Written By: Pema Bhadra
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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
Written By: Sankhadip Das
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...
Written By: Somrita Bhattacharyya
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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
Written By: Amitava Gupta
Illustration: Sagar Mondal
Irony died a painful death (hopefully not as painful as being lynched, though) when arguably the most divisive Prime Minister India ever had unveiled the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The statue is destined to enjoy a short stint of fame being world’s tallest statue, only to be dwarfed by the statue of Shivaji that BJP is building in neighbouring Maharashtra.
Since Prime Minister Modi unveiled the statue on October 31, India has been on the boil. In all fairness, one should laud the Prime Minister for honouring at least one of his pre-election promises. Though India is still awaiting Achche Din on most counts, the statue is there in full glory. Modi promised to celebrate the astute Gujarati freedom
Written By: Amitava Gupta
Photo Credit: Lydia Gaudin, Altaf Ahmad Budoo
It does not take much to understand why BJP is against Article 35A in Kashmir, which was added to India's Constitution through a Presidential order in 1954. This article gives the state legislature of Jammu & Kashmir the discretionary power of defining permanent residents of the state. None other than the permanent residents can acquire immovable property in the state, nor can 'outsiders' get government jobs or stake a claim in any government scholarship or other forms of aid. Put simply, Article 35A makes it difficult to change the demographics of the state. The valley is predominantly Muslim and BJP is yet to make much political inroads there.
The 2014 Assembly election in J&K is a...
Written By : Sankhadip Das
Photo Credit: Prem Singh
The faith has died. People reposed, destiny disposed.
The faith that Narendra Modi would be the sole rescuer of the nation; the people's trust that Modi was the Messiah who would bless us with achhe din; he was the leader who would put an end to all social and political insecurities, corruption and instabilities, is just no more.
What is worse, the trust collapsed not because of failure or inefficient delivery. It collapsed because of lack of political will to deliver on promises. The intention came under doubt. The goalposts were shifted as soon as power was theirs. Social welfare, jobs and security were instantly replaced by Swachh Bharat, Yoga, cow vigilantism and religious supremacy. Those who p