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A team of chemists, led by Pinku Gogoi and Rajkamal Mohan, PhD students of Tezpur University supervised the entire work starting from cleaning to ensuring safety in handling the toxic pigments.
To be very clear and without mincing words, Assam Congress has lost its one and only grassroots leader and the party’s death knell has been sounded.
To all appearances, the worst of the pandemic in Assam seems to have passed thanks to the very rigid protocols that the government has chosen to tenaciously enforce.
As a media person seeking a vibrant democracy, the current political trends are a tad worrying, nay very worrying actually.
For Diwali and the days leading up to the otherwise mindlessly noisy festival, the 2020 version has been rather quiet in Guwahati.
I remember when we would give quantified and hand-written lists of firecrackers to our parents and as kids, the list would not seem to end.
The controversy of the week – the one closer to home and not in faraway Mumbai - has remained the demand for showcasing the char-chapori culture in Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra.
- Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra
- Char-Chapori issue
- Assam Char-Chapori Museum issue
A little creativity and imagination in every sphere – more so in election campaigns – would go a long way in us having something worthwhile to talk about.
For long since the country has fragmented into fiefdoms of many (not all) corrupt politicians, politics and political patterns have often seen a complete departure from the virtue of loyalty.
While rape is a brutal and heinous crime the Indian psyche seems to have normalized rape to the extent that it has lost its shock value.
Various patients have thrown up a wide variety of infection stories even as government data has currently pegged the death toll at roughly 600 in the state.
As we dwell on ideas to put pen to paper, the one topic that continues to take centre stage is COVID-19. The narrative, however, changes. So does the perceived notion around it.
- News reports
- COVID in India
- COVID in Assam
- Kangana Ranaut
- Coronavirus in Assam
I had never given the security categories much thought – be they SPG, Z+ or Z until Y+ category security for Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut hit the headlines.
- Kangana Ranaut
- Bollywood actress
- VIP security
- Y+ category security
Are we to blame newsrooms who chase stories that sell or just the viewers/readers?
- News channels
- Scroll Depth
- Sushant Singh Rajput
- SEO friendly
- TRP hungry
Everything continues to remain fluid on the political front in Assam which is gearing up for the assembly elections in 2021.
While the weekend lockdown and night curfew have been lifted, the current COVID scenario of Guwahati city is such that all COVID negative persons need to be quarantined immediately.
Be it music, cinema, or theatre, our artists have made names for themselves and many of them have acquired celebrity status making a huge impact over social media with their posts and opinions.
Given the pandemic and the disruptive situation arising in the country thereof, the big contentious issue today is the resumption of educational activities.
- JEE NEET 2020
- JEE Mains
- educational Institutions
- COVID19 pandemic
Folks, these are Unlock times, not post-Covid times! The difference is huge and we need to understand this.
As the world comes to terms with dealing with “Unlock” it is important to appreciate the things that kept us going through the COVID times and will do so in the months ahead.
- COVID Times
- Common sense
- New Normal
- Human intellect
- year 2020
I was privy to a piece of CCTV footage that revealed that a gentleman had somehow, with reasons unbeknownst to him, provoked a large group of youngsters who happened to be travelling in an SUV.
The timings of the current Unlock plus the weekend lockdowns have given rise to a new spate of problems for the Guwahatians it seems.
- Curfew timings
- Daily chores
- work from Home
- office hours
- essential shopping
I guess I understand why the administration decided on opening up bars in Guwahati after keeping their doors remaining shut for over 5 months.
- Guwahati Bar
- Bars open
- Kamrup Metro
- Assam Government
- Bar Timings
The reforms in the education system of the country have finally come in the form of the New Education Policy (NEP) that seeks to overhaul the current education system which, at best, could be termed as inconsistent with the demands of the modern world.
Despite the repeated bombardments on various media about observing basic safety protocol, ‘COVIDIOTs’ have shown only apathy much to the frustration of the saner section.
In Guwahati, there’s a weekend lockdown in place, at least for the time being. But this brings to light a culture that is yet to make its way into this city or this region.
Today it seems that Covid-19 is the only disease that the city is grappling with and all other diseases – fatal cancer included – have taken a backseat where treatment is concerned.
While awareness is a key element, there have also been thousands of crores of rupees ‘donated’ to Assam’s Flood Relief Fund. The question is where is the money?
News gathering and dissemination has never been more stressful and hazardous than during these Covid times.
As Guwahati sees a rise in COVID positive cases, there is a growing sense of uneasiness among people and the status of the lockdown thereafter.
The BJP conquered Dispur in 2016; many promises made since by the Sarba da led government. However one of his ministers is living proof of the adage: “Promises are meant to be broken.”
At the halfway mark of the lockdown in Guwahati, things do not look very positive; ironically, there have been more positive cases through the week than ever before.
Guwahati had 'unlocked' much ahead of the rest of the nation, and so you ponder: why another 14-day lockdown for Kamrup(M)?
Bro I’m serious. I destroyed my phone once I heard about the “Boycott China” movement!
Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide has raked nepotism up to the effect that Bollywood has come across as a wheeling-dealing world controlled by powerful families who have been in their dominant positions and keen to retain that control at any cost.
Of late, despite these good tidings about Assam, one is however beginning to feel a disconnect of sorts as far as the flow of news from the government is concerned.
People are back out on the streets spitting, urinating and defecating. As nature’s vacation comes to a halt, the open roads, chirping birds and cool air is getting replaced with jammed streets, honking cars, rising temperatures, filthy roads and soon enough, Earth will be back to the version we’ve known for decades.
The phenomenon of people returning to their home state has thrown up a number of stories – some heart-rending, others satisfying.
Now that we’ve all accepted that the “COVID lifestyle” is our new normal, the pressure of being careful about what we eat/do/touch is kind of overwhelming.
With airlines resuming operations and airports reopening across the country, it is expected that the LGBI airport of Guwahati will also be operational soon
What started off as a matter of great concern for Assamese society that caught the imagination of many towards protecting the fragile ecology of the Dehing Patkai rain forests
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last longish address to the nation was about the announcement of a Rs 20,00,000 crore relief package to revitalize the economy
As the world battles the deadly Coronavirus, I’m writing this piece to bring things a little closer to home – to talk about another virus, of sorts.
It looked like Guwahati was one of the markets which were eager (and hopeful) to recover from the Coronavirus slump that hit markets all around the world.
The consumer in Guwahati is paying more than almost four times the price of petrol than its actual base price, thanks to tax policymakers
Guwahati topped the list with its mental well-being index reported at 84%. This is of course in regard to the mental state of the urban folks during the current prolonged lockdown.
The Facebook–Jio partnership showcases one of the strongest ‘user capital’ acquisitions in the telecom and technology industry over the world.
I could be wrong about Sarbananda Sonowal not doing anything, or at least that’s what it looks like.
As we follow the news of the day [and midnight which is when the union ministry of home affairs (MHA) seems prone to drop the latest bombshells]
Comments on social media, made especially by prominent personalities, tend to create major confusion and the latest by the Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
As the lockdown enters phase 2 and now India is discussing relaxations starting April 20th, we have to realize that we’re in this for the long haul.
His magnetic personality has some amazing traits and most admirable is his ability to galvanize his countrymen with whatever he wants us to do.
All started on March 31 with a frantic tweet by Himanta Biswa requesting for voluntary disclosure and reporting of all the Markaz attendees who had returned to Assam.
On a cold, wintry night of January 2019, I was granted an interview by Himanta Biswa Sarma (HBS) at his Zoo Road residence.
The steps taken by the Indian government with the country’s Prime Minister leading the charge in combating the Covid-19 is eminently laudable.
Amidst the growing tensions for the Coronavirus, there are two kinds of people you typically might have met.
The flavour of the week, besides of course the novel coronavirus, has been political – the speculations surrounding the Rajya Sabha elections and the candidates thereof.
The WHO declaring the Coronavirus as pandemic has triggered a chain of events which include a dip in global travel (by ban and by choice)
The concern of the week has of course been the Coronavirus – technically called the COVID-19.
What is GS Road to Guwahati? Like, what does this street mean? To say that it is the city’s lifeline would be a big understatement.
Over the last week, two gentlemen who make no pretences about their dislike for Islam, happened to meet.
As we come complete two months into 2020, India might just be living its worst days in a long spell of time.
The government would not “fund” religious teaching – be it Islamic or Hindu – the UP government, on the other hand, has gone on to allocate a massive Rs 479 crores for the same.
The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is believed to be playing a major role in recommending candidates for BJP tickets.
The ILP is a strange logic in controlling the influx of “outsiders” unless the government has reasonable intelligence inputs that suggest that it can expect more such illegal migrants in the future.
What is it with the premier education board of Assam that it finds itself being part of some embarrassingly wrong kind of news virtually every year?
The common Assamese sentiments were so badly hurt by the promulgation of the CAA that people spared no occasion to protest – be it vociferously or silently.
The great news of the week is of course the Bodo Accord; it brings hopes of long lasting peace in the strife-torn four districts
Filmfare is something that seems to have drawn massive public attention, so much that most of the public has forgotten “CAA ami namanu.”
The week saw one of Guwahati’s biggest tragedies where a fire accident killed two young kids as they remained trapped in the first floor of their home.
After the induction of two ministers in the Assam state cabinet on 25th January, some ministerial portfolios where reshuffled
Assamese nationalism is on a new upsurge with the feeling of having been betrayed by all and sundry
Movements like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Clean India and plastic ban have not really seen desired results; this is because our literate youth is still uneducated.
Yeah man! Got drenched in the rain though..Sang “Vande Mataram”, shouted anti-CAA slogans, had a gala time
From out of the blue and without any precedents of any similar endearments, Dadlani chose to write about the Assamese society
It has been interesting to observe the comments and feedback to the news of Rahul Gandhi’s placating visit to Guwahati on our digital channels.
The month known for aggressive market spends and high spirits has seen an all new low point, and all this marks the end the end of the decade.
The State Finance Minister’s claim that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will only gain seats in the 2021 State Assembly polls
A great year that was 2019 in terms of Assam being in the news for all the right reasons – be it for Hima Das, Lima Das or Rima Das or for the other glorious events
Folded hands while seeking votes and an arrogant attitude thereafter do not go hand in hand although, in these complex times
In a country that is not safe for its own people, the government wants to welcome foreigners.
Guwahati today has come a long way from being a city where there was the occasional VIP visiting once in a blue moon.
Onion is selling for Rs 140 to Rs 150 per kilo and the prices of petrol, diesel and other impactful products are gradually increasing in India.
Will Guwahati be finally free from that "Chick-Chick" sound of mixing Gutka-Pan Masala?
Come December and Guwahati’s most awaited cultural landmark will be on show once again – for the 4th year in succession.
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (or IIT-G) has always been regarded as an example to emulate by other state and national universities of the region.
Two of India’s largest educational institutions have grabbed the headlines, as their campuses have become a hotbed for protests
These bloody influencers with their fake numbers have ruled Social Media for far too long. Now even Instagram has decided to end this menace.
In the name of a religious festival namely, Brahmaputra Pushkar, the Bharalu River – the city’s premier drainage channel for all practical purposes – has been blocked at its mouth.
This time, I choose to digress and talk about a 6 year long exercise. G Plus recently turned 6 and in the last week, also touched 165,000 odd organic fans on Facebook.
Sushil Chandra Mishra has taken over as the Chairman & MD of OIL marking the first time in several years when there is not a single Assamese on the Board of Directors of the PSU.
I remember calling the police officials to report a “hazaar wala patti.” By the time they arrived, well, the hazaar was long silenced.
As we go to press with a fresh volume of G Plus today (this edition is Vol 7 Issue 1), it is on the celebratory occasion of Diwali.
The government kept busy this week and made some announcements that seem to have upset some people.
Given the PMC Bank crisis and its fallout thereafter, the concern today is whether banks in India are safe keepers of our money.
Rahul catches up with his “fancy-strong accented-South Delhi” friend who is a strong advocate of Green-Diwali.
This time puja went by without much hullabaloo. I mean pandals were less crowded, roads were less chaotic and people just seem to have disappeared
Sacrifice of tens of thousands of innocent animals in the name of puja ritual is something which can’t be digested if we call ourselves a civilised society.
I recall an endearing television commercial from the good old Doordarshan days by Steel Authority of India Ltd which showed the magic of steel through the perspective of a school boy and how it is all-pervasive.
Notwithstanding the various pressures the nation seems to be in currently, be it with its economy, borders, internal political issues et al
Come 2nd October and single-use plastic products are set to be banned – nationwide.
People are making a bee lines to pollution testing centres, the helmet stores and the DMV to get their papers in order.
Wonder if Amit Shah has ever had ‘sah’! Never I guess, because he usually has ‘chai.’
As the festivities of Vishwakarma Puja come to an end, it leaves behind a familiar trail of idols along the roadside.
Guwahati’s fast growing water crisis is what makes the JICA underground water supply project so very important in the fast changing landscape of the city.
My initial negative assumptions were justified because visiting government offices for work has traditionally never been great experiences for anyone.
Visiting government offices located in Guwahati for personal work is often considered a potentially daunting experience; such visits are often procrastinated upon, kept in abeyance.
The automobile sector is down, but is it a real indicator of how poorly the economy is performing?
The US media sought to paint the entire NRC exercise as a picture of Hindu-Muslim enmity.
After failing to meet several deadlines, the ill-fated NRC is finally going to be out. The question is, will this document sort the confusion around the identity of the people in Assam?
Needless drama. Precisely what the whole Chidambaram arrest was all about. The news and the “sensationalism” surrounding it however, gripped the country like nothing else this week.
An important question that needs an answer is how have the funds been disbursed for the rehabilitation of those affected by floods.
The union government can now offer its undivided attention to overhaul the northeast and bring it at par with the rest of the country.
For me, freedom is staying home on a National holiday and driving on G.S Road at 60 kmph on a Thursday afternoon.
Kohli charges more for an Instagram post than the annual transaction between India and Pakistan.
While the fate of Jammu & Kashmir has changed forever with one stroke of the President’s pen, in quick succession, the nation has lost one of its tallest leaders – Sushma Swaraj.
Every business establishment comes with its own liabilities of paying salaries, rent, taxes, electricity bills, interests on loans etc.
They often say that public memory is short. Well, I beg to differ although I am as much public as anyone else! When it comes to our floods and the annual misery that it brings to our lovely state
It is high time that the law is enforced for public who are not being responsible enough towards their own lives.
The proverbial silver lining to this dark cloud is that Assam continues to be a water-surplus state unlike most of the rest of India.
Assam flood is clearly one of them and the second one is the flood of “old people” photos on my social media timeline.
Is there a blame game on in the midst of the praises for Dhoni and Jadeja? Maybe yes, maybe no.
For once, the Gandhi scion, Rahul, has been right. Or rather has taken the right decision.
The nation has otherwise come across two Rahuls – one a forever struggling politician and the other, a supposedly promising cricketer.
It seems like a scene from the movie Kabir Singh has become the most debated topic in the past week.
Let me recall for you “Ward Talks.” It was an initiative of G Plus where we took accountability to the micro level of the wards of the city and discussed issues pertaining to each ward
For a city that still hasn’t understood the correct use of the ‘hazard light’, the fact that people have started giving way to an ambulance on the road, seems to tell us that all is not lost.
The first thing one would think of when it comes to the Cricket World Cup is the nagging, persistent and incessant rains especially because India is the clear favourite to win the Cup and has performed in its opening two matches as the champion designate.
With the temperatures soaring in Guwahati, the city has let out a cry for help this summer. Temperatures have already peaked to 38°C with the “real feel” exceeding 45°C.
Recently, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was brutally murdered by two full-grown men in a town in Uttar Pradesh.
Guwahati clearly has untrained people who do not know how to extend warmth and hospitality to a patron seeking a paid service.
Politicians have ambitions and there is nothing wrong in that. This has been amply reiterated by Amit Shah’s elevation from party president to union home minister in the new Modi cabinet.
The smooth and peaceful retention of power – something that makes us all proud to be part of the Indian democracy, the world’s largest – is done and Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns to power even stronger than before. A stronger mandate, bigger numbers.
Let’s be clear about this – the victory of BJP is the victory of good advertising, impeccable marketing strategy and great communication skills.
So our so-called “respectable” morality and societal monitor, the biggest well-wisher of Axom desh, is at it again huh!
The results are here and students have the marks to show for it. There are a lot of hoorahs going around and at the same time, a lot of disappointed parents and students.
With the onset of the holy month of Ramzaan, you must be waiting for an iftaar invitation or to the grand feast on the 5th-6th, and if my Muslim friends are reading this, you must have already started hearing, “Bhai, tere paas aayenge Eid khane.”
The recent incident of a mad stray dog turning ferocious enough to bite 50 people on the streets of Pan Bazar, Fancy Bazar and Lakhtokia and thereafter simply disappearing from the scene brings an uneasiness to the mind.
I, along with many others, was privy to a great piece of lecture delivered as a keynote address by the Ambassador of Israel to India, Dr Ron Malka.
I am privy to the insecurity of the “Assamese folk and their language,” brought forward after two recent incidents I witnessed.
The elections in Assam are over and as we await the results while following the electoral activities in the rest of the country, we have nothing but indignation for at least three incidents with regard to the elections in Assam.
With the election fever now over, I was thinking about watching Avengers: Endgame. You want to join?
Come 23rd April and Guwahati city will go to polls to elect its Member of Parliament. The first two phases of polls have seen an encouraging turnout with voting percentage touching 80% in some centres.
With the elections set to end in Assam on 23rd April, it calls for political parties to see whether they have spent their money wisely – an ROI assessment if you will.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a massive election rally in Bengali-dominated Silchar on Thursday, has once again reiterated his promise of bringing in the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 if voted to power.
Phase I of the grand Indian elections has now concluded leaving us all to ask just one thing – a somewhat low voter turnout; is this going to be the trend across the rest of the phases?
What was the need for Queen Ojha to do what she did! To “falsify” something as stark as your educational qualification, whether deliberately or by oversight, amounts to lying through your nose to your voters.
Though the BJP claims that the Twitter hashtag campaign #MainBhiChowkidar is a massive online hit, it did not brainstorm enough as to the impact such campaigns might have on the public, especially on children.
It seems a long career in politics with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not the best of options for the party’s politicians.
As the elections draw near and the political drama has engulfed the nation, we are once again at the crossroads of “who do we choose?”
The conversations in the coffee shops and clubs of Guwahati these days are invariably of the Gauhati Lok Sabha candidates; the suspense kept up by the various political parties in declaring the names of their respective candidates.
The following is an excerpt from a conversation between a young chap from the city and a cop at a traffic point.
The current political scenario in the city is fraught with speculations like: Himanta Biswa Sarma is contesting from Tezpur. Oh no, he is Gauhati’s candidate.
Litu: So we’re so close to the LS Polls. I wonder who is going to take the throne. Bitu: Who do you think?
The new regional leader today with some great credence is undoubtedly Conrad Sangma. He championed the lapse of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Rajya Sabha
Racing to beat the model code of conduct that is going to kick in after the Election Commission announces the general election schedule, the central government is making a last ditch effort to “book its goodwill” for the upcoming elections.
Hurrah! Prime Minister Narendra Modi bags an international award – a prestigious one at that. The PM has become the 14th recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize. Peace award at Seoul for being a “soul.” Get it?
How seriously do I, along with the rest of the world, take certain recent utterances of US President Donald Trump? Utterances like “reasonably attractive news” coming from India and Pakistan and that it’s “coming to an end?”
In the World Wide Web your post of something which may be controversial (to some or many) can easily come back to haunt you. I call it digital karma.
With the extremely interesting political times ahead, let me be a bit speculative this time with no intention of rubbing anyone wrong. The thing is I am just armed with some rather chewy information which enables me to draw some potentially provocative conclusions.
Well, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill fracas seems to be momentarily over; one can safely assume that peace has returned to Assam.
Amar, iyate bor action hua hoise! (Lots of action happening in our region). Ek pine Citizenship Bill got lapsed, which was our victory! (Random strangers cheer, “hurray”)
Are illegal vending zones back? A quick drive around town would clear this question. Often, the narrow lanes of Sarania and the wide lanes near the DGP office seem to be clogged with vendors occupying most of the area on the footpath.
“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows,” wrote William Shakespeare famously in The Tempest. The modern adaptation of the same is, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”
The Bajrang Dal seems to have captured a lot of people’s attention after a recent video surfaced of a Bajrang Dal member threatening KMSS Leader, Akhil Gogoi.
Flashback 30th October, 2008! When the sunny morning turned dark from smoke billowing out of bombs that blast serially at the busiest localities of Guwahati…
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and its attempted enactment into a law seem to be coming across as a rather poor exercise in public relations by the government.
(Scene: 4 guys, sitting at home, phones out, headphones in; the PUBG theme plays… and action!)
Is the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 a permanent solution to the complex demographic issues of Assam? No, by a long margin, if we are to believe the words of its vociferous propagators. So what is a permanent solution?
It is often said that we as people enjoy celebrating mediocrity, and of all the states, I couldn’t emphasize more that Assam emerges as the star here.
At a first glance, I certainly don’t look ‘Assamese’ leaving aside that fact that there is no definition set for looking like an Assamese either by appearance, features, attire or language.
Two formidable rivers forming two expansive valleys, some magnificent hills, lakes, forests et al make for this wondrous land called Assam - a state of the Indian Union whose boundaries were carved out by the States Reorganization Commission in 1956 on linguistic lines as was any other state.
At the outset of this first editorial of the New Year, let me wish you, all my dear readers on print and our digital channels a very happy 2019.
Prime Minister Modi has kick started his 2019 poll yatra with a bang. His campaign in Manipur will start off 8 new projects and by laying the foundation stone for these projects, the BJP has made their intention towards the Northeast, more “concrete.”
Happy New Year ke Resolutions – ek fake katha! Enthusiastic ladka: Eyy Happy New Year! Balanced dost: Thanks man same to you
Saraighat, Dhola-Sadiya and now Bogibeel! All these bridges bear testimony to the improving infrastructure of the state of Assam besides also improving the country’s defence assets in each case.
The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has finally taken an important, or rather a landmark decision of penalizing, if you’re caught littering the street.
It’s a wonder how our Guwahati repeatedly gets violated by outsiders bringing the city to a standstill; the perpetrators (read instigators), in each instance, are none else but our politicians.
I was in Dehradun about a week ago I was surprised that the city had so much to offer, compared to Guwahati. This was not because I went there for the first time, but more because I could see what was different about the city if I drew a parallel with Guwahati.
How cool is it to double park? On Guwahati’s narrow streets? Or specifically in Fancy Bazar’s congested Kamarpatty Road? Right under a “No Parking” signage? Not really cool I’d say;
We’re living in times where virtually every rural household has a satellite dish despite a thatched roof and this is a smart initiative to educate more kids who lack resources.
Well, it’s the wedding season and so, time for celebrations. All weddings in the city witness months of rigorous planning so that these significant milestones in any family remain as memorable events for both the hosts and the invited guests.
With due respect, the city beautification drive is most welcome. But, there are some issues that we should clear before we delve into the topic.
There was a disturbing video on a certain profile on Facebook yesterday. We at office managed to catch it and download it before it was swiftly removed.
A story by G Plus last week caught the attention of a lot of readers when the point raised was that of city beautification – “but only during VIP visits.”
Hollering, shouting, yelling, “biting”… I checked the thesaurus: synonyms galore to describe the basic activity that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is indulging in right now.
“Tum doodh mangoge, hum Kiron Kheer denge...Tum insult karoge, hum cheer denge…” - Anonymous. The above is a quote sent to G Plus in response to the KaranKirron fiasco.
Around a month ago, I got a call from a good friend of mine who happens to be the chief editor of a leading English news channel. The slight edge in his voice suggested that he was indeed desperate in trying to hire some quality copy-writers for his channel and he was seeking my recommendations for a few people who could meet his standards.
Funny Man: The Supreme Court and I are the same. Apne ghar me, humari koi nahi sunta… No izzat we have. Sensible Man: Well I think that’s the entire learning this Diwali. Our country is just not fit for democracy and harmonious living.
A follower of G Plus from Guwahati, who also happens to be a good friend of mine, had to visit the Kazaringa Circle Office for some work related to his plot of land that happens to be located within the jurisdiction of that Circle.
A grand statement by the BJP Government last week was to erect the tallest statue in the world. The move, although strong, has been strongly criticized by people, which of course has become the norm these days.
The crazy piece of news that came in about 5 non-Assamese people being killed by militants in battle fatigues at Dhola near Tinsukia was reminiscent of those troubled times that Assam went through in the 1980s.
Regular is not fun. Regular is not hip. Regular is not exciting. Regular is well... regular. We are not in this to be regular. We set out on this endeavour not to be regular. We wanted to be unpredictable, instinctive, volatile, explosive.
This is Volume 6 Issue 1 of G Plus that you are holding in your hands – a singular opportunity for me to thank each and every one of you, our readers, for allowing us to see this day when we have completed 5 years of publishing. Yes! And I thank you from the bottom f my heart.
Sharma: Oi, eibar puja was really dull (This time puja was really dull). No one came out of their homes it seems?
Whether we want to admit it or not, Durga Puja this year was basically a damp squib and just did not stir the social bonding that Guwahatians are used to at this time of the year. The reasons are not far to seek actually.
Himanta Biswa Sarma uses it. Sarbananda Sonowal uses it too. In fact, it was started by Narendra Modi in one sense. A national election was won based on its usage.
We live in times when fitting into trends is more important than fitting into clothes, when just saying anything is more important than saying something relevant.
The businessmen in Fancy Bazaar area on Thursday, put up a small demonstration outside their shops in the area ‘requesting’ the administration to open up the old jail complex for parking during the festive season.
The honourable Gauhati High Court (GHC) has asked a pertinent question and its confusion is justified given that its own nomenclature bearing the word “Gauhati” is in direct conflict with its location which is Guwahati.
The talking point in the city this week is of course Rima Das and her monumental cinematic work, Village Rockstars. As the media partner helping her to promote and market her product to the masses, the G Plus team went through a series of activities that included a press conference and finally the premiere show at Cinepolis, Central Mall – both on Thursday last.
Ozit (Ajit): Abbey World Tourism Day gusi gol and our brand ambassador Priyanka Chopra didn’t do anything for the state did she? Bizit (Bijit): Hmm… maybe she’s busy with the wedding bells around her.
Whatever is happening at Gauhati University is not nice. Period! It has never happened before and the unprecedented nature of the occurrences is akin to a touch of indigestion – a feeling that someone somewhere is tinkering around and compromising the quality of education dispensation of the apex institution.
Random Human: Oh so I heard your column bagged some award in Delhi? Me: Oh yeah. Thanks. How’d you know?
Would you agree with me if I tell you that dear ol’ Guwahati is slowly effusing a sense of discomfort for its residents? Some situations make good examples.
Conversation from a 1.5 km long journey from point A to B which, in peak Guwahati traffic, takes 20 minutes to cover on a two wheeler.
That perilous river journey undertaken by hundreds, for work or otherwise, is one massive panga taken with the mighty Brahmaputra River on a daily basis - always ominous of a disaster waiting to happen.
The distance between North Guwahati and Guwahati can either be traversed by a 15 minute ferry ride or a 40 minute drive over the Saraighat.
The Janata Bhawan is the nerve-centre of all government operations in the state. All major government functionaries operate out of here.
I am not really surprised at the recent tweets of the union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) classifying Guwahati, along with other NE regions, as unique in its geographical and demographic conditions. In fact, it could well have added the governmental and administrative uniqueness too.
Assam is going to become infamous as the girlfriend who cries every time you miss her phone call. She thinks that you’ve forgotten her and you’re busy with someone else. Well, it’s time Assam grew up and stopped whining…
It seems in India, Pune is the best city to live in, while dear ol’ Guwahati is among the worst at a lowly 85th rank, according to the Ease of Living Index rankings published recently by the central government.
I think people have taken “freedom of speech” for granted. No one seems to have any control over what they are talking about, what information they are sharing, both personal and official...
I hold the Supreme Court of India in reverence and awe. Actually, every Indian does. After all, it has been successfully putting the checks and balances on the corrupt elements of the Indian Executive...
Two people engage in a conversation after the end of the recent Namami Brahmaputra festival which was ‘washed away.’
New uniforms for traffic police in Guwahati? So is that change just cosmetic or has the service upgraded too?
3 friends strike up a WhatsApp conversation after they get back to Guwahati from Delhi, and they discuss the Awesome Assam campaign featuring Priyanka Chopra that has been made available on several in-flight magazines
What a burden the entire Demonetization exercise was! People in Guwahati were holding to on to their spot at the ATM queue on to dear life. Here are the scenes from an ATM late at night. The colour of the clothes is how you remember people in a queue...
What happened when the District Transport revised the rates for getting fancy number plates?
Guwahati has a Mayor. This is information that a lot of people are not aware of. Let me begin with the premise that the Mayor is the highest-ranking official in the municipal department...
To all appearances, the mammoth NRC exercise seems done and dusted for the moment. Such was the scale and enormity of the task that at one point we wondered whether the Register...
In this ongoing month of July, G Plus has possibly conducted one of the largest surveys ever done in the city of Guwahati independently. The survey titled 'Let's Talk Guwahati'...
A friend’s office caretaker is an “Assamese Nepali” – the same variety of people that the more famous Mani Kumar Subba is. Not too educated and without much societal clout as is expected from people...
What happens when 3 Guwahati guys bring together pop-culture, headlines and administration together?
Hima Das, the name now every Indian should be proud of. This homegrown athlete has now taken Assam to the world, with a gold medal finally in the bag at an international...
The last occasion when Assamese hearts swelled with pride was when singer Debojeet Saha, of Silchar, buoyed by the huge SMS support and the good wishes of AASU, won a singing...
In our run up to the second week of the FakeMat movement, it has been amazing to see the response and support that the campaign has received...
Chief Minister (CM) Sarbananda Sonowal needs to be wary or at least start getting worried about the advice he is getting from his two trusted advisors – media advisor Hrishikesh Goswami and legal...
Someone in 2018 said that the words to live by are: ‘If it’s not on social media, did it even happen?’ But did someone ever wait to think, ‘What if it’s on social media, and it never...
Mob mentality: something that is difficult to comprehend in that a large number of individuals come together to think alike and be destructive to the point of being murderous...
China ya Pakistan ka recce kar nahi paye so what? Mars hi sahi! Bhaijaan: Are you calling our Prime Minister a swindler? A fraud? A thug? You dare mock the great Modi ji? Did not you hear about...
The first thing I do on waking up is of course scan the newspapers. Yeah, I know that’s part of my job. But more so these days, the progress or rather hopefully, the lack of it, as far as the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill...
These flood preparedness meetings have done nothing but made the concerned departments lazy and laid back about actually dealing with the onset of monsoons. Instead of...
Remember how around this date two years ago, we Assamese had voted – for change? Poriborton was the basic operative word. What that change would be was never explicitly spelt out by the harbingers...
The temple has attracted the wrath of people for patronizing animal sacrifice in the name of culture, religion and traditions. But it is a debate to live up to that expectation as there is Section 428...
All this while, I had thought that the cry of “poriborton” from two years ago meant development and progress. I had not bargained for “poriborton” to mean drastic demographic change!
It is Rebati Phukan’s disappearance rather than his existence and efforts as a peace interlocutor that has made news, more so because of the interest that the chief minister himself has taken towards verifying his fate.
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Just for an on-ground check, both the newly appointed GDD and PWD Ministers should go for a drive on the Rupnagar-Kalapahar route and the Kharguli stretch.
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Internal sources revealed that there are cases where the Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) had identified possible foreigners and registered cases against them back in 1998. It was then that other machineries like the Police...
A gentleman I know loved to ride a Harley Davidson; unfortunately he was not a competent rider. The bike was too heavy for him and handling it was kinda cumbersome. But he loved the bike’s power...
If these civic bodies do not get their act together, this so called smart city is going to the dogs and they will come only with their last minute contingency plans and continue...
Salman, as an inmate at Jodhpur Central Jail, will be in the company of rape accused godman Asaram, Rajsamand's hate-murder accused Shambhu Lal Raigar
An all women’s university, clearly established in haste, with a “Mentor” for a Vice Chancellor, a chief minister for a Chancellor, professors contracted and not appointed - on ad...
Mark Zuckerberg’s public statement that was downplayed as a ‘breach of trust’ between Facebook and its users, while claiming that Facebook was unaware about this data theft, is one...
Over time I have learnt that human intelligence has two variants. One is academic in nature where “intelligent” people excel in their academic pursuits but then turn out to be failures in...
Dogs demand attention, more so pet dogs. Pidi is no different. And I cannot at all blame him for choosing the wrong moment to seek his master Rahul Gandhi’s affection...
A sex survey done by a reputed national weekly, across 19 major cities in India was the week’s highlight for Guwahati. While this survey has always been exciting and something that most...
Internet sensation and Malayalam actress, Priya Prakash Varrier, took the internet by storm this week. She caught the troll pages, meme makers and trendsetters by the scruff and showed them...
Three Modis, over time, have really taken us in Guwahati by storm – each in their own unique way. While Narendra has given us enough reason to discuss, debate and argue on how...
Three journalists are on a break from their grunt work. This is the conversation that follows...
Mukesh Ambani committed an investment of Rs 2,500 crores during his maiden visit to the state for the Advantage Assam summit. Brilliant! Retail outlets to...
To keep things logical, the cut-off year just has to be 1951 simply because 1971 does not have the requisite credentials to be so important. An accord signed as a culmination of a 6-year...
Guwahati is on overdrive – a pace every metro city should be on. It is encouraging to see so much positivity around the city whether it is in terms of beautification, volunteer work or public announcements...
These are regular trends that would have decreased with the passage of time, largely because the network...
Cases of this level of extreme road rage are rather uncommon in Guwahati and so, this comes as a real shocker.
As we move into 2018, we should be looking at increased political liberty and the ability to voice opinions freely, but this ends the year on a sour note.
A look back at the year brings to the mind the sheer variety of international sporting disciplines that the city hosted right from cricket and football (being the two most popular disciplines in India today) to other international events in badminton and boxing.
A peek through the usually open door of my cabin at my workplace had, so far, allowed me the wholesome sight of four young minds busy peering into their monitors, mouse in hand, at what we term as the creative/layout desk. It had become a habit with me and one of them missing from his chair would invariably make me raise questions about his whereabouts.
The anger against the health minister was massive and was mainly dissipated through social media. Cancer survivors especially felt that their health was mocked at and they responded by saying that they refuse to take such an abominable insult. “Shame on him!” was the war cry.
Preparing the NRC draft continues to be one of the most debatable and complex exercises that the country has undertaken, as proven by the recurring delays and deferred dates.
As a layman pondering, I kind of felt that Guwahati had seen a phase in time when it was fashionable to be corrupt. The more you flaunted your ill-gotten wealth, the more upfront respect you got from all and sundry. And you just had to develop that thick skin to ignore the backbiting.
The recent video that circulated where an IndiGo employee physically assaulted a certain passenger has taken the internet by storm. The cause of the fight, whatever it may be, has made one thing clear; India does not believe in ‘Dignity of Labour’.
We have been an unenthusiastic lot for a long time now, but this year Guwahati demanded the attention it deserved.
The sudden clampdown of the first lockdown had its share of melancholic stories.
One of the major steps taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs post lockdown was the re-opening of places of worship. But what is bothering the conscious citizens of India is how feasible it is to open temples and keep educational institutions shut?
The author writes about the bounden duty of all Indians to comply with the rules and regulations set down by the government and the WHO if the country is to come out of its locked down situation and restore the normalcy that they once enjoyed.
The lesson we can learn from the great influenza pandemic to flatten the curve until a vaccine is discovered, is social distancing. It saved many lives in 1918, and it will save even in 2020.
Along with the virus is spreading the virus of stupidity. And it is not only in India but across the globe. We are anticipating the research results of a vaccine for the novel Coronavirus but there can be absolutely no medicine for stupidity.
While the pandemic COVID-19 has made the masses at large remain isolated within their respective homes, it has made certain professionals work out of their skins.
Ironically, for the first time in the history of civilization, scientists, researchers and doctors, having been shaken and perplexed by the advent of a tiny virus, have given a clarion call for social distancing rather than social cohesion.
Be it Barkha Dutt or Rajdeep Sardesai or Ravish Kumar or Shekhar Gupta or Arnab Goswami himself, nobody can claim objectivity.
A lot of unverified news floats around - more so because every person operating social media is now a reporter, journalist, writer or editor of sorts.
The coronavirus has taken the world by storm. And there’s only one thing we as individuals and citizens of the world can do
The author offers a practical and structured viewpoint about the non-feasibility of Guwahati’s water supply project that is to be commissioned by December 2020 as promised by the chief minister of Assam.
If reports are to be believed, the Indo-Bangladesh relations are currently at their historical best.
It needs to be asked if the top saffron party leaders from the national party will descend from the capital to woo voters during campaigning for Assam assembly polls.
Assam accounted for 27,728 crimes against women in 2018 which make up for 7.3% of all crimes committed against women nationwide - an appalling statistic when Assam makes up for only about 2.5% of the country’s population.
From one general election to the next, the city has been deprived of its much required representation and the fallout has been disastrous; the city has been orphaned!
We are writing to you as immigrants and part of the diaspora of Northeast India residing in the United States and Canada.
If a six year long struggle had resulted in accepting nearly 50 lakh Muslim Bangladeshis, then can we say with clarity that Assam has benefitted from the Assam Agitation?
The dirty practice of spitting paan/gutka on the roads and especially the freshly painted road dividers has had every right thinking individual of the city scratching their heads to find a solution.
Given the success of the Assamese movie Aamis, the author reiterates his conviction that despite the challenges and constraints faced by the Assamese movie industry, good content in terms and storyline and movie making skills is the way forward.
The most critical aspect of the human mind is the subconscious part of it. Our success or failure in everything we do is dependent on it. This aspect of the mind is extremely sensitive to what we think, what we see and what we do.
Consumerism is at its peak in Guwahati it seems. And a whole lot of consumerist activities are being done over internet – as is the way of life these days.
Pakistan betrayed the Maharaja and sent its tribal mercenaries and its army to invade Kashmir. The Maharaja sought the help of New Delhi…
Being nature’s most efficient scavengers, vultures help in the disposition of carcasses when animals die by consuming them.
The show helped voice struggles of the poor, dowry afflicted, sexually harassed, oppressed and the depressed. All such kinds of contestants have come on the show and proved that they can make it to the top too.
The only way for one to achieve greatness in life is through love for what one does.
Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 was litigated heavily by the tobacco industry and even after 16 years, enforcement still remains a deep concern.
The US is not only looking forward to trade and investment exchange with India now but has also stressed on both their need to collaborate in space research, defence deals, and commit to fight ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’
Assamese cinema, in spite of having being taken seriously, has never really been able to break through at a national level, unlike most recent South Indian and other regional films.
What is the one important facet of our times that is a mark of this age? The answers could be many: ‘connectivity’, ‘smart phones’, ‘internet access,’ et al.
The reduction of physical and materialistic possessions may be minimalistic to an extent, but it is not minimalism in itself. Minimalism is when we list down things that add value to our lives.
The author writes on the flipsides and perils faced by social media influencers who might have, in the real world, come to blows with their haters.
The author writes about the possibility of exploring the international border towns like Dalu in the Garo Hills to boost trade and commerce with neighbouring Bangladesh which, at the same time, will bring about development and prosperity to these places.
“I’m a graduate from a reputed university, but the sad fact is that I could not find any jobs to get myself employed. Life was quite difficult, till the apps over the internet came to my rescue.
India being an agrarian country, about 70 percent of the population's livelihood depends on agriculture.
Guwahati, the gateway city which leads one to each of the seven sisters, situated at the banks of the Brahmaputra River, has seen rapid urban growth unlike any other city in the region.
Remote villages would be well served by solar lanterns, solar home-lighting systems and micro-mini solar grids. Such solar solutions have had wonderful success stories across the globe.
Solitude ignites creativity within the person. In solitude, a person may experience changes in his self-concept… Loneliness is a very complex and unpleasant experience of isolation. Loneliness is felt due to lack of connection with people, lack of social interaction.
Guwahati is the largest urban area in the entire northeast region of India with a population of well over a million people
Cricket is described as the game of glorious uncertainties. Time alone will testify the extent of upsets and surprises that await the cricketing connoisseurs as the ICC World Cup 2019 marches ahead.
People should accept that doctors are not deities who can alter the natural death of a person; every time a person dies, the doctor must not be at the receiving end of their anger and agitation. But if a wrong treatment is suspected, resorting to legal recourse is the right thing to do.
This morning, caught on camera was a commuter on G.S. Road trying to get past one of the dividers on the long stretch of the same road. Yes, we get it, it’s hot and you could probably save 10 minutes of your time. But, is it really worth it?
The UN led World Environmental Day this June 5th 2019 was celebrated with the theme “Beat Air Pollution”. And air pollution is certainly reaching disturbing levels!
Eastward Ho! The author writes on northeast India’s connectivity with ASEAN and how the same can be developed by uplifting its border towns on the lines of the town of Mae Sot on the Thailand-Myanmar border.
People vote for power, not ideas hoping to benefit the most from such power. This is irrespective of ideologies, even caste, community and religion. No matter how much we talk about a divided India, we now, after the 2019 elections, see a united India.
Once the seeds of discontent are sown then the body of a country stagnates and withers. And this is how politicians of a country use the strength of diversity to divide and make it corrosive and ultimately enfeeble it.
What if the BJP sweeps the polls nationally and the party’s nominees and its allies secure all the fourteen seats from Assam to the Parliament?
Government or administration, in essence is the management of revenue – or so said Kautilya, the crooked one, in 320 CE.
You, dear reader and I, belong to that massive minority which sustains democratic aspirations of India and benefits not from that democracy.
In the NE, entrepreneurship is severely restricted by location and mainly by ignorance; ignorance of every hue and variety, from negative images of business feasibility in areas well known for militant civil strife to lack of knowledge of actual market demographics.
We have been a shining example of an inclusive, moderate, all-encompassing land. All who venture here, one day, fall in love with all things Assamese. That has been the norm and that shall be the mark of the times. So, let us see where the current fiasco leads us…
India is the biggest exporter of beef in the world and has maintained its top position ever since 2014. So, all this drama in the name of beef is nothing but farce.
The people of the northeast always complain that they are neglected. But if we go deep into the matter we will find that this is basically due to our representater who failed to focus or raise our problems in parliament.
The reprehensible attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in J&K on the 14th of February was claimed by Pak-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.
As Chanakya the master realist understood it, corruption is a necessary evil which can be restricted to permissible levels but never completely done away with. In this context, the Digital India Initiative Goal is perhaps one of the better answers to the possibility of curbing corruption to permissible levels.
A nation cannot achieve its target if half of its population (read women) stay in the dark. Hence equality for women is progress for all.
These outlets couldn't have been born, developed and flourished without the patronage of the police, excise department and different xongothons. Proof of that is the fact that the very next day of the tragedy, excise and police destroyed many such outlets across the state.
It is evident that the hooch came from a common manufacturing unit or common ingredients. That also indicates that a syndicate/cartel exists which runs the smooth yet illegal operations of making, wholesaling and retailing illegal hooch across at least two districts in upper Assam.
In the subject of ‘Politics,’ it seems a particular chapter of great importance, i.e. ‘Ethics,’ is unfortunately missing. Since most of the politicians dislike the word ‘Ethics,’ the people must force the politicians to incorporate the chapter of Ethics in their own composed subject.
The otherwise highly tolerant Assamese society is restless today. The situation needs to be appreciated in its right perspectives. The author suggests some short term and long term strategies for approaching the whole issue.
Marwari community hailing from Rajasthan and Haryana began settling in Assam two centuries ago ,when the British took control.
The present times call for a careful reading of the current scenario that pervades Assam with factors that lead us to a few questions: the question of belongingness, the question of worth, of being a part of the larger whole.
During my travels to the international border areas in the region and after being appointed Advisor to the Border Trade & Chamber of Commerce, Moreh town, Manipur, I have interacted extensively with the local population.
In the last episode of In Conversation with Swapnil Bharali had a longish chat with Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma seeking some clarifications on the latest heartburn within the greater indigenous Assamese society with regard to the passage of the CAB in the Lok Sabha.
Rrituraj Sharma expresses his views on the latest political developments of the state and wonders how settling Hindu Bangladeshis as Indian citizens can work towards securing the home and hearth of the indigenous Assamese.
Women constitute almost half the population of the country which make them equal participants in the growth and development of India. We are living in the 21st century, an advanced era. However shamefully, safety of women in India remains an unfulfilled dream.
The state BJP’s tenure is mired in some cart-before-the-horse actions and decisions, many of them Guwahati-specific, that have developed into major irritants for the people over time.
The news of people buying more and more books of martyr journalist Parag Kumar Das, who went away telling the tales of his motherland, highlights that the denizens wish to know, understand and protect the state.
Is it feasible to throw out 1 crore people (I got this figure from Himanta Biswa Sarma’s recent startling allegation that AGP, by signing the Assam accord, had legalised 1 crore Bangladeshis)?
"You can judge a person by the way he plays Bridge," said Zia Mahmood referring to himself. Some say that there are basically four types of people in this world while psychologists have added one more type to this list.
3 days, 4 plays! The G Plus Guwahati Theatre Festival (GTF) 2018 (the third edition of the festival) offered a unique mix of theatrical enactments to the extremely discerning audience of Guwahati.
I would say, “Wow! Wonderful! Very good! You’re doing a great job; driving on the wrong side of the road. You’re indeed setting a great example.” They would look at me as if I was mad.
I have regularly started telling my students, “You simply cannot be Urban until and unless you have the Conduct of Urbanity within you!” Considering the fact that with the urbanization process worldwide, modeling the dynamics of people's activities in urban environments, it has indeed become a crucial socio-economic task.
• Burning crackers is burning money • Spare a thought for animals • Gases and chemicals are nobody’s friend • Inevitable fire accidents • Not a Happy Diwali for every child
Assam has seen many protests over the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The Bill has been termed “Anti-Assam” by BJP's ally Asom Gana Parishad(AGP), and similarly criticized by other regional parties.
A question like “What is the currency of Brazil?” is regarded as “dry.” But the same question when asked as – “Which country would you be, if you were buying a football with 1000 Cruzerios?” - would be commended as good quizzing.
As a young aspirant in any profession caught in such an improper situation where you either take the bull by its horn or bite the bullet, more often than not you’d opt for the latter when the bull is a big gun.
The modern era though has unfortunately seen the real essence of celebrating Durga Puja being degraded to quite an extent, however the optimistic still believes that if the people change their attributes and habits a little, think logically, act rationally, then the sacred festival of Durga Puja can be revived once again.
The #MeToo movement has been sweeping the country and women have come out to raise their voice in unison against past oppressions, assaults and sexual misbehavior by erstwhile male colleagues taking advantage of their momentary superiority.
After four years of a Mission as serious and massive as Swachh Bharat, launched under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister of India, if it is still about building awareness on cleanliness in Guwahati, I guess somewhere, something is going terribly wrong.
“E-Toilets” and “Bio-toilets” are two popular terms in vogue today. Many of us are rather confused about the difference between the two. While Bio-toilets are simple installations with facilities to convert the defecated material to water in a short period of time by converting it to odourless and colourless water, E-Toilet are the ones fitted with electronic and gimmicking automation features which facilitates the user with so-called easy-usage.
Village Rockstars is an attempt to tell a story – may be of the writer herself – through the language of cinema. The essential function of cinema is storytelling and Rima Das has efficiently handled the medium to tell her story.
In the modern era, words like, “science & technology,” “business & commerce” etc have all showered a sanguine mindset among humans residing on this globe, and that has indeed come in handy in the process of making mankind climb the ladder of progress and development.
Founded in 1948 as the Transport provider of Assam and baptised as a Corporation in 1970, the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) is one of the major public sector revenue generating services of the state of Assam. The statistical figures of ASTC are impressive; it employs over 5,000 people.