Spectators dance, cheer at mega Trump rally in India | AFP

Spectators inside the world’s biggest cricket stadium cheer and dance for US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the pair hold a rally in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. The “Namaste Trump” event is part of Trump’s first official visit to India, although some in the stadium crowd, unable to bear the afternoon heat, chose to leave midway through the president’s address.

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Trump visits Gandhi’s former home on India visit | AFP

Donald Trump and wife Melania tour Mahatma Gandhi’s former home in Ahmedabad alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the US president and first lady are welcomed to the western Indian city on their whistle-stop, 36-hour official visit.

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Modi party heads for defeat in key New Delhi election | AFP

Followers of an upstart Indian political party dance in the streets as early results from a key election in the capital show they are inflicting a crushing defeat on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Polling station open for Delhi state election | AFP

Voters arrive at a polling station in Delhi as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party battles to take back power in Dehli state elections. IMAGES

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India aims to boost arms exports | AFP

India is targeting defence exports worth $5 billion in the next five years in a bid to boost local manufacturing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said. The country is the world’s second-largest arms importer after Saudi Arabia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, but Modi wants to turn that around under an ambitious “Made in India” initiative.

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Economic burnout: India’s struggling workforce | AFP

India’s government releases its 2020 budget on Saturday, facing stuttering growth and record unemployment and a jump in inflation that has further widened India’s wealth gap. AFP spoke to Indians from different sections of society about the impact of the economic slowdown, which has put Prime Minister Narendra Modi under considerable pressure

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Is India becoming a Hindu nation? | AFP

On 11 December 2019, India’s Parliament approved a controversial law, making it easier for persecuted religious minorities from three neighbouring countries to obtain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim. Since the vote, hundreds of thousands have rallied across the country challenging the bill. This legislation is the latest in a series of moves by the government that have stoked fears that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remould the world’s largest democracy as a Hindu nation.

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India celebrates 71st Republic Day | AFP

Indian President Narendra Modi welcomes chief guest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as India holds a grand parade in the capital to celebrate its 71st Republic Day which marks the beginning of the Indian Constitution coming into effect.

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India’s road-block women vow to fight on against citizenship law | AFP

Women in New Delhi brave the freezing cold to help block one of the main roads into the capital of India, in a protest that is at the forefront of a rising challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For nearly four weeks, more than 200 women have sat and slept across the four-lane road between Delhi and the satellite city Noida, gaining nationwide attention as protests erupted across India over a controversial citizenship law that critics say is anti-Muslim.

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Attack at elite India university injures dozens | AFP

Dozens were hurt at a prestigious Indian university on Sunday in what police said were clashes between rival student groups but which an opposition politician blamed on a student organisation linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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‘Anti-Muslim’ law protests continue as India marks New Year | AFP

Over a thousand people in New Delhi turn up to demonstrate against a controversial citizenship law and a proposed national register of citizens – both branded as ‘anti-Muslim’ – as protests continue into 2020 despite attempts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to quell them since they broke out almost three weeks ago.

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Protests continue despite police clampdown in New Delhi | AFP

Police officers detain protesters in buses and police vans as they demonstrate in New Delhi against a citizenship law considered anti-Muslim. Twenty-seven people have died in two weeks of at times violent demonstrations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government made it easier for non-Muslims from three countries to be naturalised.

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Demonstrations in Guwahati against controversial citizenship law | AFP

Hundreds gather in Guwahati, in the Indian state of Assam to protest against the controversial Indian citizenship law deemed as anti-muslim. The law — making it easier for persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries to gain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim — has stoked fears Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remould the world’s biggest democracy India as a Hindu nation, which he denies. IMAGES

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Consumers feel the pinch as Indian economy slows | AFP

The hunt for work becomes more desperate every day on Delhi’s street corner labour markets as India’s economic slowdown bites deeper, piling pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi just half a year into his second term.

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Indian Kashmir formally ceases to be a state | AFP

Security is reinforced in Srinagar as India’s Muslim-majority region of Kashmir is formally divided, almost three months after losing its autonomy in a move that triggered violence and stoked tensions with arch-rival Pakistan. In Gujarat, Narendra Modi hails a “bright future” for the blood-soaked Himalayan region.

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Indian town gets ready for Modi-Xi ‘summit’ | AFP

The Indian town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu gets ready with beefed-up security, decorations and cleaning operations under way for the “informal summit” due to take place between China’s President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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India on the frontline of the fight against tuberculosis | AFP

It was a major killer in the West until the mid-twentieth century: tuberculosis. It remains a menace in developing countries and killed more than 400 thousand people in India in 2017. The government of Narendra Modi has set an ambitious target of overcoming the TB “epidemic” by 2025.

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Long way to go for India to achieve ‘open defecation free’ tag | AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday declared the country of 1.3 billion people free of open defecation. But despite huge progress, experts have expressed scepticism about the claim, saying millions still lack access to a toilet, and that because of old habits many of the new facilities are not being used.

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Indian PM Modi marks 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth | AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in a ceremony at Raj Ghat in New Delhi, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and the site of his cremation, to honour the 150th anniversary of the icon’s birth.

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