Chris Diamond

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Trump Syllabus 2.0

On June 19th, the <i>Chronicle of Higher Education</i> ran a web version of a mock college syllabus that sought to explore the deep historical and political …

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Jatra: India's former folk theatre actors struggle to survive

<b>The popularity of Jatra, a centuries-old travelling theatre tradition in India's West Bengal state, is in decline. Soumya Sankar Bose photographs former Jatra artists who have been struggling to make ends meet.</b><p>This theatre style usually consists of four-hour-long, high-energy plays featuring loud …

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How the GOP Went South

In a chapter from his book Too Dumb to Fail, Matt K. Lewis demonstrates how the conventional narrative about the GOP’s embrace of the Southern …

India's Big Battle: Development Vs. Pollution

Waiting quietly in the living room of a home in an upscale New Delhi neighborhood are a dozen people of all ages — maids, security guards, construction workers, all of whom earn at most a few dollars a day. The elegant, plant-filled room is hushed except for the sound of coughing.<p>Over in the next …

Why We Need to Talk About HinduismS

In May 2015, UC Irvine was offered a donation of $6 million from the nonprofit the Dharma Civilization Foundation. Such an endowment, in these hard financial times, seemed like a gift too good to be true. Yet, sustained campaign from faculty and graduate students forced the University to reject the …

The Propaganda War Against Hindus in Academia: A Response to Inside Higher Education

Take a look at this alarming claim right at the beginning of an article entitled "The Religious War against American Scholars of India" recently published in Inside Higher Education:<p>Highly respected professors face intimidation, threats and smear campaigns for deviating from the views of the Hindu …

Where to shop, stay and drink in Jaipur

<i>The stylish place to drink</i><p>No design lover should leave Jaipur without having sipped a drink in <b>Bar Palladio</b> (bar-palladio.com), the most remarkable of …

Scholars who study Hinduism and India face hostile climate

The distrust and even disdain with which many practicing Hindus view the scholars who study their religion would likely surprise many outside the …

The Republicans’ Gay Freakout

OUR infrastructure is inexcusable, much of our public education is miserable and one of our leading presidential candidates is a know-nothing, say-anything egomaniac who yanks harder every day at the tattered fabric of civil discourse and fundamental decency in this country.<p>But let’s by all means …

Feast Your Eyes On These Rare 17th-Century Handscrolls Of Japanese Gay Erotica

Yaaaaaas, kings.<p><i>Warning: This article contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work environments.</i><p>Japan's Edo period, stretching from the 17th to 19th century, was characterized by economic growth and a rigid social order, both of which worked together to bolster a before unrealized interest …

The Wonder That Is Sanskrit

Snapshot<p>Most Indian languages, in greater or lesser degree, trace their roots in Sanskrit. In that sense, more than a mother tongue, Sanskrit is a …

'Aligarh' Movie Bravely Tackles Gay Persecution In India

Critics in India applauded the Hansal Mehta-directed <i>Aligarh</i>, a drama based on the true story of the persecution of a gay university professor who was suspended for having consensual sex with a rickshaw puller in the privacy of his home.<p>Released on 400 screens last weekend, the film starring Manoj …

Narendra Modi and the fine art of screwing up

It either says too little, or too much. It either does nothing, or furiously overreacts.<p>But no matter which route it has taken lately, the Narendra Modi government has managed to screw things up—with an uncanny talent for bad timing.<p>Its recent ineptitude at handling the levers of democracy has …

India's Crackdown on 'Anti-Nationalism' on Campus and How It Can Affect Universities Here

Police have now taken control of one of the premier universities in India and charged its student leadership with sedition, provoking statements of support for the students and faculty from at least 40 other universities in India as well as a worldwide protest from international scholars. But why …

For years Britain shunned Narendra Modi. So why roll out the red carpet now? | Aditya Chakrabortty

India’s prime minister is a Hindu extremist who fails to condemn lynch mobs. Yet it seems that trade deals matter more to our government<p>London is set to play host to one of the most dangerous politicians on the planet this week. Not that you’ll hear any such thing when Narendra Modi arrives. …

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Narendra Modi: the divisive manipulator who charmed the world

This week the Indian prime minister makes a triumphant visit to the UK after cosying up to everyone from Silicon Valley CEOs to Rupert Murdoch. What’s behind the uncritical embrace of a man who has presided over a rising tide of assassinations and religious zealotry, and driven the country’s …

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Bloggers Are Being Murdered In Bangladesh And It Is Shaking The Country's Secular Foundation

The killing of bloggers and tourists in Dhaka — and the latest string of bombings — has instilled fear among young, progressive writers in Bangladesh.<p>DHAKA, Bangladesh — Sitting outside a tea shop in Dhaka on a recent evening, Baki Billah, a soft-spoken 36-year-old blogger, glanced from table to …

Indian intellectuals alarmed by rising intolerance attacks

Those protesting are angry and worried by a spate of deadly attacks against atheist thinkers and minorities, and by Modi's relative silence through it all. That silence appears to have encouraged some of his party colleagues to make comments asserting Hindu pride and superiority.<p>On Thursday, more …

Bernie Sanders’ Explanation After MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow Confronts Him Over Past Gay Marriage Stance

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow challenged Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders over his critiques of fellow candidate Hillary Clinton’s evolved gay marriage stance, wondering if he, too, has engaged in similar political tactics in the past.<p>“Obviously, in 1996 you voted ‘no’ as a member of the …

India's Hindu Fundamentalists | Politics

Since Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist and leader of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), became prime minister of India in May 2014, groups of radical Hindu nationalists have been terrorising religious minorities across the country.<p>According to a leading Christian rights group, at least …

Why Hindus stopped eating beef and began to worship cows

OPEN TO OPINION<p><b>English</b> | Bangla<p>The aggressive projection of Hindu identity has significantly influenced politics in India during the 20th …

Obama: Religious freedom no excuse to deny rights to others

NEW YORK (AP) — Freedom of religion isn't reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday as he …

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Secular thinkers under attack in India as religious fundamentalism grows

At age 78, writer M.M. Kalburgi remained hard at work at his home in southern India. He was putting the final touches on a lengthy introduction to a volume of ancient Kannada-language verse, which was due to be translated into Mandarin, Japanese, French and Spanish.<p>But one morning late last month, …

Noam Chomsky: The United States, Not Iran, Poses Greatest Threat to World Peace

<b>AMY GOODMAN:</b> We spend the hour with MIT professor, author, activist, political dissident, Noam Chomsky. Over the weekend, he spoke to a packed …

Death of secularism: This is Modi and Hindutva's dream of India

OPEN TO OPINION<p><b>English</b> | Bangla<p>We have become a country for banning books, films, art and ideas.<p>POLITICS<p>| 4-minute read | 21-09-2015<p>Rajeev …

Why MF Husain painted Hindu figures (but not Muslim ones) in the nude

Very often, an image is torn from its original context and falsely placed in a new one.<p>MF Husain, India’s most important painter, was the most prominent victim of such malicious re-contexting in India. His birth centenary was celebrated on Sept. 17, although the precise date of his birth is …