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We May Go For A Post-poll Alliance With Like-Minded Parties: Conrad Sangma

We May Go For A Post-poll Alliance With Like-Minded Parties: Conrad Sangma

Feb 26, 2023

Rooting for the second term, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, the son of former chief minister and Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma, talks to Outlook on the eve of the state elections

Witch Hunting: The Invisible ‘Village’ In Assam

Witch Hunting: The Invisible ‘Village’ In Assam

Feb 26, 2023

In Assam, which has the strictest law against witch hunting, the practice continues. Some of the victims have made a small hamlet in Goalpara district their home. The locals call it Dainigaon—the witch village

Indian Army Officer Confesses To The Murder Of Woman Found Dead On Highway: Assam Police

Indian Army Officer Confesses To The Murder Of Woman Found Dead On Highway: Assam Police

Feb 25, 2023

Lieutenant Colonel Amrinder Singh Walia has been arrested for the murder of a 36-year-old woman with whom he was in a relationship, said Hitesh Chandra Roy, Superintendent of Police of Assam’s Kamrup.

Northeast Polls: Is Meghalaya Looking At Another Shaky Government In The Making?

Northeast Polls: Is Meghalaya Looking At Another Shaky Government In The Making?

Feb 23, 2023

Meghalaya is the state that gave the idea of splitting a five year-term between two political parties in alliance with the toss of a coin and also the only one that once chose a Chief Minister by the draw of lots.

TMC Is A Fraction Of Larger Opposition, Won't Have Any Impact In Meghalaya Polls: CM Conrad Sangma

TMC Is A Fraction Of Larger Opposition, Won't Have Any Impact In Meghalaya Polls: CM Conrad Sangma

Feb 23, 2023

Ahead of the crucial Meghalaya elections on February 27, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma speaks to Outlook on several issues ranging from lagging economic affairs of the state to the challenges faced by his National People's Party in state politics.

1950 Assam Earthquake: Shaking Hills, Swollen Rivers And Perished Homes...

1950 Assam Earthquake: Shaking Hills, Swollen Rivers And Perished Homes...

Feb 22, 2023

A massive earthquake in Assam in 1950 triggered long-lasting damage. The following years saw massive floods of greater intensity than usual. While new areas started getting flooded, some of the flood-prone areas started drying up.

In Poll-bound Meghalaya, Issue Of Illegal Migration Hits TMC

In Poll-bound Meghalaya, Issue Of Illegal Migration Hits TMC

Feb 18, 2023

It was in Assam where the issue of illegal migration has been a poll plank during every election campaign post-India’s independence. Though Meghalaya is also at the receiving end, the issue has not found much space in the electoral debates of the state until now when TMC is contesting as the principal opposition.  

Tripura Elections: Opposition To BJP Brought Congress And CPM Together, But Fears Remain Of Alliance Back-Firing

Tripura Elections: Opposition To BJP Brought Congress And CPM Together, But Fears Remain Of Alliance Back-Firing

Feb 14, 2023

Many voters and Congress supporters have termed the Congress-CPM alliance in Tripura as ‘unholy’. There is a long history of violence between the Congress and CPM as the Congress was the principal Opposition during the 25-year rule of CPM in Tripura.

How Domination Of Two Factions Of The Sangma Family Has Squeezed Political Space In Meghalaya

How Domination Of Two Factions Of The Sangma Family Has Squeezed Political Space In Meghalaya

Feb 10, 2023

While people in the state have been voting for one Sangma or the other in the last two elections, they are not too happy about the fact that two politically powerful factions are practically in charge

How Smaller Parties Look Forward To Be Kingmakers In Nagaland And Meghalaya Elections

How Smaller Parties Look Forward To Be Kingmakers In Nagaland And Meghalaya Elections

Feb 11, 2023

Meghalaya and Nagaland are going to polls on February 27. The counting of votes will take place on March 2 along with the votes polled in Tripura elections. Together, the three North-eastern states are the first of nine states slated to have assembly elections this year, which will set the tone for 2024 general elections.

Why Rat-hole Mining Ban In The Coal Belt Is A Major Election Issue In Meghalaya

Why Rat-hole Mining Ban In The Coal Belt Is A Major Election Issue In Meghalaya

Feb 09, 2023

The upcoming Assembly election is crucial for hundreds of villages in Meghalaya that fall in the coal belt. Thousands of people in the East Jaintia Hills, West Khasi Hills and West Jaintia Hills were dependent on the coal mining deposits found along the Southern fringe of the Shillong plateau.

Northeast Polls: Air Of A Frontier In The Making As Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya Go To Polls

Northeast Polls: Air Of A Frontier In The Making As Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya Go To Polls

Feb 07, 2023

Identity politics, separate statehood demand, non-development, and corruption are the key issues dominating the upcoming elections in the North-eastern states of Nagaland, Tripura, and Meghalaya.

Women In Sports: The Seven Sisters Are Not To Be Subdued

Women In Sports: The Seven Sisters Are Not To Be Subdued

Feb 02, 2023

The northeastern states have produced some of the finest sportswomen. Yet they continue to struggle for amenities

Dispossessing Minorities In The Name Of Homeland Security In Assam

Dispossessing Minorities In The Name Of Homeland Security In Assam

Jan 19, 2023

Eviction and harassment of minority community, who are Muslims of Bengali origin, in Assam continues unabated and unchallenged as the ruling BJP compares its eviction drives as the ‘Last Battle of Saraighat’

'2022 Grew Up On Me Like My Grandmother's Album'

'2022 Grew Up On Me Like My Grandmother's Album'

Dec 31, 2022

The past one year made me realize the importance of a magazine in an era of fast news- the importance of research and analysis amidst the rate race of breaking a news first.

Done For A War Time: Tales Of Separation And Longing Of The Indian Chinese Community

Done For A War Time: Tales Of Separation And Longing Of The Indian Chinese Community

Dec 29, 2022

The 1962 Indo-China war, fought for a month along the Mac Mohan Line across the Tibetan border from October 20 to November 20, changed the lives of thousands of Indian-Chinese people living in Makum for decades and some for more than a century.

Between India And China, A River At The Centre Of Power Politics

Between India And China, A River At The Centre Of Power Politics

Dec 29, 2022

The border dispute and low levels of trust between the two countries has long prevented a water-sharing treaty or a more formalized water management system for the Brahmaputra river, of the sort that exists in the Nile, Mekong, or Danube basins.

Manipur Faces Double Whammy: Illegal Poppy Cultivation And A Thriving Drug Cartel

Manipur Faces Double Whammy: Illegal Poppy Cultivation And A Thriving Drug Cartel

Dec 20, 2022

The fact that Manipur is no longer only the transit route for illegal drugs lies in the white scratches of flowers in the hills. The hill areas, inhabited by Scheduled Tribes are being widely used for poppy cultivation.

Border Dispute In Northeast India: There Is No Winner In Fight For Land

Border Dispute In Northeast India: There Is No Winner In Fight For Land

Dec 13, 2022

Almost all the states of Northeast India are having a certain degree of conflict with their neighbouring state or states as far as borders are concerned. Assam is the state having border disputes with the maximum number of states because four states were carved out of it post Independence.

How Colonial-Era Divisive Policies Continue To Impact Border Disputes In Northeast India  

How Colonial-Era Divisive Policies Continue To Impact Border Disputes In Northeast India  

Dec 12, 2022

The history of Northeast India till 1947 is a history of expansion and alienation by the British that planted the seed for a slew of border disputes among the seven sisters. The haphazard boundary lines drawn by the British for ease of administration dismissed the way communities used to traditionally live during the pre-British era. 

In Love, War And Death: How Hornbill Is Central To Naga Folk Beliefs

In Love, War And Death: How Hornbill Is Central To Naga Folk Beliefs

Dec 10, 2022

In the folklore, myths, rituals and festivals of the indigenous communities, the bird is an embodiment of love, loyalty, longing and bravery and death

Nagaland's Hornbill Festival: An Ecologically Sensitive Festival 

Nagaland's Hornbill Festival: An Ecologically Sensitive Festival 

Dec 10, 2022

The Hornbill Festival in Nagaland is one of the most ecologically aware events in India, instilling that awareness in tourists who come to it

Hornbill Festival: A Site Of Celebration And Contesting Identities

Hornbill Festival: A Site Of Celebration And Contesting Identities

Dec 10, 2022

A scrutiny of Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival, a cultural hotspot that also offers a space for activism and politics

Gujarat Elections: Jignesh Mevani Has An Uphill Task To Retain His Seat

Gujarat Elections: Jignesh Mevani Has An Uphill Task To Retain His Seat

Nov 30, 2022

For the vocal Dalit leader and incumbent MLA from Vadgam constituency, politics is an expansion of his activism and a tool to reach out to the poor and the marginalised with the power of an elected representative

Six Killed In Assam-Meghalaya Border Firing, Border Dispute Talks Feared To Be Impacted

Six Killed In Assam-Meghalaya Border Firing, Border Dispute Talks Feared To Be Impacted

Nov 22, 2022

The Assam Police opened fire in what it says was an act of self-defence and took place when the forest party attempted to stop a truck smuggling timber. The incident occurred in the Mukroh village on the Assam-Meghalaya border.

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