India

1:29am

Fri December 20, 2013

6:17am

Wed December 18, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/18

Reversal of (Gay) fortune in India.

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.

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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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