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  • Title: Newsletter : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Category: Newsletter.. | November 10, 2013 |.. C-NES Newsletter (January March 2013).. | April 10, 2013 |.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 21) (For the quarter January – March 2013) Editorial A Messy Democracy: Burma’s challenges The unraveling of ethnic strife in neighbouring Myuanmar or Burma as some of us would prefer to call it but especially the sharp escalation of anti-Muslim violence, first, against the Rohingyas or Muslims of the Arakan [ ].. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 20).. | January 16, 2013 |.. (For the quarter October – December 2012) Editorial By the Brahmaputra : The North-east must fashion the Burma Road At a recent discussion on Myanmar, where several senior Burmese civil society figures participated, a number of ‘real issues’ came up.. One was the puzzlement of those from that country about the so-called ‘Look East Policy’ [ ].. By the Brahmaputra (April – June, 2012).. | July 15, 2012 |.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 18) C-NES Newsletter (For the quarter April – June 2012) Editorial By the Brahmaputra A question of trust, equality – force Centre to share facts about water Perhaps ‘In the Brahmaputra” or ‘On the Brahmaputra’ may be the more appropriate title for this week’s column and perhaps for the next [ ].. C-NES Newsletter (January March 2012).. | April 22, 2012 |.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 17) C-NES Newsletter (For  ...   quick [ ].. By the Brahmaputra (Vol:15).. | October 3, 2011 |.. C-NES Newsletter (For the quarter July – September 2011) Editorial Sikkim Quake is Wake Up call The earthquake in Sikkim and the sheer terror and sense of helplessness that it inspired among the victims as well as those who have been trying to rescue them and document/report on event is a grim reminder of the [ ].. By the Brahmaputra (Vol :14).. | July 14, 2011 |.. C-NES Newsletter (For the quarter April – June 2011) Editorial Delhi needs to follow Gogoi’s lead The Assam Chief Minister, cruising on his massive mandate in the recent Assembly elections, is wasting no time in getting down to business.. In a flurry of activity, Tarun Gogoi has, these past days, instructed members of his Cabinet [ ].. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 13).. | April 9, 2011 |.. January-March 2011.. By the Brahmaputra: (Vol: 12).. | January 8, 2011 |.. C-NES Newsletter.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 11).. | October 17, 2010 |.. C-NES Newsletter (For the quarter July Sep 2010) Editorial Mainland Discourse: The media ignores basic facts about the Northeast, J K in its insurgency chatter Across India, there is a bonding of searing pain, especially in its northern and eastern peripheries.. The hurt and tumult envelops families and communities in a shroud of despair, whether [ ]..

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  • Title: Statements : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Category: Statements.. President Kalam at the Ship of Hope Exhibit IDM 2007.. | June 7, 2007 |.. New Delhi On 28 May 2007 the President of India H.. E.. Dr.. APJ Abdul Kalam, inaugurated the India Development Marketplace 2007 (IDM 2007) organized by the World Bank in New Delhi.. He visited a number of exhibits and spent time at the Ships of Hope in a Valley of Flood stall of the Centre [ ].. Mumbai business to back NE opportunities.. | January 16, 2005 |.. Mumbai, January 16 Representatives of industry and business in Mumbai, the country s financial capital, encouraged by recent steps to promote investment in the North-east of India have agreed to try and boost  ...   for tribals is indeed overdue.. But it would be a huge mistake if the Central Government seeks to assimilate and mainstream ST communities.. This is a clear contradiction: you cannot assimilate groups (in this case a larger group is seeking to ?bring STs into the mainstream? without destroying their distinct culture.. Riverlinking: Demand for government-public dialogue.. | November 30, 2003 |.. Guwahati, November 30: The Union Government s proposal to link the rivers of India needs to be connected with livelihood generation and greater dialogue with stakeholders as well as deeper research cutting across sectors such as environment, social and economic conditions, participants at a seminar on the issue said today.. They cautioned against large scale interventions [ ]..

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  • Title: News You Can Use : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Category: News You Can Use.. | December 6, 2013 |.. | November 28, 2013 |.. | October 25, 2013 |.. | October 19, 2013 |.. | October 2, 2013 |.. | September 8, 2013 |.. Too many pieces to this puzzle.. | September 2, 2013 |..  ...   ill-prepared State government have allowed full play to the multitude of separatist movements in Assam The Congress Working Committee’s decision to create Telangana has set off seismic activity on the political front, not least in Andhra Pradesh — tremors which are rocking many parts of [ ]..

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  • Title: Photos : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Workshop on ‘Conflicts in the Northeast: Internal and External Effects’.. July 27, 2010, New Delhi.. Sanjoy Hazarika at Tufts University, USA.. Akha.. Events.. Akha Vactination Program.. Northeast.. Like this:.. Like.. Loading.. %d.. bloggers like this:..

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  • Title: IUCD insertion camp held at Kochudola and Jogighopa ghat on 29th of October-2013 : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: 30 o clock at Jogighopa.. Our main target were women who have two or three children and who are eligible as per IUCD norms.. We had given the responsibility to ASHAs, AWWs and village leaders to bring the beneficiaries to camp site; the beneficiaries had been motivated by the Boat Clinic team.. ASHA and beneficiaries came by Boat and local vehicles to the camp sites.. The expected number of beneficiaries was 20 but ultimately 16 benefited from IUCDs.. District Family Planning Coordinator (DFPC) Miss.. Christina Kalokhe Iswari and District Media Expert Chandra Rava visited the camp site.. Strategies’ of the camp:.. A.. CW and FPC have given counselling to beneficiaries about the methods of IUCD sterilization, motivating them to follow few of process of IUCD before insertion like HCG test, Blood Pressure etc and provision or advantages of IUCD like how it works to prevent the birth and its advantages.. Also provided counselling about post insertion period like check-up after three months, always to maintain contact with ASHAs and CWs for any complication.. B.. Concern form fill up by the beneficiaries: The Beneficiaries of IUCD filling  ...   lab.. tech have given all the logistical support and instruments to him to run the camp.. D.. District family Planning coordinator has given counsellng to beneficiaries on family planning and provided information to ASHAs about different incentives and allowances for further encouragement.. E.. Refreshments served to beneficiaries and ASHAs during the camp.. F.. A Boat Clinic Team Photograph after the camp.. Team members:.. Monjur Hussain Mondal, DPO.. Jayanta talukder, Medical Officer.. Shibjyoti Roy , FPC.. Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, Pharmacist.. Ranjanjyoti Baishya, Lab.. Technician.. Mrs.. Manika Talukdar Das, ANM.. Miss Mridula Das, ANM.. Support team.. Satyajit Kalita, Community Worker.. Kabad Hussain, Community Worker.. Shahjahan Ali, Community Worker.. Saddam Hussain , Helper.. Sahadeb Das, cook.. Boat Crew:.. Nazarul Islam.. Sakanur Ali.. Tags:.. featured.. Category.. :.. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to receive more just like it.. Subscribe via RSS Feed.. Leave a Reply.. Click here to cancel reply.. Name.. ( required ).. Email.. ( required; will not be published ).. Website.. If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a.. Gravatar.. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.. Notify me of new posts by email..

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  • Title: Workshop on “Poverty and Funding in the North East : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: The study examines the relationship between central funds flow to the North East states and poverty.. Poverty is multi-dimensional with diverse manifestations and ramification.. It is not only income deprivation but also deprivation in other basic human needs like health care, drinking water and sanitation.. Over 30 participants attended the workshop including the Country Director of the Boll Foundation Dr Axel Harneit Sievers and Gitanjali More,Programme Coordinator, representatives from the media, related government departments, civil society organaizations and C-NES staff including Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika, Dr D.. Das,CEO, Manik Baruah, Associate Programme Manager, Bhaswati Goswami, Communications Officer, Arup Saikia Distrct Programme Officer Boat Clinc Tinsukia, Chandana Borah, Family Planning coordinator and Sangeeta Baruah Programme Assistant.. Sanitation is an issue of human right.. We need to bring in better understanding among public and bring in some behavioral changes”said Managing Trustee C-NES, Sanjoy Hazarika in his opening remarks.. Highlighting the importance of this study he added “Inspite of so much of central funding to North East India(for sanitation and water supply ), reality is that conditions have not improved.. We need to cover the gaps.. With this limited study with limited team( two researchers for each state)and resources we have tried to analyze the effectiveness of policy implementation and the public perception” He thanked the Heinrich Boll Foundation for supporting C-NES in this study.. Introducing his organization as a “Green Political Foundation” in Germany Dr Axel Harneit-Sievers,Country Director,Heinrich Boll Foundation said that “We are interested in North East India’s social and political issues including political dialogue and governance issues and were happy to be working with C-NES in an earlier study as well.. The North East has become the focal point of our work since the last three years.. We have been following this project very closely and hope to learn a lot.. Many of the issues we have here are common throughout India but some of them have a NE flavor and approach.. So the project will help in pointing out to the issues of governance in the region”.. The workshop was chaired by Mr Rajib Sharma ,former Deputy CAG,GOI who congratulated C-NES for choosing this topic which was not “glamorous” but a very important one as water and sanitation play such an an important role in the dignity of human life.. He said that the team has put in a lot of work and needs to be appreciated.. Dr Jayanta Madhab,Economist and C-NES Trustee present at the workshop spoke on how relevant such a study was more so in areas where the organizations boat Clinics operate.. In his presentation Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman, senior researcher of the project highlighted the need to initiate a holistic process for pursuing a sustained campaign of Information Education and Communication(IEC) which will lead to Behavioral Change Communication(BCC ).. He also spoke about the challenges to accountability and transparency in implementation of schemes related to water and sanitation.. When his team went for the project,their purpose ,more than data collection was to  ...   in Morigaon district which puts pressure on basic services.. Jorhat had no traditional open well but had natural springs.. Lack of awareness of government sponsored schemes in the water and sanitation sector was equally responsible along with the lack of coordination between village headmen and members of the Panchayati Raj in their lack of proper implementation.. Some respondents spoke about”agents” cheating them.. Some were so frustrated that in Morigaon, they even threatened to attack the surveyors.. “What has changed for us when we give you so much of our precious time to answer “Some villages in the tea garden sell off materials from Govt schemes to buy alcohol.. Again the community latrines concept introduced in some villages of Morigaon district failed as households which give land to construct kept them locked up.. Again,the many communities that inhabit Assam compete for the various Govt schemes allocation and it is seen that the dominant community often gets access to resources.. Processes such as communitisation initiatives in Nagaland was important where the PHED takes care of the creation of infrastructure for water supply in the communities and then the communities have to take care of the daily upkeep.. Mirza said that community life in NE India is structured and cohesive and is conducive to carry out such community participatory work.. Intra NE learning of best practices needs to be taken forward, he concluded.. Mr A Saha, Executive Engineer PHED said that the number of households having toilets shown in the report was much less than the actual numbers He also said that village level committees and school management committees need to be more proactive in maintaining toilets and water supply systems.. Rushabe Himani from Unicef said that Water and Sanitation should be seen as public health issue and the presentation gave him an overview of the problem and brought out pertinent issues.. He said that community participation was the most important and though IEC there is a need to involve communities and motivating them with incentives to bring about desired change in community behavior.. He spoke about the need to have community relief centres built so that schools were left free for students to carry on with their education.. He also highlighted the importance of positive packaging amongst community.. Senior journalist Samudragupta Kashyap from the Indian Express spoke about how behavior change needs a powerful example.. The panel discussion saw active and vigorous discussions among the panelists and the participants where the Chair Rajib Sharma spoke about the importance of cross checking and cross sharing of information between departments.. Manik Baruah and Chandana Borah from C-NES shared their field experiences on disaster management and relief and woman and child issues respectively and how they were related to water and sanitation.. John D Basumatary from the Kokrajhar based NERSWN shared his organiations work on water and sanitation in riot hit villages in the district supported by OXFAM including components of livelihood and hand washing.. Report by:.. Bhaswati Goswami.. Communications Officer,C-NES..

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  • Title: O’ bideshi bandhu : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Bhupen, who would have turned 87 this year, was remembered in faraway Delhi too, with a tribute concert and a discussion at the India International Centre by columnist Sanjoy Hazarika with Kalpana Lajmi filmmaker and the singer’s longstanding partner.. “I was interested in having a pan-audience knowing about him.. Of course, a lot is known already but he is known more as a singer.. The quality of work that he has done as a reformist, an activist should now be spread,” she says.. As the chairperson of Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust, Kalpana is busy taking Bhupen’s music and ideas to different parts of country.. Perhaps this has taken a toll on the filmmaker, whose last film.. Chingaari.. , starring Mithun Chakraborty and Sushmita Sen, came out seven years ago.. But then again Kalpana, who is a firm believer in the ‘meaningful’ school of cinema, has never had a reputation for being prolific.. “In India, only when you are numerical, loud and big, will everyone notice you.. I have always been a little low key in my personality, I never really projected myself in the way today’s youngsters do,” she says.. Coming from a family of filmmakers (Guru Dutt and Shyam Benegal are her uncles) doubtless gave her access to the world of films, but thereafter Kalpana carved out an identity of her own.. Starting her career with a documentary on D.. N.. Ganguly, an early pioneer of cinema in Bengal, Kalpana moved to feature films with.. Ek Pal.. in 1986.. Her next was.. Rudaali.. in 1993, about the professional mourners of Rajasthan, and was followed by.. Darmiyaan.. ,.. Daman.. and.. Kyon?.. Kalpana also worked intermittently in television, often in association with Bhupen, through serials like.. Lohit Kinare.. Dawn.. Although her films are often women-centric, Kalpana refuses to wear the label of women’s filmmaker, or even that of a woman filmmaker.. “It’s not a simple profession.. You are handling 80 different temperaments in one  ...   geography or the heartbeat of the country.. Unless you go, travel and get creatively aroused nothing will change.. If you are sitting in your ivory towers in your cities, you are way, way away from what is truly India.. Accompanying Bhupen on his travels opened Kalpana up to the realities of the country; and they inevitably found a way into her films.. Even though she has never had the success.. Rudaali.. did, Kalpana says she will continue to make cinema she believes in, no matter how hard it proves.. “I don’t get swayed by failure or success.. No doubt when you are successful it’s a wonderful high but it doesn’t mean, if your work has failed, that you are a failure.. That I learnt from Bhupen, that you have to believe in your creativity, you have to have faith in what you stand for,” she says.. A self-declared workaholic, Kalpana always found it difficult to handle lean periods.. Her cure, which she discovered during Bhupen’s lifetime and continues to use till date, has been to immerse herself in popularising him.. “I truly devoted myself fully to Bhupen’s work.. I took it on as a second option.. It was not just managing his shows.. I started giving a creative format to his shows.. We would travel all over and all the non-Assamese, non-Bengali areas where he would sing, I would narrate the incident that made him write the particular song… I spent 30 years with him having his programmes done abroad, across the United States, the U.. K.. , Canada, and he really spread out in those 30 years.. It hurts when people claim that I took him away, commercialised him and whipped him till he died.. It wasn’t like that and I will see to it that he is not remembered in musical history as an Assamese.. He has to go down as one of the greats of the world.. http://www.. thehindu.. com/features/cinema/o-bideshi-bandhu/article5131546.. ece..

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  • Title: C-NES Newsletter (April-June 2013) : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: By the Brahmaputra (Vol 22).. (For the quarter April – June 2013).. Editorial.. The Outsider Syndrome: ‘Us’ and ‘Them’.. To say that the news from Meghalaya’s Garo Hills is disturbing is to make an understatement.. It reminds one of the bad, dark days in Assam, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, in the Punjab: ordinary workers lined up and shot; others attacked in the dark of night (in a sudden assault by a mob, you can’t identify the assailants).. The trigger was the alleged rape – subsequently described as a molestation of a mentally challenged girl by non-tribals in Tura.. That set off a set of rioting and violence in which at least one person was killed, dozens injured while some 4,000 fled.. A curfew was clamped on Tura, the second largest town of Meghalaya, after Shillong and the bastion of three redoubtable Sangmas, (the late) Capt.. Williamson (arguably the founder of Meghalaya and its first Chief Minister), Purno A (former Speaker of the Lok Sabha and one-time Chief Minister) and Dr.. Mukul , the current Chief Minister.. To make matters worse, most of the victims appear to be members of the ‘minority’ community.. With the departure of thousands of non-tribals from Tura, the town’s markets have all but shut, the supply of dry fish, a Garo staple, has vanished, vegetable prices have sky-rocketed (onions selling at Rs.. 80/ per kilo, I am told) and construction workers who build the houses, shops and roads as well as domestic workers too have left.. Over the past years, extortion by armed groups has become extensive.. A complex but functional society, a quiet land where people are calm, gracious and hospitable, where they have for long lived and worked together has been disrupted, again.. It will take weeks, perhaps months, for the situation to limp back to a real peace and a real normalcy and for those who have fled to return.. Some of those who have been wounded may not come back; they may be too frightened by their experience.. Those who are to blame for the assault on the girl must be dealt with the full force of the law.. But the moment that people take the law into their own hands, fuelling ethnic and religious tensions, the situation goes out of control.. Obviously, these problems have been building up for some time.. I recalled the report of an effort to molest a handicapped girl over a month ago in Tura.. This followed the series of horrific rape incidents, one when over a dozen youths (many of them juvenile) raped a school girl elsewhere in the Garo Hills; the case is in the courts.. Then the alleged molestation and rape of two sisters by Nurul Islam, a police inspector, in Ampati town; the incidents took place first in the police station and at their home, according to officials.. Islam apparently escaped or was allowed to flee by his subordinates when he was taken to Tura after crowds in Ampati bayed for his blood.. But now, as suspicion, anger and mistrust grows – let us remember that ill-will does not grow on one side alone.. The other side also exists; those from the ‘other’ have feelings, families, friends.. They would also nurse grievances and bitterness.. They will be sharing their stories.. Some may be nursing other feelings too: of retaliation and revenge.. This is important to nip in the bud.. Otherwise the cycle of violence will go on and on.. We need to recognize that the ‘other’ community or person transforms into a ‘local’ or part of their home community when they move across boundaries of nation, state and district to their own locations.. What would happen if the districts adjoining Meghalaya decided to call for a.. rasta roko.. chakka jam.. for a week? How, then, would people manage on either side?.. Business on both sides, the lives of ordinary people on either side especially the daily wage earners, would be hurt; those needing medical attention, or to go to educational institutions or to go to jobs, would not be able to make it.. One recalls the nearly six-month road blockade of Manipur by Naga groups, aided by the Nagaland Government, when the redoubtable Th Muivah, leader of the NSCN (i-M) was prevented from visiting his home in Ukhrul by the government in Imphal.. Prices of consumer items skyrocketed but the Meiteis managed because they grew their own rice and vegetables and other staples.. More recently there’s the example of the confrontation in Golaghat district between Nagaland and Assam over a border dispute when an Assamese farmer was killed.. These incidents as well as the displacement of Rengma Nagas from Karbi Anglong following an alleged ‘quit notice’ issued by an armed group, the Karbi Peoples’ Liberation Tigers (KPLT) should also give us cause to ponder on a few issues which affect us regularly.. Residents of at least two Rengma villages have moved to a relief camp at Chokihola near the Golaghat border.. But what is striking about this situation is that the KPLT has denied issuing any such threat.. So, did people leave out of fear or because a rumour had been fuelled? In addition, the Morung Express of Dimapur writes that the area is so isolated and the people so poor that “they have no mobile phone coverage and no electricity and the 25-kilometer or so of road to Tseguchangri from the nearest police outpost – Chokihola police station – takes more than three hours by car.. It is worth asking our MLAs and state Ministers from that district why these conditions exist and have been tolerated for so long? We should remember that the longer such inequity persists, the greater and swifter the lurch towards radicalization; the Maoists will find such territory readymade for their lethal brew.. There’s no point blaming them or others if conditions worsen; they would have only taken advantage of conditions manufactured for them by the failure of government, governance and political institutions.. What have the elected representatives and the government officials done about it? What are the plans to improve the situation? Is there a deadline? If so, what is it? What has especially the Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council, which has been in place for decades, done, especially with the extensive Central funds it receives?.. We live in a time when not a day passes without charges being hurled about by one political party or organization against other groups, be they of a different ethnic hue or ideology, Bangladeshis, illegal immigrants and aliens.. And just when one situation seems to improve in our complex land, there’s a jolt and a new set of issues, conflicts and problems emerge from another area.. These are the indicators of fragile communities, societies and states, when despite the overwhelming presence of force on the side of the Government, it is unable or unknowledgeable to weave in the networks, connections and conversations that make it possible to nip the problems in the bud.. The trouble in the Garo hills is not a series of isolated incidents; they are a reflection of a larger problem facing the North-east and the core of governability, not just governance – these range from the patronage of political biggies to various groups, including the armed factions, of the powerful coal mafia that fuels exploitation of coal, forests and other natural resources and has politicians and officials on their sides.. Settlements with armed groups may be a way forward.. But we have to move beyond the politics of manufactured consent for these represent short-term goals.. They do not resolve the complex problems of ethnicity and land alienation, of identity, boundaries and borders.. For these, we have to delve deeper, involving community leaders, researchers and unprejudiced minds, developing public dialogues and discussions, helping one side to understand and respect the other.. Not by threatening with a mailed fist or by bowing on bent knee.. Sanjoy Hazarika.. Managing Trustee.. (From his regular column in the Assam Tribune published on 26.. th.. June, 2013).. Screening of “Where there are no roads”.. Sanjoy Hazarika (back to camera) interacting with the audience post screening at Shillong’s State Central Library Hall.. CEO, C-NES Dr Dipankar Das speaking before the screening at Guwahati while Sanjoy Hazarika and Maulee Senapati, the Director listen.. A group photograph post screening.. The audience at Jorhat’s JB College auditorium.. Queries from the audience after past screening at Guwahati.. The Joint Director Health Service addressing the gathering at the screening at Tezpur.. The Dibrugarh screening at DRDA Training Hall.. After an overwhelming response at Delhi, C-NES’ documentary Where there are no roads on the Boat Clinics of the Brahmaputra was screened at various other places in the region with an equally good response twice at Guwahati on 24.. May 2013 at Jyoti Chitabon Studio and on 6.. June 2013 at the State Museum Auditorium, at Shillong’s State Central Library hall on 8.. June, at Jorhats JB College auditorium on 17.. June, at Dibrugarh’s DRDA hall on 19.. June and at Sonitpur districts IMA hall at Tezpur the 28th June 2013.. Government officials and writers, film makers, scholars, health professionals and students were present at the screenings along with C-NES’ district boat clinic teams from the respective units- who take health services to the last mile.. Later this month the film will be screened at Vienna and London where the Director and Managing Trustee C-NES will be present and interact with the audience.. Maulee Senapati is the Director and Cinematographer while Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee of C-NES and founder director of the Centre for NE Studies and Policy Research in Jamia Millia Islamia, is the producer and script-writer.. The film is about a unique experiment, a major innovative health campaign that reaches some of the most marginalized and poorest communities who live on hundreds of inaccessible islands, called saporis, on the river Brahmaputra.. Radio Brahmaputra Stakeholders meeting.. Stake holders meeting on Brahmaputra Community Radio Station.. At Dibrugarh the screening of “Where There Are No Roads” on 19.. June, 2013 preceded a stakeholders meeting on C-NES’ Brahmaputra Community Radio Station supported by UNICEF.. The role of Community Radio in various developmental sectors Health, Education, Financial literacy and cultural activities were analyzed.. Panelists from these sectors shared their thoughts.. Bishnu Ram Das, Associate Professor of Community Medicine, AMC H opined that massages of preventive health care can be effectively disseminated to the people through the community radio station.. Mr.. Mukul Kachari, district lead bank manager, UBI, Dibrugarh spoke about how the station can link up excluded rural communities with main stream financial services.. Renowned cultural activist Mr.. Ashim Sarma spoke about how community radio can be a tool for archiving the disappearing cultural elements of endangered ethnic groups.. World Bank Officials visits Health camp.. Michael Hanley, Chief of Operations for World Bank in India on board the Boat Clinic with Programme Manager Ashok Rao.. (From right)Onno Ruhl, head of the World Bank in India and,Sona Thakur Communications Officer, World Bank India with Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika having breakfast on board the Boat Clinic.. Onno Ruhl, Michael Hanley and Sanjoy Hazarika exchanging ideas and thoughts while at the island.. Ruhl takes a photo of the camp in progress at the pre-primary school.. He said that not only was it an encouraging experience but he was struck by the efficiency of the unit and community acceptance of programs.. Mr Onno Ruhl, Head of the World Bank in India and Michael Hanley, Chief of Operations for the Bank in India, accompanied the Kamrup Boat Clinic unit on 6th June 2013 to a health camp at Bhakuamari char to observe the unique work of Boat Clinic in Assam among the island dwellers of the Brahmaputra.. Bhakuamari Char/island under Chaygaon Block of Kamrup (rural) district has a population of around 2000 people mostly engaged in agriculture and cattle rearing.. The Managing Trustee C-NES Mr Sanjoy Hazarika, CEO Dr Dipankar Das and Programme Manager Mr Ashok Rao accompanied the team.. The camp was held at a pre primary school where the doctor-patient interaction was keenly observed by the international team.. The visitors described the camps as the highlight of their visit to Assam and extensively wrote about it in the social media.. Ruhl said that not  ...   central principle of inclusion.. This brings us to the communities which the mobile boat clinics provide such needed medical services to.. “No man is an island, entire of itself ”I have to wonder if E.. Hemingway ever visited the thousands of islands doting the breadth and width of the Brahmaputra, where the term remote is an understatement.. Extremely isolated geographically, linguistically, economically, politically and technologically would be closer to an accurate description.. These are profoundly resilient, capable, and intelligent communities to whom great admiration is owed.. Now, to observe a situation objectively is one thing.. But if the same situation is observed within the context of a community’s unique cultural perceptions and norms a very different picture appears.. The point being that the challenges faced by these communities, on the utmost periphery of what many of us take for granted as the 21st century, are being eagerly met.. Let us consider the flexibility necessary in adapting to and embracing such profound changes as methods of birth control, family planning, vaccinations and health education to name a few.. And all of this being interfaced between communities and medical teams across differences of language, religion and socio-economic backgrounds.. From one bank of the river travelled a seasoned group of men and women with the intention to help.. On the far bank, they were received by men and women with the readiness and willingness to improve their own well being.. A river of courage.. My deepest gratitude to all of the people with whom it was my honour to share this experience.. The mobile boat clinics, in operation for years and numbering 15 vessel at present, bring healthcare services to a catchment area well in excess of one million men, women and children.. Very often figures are thrown about flippantly, their enormity can be difficult to grasp.. The magnitude of this initiative’s impact is of great significance.. Afterword.. came to know of Professor Sanjoy Hazarika through a former student of his, Dr.. Sanghamitra Choudhury, a Professor at Sikkim University.. Upon hearing of his work and the upcoming screening of the documentary WHERE THERE ARE NO ROADS, I immediately made the necessary rearrangements to my work schedule and headed to Assam, post haste.. Meeting Professor Hazarika for the first time, one gets the sense of a mind both subtle and highly dynamic.. A man who shuns personal praise and focusses the spotlight instead on meaningful action.. In fact, I doubt very much whether Professor Hazarika would approve of the previous statements.. That being said, credit is due.. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr.. Dipankar Das for sharing some of his extensive experiences in remote medicine with me and for his encouragement to meet with the clinic in Marigaon.. A more efficient, professional and welcoming team I have yet to encounter.. John Grotrian.. June 14 2013.. Nurses Training.. The first batch of Facility Integrated Counseling and Testing Centres (FICTC) Nurses Induction Training under Indian Nursing Council(INC) was held at the Regional College of Nursing, Guwahati from 2nd to 4th May 2013.. Sixteen ANMs from the 15 Boat Clinic units of C-NES took part in the training which focused on HIV, AIDS.. The training was residential and intensive.. An earlier training of FICTC nurses on new refresher training module for the C-NES’ GNM nurses took place at the same venue from 7th- 9th March 2013.. Sanjoy Hazarika nominated to NEHU Executive Council.. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt.. of India, Department of Higher Education has conveyed the nomination of Sanjoy Hazarika, in his capacity as Director, Centre for North East Studies Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, to the Executive Council, of NEHU (North Eastern Hill University) by the President of India in terms of the provision laid down under Statute l2(1) (viii) of NEHU, Act.. 1973.. Hazarika is also founder and Managing Trustee of C-NES.. CSE Media Workshop.. Communications Officer Bhaswati Goswami(extreme right) at the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organized media workshop in Guwahati on Air Quality and Sustainable Transportation Challenge.. Next to her is Editor,Shillong Times Patricia Mukhim.. The New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organized a media workshop in Guwahati on Air Quality and Sustainable Transportation Challenge on 9th May 2013.. The national air quality review carried out by CSE shows that the states in the north east region of India are witnessing rapid increase in air pollution and untamed motorization.. They need urgent action to leapfrog vehicle technology, scale up public transport, integrate multi-modal transport options, and encourage car restraint, walking and cycling.. The workshop was organised to find solutions to the daunting air pollution and mobility challenges facing urban centres in the region.. This was a part of the dialogue series that CSE has initiated across the country to focus on region-specific solutions of local relevance and interest.. C-NES’ Communications Officer, Bhaswati Goswami took part at the workshop and shared the findings of the study on impact of air pollution in specific areas of Guwahati and Shillong on vulnerable groups which was conducted by the organization in 2009-2010.. Funded by the Foundation for Social Transformation (FST), the study was released in October, 2011 at the Guwahati Press Club at a press conference and was shared with the media.. The study says that 40 per cent of the respondents comprised schoolchildren who invariably complained of respiratory, skin and eye problems, mostly attributed to vehicular pollution.. Khanapara (Guwahati) and Police Bazaar (Shillong) topped the list of the most air-polluted areas of the respective cities.. The welcome remarks at the workshop were delivered by Souparno Banerjee, Programme Director, Media Resource CSE while Anumita Roychowdhury, Executive Director, CSE spoke on air quality and mobility management.. The panel discussion on air pollution and mobility crisis in north eastern region with chair person Anumita Roychowdhury included the Chairman of the Pollution Control Board, Assam, Joyjeet Choudhuri, Deputy Manager,Marketing,Tripura Natural Gas Company Limited, Agartala, Patricia Mukhim, Editor, Shillong Times, Pradip Kumar Sarmah, founder Rickshaw Bank and Executive Director Centre for Rural Development,Guwahati, Ramananda Wangkheirakpam, President, Manipur Cycle Club, Imphal who spoke on cycling initiatives in India and Bhaswati Goswami, C-NES.. Ms Roychoudhury expressed keenness on a future joint CSE-C-NES pollution study on the region.. Handcarts distributed.. A handcart thela distribution function was organized for the riverine areas of Bongaigaon by the district Boat Clinic unit on 18th, April-2013 at the Satsobigha L.. P School.. Where roads are very few, access difficult, these light portable carts come in handy for the inhabitants and are also used to transport serious patients and referral cases to the nearest health centres.. The function was presided over by the Joint Director Health Services, Bongaigaon Dr.. N.. Mudai.. Medical officer of Boat Clinic Dr.. Sandeep Dey spoke briefly about the purpose of the distribution.. The DPO Monjur H.. Mondal spoke about the present health scenario in the river islands and how the boat clinic has been facilitating services to these remote marginalized areas and about preventive measures that need to be taken to avoid common illnesses.. Appreciating the service of the Boat Clinic and the dedication of the health team, Dr.. Mudai assured support and cooperation to Boat Clinic from the government department.. Awareness camp.. Community worker C-NES at the awareness session on heat stroke.. Routine awareness sessions are regular features in all Boat Clinic health camps along with health checkups.. The Bongaigaon Boat Clinic held an awareness program on heat stroke at Kochudola on 15th June -2013, with the help of District NRHM and as directed by District Commissioner given the prevailing intensity of heat and extremely uncomfortable weather conditions.. Community worker of Boat Clinic explained about heat stroke, it cause, the symptoms (throbbing headache, Dizziness and light-headedness, lack of sweating despite the heat, muscle weakness and preventive measures which needs to be taken when temperatures are high.. Leaflets on the same were distributed among the people.. Intern from Teri recalls her experience.. JOURNEY ON THE SHIPS OF HOPE….. By: Kaveri Gogoi.. Intern Kaveri Gogoi(left) with Swapna Das, DPO travelling to a health camp with the Barpeta Unit II.. For a student pursuing a Post Graduate degree in Sustainable Development Practice from TERI University, I had the unique opportunity to intern with the Centre for North-East Studies and Policy Research this summer of 2013.. The entire experience allowed me to utilize all the skills and theoretical leanings of class to better identify and address global challenges of poverty, population, health, conservation, climate change and agricultural productivity in a practical manner.. I was delighted to hear from ma’am, Bhaswati Goswami, when she told me that I could join the C- NES Boat Clinic program.. Living in Guwahati, my home town on the banks of the Brahmaputra, I have watched the ebb and rise of the Brahmaputra in different seasons and the effect on the landmass in and around the river.. In the monsoon season, as heavy rains descend on the river, it swells and rises to submerge vast areas of land, often with deadly effect on the human population there and local infrastructure being dislocated.. In the drier season, the flow ebbs and the river gets shallow revealing the enormous volume of silt dumped by the river and is constantly changing the surrounding landmass.. The combined destruction resulting from successive floods and siltation almost every year by the Brahmaputra has eliminated nearly all efforts for the delivery of services that would provide the basic needs like electricity, running water, education and healthcare to the inhabitants of the villages on the chars/saporis or river islands.. The negative impact upon these secluded communities has been tremendous.. When I was told that I would be working in the Saporis/Chars of Lakhimpur and Barpeta, I had a very different picture in mind.. I expected them to be similar to the villages of the mainland.. But the moment I set foot in the first Sapori/Char of Lakhimpur, all my preconceived notions about them changed.. I was amazed to see such greenery around and suddenly I was transported to a world away from the usual hustle and bustle of modern day life.. In this short span of two weeks, I saw an Assam which went beyond the lush green tea gardens and oil fields for which it is so well known; an Assam which I never knew existed.. Medicines being dispensed to the beneficiaries from the Boat Clinic at Barpeta.. The river being the only way in which these islands are physically connected to the rest of the world, one seldom sees any outsiders in these villages.. I, being a new face for the people there, got different reactions from them- some excited, while others curious, and a few even sceptical about my presence there.. They had many questions about me and why I was there.. On the whole, the people were very warm and welcoming.. A very peculiar phenomenon which I saw in Lakhimpur was the least dependence on outside markets for goods.. At an age where even drinking water can be bought, the people in these islands make almost everything they need by themselves, starting from the utensils they use to the clothes which they wear.. It is only the basic things such as salt, which they buy from the weekly haat.. Life in these Saporis/chars is not easy.. Monsoon floods have become a part of life here which prevents them from leading a sedentary life.. Starting from the kind of houses they live in to the number of belongings they have at home reflect the nomadic life they lead.. Even though the people here have learned to cope with floods, such lifestyle has huge setbacks for the people, especially children.. The continuous migration hinders the healthy growth of children both physically and mentally.. It is difficult to keep moving from one place to another and start life afresh every time their houses and fields are washed away by the river.. But despite all the difficulties faced by the people, they have not stopped fighting.. Instead they have found ways to survive such hard circumstances.. And that is what this entire experience with the boat clinic has taught me: to value the undying spirit of human nature to overcome problems and to never stop fighting..

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  • Title: Screening of “Where There Are No Roads” at Jorhat : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: The screening of Where There Are No Roads at Jorhat s JB College Auditorium on June 17 was attended by over 100 people- students, health and district officials,homemakers and academicians, followed by a vigorous question and answer session afterwards with Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika, District Programme Officer, Boat Clinic Unit Jorhat, Riturekah Baruah, State Family Planning Coordinator Chandana Borah and Programme Manager Ashok Rao..

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  • Title: World Bank team visits Boat Clinic camp : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Bhakuamari under Chaygaon Block of Kamrup (rural) distric, has a population of around 2000 people mostly engaged in agriculture and cattle rearing..

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