Cultural Journalism

s. shankar / writer

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The History of Caste Has Lessons on the Dangers of Social Distancing.” The Wire (India). May 1 2020. Co-authored with Charu Gupta and K. Satyanarayana. Originally published on the COVID-19 blog of the British Comparative Literature Association.

Does America Have a Caste System?The Conversation. Jan. 26 2018.

[Article republished by over twenty news venues ranging from the Houston Chronicle to The Wire (India) and read by nearly 300,000 readers.]

Poetry and the Curse: On Censorship in India.” Words without Borders. Oct. 21 2015.

The Ballot and the By-Way.” SUMMIT 2.0 Magazine (Honolulu). Sep. 2015.

Egypt strives to be a model to others,” The New Indian Express, 12 May 2011,

Cricket and Corruption,” CSAS Forum, UHM, May 2011,

A Public University is a Democratic Necessity.” Honolulu Star-Bulletin Oct. 20 2009.

Michael Jackson’s was an African American Story.” Michael Jackson considered in an Indian context on the occasion of his death. The New Indian Express (Chennai), 3 July 2009. P 9.

Political Circus Plays Across Land.” Article on the 2009 Indian General Elections. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 8 June, 2009.

Triumph of American Democracy.” Article on Barack Obama’s victory. The Hindu Sunday Magazine, 9 Nov. 2008.

Post-racial America?” Article on Barack Obama and what his rise presages for race in the US. The Hindu Sunday Magazine, 24 Aug. 2008.

Battle for Mind Space.” Article on the culture wars in American universities. The Hindu Sunday Magazine, 25 Nov. 2007.

The Little Disturbances of Grace Paley.” Reflection on Paley’s writing. The Hindu Sunday Magazine, 24 Oct. 2007.

Re-caste-ing India.” Op-ed on caste in India. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 17 June 2007. 12.

9/11: Five Years Later.” The Hindu Sunday Magazine, 10 Sep 2006, p 1.

The Idea of America.” The Hindu Sunday Magazine, 4 June 2006, p2. [On the immigration reform protests.]

Sembene and After.” The Hindu Sunday Magazine, 28 Aug 2005. p 3. [On African cinema with special focus on Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene.]

Letter from Dakar: Challenging Cultural Stereotypes.” The Hindu Sunday Magazine, July 24 2005. p 2. [Travel piece on Senegal.]

America Inside Out: Some of the Most Important Stories of Contemporary America Are Being Written by Immigrant Writers,” The Hindu Literary Review (March 7, 2004): 1.

Almost White,” Outlook Web  <> Feb. 16 2004. [Opinion piece on the Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai phenomenon.]

“The Man from Malgudi.” On R. K. Narayan. Tin House 14 (2003).

Those Desi New York Blues,” Outlook Magazine Nov. 5 2001: 18. [Response to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and its aftermath in the US.]

Naipaul Writes Home.” On V. S. Naipaul and his volume of letters Between Father and Son. The Nation Feb. 10 2000.


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