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Flood Resistant Rice: Assam’s Gift to Farmers

Amarjyoti Borah Two flood resistant varieties of rice developed by agriculture scientists in Assam have brought cheers to flood affected farmers as these are able to withstand flood and water logging and still give good yield. The two rice varieties– Ranjit Sub-1 and Bahadur Sub-1, have been developed by scientists at the Regional Agricultural Research […]

M K Venu – The New Media Disruption

M K Venu- The New Media Disruption: How news consumption has changed M.K. Venu, the partner and Founding Editor of The Wire, a not for profit multimedia internet platform for news speaks to the students of the Jindal School of Journalism and Communication on the change in pattern of news consumption. Muskan Mascharak- What is […]


I believe you O’ man with the gun you were scared of the pen-wielding woman and had to use your gun to silence her.   I believe you O’ man with the gun the man, with a stone in his hand, you shot could have killed you had you not acted on the spur.   […]


After a violent summer, there’s a smidgeon of cheerful news from Kashmir. A brand-new postgraduate programme is not only offering exciting careers to students but as writer-editor Catriona Childdiscovers, it is also revealing the idyllic prehistory of the Valley and its importance in the early development of agriculture. Archaeologists cleaning prehistoric artefacts from the Kashmir […]

You Are Fired

Newspapers are cutting jobs in India to bypass mandatory wages, directed by the Supreme Court. Suruchi Mazumdar who teaches journalism in O P Jindal Global University takes a deep dive at why are journalists suddenly losing jobs in India’s growing print sector? In February this year, Biswajit Roy, a special correspondent with The Telegraph, eastern India’s leading English […]

Assam Again Under Water

While natural disasters like flood affect millions, relief and rehabilitation measures very often ignore the long-term impact on people and the society. Amarjyoti Borah visits Morigaon in Assam to find out how people have been paralysed by a vicious cycle of debt even as they battle the current wave of flood. For Babulal Bordoloi, his […]

RPD Act 2016: The New Disability Certificate is A Step Forward

The new RPD Act is a big advance over the 1995 Act but the battle now is for its implementation. And the going will be tough says Muralidharan & Shampa Sengupta who work with the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled Joyanta Mondal ran from pillar to post to get a disability certificate […]

Port Blair: Town of Statues

In the midst of this persistent Nationalistic project that is present day Port Blair, what are the feelings of the local community? How do they imagine themselves? Filmmaker Jayant Dasgupta chronicles the various degrees of dispossession by ‘Local Borns’ as against the original Andaman people and how one memory hides another. On landing at the […]

Rabindra Sarobar and Chhat Puja

Administration forces the National Green Tribunal to allow Chhat puja in Kolkata’s National Lake Rabindra Sarobar despite its initial order to ban the puja in the lake. This episode once again exposes that environmental concerns always take a backseat to the popular demands, reports Sambit Pal. (Image Courtesy : Indranil Chatterjee) Around 2005, an environmental activist in […]

Bengal Burning

Nearly a dozen incidents of communal violence have rocked West Bengal during  Vijaya Dasami and Muharram. What’s causing these incidents and why is the mainstream media in the state and the government trying to downplay it? Are Right wing forces taking root? Sambit Pal reports from Howrah and Naihati and argues that Bengal’s claim of […]

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