The inaugural issue of Indian History is out. Utsav Kumar (ADB): India's Demographic Transition: Boon or Bane? Neer Varshney (Symbiosis): Equality and Social Justice: Is Affirmative Action in India Justified? From Seminar, a symposium on the relationship between science, knowledge and democracy. From Theory Talks, an interview with Siddharth Mallavarapu on international asymmetries, ethnocentrism, and a view on IR from India. India defeats polio: It's one of the biggest public health victories of our time — now we have to keep it from coming back. Vidya Subramanian on the surprising friendship between cricket and military technology. Do you understand me? K. Satchidanandan surveys the culture of translation in India (and part 2). Indian Supreme Court creates “third gender” category for transgenders. G.P. Manish reviews Everyday Technology: Machines and the Making of India’s Modernity by David Arnold. Neo-liberalism and democracy: Prabhat Patnaik on the rise of fascism in Indian politics and the growing popularity of a "messiah" who promises to solve all problems in the "closure" of politics under neo-liberalism. Is India's new prime minister a neo-fascist or a reformer? William Dalrymple investigates. Isaac Chotiner on how the next prime minister is a dangerous man; and on the biggest losers in India's election. With the rise of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi culminating in this week's election, Pankaj Mishra asks if the world's largest democracy is entering its most sinister period since independence. Adam Ziegfeld on why India’s election isn’t as historic as people think: The BJP's actual support is lower than its win would suggest.

Alyssa Hadley Dunn and Mari Ann Roberts (Georgia State), Erica K. Dotson (Clayton State), Jillian C. Ford (Kennesaw State): “You Won't Believe What They Said in Class Today”: Professors’ Reflections on Student Resistance in Multicultural Education Courses. Troy J. Scott (RTI): The Economic Efficiency of Progressive Taxation. Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): Ethical Aspects of Economic Sanctions: A Third Theory. From Diplomatic Courier, a series examining the role of UAVs — commonly called "drones" — exploring the uses of unmanned aerial technology outside of traditional or well-publicized wartime uses. Josh Marshall explores the origins of the Legend of Joe Biden. Harold Pollack on the surprising policy legacy of Ladies Home Journal. At nonprofits, millions missing with little explanation: An analysis finds more than 1,000 groups have had a “significant diversion” of assets since 2008. Confronted with climate change, Rightbloggers advocate resistance (to doing anything about it). William Giraldi on Joseph Epstein, the importance of reading, and the role of the critic. Multilinguals have multiple personalities: Alice Robb on how flipping from one language to another can reveal a whole new you. From Edge, an interview with Edward Slingerland on the paradox of wu-wei. Nicholas Confessore on on how a quixotic ’80 campaign gave birth to Kochs’ powerful network. From The New Yorker, how big a job is the presidency? Jeff Shesol investigates. In one week, Ukrainians are scheduled to choose the successor to the interim president — how prepared is Ukraine to hold an election? Normcore is not a joke: It's the natural result of our sarcasm and irony-drenched culture.

Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua (Hawaii): Hawai’i: An Occupied Country. Asya Pereltsvaig on the Big Wind and underdevelopment on Hawaii. Can Florida's Space Coast regain its hallowed place as the world's capital of human spaceflight? Chemical valley: Evan Osnos on West Virginia’s environmental crisis. In 1988, Hollywood built an ersatz baseball field in rural Iowa for a Kevin Costner film; a quarter century later, the community finds itself bitterly divided over a curious question: Should the field’s fake authenticity be preserved? Adam Weinstein is chilling with the South’s new secessionists. Ariel Miller on the construction of Southern identity through Reality TV: A content analysis of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Duck Dynasty and Buckwild. Annette Trefzer reviews Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies by Jon Smith. Ryan Cooper on how the West was reinvented: Nudged by Bill Clinton, an economy based more on recreation than extraction is transforming the rural West. High and dry: From the Rockies to the Sierra, water managers gauge implications of climate change. Government is “slavery”: Tim Draper's reason for chopping California into six different states is the absolute worst (and more and more). Tagalog in California, Cherokee in Arkansas: What language does your state speak? Jenny Xie on a map of all the places in the U.S. where nobody lives. “It’s just a population map!”: Andy Woodruff on everyone’s latest favorite map to hate, US GDP Split in Half. How can I create my favorite state ranking? Yasuyuki Motoyama and Jared Konczal on the hidden pitfalls of statistical indexes. Diane Francis on why the U.S. should merge with Canada.