articles by Sanjib Kr Baruah

India

Acting East: India's Buddha diplomacy shines once more as Myanmar's air force chief visits, prays at Bodh Gaya

Much more than religion was at play when the air force chief of Myanmar visited Bodh Gaya on Thursday. Located nearby is an Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) where many Myanmarese military officers are being trained.

India

Headless body found near Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati points to prevalence of human sacrifices at centre of tantricism

The Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati is steeped in closely-guarded secrets and on 19 June, that mystery got a fresh twist with the discovery of the headless, semi-naked body of a woman, about 40 years of age

India

AN-32 not first victim of Arunachal's rough weather; difficulty in flying led to region being termed 'graveyard' of planes during WWII

A cargo aircraft like the Indian Air Force's AN-32, laden with supplies and personnel, may suddenly flip or roll, thereby losing control due to the sudden change in wind speeds in the forbidding mountains of Arunachal Pradesh

India

Indian Air Force locates part of missing AN-32 after 8 days: Delay in finding wreckage highlights Arunachal Pradesh's difficult terrain

The real challenge after having zeroed in on a spot where the tail of the missing AN-32 aircraft was suspected to be located in Arunachal Pradesh, lay in reaching the area after combating the inclement weather, the thick jungles, and scaling the forbidding mountains of the region

India

Meting Out Justice to Assam's Poachers

Budheswor Boro lost his right hand in a wild boar attack. That has not deterred him from battling against poachers and convincing Bodos on the need for nature conservation

India

In Narendra Modi government's second innings, India's Act East Policy all set to take on a military colour

Returned to the saddle earlier this month with a massive mandate, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government's second innings is starting off with the according of primacy to the BIMSTEC effort

Politics

Decades of ground work by RSS helped BJP wrest 18 seats in Mamata's fortress, says poll strategist Sunil Deodhar

According to Sunil Deodhar, BJP's poll strategist for West Bengal, the saffron party didn't have to do much as the groundwork has been going on in Bengal for decades by RSS and its affiliates

Politics

Sikkim Assembly election results: Pawan Kumar Chamling's Sikkim Democratic Front eyes up sixth term at helm of state

Often derided for his strong arm tactics, Pawan Kumar Chamling's Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) has ruled Sikkim virtually uncontested and unquestioned for a much larger part of his 25 years in power

India

In West Bengal, Ghani Khan Choudhury’s political heirs may be swept away by BJP's saffron surge

Malda in West Bengal was near synonymous with the name of Abu Barkat Ataur Ghani Khan Choudhury aka ‘Barkatda’

World

India, Myanmar joint military operation in Sagaing may deal crippling blow to NSCN(K), other insurgent groups in North East

The Myanmar Army and Indian Army's joint operation to flush out fighters of the ULFA (Independent), PLA and the UNLF from Myanmar's Sagaing region could serve a crippling blow to insurgency in the North East, including the Naga rebel group NSCN (Khaplang) faction, which has been unwilling to sit for peace talks with the Indian government

Sports

‘LED there be light’ is new sports mantra

Manipur experiences an illuminated revolution in sport as low-consumption LED bulbs become widely available

Politics

Regionalism is passé, says Manipur CM N Biren Singh, claims Modi govt will address concerns of North East in next citizenship bill

In the backdrop of an unprecedented unified protest all over the northeastern states over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in the last few months, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has categorically ruled out any chance of a united regional political formation in the region

India

Pentagon report's map showing PoK as part of Pakistan indicates US' perception of boundaries unchanged since Cold War

If one goes by the Pentagon representation, then there is no dispute between India and Pakistan over that part of Kashmir which is under Pakistan’s control.

Politics

Lok Sabha election: AGP's vacillation on citizenship bill, U-turn on alliance with BJP points to party on road to extinction

Once a regional political powerhouse with Assamese sub-nationalism as its credo and pregnant with immense possibilities for the future, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is a pale shadow of its former self

World

The new Viagra of terror

Churned out by legal and illegal factories from Punjab to Gujarat, painkiller Tramadol has taken the conflict zones of the world by storm

Politics

Subhas Chandra Bose's kin named BJP candidate: Move underlines party's tactical plan to appropriate aggressive nationalism

Subhas Chandra Bose's grand-nephew, Chandra Kumar Bose, was named the BJP candidate to fight the South Kolkata seat, a seat of immense pride and prestige in West Bengal. By doing so, the saffron party has further underlined its tactical plan to lay claim and appropriate the legacies of leaders who exhibited an aggressive brand of nationalism. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri and now Subhas Chandra Bose form part of the plan

India

Manohar Parrikar passes away: Goa CM wore his heart on his sleeve, was known for being meticulous yet colourful

Parrikar wielded the trappings of power and paraphernalia in a manner that was as casual and carefree as his unruly, almost carelessly combed mop of hair.

India

Why India’s deprived still consume hooch

Long ago, the country made a promise to end booze, but 71 years later, only six states prohibit alcohol, in varying degrees