In Bangladesh, Dial Facebook for Murder

Newslaundry, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Apr 29, 2016

News that two LGBT activists had been murdered in cold blood in Dhaka was followed by a Facebook page hailing the attackers as heroes.




Sureshbhai Patel Didn't Get Justice Because He Couldn't Speak English

New America Media, News Analysis, Sandip Roy, Posted: Jan 18, 2016

Sureshbhai Patel went for a walk in Huntsville, Alabama. He ended up paralysed, beaten up not by muggers or hoodlums but by the city’s own policemen.




Is Half an Internet Better Than No Internet at All?

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Jan 07, 2016

Is net neutrality just a right for the West and a luxury for the rest. And must poor countries be told, be grateful, half an internet is better than no Internet at all?




Christmas in Kolkata

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Dec 23, 2015

It’s hardly Santaland but as Christmas approaches Montoo’s bakery in a dingy lane in in central Kolkata is one of Kolkata’s hottest addresses.




Indian MPs Greet Plea To Amend Section 377 With Jeers, Jokes: Ignorance Or Indifference?

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Dec 22, 2015

The love that dares not speak its name lived up to its name in Indian Parliament.




Sometimes Only Donald Trump Can Trump Donald Trump

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Dec 09, 2015

Trump is what would happen if the comments section became human & ran for President. That’s a very scary thought.




How Digital India is WhatsApping Mob Violence and Lynching

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Oct 05, 2015

Soon the iron smith was dead, his son in hospital and #DadriLynching was the latest hashtag of shame on Twitter.




Beef Ban Extremism: Someone’s Dinner is Now Part of a Criminal Probe in UP, India

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Oct 01, 2015

The rumour of beef and pig tallow greasing cartridges is supposed to have spawned what the British called the Indian mutiny. That was 1857.




India Prime Minister Modi Sells Digital Dream But Can He Deliver?

New America Media, News Analysis, Sandip Roy, Posted: Sep 28, 2015

If an American president once promised a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage, Narendra Modi served up a digital version of that promise.




Why India's Prime Minister Shouldn't Mind Silicon Valley Protesters

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Sep 26, 2015

#ModiFail might not be polite but it is about #DemocracySuccess. Many might not like it but alas, Facebook has not given us a Dislike button either.