Special Report: Battling for India's soul, state by state


KOLKATA - An ascendant Hindu nationalist group wants minority Muslims and Christians to accept that India is a nation of Hindus, and is pushing some of them to convert. 

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New recruits to Hindu cause hear anti-Muslim message 4:20pm IST

KOLKATA - As a teenager, Uttam Shaha says he used to watch scornfully from his bedroom window as men in brown shorts performed martial exercises in a car park below. Like many Indians then, he viewed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a fringe group.

Modi's infrastructure splurge revives investment in India 6:37pm IST

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bet on higher public spending to spur economic activity in India has started paying off, as capital investment shows signs of sustained revival after years of uneven growth.

India drafts rules to regulate Uber, other ride-hailing firms 7:42pm IST

NEW DELHI - India has drafted guidelines to regulate ride-hailing companies, including U.S.-based Uber and its domestic rival Ola, for the first time laying down federal rules that could end months of uncertainty on how they operate in the country.

Rushdie warns of new dangers to free speech in West 10:06pm IST

FRANKFURT - Violence against writers and a misplaced sense of political correctness pose new dangers to freedom of speech in the West, writer Salman Rushdie said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: New rules to boost India shipping fleet; may dent foreign shippers - source 8:41pm IST

NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE - Indian state-owned firms may have to give half their freight business to local shippers to help rescue an industry battered by the global commodities downturn.

Tata Consultancy profit meets forecasts on surge in digital deals 8:35pm IST

MUMBAI - Increased outsourcing of digital technology services by western companies helped Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, India's largest software services exporter, post a 14.5 percent rise in quarterly net profit, meeting market expectations.

Six arrested in Bank of Baroda money laundering probe 9:30pm IST

NEW DELHI - Authorities on Monday arrested six people including two employees of state-run Bank of Baroda, in a probe into the suspected laundering of about 60 billion rupees ($922 million) through one of its branches.

World must carry out U.N. slavery pledge - Nobel winner Satyarthi 8:10pm IST

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The new U.N. global development pact may have been a significant step towards ending human trafficking and slavery, but governments must now follow through on their pledge, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Tuesday.

Flight MH17 shot down by Russian-built Buk missile, Dutch report says 9:42pm IST

GILZE-RIJEN, Netherlands - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded on Tuesday in its final report on the crash in July 2014 that killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch. | Video