Kamini Dandapani: Untimely MelodiesApril 2016
On Music: Introducing a new monthly series about music across cultures.
The Full Texture of a CityApril 2016
India's premier graphic novelist on street hustlers and the perils of cosmopolitanism.
Karan Mahajan: On Small BombingsMarch 2016
Ross Perlin Interviews Karan Mahajan
Future of Language: WIFE!—who would not tolerate this complaint of his, who no longer indulged his talking, who could not even bear to look at him.
Erik Wennermark: Swami in a Hothouse ElevatorJanuary 2016
Lessons of peace, unity, and selflessness collide with ethnic cleansing in Modi’s India.
Sisters and SpicesAugust 2015
The author on fiction as activism, feminism in Indian epics, and cooking to conjure a sense of home.
Eduardo Galeano: God’s Masterpiece or the Devil’s Bad Joke?July 2015
Barbarians and apes—from the Opium Wars to the origin of the species.
The RationalistJune 2015
Boundaries of Taste: Chased from his native India, Sanal Edamaruku contemplates the power of offense and accustoms himself to his new homeland.
Kavita Das: Jyoti’s RainbowJune 2015
Protesting horrific human ugliness through art.
Murder in UniformJune 2015
Kashmir’s most infamous “fake encounter” leaves five families desperate for justice.
Dilip Hiro: Afghanistan’s China CardApril 2015
The US is losing the great game in Afghanistan.
India’s Third GenderMarch 2015
Boundaries of Gender: The activist on the ancient legacy and contemporary struggles of hijras.
Meara Sharma & Henry Peck: A Non-Place by the SeaDecember 2014
When a storm destroyed Dhanushkodi, the government ordered it emptied. Fifty years later, we meet the people who stayed.
What We Are Now, You Shall BeDecember 2014
Religion in America: The Hare Krishna monk on cultural stereotypes, teaching faith through food, and America’s obsession with yoga.
Of This TimeDecember 2014
Religion in America: The artist discusses Hinduism in the diaspora, religious imagery, and her new show, Eyes of Time.
Aditya Mani Jha: Revenge of the Offence CollectorsAugust 2014
An Indian politician retaliates against religious offenses by compiling his own, even more blasphemous, thoughts on religion.
Editors’ Picks: Rum and LongingJuly 2014
Summer reads to savor.
Aditi Sriram: A Simile for MotherhoodJune 2014
A mother's bangles as a proxy for her presence, for her love.
Mallika Kaur: Ten Thousand Pairs of ShoesJune 2014
Finally talking about June 1984---30 years later---will honor the dead and protect the living.
Dionne Bunsha: New Government, New India?May 2014
On Monday, Narendra Modi will be sworn in as India’s new Prime Minister. Is he a savior for India’s economy or a threat to the country’s secular democracy?
The Torturable ClassFebruary 2014
When it comes to Kashmir, India acts as a police state, holding even speech hostage. Why this obsession with narrative control?
Playing FavoritesFebruary 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 ApparitionsJanuary 2014
On the Djinns of Kashmir.
Aditi Sriram: WatchOctober 2013
Qawwali, the enchanting song of the Sufis, still possesses the devotees of the Nizamuddin Auliya shrine in Delhi.
Out of BoundsAugust 2013
Censorship and freedom of speech in Sri Lanka, India, China, Burma, and England.
Stone WarsAugust 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 JaipurMay 2013
The activist and author reflects on childhood memories and the traffic of India’s Pink City.
Lewis Lapham: The Conquest of NatureMarch 2013
And what we’ve lost.
Impunity in IndiaFebruary 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 KnowledgeJanuary 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 ObituariesJanuary 2013
Growing up in Kashmir, in proximity to death.
We Call This ProgressDecember 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 FollyNovember 2012
The award-winning author on why he loves to write fiction and talk politics, and how nationalism fuels climate change.
The Monkeyman of DelhiOctober 2012
Aman Sethi consults a troubled storyteller about the terrifying urban legends proliferating among Delhi's displaced urban poor.
from The Story of My AssassinsSeptember 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 PoliticsSeptember 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 PovertySeptember 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 DenialJuly 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 DisasterApril 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 IndiaApril 2012
Director Micha X. Peled's Bitter Seeds is a compelling portrait of families and biotechnology in modern India.
Heaven on EarthApril 2012
On shari'a, genies and the quest for an ancestor
ExcavationMay 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 LandFebruary 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-VictimFebruary 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 WomanOctober 2010
That woman who spreads her legs, / who is beaten, who cannot hold / her grief or her drink. / Don’t become that woman.