The Simpsons Show and the “Uh” Moment

The Simpsons Show and the “Uh” Moment

In my first year as a graduate student in America, I started collecting bills and envelopes with misspellings of my rather conspicuously foreign-sounding name. Despite the care with which I enunciated it and spelled it out over the phone when I spoke to pizza places,...
Does History Matter?

Does History Matter?

Does history matter? Or shall we all decide to forget about this vast world altogether, numbed by our gadgets and greedy little worlds of meaningless consumption and survival? We must ask ourselves such questions and remind ourselves because history is not merely...
The Modi Model

The Modi Model

      It is likely that much of the coverage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to California will focus on business, since that is what governments do and talk about these days. But describing Modi as nothing more than an efficient pro-business leader is as...
Who Is a Hindu?

Who Is a Hindu?

We belong to a moment in history when Hinduism is beginning to wake up, if not from a long slumber, then at least a long silence. We did not speak to the world, and to ourselves, as Hindus, in a very long time. For reasons of strategy and sensibility, we have been...
Decoding Elections 2014

Decoding Elections 2014

Narendra Modi’s victory needs to be understood beyond the two commonly heard positions we have heard these past few months leading up to the election. Critics of Modi saw his rise as the march of Hindu nationalist fascism and the inevitable death of secularism...