAFPImage caption People say the stampede that killed 23 people on Friday was an accident waiting to happen A deadly stampede at a busy Mumbai station that killed 23 people last Friday has caused anger, not only because it could have been avoided, but because residents feel that it is yet another example of the city suffering due to officials’ apathy, writes the BBC’s Ayeshea Perera. The feeling is