The New Yorker

27 February 2020

India’s Government Watches Delhi Burn

The B.J.P.’s top leaders—the Prime Minister included—seem to excel at creating conditions in which violence can unfold. When the state knows that its right-wing affiliates will carry out the kind of violence that it cannot and should not pursue, then all it has to do is nothing.

12 June 2019

Arundhati Roy’s Prescient Anger

Reading “My Seditious Heart,” you feel as if Roy has been hollering for years, trying to grab our attention, and we’ve kept motoring on toward the edge of the cliff.

22 April 2019

A Bloody Easter Sunday

Sri Lanka now finds itself in a state of doubled wariness. It must contend with its own nature: its inability to protect its minorities and its proclivity to politicize strife.

26 March 2019

Fifty-Eight Holes in Azerbaijan

There is something touchingly human in the dispersal of these games—in the vision of travellers packing for long, hard journeys and remembering to take with them something to kill time.

6 September 2018

A Slow March To Progress

The Supreme Court’s decision on Section 377 snips away one more tether binding India to its colonial past.

21 March 2018

The Local Architect

In the buildings of Balkrishna Doshi, the Indian architect who won this year’s Pritzker Prize, it’s easy to take the light for granted.

28 March 2017

William Gedney in India

In one of his notebooks, Gedney scribbled a couple of lines from the Bhagavad Gita, spoken by Krishna to his friend Arjuna: “Many lives you and I have lived, Arjuna; I remember them all, but you do not.” This could have been Gedney’s credo. He moved among transitory lives, remembering them for us.

3 July 2016

Bangladesh’s response to ISIS

Given the spectacular horror Dhaka has witnessed, it appears that ISIS has found firm traction within a segment of the populace.

21 December 2015

The Hit List

Who is hacking Bangladeshi bloggers to death?