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.

H-1Bs—The Best and the Brightest?

H-1Bs—The Best and the Brightest?

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 politicians and business leaders to make the case for H-1B immigrants, but the phrase has a long history of ideological...
Go Back to Your Country!

Go Back to Your Country!

Lunchtime at the intersection of Third and Geary in downtown San Francisco is a concerto of movement. Cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, strollers, bags, carts, pets perform a score as they make their way through narrow passageways that open and snap to shapes and bodies....
A Fake White World

A Fake White World

On November 9th, I was overwhelmed with despair, and I know I was not alone. Social media reflected the weight of our collective grief with bitter, gloomy, and disbelieving updates. Opinion editorials were thick-throated with humiliation. The idea that Donald Trump, a...