Namami Brahmaputra: Rains, Hindutva controversy inundate Assam festival

There is a perception that this festival was imposed on the people of Assam at the behest of some forces from outside the state. Many people also seem to have felt left out be it the tribals, Christians or the Muslims. Even the act of importing priests from Haridwar to worship the river has not gone down well

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Assam Election Results: Challenges to Pluralist Ethos

This time around (2016 Elections) BJP has managed to come to power in Assam, though as a coalition with its allies. Its vote share this time came down to 29.5% from the earlier 36.5% (2014); still because of the strategically stitched alliances it beat the Congress in the number of seats won. BJP election appeal…

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Ambivalence of Citizenship in Assam

  Anupama Roy (royanupama07@gmail.com) is with the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The process of identifying “citizens” through the preparation of the National Register of Citizens for Assam, coupled with changes in the Citizenship Act, 1955 that apply specifically to Assam and allow for a “hyphenated” citizenship– “Indian” and “Assamese”–continues to…

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