Sandip Roy

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 A work of art sparking protest is nothing new, but Padmavati takes the art of taking offence to another level.

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Once the white man came to India to lift the natives out of their heathen darkness 

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While America is mixing, we are seeing the rise of pure white nationalism. 

Sandip Roy: Goodbye NAM

Nov 8, 2017

Sandy Close, a MacArthur genius with an idea a minute, created an organization 

Sandip Roy: You Too?

Nov 1, 2017

I must confess when the #MeToo hashtags started flooding my social media timeline I was skeptical. 

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Once Asha effortlessly brought India to my kitchen in California. 

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70 years after Independence it sometimes feels as if Indians are still to develop a funny bone.

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It takes only a few hours to fly from Kolkata to Bangkok, and a weekend in Bangkok is quite common. But there’s very little of Thailand in Kolkata. 

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The arch diocese of Kolkata was set up in 1886, and it's saint is St Francis Xavier. But then along came Mother Teresa 

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At first he was funny.  A bearded man with flowing hair dressed in his garish best, his forearms curly with knots of hair. But Ram Rahim is no ordinary rockstar. He’s a God man. 

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The Indian Supreme Court caught everyone by surprise, including Sandip Roy.

Amar Kapoor kept a diary after migrating to Delhi following the blood-drenched summer of 1947 from Lahore via the border city of Amritsar, where the family spent three months on the veranda of a house.
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This August 15th marked 70 years of India’s independence.  But this also marks 70 years of one of India’s greatest human tragedies. 

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Sandip Roy reflects on India’s journey as it turns 70.

A debate about whether Nolan’s Dunkirk whitewashes history is perfectly legitimate but

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 Sometimes it seems 70 years after Independence India is just unable to shake off its suited and booted colonial hangover. 

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Chickens cannot fly.  That’s according to Air India, India’s national airline. 

Sandip Roy: Cow Spotting

Jul 19, 2017
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India is one of the world’s biggest exporters of beef, even though much of India does not eat beef.

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On a rain-drenched monsoon evening recently a bit of old American history found new life on the streets of India.

A spate of lynchings in India has Sandip thinking that the U.S. and his home country are not so different.

Sandip Roy: The Sellout

Jun 21, 2017

Almost every week when I open the newspaper in Kolkata I see something about Donald Trump on the first page. It might be trivial like covfefe, but more often that not it feels unreal.

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee has a new winner. 12 year old Ananya Vinay. Another Indian American. That’s not news anymore.
But Ananya Vinay’s victory made news outside the spelling beehive for a different reason.

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Monsoon Wedding by Mira Nair was an unlikely hit in 2001.

Sandip Roy: Mother Leila

May 17, 2017
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This mother’s Day I was thinking about a very particular mother.  Not mine but a woman named Leila Seth.

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Air India’s reputation is of a sort of futzy dowager, very uncool.  Even its mascot a Maharajah in a red coat and turban with a pointy mustache seems very quaint, harking back to an old colonial India.

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There’s a new political force center stage in India these days. The cow.

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There have been other mob attacks in India before three Nigerians were beaten in a mall in Delhi on March 27. Each time the government promises stringent action.

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Used as Indian Americans are to being heralded as the model minority, their feathers might be ruffled by the stories of harassment coming out of the US

I was in the holy city of Varanasi and I saw what CNN showed the world on the new show Believer with Reza Aslan. I saw the Ganga, the holy river of the Hindus polluted.

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Perhaps an unwelcoming America is not such a bad thing for the rest of the world.

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When I landed in the US I had one advantage over many other immigrants from different parts of the world.  I spoke English.  Other Indians are less lucky.

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