Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?

Over the past five years, India has seen several changes around the creation and dissemination of data. The Indian government has come under fire for withholding data on crucial issues like unemployment, as well as changing statistical methodologies to ascertain key metrics, calling into question...

When It Comes to Mental Health, India Remains Shockingly Misinformed
Jan 17, 2020

When It Comes to Mental Health, India Remains Shockingly Misinformed

Jeff Bezos Plays the Cowboy With the Indians
Jan 17, 2020

Jeff Bezos Plays the Cowboy With the Indians

India’s Citizenship Act Is About Vote Banks
Jan 03, 2020

India’s Citizenship Act Is About Vote Banks

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...

How International Media Cover Kashmir

How International Media Cover Kashmir

Dec 17, 2019

Four months after India’s abrogation of Article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, different reports on the situation have emerged from national and international media. Indian media have focused on the return of normalcy in the region with limited mention of the human rights violations...

Violence Against Women Is an Assault on Human Rights

Violence Against Women Is an Assault on Human Rights

Dec 16, 2019

Meena (name changed), a 26-year-old woman from Pune, India, has been receiving assistance from the Family Planning Association. One day, she rushed to the clinic in tears, desperately hoping for some help. Meena continued to cry as the counselor screened her for signs of domestic violence. She...

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...

Is “Wokeness” Killing Yoga?

Is “Wokeness” Killing Yoga?

Dec 06, 2019

Recently, I came upon a blog written by a well known yoga teacher by the name of Gregor Maehle. In it, Maehle berates Sharath Rangaswamy, a young Indian teacher who, as it turns out, is the grandson of the late Pattabhi Jois, founder of Mysore Ashtanga yoga. Several women had come out with...

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...

India Is at an Energy Crossroads

India Is at an Energy Crossroads

Nov 23, 2019

Indian media outlets have been obsessed with air pollution in the capital Delhi over the past few weeks. According to Greenpeace, 22 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities are in India. The air pollution — not just in Delhi, but several northern Indian cities — has become a matter of...

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...

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