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September 21, 2020

How a Controversial Yogi-Turned-Tycoon Won and Lost the Ayurveda Market

Baba Ramdev launched Coronil, an immunity booster, as a cure for COVID-19 to regain his slipping grip on the Indian market, but instead found himself engulfed in controversies.

Namrata Acharya

September 17, 2020

Decolonizing Design

A $100 laptop was supposed to change the world. Its failure reveals the dangers of the design and tech industry’s Western-centric conditioning.

Sneha Mehta

September 18, 2020

The Chaiwala of TikTok

Kevin Wilson, a 30-year-old Sri Lankan native and associate pastor, has found fame on the short video platform by sharing the gospel of chai.

Hershal Pandya

September 16, 2020

How Kala Bagai Came Home

In the streets of U.S. cities, Brown history is often invisible. It took a group of historians and Berkeley activists to address an injustice committed over a hundred years ago.

Michaela Stone Cross

Editor's Picks

July 01, 2020

The Evolution of Padma Lakshmi

Her latest show “Taste the Nation” is just the culmination of who she’s always been: an authentic food writer, history nerd, and steward of culture.

Snigdha Sur

June 04, 2020

Revisiting the Model Minority Myth, 20 Years Later

Two decades after the publication of ‘The Karma of Brown Folk,’ Vijay Prashad revisits his seminal book and advocates for concrete change today.

The Juggernaut Editorial Team

June 29, 2020

Who’s Afraid of Ifti Nasim?

The swashbuckling life and legacy of a Pakistani American gay icon.

Alizeh Kohari

May 28, 2020

The Deal of a Lifetime: Reliance’s Jio Platforms

Major investments into an ostensibly asset-light tech business are actually betting on Jio’s telco dominance. Everything else is just the cherry on top.

Varsha Bansal

Business & Tech

September 21, 2020

How a Controversial Yogi-Turned-Tycoon Won and Lost the Ayurveda Market

Baba Ramdev launched Coronil, an immunity booster, as a cure for COVID-19 to regain his slipping grip on the Indian market, but instead found himself engulfed in controversies.

Namrata Acharya

September 08, 2020

How Ancestry Test Results Became Browner

South Asians curious about their genetic ancestry have had a front-row seat to the technology's evolution — and some are left wanting for more accurate results.

Michael Keller

September 17, 2020

Decolonizing Design

A $100 laptop was supposed to change the world. Its failure reveals the dangers of the design and tech industry’s Western-centric conditioning.

Sneha Mehta

September 04, 2020

Thiru Kumar, Legendary Dosa Man

Kumar’s dosa cart is more than just a popular lunch spot in the heart of New York City — it’s a destination where the key draw is the owner himself.

Priyanka Bansal

Culture

September 21, 2020

How a Controversial Yogi-Turned-Tycoon Won and Lost the Ayurveda Market

Baba Ramdev launched Coronil, an immunity booster, as a cure for COVID-19 to regain his slipping grip on the Indian market, but instead found himself engulfed in controversies.

Namrata Acharya

September 17, 2020

Decolonizing Design

A $100 laptop was supposed to change the world. Its failure reveals the dangers of the design and tech industry’s Western-centric conditioning.

Sneha Mehta

September 18, 2020

The Chaiwala of TikTok

Kevin Wilson, a 30-year-old Sri Lankan native and associate pastor, has found fame on the short video platform by sharing the gospel of chai.

Hershal Pandya

September 16, 2020

How Kala Bagai Came Home

In the streets of U.S. cities, Brown history is often invisible. It took a group of historians and Berkeley activists to address an injustice committed over a hundred years ago.

Michaela Stone Cross

Opinion

August 03, 2020

Opinion: A Paean to the Rakhi

Despite Raksha Bandhan’s patriarchal origins, for some, the holiday is less about religion and more about bringing together siblings.

Shrai Popat

July 10, 2020

Opinion: My New Normal on the Frontlines

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, one doctor saw childhood rules in a new light.

Pranav Reddy

July 17, 2020

Opinion: Britain’s Forgotten Immigrants

The U.K. repeatedly forgets the legacy of South Asian immigrants on its frontlines — from the trenches to hospital wards.

Adib Chowdhury

June 26, 2020

Opinion: Sushant Singh Rajput’s Suicide is Yet Another Wake-Up Call

We shouldn’t have to wait until someone attempts suicide to talk about mental health issues.

Siri Chilukuri

Politics

September 16, 2020

How Kala Bagai Came Home

In the streets of U.S. cities, Brown history is often invisible. It took a group of historians and Berkeley activists to address an injustice committed over a hundred years ago.

Michaela Stone Cross

September 09, 2020

Pranab Mukherjee, The Improbable President

The greatest skill of the former President of India was his ability to guide power — even when it thwarted his ambitions to become prime minister.

Kapil Komireddi

September 15, 2020

Stick Figures and Subversion

Despite shrinking space for dissent, amateur comic artists are continuing India’s long tradition of political cartoons and commentary.

Charukesi Ramadurai

September 03, 2020

'A Political Awakening': South Asians Play Growing Role in U.S. Elections

From ‘Hindus for Trump’ to the Kamala Harris effect, the fast-growing group could tilt the election in key states.

Sonia Paul

Sports

July 09, 2020

A Pommel Horse, Masala Macaroni, and an Olympic Dream

Gymnast Akash Modi — part of a “tight-knit” group of South Asian Americans in the sport — is aiming for an Olympic medal.

Nirmal Mulaikal

November 01, 2019

Running the World’s Largest Marathon

Ahead of this Sunday’s New York Marathon, reflections on training for a marathon as a chef and a vegan.

Palak Patel

January 30, 2020

The Random, Solitary Path of Sumit Nagal

Pursuing a tennis singles career in India is a lonely, expensive, largely anonymous journey.

Giri Nathan

October 10, 2019

For the NBA, India Can’t Replace China Just Yet

The NBA’s operations in China are already $4b. Its future in India may be just as rosy — but it comes with political choices and isn't as simple as swapping a billion-plus country for another.

Meghna Rao
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