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Sandip Roy

Nov 13, 2014

Parsis maybe the desi panda, but what about other endangered Indians?

In Chattisgarh at least 13 women died thanks to botched sterilisations. Meanwhile the JiyoParsi campaign encourages Parsis to "not use condoms tonight." #Bo #Chattisgarh Sterilisation deaths #Chhattisgarh #Condoms #CriticalPoint #Jiyo Parsi #OnOurMind #Parsis #Sterilisation drive #tubectomy #vasectomy

Nov 11, 2014

Gujarat gets it wrong: Compulsory voting is patronising and undemocratic

A new law wants to make voting compulsory in low-level elections in Gujarat. The logistics would be daunting but more importantly, does it go against the fundamental principle of a liberal democracy? #Australia #compulsory voting #Gujarat #India #InMyOpinion #kiran bedi #mandatory voting #Narendra Modi #Rupa Subramanya

Nov 11, 2014

Right issue, wrong tactic: Why Kiss of Love protests miss the mark

It’s 100 percent not okay to have a lathi-wielding policeman come up and haul you off to jail under Section 294 for some consensual public pappi-love. However, it is also okay to be uncomfortable about seeing a couple making out next to you. The Kiss of Love protests seems to miss that key distinction, and therefore undermine the very cause they espouse. #CultureDecoder #JNU #Kiss of Love #Kiss of Love protest rally #moral policing #PinkChaddi #protest #slut walk #SlutWalk

Nov 7, 2014

Whipping girl of the Right: Attack Romila Thapar’s ideas, not her integrity

By suggesting that Romila Thapar’s opposition stems really from pique rather than principle, Swapan Dasgupta actually cheapens his own intellectual class as a whole. #ICHR #Ramachandra Guh #Romila Thapar #School of Oriental and African Studies #SOAS #Swapan Dasgupta

Nov 6, 2014

When life’s a ‘Cumberbitch': The unbearable burden of being Sophie Hunter

However when that 38-year-old is Benedict Cumberbatch, the reaction is one long howl of disbelief heard around the world as “Cumber-bitches” everywhere collectively wail “Nahiiiiiin”. #Amal Alamuddin #Benedict Cumberbatch #Benedict Cumberbatch engaged #George Clooney #OurObsession #Sophie Hunter

Nov 6, 2014

This is not UP: Why is BJP ignoring perils of playing polarisation card in Delhi?

Delhi is effectively under central rule. Communal disturbances in the capital under his watch should be the last thing Narendra Modi wants on his plate. #Bawana #Hindu-Muslim conflict #Hindus #Lokesh Chandra #Muharram #Muslims #Narendra Modi #polarisation #PoliticalPlay #Religion #Sangh Parivar #Trilokpuri

Nov 4, 2014

Why the 1984 riots are haunting Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera

It took fifty years for an Indian-American to make it to the US Congress after Dalip Singh Saund in 1957. But Dr Ami Bera, the only Indian-American in Congress currently is in a race that's being called a toss-up. The irony is a group of Sikh Americans are mobilizing the community against the Indian American congressman. #1984 Sikh Massacre #Ami Bera #Dalip Singh Saund #Indian- Americans #Indira Gandhi #NewsTracker #US #US congress #US midterm

Nov 4, 2014

Hardworking and loyal to Modi: The importance of being Arun Jaitley

He's back. Arun Jaitley is back from a six-month-long health related absence. And he's returned to sharp headlines about U-turns and India needing a full-time defence minister. Now Jaitley seems to be striking back at his detractors through two magazine stories about the importance of being Arun Jaitley. #Arun Jaitley #BJP #Jaitley #Lutyens #Modi #Narendra Modi #New Delhi #PoliticsDecoder #surgery

Nov 1, 2014

‘Happy New Year’ promotion at St Xavier’s Kolkata: Acchey din for education?

When Shah Rukh Khan and the team of Happy New Year come to a college campus to promote the film, a good time is had by all. But the question remains - should a college lend its campus to promote a commercial film? #Education #Entertainment #Happy New Year #Kolkata #OnOurMind #Promotion #Shah Rukh Khan #St. Xavier's College