Dispatch from Kolkata

Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm

After ten years of hosting New America Now, Sandip Roy is back on KALW, bringing you a little bit of the story of the new India every week – a letter home from his other home.

A lot has been written about the changing India, says Roy. But reporting about a changing India is one thing. Living in it and dealing with a country where newspapers are still being launched instead of folding, Internet rumors spark mass exoduses, and cricketers advertise skin-whitening creams called Fair and Handsome is another thing.

Sandip Roy’s "Dispatch from Kolkata" can now be heard Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm during KALW’s presentation of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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6:22am

Wed April 16, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/16/2014

Showing politicians the finger!

A man shows that he voted in India
Sandip Roy

Whenever India goes to the polls the world takes notice. Some of the wonder is just about the sheer  mind boggling scale of it.  The election going on right now from April 7th  until May 12th for example will involve 930,000 polling stations across India.

Sandip Roy goes to the polls.

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2:07pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/9/14

Indian politicians forced out of the closet!

A queer thing is happening in India. India is going to the polls with the usual fanfare of the world’s largest democratic experiment. But this is an election with a difference.

For the first time ever gay issues are part of the election debate.

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6:45am

Wed April 2, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/2/14

Rahul's storm

Rahul rally marchers
Sandip Roy

Rahul Gandhi, the Indian National Congress leader, just can't seem to catch a break this election season. At this recent rally, it seemed as if even the Gods are against him.

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6:45am

Wed March 26, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 3/26/14

The Dirty Old Man of Delhi

Singh at his home in Delhi

These days, thanks especially to television, journalists have become celebrity pundits in India. They opinionate, bloviate and pontificate on TV all the time. Khushwant Singh became a celebrity long before cable television. He was sometimes callled "the dirty old man of Delhi" because he spoke without much attention to social formalities.  Singh was 99 and still writing when he died in Delhi last week.  

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6:45am

Wed March 19, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 3/19/14

Women vigilantes, real and reimagined

Gulaab Gang Poster

This is a story about two films that are in the eye of a peculiar storm in India.

One is called Gulaab Gang. The other is called Gulaabi Gang with an "I." But in that single "I" lies a world of difference.

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