How the Destruction of Babri Masjid Birthed the New India

December 6, 2023

One hundred thousand devout Hindus poured into the Indian holy city of Ayodhya on the brisk morning of December 6, 1992. They gathered in front of the Babri Masjid, a mosque that had stood in Ayodhya since the 16th century, ostensibly for a religious ceremony. And yet, anyone witnessing the scene could sense the volatility … Read More

#AHoliAgainstHindutva is Not Anti-Hindu

March 11, 2020

On March 5th, a week before Holi, students across more than 15 American college campuses held protest rallies under the name #AHoliAgainstHindutva. These efforts were led by new organization Students Against Hindutva. Instead of wearing white and playing with colors, participants wore all black in protest against the political ideology of Hindutva, discriminatory policies introduced … Read More

The Hindu Right And Trump

October 17, 2016

And the BJP rears its ugly head on American soil. Yesterday, far right Hindus came together in Edison, New Jersey to rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. It was full of sensationalism and awkward irony, all of which obscured the true intention of the event — to bring an Indian brand of anti-Muslim policy to America. There were … Read More

How to Be a Muslim in India

October 26, 2015

On the evening of September 28, in the village of Bishara in Dadri, UP, India, an urgent announcement rung out from the thresholds of the Shiv temple, commanding the attention of a crowd of attendees. There was troubling news to report: a Muslim had been seen carrying bags containing beef to their home. It did … Read More