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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.
As an untested new leader takes the reins of our neighboring country Pakistan, the world focuses its attention on him. Everyone seems to ask - Will he be able to turn around Indo-Pak relations?
The September 5 boat tragedy on the banks of North Guwahati was an eye-opener on what the state of our inland water transport was in the city. The accident threw light on the plight of the common Guwahatian travelling in a rickety vessel, putting his life at risk all the time.
An eye catching construction more often than not is the result of a strong base, which directly or indirectly holds the impregnable and proud pillars of a magnificent structure.
It’s a conspicuous fact known to one and all that the perspectives and characterization of education follow a basic policy, which is to engender the sense of being schooled and skilled in the mind of individuals.
What does the idea- the concept- of “Emotional Intelligence” mean to someone like the author- a 23 year old fresh College passout ready to take on the increasing sophistication and adrenaline of the 21st Century lifestyle?
During Emergency, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in one of the meetings with her bureaucrats asked how the “brain drain” from India could be stopped.
Recent incidents of media and public trial on social media have raised serious concerns about a victim and an accused person’s privacy alike. Not only is an individual’s privacy at stake, his/her reputation is something which is equally susceptible to being tarnished.
For a 90’s kid residing in India, his knowledge about political science might have started by repeating the name of the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee again and again.
On 30th July 2018, the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published amidst apprehensions of law and order problems. Such apprehensions were however dispelled...
A few days ago, as I was surfing through random videos on YouTube, I came across a news channel broadcast whose caption piqued my curiosity in a flash! It read, “Climate Change - 60 Crore Indians At Risk...
With the advent of technology, people nowadays have become globally more aware, with the mindset to develop their knowledge regarding crucial/pivotal issues concerning...
Notwithstanding its cultural superiority ingested through manifold experiences across centuries and the ability to withstand change continuously yet embosom new civilizations...
The currently prevailing discourse amongst political parties counterpoised to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pertains to the prospects of building a coalitional unity. Efforts in this direction have been forthcoming...
It’s not just Neel and Abhi’s life they barbarically lynched. Along with it, they took away whatever precious, little innocence we had left. They mercilessly tore down the albeit utopian mental construct we...
A considerable amount of things have been already said and done regarding the unfortunate incident of mob violence in Karbi Anglong district. But such exercises remain superfluous unless...
Today the condition is such that instead of trying to lessen the gap, the gorge of this caste-based reservations system is deepening and also spreading amongst the different communities...
India is one of the countries which are also affected by climate change worldwide; this includes northeast India.
- World Environment Day
- Beat Plastic Pollution
- World Environment Day 2018
- Climate Change
- G Plus
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Although religion and development of conscience are both indispensable parts of human society, an imbalance in this equilibrium is equally harmful when we speak about keeping in terms with this ever expanding and developing world.
Yoga Guru Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved has recently unveiled a new 'Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM', in partnership with state-run BSNL
As the BJP completes two years of governance, let's take a look at the areas where they did really well and a few grey areas where they failed or could've done better.
No matter how naturally flexible or strong you are, the true path of Yoga is one that must be walked over a long time. If you’re ever feeling impatient about how slowly it’s going or you ever wonder...
Currently, a number of roads are being constructed in Guwahati by the Public Works Department but it seems that the roads are being widened and the footpaths are being built not for pedestrians but for the benefit of roadside vendors.
All was hunky dory when the North Korean Leader Kim Jung-un aka ‘Rocket Man’ met with his southern counterpart Moon Jae-in in the dreaded demilitarized zone of Korea (DMZ).
- International Relations
- Kim Jong-un
- Moon Jae-in
- Donald Trump
- North Korea
- South Korea
- International Ties
- Rocket Man
- Nuclear Weapon
If we are to discuss the future of Assam’s tea industry, let us consider the challenges it faces. First of course is its economic viability given the ever rising input costs which far exceed the rise in selling...
Usually, a vehicle dropping off a passenger is given 5 minutes to exit and in such a case no parking fee is payable. Recently, the parking booths at the entry and exit points have been placed in such a manner that on most occasions, it becomes impossible for the driver to exit within 5 minutes mainly due to the unorganised parking and long line of exiting vehicles leading to the exit booth.
- LGBI Airport
- Borjhar Airport
- Guwahati International Airport
- Guwahati Airport
- Woes of Guwahati Airport
- Problems of Guwahati Airport
- Airport Authority of India
- G Plus
- Guwahati Plus
‘Bohag Bihu’ or ‘Rongali Bihu’ is basically an agrarian festival. The concept of fecundity or productiveness remains hidden within it and is precisely the reason of the co-relation between the long history of agriculture and traditional Assamese Bihu.
- Rongali Bihu
- Bohag Bihu
- Assamese Festival
- G Plus
- Guwahati Plus
To understand crime, one has to look at the context. Guwahati is one of the most rapidly developing cities of the entire northeastern region. People from all corners of...
A pertinent question that emerges is - what attracts investments? Across the world it is observed that investments are drawn to locations developed as...
That Guwahati has emerged as a hub of narcotics doesn’t come as a surprise at all. Only the police swung late into action against the illicit business that had...
In the March issue of one of the top and leading magazines of India, a piece of news was published regarding percentage of people involved in sex in different states...
I have a daughter; so I perceive things a little differently than many of Papon’s loyalists. Make no mistake, I am as much an Assamese as them and take immense pride when works of modern...
The hills are badly mauled and robbed off its beauty. The ever increasing human settlements, commercial establishments and industries require the elixir of life called water...
Across the world it is observed that investments are drawn to locations developed as industry clusters - places that increase productivity...
On 1st February, 2018 Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley presented the union budget for 2018-19 with a new developmental framework with prime focuses on agrarian economy, rural...
While in Majuli, what do tourists do? It’s mostly Satra hopping, watching mask making at Samaguri satra and feasting on traditional food and beverages.
It is heartening to see that the Government is taking an initiative which will drastically reduce the discomfort and inconvenience faced by the general public- in the process, leading to the smooth functioning of the State Machinery; this time in the form of Transportation Facilities.
We've stepped into January and Guwahatians have barely felt the typical chill associated with these months except for two days in the early part of this week. It's all the more frightening to see other parts of the state experiencing a rather normal cold winter and the mercury hardly dipping here to single digit so far. So, who killed Guwahati’s winter?
The demonetisation has brought back around 95% of the cash in circulation in the market.
3rd December is celebrated as the International day of Persons with Disability worldwide. Being a proud mother of a child with special needs, every year I am excited during this time of year.
The uproar in Assam over Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief Maulana Syed Arshad Madani’s provocative statements at a seminar in the capital on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is understandable.
The first anniversary of demonetisation recently brought into focus the way this government has embarked on a massive drive to “formalize” the economy – one of the key transformational agenda. In this context, let me examine one of the levers that is being used to achieve this - Demonetisation.