News Activists carry posters as they shout slogans during a protest march against the gangrape and murder of a teenager, in India. The Indian politician has apologised after she said women invite rape.

She came under criticism from members of her own party who distanced themselves from her remarks

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Strikes take Darjeeling tea estates off the boil

The hills in Darjeeling, famed for their celebrated tea estates, came to a halt yesterday as large crowds of people took to the streets to protest the shooting by police of two activists who were part of a movement demanding a separate state.

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Election win strikes blow against India's caste system

India's ruling Congress Party is reeling after a charismatic opposition politician scored a landslide victory in a local poll, thereby undermining caste-based politics in one of the country's poorest states.

Andrew Buncombe: Cricket may meet its match if Premier League passion grows

It has always been recognised that because of India's intense, obsessive love of cricket – a passion that sees dusty strips of land across the country packed with children playing with homemade bats and balls – other sports have suffered. Even hockey, which once made a claim to be the country's national sport and at which India has enjoyed considerable Olympic success over the years, has never really come close.

An end in sight: How attitudes towards cataracts are finally changing in India

Removing cataracts is a routine operation in the UK. Not so in the Indian state of Bihar, where circumstance has left more than a million people needlessly sightless. On the eve of World Sight Day, the photographer Sophie Gerrard tells Hugh Montgomery about her work in the area and the slowly changing situation

A Dead Hand, By Paul Theroux

"The envelope had no stamp and only my name underlined on the front; it had somehow found me in Calcutta." So begins Paul Theroux's 31st novel, and by the end of page one, you're hooked.

India train crash toll rises to 145

Normal rail services resumed across an eastern Indian state today, two days after a train accident blamed on Maoist rebels that killed 145 people, officials said.

Maoists blamed for rail crash that leaves 71 dead

An overnight passenger train derailed yesterday in eastern India, triggering a crash with an oncoming cargo train that killed at least 71 people and injured another 200. Maoist rebels are suspected of causing the disaster.

Rebels blamed as India train crash kills 65

A bomb planted by suspected Maoist rebels derailed an overnight passenger train which was then hit by a cargo train in eastern India today, killing at least 65 people and injuring an additional 200, officials said.

Many feared dead as trains collide after blast in India

A blast hit a passenger train and flung it into the path of a speeding goods train coming from the opposite direction in eastern India early on today, a railway spokesman said, adding many deaths were feared.

The Honey Gatherers, By Mimlu Sen

The Bauls are mystic-minstrels whose way of life and philosophy are under threat from globalisation

Thirty-one killed by cyclone in India

At least 31 people have died after a cyclone demolished thousands of mud huts and uprooted trees in a cluster of villages in eastern India, an official said today.

India's 'modern-day Nero' to be grilled over Muslim bloodbath

Narendra Modi, tipped as a future prime minister, is called to appear before tribunal investigating 2002 Gujarat massacre
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