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India’s Massive Vaccination Drive is Leaving Women Behind

This essay is published as part of WYV Young Voices, a column highlighting upcoming writers under the age of 21.  The vaccination disparity between men and women is due to the government’s inefficacious vaccination policy and India’s patriarchal social norms. CW: COVID-19 deaths By Shreya Kalia India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi gloated about India’s...

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Queer Artists OF India Use Art to Explore Gender and Sexuality

Queer folks in India have found limited and, often, demeaning representation in the mainstream. Some queer and genderfluid artists have used art to create better representation.  By Mehk Chakraborty In India, and South Asia in general, bias against women and other gender minorities remains prevalent across class, caste and social hierarchies. While there have historically...

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Indian Reality TV is Pushing Modi’s Hindutva Narrative

This new insurgency of Indian reality TV has become “a terrible shorthand that erases all the different cultures and societies within India,” in the process of showing Modi’s modern India, exclusive to Hindus. CW: mentions sexual assault/r*pe By Manaal Farooqi Over the past year, Netflix has become even more essential to passing the time, and...

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The Mistreatment of Indian Migrant Workers Is Nothing New

Large numbers of Indian migrant workers live in abhorrent conditions and many have limited access to potable water. India’s apathy towards the working class is appalling, to say the least. By Visvajit Sriramrajan TW: Death of migrant workers The shutdowns implemented at the local, state and national levels in India in light of the COVID-19...

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Hindutva Gets Sugarcoated Through Pop Culture Sensations While Fascism Continues Its Rise

Ties between India and America grow ever stronger, buttressed by a shared Islamophobia and the unchecked growth of Hindutva ideologies in the U.S. By Madhuri Sastry In the second and final 2020 Presidential debate, Trump took flak for his friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and has been repeatedly lambasted for his associations...

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Despite Our Shared Heritage, I Don’t Feel Represented By Kamala Harris

Harris’ acknowledgment of her Indian identity seems opportunistic and rooted in little more than a desire to pander to the diaspora for its vote, and its deep pockets. By Madhuri Sastry After months of thumb-twiddling, dillydallying, and Twitter punditry, the Biden campaign announced a Vice Presidential pick: Senator Kamala Harris. This announcement marked a historical...

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5 Things We Must Do To Fight Against Hindu Supremacy and Nationalism

Dissent and resistance across the diaspora against the rise of Hindu Supremacy and the Citizenship Amendment Act is necessary. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which is set to revoke millions of Muslims of Indian citizenship, has been met with resistance, but the same resistance has been stifled by police brutality and Hindu supremacist violence.  Dissent...

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Billionaires, Bill Gates and The Scam That Is Philanthropy

Masquerading as a form of benevolence, philanthropy continues to be a useful form of tax evasion for the mega-wealthy actively fighting against true equity. Philanthropy is an anti-democratic institution that exists as a smokescreen and as the elite’s preferred private market mechanism to supposedly save the world from a variety of evils, in particular, poverty. ...