articles by Simantik Dowerah

India

Baghjan fire: Oil India's failure to stand by local community after blaze, protect ecology ruins its image in Assam

Oil India has explored and exploited India's North East thus far, preserved its profits, twisted the region's ecology, donated little in CSR to the region compared to its margins and imposed the side effects of Dikom and Baghjan on Assam.

India

Assam cancer patients failing to get treatment in Mumbai brave long road to Guwahati despite COVID-19 scare, but they may be in for a rude shock

Lack of prior official communication to the institution of this arriving batch of patients who may actually opt for treatment at the B Barooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati might lead to a difficult situation.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Hope govt recognises valuable role played by community radio stations at great risk and cost, says professor Vinod Pavarala

Funding has been a major issue for community radio stations across India and unlike the West, volunteers have to think about their day-to-day livelihood here, says University of Hyderabad's professor Vinod Pavarala.

India

Community radio stations across India brave lockdown, severe fund crunch to ensure last-mile awareness on COVID-19

Had it not been for the proactiveness of the community radio stations across India, the crisis would have exploded even more for the Centre and the state governments, particularly in rural India.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Despite personal loss, Assam hospital cleaner stays put in quarantine; doctors, nurses spend time reading, watching shows

Quarantine is definitely more screentime albeit on the consumers' end. Be it the mobile phone or the television, perhaps both are the best tools to be exploited to the core when in quarantine.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Assam handloom sector reels under lockdown; zero Rongali Bihu business cripples weavers

For the handloom sector in Assam, the period prior to Rongali Bihu or the Bohag Bihu, which heralds the beginning of the Assamese New Year and the arrival of spring, is a major season to make the bulk of the business for the year.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Assam Police was notorious for reckless lathi charges, now they're handing out food for all

From tracing missing COVID-19 vulnerable individuals, contact tracing of COVID-19 positive individuals, enforcing lockdown to embarking on humanitarian missions, the role of Assam Police in these times of crisis has expanded exponentially.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Led by Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam medical fraternity takes a leap of faith in fight against COVID-19

Everyone in the country is nervous, only that people like Jenita Baruah, Dhiraj Pathak, Arun Kumar Konwar, Swapna Bhumic Das, Ratnawati Doley and many other unknown faces from the medical fraternity are braver than the rest.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Scrap dealers, zealots, arts students; Assam's hunt for Tablighi Jamaat participants spares few

The first obvious reaction was of suspicion and fear and a sense of tiredness and submission as they must have already received a huge number of calls by then.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: In Kolkata, doctors on the frontline forced to make do with used gloves, raincoats for gowns

What entails without a proper PPE and shared by different medical professionals across the globe on social media has only triggered fear among healthcare professionals.

Politics

Conflicting judgments, absence of guidelines, litany of documents: India's citizenship conundrum is a mess

Multiple conflicting judgments have only deepened the confusion rather than solving it.

Politics

Understanding the chronology: A few fundamental truths about the CAA, NRC, NPR and all the threads that bind the three together

Unlike in 2010, where the National Population Register did not seek information on the date and place of birth of the parents of an individual, the upcoming data will ask for this data.

Politics

From their party manifesto to Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, what Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and BJP have said about CAA and NRC

Although the agitation against Citizenship Amendment Act seems sudden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his home minister Amit Shah and the party at large have been at pains to separate CAA and NRC

Politics

Citizenship Amendment Act: Sarbananda Sonowal risks political apocalypse by ignoring Assamese sub-nationalism

Today Sarbananda Sonowal is a karyakarta of the BJP, a kindergarten student in the school of Hindutva, an enthusiastic apologist for the Citizenship Amendment Act but he is no longer an Assamese.

Politics

Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill: What is a Hindu and why are Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka left out of CAB?

The Hindus in Myanmar are facing atrocities if not from the government but from the Rohingya Muslim militants.

India

Citizenship Amendment Bill: From delinking religion to no geographical restrictions, National Register of Citizens is not CAB

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is an instrument to grant citizenship to a particular set of illegal migrants while National Register of Citizens is an exercise to differentiate illegal migrants from bona fide citizens.

Politics

Citizenship Amendment Bill is tool for BJP to further communal agenda, push demography towards Hindus: Congress MP Pradyut Bordoloi

The CAB is basically an afterthought of NRC project taken up in Assam with the underlying objective that a Hindu population should be increased within certain vulnerable areas such as Assam, says Congress Lok Sabha MP from Nowgong in Assam Pradyut Bordoloi.

Politics

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is death sentence for North East, fear parties, student bodies ahead of battle beyond Parliament

When leaders owing allegiance to the BJP or to the NDA as allies in the North East have expressed strong reservations against the Bill, the BJP leaders in Assam or its ally AGP have completely chickened out in front of the central leadership of the national party.

India

World Rhino Day 2019: Myth of magical horns, weaponisation of DNA and the uphill battle against poaching

The introduction of RhODIS has helped in streamlining the process of tackling the evil of rhino poaching.

Politics

Congress in Assam: BJP won't always win elections in Narendra Modi's name, says ex-CM Tarun Gogoi

Himanta Biswa Sarma was with us in 2014 but despite that, we lost the election, says former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi.