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Sushma Swaraj, India’s former foreign minister, was cast as Supermom of State

Alerted via Twitter, she helped compatriots in distress near and far. She died Tuesday at age 67.
  • Aug 6, 2019

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, prime minister who made India a nuclear power, dies at 93

He shocked the world in May 1998 with five underground nuclear tests, prompting international sanctions, rattling neighbors and setting off an arms race with archrival Pakistan.
  • Aug 16, 2018

Indians are certain they invented the zero. But can they prove it?

A new project aims to end the dispute about the digit’s origins.
  • Mar 11, 2017

How one Indian student tried to challenge right-wing nationalist groups on campus

A college student has become the center of high-pitched debate about patriotism and free speech in India.
  • Feb 28, 2017

India’s biggest state, home to 220 million, is readying a report card for Narendra Modi

Uttar Pradesh is in the midst of a closely watched election midway through the prime minister’s term.
  • Feb 19, 2017

India’s ‘cashless billionaire’: Currency crisis spawns an unlikely magnate

An entrepreneur’s e-wallet business has benefited as the country tries to shed its cash dependence.
  • Feb 10, 2017

‘The ocean looks black and shiny’: India struggles to contain, clean up oil spill

Officials and fishermen work to remove sludge from fishing areas after two ships collided Saturday.
  • Feb 2, 2017

In India, Muslim men can end a marriage by saying ‘divorce’ three times. One woman wants to stop that.

Ex-wife’s court petition against practice energizes national debate about women’s status in Islam.
  • Jan 31, 2017

Bull-taming claims two people’s lives as India revives controversial sport after a two-year ban

As demonstrations in favor of the sport raged all week, the government approved an ordinance to remove bulls from a list in the national law that prohibits cruelty to animals.
  • Jan 22, 2017