Dispatches from Kolkata

Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm

Sandip Roy, former host of Your Call and  New America Now, 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 be heard Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm during KALW’s presentation of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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2:18pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/30/2014

Disco Dance of Indian Democracy

Bappi Lahiri at an election rally
sandip Roy

The Times of India newspaper called this Indian election a "Dance of Democracy." But for Sandip Roy it's more of a 'Disco' Dance of Democracy.

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6:45am

Wed April 23, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 4/23/2014

India's political jukebox

Drummers for the Congress Party
Sandip Roy

An Indian election campaign is not entirely unlike a Bollywood film. The heroes and villains might flip flop depending on your party preference.  But the script has all the ingredients of a good old Bollywood masala film.

Welcome to  Indian elections 2014 – the musical hits.

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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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