articles by Sandip Roy

Entertainment

Padmaavat: Amid Rajput romance and valour, Bhansali gives us a most queer love story

Padmaavat's true subversiveness lies in sneaking in a gay love story in a film that's a paean to heterosexual passion

India

No condom ads between 6 am and 10 pm: I&B ministry's problem is not with sex but with sex as pleasure

If the government worried a little less about sex (between 6 am and 10 pm), and a little more about sex education somewhere during those hours, we'd be far better off as a nation

India

Transgender Day of Rage in Kolkata galvanises community to protest ill-conceived bill to 'protect' their rights

This 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.

India

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's advice on homosexuality was probably well-intentioned, if inelegantly phrased

While 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.

India

Hardik Patel 'sex CD' controversy: Trust moral police to make mountains of molehills, ignore real issues

Hardik 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

Entertainment

Sunny Leone's Navratri condom ad isn't the problem; our hypocrisy towards sex is

She might be the most Googled personality of the year, trumping even Narendra Modi but something about Sunny Leone makes us very nervous indeed.

India

Right to Privacy: India's 'minuscule fraction' rejoice today, prepare for Section 377 battle another day

In 2013 when two judges of the Supreme Court had recriminalised homosexual sex they had dismissed gays, lesbians and bisexuals as a "miniscule fraction".

Entertainment

Monsoon Wedding the musical is a sharp, modern take on Mira Nair's cult film

Monsoon 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

India

Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen threatened with gangrape: Such incidents reflect our inherent misogyny, apathy

What is really shocking about the gang rape threats against Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen is how it does not really shock us at all.

Entertainment

Karan Johar may be shattering stereotypes but not many in India can follow his footsteps

While 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.

Life

Valentine's Day in India, despite the commercialisation, is also a way of pushing back

Valentine'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.

Life

As auctions for Darjeeling tea move online, the 'champagne of teas' is one ritual poorer

The historic Darjeeling tea auctions at Nilhat House will soon be a thing of the past

Life

How Marwari women in Kolkata are asserting their independence in a conservative community

The new Marwari woman in Kolkata has one foot in modernity, and another in tradition

Life

The Marwari wedding: Getting bigger and fatter as thrifty community learns to splurge

Marwari, a community that was famously insular, is happily globetrotting and fostering a generation which is more worldly-wise than its predecessors.

Life

Marwari City: Stories of Kolkata's heritage often exclude its prominent community

Stories about Kolkata ’s cosmopolitan heritage rarely include the Marwaris, invoking instead its vanishing Jews and its fading Armenians

Politics

Nayantara Sahgal may be guilty of selective outrage, but that doesn't mean she is wrong

Nayantara who? For many Indians today, the youth demographic that Narendra Modi talks about all the time, the name Nayantara Sahgal will not ring a bell.

India

Doublespeak over Dadri lynching: We need real debate, not political horse-trading

The political foodfight that has erupted over beef shows that when it comes to pandering to the electorate to get votes, there is no sacred cow our good netas will not milk.

Politics

From Dadri lynching to Muzaffarnagar: Here's how Digital India is WhatsApping, tweeting communal revolution

It sounds medieval but the Dadri lynching too was powered by Whatsapp and social media.

Life

Hum tum ek camera mein bandh ho: Modi's Facebook video shows our obsession with perfect image

Modi, as we all know by now, is the most PR-savvy PM India has known and certainly a blinding contrast, in this regard, to his far more reclusive predecessor who was usually a deer in the headlights when the flashbulbs went off.