COMMENTARY

Disturbing Questions in the Wake of Devastating Quake

Eighty years after the devastating Bihar-Nepal earthquake of 1934, Nepal and adjoining areas of India and Bangladesh have once again been jolted by a terrible earthquake. The earthquake and its continuing aftershocks have left a massive trail of death and destruction.

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Tribute : Inspiring Persona Mamoni Raisom Goswami

(Soon after Bhupen Hazarika’s demise, Assam suffered another painful loss. Harendranath Barthakur pays tribute to Dr. Indira Goswami.) The unconquered storyteller of the contemporary Assamese literature, Mamoni Raisom Goswami, (Dr. Indira Goswami) breathed her last on 29 November. She achieved

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Tribute : Adieu Adam Gondvi

‘When 70 people in every 100 are still poor – put your hands on your heart, and tell me, is the country really free?’ People poet Adam Gondvi, who penned the above words that can be heard in countless protest demonstrations in the

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Tribute : The Wanderer Has Left Us

That golden voice that gave a distinct identity to the entire North East, and sang “Ami ek jajabor” (I’m a wanderer), has fallen silent…. In the 1950s, Bhupen Hazarika had to leave Assam under unfortunate circumstances and come to

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Tribute : Bhupen Hazarika: Voice Of The People

An avalanche seemed to have burst on the streets of Guwahati. For three consecutive days from the 7th of November, wave upon wave of people kept flowing night and day towards a common destination – Judges’ Field, where lay the mortal

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Policy Watch : UID Aadhaar Under Cloud

The UID (Aadhaar) Bill (National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010), pet project of Home Minister P Chidambaram and the UPA Government, is already underway in several states. Yet, a huge question mark now stands over its very existence. The Parliament’

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CPI(ML) Statement on Mullaperiyar Dispute

The CPI(ML) expresses grave concern over the alarming escalation of the controversy over the Mullaperiyar dam. CPI(ML) appeals to the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to maintain patience and peace, rebuffing attempts to whip up competitive chauvinism

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Bhanwari Devi Case: Dirty Picture of Feudal Exploitation and Violence

The disappearance of auxiliary nurse and midwife (ANM) Bhanwari Devi in Rajasthan has exposed the vulnerability of the state’s women health workers, especially dalit women, to exploitation and violence at the hands of top politicians. Bhanwari Devi has been

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The Killer Fumes of Corporate Greed

The morning of December 9 came as a huge shock to Kolkata and the entire country. More than 90 lives – including old-age patients in various stages of treatment and recovery – were lost in a fatal disaster in the AMRI hospital in Dhakuria

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Durban Deal: Sell-Out for Developing Countries

The Durban Climate Change Conference concluded a few days back, with environment and forests minister Jayanti Natarajan hammering in the last nail in the coffin of India’s long-standing position that all global negotiations should happen with equity as a

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The Congress-UPDS ‘Peace’ Deal in Karbi Anglong

On November 25, the Union Government and the Government of Assam signed a tripartite accord with the UPDS (United People’s Democratic Solidarity), an insurgent organization operating since 1999 in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam. It may be recalled that since 1986,

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Kishenji’s Murder: Exposing TMC’s True Colours

The gruesome murder of comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao, better known as Kishenji, brings out the true colours of the Trinamul Congress (TMC) Government in West Bengal. Mamta Banerjee actually copied the strategy adopted by the Congress Government in Andhra Pradesh

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