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Living with Floods-How to solve Assam’s Flood problem

Floods in Assam have almost become like an absolute reality. Every year, without fail, hundreds of villages are submerged, many lives (both human and animal) are lost. This year alone, about 14 lakh people have been affected; about half of whom are in relief camps, while about 80 people have lost their lives till yet. NH-15 Breached. Photo Credit-JP Pegu…

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Dr. Ranoj Pegu’s decision to join BJP will not help the Mising Autonomy Movement

Recently, the Chief of Mising Autonomous Council Dr. Ranoj Pegu joined the BJP in Assam. Dr. Pegu has till yet been spearheading the campaign of the Mising Community for protection under the sixth schedule. His decision, to me not only highlights an ideological vaccum but also dare I say, an obsessive quest for personal political power, albeit risking the struggle…

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SANSKRIT COMPULSORY, TRIBAL LANGUAGES-NOT EVEN OPTIONAL

The Assam government recently decided to make Sanskrit compulsory up to Class VIII in all state run schools. The Assam Cabinet’s decision as expected has received sharp criticism from various student groups and political parties. The student groups have clearly highlighted that Sanskrit being introduced as an ‘optional subject’ would have been better. I believe that an arbitrary decision like…

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What Patriotism is Not!!!

I went to see the movie ‘Dangal’ along with my wife last night. This, we thought, would be a welcome break as we have been traveling since the last few days. We thought, it would give us a good opportunity to unwind before we go back to our work. But it did not turn out to be as much fun…

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Some Myths About Muslims

(This article first appeared in http://kafila.org. It is being reproduced here with permission, considering its apt for the current situation of Intolerance in India) By: Shankar Gopalakrishnan As the 2014 elections begin, the time has come again to state the obvious. In the context of massive propaganda campaigns, the subtle use of stereotypes, and the fact that both the Western…

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ASSAM FLOODS-A PICTORIAL ESSAY

After days of incessant rains, a part of dyke almost broken Villages were completed submerged. The scene in one of the villages People are usually prepared, as floods have become an annual affair. However preparing a boat takes good amount of money which generally cannot be afforded by a poor household. Only a few in the villages have boats One…

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Indian State and Secular Politics

By Pratyush Chandra 1. In India, decolonisation did not reconstitute the State, rather it was a refurbishing of the same colonial state, now free from any remote controlling by the British. In legal terms too, all legislations and judicial pronouncements made prior to Independence continued to hold unless challenged and proven to be in contravention to the new constitution. The…

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Why I don’t like the Nobel Peace Prize?

Note: This article was written back in 2011 owing to some social media campaigns demanding for Nobel Prize for Irom Sharmila. While I don’t support the demand personally, I also try to describe why the Nobel Peace prize, according to me is nothing to boast of. The opinions expressed here are personal.  Off late, I have witnessed a growing hysteria…

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Floods in Dhemaji-A Photo Essay

There is a saying amongst us in Dhemaji. We say, ‘If you want to see floods, come here! if you have never come here then you’ve not seen floods at all..!!!”. Every word of the saying stands true in Dhemaji-perhaps the most flood affected district in India. It would not be an exaggeration to say, the world. Every year, without fail,…

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