India

Indian Intellectuals are Being Bullied by Right-Wing Extremists

A Hindu group sues, a publisher caves, and a nation becomes less free

A publisher agreed to pulp a controversial book after right-wing Hindus filed suit. Anyone who cares about free speech in the world's largest democracy should worry.

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As is so depressingly common with depressing news from India, crimes and tragedies lay bare massive political and administrative dysfunction and corruption. 

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The laws of demographics say violence against women in India will only get worse. Uh-oh.

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Sometimes feelings of insult and honor tend to be aroused for all the wrong reasons. A case in point is the absurd row that has erupted between the United States and India.

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Fertility tourism is a booming business in India, but is it worth it?

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Comic Sutra

An animated porn star is changing Indian views on female sexual liberation

Meet Savita Bhabi, the cartoon porn star who is transforming India's relationship to female sexuality.

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The fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi last December caused global horror and outrage and forced India to step back and examine the ongoing war being waged against its women. Two weeks ago a high court judge passed death sentences on the four men convicted of the rape and murder, thereby appeasing a public majority who bayed for blood, calling for chemical castration and public hanging.

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In a piece titled 'A Solution From Hell,' the editors of n+1, playing off the title of Samantha Power's A Problem From Hell, take a long look at the history of humanitarian intervention, and decide that it has never been done successfully. The piece is somewhat of a historical survey, and it ends as follows:

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Salman Rushdie's legendary novel Midnight's Children was set on this very day—an opportune time to republish The New Republic's 1981 review of the book.

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