Faisal Devji is a professor of Indian history and a fellow of St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. In this discussion, he and Raza Rumi discuss the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and subsequently in other western countries. They touch upon the connection of these mass protests with the Covid-19 pandemic, globalization of mobilizations since the Rushdie affair 1989, and the revival and refounding of seemingly dying social justice movements, like anti-racism and anti-casteism. They also talk about the relevance of Black Lives Matter in South Asia and the growing resentments among people of this region against local injustices.
The killing of George Floyd on May 25 triggered a wave of protests across the
Pakistani cable operators, following the cyclical escalation of imagined hatreds, discontinued the transmission of Indian