Posts tagged: india

  • A Foreigner, a Suspect, outside Kashmir

    To be a Kashmiri in India is to be a stranger in your own country. Writer Majid Maqbool here writes about the experience of Kashmiris under the rule of Modi and the BJP.

  • Salma Bi, whose house was among the five Muslim houses burnt down by Hindu-majoritarian mob Sanjay Nagar in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob

    The Forsaken Ones

    Since the beginning of April, Muslims in India have faced increasing religious persecution and attacks, events that have escalated across the country. Shivangi Mariam Raj reports on this state-led hatred and violence, and the threat of genocide facing the country's 207 million Muslims.

  • Special Police Officers at a Salwa Judum camp, 2009. via The Hindu.

    Hostages to Democracy

    Focussing on the Indian government's counterinsurgency operations against Maoists in Bastar, Nandini Sundar examines how formal democracy works to subvert popular power. 

  • Narendra Modi — then Chief Minister of Gujarat — feeds a cow at an agricultural fair in Dohad, May 2013.

    The Paradox of the Holy Cow

    Historian D.N. Jha describes the contradictions of the purificatory role of cows in early Brāhmaņical society.

  • Detail from "Stalin: 'Russian Revolution has given National Life & Development to Many Groups in Russia,'"1930. via Russian Posters Collection, 1919-1989 and undated. // David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

    Marxism and Nationalism

    Achin Vanaik surveys a large body of theories of the nation and nationalism, and considers them in the context of contemporary India. 

  • Narenda Modi rally, March 2017. via Wikimedia Commons.

    Is Hindu Communalism Fascism?

    From part three of The Rise of Hindu Authoritarianism, Achin Vanaik's proposed framework for evaluating contemporary authoritarianism and nationalism.