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Ishaan Rajiv Rajabali


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Ishaan Rajiv Rajabali is a sophomore studying political science. Ishaan can be reached at ishaan_rajiv.rajabali@tufts.edu.

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The Daily Class of 2024, in their own words

As Tufts’ newspaper of record, the Daily sees many students contribute to its black-and-white newsprint pages, but not all work their way up to its masthead. The Daily staff spoke with eight members of the Class of 2024 who have all served on the newspaper’s managing or executive board and left their mark on the organization’s history.

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Brown and (Usually) Blue: Salman Rushdie’s ‘Knife’ is sharply witty, brilliant

Salman Rushdie, famed Indian novelist, seems to have occupied the liminal space between fame and notoriety since the beginnings of his literary career. His second novel “Midnight’s Children” (1981) won him fame, admiration and the Booker Prize; his fourth, “The Satanic Verses” (1988), forced him to go into hiding as he reckoned with the potent forces of censorship and violence. It is not challenging to find an author with a life as tumultuous as the stories they spin, but rarely is it as brilliant as Rushdie’s. And this brilliance continues to define his work, as proven by his 2024 memoir “Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder,” published this April, a mere two years after he was attacked on stage at the Chautauqua Institution in August 2022. 

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Brown and (Usually) Blue: Tangled in misinformation, rooted in racism

Sometime in March, someone on X, formerly known as Twitter, tweeted their enthusiasm at a fancast for a live action remake of “Tangled.” The tweet speculated that actors Avantika Vandanapu (of the feature musical adaptation of “Mean Girls”) and Milo Manheim (of the Disney Channel “Zombies” movies) had been cast in the alleged remake and was followed by edits of this potential cast.

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Brown and (Usually) Blue: Holi moly

A few weeks ago, I was sitting with my friend and her study group in The Commons Marketplace, working away on an assignment. As we talked spring break and the onset of March, the conversation turned to the Indian festival of Holi. “Oh yeah!” exclaimed someone at the table, “Isn’t that like Indian paintball?” I suppressed a chuckle, agreed and added that we also dance around a fire at midnight and offer a vial of our blood to celebrate springtime. The comparison did stay with me though, having struck me.

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Brown and (Usually) Blue: Dreams, love, madness and more

If you came across Mira Nair’s modestly wholesome Instagram account in this age of social media, you’d be surprised to learn about the pathbreaking director behind the account “pagliji,” literally meaning ‘crazy lady’. Her bio reads “film and theater director,” but her filmography? That is dreams, love, madness and more.

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Brown and (Usually) Blue: The power of ‘Lagaan’

Since the institution of the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, only three Indian movies have ever received nominations. The first, “Mother India” (1957), is a classic, interweaving political commentary with a narrative of a determined farmer. The film follows a rural woman named Radha and her struggle to nurture her family, village and land. The piece uses her resilience as a marked metaphor for an Indian nation in the aftermath of independence. 

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Brown and (Usually) Blue: ‘New Kings of the World’

“Every day, 14 to 15 million Indians go to the movies. India produces between 1,500 and 2,000 films a year — more than any country in the world.” The first section of Fatima Bhutto’s book, “New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop” (2019), dives right into an astute analysis of Bollywood, one of its three subjects. The fact that the Hindi film industry brought in a whopping $1.3 billion in 2023 only affirms the global scope and influence Bhutto examines in her book.  

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For the love of art: A testament to the truth

On Feb. 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin escalated the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, launching a destructive invasion of Ukraine that haskilled tens of thousands and displaced millions of innocent civilians. The invasion elicited a round of international condemnation and calls for action; sanctions were imposed and accusations of genocide were brought forward.

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