Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata

Wednesdays at 7:35am and 4:45pm
Sandip Roy
Sandip Roy

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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2:07pm

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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6:45am

Wed March 12, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 3/12/14

Is there any hope for the "Middle Way?"

Protesting the Dalai Lama in San Francisco. Feb. 22, 2014
Carlos Avila Gonzalez/The Chronicle sfgate.com

The controversy over Tibetan independence won't likely be over anytime soon, but is the Middle Way, promoted by the Dalai Lama himself, any way to go about it?

Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin's films deal with the row over Tibetan-Chinese relations. "The Sun Behind the Clouds" and "Dreaming Lhasa" will screen at CAAM Fest 2014, see the schedule here.

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