Thirty years ago, these aspirations may not have been misplaced, but today the economic realities and failures of India’s own education system, mixed with a global capitalist agenda, are what ultimately sustain Indians leaving the country, year after year.
What happens when the places we’ve built up as utopias of opportunity show us their dysfunction and injustice? The ICE decision, like many pro-nationalist policies that seek to limit foreign immigration, throw open massive gaps in our discourse on educational inequality.
"When an Indian performer puts on a bindi, their record sales will be crazy. But the aunty in Jackson Heights has been wearing a bindi all her life – there’s nothing cool about it, she’s an outsider who has to work a minimum wage job and her bindi is a marker of her otherness."
Not only does the show fail to address the racial and political undercurrents that come with being brown in America, but it also ends up self-stereotyping the community to the point of completely whitewashing it.
Every movement that challenges age-old social structures is bound to have a few disparagers. Some of these are predictable, like the mass of men instinctively crying “ false accusations!“ or those that make flippant, dismissive remarks instead of confronting uncomfortable truths. But some are subtler and more complex — like women that decisively shun the movement and, if they have social and cultural clout, undermine any chance of a united resistance.
More than half our GDP is singularly dependant on coal, and one of the main goals of the Modi government is to bring India to a $5 trillion economy. Privatizing energy and agricultural sectors will bring India closer to its economic goals — but at the cost of its climate ones.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, the way the government allocates public funds — particularly the money spent on subsidies — is telling of how low a priority both climate change and public health truly are.
The push towards cutting consumer tariffs for renewable energy has resulted in its unviable production for private companies. With infrequent and insufficient government subsidies, the cost of going green effectively cuts off access to low-income communities.
It’s a deeply disheartening fact: women trafficking other women is a growing problem. Where no number of theory-laden women’s solidarity movements can address that, Love Sonia's spot-on characters give us crucial glimpses.
The rise of independent Indian cinema, championed by student filmmakers across the country, is exemplified in Lata. It centres the story of a young domestic worker as she navigates the upper class home where she works.
An architecture student turned theatre actor and full-time drag queen, everything about Suruj is deeply inspiring. His effortless smile is contagious as he goes through ups and downs of his unconventional life.
For island nations, the climate crisis is amplified since their economies are dependent on the natural resources. Ameenah Gurib Fakeem discusses her role as a leader in addressing these unique challenges.
Before a court hearing Monday, Michael Cohen’s attorneys said Cohen had three clients in 2017: Donald Trump, Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and a third person he declined to name. This is what happened at the reveal.