India

Openly Gay Indian Prince Opens His Palace to LBGTQ People

January 13, 2018

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla, India’s first openly gay prince, opened the doors of his palace to LGBTQ people in need this week. Among other things, he plans to offer them shelter, medical facilities, vocational training. A long-time gay rights activist, Gohil made headlines in 2006 after coming out to his family. His family promptly disowned him and people of Rajpipla … Read More

How the DOJ Silently Stripped a Brown Man of American Citizenship

January 11, 2018

On January 5th, a federal judge in New Jersey ordered the revocation of US citizenship of a naturalized citizen named Baljinder Singh. According to the Department of Justice, Singh had misled immigration authorities by filing applications to adjust his immigration status under two different names—Baljinder Singh and Davinder Singh, in the process concealing that there … Read More

How Fair & Lovely Bottled Up India’s Insecurities

January 10, 2018

Generations of young women were taught to live, love and be happy–just not in their brown skin. It was the plop sound of the goopy cream, its silken texture and slight luminescence that called out to me on the days I felt ugly: a thin, white veneer of televised fable to put between my brown … Read More

Photo Essay: Old Delhi Foodwalk

December 27, 2017

Delhi, like biryani, has been cooked with the varied spices of cultures and religions over time to become the city it is today. Previously known as Shahjahanabad, this was the last city built by the famed Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Today, it is known as India’s capital city. Shahjahanabad consisted of the Red Fort, which … Read More

Travel Diaries: A Memory Project of Holidays in the 90s

November 7, 2017

Living in the north of the country, most of our family holidays used to be in the Himalayas. I remember going to Manali, Shimla, Nainital, Mussorie and Kathmandu with my family in the 90’s. It was a common memory that I’m sure most kids could identify with. Similar photos can be seen in every family’s … Read More

Hindu Nationalists Call Taj Mahal “Blot on Indian Culture”

October 19, 2017

Hindu nationalists are up to their fascist antics yet again, this time in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India. Sangeet Som, a lawmaker from the the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed at a political rally on October 16th that the revered Taj Mahal was a “blot on Indian culture” built by depraved … Read More

The Hate That Grows in Our Soil

August 16, 2017

Remembering Charlottesville and Partition. Mornings this week feel heavy. The air is full of humidity and rain is constantly on the edge of the horizon, yes, but it goes deeper than this climate, it’s in our soil. This weekend saw the stark interplay of right and wrong, good and evil, inclusion and exclusion as white … Read More

Nicki Minaj Has Been Sending Money for Years to Develop a Small Indian Village

May 21, 2017

Forgiver of student debt and queen of our hearts, Nicki Minaj has reportedly been sending money to a small village in India for years. Because of her donations, the village (she didn’t reveal the name) has two water wells, a Tailoring Institute, and a computer center. “We complain about the most ridiculous little things when some … Read More

Gang Rape in Rohtak, India Has the Whole Country Shaken

May 14, 2017

Just days after the Indian Supreme Court upheld the death penalty they awarded four of the convicts from the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape case, another similar assault left a young Dalit woman dead. Her name has not yet been released. The victim’s family had reported her missing a week ago in Haryana. The local police, … Read More

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