This week on CounterSpin: India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi is being well-received in the US press, with his neoliberal economic ideas in the foreground and his ties to Hindu extremism pushed further back, or glossed over, as with Time magazine referring to “the perception that he is ambivalent toward India’s Muslim minority.” We’ll speak to University of Cambridge professor Priyamvada Gopal about Modi.
Also this week: “Trigger warnings” are, according to various media think pieces and op-eds, a new attack on free speech on college campuses, an attempt to protect the delicate sensibilities of young people who refuse to be challenged or have their beliefs questioned. But many argue that alerting people that they may encounter traumatic content isn’t about punishing free speech, but actually about expanding conversations about things like racism and violence. We’ll talk it over with feminist writer Soraya Chemaly.
-“Narenda Modi’s Transformation From International Outcast to India’s Prime Minister,” by Priyamvada Gopa (The Nation, 5/21/14)
-‘”What’s Really Important About Trigger Warnings,” by Soraya Chemaly (Huffington Post, 5/21/14)