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2:13pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/18/2014

Sandip Roy's Dispatch: Saundhi Mitti

School boys in the rain
Sandip Roy

July 16, 2014: Monsoon has always been the most important season in India - whether it's from the point of view of the economy or the Bollywood rain dance. But coming back to India after years in America, Sandip Roy finds the memories of monsoons past don't always live up to the realities of monsoons present.

This post originally appeared July 23, 2014. Mr. Roy will return with a new post next week.
 

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6:45am

Wed May 28, 2014
Dispatch from Kolkata for 5/28/2014

Modi and Nehru

Narendra Modi

This week Narendra Damodardas Modi became the 15th Prime Minister of India.
Ironically this week also marked the 50th death anniversary of Jawarharlal Nehru – the first prime minister of India. Modi defeated Nehru’s great-grandson and became the first Indian prime minister to have been born after Independence. That’s an important moment for India.

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6:45am

Wed May 21, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata 5/21/14

Sandip Roy: A Stop in Mewat

Welcome to Mewat
Sandip Roy

The village of Mewat a couple of hours outside Delhi looks very unexceptional.  I’d never even heard of it till I passed through it on the Indian election campaign trail. It’s sunbaked. The land stony and dry. Trucks rumble past on the highway Buffalos doze. There’s no reason to stop in Mewat. Except in 1947 a very famous Indian did stop here. And changed history.

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12:17am

Fri May 16, 2014

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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