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Violence against women

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X+1 Syndrome

One popular urban legend that is familiar to the Indian immigrant community deals with the so-called x= x+1 syndrome. This equation is a mathematical representation of the dilemma faced by the well-established Indian immigrant (typically a male) who has embraced...

Life is a Voyage

When I was a little girl, I once read a review of a book called A Ship of Fools in the local newspaper in Nagpur. I can’t remember if it was in the English language newspaper Nagpur Times or in the Marathi newspaper Tarun Bharat (Young India). But the title left an...
Lessons from a Murder

Lessons from a Murder

I have come to dread days like these. The weather in Sacramento is already romancing spring and here I sit after what I thought was a very reasonable week at work, one that gave me, a Pakistani-American a good feeling, that of being a contributing member of this...

The Indian Secular Imagination

The Indian secular imagination has collapsed. It survives in pockets, such as some Hindi films and the politics of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). But Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and the other politicians influential in the national scene have long failed...

Will India turn into a weapon warehouse?

The French were serenely confident of selling just about anything in their erstwhile colonies in Africa. If a product were damaged, it could be sold as an antique, if non-functional it could be sold as a sample for “experimentation,” if barely functional, of course it...