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  • Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India0

    By Dexter Filkins A Reporter at Large December 9, 2019 Issue   The New Yorker  The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents himself as an ascetic economic visionary. He is also a hero of anti-Muslim bigots. On August 11th, two weeks after Prime

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  • The Shattered Afghan Dream of Peace0

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    • October 22, 2019

    Trump upended peace talks. Civilian casualties keep climbing. After eighteen years of war, Afghans are suffering more than ever. By Luke Mogelson October 21, 2019 In 2008, when Zubair was seventeen years old, he left the refugee camp in Pakistan where he’d grown up, crossed into Afghanistan, and joined the war against the Americans. Although he and

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  • Amartya Sen’s Hopes and Fears for Indian Democracy0

    The New Yorker Interview By Isaac Chotiner 6 October 2019 Amartya Sen, the Indian economist, philosopher, and public intellectual, lives on a quiet street in Cambridge, just around the corner from Harvard Square. His home, which he shares with his wife, the historian Emma Rothschild, is spacious but cluttered, with old newspapers and magazines lying

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  • The Times Columnist Roger Cohen on the Future of India0

    • Blog
    • September 28, 2019

    By Isaac Chotiner September 24, 2019 The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was at a Houston stadium on Sunday for a rally, appearing with President Trump before a crowd of fifty thousand people. Many of the attendees were Indian-American supporters of Modi, the leader of a Hindu-nationalist movement. “This is extraordinary. This is unprecedented,” Modi

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  • A Kashmiri Novelist on a State Under Siege0

    By Isaac Chotiner 16 August 2019 Last week, India’s government stripped Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, of its special status, and instituted a communications blackout and de-facto martial law in what was already one of the most militarized areas on earth. The problems in Kashmir extend back to Partition, in 1947, which left India in

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  • The Delhi Walla’s Visions of a Possibly Vanishing India0

    On his blog and elsewhere, Mayank Austen Soofi is assembling a portrait of the megacity in a volatile age. By Karan Mahajan 11 August 2019 New Yorker Magazine www.newyorker.com Acouple of years ago, the Indian blogger Mayank Austen Soofi took me, in an auto-rickshaw, to his favorite brothel. It was in Delhi’s illegal and infamous red-light

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  • The Law That Makes It Easy to Go to War with Iran0

    By Ben Taub June 27, 2019 The New Yorker It is difficult to fathom why the United States nearly went to war with Iran last week, beyond that hard-liners in both countries see political advantage in it. For decades, Iran has been expanding its regional influence by funding, training, and arming proxy forces in unstable countries,

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  • “The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told” Is a Belated Introduction to a Thrilling Canon0

    By Saira Khan June 7, 2019 Toward the end of the late Indian writer Ismat Chughtai’s short story “Mutti Maalish,” Ratti Bai, a hospital maid, describes to an upper-class patient two methods of abortion used by poor women in India. One entails standing on the woman’s belly and massaging it with your feet; the other,

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  • A Graphic Novelist Captures the Paradoxes of Living in the “New India”0

    ByRagini Tharoor Srinivasan  In his four books to date, the graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee has asked what the country risks losing in the course of its rapid economic transformation. Above, a page from his most recent book, “All Quiet in Vikaspuri,” which was published in India in 2015.CreditPhotograph Courtesy Project 88, Mumbai There’s been talk

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  • The Slow Strangulation of a South Asian Magazine0

    ByRagini Tharoor Srinivasan   December 20, 2016 After operating in Nepal for more than a quarter century, Himal Southasian experienced what its editor calls a “strangulation by bureaucracy.” The magazine’s founder, Kanak Mani Dixit (left), was arrested on April 22nd.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY BIKRAM RAI Like many Asians who come to the United States for graduate school, the

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  • Hindus for Trump0

    Hindus for Trump The candidate spoke and Indian movie stars performed at an event to raise money for victims of terrorism. By Rozina Ali Donald Trump’s best Indian-American friend is a sixty-seven-year-old billionaire from Chicago named Shalabh Kumar. One recent Saturday, the candidate accepted Kumar’s invitation to speak at a fund-raiser in New Jersey, organized by

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