articles by Padmini Parthasarathy

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Charlottesville attack: Americans must fight resurge in white supremacy, defeat ideas that support racism

Americans must never let the narrative of white supremacy dominate communities that are ready to denounce this exploitative system that propogate incidents like the Charlottesville violence

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The walls can always be taken down

In this, the eleventh and final part of the series, read what it feels like to become and 'Indian-American'.

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Politics of the dance floor

“Everyone can write a sentence, but to be a writer is more than writing a sentence. Everyone can put together music but to be a DJ is to put together music in a certain way,” says New York DJ Rekha Malhotra (aka DJ Rekha).

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What's in a name? Navigating America as an 'outsider'

South Asian-American authors often write about these feelings of isolation. Of course, the experience of alienation sets these authors apart.

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Suffocating as 'model minorities'

It’s commonly stated, when convenient, that Indian-Americans are productive members of American society.

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Making the stage a safe space

Both artists consider the stage to be a home and a safe space for them to share their unique filters with an audience.

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Person of colour

Being a person of colour is an understanding that whether you’re a “dothead” or an “illegal,” you are in some way vulnerable to individual and systemic violence and coercion because you were born looking a certain way.

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The economic history of hate

When this bigoted and amoral hate extends to other groups, do we just stand aside? Whose side are we on?

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It’s not a turban, it’s a crown

Waking up and choosing to wear a turban every morning is a tremendous act of faith and political courage.

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Republican Hindu Coalition: A misguided idea of community

The organisation behind the ad and this event is the Republican Hindu Coalition, modeled after the Republican Jewish Coalition. The coalition intends to build political capital for the “Hindu-American community.”

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SubDrift: Indian Americans find a sense of community

Subcontinental Drift, commonly referred to as SubDrift, is a loose coalition of South Asian Americans who create ephemeral but meaningful tide pools for people affected by this drift. Organisers in far-flung American cities put on monthly open mics and panel discussions in community spaces and bars.

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'Go back to your country'

My knees buckled when I heard about the bullets. When I heard the words. Go back to your country.

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Donald Trump's reaction to protesters, unfriendly media highlights growing crackdown on dissent

In a Donald Trump worldview, the press is a partisan enemy agent, and biased. The protesters they write about are agitators who are disloyal and bent on sowing chaos and dissent through the realm

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Donald Trump, fake news and the 'enemy media': Honest editors don't hold power over corporate interests

This is certainly an unsettling move by the Trump administration. It is troubling that the administration is cutting the media off at its knees. As the media is suppressed, the administration is coaxing its base into the arms of statist propaganda machines.

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Donald Trump era: Political satire has its place in resistance, but it must lead to organising

Humour definitely has its place in resistance, but we must remember that humour and culture do not replace organising. Humour shelters us from the world for a period of time, but eventually we must reemerge, rejuvenated and ready to fight.

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Donald Trump's executive order threatens democracy, puts sanctuary cities on the chopping block

Donald Trump's executive order flouts the very idea of democracy as a system where people have decision-making power over their lives and their communities.

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Donald Trump's presidency: Bureaucrats are pushing back against the White House

Though we may forget it, the vast and labyrinthine US federal government is made up of people. Now that Donald Trump has taken office, we can’t put a finer point on this.

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Anti-Trump protests: Citizens' rise against state is a sign that all is not lost in United States

People can't afford to sit idle when the law can be manipulated and there's erosion between the courts and enforcement agencies, and that's exactly what US citizens are doing in their protests whether it's the Women's Marches, occupying airports or surrounding deportation vans

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Donald Trump's travel ban: American self-interest is the original wall and the original ban

An American myth favoured in classrooms and among many liberals is that America is a 'nation of immigrants'

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Donald Trump's travel ban: Indian-Americans must resist the urge to stay apolitical

Indian-Americans are in a unique position. We are alienated from India from years of distance, but attempting to carve out a position in this racially stratified society. It is tempting to stay apolitical. I would argue that apathy will become an existential threat to the Indian-American community in the coming years.