WANDER

An evening across river Brahmaputra

Almost everyone in Assam have an incredible relationship with the river Brahmaputra. The Assamese people love the river. Even the occasional anger and swear words hurled at the river (when it brings floods) are done with a tiny whisper of sorry.  Many a poets have written poems in its appreciation, so have many singers sung its praise. The river forms the lifeline of…

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Trade Unions in India’s Coal Sector goes on Strike  

In what is being touted as one of the biggest industrial action in the last four decades, more than half a million workers of India’s coal sector has gone on a strike in India. Coal India Limited (CIL) has 3.5 lakh permanent workers and 50,000 contract workers, while Singareni Collieries, a subsidiary of CIL has 1.5 lakh permanent and 30,000…

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SOCIAL MEDIA FOR TRADE UNIONS-Article Series

Defining Social Media “Social media” is the broad term given to describe the latest evolution of internet and web based communication platforms which enable users to rapidly connect and interact in a variety of different formats. A social media site is a platform that allows user-generated content to emerge through interactions and collaborations in a virtual community. This contrasts with…

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FROM THE MARGINS

Why I don’t like the Nobel Peace Prize?

Note: This article was written back in 2011 owing to some social media campaigns demanding for Nobel Prize for Irom Sharmila. While I don’t support the demand personally, I also try to describe why the Nobel Peace prize, according to me is nothing to boast of. The opinions expressed here are personal.  Off late, I have witnessed a growing hysteria…

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FROM THE MARGINS

Floods in Dhemaji-A Photo Essay

There is a saying amongst us in Dhemaji. We say, ‘If you want to see floods, come here! if you have never come here then you’ve not seen floods at all..!!!”. Every word of the saying stands true in Dhemaji-perhaps the most flood affected district in India. It would not be an exaggeration to say, the world. Every year, without fail,…

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND TRADE UNIONS IN INDIA-ARTICLE SERIES

PART-1 Understanding and Breaking the Myths about Social Media among Indian Trade Unions Trade Unions, especially in India, are yet to recognize the immense potential of Social media, and have till yet remain increasingly aloof from using it. Most of the use has been limited to either posting pictures or on some occasions, news about the union activities in Facebook.…

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