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

West Bengal's 'war on terror': 'Police shoot on sight – and we're all targets'

India's government calls it a crack-down on Maoist rebels. But to villagers in West Bengal, this 'war on terror' is a land-grab for mineral rights. Andrew Buncombe meets the victims caught between the bullets

Indian state pledges to clean up its act over public health

Bihar province unveils plans to build 9 million toilets in two years

Jyoti Basu: Marxist politician who combined realpolitik and revolutionary ideas

Jyoti Basu, who has died aged 95, was a staunch Marxist and a towering figure in Indian politics for six eventful decades. In 1997, he came close to becoming the county's first Communist Prime Minister. But the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo decided against participating in the United Front government, a decision Basu later described as an "historic blunder". Others felt it was a manifestation of the insecurities of the Indian Left typical since the fall of the Soviet Union. In the end, H.D. Deve Gowda, of the Janta Dal party, became the premier.

India's father of Communism dies, aged 95

Kolkata mourns for Jyoti Basu, who ruled West Bengal for 23 years

Talent 2010: The novelist, Neel Mukherjee

The literary end of publishing in Britain has a lazy habit of keeping stories, and formats, neatly separate. It prefers a place for everything, and everything in its place. So a first novel by a Calcutta-born critic who lives in London might, according to the usual categories, revisit the Raj at the turn of the 20th century, as a sympathetic Englishwoman seeks to shed the bonds of class and race and make connections with nationalist circles in Bengal.

Mihir Bose: Selective memories of Scottish enterprise

Calcutta Notebook: The Scots are keen to emphasise their contribution to Calcutta, including the Scottish Church College and Duff College

Maoist rebels derail train after threat of crackdown

Explosion on Indian railway track leaves two dead and dozens injured

A kaleidoscope of colour in Kolkata

Opulent Raj-era monuments and crushing poverty sit side by side in West Bengal's teeming metropolis, but peace and quiet is just a boat trip away down the River Hooghly

Moral vigilantes crack down in Darjeeling, India's capital of love

Couples are warned against kissing in public by separatist group's 'police force'

Book Of The Week: The Idea of Justice, By Amartya Sen

Take three kids and a flute. Anne says the flute should be given to her because she is the only one who knows how to play it. Bob says the flute should be handed to him as he is so poor he has no toys to play with. Carla says the flute is hers because it is the fruit of her own labour. How do we decide between these three legitimate claims?

Calcutta orders 60,000 'bangers' off road

More than 60,000 ageing vehicles, from motorised rickshaws to taxis, were ordered off the streets of eastern India's largest city over the weekend in an attempt to ease the city's chronic air pollution.

The great tea break

Darjeeling's tea farmers are on strike – the latest step in a campaign for their own state. Andrew Buncombe reports

Moghul descendant saved from slums by coal board

A descendant of India's last Moghul emperor has been saved from a life of utter destitution after she was discovered working at her mother's tea stand in the slums of West Bengal.

Cyclone kills at least 33 in India and Bangladesh

A cyclone slammed into parts of Bangladesh and eastern India on Monday, triggering tidal surges and flooding that forced some half a million people from their homes and killed almost three dozen people.

Thousands evacuated as cyclone hits east India

A cyclone hit the eastern Indian state of West Bengal today, flooding villages and forcing thousands of people from their homes, officials said.

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