India’s Muslim Minority Should Join the National Mainstream

Feb 17, 2020

Ever since the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act that discriminates specifically against Muslim asylum seekers, India’s Muslim minority has been protesting and agitating. It is reacting against what it perceives to be majoritarian tyranny that has been...

After Its Win in Delhi, Is the AAP En Route to Replace the BJP?
Feb 12, 2020

After Its Win in Delhi, Is the AAP En Route to Replace the BJP?

India: Autopsy and Resurrection of a Republic
Feb 12, 2020

India: Autopsy and Resurrection of a Republic

Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?
Jan 23, 2020

Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?

When It Comes to Mental Health, India Remains Shockingly Misinformed

When It Comes to Mental Health, India Remains Shockingly Misinformed

Jan 17, 2020

Indian journalist Manu Joseph recently wrote a column in which he questions major intellectual advances in history, claiming they were nothing but delusional ideas of schizophrenics. He asks, rhetorically: “What if many things that we call philosophies today had emerged from a mental disorder?...

Jeff Bezos Plays the Cowboy With the Indians

Jeff Bezos Plays the Cowboy With the Indians

Jan 17, 2020

Forbes has followed Jeff Bezos on his pilgrimage to India this week. On January 15, the journal reported on Amazon’s declared ambition to help boost the Indian economy. The magazine reports: “Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said on Wednesday from New Delhi that his e-commerce...

India’s Citizenship Act Is About Vote Banks

India’s Citizenship Act Is About Vote Banks

Jan 03, 2020

On December 15, 2019, the police of India’s capital state, Delhi, forcefully entered the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia, a premier university of higher education, to dispel peaceful protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). What happened next sent shockwaves throughout the nation....

Why #MeToo Won’t Succeed in India

Why #MeToo Won’t Succeed in India

Dec 18, 2019

Kabir Singh is a drunkard. He’s also an angry lover. And a sociopath. Kabir Singh is the archetypal abusive man: He falls head over heels for a woman at first sight, pursues her until she gives in, wards off other suitors by threatening them, and slaps her when he is angry. What does the...

The Crime of Rape Deserves a Harsher Punishment

The Crime of Rape Deserves a Harsher Punishment

Dec 13, 2019

Journalist Priyanka Dubey, in her book "No Nation For Women — Reporting on Rape From India, The World's Largest Democracy," boldly remarked that "rape is the only crime in India for which the victim is blamed." The statement makes absolute sense in the light of India’s social context, where a...

Can a Brutal Murder Shake India into Facing Its Rape Culture?

Can a Brutal Murder Shake India into Facing Its Rape Culture?

Dec 06, 2019

On November 27, Priyanka Reddy, a veterinary doctor from the Indian state of Telangana, was brutally gang-raped and murdered. Her body was burned to leave little trace of the misdeed. The incident took place when, while traveling home alone on a scooter, Priyanka got off at a toll plaza. A group...

Why Is the JNU Fee Hike Causing Such an Uproar?

Why Is the JNU Fee Hike Causing Such an Uproar?

Dec 03, 2019

The recent news of a housing fee hike at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has created a storm. JNU is a premier institution based in New Delhi, India, which has produced alumni whose contributions have benefited society both in India and the world at large. The institution has been funded by...

Why Can’t a Muslim Scholar Teach Sanskrit in India?

Why Can’t a Muslim Scholar Teach Sanskrit in India?

Nov 28, 2019

Students at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, India, staged a protest lasting more than two weeks against the appointment of Dr. Firoz Khan as a faculty member at the Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan (SVDV). At the crux of the matter is the fact that a Muslim scholar was appointed to...

The Delicate Dance of Democracy

The Delicate Dance of Democracy

Nov 22, 2019

Amid all the gloom and doom over the slow retreat of democracy, the past few weeks have come as a welcome relief for proponents of the liberal world order. Since the late 2000s, the election of right-wing, xenophobic and authoritarian leaders and the consolidation of power by Vladimir Putin in...

Is Narendra Modi’s Consensus Unraveling?

Is Narendra Modi’s Consensus Unraveling?

Nov 07, 2019

Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resoundingly successful reelection earlier this year, Foreign Policy magazine expresses serious doubts about his ability to keep the promises he made during his initial election campaign and hold the unwieldy nation together. His promises of economic...

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