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India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, takes part in the consecration of a controversial new Hindu temple in Ayodhya, January 2024. Planetpix/Alamy Stock Photo

India elections: ‘Our rule of law is under attack from our own government, but the world does not see this’

Over the past decade, I have documented the erosion of India’s once robustly democratic legal system as part of Prime Minister Modi’s ‘authoritarian playbook’
A man walks past posters of the film ‘PM Narendra Modi,’ a biopic on the Indian prime minister, during its launch in Mumbai, India, in 2019. AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

Bollywood is playing a large supporting role in India’s elections

Ahead of elections in India, a series of films that promote the ruling party’s right-wing ideology are seeking to influence voters. An art historian explains how the trend started.
A Khalsa Day parade in Toronto, a celebration of Baisakhi held in April 2015. Colin McConnell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Why Sikhs celebrate the festival of Baisakhi

The spirit of Baisakhi for Sikhs is reminiscent of the ideals of their gurus, who encouraged them to work toward building a just society.
A family living through the Bengal famine, a time when three million people died due to starvation,1943. (Wikimedia Commons)

Colonialists used starvation as a tool of oppression

For centuries, colonial powers have used starvation as a tool to control Indigenous populations and take over their land and wealth. A look back at two historic examples on two different continents.
Supporters and opponents of a proposed ordinance to add caste to Seattle’s anti-discrimination laws gather at City Hall on Feb. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

How caste discrimination impacts communities in Canada

Casteism is commonly seen as a form of discrimination limited to South Asia. However, diaspora communities in Canada are also grappling with issues of caste.
This famous scene from the Bhagavad Gita, featuring the god Krishna with his cousin, Prince Arjuna, on a chariot heading into war. Pictures From History/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

What the ancient Indian text Bhagavad Gita can teach about not putting too much of our identity and emotions into work

A scholar of South Asian religions explains how one lesson from the text, ‘nishkama karma’ – or acting without desire – may be useful for navigating the contemporary workplace.
An image of a reclining Lord Vishnu with the alvar poets arrayed below him. The Nadar Press Ltd., Sivakasi, ca. 1920s. From the personal print collection of Archana Venkatesan and Layne Little

Love songs in Hindu devotion – the Tamil poets who took on the female voice to express their intense longing for the divine

In Hindu devotional poetry, love directed toward Vishnu can take many forms, including service, maternal adoration and the intense intimacy of lovers.

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