Radhika Iyengar


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

How journals for girls were used to instill nationalism in early 1900s
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Khilauna (Toy) was a journal that was first published 1927. It regularly featured a column dedicated to voicing anti-colonial ideology called, Desh ki Baat. It also carried poems that glorified and valourised battles and fighting for one's nation.

A history of the origins of the Vande Mataram and its journey thereafter
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

In 1937 the Indian National Congress, concerned that the song might inspire communal tensions, took the decision to drop the last three stanzas of the original Vande Mataram, declaring that only the first two, non-controversial stanzas would be sung.

How India’s relationship with Israel has been a diplomatic see-saw since 1948
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

When Israel proclaimed itself as an independent nation in 1948, it immediately sought international recognition. But Nehru, the then Prime Minister of a newly-carved out country, was hesitant. Today, the relationship between India and Israel has changed, dramatically.

Why did a young woman join a RSS women’s wing camp?
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

GenderAnd The Nation: What right wing nationalism teaches young girls about love marriage, western dresses and Hindu culture.

RSS women’s wing focuses on gender-specific roles to uphold family values
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

While training the young girls to combat, the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti also teaches them the importance of 'upholding the family values'.

On sex education: ‘Children should be taught sports to contain their super energy’
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

#GenderAnd The Nation: We speak to Atul Kothari, secretary of right-wing academic organ, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, to discuss how rigorously they are attempting to re-sculpt the academic syllabi taught in government schools and universities.

Megyn Kelly should have done her homework
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Sound, solid research is a marker of a good journalist. That’s our brand – to be informed, to be prepared, to be accurate. Important, prevalent information should be at the tip of our tongue.

Sanitary napkin vending machines in schools is an exemplary step, but is it enough?
Tue, May 23, 2017

Twenty-three per cent of adolescent girls drop out of school since proper facilities are not provided to them when they are menstruating. In schools, girls don't have access to functional toilets, access to clean water and proper sanitation and disposable facilities.

Time magazine’s new cover indicating Kremlin takeover is bold and and portent
Sat, May 20, 2017

Time magazine has been vocal, and pointedly visual, about its opinion on Trump. Last year in August, it depicted Trump – who, at that time was running the Presidential race – as a caricature that was 'melting'. The title that accompanied the image was “Meltdown”.

When Love and Hate Collide
Sat, May 20, 2017

In Chauhan's novel, an IAF instructor, Hosannah Carvalho doles out wisdom to his trainees saying, “Aggression and awareness are the keywords to being a good Fighter.

Fringe right wing outfits now get more clout than they can claim
Wed, May 17, 2017

It is disconcerting to know that peripheral political outfits like Hindu Yuva Vahini (with their agendas driven by violence and hooliganism) can do what they want, without facing any dire repercussions for their actions from the State.

RSS’ custom babies and Hindutva theory of Aryans as the ‘original Hindus’
Fri, May 12, 2017

A local myth suggests that German women traveled to India to be impregnated by the Aryan 'seed'.

These are the reasons why Macron’s win is unprecedented
Mon, May 08, 2017

Macron's win is unprecedented. To have a man who has never held an elected office before, win on a national scale, with a one-year-old party certainly sets a new record for France.

A Suitable Boy to become first BBC television series with non-white cast, but how ‘brown’ will it be?
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

The problem is authenticity. Even with BBC's earlier adaptation of Tolstoy's War & Peace, each character had a British accent.

A pre-Independence history of press freedom in India
Wed, May 03, 2017

How the Indian Press tried to fight severe censorship imposed by the British Government in pre-independent India, starting from the 1850s.

The government’s obsession with cows: A case of misplaced priorities
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

In India, cattle protection has suddenly emerged as the government's prime agenda, marginalising or trivialising other issues higher up on the scale of grave importance.

Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi: Here’s what happened 1934 onwards
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Within the Babri Masjid compound, there once existed a mosque for Muslims, as well as a shrine for Hindus to pray. A railing functioned as a barricade between the two prayer spaces.

By pushing Hindi is the government pushing it?
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Language cannot be imposed upon people. Imposition spawns resistance. There are several instances in history that serve as evidence, including the history of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

What is Nikah halala, how it was established and where it stands in modern India
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Nikah halala is a law that requires a woman to marry and sleep with another man in order to return to her first husband.

From Pakistan to Egypt, the Muslim countries that have moved ahead from Triple Talaq
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

In the name of tradition, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB ) finds triple talaq or talaq given in one sitting, sacrosanct and crucial, particularly for women.

In UP, a growing online market for cows: Uneasy sellers and discerning buyers
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

The sale of cattle through conventional means has dropped dramatically. Subsequently, there has been a sudden spike in the number of cow advertisements on e-commerce sites, particularly post the state elections.

Are Indians racist? Just ask Tarun Vijay
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

“If we were racist,” he argues, “why would we have all the entire south, which is completely – you know Tamil (sic), you know Kerala, you know Karnataka and Andhra – why would we live with them? We have black people around us.”

Romeo and Eve, and their strange association with sexual harassment in India
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Both 'eve-teasing' and 'roadside Romeo' are Indian-invented-English-euphemisms, used particularly in South Asians countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

In literature and art from over 100 years ago, images of the cow as mother
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Back in the day, even bhajans fiercely associated a Hindu’s manhood to his strength in defending the cow.

“I’ll have to start my own small karobaar”, says projector operator as Regal Cinema brings its curtains down
Mon, Apr 03, 2017

Kumar's trajectory of fate is similar to that of Regal's. Kumar and Regal are symbolic of a time when single-screened theater halls and skilled operators had a standing in society.

How CBFC has maintained its status as the Central Board of Double Standards
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

The argument that certain films are 'un-Indian' due to the nature of their explicit content, has been resurrected from time to time depending on the ruling political government.

Five Days of Yogi Adityanath’s UP reign: Key decisions he has taken so far
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

From the formation of 'anti-Romeo' squads to the ban on illegal slaughterhouses, here is a compilation of the actions the new UP Chief Minister has taken since he was sworn in.

Maternity (Amendment) Bill: Looks good on paper, but there’s more to it than what meets the eye
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

While India may be ahead of the United States (which gives its women employees 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave), our Maternity Bill leaves out a large section of women in the unorganized sector -- and that's a colossal setback.

Karan Johar, Kangana Ranaut debacle and the complexities of the term, ‘Woman Card’
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

If Kangana Ranaut was playing the 'woman card' and 'victim card', Karan Johar was playing the 'man card' and 'bully card'

In the lexicon of profanities, a majority of them derogate women
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Most of the pet cuss words however, are located, alarmingly, in sexism.

Karan Johar has a right to have children, like anyone else
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

Tradition and society dictate that marriage and biological parenthood should coincide. However, a physically and mentally stable adult who has the wherewithal to take on the responsibility of a child, should be allowed to become a parent

Is the Government correct in forcing students to get Aadhaar Card for Mid-Day meals?
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

India has one of the world’s highest demographics of children suffering from malnutrition. The government's responsibility should be to feed them, not arm-twist them into getting an Aadhaar Card.

RSS leader Kundan Chandrawat’s hate speech: No arrest; shows our complacency as a people
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

Chandrawat: "We sent 2000 to the graveyard". It's been over 24 hours since the RSS leader made the disconcerting claim regarding the Muslim deaths in the Godhra riots. Chandrawat however, hasn't been arrested, yet.

Gurmehar Kaur’s retraction of campaign shows how women who voice dissent are gagged in India
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

From Kaur to Zaira Wasim, those who've challenged authority or seemed to have 'displeased' it, have received hate threats and been forced into submission

How the American Press reported the Kansas Shooting
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

The shooting incident has been conveyed in a stoic voice, bearing no hint of emotion, empathy, or apathy, for that matter.

Facebook Live could have helped me fight cops’ moral policing
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Vishnu Vichu's facebook live video of two cops morally policing him and his girlfriend, marks a new chapter in journalism in India. Not only does facebook live function as a distress signal for the citizens, but through it Vichu also assumed the role of a citizen journalist