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Sandip Roy

Sep 5, 2014

The petty tyranny of Teachers’ Day: Modi-ji, leave the kids alone

If a school does not have the television sets, cable connections and projectors needed for something like this, they had better get cracking on organizing everything before 5 September. #BJP #Guru Utsav #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi #Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan #Teacher's Day #Vinod Tawde

Sep 4, 2014

Guess who’s afraid of the Islamic State? Al Qaeda Incorporated

The Al Qaeda's Ayman al Zawahiri has announced the formation of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent widely seen as a way to ward off the challenge of the rising Islamic State. But the war of terror is sounding like an all-out corporate fight for brand supremacy. #Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi #Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent #AQIS #Ayman al-Zawahiri #ISIS #Islamic State militant group #JustSaying #Osama bin Laden

Sep 3, 2014

No revenge for US air strikes, ISIS beheading Sotloff is plain dumb

The horrific Sotloff video is carefully constructed propaganda, except there is one critical flaw. As strategy it’s dumb. #air strikes #Al-Qaeda #Barack Obama #Drones #ISIS #Islamic State in Iraq and Syria #islamic-state #James Foley #Steven Sotloff

Aug 31, 2014

No queerness please, we are Indian: Devdutt Pattanaik on the stories they don’t tell us

Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explores the stories that fall into the cracks between traditional notions of masculinity and femininity and discovers a treasure-trove of queerness in Hindu lore. #Devdutt Pattanaik #Dina Nath Batra #GoodReads #Hindu mythology #Hinduism #LGBT #Mahabharat #Rajiv Malhotra #Shikhandi #Wendy Doniger

Aug 29, 2014

He might be cute but he’s still God: The challenges of being Ganesha

No religion has a god as child-friendly as Lord Ganesha. Animal heads on divine beings is not quite unknown in other religions. The Egyptians had several but let’s face it when it comes to terms of endearment, jackals and falcons just cannot compare to an elephant. #Devdutt Pattanaik #Ganesh Chaturthi #Ganesha #Ganesha as a cute god #Ganesha as a God #Ganesha lore #Inpraiseof

Aug 27, 2014

Sheila Dikshit is following her heart: Will it lead her back to politics?

Sheila Dikshit herself has not quite ruled out the idea of her return to politics. She certainly left the door ajar when she told Mayank Austen Soofi “I am happy as I am. Let me go through today. Tomorrow is another day.” #AAP #Arind Kejriwal #Arvind Kejriwal #Arvinder Singh Lovely #Congress #Delhi #Delhi Elections 2014 #Harsh Vardhan #Kerala governor #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Sheila Dikshit

Aug 27, 2014

Silver lining: Ferguson, African Americans and Indians in US

As Michael Brown is laid to rest in Ferguson, the town's wounds are a long way from healing. But while looking at all the many things that went wrong it's worth reflecting on the things that didn't. #Ferguson #Ferguson teen shooting #Immigrant race relations in US #Indian shopkeepers #Michael Brown #Michael Brown shooting #OnOurMind #race relations #Racial tension in US #Small business #United States racism

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
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