India

India has tied itself in knots thanks to a noodle problem. The country has been in an uproar since tests alleged that some packets of Maggi instant noodles have been found to contain lead and MSG. Its caused an instant uproar.

On the June 10th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Bay Area-based filmmaker Nyna Pais Caputi about gender discrimination in India. India is ranked the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women.  Premiering during the SF Documentary Festival, Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls  highlights how girls and women are devalued in Indian society, leading to a rise in gender violence.  How are women organizing to stop it? It’s Your Call with Hana Baba, and you.

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When I moved to Calcutta from San Francisco,  I’d often marvel, that for a city of 4 and half million, everyone seems to know everyone.  But writer Prajwal Parajuly is from a town so small that everyone really does know everyone.

Prajwel Parajuly will be reading from his book "Land Where I Flee" at bay Area Festival of Books on June 6, and Kepler's in Menlo Park on June 8th.

I was reporting on India’s 2014 general election which would bring Narendra Modi to power a year ago.

Sultan, though that’s not his real name, was officially hired as my driver, much younger than me. But it was quite clear very early on who was the top dog in our relationship.

In the last decade Bollywood has snuck into America. Bollywood aerobics. Bollywood theme parties. It even snuck into the Oscars via Slumdog Millionaire.

But nothing prepared me for the oddest couple of all - Bollywood and geopolitics.

 

It's safe to do yoga in American schools, so says the 4th District Court of Appeals.

Its great that an Indian tradition has found an American home, but does that mean yoga needs to go Om-less?

 

  The Internet just became freer in India thanks to a young woman who decided to do something about it instead of just complaining.

Section 66A of the IT Act was declared unconstitutional.

After growing up in India, America was a culture shock. After 20 years in America living in India was its own culture shock. Everything is different... or is it?

Sandip Roy compares his two homes.  

On the February 24th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Sandip Roy -- Morning Edition commentator, editor at Firstpost.com, and former host of Your Call.  His new novel Don’t Let Him Know explores migration, sexual identity and India’s complex social landscape. What role does literature play in helping us understand other cultures and people? We’ll take your questions for Sandip Roy on the next Your Call, with guest host Matt Martin and you.

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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.
 

Modi and Nehru

May 28, 2014

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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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.

Your Call: Afghanistan and India: Beyond elections

May 16, 2014

  

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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.

Rahul's storm

Apr 2, 2014
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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.

Stray or Great?

Feb 5, 2014
India Today

Vikram Seth, maybe India's most well known writer, is a very private man. But sometimes one just can not keep quiet.

Battling Images

Jan 8, 2014

The image of India has changed in American eyes, yet so has America's image... in Indian eyes. 

On December 8th the Indian Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Penal Code making sex against the order of nature a crime again. But India seems to have changed, without their Supreme Court.

Hell at Tehelka

Nov 27, 2013
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When violence against women was big in the news in India, an investigative magazine called Tehelka did an explosive sting operation. Its reporters went undercover to 23 police stations around Delhi and got cops talking about rape.  The results were shocking. Most cops were happy to blame women for wearing skirts that don’t cover them fully. For having a drink.  For going out with a boyfriend and his friends. Real rape they said was rare. And those who  were really raped would never complain anyway. This year the magazine produced a special issue on sexual violence

Beware the Bhoots!

Oct 30, 2013

Sandip Roy is haunted in India.

Unbearable Durga Puja

Oct 16, 2013
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A mother goes back to her parents once every year with all her children. That sounds like hardly the excuse for five days of city wide festivities. But that’s exactly what happens during Durga Puja in Kolkata.  Because This is no ordinary mother. It’s the ten-armed mother goddess Durga coming back to visit her home with her four children. And Kolkata shuts down to welcome her back.

Modi the Magnificent

Oct 10, 2013

Elections are next year in India.  But Narendra Modi, the man who wants to be the next prime minister of India is holding his first major rally in the nation’s capital. Everything is outsized about it. The mammoth audience. The three levels of security the press has to go through. The one hundred foot tall cut out of the man towering over the crowd – welcoming or menacing depending on your point of view.

Miss America's not fair enough... for Indians

Sep 18, 2013

Her name is Nina Davuluri and this Indian American is the new "Miss America."  Indians are of course in a self-righteous lather about the blatant racism expressed on twitter recently, but here’s the ugly truth. Nina Davuluri can be Miss America. But she could never be Miss India. Or even Miss Indian-American Fremont. She’s just too dark

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Dark and Beautiful

Aug 14, 2013
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India’s obsession with fair skin is legendary. The matrimonial ads have their own complexion code pyramid. There’s fair and lovely at the top. Then the glowing wheatish complexion. Then medium complexion apparently unglowing. Those who don’t mention complexion at all are just assumed to be dark. You routinely hear someone described as pretty even though she’s so dark. Actress Nandita Das tells DesiYup.com that she’s used to it now.

Purple bag nostalgia

Aug 7, 2013
Sandip Roy

Nostalgia today is no longer reserved for the disappearance of things we feel had been around forever. Or perhaps it’s our notion of forever that has shrunk - from 163 years for the telegramto 13 to 5. The MusicWorld store  was not even a decade old.

 

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She was just the Park Street rape victim. The woman who went to a nightclub in Kolkata in February 2012 and was tossed out of a car in the dead of night, battered and gang raped.  

Recently the Park Street rape victim did something almost unthinkable in India. Suzette Jordan revealed her identity.

 

Elderly respect in India

Jul 10, 2013
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Sandip Roy

In the last couple of weeks the state has been rocked by reports of brutal gang rapes. Sandip Roy takes us to the rally against the violence in College Square.

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