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Bhangra Beyond the Basement

Bhangra Beyond the Basement

DJ Rekha (born Rekha Malhotra) is widely credited with having pioneered bhangra music in North America. In 1997 she launched Basement Bhangra, a Thursday night party at S.O.B.’s on Varick Street in Manhattan. Basement Bhangra, which is still going strong 11 years...
Nowhere and Everywhere

Nowhere and Everywhere

Author’s note: On the anniversary of the failed 1959 uprising against the Chinese occupation, and on the eve of the Beijing Olympics, a violent protest movement has been launched in parts of Tibet. The Chinese government dismisses this significant protest as...
A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own

Manny Malhotra is the only player of Indian descent in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the second ever, the first having been Robin Bawa who played on four NHL teams between 1989 and 1994. Manny’s father is from Punjab, and his mother is French Canadian. After...
How U.S. Food Aid Policies Perpetuate Poverty

How U.S. Food Aid Policies Perpetuate Poverty

Anuradha Mittal is the founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, a policy think tank whose mission is to increase public participation in and promote fair debate on critical social, economic, and environmental issues in both national and international...
Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks

Providing accessible, affordable, and effective healthcare for all of India’s underprivileged is a huge undertaking. But that is the vision of Dr. Ashish Goyal, founder ofAVSARIndia.org (the Alliance of Volunteers for Service, Action, and Reform). “Avsar” means...
“Empowerment” is a Two-Syllable Word

“Empowerment” is a Two-Syllable Word

Rupal Soni is a multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer based in Chicago. Rupal is Program Director of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance (www.jot.org), and co-editor of the Journal of Ordinary Thought (a quarterly literary magazine published by the...