Mindy Kaling looks back: The Mindy Project is probably one of the most scrutinized sitcoms in recent memory. Star Mindy Kaling was part of an all-star panel of Fox stars on Monday and defended the show’s sometimes-rocky first season:
“I personally think the show was better earlier than other people do!” she said, eliciting cheers from the audience. “I feel like people expect me to be like, ‘Oh, season one just sucked!’ ‘The Office,’ I felt that way about our season one episodes, and on season one of this show. I think they were great. And people learn more and get more attached to characters, but I’m going to stand by that first season.” (Variety)
Promises, promises: After yet another spate of high-profile rapes in India, the newly elected Modi government says it has “zero tolerance” for violence against women. As the Guardian notes, the proposed solutions include reforms to the country’s criminal justice system. (The Guardian)
Post-English India: Over at the New York Review of Books, Samanth Subramanian looks at the rise of the Indian language media and the possibility that the country is moving away from English. It’s an interesting read. (NYRB)
The monetary cost of homophobia in India: According to new research by the World Bank, the impact of homophobia costs India “cost India’s economy between 112 billion rupees ($1.9 billion) and 1.7 trillion rupees ($30.8 billion) in 2012.” Economist M.V. Lee Badgett explained her methodology to the Wall Street Journal:
In short, I calculated the estimated lost wages of LGBT people in India. I had to draw on data on LGBT discrimination measured as gaps in labor market earnings by sexual orientation in Europe and North America because it doesn’t exist for India. Second, the research on health shows that rates of depression, suicidal thinking and HIV/AIDS are much higher among Indian LGBT people than the general Indian population. (Wall Street Journal)
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