Secret Illnesses of Leaders: Jimmy Carter's Dignified Embrace of Cancer Has a Lesson for Other Leaders

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

Even in his nineties, Jimmy Carter continues to surprise, announcing that the cancer that had been removed from his liver had reappeared in his brain. He was at peace.




Against All Odds: From the Streets of Kolkata to an American College

New America Media, News Report, Sandip Roy, Posted: Aug 19, 2015

Ashok had been abandoned by his family when he was four. He grew up on the streets and railway platforms, hopping on and off trains, surviving on his wits.




1941 - A Love Story or Why You Don't Need Valentine's Day

New America Media, News Report, Sandip Roy, Posted: Aug 13, 2015

She could tell them that you need Valentine's Day to sell chocolates and over-priced candlelight dinners and get free publicity for protests. But to make a leap for real love, you don't need much more than a twelve anna sari and a moving train.




From Hotel Raids to Porn Ban, India's Nanny State Fuses With Moral Police

New America Media, News Analysis, Sandip Roy, Posted: Aug 10, 2015

When homosexuals demand equal rights as heterosexuals surely this is not what anyone was contemplating – cranking up moral policing all around for everyone.




Porn Ban: India's Bid To Clean The Internet Has Become a Source of Mockery

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

The government insists its big bad porn ban has been done in the name of blocking child pornography rather than as a blanket ban on adult entertainment in general.




How Tharoor's Suave Oxford Speech United a Polarized India

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Jul 24, 2015

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s video of a speech at an Oxford Union Society debate arguing that Britain owes reparations has gone viral.




Dressing Up Homophobia: Subhash Jha and Bollywood's Gay Kiss of Death

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Jul 17, 2015

Gays have been blamed for many different things – 9/11, tsunami, Hurricane Katrina. Now we can apparently add some Bollywood acting careers to the list.




The Real Tragedy of Kolkata's Horror House: India Can't Deal with Mental Illness

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Jun 24, 2015

A man’s mental disarray has been splayed out in full public view. It is as if along with a diagnosis of mental problems he has given up all rights to his privacy and confidentiality.




Lesbian Ad Shows Social Progression Despite Setbacks in India

New America Media, News Analysis, Sandip Roy, Posted: Jun 15, 2015

In a country where homosexual sex has been re-criminalized, India's society has come a long way in accepting gay life as norm.




Let's Not Forget the Rapist Who Destroyed Aruna Shanbaug's Life

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: May 19, 2015

Now that she is dead, we have no idea if the man responsible for putting her into that vegetative state is dead or alive.