India

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

“Lipstick Under My Burkha” too “Lady-oriented” for Bollywood

February 26, 2017

Today in sexism. Prakash Jha’s movie, “Lipstick Under My Burkha” was denied certification by India’s censor board, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), for being “lady-oriented.” The censor board accused the movie of being sexually graphic and “a bit of sensitive to one particular section of society.” The movie centers on the lives of four … Read More

The Sahaj International School in Kerala is the First to Invite Trans Students

January 11, 2017

It accepts students who want to continue their education. The Sahaj International School, which opened at the beginning of the year, is the first of its kind — it is the only school in India which is run by and enrolls transgender citizens. The Kochi school, located in the Southern state of Kerala, opened with six students. … Read More

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