All Assam Students Union (AASU) activists hold hands together as they form a human chain to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act on a road in Gauhati, India, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Critics say the bill threatens the secular fabric of India. 

Citizen pain: Part I

Critical State

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into how states determine citizenship, with a spotlight on Assam, India, as the case study.  

A scaly pangolin with small, brown eyes and a pointy nose forages for food near some greenery.

Pangolin smuggling: The next coronavirus time bomb?

Protesters hold Indian flag in Delhi

Rage against India’s citizenship law rooted in complex history of nation-building

A woman stands with her back to the camera wearing a plaid green and yellow scarf.

Thousands of Bengali women must prove their Indian citizenship or face statelessness. Most can’t.

Global Politics
A one-horned rhino named Baghekhaity stands next to its 10-day-old calf at a zoo in Guwahati, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam.

How to save rhinos? By turning their dung into paper.


Thousands in India Flee Amid Internet Rumors of Violence

Conflict & Justice

More than 10,000 people have reportedly fled cities in India after threatening messages on social media sites fueled panic.

The World

Spider Bites Cause Panic in Northern India


Large, hairy, biting spiders have been turning up in remote rice farming community in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Assam India based journalist Wasbir Hussain tells The World how villagers there are in state of panic.