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Prashanth Gopalan is a Toronto-based writer who writes about literature, history, politics, society and South Asian affairs to build tribes of connected thinkers around exciting ideas.

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An Event in Madison Square Gardens Was Shrewd of India's PM

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 4:31 PM

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By some accounts, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first trip to the United States has been an unusually successful media coup. Parts of it have been compared to a musical tour, a visit...

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The Globe and Mail Gets Hindu Fascism Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 5:36 PM

An article published in the Globe and Mail last week lulled readers into thinking that India is struggling to contain a growing Hindu fascist movement, carelessly employing reductionism and omission to present a distorted view of a country that is gaining economic and cultural importance for Canada. While...

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Penguin Books India Gave Up on Freedom of Expression

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Only days ago, news leaked that Penguin Books India had quietly settled a 2011 lawsuit filed against it by a conservative Indian education reform group, which required the publisher to withdraw and destroy all available copies of the Indian edition of University of Chicago professor Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus:...

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Will the Aam Aadmi Party Contest India's Elections in 2014?

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 5:34 PM

India's newest underdog party can either stay put and develop a sophisticated political ideology, or contest national elections this year. Either way, it needs to make a decision soon.

With the swearing in of its leader, the former tax official-turned-social activist Arvind Kejriwal as the Chief Minister of Delhi on...

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Inside India's Political Circus

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 12:26 PM

In a stunning turn of affairs, three things are happening in the Indian political landscape that you need to be aware of:

With the meteoric rise to prominence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, "Common Man Party") with its sizeable gains in the Delhi Assembly elections of December 4, the...

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