Blood and Soil in India
On Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist movement.
On Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist movement.
For 40 years, journalists chronicled the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats who lived in a ruined palace in the Indian capital. It was a tragic, astonishing story. But was it true?
High in the Karakoram, where the stubborn armies of India and Pakistan face off.
Justin Alexander went searching for higher meaning. No one expected the quest to end in a search for his body.
On a desolate, six-mile stretch of Indian beachfront, the bulk of the world’s big ships are dismantled for scrap. Though a ship is usually worth over $1 million in steel, the margins are low, the leftovers are toxic, and the labor—which employs huge numbers of India’s poor—is wildly dangerous.
A quest for tigers in India.
Thirty-four years after the Bhopal gas leak, the abandoned waste pits are spreading poison and still destroying lives.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his spokeswoman Ma Anand Sheela moved their commune and its thousands of followers from India to an Oregon ranch. The poisoning of a nearby town, election manipulation, and plans to murder government officials and the writer of this story soon followed.
The events chronicled in this original 1985 series are the basis for the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country.
How followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh came to Oregon from India, and transformed eastern Oregon’s Big Muddy Ranch into Rancho Rajneesh.
How a small-town Indian boy became a religious guru that followers compared to Jesus Christ, Buddha and Krishna.
Before coming to Oregon, the Bhagwan built his following in Poona, India, attracting disciples from around the world.
What are the real reasons the Rajneeshees left India for Oregon? Rising tensions with the Indian government and police, and a lot of unpaid taxes.
Tales of smuggling – gold, money and drugs – dogged the Rajneesh movement since the late 1970s, and continued when they arrived in the United States.
Somewhere between India and Oregon, the life-or-death melodrama surrounding Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s failing health dissipated like a contrail against a summer sky.
How Ma Anand Sheela used family ties to help purchase the land for the Rajneeshees’ Oregon commune.
Ma Anand Sheela was much more than the guru’s personal secretary. She was a tigress of the two-minute TV interview, and wielded words like weapons.
To turn Racho Rajneesh from farmland to a city, the Rajneeshees needed to incorporate. It was a blurring of church and state that caught the eye of Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer.
While followers talked about free love, the Rajneeshees armed themselves with assault weapons, grenade launchers and submachine guns, turning Rajneeshpuram into one of the most-heavily armed places in the state.
Followers of the Bhagwan saw their ranch as a place of peace, but the universal bliss was laced with threats of violence and threads of paranoia.
Antics by the Rajneeshees during legal proceedings – including making faces and obscene gestures – confounded lawyers and judges.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh hardly led a humble life, with his diamond-encrusted Rolex watches and fleet of 74 Rolls-Royces.
The Rajneesh financial machine reached around the globe, and channeled millions of dollars to its Oregon headquarters.
How a lust for money propelled the Rajneesh movements into the arms of Big Business.
Ma Anand Sheela and other ranch officials kept a tight grip on followers.
Rajneesh used various techniques – some of them strong-armed – to separate followers from their cash, property and jewelry.
Rajneeshees bristled at the word “cult,” but it was clearly one according to religious experts.
Of all the threats to the Rajneesh movement, an immigration fraud investigation that was four years in the making loomed the largest, and focused on arranged marriages and fake relationships
The Rajneeshees took advantage of sleepy immigration officials to sneak followers into the United States. The government then bungled cases, and irritated potential witnesses to the point that they no longer cooperated.
Baba Ramdev renounced the material world twenty-three years ago to become a Hindu ascetic. Now he’s on TV selling toothpaste, instant noodles, and toilet cleaners and the company he is believed to control is poised to become the biggest consumer goods seller in India.
When a call center gig turns out to be something else.
Some of unit’s clients stifle opposition, stoke extremism.
A young couple, their warring families, and the risks of marrying for love in India.
A reporter on her way out of India probes a case of a woman beaten to death by her husband in public.
A tech support scammer makes the mistake of engaging a talkative podcast host. [Transcript]
“My stories, my family’s stories, were not stories in India. They were just life.”
Olathe, Kansas, became a global magnet for tech talent, thanks to plentiful jobs, cheap housing, and good schools. Then someone opened fire on a pair of Indian-born engineers.
Bangalore was once the icon of a globalized, high tech, utopian future. Now it’s a sign of global catastrophe.
Looking for answers in India after a seeker disappears and his guide commits suicide.
How a minimally trained, isolated man named Srinivasa Ramanujan figured out some of mathematics’ deepest theoretical problems using little more than an out-of-date elementary school textbook.
How the truth still eludes the investigation of the killing of four boys in Joypur, which sparked a bloody riot and massive displacement.
A man’s search for his kidnapped children in India and Nepal.
The social network positioned its plan to bring the internet to millions of Indians as a gift. The country saw a catch.
An Indian boy ran 40 miles at age 4. Fame followed—and a custody battle.
How 2-minute noodles became a half-billion dollar debacle for Nestlé in India.
Carrying babies for foreign couples was once touted as a win-win for everyone involved. Indian women, however, were often left with little to show for their efforts.