Radhika is a Senior Sub Editor with the indianexpress.com She is an alumna of Columbia University. She tweets @radhika_iy
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 is notorious for throwing out its cabin crew for being overweight
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.
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.
Since Jayalithaa's passing, Jayakumar’s voice has been drowned out by the news involving Sasikala's transcendence to AIADMK's political throne.
The moment Zaira posted the apology, she had conceded. The thing is, she didn't need to justify, clarify or apologize to anyone.
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
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.
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.
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.
Trump, who is known for his wish-washy and flippant stance on several issues has constantly berated the media.
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.
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
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
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.
The emergence of small, independent, geographically scattered, transgender projects indicate that there is a larger, intellectual, universal movement gaining momentum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Unfortunately, the specter of tumultuous political scuffle has loomed over Parliament for decades.
In a desperate plea, civilians, activists and journalists who were stuck in the city began sending a deluge of “final messages” on social media.
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 step to close off the Azadi Chowk for student protests, conveys that it is aligning itself to the overarching narrative of acquiescence.
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.
Despite the severe ramifications of demonetisation, Modi remains popular. He continues to be revered. In fact, his image seems bigger than ever before.
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.
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.
What was it about Jayalalithaa that led her to become an extraordinary political figure with cult-like following?
Today, the Supreme Court declined to accept the plea to make Jana Gana Mana mandatory in all Indian courts.
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.
The Hindu temples in Britain have refused to be associated with any product or by-product of animals.
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.