Andrew Buncombe

The Independent's Asia Correspondent, based in Delhi.

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India election 2014: Welcome to Bhavnagar, where Muslims are free to live – as long as they change their name

Many Hindus don't want to live next door to a Muslim

BJP leader Narendra Modi waves to supporters yesterday as he continues his campaign

India elections: In Narendra Modi's home town, supporters tell heroic tales of the man who could be the country's next Prime Minister

The stories are intended to show Mr Modi's finer qualities, but some are more believable than others

Everest avalanche: 12 killed as snowslide crashes through Sherpa guides laying ropes in mountain's deadliest day

Nepal's Sherpa community is confronting a dark tragedy after at least 12 guides were killed by an avalanche that swept down a climbing route on Mt Everest. A search was ongoing for at least three more guides still missing following the deadliest ever single day on the world's highest mountain.

A girl looks on as her mother signs before casting her vote at a polling station in the village of Shirgaon, India

Indian elections: Women candidates may be scarce, but women's issues are on the agenda like never before

In the fields of wheat outside of Sikar, change is stirring. Young women, once rarely educated, now go to school, even college, and consider careers and lives shut-off to their mothers.

Some in the Congress party fear Priyanka Gandhi’s entry might undermine her brother’s campaign

India elections: One Gandhi is fighting for power – the rest are fighting each other

Cousins in the country’s political royalty slug it out as they vie for power

India’s Election Commission ordered that charges should be filed against Amit Shah for stoking communal tensions

India elections 2014: The murky past of Narendra Modi's right-hand man

Prime ministerial hopeful's trusted lieutenant Amit Shah has been censured for making inflammatory speeches

Narendra Modi yesterday, on the BJP party campaign trail

The secret wife of Narendra Modi - and what she tells us about the man who might become India's next PM

Political opponents seize on Modi’s revelation that he hasn’t seen his wife in decades

Women wait to cast their ballots in the third phase of India’s elections yesterday, with 91 areas of the capital and 13 other states voting

India elections: Turnout for poll is up as rival visions battle for youth vote

The generational, religious and social differences enlivening Delhi’s three-way election fight reflect the wider mood in the country

A girl pumps water at a camp in Kutba, scene of much of last year’s violence

India elections: Muslims fearful of returning home to villages as country returns to the polls

Andrew Buncombe in Kutba talks to the men and women who fled the violence last September at the hands of the Hindus in Uttar Pradesh

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