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I am As ‘Indian’ as you Are

The Indian Channel, Sony Entertainment has launched its new promotional ad for the 8th season of its Indian quiz series Kaun Banega Crorepati. (The Indian equivalent of the series ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire”).   The promo features a young girl named Poornima who belongs to the North East along with the host Amitabh Bachchan. When the host quizzes…

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Mothers’ day special: India one of the worst places to be Mom

Today is Mothers’ day. I personally don’t agree with the concept of having a definite day to show our affection/care/love for our mother. For me, rather than making/buying cards, bouquets, flowers and sending them to our mothers, it would be more worthwhile to have a discussion on how our mothers fare. Questions like are we doing enough for our mothers,…

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Neo-liberalism, food security and agriculture laborers in Bangladesh

By Mohammad Shahidullah Food security of agriculture labor    Food security is broadly defined as access by all people at all times to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a healthy and productive life. It depends on availability of food, access to food and utilization of food at national, household and individual level. Food availability at the national…

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Labour Issues in the election Manifestos of AAP, Congress and the BJP

With the 2014 general elections around the corner, all the major political parties have released their manifestos already. This note looks through the election manifestos of the Indian National Congress, Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and the newly emerged Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and highlights the promises that are given by each of these parties with regard to labour issues. Bharatiya…

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Marriage is a strange thing….!!!!

Yes, you heard it right..!!!  It is strange. It is stranger when it is a cross cultural wedding…!!! It generates opinions, comments and advises from many; most of which sometimes might be unwanted. People, who were never bothered about you, suddenly, become your biggest ‘sympathizers’ and start advising you on why you should/should not take that decision, while others just…

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Is the Mising Language on its way to Extinction?

The Mising community of Assam yesterday celebrated its 28th Agom Longe’ (Language Day). It was on this day in 1985, that the Mising language was first recognized by the Assam government. The recognition came after a long struggle and ended with signing of a memorandum with the govt. of Assam that allowed Mising language to be taught in primary schools,…

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A hoax news piece on Assam titled The Assam Rape Festival In India Begins This Week spreads like Wildfire in Social Media

Thanks to social media, today misinformation/information spread faster than ever before. A US based website Nationalreport.net took satire too far and uploaded a news item The Assam Rape Festival in India Begins This Week, mentioning that a certain Annual Rape Festival was being celebrated in Assam-the North eastern state of India. The news obviously was fake and absolutely ridiculous. Soon after…

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