Aruna Asaf Ali: Building a New Vanguard for Peace

By Archishman Raju. The Indian freedom struggle is usually associated with the names of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Bhagat Singh. These figures are sometimes seen to be in opposition to each other. Aruna Asaf Ali is a name who is not known, or discussed, but she lived to participate both in India’s struggle for freedom and the task of building a nation after independence. … Continue reading Aruna Asaf Ali: Building a New Vanguard for Peace

Rabindranath Tagore and the West

By Hridesh Kedia. Rabindranath Tagore, the Bard of Bengal, is one of the greatest poets of the modern age. Tagore’s was the authentic voice of India’s civilization, as “clear and true and unaffected as the utterances of the Upanishads three thousand years ago, its wisdom unobscured by the dust of centuries”. His songs carry an invocation to the inexorable moral law which governs all life, … Continue reading Rabindranath Tagore and the West

I Want to be Chinese

By Emily Dong. I am Chinese. But I am also American: I was born and raised in the country, shaped by distinctly American values, and that makes me able to see and understand young people in this country. Young people in the U.S. are more familiar with the “inevitability” of war and the “necessity” of machines than they are of this country’s great freedom fighters … Continue reading I Want to be Chinese

Vietnamese Americans and the Price of Becoming White

By Brandon Do. James Baldwin, the voice of the Black Liberation Struggle, said in conversation with Nikki Giovanni:  “The standards of the civilization into which you are born are first outside of you, and by the time you get to be a man they’re inside of you. You know, what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and … Continue reading Vietnamese Americans and the Price of Becoming White

The Struggle for a Positive Peace

By Nandita Chaturvedi. We live in times more precarious and dangerous than the era of the Cold War. Western imperialism continues to wreak havoc unchecked in the world we inhabit. There no longer exists a Soviet Union, which in the past had acted as a bulwark against imperialism. The world also lacks a principled organization of formerly colonized nations, united for the cause of peaceful … Continue reading The Struggle for a Positive Peace