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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Narendra Modi’s ‘Africa’ policy

In a speech last October, Narendra Modi argued, “I believe a strong economy is the driver of an effective foreign policy…we have to put our own house in order so that the world is attracted to us.” The need for a robust economy is paramount for Modi’s India. The economy will drive Modi’s government in

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Narendra Modi’s New India

In what has been called a historic general election, India elected Narendra Damodardas Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the highest echelons of power — the Office of the Prime Minister.  Modi was elected by...

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

#WhiteHistoryMonth: Sherlock Holmes, a racist?

I'm obsessed with the Sherlock Holmes books. Love them all. But sometimes when I´m reading one of the little stories I go: wait hang on …that was … kind of …: Like in The Sign of Four,...

Friday, March 14th, 2014

‘Only Black People in Africa Get AIDS’

Some sites are having WTF moments (The Daily Mail and the sites who cut and pasted the story--like Linda Ikeji) at the comments made by Rachel Dilley, a 48-year old single mother of two who told a...

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A Visitor’s Guide to India

Last weekend in Khirki Village, Delhi, a late-night mob led by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti went looking for "some Nigerians or Ugandans." They pulled four young African women out...

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Nelson Mandela is around like never before

If one believes media reports, Nelson Mandela is no longer with us. Yet, in more ways than one, he is. In the midst of the frenzy of soundbites and images that now circulate through the space left...

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

In Search of the “African Middle Class”

“Africa Rising” stories have become old news in English-speaking media, so much so that Africa is a Country called them a meme not long ago. But only a few have run in French news outlets, and one...

Monday, April 15th, 2013

What the post-racials are looking for in South Africa

April marks the springtime festival of fertility and harvest, Holi, which is celebrated throughout northern India. Because Holi is a yearly event that includes a large amount of revelry, without the obvious presence of the sacred, it’s...

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Us and Them: Rape and Racism in India

A year ago, there was some minor hullabaloo created when African students in India were not permitted in some bars. But yeah, it remained a minor tempest. Most likely, prevalent attitudes towards Africans (and dark-skinned people in...

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Photography. ‘Addis Ababa Diary’ by Mahesh Shantaram

A while back we featured a random photograph of Indian photographer Mahesh Shantaram (I think Achal Prabhala got me onto Mahesh’s work). Email contact led to me asking him if we could post some of his “Addis Ababa...

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The health news that made the headlines

In November came the news that the Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria was in a financial crisis, because of declining donor commitments and failure by donors to honor existing commitments. The Fund’s board cancelled...

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Indian Jazz

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Fair and Lovely

Horrified by the skin-lightening creams you see advertised in the cityscapes of Africa? Wait till you see the adverts people walk past daily in India or Sri Lanka. This huge billboard (above) sits somewhere on the 10-kilometre...

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

New Indians in Africa

The Guardian has a piece on India’s growing economic influence on the continent. It opens with Manmohan Singh receiving a red-carpet welcome as he led a delegation to the India-Africa summit in Addis Ababa, which 15 African leaders...

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa

Relevant (and longish) excerpt from Anita Desai’s review of Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography, _Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India_; in The New York Review of Books; she starts with Lelyveld’s decision to start the...

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

These People Have Been Contacted

Wired.com, which usually knows better, has a photo gallery on its site that “takes you on a tour” of “the last uncontacted people.”  What drove them to publish the images are “the release … last week of...

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Outer Space

Specific nuances and cultural references aside, this analysis by Indian writer Arundhati Roy of middle class ‘victim’ politics may apply to certain urban elites in many African countries, including some of their diasporas in the West: ‎You know,...

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The Indians are Coming

This is an ad to promote the wares of Willow TV–the California-based portal for live Internet streaming of big cricket matches-ahead of India’s tour of South Africa, a tour that kicks off today. I’ll let the stereotypes...

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The ‘Lost Bushmen’

It is still okay to create the most objectionable stereotypes about certain Africans and for it to be considered fine. An Indian soft drink company, Parle Agro, is marketing a new soft drink, called LMN, with a...

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Trying to be white

This sort of thing is run of the mill in India.

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY: MAHESH SHANTARAM

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