Articles by Sandip Roy
Dec 11, 2017
Transgender Day of Rage in Kolkata galvanises community to protest ill-conceived bill to 'protect' their rightsThis year, the city of Kolkata, home to the oldest Pride parade in India, added a different flavour to the usual Pride celebrations—a Transgender Day of Rage.
Nov 15, 2017
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's advice on homosexuality was probably well-intentioned, if inelegantly phrasedWhile many are beating up on poor Sri Sri for calling sexuality a tendency, one should be thankful for any godman who tells us to not feel bad about ourselves, whether gay or not.
Nov 14, 2017
Hardik Patel 'sex CD' controversy: Trust moral police to make mountains of molehills, ignore real issuesHardik Patel, the enfant terrible of Gujarat politics is the latest to be embroiled in a 'sex scandal'. A video allegedly featuring him with a woman has gone viral on social media
Sep 20, 2017
Sunny Leone's Navratri condom ad isn't the problem; our hypocrisy towards sex isShe might be the most Googled personality of the year, trumping even Narendra Modi but something about Sunny Leone makes us very nervous indeed.
Aug 25, 2017
Right to Privacy: India's 'minuscule fraction' rejoice today, prepare for Section 377 battle another dayIn 2013 when two judges of the Supreme Court had recriminalised homosexual sex they had dismissed gays, lesbians and bisexuals as a "miniscule fraction".
May 23, 2017
Monsoon Wedding the musical is a sharp, modern take on Mira Nair's cult filmMonsoon Wedding opened at Berkeley Repertory Theater as a musicial based on Mira Nair's renouned film of the same name. Namit Das and Javed Jaffery play key roles in the musical
Mar 30, 2017
Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen threatened with gangrape: Such incidents reflect our inherent misogyny, apathyWhat is really shocking about the gang rape threats against Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen is how it does not really shock us at all.
Mar 06, 2017
Karan Johar may be shattering stereotypes but not many in India can follow his footstepsWhile an “ecstatic” Karan Johar counts his blessings and congratulatory tweets (and changes nappies), he should remember that the government very deliberately will deny that happiness to thousands of others just like him, due to the surrogacy bill.
Feb 14, 2017
Valentine's Day in India, despite the commercialisation, is also a way of pushing backValentine's Day is one small act of resistance in a country where the right to love must still be fought for, every inch of the way.
Sep 02, 2016
Mother Teresa gets sainthood: Not much of a social worker, but a nun devoted to her vowsAs you pump up Mother Teresa, you pump down Calcutta