Legalizing Gay Sex in India Does Not Mean Getting Rid of Discrimination

Legalizing Gay Sex in India Does Not Mean Getting Rid of Discrimination

This revolution was televised. I watched on TV as friends of mine huddled together in a café in Kolkata as the verdict on Section 377 came out. They had come with rainbow flags and hope but until the last minute, there was an air of nervous expectation as if they were...
Why Indians Need An Urgent Lesson In Identifying Racism

Why Indians Need An Urgent Lesson In Identifying Racism

For too many Indians racism is a one-way street. We can be its victims but we are never the perpetrators. We are quick to recognize it when it happens to us. For example, when Indian students were attacked in Australia, then prime minister Manmohan Singh said he was...
Maya, Marquez, Mandela and Our Facebook Posts

Maya, Marquez, Mandela and Our Facebook Posts

I have never read a book by Maya Angelou. However I must confess when Maya Angelou died I immediately felt I needed to Google “inspirational quotes Maya Angelou.” I knew my social media timeline would be flooded with them and I didn’t want to be caught empty-handed...
Without Subtitles: The Sholay Test

Without Subtitles: The Sholay Test

I grew up in one of those Bengali families that rarely went to the theater to watch a Hindi film. Despite its sixty golden jubilees even Sholay could not breach that snobbishness. Haathi mera Saathi did but that was more about the elephant than Rajesh Khanna. I...

No Amma For America

The truest thing former US Secretary of State Colin Powell said in his leaked emails is the one least talked about: “It is time to start ignoring [Donald Trump].” He wrote to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in December 2015: “You guys are playing his game, you are his oxygen.”...