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Azad Essa's "Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel" Book Discussion with Francis Cody and Alejandro Paz

February 2, 2024 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Asian Institute, Centre for South Asian Studies

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Azad Essa discussed his 2023 book Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel with Profs. Francis Cody and Alejandro Paz.
Under Narendra Modi, India has changed dramatically. As the world attempts to grapple with its trajectory towards authoritarianism and a 'Hindu Rashtra' (Hindu State), little attention has been paid to the linkages between Modi's India and the governments from which it has drawn inspiration, as well as military and technical support. India once called Zionism racism, but, as Azad Essa argues, the state of Israel has increasingly become a cornerstone of India's foreign policy. Looking to replicate the 'ethnic state' in the image of Israel in policy and practice, the annexation of Kashmir increasingly resembles Israel's settler-colonial project of the occupied West Bank. The ideological and political linkages between the two states are alarming; their brands of ethnonationalism deeply intertwined.
Hostile Homelands puts India's relationship with Israel in its historical context, looking at the origins of Zionism and Hindutva; India's changing position on Palestine; and the countries' growing military-industrial relationship from the 1990s. Lucid and persuasive, Essa demonstrates that the India-Israel alliance spells significant consequences for democracy, the rule of law and justice worldwide.
Azad Essa is an award-winning journalist and author based between Johannesburg and New York City. He is currently a senior reporter for Middle East Eye covering American foreign policy, Islamophobia and race in the US. He is the author of The Moslems are Coming and Zuma's Bastard and has written for Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy and the Guardian. Linah Alsaafin is a Palestinian journalist and writer whose work has appeared in OpenDemocracy, Al Monitor, Middle East Eye, the Times Literary Supplement, and Al Jazeera.
Francis Cody is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, where he is the Director of the Dr. David Chu Program in Contemporary Asian Studies and the Centre for South Asian Studies. His research focuses on language, politics, and media in southern India. He first brought these interests to bear on a study of citizenship, literacy, and social movement politics in Tamil Nadu.
Alejandro Paz is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Co-chair of the Hearing Palestine Initiative. Professor Paz's research addresses the role of language in globalization, transnationalism and diaspora. He is also interested in the relation between public communication, media, and citizenship with a regional focus on Israel and the Middle East.
Sponsor: Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute
Co-Sponsor: the Hearing Palestine Initiative
Asian Institute, Centre for South Asian Studies
Asian Institute


Azas Essa Headshot
Azad Essa

Award-winning Journalist, Author of Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel

Francis Cody
Francis Cody

Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Contemporary Asian Studies (CAS); Director, Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS)
Associate Professor, Asian Institute/Centre for South Asian Studies; Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UTM

Alejandro Paz
Alejandro Paz

Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Scarborough