Soumya Shankar

Soumya Shankar

Soumya Shankar teaches journalism at Stony Brook University, New York, and writes about the politics and social movements of South Asia

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TikTok, iPhone: all you need to escape Mumbai’s slums – for 15 seconds

The Chinese-developed video-sharing app has more than 200 million monthly users in India. Among its biggest fans are young, impoverished Muslims to whom fame, not fortune, is the most valuable currency

1 Nov 2019 - 5:05PM

The Chinese-developed video-sharing app has more than 200 million monthly users in India. Among its biggest fans are young, impoverished Muslims to whom fame, not fortune, is the most valuable currency

TikTok, iPhone: all you need to escape Mumbai’s slums – for 15 seconds
Analysis | In the US, did ‘Howdy Modi’ rally turn Indian-Americans into Trump voters?

The Texas event may have changed some minds but Indian-Americans are primarily Democrats and love for Modi won’t necessarily translate into love for Trump’s immigration policies.

25 Sep 2019 - 11:13PM

The Texas event may have changed some minds but Indian-Americans are primarily Democrats and love for Modi won’t necessarily translate into love for Trump’s immigration policies.

In the US, did ‘Howdy Modi’ rally turn Indian-Americans into Trump voters?
Is India’s Kashmir move an attempt to shift its Muslim demographic?

The fear Muslim numbers will overtake Hindus in certain parts of the country is an old clarion call of Narendra Modi’s BJP and its support base, and critics fear Kashmiris are being reduced to a minority in their own state.

9 Aug 2019 - 8:36PM

The fear Muslim numbers will overtake Hindus in certain parts of the country is an old clarion call of Narendra Modi’s BJP and its support base, and critics fear Kashmiris are being reduced to a minority in their own state.

Is India’s Kashmir move an attempt to shift its Muslim demographic?
How overseas Indians could get Narendra Modi re-elected – without casting a vote

As foreign citizens, they cannot vote – but that hasn’t stopped them from campaigning hard for the prime minister and his Bharatiya Janata Party.

16 May 2019 - 3:19AM

As foreign citizens, they cannot vote – but that hasn’t stopped them from campaigning hard for the prime minister and his Bharatiya Janata Party.

How overseas Indians could get Narendra Modi re-elected – without casting a vote
India elections: Modi’s BJP and opposition put the beat down with hopes hip-hop will sway first-time voters

About 85 million young people will be eligible to vote for the first time in this year’s elections. But is rap music really the way for politicians to show that they’re down with the kids?

25 Apr 2019 - 12:29PM

About 85 million young people will be eligible to vote for the first time in this year’s elections. But is rap music really the way for politicians to show that they’re down with the kids?

India elections: Modi’s BJP and opposition put the beat down with hopes hip-hop will sway first-time voters
Christchurch shootings: why would some right-wing Indian Hindus celebrate the death of Muslims?

Like white nationalists, Hindu nationalists have been scapegoating Muslims as a way to rally their base. An Islamophobia campaign under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone into overdrive

25 Mar 2019 - 2:42PM

Like white nationalists, Hindu nationalists have been scapegoating Muslims as a way to rally their base. An Islamophobia campaign under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone into overdrive

Christchurch shootings: why would some right-wing Indian Hindus celebrate the death of Muslims?
Meet Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, the transgender Indian demigod ‘bringing Hinduism back’

Trans people in India today often live on the margins, banished from their homes and forced to sell their bodies for sex. Yet once they were considered divine – and if this former reality TV star has her way, they will be again

17 Feb 2019 - 5:02PM

Trans people in India today often live on the margins, banished from their homes and forced to sell their bodies for sex. Yet once they were considered divine – and if this former reality TV star has her way, they will be again

Meet Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, the transgender Indian demigod ‘bringing Hinduism back’