Michelle Giles (OCC): Postcolonial Gothic and The God of Small Things: The Haunting of India's Past. Arundhati Roy is the new India's most high-profile critic (and more and more). Apurba Kundu (IIT): Secularism in the World Today: Challenges and Prospects. IIT’s stressed-out geeks opt for suicide solution: Management and counseling cells come under fire for failing to tackle spike in deaths. From Outlook India, a special issue on the decline of the Left in India. Badri Raina writes on how the left parties in India may have relied too much on theory and too little on practice. In the wake of an historic defeat, can India’s communists finally break with the hidebound dogmas of their past? Poor Little Rich Country: How do you categorize India, a nation that is at once fantastically wealthy and desperately poor? Feast and Famine: India is growing, but Indians are still starving. A rapidly developing suburb of New Delhi, Gurgaon is a microcosm of India’s dynamic, dysfunctional growth, where private development has outpaced any functioning city government. India invents a city: Lavasa is an orderly, high-tech community with everything — except people. A review of Mumbai Fables: A History of an Enchanted City by Gyan Prakash. See you in the hot flash club: Namita Gokhale’s Priya sets Nisha Susan wondering why fiction has so few 70-year-olds with green, strap-on dildos. Sexual immorality in our conservative society is more damaging than financial embezzlement — so how come no one is reporting on it? Vijaykumar Shrikrushna Chowbe (SGBAU): Adultery: A Conceptual and Legal Analysis. Want to be a Hindustani Music stud? Here are 6 steps to faking it. India’s Vanishing Vultures: Can the world’s fastest growing nation restore its prime scavenger before there are untold human consequences?

From Dissent, dancing in the streets: Benjamin Shepard on contested public spaces and the history of queer life; and when it comes to abortion, Norway and the United States are on different planets. John Sides on the political and electoral impact of the debt ceiling debate, with some broader implications for elections generally. Obama’s Hope-a-Dope Strategy: Progressives are furious that Obama, yet again, pulled his punches — the White House says it's all part of the master plan. The case for caving: Washington’s deal satisfied no one — game theory explains why it couldn't have turned out any other way. Kevin Drum on why S&P is wrong. Edmund L. Andrews on why S&P’s downgrade is no joke: The real impact is political, not economic. From AAA to AA+: While the consequences of the downgrade — the first time in over seventy years that U.S. debt will not have a risk-free, AAA rating — remain to be seen, the event offers a window into financial market-government relations. Legislating by crisis: A chronicle of the coming hostage dramas on Capitol Hill. Lessons of the Crisis: The debt-ceiling debacle revealed that politics is broken in every possible way and there's no point in explaining complicated matters to the American people. Jacob Hacker and Oona Hathaway on our unbalanced democracy. An interview with Bill James, the father of sabermetrics on his new book Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence. Flags of the world: An interview with vexillologist Whitney Smith. Nominative Determinism: Yes, that’s his real name. From Capitalism magazine, an interview with Edward Cline on writing, Ayn Rand, and his new novel, The Daedalus Conspiracy. Has Google become one of our expressions of existential moaning? Nishant Batsha wants to know.

Timothy Erik Strom (Southern Cross): Space, Cyberspace and Interface: The Trouble with Google Maps. From Penn State, a series called the Geospatial Revolution Project. In the emerging field of “spatial humanities,” scholars are using mapmaking software to recreate vanished landscapes and envision history as it really happened. Mapmaking has a new challenge far more involved than depicting the traits of the physical world. A new world order of maps (Google and MapQuest) changes how we engage with cities. Creative Cartography: Here are 7 must-read books about maps. Restoring a 1770 map, found at the Brooklyn Historical Society, entailed boiling old books to get the right aged color. From Strange Maps, Fank Jacobs on Nazis up the Mississippi and other Axis invasion scenarios. From GeoJunk, while some artists use paint or charcoal, the artist Nikki Rosato prefers to make portraits of the human body using old road maps; and here is a brief history of maps. Ingenious Flat Earth Theory revealed in old map, with the Earth as an inverse toroid. From GeoCurrents, Martin W. Lewis on a key to map of geopolitical anomalies; delusional mapping: A review of The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hamalainen; and an article on microstates in cartograms. Maps with only words, known as “Typographic Maps”, are becoming increasingly popular (and more). Know your meme: “The World According to X” (a.k.a “How X Sees the World” or “The X World”) is a series of world map satires that are labeled with various geopolitical stereotypes and jokes to reflect the biased worldview of country X. Everybody, meet Kergolus: This little furry thing is a geo-mascot, shaped like the territory it symbolises. Mapping the human condition: What the empire of love has to do with the intellect forest and the bay of agoraphobia.