Zeba Siddiqui

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25 May 2019 | 8:43 PM

India's battered Congress party closes ranks after election setback

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of India's main opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, offered to quit on Saturday after a crushing election defeat but senior party officials rejected his offer and called instead for a major internal shake-up.

24 May 2019 | 8:40 PM

Many Indian farmers voted for Modi the strongman, but now hope he tackles their woes

MANDSAUR/NAGPUR/AYODHYA, India (Reuters) - Many farmers in three big states in the Indian heartland voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his strong record on national security, but they expect him to address their problems of weak incomes and heavy debt in his second term.

23 May 2019 | 9:02 PM

Terror-accused Hindu hardliner from Modi's party wins seat in India election

BHOPAL, India (Reuters) - A Hindu ascetic accused of plotting a bomb attack on Muslims in India defeated an opposition strongman by a big margin on Thursday as her ruling Hindu nationalist party won a massive victory in the country's general election.

21 May 2019 | 7:37 PM

In an Indian village, Muslims talk of leaving as divide with Hindus widens

NAYABANS, India (Reuters) - Muslims in Nayabans, an unremarkable village in northern India, say they remember a time when their children played with Hindu youths, and people from either faith chatted when they frequented each other's shops and went to festivals together.

18 May 2019 | 9:34 AM

Lawbreakers to lawmakers? The 'criminal candidates' standing in India's election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has one unwanted lead in this month's general election race - according to data from an electoral watchdog it is fielding the most candidates among the major parties who are facing criminal charges. Its main rival, Congress, is just a step behind.

17 May 2019 | 3:43 PM

India's Modi chooses woman facing terrorism charges as election candidate

BHOPAL, India (Reuters) - For nearly a decade, Pragya Thakur was known mostly as the saffron-clad Hindu ascetic shuttling in and out of Indian courts, flanked by police, facing charges under an anti-terrorism law for plotting a bomb attack on Muslims.

24 Mar 2019 | 6:56 PM

The making of militants in India's 'paradise on earth'

KULGAM, India (Reuters) - Kashmiri farmer Yusuf Malik learned that his son Owais, a 22-year old arts student and apple picker, had become an armed militant via a Facebook post.

23 Mar 2019 | 1:57 PM

India's watchmen question whether Modi embrace will improve their lot

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - For over a decade Arvind Singh has worked as a watchman in New Delhi, doing the rounds of the streets with a whistle and a wooden stick to keep vigil at night.

12 Mar 2019 | 1:50 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Stall - India's engineers struggle for work as jobs crisis worsens

CHINCHWAD, India (Reuters) - Santosh Gurav gained a bachelor's degree in technology from a mid-tier college in western India last year, specialising in electrical engineering and hoping to land a job in industrial automation.

10 Mar 2019 | 9:27 PM

India to go to polls from April 11, Pakistan tension may boost Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will hold a general election in seven stages starting on April 11, the election commission said on Sunday, in what will be the world's biggest democratic exercise with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to benefit from tensions with Pakistan.