News Demonstrators gather near effigies representing the convicted rapists during a protest in New Delhi in December 2013; the case of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was gang-raped caused a lot of anger in the country. The story of a new gun named after the victim has been met with horror and anger from millions across India

Activists call the revolver an abhorrence to the student's memory

Bad sex please, we're British: Can fictive sex ever have artistic merit?

When the unexpurgated Penguin edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover was finally cleared of obscenity, three decades after DH Lawrence's death and a highly-publicised trial, it marked a victory for literary freedom. Those who had not already got their hands on a contraband copy rushed to exercise their right to read of Lady Constance and her gamekeeper lover, in flagrante, uttering previously unprintable words.

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India holds its breath as court divides historic mosque site

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Pakistani athletes win symbolic victory for their trip to Taj Mahal

Determined that Commonwealth Games' athletes and delegates should get the most out of their trip to India, organisers are arranging trips to the Taj Mahal, putting on special trains that will whisk the visitors to the World Heritage site in the morning and bring them back in the evening. Except perhaps, for the delegation from Pakistan.

47 killed in Indian rains and landslides

Heavy monsoon rains and landslides swept the hilly areas of northern India over the weekend, killing at least 47 people, officials said today.

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Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, By Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer's latest novel is in fact two long short stories, one set in Venice and one in the Indian city of Varanasi. Each story shares the same protagonist – a middle-aged hack called Jeff, who might, or might not, share much in common with his creator, Geoff.

52 bodies recovered after Indian boat accident

The death toll from a boat accident in north India has risen to 52 as rescuers continue to recover more bodies, officials said today.

35 feared drowned as boat capsizes in India

At least 35 people are feared drowned after a boat capsized on the Ganges river in northern India early Monday, police said.

Bina Rai: Bollywood star of the 1950s and 1960s

Bina Rai was a leading Hindi cinema actress of the 1950s and 1960s admired for her elfin charm and versatility. Beautiful and talented but slightly introverted, Rai made fewer films than her contemporaries tended to. "I believe in quality, not quantity," she said, and many of the 30 or so films she made were critically acclaimed and commercially successful.

MP Ashok Kumar found dead

Tributes were paid to the Labour MP Ashok Kumar today after he was found dead at his constituency home. Anxious staff raised the alarm after being unable to contact Dr Kumar, 53, who was only the fifth Asian to be elected to Parliament since the Second World War.

Tragedy at the temple as women and children die in stampede

A stampede that broke out as thousands of people jostled for free food outside a Hindu temple yesterday left scores dead and many more wounded. Most of the victims were women and children.

Scores killed in India temple stampede

A stampede broke out in at a temple in northern India as thousands of people jostled each other to get free clothes and utensils being distributed during a religious ceremony, leaving at least 63 people dead and dozens more injured, officials said.

India's 'third sex' win a measure of public acceptance

But despite a beauty pageant and changes to the law, the hijras still fear harassment and abuse

Taj Mahal, By Giles Tillotson

In 1631, empress Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth to the 14th child of Shah Jahan. Plunged into "profound and long" grief, the Mughal emperor planned a tomb for her in Agra.

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