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

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Dinesh Singh served as Indian foreign minister in the Sixties and again in the Nineties. In between, he headed several other ministries under five prime ministers before becoming minister without portfolio earlier this year.

Sai Baba wanders the ashram in a Mercedes

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Tales for the Mahatma

Honest, heartfelt and fatalistic, Mark Tully's short stories reveal the true India. By Patrick French; The Heart of India by Mark Tully, Viking, pounds 16

Indian MPs held hostage in caste struggle

For the last four days, more than 100 honourable members of the state assembly of Uttar Pradesh have lounged around in the sweltering 47C heat at a guest house, not sure whether their own party was protecting them or holding them captive.

Rebels plot Rao's downfall

A revolt is gathering in the ranks of the governing Congress Party against India's Prime Minister, Narasimha Rao, leading some political analysts to predict that he could be forced to resign within three months.

Rao faces dilemma as state secessionists storm Delhi

IT WAS the first time the Red Fort had been stormed since the 1857 Mutiny, when British forces knocked the last Mogul emperor off his throne: on Sunday, a band of Himalayan mountain men, many of them ex-soldiers, braved a barrage of more than 1,500 tear-gas grenades and scaled the walls of Delhi's famous monument.

Letter: Unchecked media spread plague hysteria in West

Sir: In his article 'Delhi loses battle to stop spread of plague' (29 September), Tim McGirk says that the plague has spread 'throughout Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Orissa'. This would mean that it has spread to a population size of 500 million.

Indian troops kill 10 at rally

LUCKNOW (Reuter) - Ten people were killed and 10 seriously wounded when Indian police opened fire on protesters heading to a rally in New Delhi yesterday, a leader of the protest said.

INTERVIEW / Saeed Jaffrey's passage from India: Whenever directors are casting a voluble, likeable Asian character, their first choice is Saeed Jaffrey. Perhaps because that's just what he's like. Robert Butler met him

IT'S MID-AFTERNOON, and Saeed Jaffrey strides into the bar at Bafta, says he'd like a white wine and launches into an anecdote about collecting an award, a Golden Toucan, at Rio de Janeiro. Best known in Britain for My Beautiful Laundrette, Gandhi and Tandoori Nights, this short, dapper, ebullient actor turns an interview into a monologue. Two hours, several drinks and many anecdotes later, we say goodbye in a blur of good wishes and exchanged phone numbers. A driver whisks him off to an evening rehearsal, leaving the photographer and myself standing on a pavement in Piccadilly, in high spirits. Victims of his charm.
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