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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
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- Guwahati Plus
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.