Published Articles

Selected Recent Publications:

Donald Trump’s Ambivalent Remarks about India: Why Won’t he Stand Up?, Economic Times, May 1, 2016

Tulsi Gabbard: How Contrarian Congresswoman has proved she is ready to play a big, bold role in US politics, Economic Times, March 20, 2016

On Saffron Colonial, Medium, March 19, 2016

Islamophobia: The Outsiders, Newsweek Middle East, March 9, 2016

Donald Trump promotes an impossible immigration policy to become popular, Economic Times, March 6, 2016

Why Indian-American candidates have to speak about their identity, Economic Times, February 14, 2016

Donald Trump and Indian-Americans, Economic Times, February 7, 2016

Pakistan’s Girl Friday, Newsweek Middle East, December 23, 2015

India (intolerance) rising?, Newsweek Middle East, November 12, 2015

Why the use of the Om to protest Modi’s UK visit is offensive and counter-productive, Scroll, November 10, 2015

India’s beef with beef, Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera America, October 10, 2015

In a State of Silences, Hardik Patel is a Loud and Brash Speaker, The Wire, August 31, 2015

Reservation for Patels: Four Factors that led to the Revolt in Gujarat, Economic Times, August 30, 2015

When Language Loses Its Bite, Counter Archives, June 1, 2015

India’s first halal cosmetic store is more style less religion, Qz, May 26, 2015

Gujarat: A Tale of Two Cities, May 25, 2015

My friend, Jason Rezaian, PRI, May 21, 2015

What Modi’s government handling of criticism says about the way it is headed, Economic Times, May 17, 2015

Book Review: Ahmedabad–City of Accomplices, Indian Express, May 9, 2015

The book the Gujarat Police does not want released, Scroll, April 18

Deadly Swine Flu in India may be due to a mutated strain, Al Jazeera America, March 23, 2015

Ghettoization: Denying Differences will not bring majority and minority communities together, Economic Times, March 22, 2015

Obama visits an India with growing religious intolerance, Al Jazeera America, January 25, 2015

The idea that Modi has become a moderate is wishful thinking, Scroll, January 2, 2015

Open for Business: Modi’s Budget Promises a New India, Newsweek, July 18, 2014

Through Miss India and its critics, Two Approaches to Women’s Empowerment, New York Times, June 4, 2014

At Memorial, Hundreds Pay Tribute to a Gujarat Human Rights Champion, New York Times, May 15, 2014

Could a Hindu Extremist be India’s Next Prime Minister?, The Nation, May 13, 2014

Mukul Sinha, self-effacing Modi opponent and labour organizer who disliked being called a leader, Scroll, May 13, 2014

In Gujarat, the media only speaks to the victims, not the perpetrators, Scroll, May 5, 2014

Political Parties use us for Votes, Ahmedabad Mirror, May 1, 2014

Juhapura Voters have Choices Now, Ahmedabad Mirror, April 30, 2014

India’s Newest Political Party is Shaking up Business as Usual, Al Jazeera, April 29, 2014

Modi is reaching out to India’s Muslims–and they may vote for him, Guardian, April 23, 2014

Some Gujaratis Want to Know: What Really happened in 2002?, Scroll, April 22, 2014

Story of Gujarat Displacement Comes to Mumbai, New York Times, April 19, 2014

Congressional Reports Strengthens Case for Future US Visa to Modi, New York Times, March 31, 2014

India is Still No Country for Free Speech, Al Jazeera, March 17, 2014

When Fatima Sheikh Gave Arvind Kejriwal a Letter, Scroll, March 10, 2014

Their Master’s Voice in Washington, Outlook Magazine, February 17, 2014

Modi Comes in from the Cold, Foreign Policy, February 13, 2014

A Pioneer of Street Photograph Leaves Behind Strong Images of Women, New York Times, January 30, 2014

US Evangelicals, Indian Expats Teamed up to Push Through Modi Visa Ban, New York Times, December 5, 2013

How Narendra Modi Uses India’s rich heritage as political camouflage, Al Jazeera America, November 21, 2013

Denied a visa, Didn’t Envisage Catch-22, Mumbai Mirror, September 14, 2013

Modi is Misreading how Muslims Vote, Ahmedabad Mirror, August 21, 2013

Butter Chicken in Ahmedabad, The New York Times, August 20, 2013

The Man Who Doesn’t Wear Dark Green, Boston Review, June 28, 2013

On Being a Writer of Color, Guernica Magazine, June 13, 2013

Asghar Ali Engineer (1939 to 2013), Kafila, May 14, 2013

The Adrenalin of Adversity, Open, April 27, 2013

A Conversation that didn’t take place in Juhapura: Madhu Purnima Kishwar and Zahir Janmohamed, Kafila, April 17, 2013

Education, Employment, Empowerment, Outlook, April 8, 2013

When an April Fool’s Day Joke is not Funny, Kafila, April 2, 2013

Trip and Fall: Modi Meets with US Congress, Ahmedabad Mirror, April 1, 2013

Mr. Modi’s American Visitors, Outlook, March 28, 2013

We Will Not Move On: A Gujarati American Recalls Witnessing the 2002 Riots, The Daily Pennsylvanian, March 19, 2013

Kai Po Che and the Reduction of 2002, Kafila, March 2, 2013

How Home Disappeared, Ahmedabad Mirror, February 28, 2013

Sanjay and Me, Kafila, February 24, 2013

Professor Tripathi and the fight for schools in Juhapura, Kafila, February 20, 2013

South Asian Stories from California Streets, The Hindu, February 2, 2013

Living Under Modi’s Shadow, The Express Tribune, January 20, 2013

An open letter to Madhu Purnima Kishwar, Kafila, January 15, 2013

Seeing Pakistan from Juhapura, Kafila, December 29, 2012

In Modi’s Gujarat, Muslims Struggle to be respected by Hindus, The Huffington Post, December 21, 2012

On the day of Modi’s re-election, my recollection of the 2002 riots–a story in Tweets

My Uncle’s Assassination in Karachi, Washington Post, November 28, 2012

Roots of the Gaza Violence, San Francisco Bay Guardian, November 15, 2012

The Lost Audacity of Hope, The Hindu, November 7, 2012

From Here to Palestine, San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 16, 2012

My Encounter with the MEK, Open Democracy, September 27, 2012

Cup of Tea Diplomacy, San Francisco Bay Guardian, September 19, 2012

Torture, for real, San Francisco Bay Guardian, September 18, 2012

How My Friend’s Suicide Shaped my Ramadan, The Huffington Post, August 15, 2012

A Muslim Community, Tarred Again, Racialicious, July 24, 2012