Articles by Sandip Roy
Nov 30, 2018
Jagadish Chandra Bose's face may soon feature on £50 notes, but India struggles to save legacy of its illustrious sonOn Jagadish Chandra Bose's birth anniversary, it's worth pondering, why — instead of reaching back into our mythology to claim Indians must have invented the internet and plastic surgery — we can't restore, celebrate and take pride in our actual scientific achievements.
Nov 14, 2018
Rosogolla Dibas: What this humble sweet, once at the centre of a culture war, means to BengalRosogolla Dibas is a timely reminder to all of us to not take our heritage for granted. Envious neighbours are always coveting a piece of the chhena pie
Sep 17, 2018
IIT Kanpur's hesitation to act against professors accused of harassing Dalit colleague exposes deep caste fissuresWhat is striking is that the four accused have claimed their actions were to uphold the high standards of the IIT.
Sep 06, 2018
Section 377 verdict of 2013 taught us how vulnerable rights can be when left to whims of majoritarianismSection 377 was never the end of the journey but always the first step in demanding respect. That journey remains.
Sep 05, 2018
Majerhat bridge collapse: Little accountability, shoddy probe, nasty politics make infrastructure a casualtyWhich political party has ever campaigned on something as dull as maintenance? They would rather campaign on the promise of building giant statues that nobody needs and bullet trains and triple-decker flyovers.
Jul 10, 2018
Subramanian Swamy's homophobic remarks will drag BJP down, even as party tries to walk a fine line on Section 377Even as lawyers on both sides weigh in on Section 377 before a 5-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court, Subramanian Swamy, whose Twitter bio makes it a point to mention he is a “Rajya Sabha MP, former Union Cabinet minister, Harvard Ph D in Economics”, keeps piping up like the irrepressible boy who just cannot keep quiet in class.
May 21, 2018
Karnataka polls: Rivals accusing HD Kumaraswamy of having parallel families shows dirty politics thrives on private livesIf bigamous politicians are truly a political issue, let a party have the guts to say they will deny tickets to anyone doing it.
May 12, 2018
As Kolkata's Gurusaday Museum struggles to survive, there's renewed interest in its treasure trove of folk artThe Gurusaday Museum — which opened in 1963 and is housed in a sprawling building in Joka on the fringes of the city amidst a mango orchard now heavy with fruit — is facing its darkest hour
Apr 26, 2018
Asaram Bapu convicted of rape: The reign of modern babas is sustained by deepening chasm between logic and faithNow the coverage of the Asaram Bapus and Gurmeet Ram Rahims show an almost unbridgeable chasm between the two worlds: the religious world and the so-called secular one.
Apr 05, 2018
Salman Khan jailed in blackbuck case: Discourse over conviction shows need to isolate law from whatabouterySalman Khan's conviction shows that law is above stardom and whataboutery. For even if it's for one night in jail, we all get to be equal under the law.