ID REMEMBRANCE
The Dhemaji tragedy
ID REMEMBRANCE : The Dhemaji tragedy

Parthajit Baruah, director of documentary The Dhemaji Tragedy – An Undefined Chapter, the tragedy that happened on the Independence Day in 2004 talks to Shoma Chatterji.

#Films #Media Interviews #Media
SANITATION & HYGIENE
Slum dwellers in Assam suffer from poor sanitation and hygiene

Sanitary conditions in most of the slum areas in Assam are abysmal. Ignorance about cleanliness, lack of water supply and proper working toilets, absence of covered drainage and sewage, and no action from the local and state government are to be blamed for the mess, reports Nilotpal Bhattacharjee.

#Sanitation #Urban Environment #Health
HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT
Where leopards await human compassion
HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT : Where leopards await human compassion

The lack of awareness about a traditionally peace-loving species, and inadequate safeguards to protect their natural habitats and corridors pose a serious threat to leopards in and around Guwahati.

#Biodiversity #Wildlife #Environment
ART & INNOVATION
Blending theatre with nature
ART & INNOVATION : Blending theatre with nature

In Assam, a unique innovation by a passionate tribal theatre enthusiast succeeds in taking the art from the confines of the auditorium into the lap of nature, creating a near-cosmic experience for the performer as well as the audience. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

#Art #Environment #Society
FOREIGN INFLUX
SC verdict puts the spotlight on Bangla immigrants in Assam

Should foreign immigrants in Assam enjoy Indian citizenship as outlined by the Assam Accord and endorsed by Section 6A of the Citizenship Act? Tanvi Bhatikar reports on a recent court ruling that focuses on these questions.

#Government #Human Rights #Laws
HEALTHCARE FOR THE POOR
Where the boats ferry in good health
HEALTHCARE FOR THE POOR : Where the boats ferry in good health

For the three million plus marginalised people living in Assam's riverine ‘chars’, boat clinics arrive once every month with basic health supplies, services and education. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on this innovative healthcare delivery system.

#Public Health #Health #Poverty
ELECTIONS 2014
NaMo-RaGa brand war drowns out Assam’s cries

The ruling government has seen limited success in some areas, but the state's lingering needs seem to have been forgotten in the war of personalities ahead of the looming parliamentary elections. Ratna Bharali Talukdar has more.

#Elections #Agriculture #Government
RURAL INDUSTRY
Areca nut opens up new horizons for Assamese youth

Eco-friendly disposable plates and bowls made from sheaths of the abundant areca nut plant in rural Assam hold great promise for a lucrative industry with global reach. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on the enterprise.

#Agribusiness #Livelihoods #Economy
TEA CULTIVATION
Big hopes from small tea
TEA CULTIVATION : Big hopes from small tea
The Assamese small tea sector has seen impressive growth over a relatively short span of time, thanks to the efforts of growers and support from the Tea Board. All it needs now is state support to take it to the next level, reports Ratna Bharali Talukdar.
#Livelihoods #Agriculture
LIVELIHOODS
Char dwellers turn to sugarcane, but will it be enough?
A number of families residing in the char areas of Assam have apparently staved off misfortune by taking up sugarcane cultivation, but it may require more than just that to stem the trend of migration and improve living conditions in the region. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.
#Livelihoods #Poverty
TELANGANA AFTERMATH
Why Assam burns again
TELANGANA AFTERMATH : Why Assam burns again
The recent nod to Telangana has led to unrest and violence anew in Assam, where several groups have been struggling for their respective states for decades. Ratna Bharali Talukdar looks at the current situation in the context of the long and checkered movements for statehood in the region.
#Law and Order #Peace #Government
WATER HYACINTH CRAFT
'Pearl of water' transforming lives
WATER HYACINTH CRAFT : 'Pearl of water' transforming lives
An innovative eco-friendly handicraft, developed and promoted by NEDFi, using the abundant water hyacinth has improved the economic conditions of rural artisans and crafts-women in the Northeast and given their lives new meaning Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.
#Livelihoods #Economy #Society
OUT-MIGRATION
Opting out of the chaos
OUT-MIGRATION : Opting out of the chaos
Endless ethnic clashes in the state since the 1990s, coupled with chronic flood and erosion, have triggered large scale migration from Assam to greener pastures outside the state. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.
#Displacement #Human Rights
RELIEF CAMPS
Repeated mistakes in relief efforts

Despite years of conflicts and lakhs of people being housed in relief camps, the Assam government is yet to develop a practical policy of responding to the recurring crises. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

#Displacement #Human Rights #Relief
FLOODED AND HUNGRY
Swallowed by the river
FLOODED AND HUNGRY : Swallowed by the river

Thousands of Mishings find themselves in makeshift homes along the embankments of Majuli island. The river has destroyed more than their lands and homes. Now, their very lives are at risk. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

#Displacement #Food Security #Poverty
  • Population : 35.6 m (2019 est)
  • Area : 78,438 sq.km.
  • Density : 454/sq. km.
  • Sex Ratio : 958 (2011)
  • Child Sex Ratio : 962 (2011)
  • Literacy : 85.90% (2020)
  • Forest Cover : 36.11% (2019)
  • Lok Sabha MPs : 14
  • Rajya Sabha MPs : 7
  • Human Dev. Report (2012)