Wed February 5, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/5/14

Stray or Great?

Vikram Seth India Today cover
India Today

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

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Wed January 8, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 1/8/14

Battling Images

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

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Fri December 20, 2013


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

Hell at Tehelka

Tarun Tejpal

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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