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India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for females, after only Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan

World picture of the day: Tripping the light fantastic

As Guy Fawkes Night went off with a bang around Britain, Diwali was also celebrated both in the UK and around the world – but perhaps nowhere more so than at the Golden Temple of Amritsar.

Guy Fawkes vs Diwali: Battle of Bonfire Night

As the two festivals coincide, Kevin Rawlinson wonders which fireworks will burn brightest

Gareth Price: This will show if anything has been learnt from past troubles

From independence in 1947, India has prided itself on its religious tolerance. India was secular – dominated by Hindus, but with substantial populations of Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and tribal groups. India represents a mosaic of different religions, languages and ethnic groups.

Indian court rules shrine should be shared

A holy site that sparked riots across India in the past should be divided between the Hindu and Muslim communities, a court ruled today.

Worshippers forced to flee after explosion at Hare Krishna temple

Up to 60 worshippers fled a Hare Krishna temple in Leicester yesterday moments before the building was partially destroyed in an explosion.

Howard Jacobson: The English sound of Hindu bagpipes

This music somehow reflected the spirituality of India via the emotionalism of Scotland thanks to the citizenry of Bolton

Falling from grace in India

Hindu devotees lost their balance yesterday as they try to form a human pyramid in Mumbai to break the "Dahi handi", an earthen pot filled with curd hung 20-30ft from the ground.

Gay couple married by Hindu priest in Nepal

A Hindu priest performed the first wedding ceremony in Nepal for a foreign gay couple, a rights group said yesterday, as activists and tourist agencies increasingly promote the Himalayan nation as a gay-friendly destination.

Traveller's Guide: Bali

Beautiful beaches, exquisite temples, great food, tropical scenery and mighty volcanoes – this Indonesian island has it all, says Iain Stewart

First 'Kama Sutra' audio book made

Historic sex guide the Kama Sutra is to be published as an audio book for the first time.

Disciples pay homage to their spiritual gurus

Thousands of Hindu devotees travelled on a crowded train to the temple city of Goverdhan, 91 miles south-east of Delhi, yesterday for the Guru Purnima festival.

A cure for cancer – or just a very political animal?

The Go-vigyan Kendra institute in India claims to harness the medicinal powers of cows for human benefit. But, asks Andrew Buncombe, what are its real motives?

Album: Karl Jenkins Gloria/Te Deum (EMI Classical)

As with his earlier Adiemus and last year's Christmas album Stella Natalis, Karl Jenkins' new piece Gloria, while ostensibly a Christian work, embodies the kind of multi-cultural holism we're unlikely to encounter in either politics or pulpit, with readings from Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist and Islamic sources interspersed among the five movements like inscrutable musical sorbets.

The rise of 'Dalit lit' marks a new chapter for India's untouchables

As caste divides fade, a fresh crop of writers is emerging

India in uproar over decision to include caste in national census

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