articles by Simantik Dowerah

India

Why Uddhav Thackeray wants India to have a public policy to control crowding

The Maharashtra chief minister made this suggestion in a virtual meeting held by the prime minister on Friday during which he took stock of the coronavirus situation

World

How the idea of wearing a mask has gone through phases of acceptance and resistance since the Spanish Flu

The World Health Organisation in no uncertain terms makes it clear that masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives.

India

Population control: Why measures are taken, when monitoring began and why it is important

Population dynamics can pose both challenges and opportunities to development efforts depending on the ratio of availability of resources

India

'North East ain't India enough': YouTuber's racist rant against Arunachal MLA just another dose of venom

The continuation of racial abuse against citizens from the North East by their fellow countrymen and women despite legal protection is evident of the fact that these safeguards are simply insufficient

Politics

Assam Assembly Election 2021: Congress not a divided house, will defeat BJP this time, says Pradyut Bordoloi

The BJP has in fact gone into a new low in their political narrative which is fundamentally against the Assamese ethos, says Congress leader and MP Pradyut Bordoloi

Politics

Assam Assembly Election 2021: Strong regionalism, and not polls, is key to survival of Assamese sub-nationalism

In the emotion of Assamese sub-nationalism thrives regionalism for Assam, and it is for the community — and neither AJP nor Raijor Dal or anyone else — to decide what future course it seeks for itself

Politics

Assam Assembly Election 2021: BJP manifesto silence on CAA, Clause 6 ploy ahead of first round

BJP is a lethal force in contemporary India's political landscape but it is careful enough not to walk through a minefield

Politics

Assam Assembly Election 2021: As Raijor Dal and AJP 'friendlies' near, time will tell if disaster or masterstroke

Although the election is an opportunity for these parties to prove their political mettle, the run-up to the poll has already been filled with myriad confusions, claims, accusations and questionable tactics

Politics

Assam Assembly Election 2021: Fissures in Raijor Dal as 'secret' Congress role in Jorhat, Mariani emerges

The chaos and confusion within Raijor Dal in Jorhat and elsewhere has brought back the importance of the tenets of discipline, transparency and no holds barred communication in the functioning of a political party

Politics

Assam Assembly Election 2021: Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, a mediocre politician, but student leader par excellence

Compared to the fiery beginning that he made in 1979 as a student leader, Mahanta's political career however has waned away in a depressing fashion

India

Assam's Lower Subansiri hydel project can learn lessons from Tapovan Vishnugad disaster

From the beginning itself, the Lower Subansiri hydropower project has been engulfed in controversies with serious flaws being pointed out to its design and structure by various experts and panels

India

Tragedy at Tapovan Vishnugad hydel project: Understanding hydrology, geology of Himalayas is need of the hour

Despite the high-risk and its capital-intensive nature, India's attraction for hydroelectric power has never ceased to exist

Politics

Tarun Gogoi dies at 86: Assam's shrewd and smiling statesman politician was unflinching till the end

Tarun Gogoi's smile was his schtick in politics that gave the feeling of mejor amigo to everyone but it never made him a milquetoast.

Politics

US Election 2020: No candidate can declare results, everyone must respect sanctity of vote, says ex-CEC VS Sampath

India has to learn not only from its own experience but also from the experience of others like for example postal balloting and how we can liberalise it since there is an increasing demand for it for various reasons, says Sampath.

India

Atmanirbhar in defence: India must battle demons within before tackling external threats

Even if the industry bites the bullet and agrees to go full throttle on defence manufacturing, the lack of transparency from the government corridor will hardly instil confidence in the private sector.

India

Ambala, Hasimara Rafale bases strategically selected to address Pakistan and China, optimise limited resources

It is important to keep in mind that these Rafale squadrons are only filling the gaps and not an addition to the sanctioned IAF strength.

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.