Articles by Sandip Roy
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”.
Sep 24, 2015
Rajdeep vs Fadnavis: Guys, it's just a letter. Don't turn it into a who-slapped-whom battleNo postage stamps were hurt in the process but Rajdeep Sardesai and Devendra Fadnavis’ letter exchange has taken us back to a different world.
Sep 24, 2015
When age is a bar (to jail time): Uphaar verdict is a gift to other pending casesThe Supreme Court has explained why the brothers Ansal will not serve time for that devastating fire at Uphaar cinema which killed 59 people.
Sep 23, 2015
Congress might be the Apple of his eye, but Rahul Gandhi is no Steve JobsRahul Gandhi’s job is to revive his party. But he’s barking up the wrong tree if he is looking to Apple for tips. Even worse he is admitting that like Apple, the Congress is near bankruptcy. But Apple’s near bankruptcy happened while Jobs was banished from it.
Sep 22, 2015
Is being gay a ‘social evil’? Gujarat film puts Supreme Court in tricky terrainMeghdhanyshya by KR Devmani had been cleared by the Censor Board. But the Gujarat State Tax Commissioner balked at giving it an entertainment tax exemption. The tax exemption can be denied to films depicting blind faith, sati, dowry and other such “social evils” that go against “national unity”.
Sep 22, 2015
The mystery of our enduring fascination with Netaji Bose: What 64 declassified files can't resolveNo wonder, the declassification of 64 Netaji files in Bengal is being dubbed a pre-election gambit by Mamata Banerjee.
Sep 19, 2015
US school Islamophobia to Mahesh Sharma's Kalam remark: When the clock struck prejudiceMahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realise.