India-Myanmar Relations – From past to present scenario

India-Myanmar Relations – From past to present scenario

With the conquest of Assam in 1821, the Burmese came close to British Indian territories. The Assamese nobilities took refuge in British territories and sought their help to expel the Burmese from Assam. But the Burmese ambition to capture more English territories led to the first Anglo-Burmese war in 1824. The Burmese were defeated and […]

The India-Bangladesh Relationships – Lookback and Reality Check

The India-Bangladesh Relationships – Lookback and Reality Check

Differences of opinion between the Congress leaders Nehru and Patel with the Muslim League leaders Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan led to the division of British India. The 1947 partition of British India along communal lines drawn by Cyril Radcliffe created India and Pakistan. The division done in a hurry under Viceroy Lord Louis Mountbatten […]

Contemporary Analysis on India-China relationship

Contemporary Analysis on India-China relationship

Whenever the Prime Minister or the President of India visits Arunachal Pradesh, China reiterates its historical claim over the territory which it had named as South Tibet, that constitutes the areas of Monyal, Loyal and Lower Tsayal. When President Pranab Mukherjee visited the state on 29th Nov, Beijing reacted in a similar manner. The President […]

Armed Forces Special Powers Act – Challenge to Democracy

Armed Forces Special Powers Act – Challenge to Democracy

The Indian Constitution which came into force on 26th January 1950 guaranteed the Right to Life and the Equality before Law to the people of India along with social, economic and political justice, freedom of thought and expression on which Indian democracy thrives. These pillars of democracy on which India claims to be the largest […]

Bihu, Bollywood & ULFA

Bihu, Bollywood & ULFA

Just on the eve of Bohag Bihu i.e. on 10th April ULFA had issued a statement requesting the Bihu Organizing Committees and the artists of Assam not to stage or sing Bollywood Hindi songs for seven days of Bihu celebration. The request was accepted by all the artists of Assam except Zubeen Garg, a popular […]

Asom Sahitya Sabha – A contemporary Analysis

Asom Sahitya Sabha – A contemporary Analysis

In 1888, a group of Assamese students studying in Calcutta, then the capital of Colonial India founded the Asomiya Bhasa Unnati Sadhini Sabha to develop the Assamese language and literature. Since there were no colleges in Assam at that time, a few Assamese students who could financially afford went to Calcutta for higher studies. Lakhminath Bezbarua, […]

The Foreingners issue in Assam

The Foreingners issue in Assam

The Ahom rulers of Assam were very suspicious about any foreigner entering the country. Even trade outside Assam was not encouraged. Assam was a closely guarded country. Immigration began only after the annexation of Assam in 1826. The British considered the sparsely populated country as a land frontier and large scale immigration was encouraged by them from […]

Ethno–Exclusive politics affecting Assam

Ethno–Exclusive politics affecting Assam

The BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District) clashes started when forest officials tried to evict some migrant Bengali Muslims from a burial ground at the edge of a reserve forest in Kokrajhar district. On 29th May, ABMSU (All Bodoland Minority Students Union) called for a bandh in Kokrajhar town. On July 6th, two ABMSU members were […]

The Human Rights Movement and Parag Kumar Das

The Human Rights Movement and Parag Kumar Das

When we turn the pages of history, we find people who used the pen and others who believed in the sword/gun to change society for the benefit of mankind. Gandhi, the father of the nation believed in non-violence and used the pen to fight British imperialism. Likewise Parag Kumar Das, who initiated the Human Rights […]