When Bal Thackeray died, the streets of Mumbai were ominously quiet, providing a glimpse into the future for other nations attempting to topple populist leaders.
India may be able to erase the history of collective violence from its consciousness, but it has left a darker legacy of loss.
Read along with us as we explore news of note from the heart of India’s Dalit social justice movement to the pushback on Disney’s live-action Mulan remake.
Stories interesting us this week: The privatisation of the internet, the ‘new Silk Road,’ teaching the Holocaust, the rise of conservative media, and development in India. Come share your favourite reads with us!
Check in to see what the editors of Global Comment are reading, and add your own favourite reads for the week in the comments, whether you’re interested in more on the primaries, a feminist look at narratives in the tech industry, Indian graphic novels, or anything else under the sun!
India’s tech scene may be stereotyped in the West as a land of call centers, cheap labour, and shortcuts, but the ballooning industry of innovation and tech development is a far from from these stereotypes.
From an elegy to Al Jazeera America to the musings of a Middle Eastern naturalist, here’s what we’re reading this week.
The Hindi soap transforms the everyday into the spectacle. Done well, they capture the quiet frustrations and tired dreams of a cross-section of Indian women. Done badly, they are prolonged cat-fights.
We need an ideological framework that rejects fundamentalist free-market capitalism in favor of a more just world.
Just because we can help women to become mothers in their sixties and beyond does not mean we should.