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India's Move on 'Hindus' Shows Disturbing Fear of Free Expression

Image taken from the cover of Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus: An Alternative History.'
Arts

The recent brouhaha over a book on religion has Vishakha Desai worried that Indian cultural discourse is being "hijacked by narrow-minded interests."

Culture Matters: The Case of Devyani Khobragade and India-US Relations

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade (CR), accompanied by her father Uttam Khobragade (CL) and surrounded by supporters and policemen, arrives at the domestic airport in Mumbai on January 14, 2014. (Punit Paranjpep/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

How did a seemingly avoidable diplomatic snafu almost derail relations between the world's largest democracies? Asia Society President Emerita Vishakha Desai takes a look, and finds a relationship on the rocks.

Asia Society Remembers India's Musical Giant Ravi Shankar, 1920-2012

Indian musician Ravi Shankar salutes the audience as he performs on June 4, 2008 during a concert at London's Barbican centre. (Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

India's premier musical ambassador, who had a long history with our organization, passed away on Tuesday.

Video: How Asia Society Took the Lead in Asian Art

Multimedia

President Emerita Vishakha N. Desai reflects back on the exhibitions that put Asia Society at the forefront of Asian art in America.

A Farewell Message From Outgoing Asia Society President Vishakha Desai [Video]

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai's final day at Asia Society is August 29, 2012. She joined the organization 22 years ago.
Multimedia

On her final day at Asia Society, outgoing president Vishakha Desai looks back on her 22-year tenure with the organization.

Vishakha Desai Op-Ed Discusses 'Mythical' Rise of Asian Americans in US

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai speaks at the Diversity Leadership Forum in New York in June 2012. (Suzanna Finley/Asia Society)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai's op-ed sheds light on the findings of a Pew study still reverberating in the press.

Video: Obama's Half-Sister Credits Their Mother for 'Freedom to Be Many Things'

Maya Soetoro-Ng (L) with Asia Society President Vishakha Desai in New York on July 10, 2012. (Nan Melville/Asia Society)
Education

In her Tuesday night Asia Society talk, Maya Soetoro-Ng credited her mother, the late Ann Dunham, with giving her the ability to see things from multiple perspectives at once.

Desai: Bigger Voice for Asians Needed in US Society

A group of newly natualized U.S. citizens say the Pledge of Allegiance after taking their Oath of Allegiance at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, on Sept. 20, 2010. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A Pew Research Center study shows that more Asians than Latinos are now immigrating to the U.S. But why are Asians still so underrepresented in public debate?

After 'Initial Assault on the Senses' the Real India Lingers in 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Judi Dench in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.'
Arts

The new movie 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' begins on a voyeuristic note but eventually digs much deeper.

 

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai to Step Down

Arts

In a private staff meeting Tuesday at Asia Society New York, Vishakha Desai, president of the global non-profit organization since 2004, announced plans to leave Asia Society and pursue other professional opportunities.