Radhika Iyengar

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

Articles By Radhika Iyengar

How journals for girls were used to instill nationalism in early 1900s

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

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

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?

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

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’

#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

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?

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

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

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

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’

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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.