Core oil refining lifts Reliance Industries

India’s largest company by market cap broadly met expectations

Indians cast votes on key election day

Voters choose candidates for nearly a fifth of 543 seats

Kerowa Gram Panchayat, Purulia, West Bengal. The tailor Yudhishthir Mahto and Bheem Chandra Mahto, his brother
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Uncertain future for India’s middle class

Aspiring vulnerable to economic and political change

Brash IPL cricket league rolls on undaunted

Risk of scandal hangs over India’s lucrative tournament

Infosys profit fuels turnround hopes

Shares climb as Indian IT group upgrades revenue forecasts

Diageo bids $1.9bn for United Spirits stake

Open offer for up to 26% of Indian liquor-maker’s shares

The Fragile Middle

Slowdown puts 1bn middle class at risk

FT analysis questions durability of march out of poverty in emerging markets

Football league auction draws India’s elite

Sun Group and Videocon among the winners

Shareholders urged to resist Essar offer

Hostile bid values total equity at £900m, against £1.3bn in 2010

Hope for India car sales despite slump

Upbeat forecast comes amid bullish prospects for economic growth

Food lost in India’s outdated supply chain

Much of the agricultural output rots before reaching consumers

Rajan warns on co-operation breakdown

RBI chief attacks QE in front of Bernanke

Cairn Energy deputy CEO to quit

Third high-profile departure in recent months

Facebook passes 100m users in India

Country is social network’s largest market after US

Walmart plans big India wholesale push

US retailer outlines expansion programme

Modi looks to woo hostile southern states

India’s opposition seeks support in Congress heartland

Indian poll body and Bengali leader clash

Dispute over order for transfer of local officials suspected of bias

Modi personality cult dominates India poll

Opposition leader being sold as solution to country’s ills

Ranbaxy sale highlights Japan’s deal woes

More to rupee recovery than Modi mania

Improving growth outlook and central bank action have been key