Now and Then is a column about how our cultural, political and social histories are interwoven into our current day experiences. Now and Then also examines how the issues of the day often present themselves in recursive patterns. Jaya Padmanabhan is a journalist, and author of the collection of short stories titled Transactions of Belonging. She was the editor of India Currents from 2012 to 2016.

Vinod Khosla’s Illiberal Views on Education

Vinod Khosla’s Illiberal Views on Education

[addtoany]In an op-ed provocatively titled “Is Majoring in Liberal Arts a Mistake for Students?” and published on Medium, the tech billionaire Vinod Khosla insists, in paragraph after unremitting paragraph, that a college degree has value if the degree holder is...
H-1Bs—The Best and the Brightest?

H-1Bs—The Best and the Brightest?

[addtoany]A relevant piece from our archives, on a topic that is still a hot-button issue. First published on March 14, 2017. What is this notion of the best and brightest? For one, it is the most conflicted banality of the moment. The term is generously used by liberal...
How to Buy a Green Card

How to Buy a Green Card

[addtoany]Care to become a green card holder quickly? Looking to avoid the long H-1B lines? All you need is upwards of half a million dollars. That should be the tagline to the EB-5 visa marketing campaign. The EB-5 visa program is a pathway to legal permanent residence for...
Not My History?

Not My History?

[addtoany]In the December 22, 1941 issue of Life magazine there is an article titled “How to Tell Japs from the Chinese.” A Chinese public servant and a Japanese warrior are presented to the reader and the racial differences between the two are explicitly highlighted. The...
What is the Best Speech You’ve Ever Heard?

What is the Best Speech You’ve Ever Heard?

[addtoany]Recently, a friend asked me what I considered the best Barack Obama speech and it took me an instant or two to respond decisively with “the race speech.” It wasn’t as though I recalled many of the details, but I did remember the timbre of Obama’s voice as he talked...
Motherhood, Sequence and Success

Motherhood, Sequence and Success

[addtoany]Have you heard of the success sequence? Even if you haven’t, you might have unwittingly been adhering to the sequence. It’s a social rationalization theory given new life by a study published in the American Enterprise Institute and Institute for Family Studies by W....