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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Radhika Iyengar


Radhika is a Senior Sub Editor with the  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
Sun, Jul 18, 2021

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
Mon, Mar 26, 2018

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.