Being a Northeastener (4 of 12)

Being a Northeastener (4 of 12)

Narrating one’s experience of being from Northeast India cannot be defined by being a northeasterner alone but as an individual responding to the functionary mechanisms of the State. One cannot forget his roots or community because of cultural attachment. Identity is the most important element of life, as much as our names are. Life is imperfect. That does not mean […]

Being a Northeasterner! (3 of 12)

Being a Northeasterner! (3 of 12)

I have observed over the years that whenever the subject of ‘Northeast’ India comes up people begin by saying that they don’t really like the term but… I don’t either. Nor can I claim any mastery over the Northeast. I have only ever lived in Shillong – a small, rather privileged and perhaps not entirely […]

Wow to be a Northeasterner!! (2 of 12)

Wow to be a Northeasterner!! (2 of 12)

I grew up at a time when identity was not a marker as it is today. We were taught by Anglo Indian teachers and told to speak English in class so we did that unconsciously even with those we shared a common mother tongue. We just were. We did not have to wrack our brains […]

Shillong – A toxic city in a few years

Shillong – A toxic city in a few years

To anyone who was brought up in Shillong or has any association with it, they will know that it is a beautiful place to grow up in.  It is a city filled with pristine scenery, natural greenery on the outskirts, what more could we possibly ask for? As a kid, surely you might have gone […]

Why we go there – Unsung migrant workers from the Northeast

Why we go there – Unsung migrant workers from the Northeast

When we think of big cities and how the Northeast states are represented there, the strongest image is that of the student. Carefree, optimistic, experimenting and at times reckless, fashionistas and musicians, the picture is very pretty. It gets dashed once in a while when we hear and read about incidents that have malice in […]

Can music be the food of life?

Can music be the food of life?

It was Shakespeare who said, ‘If music be the food of love …play on.” Most of us quote Shakespeare to give robustness to our arguments. It has been stated times without number that the North East is a talent pool for music and indeed many have made it to the world platform, courtesy their music. […]

Dissidents but not dissenting the Congress rule in Manipur

Dissidents but not dissenting the Congress rule in Manipur

With less than ten (10) months for the next assembly election, dissidents in the Manipur State Legislative Assembly have surfaced or rather come out in the open with Congress president Sonia Gandhi summoning Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to New Delhi for discussions. Reportedly the dissidents, about ten of them have been demanding reshuffle and […]

BJP may have the last laugh in Assam

BJP may have the last laugh in Assam

Ahead of the elections to the Assam assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has strengthened its position by striking an alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP). Although the Assam Pradesh Congress tried its best to keep the BJP and the AGP apart, identical electoral base of the two parties has forced them not to […]

Open Letter to Kanhaiya Kumar from Across the Political Spectrum

Open Letter to Kanhaiya Kumar from Across the Political Spectrum

Dear Kanhaiya Kumar, I’m writing to you from across the political spectrum to tell you that your speech was phenomenal and motivating. In today’s political discourse where people have lost the art of grace towards others belonging to a different ideology, I don’t know how my writing to you will be perceived but I just […]

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