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The big discussion over the Indian cricket team’s performance and its victories over England has been about the pitches on which the Test series are being played on, more so the last two test matches in Chennai and Ahmedabad.
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As an alumnus of Cotton College one feels like hanging one’s head in shame given the recurrent indulgences of vandalism.
It’s a problem of plenty for the BJP think-thank in Gauhati East with the wannabe MLAs going all out in the prestigious constituency.
The question arising today is how do we control or totally curb the Guwahatian’s spitting habit.
The big news of the week was the reopening of a completely refurbished Anuradha Cineplex – the most popular standalone hall in the city with reduced seating capacity from its earlier days.
A second-string India indeed banged Australia so hard at what is termed as their fortress – the Gabba at Brisbane.
While the scenes of riots were shameful for other Americans who were saner with the likes of Michelle Obama tweeting strong notes of regret, the American society comes across as somewhat racially divided today.
2020 has indeed been the craziest year in my 50 years of existence on earth and I am inclined to believe just about everybody would agree with me on this.
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With schools, colleges, universities (including hostels thereof) set to open January onwards, the operative words crucial to the return of normalcy on the campus are “with parents’ consent.”
What remains a matter of concern is Guwahati’s inability to sustain the great brands from continuing their operations in the city and eventually closing shop.
Guwahati is clearly not safe from petty crimes. Period. G Plus, this week, has reported at least two incidents of burglary that were clearly planned missions done by professionals; the operations were so neat!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Folks, these are Unlock times, not post-Covid times! The difference is huge and we need to understand this.
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.
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- essential shopping
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.
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.
News gathering and dissemination has never been more stressful and hazardous than during these Covid times.
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)?
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.
The phenomenon of people returning to their home state has thrown up a number of stories – some heart-rending, others satisfying.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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
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.
Assamese nationalism is on a new upsurge with the feeling of having been betrayed by all and sundry
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.
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
Guwahati today has come a long way from being a city where there was the occasional VIP visiting once in a blue moon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Given the PMC Bank crisis and its fallout thereafter, the concern today is whether banks in India are safe keepers of our money.
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.
Come 2nd October and single-use plastic products are set to be banned – nationwide.
Wonder if Amit Shah has ever had ‘sah’! Never I guess, because he usually has ‘chai.’
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 US media sought to paint the entire NRC exercise as a picture of Hindu-Muslim enmity.
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.
The union government can now offer its undivided attention to overhaul the northeast and bring it at par with the rest of the country.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
So our so-called “respectable” morality and societal monitor, the biggest well-wisher of Axom desh, is at it again huh!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It seems a long career in politics with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not the best of options for the party’s politicians.
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 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.
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
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?”
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.
“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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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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...
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...
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...
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...
Cases of this level of extreme road rage are rather uncommon in Guwahati and so, this comes as a real shocker.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seven excruciating days passed since his daughter disappeared … and in those seven days, Prabhakar began to notice that Mian-bhai had not come for work. His last memory of Mian-bhai was him consoling Niharika after his slap! An acrid air of debauchery wafted in! What the bloody hell had actually happened?