Supercharged Tuberculosis, Made in India. Mumbai’s Dr. Zarir Udwadia, a lung specialist, declared an outbreak of drug-resistant TB in 2011. In June an Indian patient who is now quarantined and being treated at the NIH, carried the infection to Chicago. The Scientific American reports that the problems with the resistant forms of the disease have risen, paradoxically, because of India’s strides against its resistant forms.
Bobby Jindal: The son of immigrants and new champion of the tough-on-immigrants crowd. At the Washington Post Janell Ross examines the version of the presidential candidate presented in his super PAC’s first ad. “Jindal is one of the few candidates — besides Donald Trump — who has decided that talking about the threats he believes are posed by unassimilated immigrants is part of his path to the White House.” The ad highlights his hardline views on immigration and shows a photo of Jindal with his immigrant dad.
Move over selfies: Velfies are the latest craze in India. Celebrities in India are engaging fans with short clips or video selfies (“velfies”) shared on social media. Several Bollywood actors have been sharing velfies to connect with their fans. Anupam Kher shared his Marlon Brando impression in a velfie tribute to the The Godfather star on the 11th anniversary of his death.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) July 1, 2015
When Rihanna Messages You on Instagram, You Answer: An Interview with BBHMM’s Sanam. Rihanna’s provocative BBHMM music video left inveterate desi-spotters with a pressing question: “Who was she, the enigmatic brown girl who helped Rihanna knock model Rachel Roberts unconscious with a single swing of her wine bottle?” At VICE Tasbeeh Herwees found out and chatted with the desi henchwoman.