Articles by Sandip Roy
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.
Apr 04, 2018
Harassment of Dalit professor in IIT Kanpur exemplifies the subtle ways of caste discrimination in India todayThe story of one Dalit professor in IIT Kanpur and what he faced shows how pernicious the problem of discrimination can be.
Mar 15, 2018
Kolkata school that forced students to 'confess' to lesbianism exemplifies how not to treat queer childrenBy stigmatising even the suggestion of lesbianism, the Kamala Girls School shows that most adults have no idea about how to deal with the sexuality of young people | #FirstCulture
Mar 05, 2018
The Beatles in India: 50 years later, a look at how the band's stay in Rishikesh influenced their discographyThe Beatles could let their hair down in India, the place where they would go on to write roughly 40 songs | #FirstCulture
Feb 27, 2018
News coverage of Sridevi's death: How media publications hastily leaped from Botox to the bathtubThe Sridevi story had quickly and grotesquely turned into a story of comeuppance for a woman who had wanted too much of everything – success, love and beauty. The news coverage has made a mockery out of everything the actress stands for.
Feb 03, 2018
Padmaavat: Amid Rajput romance and valour, Bhansali gives us a most queer love storyPadmaavat's true subversiveness lies in sneaking in a gay love story in a film that's a paean to heterosexual passion