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The Public Voice: Selection in place of Election?

By Ananya S Guha
Yes, we select not elect. We have selections not elections. We have no political parties but goodwill bodies who will think of the common good not divisively but wisely. Can we do that and subvert tradition, the kind of tradition that has brought money power and crass division in its wake?

Poem: Slices of a hometown

By Ananya S Guha
I cup palms, fold hands 
into a prayer of hope,
that these hills do not turn bestial 
or run away with my trifling, opaque 
dreams of a town which my eyes 
search every day, for change 

The paradoxes of social media spaces

By Ananya S Guha
If internet connectivity through the mobile phone has created wider spaces of information and knowledge, it has also shrunk those spaces in the most harmful of ways. However much we talk about education abetted by technology, e-learning, and online learning, this hasn’t led to a holistic education that can counter hate, prejudice, and bigotry.

Shillong’s Tribal-Punjabi Conflict: A Struggle for Survival

By Ananya S Guha
The penchant of the media to rake this up as a Dalit issue is to politicize it and fit it into the overall politics of the country, where Dalits are attacked in various parts the country. It is not the case in Shillong. It is a local issue over a conflict of interest. It is also not an ethnic clash, because of the same reason.

What ails our perception of North East India?

By Ananya S Guha
A lot of discussion on North East India is focused around questions of politics, identity, society, and even literature. Seminars are held all over the country generating debate and polemics. Many of the seminars and conferences only result in producing books, which publishers from Delhi, eyeing the academic market, take advantage of.

Who is a ‘Citizen’ in Assam?

By Ananya S Guha
By protesting against the Bill, the civil society and social bodies in Assam have expressed their apprehension that it is going to be used mainly to stop Muslim migration. This a very just appropriation of matters, and will certainly take the central government by surprise. The BJP government in Assam might have thought that after the victory in the assembly elections, there would be no reaction.