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Sandip Roy

Aug 25, 2014

Love, jihad aur dhoka: The Hindu woman’s body as rightwing battleground

Apparently bombs are passé. Make love, not war is the new jihadi strategy. And it can work better even than the promise of a Ram Temple when it comes to firing up the electorate. #BJP #Congress #Hindu #India #Kerala #Love jihad #Mathura #Muslim #Muzaffarnagar #Religion #Women

Aug 22, 2014

Dragging off Irom Sharmila: When iron-fisted becomes ham-handed

The government claims it is taking care of Irom Sharmila. But as policewomen drag her away kicking and screaming for a medical checkup it reinforces every image of a government that is as ham-handed as it is iron-fisted. #AFSPA #Dharna #Imphal #Irom Sharmila #Manipur #Medical #Police #protest #supporters #ThatsJustWrong

Aug 20, 2014

Remembering BKS Iyengar: India’s greatest cultural ambassador

BKS Iyengar took yoga from India to the west. He was not shy about sexing it up to appeal to Western tastes. That success ironically helped it come back to India. #Americans #BKS Iyengar #India #InMemoriam #Iyengar yoga #US #West #Yehudi Menuhin #Yoga

Aug 19, 2014

Shakti Mills re-visited: Is it wrong to turn a rape survivor into a hashtag?

With that attention-grabbing headline, Sonia Khan writes for GRISTmedia what could be the definitive insider account of the intern who was gang-raped inside Shakti Mills. Definitive because the survivor has not written anything and Khan has written it with her permission. #GoodReads #MediaCrit #Nirbhaya #Shakti Mills gangrape #Tarun Tejpal

Aug 13, 2014

Dear Mr Modi, when in Ladakh, do as Ladakhis do, not as they wear

Did Narendra Modi look into the mirror before he landed in Ladakh? Did someone warn Omar Abdullah what the PM was wearing before they came to face to face? The nation wants to know. #JustSaying #Ladakh #Leh #Modi #Modi in Ladakh #Modi in Leh #Modi's clothes #Narendra Modi #Omar Abdullah #PM Modi #Prime Minister Narendra Modi #ThatsJustWrong

Aug 11, 2014

Not just Subhas Bose: Cong, BJP both turning Bharat Ratna into poll ploy

Subhas Bose does not need a Bharat Ratna even though the government might want to give him one. In fact a Bharat Ratna for Bose risks opening a Pandora's box of long dead Indian heroes who could all claim to be jewels of India. #Amartya Sen #Atal Behari Vajpayee #bharat ratna #Bharat Ratna to Netaji #ConnectTheDots #Kanshi Ram #Subhas Bose

Aug 8, 2014

Not Modi, it’s Batra: Why we must go beyond Macaulayputra vs Dhartiputra

To meet Batra on his own turf, the liberals also could do with an erudite, devoutly Hindu scholar who can argue with Batra from faith and not just based on freedom of expression. The latter is critically important but a different playing field and a different argument. #CultureDecoder #Dinanath Batra #Hindu American Foundation #Pavan K Varma #Ramachandra Guha #Wendy Doniger

Aug 8, 2014

How to cook up a perfect communal riot: A 7-step guide from Akhilesh’s UP

By connecting the dots in over 600 cases of communal disturbances in UP since the Lok Sabha elections, a new investigation shows how aided and abetted by technology, almost anything can be turned into a communal conflagration. #caste conflict in Uttar Pradesh #communal riots #GoodReads #Muzaffarnagar #Saharanpur

Aug 5, 2014

UPSC row: Is BJP wasting opportunity to shed image as a Hindi heartland party?

The issue here is not about what language a neta gives speeches in. This is not even about the arrogance of the English mediumwalla over the Hindi Medium Types. #BJP #Civil service #CSAT #English #Hindi #HowThisWorks #IAS #India #UPSC #UPSC protest #UPSC row

Aug 5, 2014

Godson diplomacy: What we learned about PM Modi from Jeet Bahadur

The press is acting as if there’s nothing that unusual for a Prime Minister to be reuniting mothers and sons in different countries. Or that it even knew Modi had a Nepalese godson. Here's what we learned from this great emotional moment in Kathmandu. #diplomacy #Jeet Bahadur #Modi's Nepali Godson Sushma Swaraj #Narendra Modi in Nepal #Nepal #Saroo Brierley #ToWhatEffect