Floods displace some 4 lakh in Assam

Floods displace some 4 lakh in Assam

GUWAHATI: Assam is drowning once again. Almost four and a half lakh people have been displaced as rising flood waters enter homes and hamlets, driving out people and livestock. Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and many other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in Barpeta, Udalguri, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Jorhat districts. Massive erosions have been […]

Who is ‘Bodofa’?

Upendra Brahma was born in Boragari village of Dotma, a small township at Kokrajhar district of Assam, India. He was a son of Mr. Monglaram Brahma and Ms. Lefsri Brahma. He was the fifth, and youngest, child. He was called “Thopen” during his childhood. He grew up in poverty. From 1963, Brahma studied at various […]

‘Father’ of Bodos Remembered

‘Father’ of Bodos Remembered

The first of May is a special day for the Bodo tribes in Assam and around the world, as it is the death anniversary of the first Bodo visionary Upendra Nath Brahma. The 29th death anniversary of Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma, who is fondly regarded as father of the Bodos, was observed at Tulungapuri, Dotma, […]

No drinking water in villages along Assam-Arunachal border

A low water table, and high arsenic and fluoride content in groundwater makes people go thirsty.

No drinking water in villages along Assam-Arunachal border

Ming-Mang (Assam-Arunachal Border): The entire area looks picturesque with blue hills on the northern horizon sloping towards the plains full with different streams and brooks flowing through paddy fields of villages. But this seemingly beautiful landscape dotted with huts and chang ghars of villages on the inter-State border areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in […]

Student Tribal groups form joint political action committee in Assam

Student Tribal groups form joint political action committee in Assam

GUWAHATI – In the aftermath of violent protests in Arunachal, a convention of Assam’s student tribal organisations held on Tuesday(Feb 26)have formed a political platform named ‘Tribal Political Action Committee, Assam’ for the tribal peoples of the State. The purpose o is to unite the movements of the State’s tribes and to chalk out a […]

Amnesty questions Human Rights violations of ‘foreigners’ in Assam

Amnesty questions Human Rights violations of ‘foreigners’  in Assam

Guwahati (Assam) – At a time when the State is on the edge over the illegal Bangladeshi migrants’ issue, Amnesty India today said that Assam must end human rights violation against persons declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals and held in detention centres across the State. Releasing a report, ‘Between Fear and Hatred: Surviving Migration […]

Assam Santhals bid Farewell to Asur Samrat

Assam Santhals bid Farewell to Asur Samrat

BONGAIGAON, (Assam): Have you heard of Asur puja? It’s a celebration that is performed by the Adivasi-Santhals settled in Assam. The Celebration of ‘Samrat Asur Hudur Durga’ (a legendary King of the Adivasi-Santhals) puja ended yesterday with Vijaya Dashami. Around 3,000 Adivasi-Santhals of Deosri (Tibitola) along the India-Bhutan border in Chirang district celebrated this puja […]

What will Assam do about 40 lakh Aliens?

What will Assam do about 40 lakh Aliens?

Guwahati: Now that the ‘final draft’ of the National register of Citizenship’ has been prepared for Assam, the truth dawns that this is going to be a real political, logistical  headache. The question is, what will the Assam government, and Government at New Delhi actually do with some 40 lakh people whose names aren’t on […]

At a loss for Identity in Assam …

At a loss for Identity in Assam …

Guwahati: The National Register of Citizens is being used to frame people and settle scores. Right now, all over Assam, an exercise is on to identify ‘aliens’ (illegal immigrants from Bangladesh) who may have entered the country over the past few decades. If your name does not feature in the national register of citizens, well, […]

Assam prevents rabble rousing by Hindu right-wing group

Assam prevents rabble rousing by Hindu right-wing group

Guwahati: City police on Tuesday thwarted the perceived attempts of Pravin Togadia, president of the newly floated Antarashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP) to stir up communal hatred in Assam, by preventing him from attending any function and making “inflammatory” speeches that could hurt sentiments of minorities, ahead of the release of the final draft of the […]

Assam tea industry: a bitter cup?

Assam tea industry: a bitter cup?

The factors leading to the present crisis in  Assam State’s tea industry include below average production, inferior quality of tea produced in a large number of factories, poor price realisation and failure to make reasonable profit, among others. Moreover, unwillingness of a sizeable number of the children of the tea garden workers to work in […]

Is the Govt. Promoting illegal migration of Bangladeshis?

Is the Govt. Promoting illegal migration of Bangladeshis?

GUWAHATI: The Modi government in New Delhi, in trying to ‘tackle’ the illegal immigrant issue has only stirred up a hornet’s nest. In Guwahati, senior high court advocate Kamal Nayan Choudhury  is challenging the legality of the deadline of March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date for detecting and deporting the aliens of East Pakistan- […]

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