While the state BJP president has justified the move as an attempt at integrating Assam into mainstream India, student bodies and several others see it as a way of suppressing sub-nationalism and spreading the Hindutva agenda.
The man the BJP once described as a ‘key suspect’ in the Louis Berger case is now a senior minister in its own government.
Punitive population control measures will likely have an adverse impact on the state’s vulnerable groups – migrants, religious minorities and a blend of the two, migrants who are Bengali Muslims.
R. Rajamarthandan was suspended on April 5, on charges of having given away “classified” information while responding to an RTI application inquiring about the sensational Silapathar case.
Governor Najma Heptullah invited the BJP to form a government in Manipur under N. Biren Singh, with the swearing in scheduled for March 15 afternoon.
Law and order concerns were raised and Section 144 imposed after protesters, led by a Bengali group demanding citizenship for Hindu Bangladeshis, vandalised an All Assam Students’ Union office.
The Metropolis-Urban Winter Festival in Guwahati was shut down abruptly with insufficient explanation after a minister tweeted his objection.
The move to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus is aimed at polarising the state and diverting attention from the lack of development.
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India buys six times the merchandise it sells to China, which is its largest trade partner.
Two protestors were killed while villagers demonstrated against an eviction drive in Nagaon, Assam and demanded compensation and rehabilitation.
At least 12 civilians have been killed in a terror attack by a group of heavily armed militants, one of whom was killed during a gun battle with security forces.
The amount paid to the chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, is only a small part of the Rs 10,000 crore sought by him from the Centre to meet the committed liabilities that he inherited from the Gogoi government.
Arunachal acting Governor Tathagata Roy skipped the swearing in ceremony of Khandu’s Cabinet ministers scheduled for Wednesday; NCP alleges conspiracy by the BJP to “yet again destabilize an elected government”
The RSS is riding high on the success of a Muslim student in Assam’s high school examination, but supporting the Hindutva agenda may not resonate with a large number of Muslims.
BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav discusses the Assam elections, Jammu and Kashmir, the party’s strategy and more.
Will NEDA be able to put together enough political will needed to resolve the long pending border issues between the states?
The political reality of the collective bargaining power wielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s two regional allies in the state will always keep it in check.
Gogoi’s poor performance as chief minister, especially in his last term, was a factor but there is no doubt that communal polarisation was the trump card BJP leaders used – even if not openly. The effects of this are not likely to be transient.
Strong anti-incumbency against the Tarun Gogoi government aside, what the Congress failed to address was the shift of the ethnic Assamese voters from their cultural and linguistic identity to a religion-based one.
The latest assembly election results– Assam to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kerala to the Left, and the return of Mamata Banerjee and J. Jayalalithaa in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu – can hardly be considered a “referendum” on the performance of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre […]
As the Assam elections come to an end, a separate state for the Bodos remains a dream, contested by local politics and cold-shouldered by the Centre.
With no traditional base in Assam, the BJP is cleverly wooing Assamese voters by reviving the strong anti immigrant sentiments that marked the 1980s.
As 72,000 more people in Assam join the ranks of ‘declared foreigners’ on the eve of the state’s elections, the issue of ‘illegal foreigners’ has reared its head once again, leaving the fate of the Bengali community of the Barak Valley – both Hindu and Muslim – uncertain.
Slain student leader Sourab Bora’s brother hopes the ULFA’s statement will revive the court case into his murder.
After 15 years of Congress rule, the people of Assam appear to want a change. But will this mean victory for the BJP or simply a jolt for Tarun Gogoi and his party in the upcoming state elections?
In conversation with The Wire, Akhil Gogoi talks about the Assam elections, student politics, the accusation of being a Maoist and more
As the BJP and Congress gear up for the forthcoming polls in Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi says the Modi government’s talk about development of the Northeast can’t be squared with his denial of special status to the region
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