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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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I am As ‘Indian’ as you Are

The Indian Channel, Sony Entertainment has launched its new promotional ad for the 8th season of its Indian quiz series Kaun Banega Crorepati. (The Indian equivalent of the series ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire”).   The promo features a young girl named Poornima who belongs to the North East along with the host Amitabh Bachchan. When the host quizzes…

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Marriage is a strange thing….!!!!

Yes, you heard it right..!!!  It is strange. It is stranger when it is a cross cultural wedding…!!! It generates opinions, comments and advises from many; most of which sometimes might be unwanted. People, who were never bothered about you, suddenly, become your biggest ‘sympathizers’ and start advising you on why you should/should not take that decision, while others just…

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Is the Mising Language on its way to Extinction?

The Mising community of Assam yesterday celebrated its 28th Agom Longe’ (Language Day). It was on this day in 1985, that the Mising language was first recognized by the Assam government. The recognition came after a long struggle and ended with signing of a memorandum with the govt. of Assam that allowed Mising language to be taught in primary schools,…

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A hoax news piece on Assam titled The Assam Rape Festival In India Begins This Week spreads like Wildfire in Social Media

Thanks to social media, today misinformation/information spread faster than ever before. A US based website Nationalreport.net took satire too far and uploaded a news item The Assam Rape Festival in India Begins This Week, mentioning that a certain Annual Rape Festival was being celebrated in Assam-the North eastern state of India. The news obviously was fake and absolutely ridiculous. Soon after…

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