Politics

Progressive Hinduism and a New Movement Against Poverty

June 26, 2018

Fifty years ago this month, a movement for economic justice built upon racial solidarity was brought to a halt in the US national capital of Washington DC. That movement was the Poor People’s Campaign, created by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in December 1967. In the wake of the civil rights victories of the mid-60s, … Read More

Why Did Jagmeet Singh Avoid a Loaded Question About Sikh Nationalism?

January 21, 2018

Jagmeet Singh just got engaged and the hype is making me go back to one very telling conversation. “Just think about this,” my dad told me, as he texted me the link to Jagmeet Singh’s bizarre interview with Terry Milewski. I am Canadian by birth, Punjabi Sikh by ethnicity, American by naturalization, and socialist by … Read More

Mayor Ravi Bhalla Declares Hoboken “Fair and Welcoming City”

January 5, 2018

Ravi Bhalla, the first Sikh man to become a mayor in New Jersey, was sworn into his new position as mayor of Hoboken on New Year’s Day. His first action as mayor was to declare Hoboken a “fair and welcoming city” by executive order. While the declaration shies away from the word “sanctuary,” perhaps in … Read More

Why You Should Be Worried About Ajit Pai

December 3, 2017

Ajit Pai, the  new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the US, is the first Indian-American to hold the chairmanship. But before you get excited about the representation of minorities in federal leadership positions, it’s worth learning what Pai actually stands for, and what changes he is trying to bring to the ways we … Read More

Faceless Racists Are Worried About Asians Taking over Edison, New Jersey

November 4, 2017

Local elections can get ugly, but Edison, New Jersey’s school board elections just took it to the next level. This week, an anonymous campaign mailer appeared in residents’ mailboxes proclaiming, “Make Edison Great Again.” What is keeping Edison from being great already? All the Asians, apparently. Some mysterious concerned citizens of Edison took it upon … Read More

Mistaken Facts

October 23, 2017

Sometime in the 1970s, my father shook hands with Indira Gandhi, and she told him and a whole cohort of restless young men like him that their services were needed for the greater good of Asian solidarity. Then she loaded them all onto a plane. I don’t bother anymore to ascertain the truth of this … 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

LAL’s “Rubbish” is a Song for These Times

January 13, 2017

To fight back and stay alive. We are living in scary times — with the inauguration next week of the country’s first Dorito-in-Chief and the beginning of the ACA repeal, it feels like everything is on the brink of collapse. Canadian band LAL knows this and have shared a song to help. From their new album, Find Safety, LAL’s … Read More

Watch Sexual Assault Survivor Amita Swadhin’s Testimony Against Jeff Sessions

January 12, 2017

They underline the dangerous potential of the Trump administration. Amita Swadhin testified against Jeff Sessions in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, asking them to not confirm him as America’s next Attorney General. Sessions was dismissive when evidence about President-elect Donald Trump’s history of sexual violence was discovered in October. “In the wake of these comments … Read More

This Diwali, Trump Is Trying To Be ‘Mumbay’

October 27, 2016

Trump’s accidental portmanteau helps us understand the alliance between Republicans and Hindu nationalists. A few minutes into his speech at the Republican Hindu Coalition event, Trump said Mumbay in an attempt to refer to India’s financial capital. He quickly corrected himself to say Mumbai, but his fumble is telling of the developing Republican-Hindu alliance. https://medium.com/media/a51427182e388be6d08a9e6acff0245e/hrefhttps://medium.com/media/a51427182e388be6d08a9e6acff0245e/href … Read More

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