Mukul Kesavan teaches the history of colonial India at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. (January 2018)


Murderous Majorities

Rohingyas fleeing across the Naf River from Myanmar into Bangladesh, September 2017

The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Genocide

by Azeem Ibrahim, with a foreword by Muhammad Yunus

Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim–Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging

edited by Melissa Crouch
Majoritarian politics results from the patiently constructed self-image of an aggrieved, besieged majority that believes itself to be long-suffering and refuses to suffer in silence anymore. The cultivation of this sense of injury is the necessary precondition for the lynchings, pogroms, and ethnic cleansing that invariably follow.


India: Assassinating Dissent

People protesting the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, Kolkata , India, September 7, 2017

Four journalists—most recently Gauri Lankesh—have been murdered in India. While it’s reasonable to be concerned about the impact of these killings on free speech and journalism, to see them primarily as an extreme form of censorship is to underestimate the enormity of the crime. Their murders look more like ideological assassinations designed to punish intellectual dissent.