Why We’re Not Losing: Decoding Indian Sexuality Politics in an Election Year

 Svati Shah provides a historical sketch of the recent 377 judgement, and frames 377 against the broader backdrop of both the vital LGBTQI movements protesting this law and Narendra Modi's ongoing campaign to be India's next prime minister.

To the Hindu middle-class: Why “wait and see” won’t cut it

In 2006 and 2007, I spent several months in Ahmedabad while on a fellowship from my university in the US. During my time in Ahmedabad, I interacted with the mostly-Hindu NGO staff where I was based, residents of the largely Hindu shantytown where the NGO was working, and professors at Gujarat University. Less than five years had passed since the city had gone through its nightmare: vicious riots involving saffron-clad men entering urban neighborhoods and brutalizing, gang-raping, and burning other human beings. Some 1,500 Muslims were killed.

The Time is Right for the Desi Vote

The South Asian community of New York City provides a compelling case for what a widespread and organized effort to register and mobilize voters could look like.

From a Musharraf policy to a Pakistan policy

As Americans vote for a new presidential candidate, there is hope that Biden's proposal may have some impact in influencing a new foreign policy pact and partnership with Pakistan.

From Barely Relevant to Key Voting Bloc

In a matter of months, what was considered a politically inactive community unable to leverage its political power was now being wooed by the rival parties for its attention. The South Asian and West Indian enclaves of Richmond Hill and Ozone Park became integral in deciding which party would control the New York State Senate.

Dreaming from the Center

Barack Obama and the Progressive Agenda

Anarchy in the Ranks

Building Sustainable Mass Movements

The Election of Homophobia and Misogyny

It is time to confront theocratic bigotry head on.

Crimes of Speech

"The infamous George Allen "macaca" comment is part of a long history of offensive speech. The words, though, are only the tip of the iceberg, walking the talk is the real challenge for politicians."

Martial Law Ma-sha-allah

The current events in Pakistan are nothing more than a replay of an old story. We have a threat to the United States (communism now replaced with 'Islamofascism'), the ensuing billions of dollars in aid to fend off the threat, a suspended judiciary, and of course le generale du jour.

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