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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7:30am

Wed January 30, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 1/30

The Greatest Literary Show on Earth!

Jaipur Literary Festival

What happens when a few hundred thousand people from around the world throng into an old palace in Rajasthan on a wintry January morning?  Welcome to the Jaipur Literature Festival.

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7:45am

Wed January 23, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 1/23

What's Osama Doing on American Idol!?

Gurpreet Singh Sarin

What's Osama bin Laden doing on American Idol!? Sandip Roy considers the appearance of Gurpreet Singh Sarin on Fox's "American Idol." Does this young Sikh-American hold the key to changing the attitudes and misconceptions of Americans?

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11:44am

Wed January 16, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 1/16

Painted and Dented

Abhijit Mukherjee
IBN Live IBN Live

In the wake of the anger in India over the gang rape and death of the 23 year old woman in Delhi, India’s politicians have been all over the map. One said just because India won its freedom at midnight it didn’t mean women could roam the streets at midnight. But the reaction that really went viral came from Abhijit Mukherjee, a newly-elected member of parliament. In an interview with a Bengali television channel, he dismissed the women at protests and vigils as highly dented and painted.

 

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7:45am

Wed January 9, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 1/9

From New Delhi to Steubenville

Protest in New York
Charlotte Cooper Socialist Worker.org

Is the brutal gang rape of a 23 year-old woman in New Delhi last December the tipping point for women's rights in India? What about in Steubenville, Ohio?

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7:45am

Wed December 26, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/26

Christmas in Kolkata

Santas in bags
Sandip Roy

Christmas is serious business in Kolkata, India. From the turkey dinners to the mass consumption, in some ways it's not all that different from America.

Shubho Borodin everyone!

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