articles by Biswa Kalyan Purkayastha

Politics

Mizoram Assembly polls: State sees highest women candidates in its history, yet female representation remains low

With just 15 women among the 200 candidates contesting the Mizoram Assembly polls, women's representation in politics is among the lowest in the northeastern state

Politics

BJP quest to bloom lotus in Mizoram Assembly faces great wall of Mizo National Front in elections

Star campaigners from the neighbouring states of Assam, Tripura and Manipur are also campaigning in various constituencies of Mizoram.

India

Of no fixed abode: NRC leaves out Kargil martyr's nephew; family slams politicians' rhetoric calling those excluded 'outsiders'

In Kargil, 1999, Grenadier Chimmoy Bhowmik laid down his life on the battlefield. His nephew Pinak's name has been left out of the NRC.

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Of no fixed abode: Govt should accept us or shoot us, says family of 'migrant' who committed suicide in 2012 over NRC

In 2012, Arjun Namasudra of Cachar district had killed himself after he was served with a D-voter notice by the Foreigners Tribunal in Assam; six years later, his family is battling the same crisis

India

Of no fixed abode: Former RSS functionary Santanu Naik, left out of NRC, says he can't think of living anywhere but in Assam

Santanu Naik, a former RSS member, said he had submitted documents which prove his father as a voter in Assam, but his name was not in the NRC final draft.

India

Of no fixed abode: In a village known for its D-voters, 48-year-old woman ostracised after Assam NRC exclusion

Despite having his name in Assam’s electoral rolls of 1971 — the cut-off year for National Register of Citizenship (NRC) — Kumud Ram Das, 63, has been languishing in a detention camp for the last nine months.

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Of no fixed abode: 102-yr-old man, who spent 3 months in detention centre, faces identity crisis courtesy Assam NRC

The family submitted the necessary documents when the process for National Register of Citizens (NRC) began. However, earlier this year they were sent a notice by the Foreigner’s Tribunal.

India

Of no fixed abode: Named in first NRC, missing in final draft, former MLA claims he was left out 'intentionally'

Two-time MLA Ataur Rahman Mazarbhuiya, whose name has gone missing from the final draft of the NRC, caims RSS pressurised NRC co-ordinator Prateek Hajela to come up with new rules which would help exclude more Muslims