South Asia

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…

Protesters in India Are Massacred as Environmentally Destructive Corporations Have Impunity

June 8, 2018

Police in India killed a dozen protesters in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, after 100 days of demonstrations against the mining corporation Sterlite. Journalist Kavitha Muralidharan tells TRNN’s Ben Norton how UK-based Indian parent company Vedanta Resources enjoys impunity, despite its role in environmental destruction, pollution, and violence like the Thoothukudi massacre

India's Far-Right Ruling Party BJP Dominates Karnataka Election - with Fewer Votes

Prabir Purkayastha on India's Elections

May 19, 2018
Journalist Prabir Purkayastha explains how, in the election in the major state of Karnataka, India’s far-right Hindu-nationalist ruling party BJP won the most seats, even while it got fewer votes than Congress. He also discusses the attacks on leftist and secular forces

Atmospheric CO2 Concentration at Highest Level in 800,000 Years

May 13, 2018

Carbon dioxide – the main atmospheric greenhouse gas – reached 410 parts per million in April, for the first time in recorded history. The connection to global warming is undeniable, but emissions have plateaued, which means that we can still reverse this trend, says climate scientist Michael Mann

IMF’s Structural Adjustment Programs Weaken States They Aim to

February 26, 2018

A new paper from the Political Economy Research Institute discusses how the IMF’s programs undermine the ability of governments in developing countries to properly govern

Trump’s SOTU Calls for More Spending on Nuclear Weapons and Galvanizes Extremism

January 31, 2018

Max Blumenthal, Phyllis Bennis, and Norman Solomon discuss President Trump’s State of the Union. Rather than deliver a serious address, they say Trump offered a simplistic narrative designed to galvanize extremism