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In This Holy Month of Muharram Salman Rushdie Will End Up Looking Like a Martyr

This entire Salman Rushdie attack has really disturbed me. On the one hand, Salman is…

India@75: The Country has Much to Congratulate Itself But for the Unraveling of its Plural National Identity

The Indian state completed 75 years of existence on August 15. A stock-taking reveals much…

Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Taliban’s Complicated Relationship With Jihadists

Ayman Al-Zawahiri was killed in Afghanistan recently. Zawahiri was notorious for his role in Al-Qaeda…

A Measure of Hypocrisy: Salman Rushdie and the Inevitability of a ‘Vijayanagara Ghar Wapasi’

Strangely enough, just two hours before Salman Rushdie was brutally stabbed in upstate New York,…

The Girl and Goddess: A Phenomenon Named Nikita Gill, British-Indian Poet, Playwright and Writer

Bold, brutally frank and bright, are the three adjectives that sum up Nikita Gill, whose…

India@75: Jai Hind and Happy Birthday Big Momma. Continue to Soar My Beloved Country!

My beloved India, you continue to be one of the biggest paradoxes I have ever…

Into the Bowels of Fascism: My Emotionally Draining Yet Essential Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich

I will not call myself a history buff by any means. It wasn’t one of…

India@75: The Need for a Continual, Critical, Reflective, Comprehensive, and Honest Conversation Around 1947

“Zaam na, zaam na; kisu teyi zaam naa” (“I won’t leave, I won’t; not for…

India@75: Memories of Growing Up in Independent, Impoverished, and Innocent Country of My Childhood

I was born six years after India became an independent nation and three years after…

How Hinduphobic Attacks Against Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi Were Resoundingly Rejected by His Constituents in Illinois

It was the year 1911. Sara Chapman Bull, a resident of Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts,…

Ghalib of Our Time: My Brief Meeting With the Man Whose Lyrics Made My World a Better Place

At a recent concert in San Jose, California, I had a surreal moment of meeting…

White Man’s Burden?: A ‘Christian’ Britain’s Lesson in Tolerance for ‘Hindu’ India

Rishi Sunak, a British politician of Indian origin, is in the running to be prime…