With Indian crime dramas becoming a popular global export, it is important to turn to Hindi pulp fiction, often dismissed as backward and unmodern while English-language novels command the right to be defined as cosmopolitan.
It’s clear to Indians that the India Middle East Europe Economic Corridor, announced at the recently concluded G20 summit in New Delhi, is a response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and a step to counter its overbearing influence in the neighborhood.
The viral video of a Seattle police officer joking about the “limited value” of Indian student Jaanhavi Kandula, who died earlier this year after being struck by a police car, prompted the Indian consulate to demand a probe and has created outrage among the large Indian community in the United States.
A new immigration trend has emerged in Punjab: Men are marrying young women with English-language skills who can get student visas to study abroad. They enter arrangements in which men fund the women’s education in exchange for spouse visas, marking a huge shift in the marriage and migration trends in the Indian state.
Ever since the news arrived that India had landed on the moon — only the fourth country to join this elite space club, and the first to land on its south pole — Indians have been euphoric. One of the ways they’ve been celebrating is by revisiting pop culture dedicated to the moon.
“Young people in India are just trying to figure themselves out, like anywhere else in the world.” Journalist and author Mansi Choksi joins New Lines’ Surbhi Gupta to talk about the fraught politics of marriage in modern India.
While decolonization has been a left-liberal project elsewhere, in contemporary India it is right-wing Hindu nationalists who have pushed it into the mainstream. But there is a catch. For them, colonization began not with the British but with the arrival of Muslim rulers or “invaders” in the eighth century.