South Asia

Study: Indian Politics Legitimize Hate Crimes

October 3, 2019

A new PERI study says that there is a causal relationship between the rise of the right-wing Hindu nationalist BJP party in India and the rise of hate crimes targeted against minorities, especially against Muslims. Prof. Deepankar Basu discusses the research.

Has Indonesia Bucked the Global Rightward Trend?

Has Indonesia Bucked the Global Rightward Trend?

June 6, 2019

The conflict between incumbent and winning president Jokowi and his conservative challenger Prabowo has led to violent protests, 8 deaths, and hundreds of injured, but Prabowo’s challenge to the election result has largely failed. Does this mean that the rightward shift has been halted?  

Kerala Leads the Struggle Against Modi’s Extreme Right Agenda in India

Kerala Leads the Struggle Against Modi’s Extreme Right Agenda in India

January 24, 2019

Kerala is the only state in India governed by the Communist Parties: LDF Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is one of the most outspoken leaders against the far-right agenda of PM Modi, says Vijay Prashad of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research [Correction: This piece contained references to Kerala’s Sabarimala temple as a “mosque.” These were…

Wilkerson’s Real “Vice” - Cheney’s Cold War and Regime Change (3/4)

Wilkerson on the Real “Vice” - Cheney

January 2, 2019
Cheney killed an Iranian peace offer, pushed a New Cold War with China, and planned regime change in Iraq, Iran and North Korea – says Larry Wilkerson, depicted in the film VICE and former Chief of Staff to Sec. State Colin Powell – a REPLAY of a 2010 interview by Paul Jay
Pakistan's New PM Imran Khan Seeks Historic Peace Deal with India, After Decades of Conflict

Pakistan’s New PM Imran Khan Seeks Historic Peace Deal with India, After Decades of Conflict

December 2, 2018

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan is trying to reach a historic peace deal with rival India, opening a border crossing for Sikh pilgrims. Journalist Munizae Jahangir says this is the first time in years that civilian and military leadership are on the same page, but Delhi’s 2019 election could derail the efforts

The Tragedy of Female Suicide in India

The Tragedy of Female Suicide in India

November 15, 2018

Female suicide is exceptionally high in India. Gender discrimination, arranged marriages and sexual abuse put women at especially high risk of taking their own lives. Psychologists say the stigma around mental health problems also needs to be addressed

Is India on its way out of Poverty?

Is India on its Way out of Poverty?

October 3, 2018

Jayati Ghosh discusses the UNDP report showing that poverty in India has halved in the last 10 years, and the newly unveiled healthcare plan for the bottom 40% of the population, nicknamed “Modicare.”

After Attempted Killing of Indian Leftist Student Leader, Activists Accuse Gov., Media of Incitement

August 17, 2018

Left-wing student leader Umar Khalid was shot at by a right-wing Hindutva extremist near India’s parliament. JNU Professor Jayati Ghosh says their school, the media, and the BJP government have incited this sectarian violence. Ben Norton reports

India’s Far-Right Government Honors Convicted Killers Who Lynch Muslim Meat Traders

July 18, 2018

An elite Harvard-educated minister from India’s ruling Hindu-nationalist party BJP, Jayant Sinha, put garland around the necks of convicted killers who lynched a Muslim meat trader. Journalist Sidharth Bhatia emphasizes that the upper class is the political base for the rising far right

Laura Flanders Show: Bodies, Borders, Resistance, Rebirth – Arundhati Roy

July 2, 2018

India in the throes of a fascism that echoes what we have in America. The country is undergoing a political upheaval with PM Modi at its front, and fueled by increased violence towards Muslims, queers, Dalits, women, and more.  Our returning guest, Arundhati Roy, covers this vast breadth of ground in her second novel in…