Kamala Devi Harris made history when she became the first Indian and Black Vice President in the history of the United States in 2020. Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal, Ami Bera, and Raja Krisnamoorthi currently make up the so-called “Samosa Congress” in the U.S. Congress. In Canada, Jagmeet Singh’s New Democratic Party is making waves. And in the U.K., British Indians in the Boris Johnson administration, such as Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak, are enacting far-reaching immigration and economic policy. Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan serves as the mayor of London.
In South Asia, we cover everything from the rise of Bangladesh and the machinations of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party and Pakistan’s Imran Khan. We’ve reported on how China is encroaching upon South Asia with its Belt and Road Initiative, the contentious maps of Nepal, and how politics influences the media in India.
Why it matters: South Asia is a growing part of global GDP and the world economy. At the same time, more South Asians are playing a part in governments around the world. Our goal is to bring you the latest in political news and dig deeper into issues and debates than other publications.
October 15, 2021
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.
July 21, 2021
Pegasus: How Israeli Software Spied on Indian Citizens
The revelation has led to widespread civilian outrage and paranoia. Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of treason in what’s being touted as “India’s Watergate.”
June 9, 2021
Why South Asians Feel Abandoned in the Anti-Asian Hate Conversation
The recent spike in and discourse around hate crimes against East and Southeast Asians in North America has brought up familiar feelings for South Asians. But not all feel like they’re part of the conversation.
May 17, 2021
Explained: The Israel-Palestine Conflict and South Asian Diplomacy
South Asian countries have historically viewed the Israel-Palestine conflict as a symptom of British interference. More recently, they balance economic ties with Israel, while supporting the Palestinian cause.
February 11, 2021
Why Everyone is Talking About Nodeep Kaur
The Dalit labor rights activist, who protested alongside farmers, was arrested on January 12. Allegations of her torture and sexual assault at the hands of police have garnered international attention.
October 1, 2020
What Detroit Tells Us About How America Divides its Black and Brown Communities
As protests for Black lives continue nationwide, South Asian organizers in the metro Detroit area are challenging anti-Blackness — and narratives about Detroit — in their communities.
April 16, 2019
The Catch-22 of Gun Violence in America
The Oak Creek shooting at a Wisconsin gurudwara, the man who shot and killed an Indian man in Kansas, and the Sandy Hook shooting all affected South Asian Americans. Yet, South Asian Americans also fear how their identity implicates them, even when they aren’t guilty.