Articles by Sandip Roy
May 29, 2016
How Marwari women in Kolkata are asserting their independence in a conservative communityThe new Marwari woman in Kolkata has one foot in modernity, and another in tradition
May 15, 2016
The Marwari wedding: Getting bigger and fatter as thrifty community learns to splurgeMarwari, a community that was famously insular, is happily globetrotting and fostering a generation which is more worldly-wise than its predecessors.
May 07, 2016
Marwari City: Stories of Kolkata's heritage often exclude its prominent communityStories about Kolkata ’s cosmopolitan heritage rarely include the Marwaris, invoking instead its vanishing Jews and its fading Armenians
Oct 07, 2015
Nayantara Sahgal may be guilty of selective outrage, but that doesn't mean she is wrongNayantara who? For many Indians today, the youth demographic that Narendra Modi talks about all the time, the name Nayantara Sahgal will not ring a bell.
Oct 07, 2015
Doublespeak over Dadri lynching: We need real debate, not political horse-tradingThe political foodfight that has erupted over beef shows that when it comes to pandering to the electorate to get votes, there is no sacred cow our good netas will not milk.
Oct 06, 2015
From Dadri lynching to Muzaffarnagar: Here's how Digital India is WhatsApping, tweeting communal revolutionIt sounds medieval but the Dadri lynching too was powered by Whatsapp and social media.
Oct 02, 2015
Hum tum ek camera mein bandh ho: Modi's Facebook video shows our obsession with perfect imageModi, as we all know by now, is the most PR-savvy PM India has known and certainly a blinding contrast, in this regard, to his far more reclusive predecessor who was usually a deer in the headlights when the flashbulbs went off.
Oct 01, 2015
Beef ban extremism in Dadri: Someone’s dinner is now part of a criminal probeWhether it happened before in 2006 or 2008 or 2015, someone has died because someone else did not like the food they ate. That is the reality that cannot be captured in the language of a law that bans the slaughter of a particular animal or puts limitations on it.
Sep 29, 2015
PM Modi selling Digital India in Silicon Valley is one thing, walking the talk in real India is anotherBut FreeInternet does not translate to freedom on the Internet. While Modi tells Zuckerberg “Social media helped me gain knowledge, it broadened my horizon”, the irony is far too many ordinary Indians find out the hard way that that freedom is really a minefield.
Sep 25, 2015
Why PM Modi shouldn't mind Silicon Valley protesters: They are like that only in the Bay AreaNarendra Modi is going to Silicon Valley. But the Bay Area is not just known for Google, Apple and Facebook. If Narendra Modi faces more protests there than anywhere, he can just chalk it down to a “Bay Area-style welcome”.