India

6:45am

Wed November 27, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 11/27

Hell at Tehelka

Tarun Tejpal
ndtv.com

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

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6:45am

Wed October 30, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/30

Beware the Bhoots!

Bhooter Bhabishyat poster

Sandip Roy is haunted in India.

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11:20am

Wed October 16, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/16

Unbearable Durga Puja

The Godess returns
Sandip Roy

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.

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7:27am

Thu October 10, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 10/9

Modi the Magnificent

Modi speaks

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.

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6:45am

Wed September 18, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/18

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

Nina Davuluri crowned 'Miss America'

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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