The Centre has given consent to the renaming of at least 25 towns and villages across India in the past one year and among the pending proposals is one for the state of West Bengal, according to officials.

Allahabad and Faizabad are the latest additions to the growing list of places that have been renamed.

Several proposals, including the renaming of West Bengal as "Bangla", are pending with the central government. The process is a long-drawn one with the involvement of...

Muslims will no longer be able to perform prayers at the mosque located inside the compound of India's national landmark Taj Mahal, except on Fridays when the mosque is only open to locals, due to a decision by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) reported on November 5.

According to the Times of India daily, ASI officials said the order implements a Supreme Court ruling decided in July.

The move effectively bans non-residents from Islamic prayers, also known as salah or...

Authorities in India's most populous state have changed the Muslim name of an historic city to one with Hindu overtones, local media reported.

Allahabad, a city of more than one million people in northern Uttar Pradesh (UP) state, will now be known as Prayagraj, a senior official from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) told reporters on Tuesday.

Siddarth Nath Singh, UP health minister, said the decision to rename the city was made at a cabinet meeting following a proposal...

An Indian MP attended parliament dressed as Adolf Hitler to protest against what he called a "broken promise" by the prime minister.

This is not the first time Naramalli Sivaprasad, 67, has used costumes to register dissent.

His costume choices in the past include a mythological character, a Hindu god, a spiritual guru and a woman.

"What I am doing will grab attention quickly. It will make people think," he told BBC Telugu's Ravi Shankar.

A former actor, Mr...

India said it had excluded more than 4 million people from a draft list of citizens in the border state of Assam who could not produce valid documents, under a controversial draft citizenship list that has sparked fears of deportation of largely Bengali-speaking Muslims.

Security has been tightened across the state, which borders Bangladesh, as thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims worry about being sent to detention centers or deported, a Reuters witness said.

The tea-rich...

Refusing to overturn a ban on outsiders entering the Taj Mahal complex in Agra for namaz or Friday prayers, the Supreme Court has said the monument "is among the seven wonders of the world" and needs to be protected.

The Supreme Court dismissed a plea challenging the Agra authority’s order debarring non-residents of the city from offering Friday prayers at a mosque in the Taj Mahal complex. A bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said the monument was one of the Seven Wonders...

A 38-year-old cattle trader was lynched and a 65-year-old man severely injured by a mob allegedly on suspicion of cow slaughter in Hapur’s Bajhera Khurd village, 50km from Delhi-UP border, on June 18.

The incident took place when chief minister Yogi Adityanath was holding a meeting with BJP MPs and MLAs in Ghaziabad and the police were on high alert.

The village is barely 10km from Dadri’s Bisada where 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq was lynched in 2015 on suspicion of consuming...

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday. 

Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state, and died at the scene. 

Kahn's friend Shakeel Maqbool, who was also attacked, was admitted to hospital with critical injuries.

The pair were reportedly surrounded by an angry mob early, beaten with sticks and left to die in the street.

As details of the violent...

Muslims of India have been feeling more vulnerable and insecure in the first four months of 2018 than ever before. Recent cases of failed justice for crimes committed against them have disheartened the Muslim community. 

Even to outside observers, it is increasingly clear that Muslims are being ostracised and singled out and that state institutions are failing them in India.

In January, an eight-year-old girl was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered in the Kathua district...

A 17-year-old battled for her life May 7 after being raped, doused in kerosene and set on fire, the second such case to shake India as it battles an increase in sexual crimes.

The teenager was attacked on the same day and in the same eastern state of Jharkhand as a 16-year-old who was raped and burned to death.

“The girl has suffered 70 percent first-degree burns. There is a chance that she will survive,” Shailendra Barnwal, police superintendent of Pakur district, told AFP....

The family of a Hindu woman allegedly thrashed her Muslim friend in Bikaner late on May 1 evening, leading to his death at a hospital a few hours later in yet another incident of communal violence in Rajasthan, and one that is reminiscent of the killing in Delhi earlier this year of a Hindu boy by the family of his Muslim girlfriend.

The police confirmed that the man was attacked because of his relationship with the woman.

Saif Ali (22), who used to weigh fruits at a market,...

She was an 8-year-old girl who, while grazing her horses in a meadow in northern India in January, followed a man into the forest. Days later, Asifa Bano’s small, lifeless body was recovered there.

Police say that Asifa was given sedatives and, for three days, raped several times by different men.

Asifa's strangled body was eventually found Jan. 17. Police say she would have been killed sooner had one man not insisted on waiting so that he could rape her a final time.


A day after a girl tried to set herself on fire outside the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's residence, alleging police inaction in her gang rape by a BJP MLA, her father died in police custody.

Following this, the Uttar Pradesh government suspended four police officers, including the Station House Officer of Makhi, Ashok Shukla, and three constables, and arrested four persons who were aides to the MLA.

Surendra Singh, whose daughter accused BJP legislator from Unnao Kuldeep...

At least nine people were killed as protesters led by India's Dalits set fire to police posts and blocked railway tracks after the Supreme Court barred the immediate arrest of people accused of discriminating against them, local media said.

Four people were killed in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where police also imposed a curfew, Indian television channels reported. Three others were killed in other states, local media said.

Reuters could not independently confirm the...

Vinay Katiyar , member of Parliament belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), issued a controversial statement saying “Muslims should not even be living in this country, they should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh”.

The population of Muslims in India is roughly estimated at around 179 million.

Katiyar, who founded the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) youth wing, Bajrang Dal, further said a bill should be introduced in Parliament that frames a punishment for those “who do...