Black political resistance, in many ways, paved the road for South Asian resistance. Here’s a reading list that highlights that history. These pieces explore the family stories of working-class South Asian immigrants in Harlem and New Orleans, solidarity between Black liberation activists and Indian freedom fighters, and contemporary takes on South Asian Americans and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Fatima Shaik, ‘Searching for a Name,’ Lost Histories Project.
Krishnendu Ray, ‘The Ghosts of Harlem Past,’ Himal Southasian, January 16, 2017.
Tanvi Misra, ‘How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era,’ NPR, July 19, 2014.
Simmy Makhijani, ‘United States of Dissent: Converging Political Imaginaries of the Ghadarites and Black Panthers,’ SAMAR Magazine, October 23, 2013.
Tizarat Gill and Manan Desai, ‘H.G. Mudgal, Harlem Editor,’ Tides Magazine, February 1, 2018.
Manan Desai, ‘What B.R. Ambedkar Wrote to W.E.B. Du Bois,’ Tides Magazine, April 22, 2014.
Sanjeev Gumpenapalli, ‘Dalit Panthers: A Radical Resistance,’ Feminism in India, December 13, 2017.
API Resistance, ‘Bringing it Home: South Asians Talking To Our Parents About Sureshbhai Patel, Police Brutality, And Black Lives Matter,’ The Aerogram, November 25, 2015.
Neil Padukone, ‘Indians’ Debt to Black America,’ HuffPost, March 10, 2016.
Mayukh Sen, ‘How Mississippi Masala Can Teach Us To Be Better To Each Other,’ The Fader, September 16, 2016.