north east

assam fish

By Bikram Bora: Of late I heard about the movements regarding introduction of beef and pork in the menus of universities and the angry opposition against it, from my better aware friends. When I tried to go through the narratives that are written and spoken about the entire thing, I got myself entangled in big, […]
north east Indians

By Waled Aadnan: It has been a couple of weeks since north-east students Loitam Richard and Dana Sangma lost their lives due to alleged cases of racial discrimination. These deaths have sparked off major debates regarding the step-motherly attitude that North-eastern Indians have to face when they leave their region for other parts of their […]
NE student

By Anshul Kumar Pandey: Respected Sir, Yes I used the ‘C’ word. It’s not for ‘coup’ or ‘corruption’ as you may suppose (or may be led to suppose), but it’s the single most common cultural slur used across the nation: chinki. If we have to get rid of this slur, we should not hide it […]

By Hiren Mukherjee: I was the sentinel of the sky, Looking at the sky adorned with Clouds, stars, nebulas, I used to sing for myself. I was twenty or something then. One day, clouds on which stars used to ride, were Crushed to minute grains, the azure star Was snatched by the hand of a […]
mega dam

By Jigish Shah: Arunachal Pradesh is a haven for natural resources. The government has put on various hydroelectric projects in the states to generate electricity and also in preparation to build the biggest hydro plant in the country with a capacity to generate 300 MW per day. The state is going to be dubbed as power […]

By Tanima Banerjee: Everyone knows Anna Hazare, and is fully aware of his anti-corruption campaign against the Lokpal Bill. In fact, I am sure most of us must have personally participated in his fast-unto death protests in Ramlila Maidaan which didn’t stretch beyond a few days. The government acceded to his demands because of the […]
election tweets

As the election results are declared today, 6th March, 2012, YKA Editor Aditi Annapurna tracks popular conversations about the political pageant happening on Twitter. Check out the top tweets below. [View the story “Assembly Election Results Jolt India!” on Storify]

By Soumya M: Our country’s north-eastern states, which consist of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland have been neglected for decades. Physical isolation of the states can be one of the causes for the negligence of these ‘Seven sisters’ as these states are connected to the rest of India by a narrow […]
Members of an armed group in Manipur

By H. Bhavan Meitei: North Eastern States of India, which are home to more than 260 different tribes and speak a number of language and dialects are now witnessing a lot of conflicts and problems. Women are being raped by army personnel, mothers keep waiting for their disappeared sons, children wait for their parents – […]
Manipur students

By H. Bhavan Meitei: When the clock strikes 5 pm, people absorb themselves alone in the darkness. They rush to their houses, elders look for their family members. If some one doesn’t return after sunset, mothers begin to cry, worry heaps upon the family. When dogs bark in the street, people switch-off lights and gather in […]

By Shagun Gupta: For several months now, Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has been campaigning to have the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (or AFSPA) withdrawn from the state. For eleven years now, Irom Sharmila Chanu, social activist from Manipur, has been fasting without fail to have the AFSPA removed from […]
Child Soldiers

By Brototi Roy: A child is the bud that is yet to blossom, a bud that requires the right amount of sunlight, water and nutrients to reach its glory. A child is just like clay, that needs the firm but fair hands of his parents and elders to mold him into responsible adults. A child […]
Irom Chanu

By Shravya Gotur: A couple of weeks back I was watching ‘Real Heroes’ aired on CNN-IBN and was really moved by Binalakshmi Nepram’s acceptance speech focussed on the draconian Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA). In a way then, Anna Hazare’s movement has turned out to be more than just an anti-corruption crusade; It has […]
Irom Sharmila Chanu

By Bikram Bora: Recently, I came across a post somewhere on the internet denoting Irom Sharmila as ‘anti-Indian’ and linking her with ‘naxals’ and ‘Maoists’. Now this has been an interesting development following the not-so-successful protest rally in Delhi demanding the repealing of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and thus bringing an end to the […]
The science center in Kalimpong

By Tarun Vaish: This summer break, I happened to go on a trip to the North-Eastern states of the country. You must have seen pictures and must have heard about the place’s beauty. But let me tell you, you’ll only realize how beautiful it is when you visit it. One thing which I kept thinking was […]
Independence Day YKA

By Waled Aadnan Two years ago, on a wet and gloomy morning, I woke up to the sight of a Tiranga ready to be unfurled at the gate of the hostel I’d recently made my home. The corner stall served the same tea, the streets wore the same look of worldly abandon, the trees still […]
Indian Media YKA

By Danish Khan How many states do we have in our country? 29 including NCR Delhi, 6 Union Territories but for our mainstream Indian media it is not the same. In our media sphere we see and read news related to almost every state but most of the times news from the North-Eastern States are […]
dorjee khandu

By Anshul Tewari: The Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed today that Dorjee Khandu has been killed in a chopper crash, according to a report in The Times Of India. On 30 April 2011 the helicopter carrying Khandu and four other people on a trip from Tawang to Itanagar disappeared. Dorjee Khandu was serving as the Chief Minister […]
Anti Dam Protest

By Devika Mittal: Jawaharlal Nehru had dubbed Dams as the “temples of development”. Major Dam projects had been laid down by the father and the daughter and the mindless construction was to be continued ‘peacefully’ but then came Medha Patkar. Anti-dam movements have highlighted the social and environmental costs of dams which get sidelined in […]

  By Pooja Kalita: Lush green hills to rocky terrains, golden sparkling sand of the desert to white snow-clad mountains, inhabited by wonders of the life-forms characterizes the Indian land, a land which explains biodiversity to the fullest extent. To explain it further I do not think that there would be any other region more […]
irom chanu

By Amritapa Basu: “I am not important for this world, just like a worm that can be crushed.” Irom Sharmila Chanu Anna Hazare fasted for four days and the nation stirred up into action to support his cause. Irom Sharmila Chanu has been fasting for the past 11 years and barely anyone knows about it. […]
karmapa lama

By Aditya Mani: For as long as I can remember, an average day in my life comprises of the following — an involuntary expulsion from the bed initiated by the matriarch/patriarch, dousing the 32 off-whites in a fluoride paste, a pathetic and excessively lethargic attempt at physical exercise, daily ablutions, indulgence in what is universally […]

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