Tag: India

The Torturable Class

February 2014

When it comes to Kashmir, India acts as a police state, holding even speech hostage. Why this obsession with narrative control?

Playing Favorites

February 2014

If a company were to commit to decline all government censorship surveillance requests, it would be able to do business precisely nowhere.

Mirza Waheed: An Elegy Sung by Apparitions

January 2014

On the Djinns of Kashmir.

Aditi Sriram: Watch

October 2013

Qawwali, the enchanting song of the Sufis, still possesses the devotees of the Nizamuddin Auliya shrine in Delhi.

Out of Bounds

August 2013

Censorship and freedom of speech in Sri Lanka, India, China, Burma, and England.

Stone Wars

August 2013

In the disputed territory of Kashmir, civilians wage a battle without modern weapons against “the idea of domination.”

Vipralambha (Union Through Separation)

July 2013

Two Dubai-based artists explore a history of political and social tension through border-crossing sounds.

Crossing the Street in Jaipur

May 2013

The activist and author reflects on childhood memories and the traffic of India’s Pink City.

Lewis Lapham: The Conquest of Nature

March 2013

And what we’ve lost.

Impunity in India

February 2013

Major Avtar Singh of the Indian Army’s counterinsurgency in Kashmir killed dozens. India refused to punish him. So did Canada and the U.S., where he killed his family and committed suicide.

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Archaeology of Revolutionary Knowledge

January 2013

Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The intellectuals who remade Asia, has one eye on the history of the East and one eye on its future.

Ashwaq Masoodi: How I Learned to Write Obituaries

January 2013

Growing up in Kashmir, in proximity to death.

We Call This Progress

December 2012

From a speech at the Earth at Risk conference, Roy on the misuses of democracy and the revolutionary power of exclusion.

Amitav Ghosh: Products of Folly

November 2012

The award-winning author on why he loves to write fiction and talk politics, and how nationalism fuels climate change.

The Monkeyman of Delhi

October 2012

Aman Sethi consults a troubled storyteller about the terrifying urban legends proliferating among Delhi’s displaced urban poor.

from The Story of My Assassins

September 2012

His first conscious memory, from the time he was three, was the feel of a rat snake slithering through his hands.

Women in Power and Politics

September 2012

Sonia Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi have overcome tragic and arduous pasts to emerge as leaders of India and Burma. What’s next for these two historical icons?

Reporting Poverty

September 2012

Following three years of research in an Indian slum, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses what language can’t express, her view that nobody is representative, and the ethical dilemmas of writing about the poor.

William D. Hartung: Beyond Nuclear Denial

July 2012

Nuclear weapons don’t get the attention that they once did, but they’re still very much a part of our world.

Juan Cole: Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster

April 2012

The U.S. is pursuing serious multilateral sanctions against Iran, and this isn’t the first time.

Ela Bittencourt: Biotechnology and Its Human Tragedies in India

April 2012

Director Micha X. Peled’s Bitter Seeds is a compelling portrait of families and biotechnology in modern India.

Heaven on Earth

April 2012

On shari’a, genies and the quest for an ancestor

Excavation

May 2011

The author Amitav Ghosh discusses the link between anthropology and writing, The New Yorker’s edit of his essay on the Iraq war, and John Updike’s worst book.

I Won’t Let You Go!

April 2011

It’s the oldest cry resounding from earth to heaven / The solemnest lament, “I won’t let you go!”

To Conquer Her Land

February 2011

The few women in the Indian army are battling not only against their country’s enemies but also against poverty, patriarchy, and loneliness.

The Un-Victim

February 2011

In the wake of sedition threats by the Indian government, the writer and activist describes the stupidest question she gets asked, the cuss-word that made her respect the power of language, and the limits of preaching nonviolence.

That Woman

October 2010

That woman who spreads her legs, / who is beaten, who cannot hold / her grief or her drink. / Don’t become that woman.