Radhika Iyengar



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

Making profits through unnecessary Caesareans: The dark underbelly of India’s healthcare industry
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

In this country, where conversations regarding women and their concerns are often eclipsed, there is alarming rise in the number of caesareans, feeding the healthcare industry's money-making agenda

Health Ministry’s kit for adolescents marks a paradigm shift for a relatively conservative govt
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Educational institutes in India have gained a notoriety for upholding and disseminating archaic ideologies pertaining to gender roles, relationships and gender identities. The Health Ministry's kit challenges these very social norms and taboos.

Can we have a mayoral committee govern our cities?
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Last year, the debate of having a Mayoral committee entered public discourse, when Shashi Tharoor introduced it into the Parliament as a private member's bill.

From Tata Tea to Titan, Indian brands are adopting a new, socially-conscious language
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

There has been a surge of beautifully crafted, intelligently told Indian advertisements that either prod us to engage in sociopolitical issues with greater furor, or address issues pertaining to gender inequality and same-sex relationships

Govt plans to restrict maternity benefit to first child only. As usual, it’s the women who suffer
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

One could argue that this step would reflect better in population control. Would it though? Or would just make it far worse for pregnant women who desperately need financial assistance?

Is Priyanka Gandhi Vadra the feminist icon India has been waiting for?
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Perhaps, it's time that this country spawns a leader who is a vocal and fierce women's rights advocate.

Smriti Irani’s latest attack on Priyanka Gandhi only ends up amplifying her importance in UP elections
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

While Irani's effort to drag Priyanka into a petty political battle may be deemed as petulant behavior, all eyes are currently on Priyanka who is campaigning in Raebareli

After two ceremonies and a funeral, can we please move on Tamil Nadu’s sake
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

In the last two months, Tamil Nadu has dominated the media attention. In the last two months, there have been two swearing in ceremonies, a funeral and a prison sentence; there has been Cyclone Vardah and the Jallikattu fiasco. Perhaps it's time to finally move on.

MNS mantra: If you engage in gunda-gardi, you will be rewarded
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The MNS nominates the wives of two party members who participated in wrecking havoc before the release of Ae Dil Hai Muskhil. In doing so, it conveys that those who participate in gunda-gardi will be rewarded, directly or indirectly.

ISRO shows why we have to invest more on innovative institutions
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Consider this to be a swift boost for the Indian morale to stratospheric levels. With its 35th successful PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ) mission, this is a proud moment for India – its homegrown space agency has successfully transcended the records established by Russia and the United States.

Patriotism cannot be taught nor enforced: After cinema halls, is the national anthem compulsory in theater halls as well?
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Can we explicitly convey our sense of patriotism? Can we express how emotionally bound we are to our country?

Table for One and a Glass of Wine
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Valentine's Day has the proclivity to be more awkward than romantic – most of the time. Everyone is running on high expectations. Everyone is high-strung. At the same time, they are squirming with anxiety, uncertain whether they can “deliver” in equal measure.

Dear Suresh Prabhu, here are a few ideas for improving train travel conditions for the differently-abled
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

In a response to a petition backed by 82,000 supporters to improve the railway facilities for disabled people, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu asked the public for ideas. And we came up with a list.

‘The coolie groped me while carrying me into train’: This woman’s story is something Suresh Prabhu can’t ignore
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Since the Indian railways aren't disabled-friendly, Virali Modi has been dependent on porters to board the train. She was manhandled by them on three separate occasions.

Samajwadi Party’s manifesto wants to empower women, but its scheme ends up helping men more
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

The party's Programme for Women Empowerment features a pledge that if voted to power the party would offer Rs. 2 lakhs to men who marry disabled or widowed women. It's an incentive to marry primarily for monetary reasons -- and that's a cause for concern

UP, Punjab Assembly Elections 2017: Here’s what BJP, Congress, AAP have promised for women
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

In most of the parties' proposed pledges, women's issues have been dwarfed in their importance and have barely received attention.

Sasikala Natarajan set to become Chief Minister, but will Tamil Nadu accept this new star of sycophancy?
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

In the aftermath of Jayalalithaa's demise, in a matter of two months, Sasikala has not only inherited her position, party and power – but also inherited AIADMK's sycophancy.

Maharashtra Board has to learn this lesson: Being ugly can’t justify dowry
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

If a girl is "ugly" her family pays a higher dowry -- a school textbook reads. There is no reference to the boy's physical appearance, however. By virtue of his gender, the boy is assured dowry, irrespective of his physical features, profession or nature.

Boy bleeds to death in Karnataka: Our indifference is appalling
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

It makes one question how warped we are as a people in our thinking, and in terms of treating others with basic respect and dignity.

Is Donald Trump strategically pushing out non-Americans from the United States?
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

If you pull back for a moment from the distracting cacophony engineered by Trump, you'll realize that there is a plan after all. The dots do connect.

Union Budget 2017-18: Passing mention about women’s schemes
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

While Jaitley mentioned the central government will commission railways lines of 3,500 kms this year, and even stressed on tiny details like certain trains would be dedicated for religious tourism -- there was no mention on how safety of women in these railways would be improved or looked into

The Padmavati debacle: Hooliganism by fringe elements has become the new normal
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Even if Sanjay Leela Bhansali did take a few dramatic liberties and 'meddled' with history, does it give a band of goons (or anyone else for that matter) the right to assault him?

The many gaffes of India’s sports minister
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

To one's mind, for a Sports Minister to choose to play cricket while being blindfolded can only be described as highly insensitive.

America is filled with thousands of immigrants, many of whom made America ‘Great’
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

From Apple's Steve Jobs and Google's Sundar Pichai to Joseph Pulitzer – America is a land of immigrants

From arrests of journalists to future bans on protests: Is Trump’s America all about gagging dissent?
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Last week, reports surfaced stating that Republican legislators were teaming up to propose laws which would make peaceful protests illegal in Washington, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota.

Indian Women’s Press Corps: Free speech, journalism’s most important weapon, must be kept intact
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

The moment we allow ourselves to bow to the fear of reprimand by a higher authority or bow to the exterior forces of hooliganism – the very idea of a democracy disintegrates.

Donald Trump’s Gag Rule will affect rural women in India
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Trump has reinstated the Global Gag Policy, but its on-ground impact will be damaging across the world. Women, as always, will be the victims.

Women’s March in the United States: Is India capable of showing a similar level of solidarity for our women?
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Indians are known to protest. However, seldom has one seen nation-wide, women-led rallies that fight for empowering women.

Jallikattu protests: Not new for Tamils to stand united for something they believe in
Tue, Jan 24, 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
Fri, Jan 27, 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.