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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...
Blurry boundaries, abundant homes!

Blurry boundaries, abundant homes!

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Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: La Patrie- Homeland Country: India-France Director: Anindya Chatterjee Cast: Parambrata Chatterjee, Ani Hovhannisyan In 1972, when President Richard Nixon was seeking re-election in the United States, he was threatened by John Lennon’s growing popularity and influence, especially his stance against the Vietnam war. In March 1973, John Lennon received a deportation order from the administration citing an erstwhile case from 1968, where Lennon was convicted for possessing marijuana in England. A week after the deportation order, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held a press conference announcing the formation of a new conceptual country, ‘Nutopia’. The declaration read, “Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration
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
Amazon Rainforest: Is it only the Fire that we should be concerned about?

Amazon Rainforest: Is it only the Fire that we should be concerned about?

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Written By: Dr. Trina BiswasDepartment of Agricultural Economics & AgribusinessLouisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USAIllustration: Suman ChoudhuryThe Amazon River Basin, home to the largest rainforest on earth covers roughly 40 percent of the South American continent. It encompasses areas in Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Nearly two-thirds of amazon’s forest cover lies in Brazil.The Amazon rainforest has long been recognized as a warehouse of ecological services for the world. It is home to almost 10% of the world’s biodiversity and 30% of the world’s species. The rainforest is referred to as “Lungs of the Planet” and contributes greatly to local and global climate by absorbing humongous amounts of Greenhouse g
Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

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Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India Photo: Official Facebook Page Film Review: Kaamyaab (Round Figure) Country: India Director: Hardik Mehta Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal. In Hindi cinema, the line between the new and the old is not a thin one. To the general public, who goes to the cinema only for 'entertainment' (read item numbers, popular actors and fascinating plots), this line may be thick, but almost a blur. If you look closely though, you may read the words 'critically acclaimed' engraved on this line. This term has become quite common these days, among the viewers of Hindi cinema. Especially for the urban youth, this term defines cinematic experience. Movies like City lights, Masaan, NH 10, Shahid etc - these are realistic, heart touching m...
Abu- a personal account with a political bearing

Abu- a personal account with a political bearing

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Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: Abu Country: Canada-Pakistan Director:Arshad Khan The camera is a beautiful device that succinctly captures and retains all that our restless vision and cramped memories cannot. However, it might seem to be losing its charm in a world that is predominantly obsessed with capturing everyday life, not with the intention to retain or revisit, perhaps to abide to a false sense of self- portrayal and self-validation. Amidst these changes, Arshad Khan's documentary 'Abu' comes as a refreshing take on personal life told primarily through a camera that is not a mere intruder or an object that prompts one to alter their expressions or mannerisms, but one that captures an individual with all their idiosyncrasies, devoid 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...

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