Kamala Devi Harris made history when she became the first Indian and Black Vice President in the history of the United States in 2020. Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal, Ami Bera, and Raja Krisnamoorthi currently make up the so-called “Samosa Congress” in the U.S. Congress. In Canada, Jagmeet Singh’s New Democratic Party is making waves. And in the U.K., British Indians in the Boris Johnson administration, such as Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak, are enacting far-reaching immigration and economic policy. Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan serves as the mayor of London.
In South Asia, we cover everything from the rise of Bangladesh and the machinations of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party and Pakistan’s Imran Khan. We’ve reported on how China is encroaching upon South Asia with its Belt and Road Initiative, the contentious maps of Nepal, and how politics influences the media in India.
Why it matters: South Asia is a growing part of global GDP and the world economy. At the same time, more South Asians are playing a part in governments around the world. Our goal is to bring you the latest in political news and dig deeper into issues and debates than other publications.
Does Yale Discriminate Against Asian Americans?
Eleven Asian American students looked at their admissions files. They were surprised by what they found.
‘Who is Amritpal Singh?’ is the Wrong Question
This is not a story about the separatist leader, whom few support, but about the decades-long oppression of the people of Punjab.
Humza Yousaf, the Next Leader of Scotland, Makes History
The first Muslim, Pakistani-origin, and youngest Scottish first minister assumed his new role today. Less is known about whether he can deliver on his promises.
Why India is Half an Hour Off Global Time Zones
Colonial control, nation-building, and political rivalry dictated elements of subcontinental life — including time itself.
Catherine Duleep Singh, the Queer, Sikh, Nazi-Defiant Princess
The lesser-known story of a Punjabi heiress who fought for women’s rights and was an extraordinary Jewish ally.
How Kailasa, a Fake Hindu Nation, Conned Millions
Indian cult leader Nithyananda’s brainchild has scammed U.S. cities, several countries, and even the United Nations. But what of his countless abuse victims, who still await justice?
The Kaurs of 1984: The Unsung Heroes of India’s Anti-Sikh Genocide
When the government and police watched Delhi burn, Sikh women stepped in and saved hundreds of lives.
Saffron, the Hue of the Gods Enmeshed in Scandal
How the color that once conveyed divinity, piety, and national pride became weaponized.
How Indo-Fijians Found a Home in California
Centuries of colonial abuse and decades of discrimination fueled an exodus to a state where about 75% of Fijian Americans live today.
The Black Rulers of South Asia
Former slaves from Africa ascended to power during a time when the subcontinent had far greater social mobility and, perhaps, meritocracy.
Jemima Khan’s So-Called ‘Love Letter’ to Pakistan
While married to Imran Khan, the British socialite was reviled and beloved. With a new film about her time in her adopted country, where does she stand today?
Noor Inayat Khan, Unlikely War Hero
Officers believed she was physically and temperamentally unsuited to be a spy. Instead, the British Indian princess outlasted her peers and was a groundbreaking agent of resistance.
Opinion: The World Cup is Over. But What About the Migrant Workers?
The international soccer tournament was supposed to prioritize worker welfare. But over 6,750 South Asians have died since Qatar won its bid in 2010.
How Anti-Asian Bias Came to U.S. Colleges
Asian Americans overwhelmingly support affirmative action. Yet, the anti-Asian college admissions playbook is reminiscent of 1920s anti-Semitic policies.
The Devastating Colonial Legacy of Dams in Pakistan
Though at least ten dams have burst since this year’s deadly flooding, the country has long promoted them as the magical solution to its woes.
Rishi Sunak is U.K. Prime Minister. Now What?
Can the former chancellor of the exchequer get the U.K. through an unprecedented economic crisis? Experts say the answer is not so clear-cut.
Rishi Sunak is the Next U.K. Prime Minister, Making History
The former chancellor of the exchequer, 42, is the first person of color, first person of Indian origin, and first Hindu to take on the top role in the country.
What the Koh-i-noor Really Represents
As South Asians worldwide clamor for the diamond’s return, they risk losing something far more critical.
The Rise of South Asian Studies in U.S. Colleges
College students are increasingly tapping into their heritage not just at home but also at school. But access and resources aren’t always equal.
The Disappearing Sweets of Bengal
The region renowned for its sweet tooth endured multiple conflicts and divisions, losing many of its creative mishti-making traditions in the process.
The Fight to Teach Partition in the West
Despite significant South Asian populations, U.S., U.K., and Canadian schools rarely teach students about one of the largest and deadliest mass migrations in history.
How ‘Garm Hava’ Reframes the Partition Narrative
Instead of focusing on the traumatic events of Partition, the 1974 M.S. Sathyu film provides a searing look at what happened after.
How Much Did British Colonization Cost India?
One historian puts the figure at $45 trillion. Others say focusing on the size of the British Raj’s bill misses the bigger picture.
The Unsolved Mystery of Heart Disease in South Asians
High rates of heart issues have plagued South Asians — and confounded researchers — for years. A new bill hopes to change that.
Is Rishi Sunak the Next U.K. Prime Minister?
How the former chancellor, and other South Asian candidates, came to dominate the nearly all-white Conservative Party.
How the Rajapaksas Lost Sri Lanka
The family held positions in the island nation’s government for 15 years but are now ousted and on the run.
Pramila Jayapal: “You Are Absolutely Right to be Terrified”
The U.S. Congress member shares her experience with abortion and the path forward to securing abortion rights in a post-Roe United States.
The Truth About Sex-Selective Abortion and South Asian Americans
How a 2008 paper sparked a pervasive myth about Indian and Chinese Americans.
Indian American Congress Members Weigh in on the Nation’s Biggest Issues
We spoke with U.S. Representatives Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, and Raja Krishnamoorthi about Roe v. Wade, combating inflation, and how the “Samosa Caucus” got its name.
India’s Parallel Cinema Remains Unmatched
Govind Nihalani’s ‘Party’ was among a slate of films that used realism to challenge political power. Where are such movies now?
In Urvashi Vaid’s World, All Were Welcome
The Indian American LGBTQ activist fought for equality for all, and made queer South Asians feel seen, heard, and loved.
Subhas Chandra Bose: A Legacy of Contradictions
The Bengali leader who fought for India’s independence admired both Nazi Germany and Soviet Communism. Some have tried to erase his story; others have co-opted him.
A Guide to Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis — And What Comes Next
For the first time since its 1948 independence, Sri Lanka has defaulted on its debts as it plunges deeper into an economic and constitutional crisis.
Where is Bobby Jindal?
The once-rising star of the Republican party — the second Indian American to be elected to Congress — has receded from the public eye, leaving us to examine his mixed legacy.
What Makes The Kashmir Files Controversial
The blockbuster film has repurposed the true story of the horrific mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits for political gain, fanning calls for violence.
India Walks Diplomatic Tightrope on Ukraine as it Brings Students Home
India has made international waves for taking a neutral stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while it aims to evacuate over 15,000 citizens stranded in the country under attack.
Yogi Adityanath, the Militant Monk
In 2017 Uttar Pradesh swore him in as its Chief Minister. Now, there is no man more powerful, visible, and controversial in India’s most populous state.
South Asian Candidates Aim to Grow Congress’s “Samosa Caucus”
North Carolina’s Nida Allam and California’s Shrina Kurani are among a new generation of politicos aiming to make history in this year’s midterm elections.
Heading into 2022, Indians Seeking Visa Renewals are Still in Limbo
Though the State Department has reduced its backlog this year from a peak of 531,976 in July to 461,125 in November, for many, the progress hasn’t been fast enough.
For NYC Council Member-Elect Shekar Krishnan, Solving Systemic Inequality Starts from Within
The first Indian American to represent Jackson Heights and Elmhurst has long advocated for change. Now, he has a plan to fight for change from the inside.
Meet the Newly Elected South Asian American Lawmakers
Affordable housing, environmental protection, and racial equity top many of the to-do lists of the newly elected legislators, such as Shahana Hanif from New York City and Aftab Pureval from Ohio.
A Border Apart: Stories of Families Divided by Partition
The effects of Partition in 1947 still linger today. Families separated by the borders between India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh tell their stories of love, heartbreak, and finding connection.
Opinion: How the U.S. Failed Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan
The U.S. administration congratulated themselves on their evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. A volunteer on the ground in Kabul writes about how botched these efforts really were.
Opinion: Aryan Khan is Paying the Price for Being Muslim in India
Though they couldn’t find any drugs on him, officials arrested Shah Rukh Khan’s son during a drug raid and denied him bail — a reminder that being Muslim in India means living at the government’s mercy.
Excerpt: "We're Speaking: The Life Lessons of Kamala Harris"
The forthcoming book chronicles the U.S. vice president’s ascent, with lessons about work, family, and overcoming adversity.
Dinesh D’Souza, the Conservatives’ “Boy from Bombay”
The right-wing pundit’s journey to over 1.8 million Twitter followers reflects how the Republican Party shifted so quickly from the party of John McCain to the party of Donald Trump.
East Indian Sugar: The Sweeter of Two Evils
The search for sugar that wasn’t produced by slave labor led the British to another faraway colony: India. But was Indian sugar ever free?
The Cultural Appropriation of Dalit Music
For Dalit artists, music and performance have been tools of cultural resistance. But mainstream Indian media has glamorized and sanitized this history.
How Gen Z is Fighting for Afghanistan’s Future
A generation of Afghans born after 9/11 have no memory of life under Taliban rule. They are now speaking up and pushing back.
“We Have All Failed the Afghan People”: A Conversation on Afghanistan
We spoke with political analyst Mariam Jalalzada and migration expert Shahla Naimi on what comes next for the nation and its people.
Thuggee: “The Cunningest Robbers in the World”
In the 1800s, the British claimed to have vanquished a secret cult of Kali-worshipping murderers in India. But did they ever exist?
Opinion: As Afghanistan Falls, What Happens to its Artists?
A musician remembers an Afghanistan brimming with creativity and energy. Now, he fears what might be extinguished.
Memories of Partition, from Our Readers
We asked The Juggernaut readers to share their family’s memories of Partition. These are their stories, in their words.
Our Stories on Afghanistan
As we work to center Afghan voices and commission pieces with their words, revisit our stories from our archives.
Pegasus: How Israeli Software Spied on Indian Citizens
The revelation has led to widespread civilian outrage and paranoia. Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of treason in what’s being touted as “India’s Watergate.”
How India Loved, Lost, and Returned to Coca-Cola
In India, a bottle of Coca-Cola is synonymous with celebration. But the country's love affair with the soda wasn't always smooth sailing — Coke was banned in India for nearly 20 years.
Edwina and Nehru: Love in the Shadow of Empire
The last vicereine of the British Raj and the first prime minister of India shared a profound connection that still captures imaginations today.
The Myth of Canadian Niceness
The country’s public image as a nation of polite people is cracking under the weight of discrimination and violence against immigrants, indigenous people, and minorities.
The Very Public Persona of Kamala Harris
The current U.S. vice president represents a lot of things to a lot of people. Yet, among the public expectations, she is struggling to find a singular political voice.
Why South Asians Feel Abandoned in the Anti-Asian Hate Conversation
The recent spike in and discourse around hate crimes against East and Southeast Asians in North America has brought up familiar feelings for South Asians. But not all feel like they’re part of the conversation.
How Princess Diana’s 1995 Interview Could Royally Damage the BBC
Twenty-six years after journalist Martin Bashir’s controversial interview with Lady Di, both the Crown and the BBC are once again under scrutiny.
How BAPS Built a Global Brand of Hinduism — and Brought Its Practices Stateside
The group, over a 100 years old, has recently come under scrutiny for casteist labor practices in New Jersey, but has long been known for temple building around the world.
“Redemption on the Cheap”: Will Anti-Asian Hate Crime Legislation Work?
As the House prepares to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, experts fear that it might do little to curb violence against Asian Americans.
Explained: The Israel-Palestine Conflict and South Asian Diplomacy
South Asian countries have historically viewed the Israel-Palestine conflict as a symptom of British interference. More recently, they balance economic ties with Israel, while supporting the Palestinian cause.
The Once and Future Tibet
As Tibetans in exile elect their latest political leader, will he be enough to unite a stateless, scattered community — especially after the 14th Dalai Lama is gone?
“The Great Escape”: Sri Lanka and the Maldives Bear the Brunt of COVID Vacations
India’s elite continued to vacation in the island nations amid a raging pandemic.
Reenvisioning How U.S. Textbooks Tell South Asian Stories
A new ethnic studies curriculum for California’s public schools was poised to become a national blueprint; instead, it is now a mere recommendation.
To Be a Non-COVID Patient in India Right Now
With the country’s overburdened healthcare system focused on fighting COVID, non-COVID patients assume lowest priority.
“Your Silence Will Be Remembered”
Why Indian celebrities are mum about the politics of India’s COVID-19 crisis.
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
This May, a roundup of 15 stories from our archives that celebrate Asian American life, love, culture, and history.
How India’s COVID Surge is Fueling the Vaccine Diplomacy Debate
Who gets to decide which country gets which vaccine?
Opinion: Ambedkar’s American Comeback
Despite America’s relatively newfound interest in Ambedkar’s work, it will take another decade for him to become a household name.
Biden is Embracing FDR’s Radicalism — With a Crucial Difference
As he channels the World War II-era president in setting his agenda during the first 100 days, Biden is relying on Kamala Harris as his partner.
How Twitter became India’s COVID E.R.
Jaded by the health care system, Indians are taking to social media, offering and requesting help to save lives. But this is no feel-good human story.
Valarie Kaur: “Grieve with Us, Stand with Us, Reach Out to Us”
The civil rights lawyer, filmmaker, and Sikh American activist speaks out about the recent Indianapolis shooting, which killed four Sikh Americans.
Beyond Indianapolis: The Enduring Trauma of Anti-Sikh Violence in America
“I have been spat at and asked to go back, just because of our clothing, just because of our skin color, just because of our articles of faith.”
How Recent Senate Hearings are Confirming our Fears of Sexism
In the taxonomy of American power, vocal women are castigated for taking up any space at all.
A Year into Lockdown, South Asian New Yorkers Share their Stories
Six South Asians — the Asian subgroup with the highest number of positive cases and hospitalizations — lay bare their pandemic experiences.
The Fight for Dalit Rights in Pakistan
Despite the country’s refusal to acknowledge caste, pockets of activists continue to challenge an entrenched system of discrimination.
Opinion: The Resurrection of Imran Khan
Despite a long and fraught journey, Pakistan’s prime minister might be the first to finish his term in the country’s history.
Why Everyone’s Talking About the Oxford Student Union Case
Rashmi Samant made history as the first Indian woman to be elected student body president, when controversial social media posts emerged.
How the Indian Media Became a Funhouse Mirror
Should the media reflect the will of the people? Or tell the truths you might not know? For Modi supporters, the answer is clear.
Nearly 50 Years After their Expulsion, Asian Ugandans Still Remember Home
Younger generations are grappling with not only the trauma of leaving their homes, but also their community’s colonial complicity.
Myanmar: A Brief History of Military Rule
After less than a decade of democracy, the military has once more taken control of the government.
Dissenting Cinema: Why India Censors Films
The Indian government has long been quick to censor content that poses a challenge to the reigning politics of the time.
Deep Dive: Inside the Indian Twittersphere
How the BJP exploited Twitter and created the world’s largest non-stop political campaign.
How the Indian Judiciary Lets Down Sexual Assault Victims
Two cases in the past year alone highlight how India’s approach to adjudicating sexual assault is outdated at best, dangerous at worst.
For NYC Taxi Drivers, Debt Relief is a Lifeline
After years of struggling with loans, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City cab drivers are speaking up.
Why Everyone is Talking About Disha Ravi
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted out a toolkit to help mobilize allies of India’s protesting farmers. Here’s how it led to the arrest of a student in Bangalore.
Why Everyone is Talking About Nodeep Kaur
The Dalit labor rights activist, who protested alongside farmers, was arrested on January 12. Allegations of her torture and sexual assault at the hands of police have garnered international attention.
New Report Finds 49% of Indian Americans Approve of Modi
The research challenges commonly-held notions, such as whether Modi supporters are de facto Trump supporters.
Twitter and Indian Government in Standoff Over Farmers’ Protest Tweets
As the Indian government strives to clamp down on dissent, Twitter finds itself at the center of a thorny battle between civil liberties and local laws.
India’s Farmer Protests: An In-Depth Explainer
We give you the context for why India’s farmer protests are making headlines, and what the protesters are fighting for.
South Asian Americans Tap Into Their Community To Kickstart Their Political Careers
We crunched the numbers to look at how South Asian Americans donated to electoral races over the past few years. Here’s what we found.
When Rang De Basanti Taught Us to Be Angry
The radical film — which turns 15 today — roused a generation, sending political shockwaves throughout India for years to come.
India Prepares to Vaccinate the World, Starting with Itself
As India launches its ambitious vaccine program, scientists fear the government is prioritizing national pride above national safety.
Opinion: Kamala Harris is Not Your Aunty
Is referring to Vice President Harris as ‘aunty’ a term of kinship, or a potentially insidious erasure of her professional accomplishments?
Kamala Devi Harris Sworn in As Vice President
Unity and diversity were the clear messages behind today’s inauguration ceremony.
Meet the South Asian Members of the Biden-Harris Administration
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have selected at least 25 South Asian Americans to work with them.
Why Some Pakistanis Will Miss Trump
For many living in Pakistan, Trump’s administration will be remembered as a respite from drone strikes, and from the war in Afghanistan.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Pilgrimage to India
History still sees the legacies of the civil rights activist and independence leader Mahatma Gandhi as deeply intertwined.
Kamala Harris Vogue Cover Sparks Controversy
Vogue’s decision to portray Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as “approachable,” rather than powerful, draws criticism and demands for more diversity.
The Indian Americans Who Rallied at Capitol Hill
The Indian and the Confederate flags were flying together during the recent storming of Capitol Hill.
How Brown Democrats Mobilized in Georgia
A record turnout of South Asian American voters helped swing the Georgia runoffs.
The Rise and Fall of India’s Congress Party
How the party of the left turned “secularism” into a dirty word.
The Indian Tech Trends of 2020
How the industry changed in 2020, and where it’s headed next.
A Year After CAA, India Doubles Down on Dissent
December 12, 2020, marked the one-year anniversary of the enactment of CAA. A global pandemic hasn’t stopped India from going after its own citizens.
We Spoke to Doctors Who Took the COVID-19 Vaccine — Here’s What They Said
Healthcare workers roll up their sleeves during the first phase of U.S. distribution.
Opinion: How Biden Flipped Pennsylvania
The campaign's Deputy Data Director in the swing state reflects on what a Biden win means for the next four years.
The Next Wave of Brown Voters
The 2020 presidential elections give us new insights into the politics of Brown Gen Z voters.
All Punch, No Pay: The Story of Pakistan's Female Boxers
Once lauded internationally, Pakistan’s best female boxers are fighting to make ends meet.
Sex, War, and Saadat Hasan Manto
A writer who sought both justice and pleasure, Manto told the truth but didn’t preach it.
India’s ‘Love Jihad Law' Explained
A new law promises to protect women being tricked into conversion. We explain what this law does, and why it’s being passed now.
Remembering the Bhopal Gas Disaster
The son of a survivor reflects on one of the worst environmental disasters in history, and the American company that continues to evade justice 36 years later.
Farmers March to Delhi to Protest Deregulation
A new bill deregulating the agricultural industry has caused an uproar amongst farmers, who are protesting by the thousands in Delhi’s streets.
Glimpses of the Kalash People
One traveler reflects on the Kalash tribe, who have lived for centuries in isolation in the Hindu Kush mountains, and fights to preserve its culture in present-day Pakistan.
The Vigilante News Anchor Who Changed Indian TV
In a time of deteriorating press freedom, audiences and the BJP have found a champion in Arnab Goswami, who promises to deliver the justice that the media has failed to bring.
Did Climate Change Cause the Collapse of the Indus Civilization?
Environmental lessons from our Harappan ancestors — in illustrations.
Kamala Made History — Now Everyone’s Revisiting Hers
Harris's groundbreaking victory is causing the Brown community to confront the limitations of identity politics, as well as its rewards.
In an Election of Many Firsts, Kamala Harris Elected VP
Amid a pandemic, America propeled Biden and Harris to the top political offices in 2020, the highest voter turnout year yet.
We Talked 2020 Election Results with Brown Americans — Here’s What They Said
Taxes, “legal” immigration, and the death of democracy — voters and non-voters alike are speculating how the election will change things in 2021 and beyond.
Sri Preston Kulkarni’s Fight to Win Texas’s 22nd Congressional District
The Democratic House candidate seemed poised to win the traditionally red district, but lost by fewer than 30,000 votes. What happened?
Why Many Indian American Christians Support Trump
Among Indian Americans, a new survey reports that Christians are the religious community most supportive of Trump (45%). We dig into the stories behind the data.
The Death Penalty Won’t Curb Rape In Bangladesh — Here’s Why
Activists say it’s not just about the maximum punishment for rape — Bangladesh’s judicial system rarely metes out justice for rape survivors.
The Politics of Indian Punk
Some of the most compelling art and critical insight into the country's sociopolitical issues is coming from the fringes of India's music communities: its punks.
Opinion: Why More South Asian Americans Are Running for Office
More candidates are running — and winning — during this undeniable moment.
New Survey Breaks Down the Indian American Vote
The Indian American Attitudes Survey confirms that most support Biden, and provides surprising insights into the 22% who support Trump.
Opinion: Is Kangana Ranaut the Most Powerful Woman in Bollywood?
The actor has traded being crushed beneath Bollywood’s glass ceiling for a leading role in the witch hunts of the Hindu Right.
How Pakistan Dodged the Worst of COVID-19
This was an unexpected result in a country whose neighbors — India and Bangladesh — still have growing case numbers. But the country might not be out of danger just yet.
Pakistani Women Said #MeToo — Now They're Getting Sued
Women who take to the streets and the internet to protest in Pakistan are being targeted by the very internet harassment law — PECA — that promised to protect them.
Opinion: To Be Black and Indian Right Now
As the country struggles to understand the dual narrative of its Black-South Asian vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, one man reflects on his own identity.
Bindy Johal: A Criminal to Most, a Folk Hero to Many
The Vancouver-based Punjabi gangster shed light on the darker side of the Indo-Canadian dream.
What Detroit Tells Us About How America Divides its Black and Brown Communities
As protests for Black lives continue nationwide, South Asian organizers in the metro Detroit area are challenging anti-Blackness — and narratives about Detroit — in their communities.
The Indians of South Africa: A Voyage of Generations
The centuries-old South African Indian community is part of the largest Indian diaspora living in a single city.
How the Death of a Bollywood Actor Became a Political Proxy War
Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide fueled a four-month-long media circus, with internet mobs and politicians destroying lives and livelihoods in the name of “Justice for Sushant.”
Pakistani Government Swipes Left On Tinder
The national ban against key dating apps is yet another avenue for the government to morally police young Pakistanis.
Biden Tries to Woo Indian American Voters — Did Trump Get There First?
Democratic grassroots organizations are pushing for the Biden-Harris ticket, worried that Trump will capture Indian American voters on the fence.
How Kala Bagai Came Home
In the streets of U.S. cities, Brown history is often invisible. It took a group of historians and Berkeley activists to address an injustice committed over a hundred years ago.
Stick Figures and Subversion
Despite shrinking space for dissent, amateur comic artists are continuing India’s long tradition of political cartoons and commentary.
Pranab Mukherjee, The Improbable President
The greatest skill of the former President of India was his ability to guide power — even when it thwarted his ambitions to become prime minister.
'A Political Awakening': South Asians Play Growing Role in U.S. Elections
From ‘Hindus for Trump’ to the Kamala Harris effect, the fast-growing group could tilt the election in key states.
How Nikki Haley Rose Through Republican Ranks
The Punjabi American, who was South Carolina’s youngest governor, has the unparalleled ability to adapt to her party’s changing winds.
Anti-Blackness in the Indo-Caribbean Diaspora
Despite Afro- and Indo-Caribbeans living and working together for over a century, anti-Blackness is still persistent.
The Messy Race Categories of the U.S. Census
Until 2000, the decennial survey classified South Asians differently almost every decade.
Kamala Harris Leaves Young South Asians Divided
Though Harris is ranked as the most progressive senator in Congress today, Gen Z South Asians are less forgiving of her record as attorney general.
Why a Mexican Nightclub is Named After an Indian Freedom Fighter
Though many may not know international communist operative M.N. Roy today, he was a complicated model for transnational activism.
Kamala Devi Harris Makes History
Voters are already crossing both party and ideological lines to support the Biden-Harris ticket.
Will the U.S. Lose its Sheen for International Students?
As the Trump administration pushes policies that make it more difficult for international students to study in the U.S., Asian students are disproportionately affected.
Times Square’s Ram Mandir Billboards Spark Celebration, Protests
Critics pressured ad agencies to withdraw the billboards over concerns about Hindu nationalism; devotees still gathered to celebrate the temple.
The Last Gasp of Afghanistan’s Sikhs and Hindus
After decades of persecution, the once-thriving communities are now on the verge of disappearing.
Can China and India Coexist in Peace?
If India and China cannot manage their insecurities, they will only keep butting heads — and not just at their border.
Asian America Writes “Letters for Black Lives”
Working in over 40 languages, Asian Americans ask community elders to reconsider their commitments to Black people.
Why the H-1B System is Broken
Though the H-1B visa opens up opportunities for immigrants, outsourcing companies tend to monopolize the visa, pay low wages, and award it to non-specialists.
India and Nepal: A Tale of Two Maps
The India-Nepal border dispute isn’t new — but this time, it’s louder and hyped by competitive nationalism.
Opinion: Britain’s Forgotten Immigrants
The U.K. repeatedly forgets the legacy of South Asian immigrants on its frontlines — from the trenches to hospital wards.
India’s Battle for LGBTQ Rights is Far from Over
Two years after India’s Supreme Court revoked Section 377 — which criminalized homosexuality — violence, assaults, and discrimination are still the norm.
Why Test Scores Can Be a “Proxy for Privilege”
For many South Asian Americans — even those who excel at tests — test-based admissions are a flawed system.
“Let My Building Burn”
Restaurateur Ruhel Islam is one of several South Asian Americans demonstrating a new kind of allyship with Black Lives Matter — one that is more vocal, forceful, and humble.
Pramila Jayapal Goes Against the Grain
The first Indian American woman in the U.S. House is not afraid to fight for progressive policies.
The Jews of India
For 2,000 years, India has been home to a small but prominent Jewish community. So what makes India one of the safest places for Jews in the world?
“Everyone Can Do Something”
Entrepreneur Meena Harris talks about Black Lives Matter and her latest book: no one can do everything, but every person can play a role in effecting change.
What’s Really Killing Us?
Many South Asian Americans were facing poverty and other systemic issues long before the coronavirus hit. Now, the virus is making them much worse.
Opinion: How Do We Move Forward?
Reducing the suffering of others is a habit, not a momentary concern.
Opinion: Why I Protest
It was Black America that embraced South Asians, who often refuse to discuss race.
Revisiting the Model Minority Myth, 20 Years Later
Two decades after the publication of ‘The Karma of Brown Folk,’ Vijay Prashad revisits his seminal book and advocates for concrete change today.
The South Asian Americans Claiming Political Capital
In 2020, over 30 South Asians are running for the U.S. House or Senate.
Pepper Spray, Flash Bangs, and an Open Door
Rahul Dubey opened up his Dupont Circle home as a refuge for protesters in Washington, D.C.
The South Asian Americans Left Behind
The U.S. CARES Act left many non-citizens ineligible for stimulus checks. The HEROES Act could change the conversation.
How Coronavirus May Help the World’s Final Battle Against Polio
In one of the globe’s last polio-endemic countries, Pakistanis are finally realizing the importance of vaccines — in the absence of one for COVID-19.
The South Asian Frontliners of New York
As COVID-19 sweeps the city, it’s not just healthcare workers who are stepping up to fill essential services.
Stranded Travelers Face Pricey Repatriation Flights
For Indian and U.S. nationals, getting on pandemic repatriation flights is an expensive, uncertain ordeal.
The Murky History of “South Asia”
How brown people around the world reclaimed a term created by CIA-funded orientalists.
Why Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Matters
May recognizes Asian American diversity but will political representation and corporate spending follow?
The Unexpected Rise of Rishi Sunak
U.K. citizens are finding comfort in the Chancellor’s well-informed nerdiness during an uncertain time.
What Trump’s Executive Order Actually Means for Jobs
President Donald Trump’s executive order claims to protect American jobs from immigrants — but it might be more about optics.
Coronavirus and “The World’s Pharmacy”
How Indian pharmaceutical companies are supplying the U.S. with hydroxychloroquine after Western pharma has been trying to undermine Indian pharma for years.
Seema Verma and the #DesiWallofShame
The U.S. coronavirus task force member is the latest Indian American to receive flak, for her work in the Trump administration dismantling federal healthcare systems.
Marginalized in a Pandemic
Communities on the margins in Pakistan face challenges as COVID-19 spreads and right-wing organizations continue to fan hatred against them.
How India’s Coronavirus Lockdown Failed Its Migrant Workers
The abrupt shutdown left India's 120 million migrant laborers in the lurch — states, civilians, and companies had to scramble to their defense.
Brown Memes on Corona Themes
In the age of coronavirus, memes are no longer just a time sink — they’re also a source of hope.
Azadi Records, India’s Most Provocative Record Label
The three-year-old music label is fighting for the truth — no matter the cost.
Amid World's Largest Lockdown, the Ramayan is Back
The popular television show used to bring India to a halt when it aired decades ago. Now, it’s making a comeback while Indians are housebound.
Masala y Maiz: Colonized Tastebuds Not Welcome
The Mexico City restaurant doesn’t just serve a mix of flavors from South Asia and Mexico — it’s also unapologetically political.
Indian Chill in the Age of Corona
On Monday, India told residents to “prepare, but do not panic.” Right now, however, it looks like Indians are doing neither.
When Parents Love Modi
What happens when the people who condone Hindutva are your family?
“Not Indian Enough”
Despite maintaining their Indian traditions for over a hundred years, Indo-Caribbeans still grapple with defending their identity.
The Jungle Prince and the Western Gaze
How Western media built and unraveled a myth.
The Delhi Riots in Photos: Fake News, Real Blood
Understanding the 2020 Delhi anti-Muslim pogrom in Modi's censored India, in photos.
Fake News, Real Blood
Understanding the Delhi anti-Muslim pogrom in Modi’s censored India.
Elizabeth Warren Holds a Mirror to Our Failing
Nobody *deserves* to be president. But Warren deserved better than she got.
Why India’s Supreme Court is the Last Recourse for Justice
Historically the greatest obstacle to rewriting the country’s constitution, the highest court today is being subverted by Modi’s government.
What is the Religion of Bollywood?
How the default lens of India’s most visible film industry others Muslims.
For South Asian Americans, Bloomberg Will Do
South Asian American voters want a candidate that can defeat Donald Trump in November — Bloomberg or otherwise.
My Family’s Anti-Blackness and Boris Johnson’s Cabinet
My Indian family fled from Uganda to the U.K. — that still doesn’t give them or other South Asian Brits the right to be racist.
Brownpandering is a Thing
Political campaigns have started wooing brown people, sometimes authentically, sometimes not.
India and the U.S., An Uncertain Future
Trump may be visiting India, but the U.S. is still overlooking India at its peril.
Opinion: The Hope of India’s Aam Aadmi Party
Other than the Bharatiya Janata Party, the AAP is the only game in town — but capturing the imagination of a billion-plus nation is an uphill battle.
Why South Asia Might Avoid the Worst of the Coronavirus
China is more connected to South Asia than ever before but experts believe South Asia won’t fall too hard.
Know Your Muse: Gobind Behari Lal, Founder of American Science Journalism
The first South Asian Pulitzer Prize winner fought for India’s independence and brought science to the masses.
Amid India’s CAA Protests, the Nuances of the Northeast Are Lost — Yet Again
In India’s northeast, the sentiment around foreigners is as diverse as the indigenous minorities in the region.
The Black-Dalit Solidarity Movement
For decades, Black and Dalit activists have taken inspiration from each other.
The American Diaspora Protests CAA
On Sunday’s National Day of Action, South Asians across the country came together to protest the new India.
CAA and The Instagram Baddie
Should diasporic influencers pause self-exoticizing on Instagram and sound the alarm against fascism?
The American Nightmare
In Here We Are, Aarti Shahani tells the story of her wrongfully jailed father and uncle, and explores the ugly underbelly of the American dream.
2019: South Asia in Review
We’re highlighting the 10 trends we saw in 2019 and the five trends brewing in 2020.
The Decade’s Seven Definitive Diaspora Moments
Where we’ve been in the 2010s, and where we’re going next.
The Citizenship Amendment Act and the Indian American Obligation
A dispatch from India’s protests, and why they matter for the diaspora.
The Last Indian Cane Cutters of Fiji
Starting from the 1800s, the British brought them over as indentured servants to cut sugar cane. Today, they are likely the last of their kind.
The South Asians Running 2020’s Campaigns
A boom in South Asian campaign staffers shows that the South Asian American vote matters. But will their efforts to shape the race work?
Tinku’s Protest Through Love
A Bengali newspaper outed him and his gay marriage to his community back home in 1992. Unfazed, he used it as a teaching moment for others.
Mumbai’s Disappearing Underworld
Bollywood has always drawn inspiration from its home city’s underworld. But where did all the gangsters go?
The Violence of Bangladeshi Student Activism
A recent killing has highlighted how Bangladesh's campuses, once a site for revolution and independence, have taken a turn toward the sinister.
Faiz Shakir Moves the Conversation Left
How the Pakistani American, now Bernie Sanders’s campaign manager, has dedicated his life to building a progressive agenda.
The Dream of Flying
In rural Pakistan, one man’s flight of fancy is up against an impossible reality.
Bernie Sanders and the South Asian Progressives
Thanks to a host of factors, including the rise of Bernie Sanders, there’s a new group of South Asian progressives. They’re gunning for radical change — for all.
Counting South Asian Americans
The demographic is one of the fastest-growing populations in America. But will South Asians be fairly represented this upcoming decennial census?
Kamala Harris's Truth
Lessons from a historic and flailing candidacy.
Ravinder Bhalla, Mayor to All
The Hoboken mayor tells us about his lifelong arc toward politics, why Hoboken matters, and the power of being a visible minority today.
How Activism Has Changed for Kashmiri Americans
The Kashmiris who moved West have seen the fight for statehood morph from an academic movement to something far larger.
Why South Asians Love Reagan
What the popularity of the father of modern conservatism among South Asian Americans tells us.
A 3,000-Mile Journey for Aspiring Punjabi Drivers
Sikhs are transforming the American trucking industry. But for those in New York, becoming a licensed driver starts with a trip to California.
Modi’s Hindu Bubble
Few Howdy Modi! attendees made an effort to understand the protesters who stood outside. Maybe members of the diaspora can have honest conversations only when the patriotic music is turned off.
Opinion: How Modi Capitalizes on the Diaspora
As India Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitches a worldwide Hindu agenda, the diaspora must decide whether feeling like they belong is enough to overlook what he stands for.
Red Dots for Kashmir Can Only Do So Much
Social media, flooded with red dots for Kashmir, has its pitfalls.
What Trans Women Think About India’s Third Gender
While activists in the West fight to introduce transness to the mainstream, India’s trans women face a different task: replacing centuries-old classifications.
Who is Shamima Begum?
The story of a woman who ran away to join ISIS, and what it says about belonging, citizenship, and communities.
Qasim Rashid’s Uphill Battle for State Senate
He’s running to be Virginia’s first Muslim American state senator. Death threats and Islamophobia can’t keep him down.
Why I Don’t Celebrate India Day
Kashmir may have become a union territory of India, but I will never celebrate India’s independence.
The Promised Land
What happens when a country’s foundation is built with a fundamental flaw?
Bhutanese Americans, By the Numbers
Nearly 99% of Bhutanese Americans immigrated to the U.S. in the past two decades, driven by forced migration and a refugee crisis.
Waiting for Authorization
Jobs and internships are at stake as work authorization in the U.S. takes longer than usual to roll in for international students.
Opinion: Who is Kamala Harris Running For?
The presidential candidate has done little for South Asian Americans other than embrace her identity. Should we expect more? What should we expect?
A Temporary Work Visa, A Temporary Home
Many South Asians have built new homes in the U.S., but an erratic immigration system makes it impossible to ever feel settled.
Life in Limbo
Ten years after the Sri Lankan civil war, many Tamil refugees in India are still unsure about their futures.
The Duality of Modi
In the largest democratic exercise in history, India has elected Narendra Modi to the helm once again. Those who choose Modi's form of development are also choosing Hindu nationalism.
Who is Voting in India?
India is diverse, and it’s been difficult to identify consistent voter blocs. However, there are a few demographics that will matter in 2019.
The Weight of Gold for Rohingya Refugees
After losing everything they’ve owned, Rohingya view gold as their most valuable tangible asset.
Photo Essay: Gold in the Kutupalong Camp
For Rohingya women, gold is multifaceted: it represents security and beauty, but also risk and vulnerability.
India Has Higher Voter Turnout Than the United States
Despite fewer resources and more people, India does a better job than the United States at getting its citizens to show up to elections.
What Does It Take To Become an Indian Federal Party?
Of the 465 parties that participated in 2014's federal elections, only 36 wins seats in the Lok Sabha.
Bollywood and the BJP
A biopic on a sitting prime minister, a film glorifying 2016’s surgical strikes, and movies championing Modi’s policies: Bollywood seems increasingly BJP-led.
Where Politics in India and California Collide
Within California’s diverse Indian diaspora, nationalism for both America and India — as well as Hindutva and pride for Narendra Modi and the BJP — thrives.
How Does India's Government Get Elected?
And why was BJP's 2014 win in the Parliament so significant?
In India, Why Do 18- to 22-Year Olds Matter So Much?
45 million people have turned 18 and become eligible to vote since the last election.
Are India’s Electronic Voting Machines Secure?
In the world’s largest democracy, electronic voting has been used a scapegoat for parties to claim fraud, often after they’ve lost. What’s the reality?