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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.

Elections in North East India

By Ananya S Guha
What however does not augur well for the political future is setting up governments at any cost, although the introduction of terms like ‘facilitator’ have brought in a new idiom of political pragmatism. But hypothetically speaking, if there is a change in the center in the next Parliament elections, will the situation be more fluid? Will ‘horse trading’ come back full circle?

India faces a constitutional crisis

By Ananya S Guha
The external politics of Hindu nationalism is managed by the leader, who gives the impression to the outside world that this India wants peace and amity and is ready to mediate among warring nations. And the rest of the world has been fooled by this discourse.

Ankit Saxena’s murder: Text and context

By Ananya S Guha
Inter-faith marriages have been dubbed as ‘love jihad’. Before Ankit, Afrajul was killed on the pretext of ‘love jihad’. Things concocted to produce hatred become reality, a reality purged of truth. This then becomes the pretext for murder. And this slow poison of hatred gnaws at the innards of an otherwise organic society.