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Smells of teen power : The ongoing revolution in India

Smells of teen power : The ongoing revolution in India

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Written by : Debkumar Mitra Kolkata, India Illustration : Suman Choudhury A little more than 50 years after that famous student uprising in the streets of Paris, 1968 is being replayed in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, and other cities of India. While, the French students led by people such as Danny the Red fought with President Charles de Gaulle’s gendarme for sexual freedom, war in Vietnam and jobs, in India the students are out in the open apparently, if one goes by the official media versions, to protest police excesses on university campuses. The situation has been on the boil on the campuses since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution that accorded a special status to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir last year but it spilled over as soon
CAA Protest Scenario in Assam : The Facts and What the Political Parties Have to Say

CAA Protest Scenario in Assam : The Facts and What the Political Parties Have to Say

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Written By: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo Credit: Pema Bhadra Case 1 One Mr Narayan, age 60 plus, charred to death while sleeping inside a hotel owned by a Bengali. The hotel, with 5 other shops were set on fire by the so-called anti-CAA agitators in Tinsukia District, Assam. By the way, his death did not find any space in the local newspapers, news channels. Case 2 An oil tanker heading to Numaligarh Refinery set on fire by six youths on three bikes. The driver of the Tanker Abdul Ali died inside the cabin. Helper Moslemuddin is fighting for his life in a Guwahati hospital. The incident was reported in just one newspaper. But the news channels showed no interest. Case 3 Sam Staford, a student of class IX, resident of Hathigaon, Guwahati was the son o...
Detention Centres in Assam: The Current ‘Home’ for Nationeless People

Detention Centres in Assam: The Current ‘Home’ for Nationeless People

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Written By: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo Credit: Pema Bhadra A lush green field. Gentle bridge mixed with drizzle. A river flowing in the backdrop washing the feet of the hills. Everything around is so fresh, so green…. Ideal place indeed for a weekend trip. In fact, setting up a resort here won’t be a bad idea. Now, the feel-good factors end up here. Yes, a big complex is being built right there with multiple-storied buildings. But it’s not a resort, it’s a prison. A prison biggest in its class. World’s number two in status. The name we call it is ‘Detention Centre’. Goalpara Detention Centre to be more specific. This is going to be the ‘Home’ for the stateless, nationless people of Assam. The 19.06 lakh plus people whose names did not appear in the NRC Final List
Hong Kong Protest: Fighting for the Future of Democracy

Hong Kong Protest: Fighting for the Future of Democracy

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Written by: Dr. Trina Biswas Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Photo credit : Shutterstock.com Hong Kong - situated on the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea, is one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities and currently home to almost 7.39 million people. Hong Kong was occupied by British for almost 150 years and on July 1st, 1997, the British Government handed over Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China on an agreement that Hong Kong will retain its high degree of autonomy for 50 years, until 2047. Under this new agreement, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It was expected that the city will preserve its political and legal autono
NRC, Citizenship Amendment Bill: Where did it start?

NRC, Citizenship Amendment Bill: Where did it start?

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Written By: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com, Pema Bhadra They were the first to export Assam’s Eri and Muga silk. Late Radhakrishna Saraswati formed an SHG four generations back near Rangiya, Kamrup District. The special saree for the goddess Kamakhya used to be made by his exceptionally talented weavers and the saree was called ‘Saraswati saree’. The present generation of Saraswati family owns a couple of multistoried buildings and runs an Ayurvedic shop at Panbazar in Guwahati. Rai Bahadur (a title given to influential persons, aristocrats by British Raj) Kali Charan Sen was one of the founders of Kamrup Academy School, Kamrup Anusandhan Samity, Sanatan Dharmasabha, Paltan Bazar Bengali School etc. Fakruddin Ali Ahmed was the fifth president o
Dynasty, the Ever-growing Trend in Indian Politics

Dynasty, the Ever-growing Trend in Indian Politics

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Written By: Sankhadip Das Kolkata, India Illustration: Suman Choudhury Another general election is round the corner, and once again the same old discussion has started making rounds - The great Indian political dynasties. Despite being a flourishing democracy for the last seven decades, why politics in India, is more of a family business? Is it harmful to the economy and development? Should it at all exist? These questions have become more pertinent now, or you may say as the Lok Sabha election looms large, the ruling party at the centre is stirring these issues to surface. The reason being that their leader, the current Prime Minister is a bachelor and has come through a really hard way to be here today. And his main opponent is Rahul Gandhi who is a dynast. But before w...
Tatmadaw Attack on NSCN-K camp: News from North-East India

Tatmadaw Attack on NSCN-K camp: News from North-East India

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Written By: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo Credit: Tatmadaw and NSCN-K When the nation and the world are paying all its attention towards the western border of India, Indian government is silently playing its anti-terrorism diplomacy card on the north-eastern frontier as well. The all-powerful NSCN-K is on the back foot to keep hold on its headquarters at Sagaing division in Myanmar. The mighty ULFA-I and other Assamese and Manipuri militant organisations are also finding it very difficult to get a place there to rest. Khaplang with Yung Aung (on his left) The Myanmar Army, commonly known as Tatmadaw has recently occupied the headquarters of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) in Taga area. Taga was once the self-ruled area under Khaplang and his team....
Future Of Indo-Pak Relation In Question After Pulwama Attack

Future Of Indo-Pak Relation In Question After Pulwama Attack

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People light candles to pay tribute to CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, at India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday, 17 February 2019 - Photo Credit : Prem Singh Written By : Sankhadeep Das Kolkata, India The wounds of Pathankot and Uri are yet to heal. Again 40 soldiers have lost their lives in the worst ever terrorist attack in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir. Within no time the dreaded terror organization Jaish-E-Muhammad, which is headquartered at Bahawalpur of Punjab province in Pakistan, has claimed the responsibility of the attack. Interestingly, the Jaish Headquarter is nestled within 9 kilometres distance from the Pakistan army 31 core headquarters, and the world also knows how close Jaish and its chief Masood Azhar are to Pakistani establishment and ISI....
Sabarimala and Triple Talaq: Two sides of the same patriarchy coin

Sabarimala and Triple Talaq: Two sides of the same patriarchy coin

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Written By: Somrita Bhattacharyya Paris, France Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com The issue is about a biological process, a very normal one, comes every month. But it seems it has the power to shudder the socio-political system of a country known to be the largest democracy of the world! As we all know it already, the issue is not only a mere ‘men versus women’ issue. Yes, Mr. Prime Minister, please don’t play it wrong. When you say, ‘There are some temples in India, which have their own traditions, where men can’t go. And men don’t go…’ you miss a very crucial factor that it was not about barring all the women from entering the ‘pious’ temple of the God of celibacy in Kerala. The problem is with the women of a certain age-group, who go through this biological process called ‘m
Rat-Hole Mining Story- Part 2

Rat-Hole Mining Story- Part 2

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Written by: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo: Indian Navy, ChildAid Network 36 days passed. On 16 January 2019, after a joint operation of the Indian Navy and NDRF, it was confirmed that Indian Navy ROV had detected a body 160 feet deep inside the main shaft. The body has been pulled up to the mouth of the rat-hole mine and will be brought out of the mine under the supervision of the doctors. Forensic Experts have been called for DNA test to identify and match the skeletal remains. Indian Navy is showing the condition of the body to the family of the deceased. Living Dangerously According to the study done by Impulse NGO, over 10,000 people are estimated to have died in rat-holes between 2007 and 2014 in Meghalaya. Impulse’s study also estimates that there are 70,000 ch

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