The opinion pages are where we invite those with strong views and expertise on various topics to explain their points of view, engage with debate, and provide rebuttals to pressing issues.
In these articles, guest writers such as musician Qardash have spoken up about why the fall of the Afghanistan was dangerous for musicians and artists — long before mainstream media covered the topic. Suraj Yengde, a noted Dalit scholar, has written about why B.R. Ambedkar has continued to be a scholar and thought leader to engage with in the 21st century. Madhushree Ghosh has written a thorough response to the Washington Post Gene Weingarten op-ed that provided a weak critique of “curry.”
Why it matters: At The Juggernaut, our mission is to give space to views that most others would ignore. We encourage all op-eds to use data, diverse sources, and even engage with “the other sides” of their primary argument to build a robust case you can’t help but read.
“Naatu Naatu” at the Oscars: A Cultural Triumph Gone Wrong
South Asians asked why there were no Indian lead dancers on stage. The Academy and the dance troupe responded with excuses.
Opinion: Bollywood Nepo Babies Aren’t the Problem
While offering a needed conversation on privilege, the nepotism discourse in India’s film industries has grown stale. Rather, it demands a closer look at changing the system.
Opinion: The World Cup is Over. But What About the Migrant Workers?
The international soccer tournament was supposed to prioritize worker welfare. But over 6,750 South Asians have died since Qatar won its bid in 2010.
Opinion: Eileen Gu and the Hyphenated American Dream
The Chinese American skier’s choice to represent China in the Olympics is thrillingly subversive. But is her story so different from that of our immigrant parents?
Opinion: R.K. Narayan’s Idyllic Malgudi Might Not Be Enough
The famed short story writer created a utopia that rarely mentions caste or politics. It is the place where we may want to escape, but not where we can live.
Opinion: How the U.S. Failed Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan
The U.S. administration congratulated themselves on their evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. A volunteer on the ground in Kabul writes about how botched these efforts really were.
Opinion: Aryan Khan is Paying the Price for Being Muslim in India
Though they couldn’t find any drugs on him, officials arrested Shah Rukh Khan’s son during a drug raid and denied him bail — a reminder that being Muslim in India means living at the government’s mercy.
Opinion: Why I Hate Seeing Diversity on Dating Shows
Reality dating shows still feature a largely white cast who sideline contestants of color — emphasizing the racism we face while dating.
Opinion: The Audacity of Culinary Caucacity
Gene Weingarten’s Washington Post article isn’t the first time mainstream media has tried to pass off racist commentary as satire, humor, or harmless.
Opinion: As Afghanistan Falls, What Happens to its Artists?
A musician remembers an Afghanistan brimming with creativity and energy. Now, he fears what might be extinguished.
Opinion: Kumail Nanjiani and the Hollywood Gaze
Nanjiani is the latest to go through a physical transformation that seems like a requirement for Brown men in Hollywood to get mainstream roles.
Opinion: Your Nostalgia Doesn’t Cancel Out Enid Blyton’s Racism
The late author’s books contain incredibly anti-Black content and imagery. Why, then, do Indians give Blyton a pass?
Opinion: Ambedkar’s American Comeback
Despite America’s relatively newfound interest in Ambedkar’s work, it will take another decade for him to become a household name.
Opinion: The Resurrection of Imran Khan
Despite a long and fraught journey, Pakistan’s prime minister might be the first to finish his term in the country’s history.
Opinion: It’s Too Easy to Criticize Rupi Kaur
Twitterati recently ridiculed a viral video of everyone’s favorite Instagram poet, but her politics deserve a chance.
Opinion: How Do We Write a Better Story of Asian America?
Our ability to see and support each other is what matters.
Opinion: How the BJP Took Away My Childhood Idols
What do you do when celebrities who once inspired you trade grace and morality for relevance?
How the Indian Judiciary Lets Down Sexual Assault Victims
Two cases in the past year alone highlight how India’s approach to adjudicating sexual assault is outdated at best, dangerous at worst.
Opinion: Kamala Harris is Not Your Aunty
Is referring to Vice President Harris as ‘aunty’ a term of kinship, or a potentially insidious erasure of her professional accomplishments?
Opinion: How Biden Flipped Pennsylvania
The campaign's Deputy Data Director in the swing state reflects on what a Biden win means for the next four years.
Why Alex Trebek Means So Much to Immigrant Kids
Days before he passed, an emotional clip of me telling Alex Trebek I learned to speak English by watching "Jeopardy!" went viral. This is for him.
Opinion: Why More South Asian Americans Are Running for Office
More candidates are running — and winning — during this undeniable moment.
Opinion: Is Kangana Ranaut the Most Powerful Woman in Bollywood?
The actor has traded being crushed beneath Bollywood’s glass ceiling for a leading role in the witch hunts of the Hindu Right.
Opinion: To Be Black and Indian Right Now
As the country struggles to understand the dual narrative of its Black-South Asian vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, one man reflects on his own identity.
Opinion: Yes, Patriot Act Oversimplified Things — Thank Goodness
The show wasn’t perfect, but access to credible news is a luxury and there shouldn’t be shame in learning from visual, jargon-free crash courses.
Opinion: A Paean to the Rakhi
Despite Raksha Bandhan’s patriarchal origins, for some, the holiday is less about religion and more about bringing together siblings.
Opinion: Britain’s Forgotten Immigrants
The U.K. repeatedly forgets the legacy of South Asian immigrants on its frontlines — from the trenches to hospital wards.
Opinion: My New Normal on the Frontlines
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, one doctor saw childhood rules in a new light.
Opinion: Sushant Singh Rajput’s Suicide is Yet Another Wake-Up Call
We shouldn’t have to wait until someone attempts suicide to talk about mental health issues.
Opinion: How Do We Move Forward?
Reducing the suffering of others is a habit, not a momentary concern.
Opinion: Why I Protest
It was Black America that embraced South Asians, who often refuse to discuss race.
Opinion: Who Gets to Be “Chef”?
The Alison Roman debacle shows us that the immigrant cook gets little to no recognition or economic payoff. The celebrity chef builds a lifestyle.
Opinion: Coping With Bollywood During a Pandemic
In a role reversal, the last thing on our minds is to be like celebrities but several Bollywood stars now want to prove that they’re just like us.
Opinion: The Hope of India’s Aam Aadmi Party
Other than the Bharatiya Janata Party, the AAP is the only game in town — but capturing the imagination of a billion-plus nation is an uphill battle.
Opinion: How Modi Capitalizes on the Diaspora
As India Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitches a worldwide Hindu agenda, the diaspora must decide whether feeling like they belong is enough to overlook what he stands for.
Who is Shamima Begum?
The story of a woman who ran away to join ISIS, and what it says about belonging, citizenship, and communities.
Opinion: Not the Role Model We Need
It’s time we ask for more from Priyanka Chopra-Jonas.
Opinion: Who is Kamala Harris Running For?
The presidential candidate has done little for South Asian Americans other than embrace her identity. Should we expect more? What should we expect?
Body Dysmorphia in the Time of Ramadan
Ramadan is rife with majesty and spiritual cleansing. Yet, it requires facing one's body.
Opinion: Aziz Ansari’s Comic Rehabilitation in India
Aziz Ansari made his India debut for an easy audience — and it worked.
Editorial: What the New York Times Gets Wrong About Caste
In an interview with the New York Times, ex-Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi attributes her success to her "conservative Brahmin" upbringing. Why did it deserve mention at all — either from the Times or Nooyi?