Soumya Shankar

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

Latest from Soumya Shankar

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’