March 17, 2021
Why Everyone’s Talking About the Oxford Student Union Case
Rashmi Samant made history as the first Indian woman to be elected student body president, when controversial social media posts emerged.
March 15, 2021
A History of Bhang, India’s Most Accessible Cannabis
From Holi celebrations to paan shops, bhang has been consumed for thousands of years in India.
March 9, 2021
People Have a Lot to Say About the Meghan-Harry Interview
From racism to female-upheld misogyny, Oprah’s interview brought up familiar themes for Brown viewers everywhere.
February 8, 2021
The Lost History of Bengali Harlem
The stories of working-class South Asians in New York City point to a history beyond the narrative of assimilation.
February 3, 2021
India’s Farmer Protests: An In-Depth Explainer
We give you the context for why India’s farmer protests are making headlines, and what the protesters are fighting for.
January 27, 2021
Reincarnating the East India Company
Indian businessmen are buying back colonial-era British brands. But can these acquisitions rewrite history?
January 20, 2021
Kamala Devi Harris Sworn in As Vice President
Unity and diversity were the clear messages behind today’s inauguration ceremony.
January 19, 2021
Why Some Pakistanis Will Miss Trump
For many living in Pakistan, Trump’s administration will be remembered as a respite from drone strikes, and from the war in Afghanistan.
January 13, 2021
Kamala Harris Vogue Cover Sparks Controversy
Vogue’s decision to portray Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as “approachable,” rather than powerful, draws criticism and demands for more diversity.
January 8, 2021
The Indian Americans Who Rallied at Capitol Hill
The Indian and the Confederate flags were flying together during the recent storming of Capitol Hill.
January 7, 2021
How Brown Democrats Mobilized in Georgia
A record turnout of South Asian American voters helped swing the Georgia runoffs.
January 6, 2021
The Rise and Fall of India’s Congress Party
How the party of the left turned “secularism” into a dirty word.
December 14, 2020
Sex, War, and Saadat Hasan Manto
A writer who sought both justice and pleasure, Manto told the truth but didn’t preach it.
December 10, 2020
India’s ‘Love Jihad Law' Explained
A new law promises to protect women being tricked into conversion. We explain what this law does, and why it’s being passed now.
December 3, 2020
Death of the Masala Emperor, ‘MDH Dadaji’
Remembering the ubiquitous icon and his story of survival in the darkest times India’s known.
November 30, 2020
Coming Out When Queer and Brown
Not all South Asian experiences of coming out involve hysterics, disownment, or a return to life in the closet.
November 10, 2020
Kamala Made History — Now Everyone’s Revisiting Hers
Harris's groundbreaking victory is causing the Brown community to confront the limitations of identity politics, as well as its rewards.
November 5, 2020
We Talked 2020 Election Results with Brown Americans — Here’s What They Said
Taxes, “legal” immigration, and the death of democracy — voters and non-voters alike are speculating how the election will change things in 2021 and beyond.
November 3, 2020
Why Many Indian American Christians Support Trump
Among Indian Americans, a new survey reports that Christians are the religious community most supportive of Trump (45%). We dig into the stories behind the data.
October 19, 2020
How a Bengali Tycoon Pioneered Strippers for Women and Became a Murderer
A series of gruesome deaths transformed Chippendales — an erotic nightclub for women with male strippers — into a real-life murder mystery.
October 5, 2020
Bindy Johal: A Criminal to Most, a Folk Hero to Many
The Vancouver-based Punjabi gangster shed light on the darker side of the Indo-Canadian dream.
September 28, 2020
How the Death of a Bollywood Actor Became a Political Proxy War
Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide fueled a four-month-long media circus, with internet mobs and politicians destroying lives and livelihoods in the name of “Justice for Sushant.”
September 16, 2020
How Kala Bagai Came Home
In the streets of U.S. cities, Brown history is often invisible. It took a group of historians and Berkeley activists to address an injustice committed over a hundred years ago.
July 27, 2020
How a Cult-turned-Corporation Hijacked American Sikhism
A Punjabi conman created the “Kundalini Yoga” brand and turned a 550-year-old religion into a commodity that centered whiteness.
June 23, 2020
The Jews of India
For 2,000 years, India has been home to a small but prominent Jewish community. So what makes India one of the safest places for Jews in the world?
June 16, 2020
Black and Brown Love
Black and Brown couples don’t have it easy. Marrying Brown can be difficult, but for Black partners it’s especially hard.
May 5, 2020
The Murky History of “South Asia”
How brown people around the world reclaimed a term created by CIA-funded orientalists.
April 29, 2020
Irrfan Khan, the People’s Actor
Amid Bollywood’s commercialism and Hollywood’s token characters, Khan carved out a niche for himself with pure technical skill.
April 13, 2020
Coronavirus and “The World’s Pharmacy”
How Indian pharmaceutical companies are supplying the U.S. with hydroxychloroquine after Western pharma has been trying to undermine Indian pharma for years.
April 6, 2020
Brown Memes on Corona Themes
In the age of coronavirus, memes are no longer just a time sink — they’re also a source of hope.
November 27, 2019
How Bollywood Went Underground
The Indian government conferred industry status on its film industry only in 2001. For years, the best way to fund movies was through the world of crime.
November 18, 2019
Mumbai’s Disappearing Underworld
Bollywood has always drawn inspiration from its home city’s underworld. But where did all the gangsters go?
November 4, 2019
When Rap Came to Bollywood
From “Chacha Snoop” in a turban to Akon singing for Shah Rukh Khan: American rappers don’t end up in India often, but when they do, things get strange.
October 29, 2019
The Great British Bake Off’s Multicultural Utopia
America can learn a lot more from GBBO than how to make a cake.
October 18, 2019
India’s Unrequited Love Affair with the Oscars
For decades, the Academy has snubbed the world’s largest film industry. Fifty submissions later, India continues to hope.
September 13, 2019
Why China Loves Bollywood
Bollywood movies have grown popular in China — some even make more money in China than in India. What’s the secret formula?
September 12, 2019
What Trans Women Think About India’s Third Gender
While activists in the West fight to introduce transness to the mainstream, India’s trans women face a different task: replacing centuries-old classifications.
August 26, 2019
The Smell of Sabyasachi
From celebrities to everyday brides, South Asians all over the world are paying thousands to buy the designer’s creations. What makes it worth it?
August 21, 2019
Bollywood’s Hot Boys and Girls
How six-packs became a religion in the world’s largest film industry.
July 30, 2019
India’s Strange Relationship With Hitler
For decades, Mein Kampf has remained a bestseller in India. But that doesn’t necessarily mean what you think.
April 12, 2019
The White Girls of Bollywood
Obsession with whiteness has given European women an interesting opportunity: dancing with Bollywood stars?