Radhika Iyengar



Radhika is a Senior Sub Editor with the indianexpress.com  She is an alumna of Columbia University. She tweets @radhika_iy

Jallikattu protests: Not new for Tamils to stand united for something they believe in
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

In Tamil Nadu, admiration or respect for something – whether it's a centuries-old cultural practice, a cinematic demigod, or a political icon – has always been accompanied by heightened emotions. Be it Jallikattu, the conflict over the Cauvery river, the unbounded reverence for Tamil superstar Rajnikanth

Air India, it’s not right for you to ground overweight cabin crew; you have bigger issues at hand
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Air India is notorious for throwing out its cabin crew for being overweight

Can the American press take on Donald Trump, the most powerful man on earth?
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Donald Trump is waging a war with the American press. He's confrontational, provocative, subversive and downright unapologetic. But on Wednesday, the US Press Corps. responded with a scathing letter, refusing to bend, break or bow.

Why Salman Khan getting away again leaves you disillusioned about the system
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

There is this nagging sense of deja vu, but to be honest no one was surprised by Salman Khan’s acquittal in Arms Act case.

Can Deepa Jayakumar get Jayalalithaa’s followers to rally around her?
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Since Jayalithaa's passing, Jayakumar’s voice has been drowned out by the news involving Sasikala's transcendence to AIADMK's political throne.

Have we become so narrow-minded that we need to tell a 16-year-old whom she should or shouldn’t meet?
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

The moment Zaira posted the apology, she had conceded. The thing is, she didn't need to justify, clarify or apologize to anyone.

Why is the world’s attention focused on Vladimir Putin
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Never before was Putin's geopolitical ambitions looked at as a serious threat to the world than in the Fall of 2016, when Russia was blamed by the US for intervening in the latter's presidential elections

Here is why Facebook launched its Journalism Project
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

In 2016, a new phrase gained prominence in the lexicon of the internet: Fake News. During the US Presidential race, Facebook came under the spotlight, but not for the right reasons.

India needs a gay icon to stand up for the entire LGBT community, here is why
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

George Michael and Ellen Degeneres altered the perception of homosexuals in the UK and US. Unfortunately, India is yet to find its own homegrown icon with considerable clout, who can initiate a dialogue towards changing the perception of the LGBT community here.

Will India stand to gain from Donald Trump’s Russia policy?
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

In Trump's era, the United States is bound to embrace Putin's Russia, while simultaneously severing its ties with China. In an interesting pattern, India enjoys an amicable relationship with Russia and the United States, while having a difficult relationship with China.

These tweets show Donald Trump’s contempt for media has not waned
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

Trump, who is known for his wish-washy and flippant stance on several issues has constantly berated the media.

Drug problem to dominate Punjab polls in triangular contest
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

While Punjab has mostly seen bipolar fights with SAD and Congress being traditional rivals, the AAP or Aam Aadmi Party, buoyed by its performance in the Lok Sabha elections, is the new entrant in state politics.

Trump is not yet in office, but his agenda is sure at work
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

While he will be sworn into office only on January 20, the economic map of America has already begun to alter with a few dramatic, transitional changes

Is Akhilesh Yadav doing a Narendra Modi? Consider these similarities
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Akhilesh Yadav, the scion of the Samajwadi Party and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, seems to have paid close attention to the drum of development Modi had been beating

Princess Leia taught a generation of women they did not necessarily needed to be “rescued”
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

As a child with an impressionable mind, I was brought up on a diet of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella fairy tales, where the eponymous characters were always shown to be dependent on men. Princess Leia stood as a jarring contrast to that.

National Geographic flips another page on mainstreaming transgenders
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

The emergence of small, independent, geographically scattered, transgender projects indicate that there is a larger, intellectual, universal movement gaining momentum.

Trolls and the power to publicly shame anyone
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

From snide remarks and patronising jibes to unapologetic, hateful memes, trolling has become a day-to-day event. And it’s the perfect fodder for the media.

Trolls and the power to publicly shame anyone
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

Recently, Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami was ridiculed on twitter for "allowing" his wife to wear a religiously inappropriate attire. Trolling, in Twitter’s sprawling empire, is ubiquitous.

Why Ivanka will continue to be Trump’s shadow in his presidency
Fri, Dec 23, 2016

More often than not, we've seen Ivanka trying to clean the mess her father has made. When she has stood behind Trump during his speeches, it has often helped – even mildly so – in softening his image.

Guess what helped India become a bigger economy than former overload Britain
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

In February 2016, it was reported that India's rapidly mounting economy (predicted to hit 7.6 per cent in 2016 by the IMF) had outdone China.

Demonetisation: Pakistan, Venezuela unwilling to go the whole way like Modi on note ban
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move appears to be popular, at least politically. It has been echoed in at least two other developing countries, where Venezuela and Pakistan have taken a similar route.

Why news organisations have to take it onto themselves to kill fake news
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

While Facebook is taking serious action to reduce inauthentic content, President-elect Donald Trump appears to be steering the helm of fake news on Twitter.

Winter session: Standstill in Parliament can be reflection on where the country is headed
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

The juvenile tactic of disrupting Parliament sessions is deeply entrenched in Indian politics, but it should make you question the maturity of the MPs we've sent to represent us in Parliament

Winter session: Standstill in Parliament can be reflection on where the country is headed
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

Unfortunately, the specter of tumultuous political scuffle has loomed over Parliament for decades.

Aleppo is devastated, but the internet is keeping alive some strong voices
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

In a desperate plea, civilians, activists and journalists who were stuck in the city began sending a deluge of “final messages” on social media.

Aleppo is devastated, but the internet is keeping alive some strong voices
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

In the midst of a bloodbath, people in Aleppo continue to have access to the Internet. Despite the airstrikes, despite the monumental infrastructural damage, civilians are tweeting and posting 'last message' videos.

JNU’s Azadi Chowk is now behind grills, so is students’ right to protest
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

JNU's step to close off the Azadi Chowk for student protests, conveys that it is aligning itself to the overarching narrative of acquiescence.

Celebratory firing kills more, but there is no noise over these gunshots
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Possessing a gun symbolizes infinite power. In small towns, which are heavily patriarchal, it's the men belonging to upper castes who possess and brandish guns frivolously.

What makes India stand behind PM Modi, despite the demonetisation chaos?
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Despite the severe ramifications of demonetisation, Modi remains popular. He continues to be revered. In fact, his image seems bigger than ever before.

No, adding Maharaj to Chhatrapati Shivaji might not really impress voters
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

It is unlikely that the insertion of 'Maharaj' will instill within people an increased sense of respect for the idolised ruler as the Maharashtra cabinet wants.

Jayalalithaa, Mayawati and Mamata: Firmly in control, but with no backup
Wed, Dec 07, 2016

The three women leaders, all known to be in possession of an overbearing, dictatorial streak, have steered the uneven territory of politics with extraordinary craft. Undoubtedly, they are forces to be reckoned with.

The aura of J Jayalalithaa: Impenetrable, unbending, mother-like
Tue, Dec 06, 2016

What was it about Jayalalithaa that led her to become an extraordinary political figure with cult-like following?

Resurrection of the National Anthem and rising weight of moral pressure
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Today, the Supreme Court declined to accept the plea to make Jana Gana Mana mandatory in all Indian courts.

Kerala temple dress code shows society still wants to dictate what women should wear
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

Historically, political and religious authorities have regulated women's clothing, reasoning that it is “beneficial” for them; that it looks after women's best interest.

Hindu temples make a fat issue of UK notes but tallow fears are shallow
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

The Hindu temples in Britain have refused to be associated with any product or by-product of animals.

A country in black and white, silently skewing in favour of the louder narrative
Wed, Nov 30, 2016

It's no secret that during Indian elections, political parties (including Congress and the BJP) rely heavily on cash expenditure. A considerable portion of this money is black, or unaccounted.