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Book Excerpt: 'Righteous Republic' by Ananya Vajpeyi

'Righteous Republic' (Harvard University Press, 2012) by Ananya Vajpeyi (R).

Less well-known in the West than Gandhi and Nehru, B. R. Ambedkar nevertheless made a major contribution to the founding of the modern Indian state. Book event at Asia Society New York on November 7.

Interview: 'Assassins' Author Tarun J. Tejpal Exposes India's Gritty Underbelly

Author and journalist Tarun Tejpal talks to an audience during the Kathmandu Literary Jatra in Kathmandu on September 16, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

"I just wanted to tell the story I wanted to tell — as uncompromisingly as I could," says the author of a savage new novel about India's underclass. Appearing at Asia Society New York this Thursday, October 4.

Interview: Indonesian Troupe Uses Puppets to Remember a Difficult History

An image from the Papermoon Puppet Theatre's 'Mwathirika.' (Indra Wicaksono)

An Indonesian puppet theater uses an unconventional medium to portray a period of political turmoil. Appearing live at Asia Society New York on Monday, October 1.

Interview: Lin Tianmiao on Art, Influence, and 'Bodily Reaction' as Inspiration

Lin Tianmiao: 'Gazing Back - procreating (outdoor),' 2009. Polyurea, automotive paint, television recordings. (Lin Tianmiao)

Artist Lin Tianmiao, currently featured at Asia Society Museum, talks to Sun Yunfan of ChinaFile about her influences, becoming a mother, and the "Chinese-ness" of contemporary Chinese art.

Interview: Rachel Cooper on Indonesia's Envelope-Pushing Dance Troupe

Indonesian dance troupe Nan Jombang performing 'Rantau Berbisik.' (

Asia Society's Rachel Cooper shares some insights into Nan Jombang, who will perform at Asia Society New York on October 6.

Interview: Pankaj Mishra's Eye-Opening Asian Perspective on Modern History

Pankaj Mishra (L), author of 'From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia' (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012).

The versatile Indian critic and journalist's latest book is an engaging account of Asian intellectuals whose anti-colonial ideas helped shape the modern world.

Interview: New Website Lets Peshawar, Pakistan Tell Its Own Stories

The Qissa Khwani Bazaar in the old city of Peshawar, Pakistan. (Iftikhar Firdaus)

Zalan Khan and his collaborators at build on ancient traditions of storytelling to share local perspectives and reclaim their story from mainstream media.

Asia Society's La Frances Hui on the Subversive Humor of Stephen Chow

Hong Kong screen icon Stephen Chow (L) in  'Fight Back to School II' (1992).

Asia Society Film Curator La Frances Hui offers an appreciation of the seemingly nonsensical humor of Stephen Chow for the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

Interview: Punk Music and Protest in China and Russia

Wu Hao, guitarist for Beijing-based indie-punk band SUBS, performs at the Zebra Music Festival in Chengdu, May 2009. (Josh Chin/Flickr)

Fascinating things happen, the Pussy Riot trial reminds us, when music is used to give the finger to a stagnant government — especially an authoritarian one.

Gallery/Interview: Photographer Connects with the Women of Gujarat, India

A Gujarati woman and a child. (Ellen Kaplowitz)

Globetrotting photographer Ellen Kaplowitz tells Asia Blog, "I've learned a lot from the people I've photographed," and has the pictures to prove it.