Issue 2

Issue 2


Indians and African Americans share longstanding social and political connections that go back to the late 19th century. These connections, grounded in the shared anti-colonial and anti-racist histories of the two groups, and their impact on American politics and culture are usually overlooked in historical accounts of Indo-US ties. In addition to touching on the well-known influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement, this issue of Jano unearths and illuminates other key Indo-African American links – from W.E.B. Du Bois and Lala Lajpat Rai to Paul Robeson and Bhupen Hazarika; from Howard Thurman and Gandhi to Oprah Winfrey and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. We will explore the nature of this solidarity and consider whether a new vision of internationalism – consisting of global ties between people of color – ever materialized.

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