India: Between Religious Murder and Secularism

January 05, 2018

As a society, India must admit that religious extremism and hatred are deeply entrenched in its sociocultural body politic. On December 6, 2017, a Muslim migrant laborer, Mohammed Afrazul, was hacked to death and set on fire by an unemployed Hindu fanatic Shambhu Lal Regar in a small, sleepy...

Silencing of Dissent in India Spells a Weakness of Democracy

October 25, 2017

Across India, dissenters from the mainstream narrative pay the ultimate price for their opinions. India has a rich history of questioning and philosophizing. In ancient India, women like Gargi were lauded for their ability to tire people at debates. Atal Behari Vajpayee, India’s former prime...

Do Not Mistake a Pious Muslim for a Terrorist

March 21, 2017

How the war on terror is becoming incorporated into mainstream politics. Well before Donald Trump was elected and Geert Wilders threatened to close all the mosques in the Netherlands, Muslims have been disproportionately affected by reactionary politicians' lack of commitment to universal human...