“What would a successful war novel look like? This question concealed a deeper question I had: What would a truthful Kashmir novel look like?”
Rushdie’s fifteenth novel casts doubt on the very production of historical knowledge.
Despite the fact that Hindi is the language of more than 400 million people, Hindi fiction is rarely translated.
In 1857, the largest rebellion against the British East India Company took place. And famed poet Mirza Ghalib was there to witness it all.
“I always thought that the challenge of writing my grandmother’s story was capturing her singular voice. Rereading her emails, I remember why.”
“We have to take over spaces because we are not going to be invited in.”
For decades, South Asian architecture was impelled by the promise of a new society after empire. Now, such buildings are being demolished.
“Borders continue to gather life’s promises, even when walls and checkpoints brutally divide nations and societies.”
What might it mean to forge a politics explicitly based in the places we are, rather than a politics of the places from which we came?
Most authoritarian populists in power across the world are politicians, at the helm of parties that have won elections. Modi is more than that.
Today, trade and globalization often reinforce the incentives for coercion and violence. But what might the history of India reveal about the economic conditions of toleration?
Whose values get embedded into the algorithms that increasingly govern our lives? How are these data infrastructures complicating what it means to be human?
“Anyone who comes in the way of the ‘good times’ becomes a threat to capital, and to the nation-state itself.”
Anthropology’s attention to the granular texture of someone’s life is a beautiful training for being a fiction writer.
COVID-19 is the first truly comprehensive crisis of the Anthropocene era, affecting virtually everyone on the planet.
In Delhi—a city of 17 million people—7.2 million residents already qualified for food aid before the pandemic. After, the numbers skyrocketed.
What does “merit” mean in a context—like India—where caste pervades public life?
The lockdown had terrible consequences on India’s informal economy, and will deepen the socioeconomic inequalities that divide the country.
Silicon Valley has no mystical powers. It gets away with being thought of as apolitical simply because few have called its bluff.
Obsession is one of the hallmarks of love in Indian cinema: specifically, a love that breaks down borders.