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Radhika Iyengar


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

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
Wed, Feb 15, 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
Fri, Feb 10, 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
Thu, Feb 09, 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?
Mon, Feb 06, 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.