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  • Title: Sanjoy Hazarika : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Tag: "Sanjoy Hazarika".. | November 28, 2013 |.. In new and old states, where will the poor live?.. | August 14, 2013 |.. In the fresh crisis that is engulfing Assam and other parts of North-east and Eastern India following the Telengana announcement, much angry rhetoric is being spewed.. There is also a lot of defensive posturing by groups opposed to the creation of new states, whether in Assam, West Bengal or elsewhere.. The Karbi Anglong outburst caught [ ].. A Messy Democracy: Burma’s challenges.. | April 4, 2013 |.. 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 and then against Muslims elsewhere in the country, represents one of the key challenges that face its rulers and [ ].. An abomination called AFSPA.. | February 12, 2013 |.. Mr.. Chidambaram has sought to blame the Army for the failure to repeal the draconian Act but the government is equally guilty as it has abdicated responsibility in the matter At an institute that is virtually owned, funded and run by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Union Finance Minister P.. Chidambaram did the unthinkable the [ ].. Ajeeb dastaan hai yeh: learning from Mary..  ...   s time to go beyond quick-fix solutions.. It s taken barely a week for Manipuri boxer Mary Kom and the blaze of glory that [ ].. The Quickfix Syndrome.. As much of India plunges repeatedly into darkness at noon, the conflict and tragedy in Assam is fading rapidly.. The governments, at the Centre and the state, will breathe a sigh of relief at this reduction of the public gaze, but no one should for a moment be fooled into thinking that this seeming “easing” [ ].. No sense of belonging.. The madness that has gripped parts of India, leading to the exodus of tens of thousands of people from the North-east — not just from Assam but from across the region — is not only an expression of fear and doubt, but also a stark reflection of the absolute and resolute ignorance that holds much [ ].. Tibet and the power of the human spirit, not the gun.. | June 13, 2012 |.. On April 27, 1998, a 60-year-old Tibetan doused himself with petrol, set himself alight, ran out onto a busy street in a crowded city, enveloped in flames, after.. Thubten Ngodup’s last words, \shouted even as he was burning like a torch, were ‘Po Gyalo!’ (Victory for Tibet!) ‘Po Rangzen!’ (Free Tibet!).. His act of self-immolation [ ]..

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  • Title: An ambulance ride and Dialogue with Dhaka : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Early this morning (I write on Tuesday afternoon, approaching the column’s deadline), just after daybreak, a group of three ambulances made their way from Dhaka University to Dhaka airport in Bangladesh, sirens wailing, speeding at breakneck speed, to avoid the massive and unending traffic jams which cripple this vast city, surging with life, energy, people, vehicles, politics and unending.. adda.. I was in one of those ambulances, not because I was unwell norwere any of the 10 other Indians with me – it was deemed by conference organizers as the safest way to reach the airport from the city.. The previous evening, at a discussion on river issues and water resources in North East India and Bangladesh in Dhaka University, we were informed that national elections were being announced later and that there would be either a hartal by the Opposition led by Begum Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party or a road blockade.. “Ambulance.. einiyenen.. ,” remarked our host, the brilliant, diminutive Imtiaz Ahmed of the Department of International Relations of Dhaka University, to his team of organizers.. “Don’t worry,” he said, “we do this all the time, and it’s very safe.. ”.. Many of my young colleagues were naturally concerned by the prospect of a journey in a situation fraught with risk, as we were told and as we read in the media.. Every day, as the confrontation deepened between Bangladesh’s Battling Begums, as Prime Minister Sheik Hasina and Khaleda Zia are known, there were reports of clashes between police and the opposition activists, especially those of the Jamaat who appeared to be in the forefront of street confrontations, well organized and prepared for a fight, Buses, scooter rickshaws, cars and trucks were fair game; crude bombs (bottles filled with petrol or Molotov cocktails), rocks and lathis were widely used.. I was quite looking forward to the drive because I’ve always enjoyed a challenge from my reporting days – I’ve been under fire in a major gun battle between insurgents and the army, covered Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan as well as all parts of the North-east, driven through endless bandhs (as have many reporter colleagues), been stopped at night and daytime by security men and UG (underground) groups.. There are so many stories – but let’s stick to this one.. In the end, it was quite tame; our vehicles were packed with bags and we were squashed between the luggage, on fixed seats with oxygen cylinders and masks for company.. However, we were not stopped anywhere although a few hundred meters from the airport where a couple of soldiers waved the car down and barked in Bangla to the driver: ‘.. Koto.. passenger?’ No word about whether there were any patients on board.. I almost burst out laughing but retrained myself.. He then poked his head inside and said, “India? Air-India?” Both assumptions were correct and we reached the airport without hitch.. So getting to the airport on time in Dhaka in an ambulance appears to be quite standard procedure: everyone was well informed about it.. No one tried to stop the vehicles or question the rationale.. It’s a smart way of getting out of the mess that political organizations create for ordinary people as well as for those with a flight or train to catch.. I counted not less than six ambulances taking people around this morning, not just to the airport.. It’s one of the several things we can learn from Bangladesh, a nation of 170 million, which has learned  ...   that is not too much to ask? Perhaps they question the figures and the anger that have been tossed about for decades.. I have been suggesting to our young leaders (and some are not so young anymore) that they should visit Bangladesh and especially Dhaka to understand their other side, to have conversations and put our viewpoints across.. Why not a discussion between the top youth debaters of either side on this issue? Many in our region may be surprised to find that what is seen as a life and death question in Assam causes not even the slightest ripple here, because no one even connects to it.. They know about migration to the Middle East and SE Asia (on my flight, there were Bangladeshis, with passports and visas, headed for work in London and Japan, and perhaps this is the new reality – that more people are using legal means to get across borders so they can have legitimate incomes, a decent lifestyle).. Unless there is a dialogue how can there be any rational debate or understanding of each other’s perceptions? People from the NE, especially its younger leaders, need to see the progress that Bangladesh has made in the past decades and compare it to our conditions: the country has the best family planning programme in South Asia, barring Sri Lanka; its population growth rate is better than that of India’s; it has one of the best records of putting girl children in schools; child nutrition, maternal mortality and infant mortality rates are better than India’s.. The former is almost half of that of Assam’s, which has the dubious distinction despite tremendous efforts this past decade of having the worst MMR in this country.. Bangladesh has many challenges; it is still poor – but it has reached banking (Grameen has changed the lives of tens of millions), connectivity, transportation, health and education services to a majority of its population.. We’ve failed to do that even with the huge amounts of funds that the Centre has poured into the region.. A word about Dhaka University: the hub of political activity in Bangladesh, wherenation changing movements have begun – whether it is planting the flag of free Bangladesh even before Mujib raised the voice of revolt against Islamabad in 1970, sacrificing lives to ensure that Bengali and not Urdu prevailed as a language of East Pakistan, which we all celebrate as International Language Day, the place where the Pakistanis massacred students and professors in their dorms and homes during their bloody crackdown.. It’s a sprawling concourse of a place with parks, trees lined roads, and a Senate Hall and auditorium that would put most Indian Universities (and definitely Gauhati and Dibrugarh Universities) to shame.. Let’s not forget, there’s a history of sacrifice, innovation and determination here of which they are proud – it’s time we recognized it while retaining determination on the issue of transborder flows.. A dialogue with Dhaka at the people to people level is well overdue.. 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  • Title: C-NES Newsletter (July-Sep 2013) : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: | November 10, 2013 |.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 23).. C-NES Newsletter.. (For the quarter July – September 2013).. Editorial.. By the Brahmaputra.. In new and old states, where will the poor live ?In the fresh crisis that is engulfing Assam and other parts of North-east and Eastern India following the Telengana announcement, much angry rhetoric is being spewed.. The Karbi Anglong outburst caught everyone in the State by surprise, leading to tragic deaths and violence.. There are bandhs, counter-bandhs and threats of strikes that will be unending.. To many of us, it appears that we are either caught in a time warp or that we are heading back in time when these very issues, of demands for statehood or great space, captured both political and media headlines, disrupted life and impacted the fabric of society.. I am not going to talk about the rightness or otherwise of the demands being made, for example, to carve up the existing state of Assam into several portions.. These are not new demands and they have always been simmering below the surface; all they require is a handy excuse to explode onto the public arena.. The Centre’s announcement of a Telengana state did that as is the general knowledge across the country that elections to the Lok Sabha are not far away – they could be held as early as November or so or as scheduled in May 2014.. The Centre has failed the people of this region and other parts of the country where demands for separate states have been made: it should have held a series of dialogues with them, taking their issues into consideration, and trying to go the extra mile.. Would it have hurt if the Telengana business had been put off by another six months while trying to accommodate similar issues in other states? This failure is costing both the Centre and the States dear, as it will the Congress Party.. But, in relation to Assam, there is one point which requires to be stressed: one does not know of any other case but that of Assam where a group demanding the virtual vivisection of the state continues in government and enjoys the privileges of office while supporting agitation in favour of division! The Chief Minister himself has not commented on this contradiction – but isn’t it obvious that there is such a major contradiction: that you continue in government despite doing everything or at least saying everything, including a little demonstration by two MPs outside the Lok Sabha in Delhi, that undercuts the very basis of a coalition government.. That foundation is the quality of working in consonance with the other party or parties, of consensual politics and policies.. If those politicians wanting a separate state can convince their colleagues in the Congress Party that this is a good idea for the State and the country, then of course they should continue in the government.. Otherwise, they lose the moral authority (most Indians would question the value of such a thing anyway) to hold positions in the Council of Ministers while undercutting the foundation of that very government of which they are part.. Which part of this is difficult to comprehend? I.. e.. either you are with the government or you are against it.. So the honorable thing to do would be to leave.. But that’s not something which those wanting a division appear to be prepared to do or those wanting a change in the Congress Party leadership.. There are a whole range of questions which arise with demands for new states: the most often asked are about their economic viability, whether they can sustain themselves and not depend on Central doles, of the justification for the huge outflow of Central funds that will go into building both the physical and ‘soft’ infrastructure required to establish these states: new capitals, new appointments, new judiciary, bureaucracies and police to name a few.. Those are separate issues to those this column proposes to discuss.. For a moment, let us turn from the political to another basic, fairly mundane issue.. There is a basic point here in terms of agitations, whether for new states or old issues.. And this is an issue which is rarely discussed in public meetings, television forums, the media as well as discussion groups involving intellectuals, scholars and others.. What is the impact of agitations on poverty and the poor, especially continuing poverty? Does it lead to better livelihoods and incomes, does it improve nutrition and mortality levels, does it fill peoples’ stomachs with food or not? One could even argue that agitations do generate work and incomes for a few; but the prices of essential commodities escalate sharply during such times, encouraged by a profiteering band of black marketers and hoarders.. A few statistics about the condition of the lives of ordinary people in Assam should give us grounds for reflection, if not anger and frustration: the number of poor or those who figure under the ‘poverty and hunger indicators’, issued by the UNDP, based on Indian Government statistics, is nearly 38 percent of the population compared to India’s rate of 30 percent.. The prevalence of underweight children under five years of age is 36.. 4 percent of the population of children of that age group; the all-India level is 42.. 5%.. So that is better than the all India average but it should not be a source of comfort.. Ours is a small state, barely 2.. 6 percent of the total population of this mammoth, crowded nation.. If in a small state, made smaller by separations which led to smaller states being carved out of it with the creation of Nagaland in 1963 and Meghalaya in 1970 – our HDI rank is 16 out of 23 (2007-08 figures) and our Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM), which assesses the access of women to basic rights and services, is 28 out of 35.. A basic fact linking incomes to agitations or rather the lack of incomes to periods of protests is that ordinary people can’t work during such times; a daily labourer without work means no money at the end of the day and where would he/she buy from if the shops are closed.. How long can a family – even if one took the highly controversial and disputed Tendulkar method of calculating the poverty line – buy food stocks in advance to sustain it through long days of closure and lack of work? What are the psychological effects of these prolonged agitations on those who bear the brunt of it – the poor and the vulnerable? How can they get their sick to hospitals if transport doesn’t move, how do they sell their labour or their produce if businesses are shut and markets are closed? What does a 1,000-hour bandh (translated into days, it’s about 42 days) mean for a small family on the edge of poverty and those below that level? How do they, simply put, survive?.. I am sure that those who call bandhs think of this.. It must be a major concern for them for their families, friends and others known to them may be affected by this very dynamic.. The political issue is a separate one: I am not pronouncing here on the correctness or otherwise of the new calls over old demands.. What I am concerned about is the ensuring and anchoring of the essential human rights of the poor and the ordinary, the vulnerable and the weak, in whose name – the name of the janata – all agitations and confrontations develop.. How can these be assured, by those calling for the battles and by those in power?.. Clearly, those demanding their rights through protests are convinced of their cause.. So are those opposed to them.. Indeed, peaceful demonstrations are an inspired democratic right.. But what about those don’t figure in the story, who are caught in between, the ‘silent’ ones? Spare a thought for them and consider how their condition can be improved.. For they will continue to inhabit both the old states and the new, the smaller states and the large, and it is their lives which need to be uplifted.. We cannot forget that large parts of the North-east, despite all the tom-tomming of growth and achievements by its different states, are at the economic and social levels of LDCs (Least Developed Countries) like Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.. There is a long way to go.. That is why the constant of political dialogue must replace confrontation and conflict.. Managing Trustee.. (From his regular column in the Assam Tribune published on 7th August 2013).. Screening at Vienna and London.. The screening of “ Where there are no roads” the documentary on the Boat Clinics was held at the Indian Government’s main cultural centre, the Nehru Centre in London on 10th July 2013 to an attentive audience which interacted extensively with the Managing Trustee C-NES and producer of the documentary Sanjoy Hazarika who introduced the film and responded to questions afterwards, especially on how Assam which has India’s worst maternal mortality ratio is improving dramatically these past years.. The film portrays the difficulties of taking health care through specialized boats on the Brahmaputra, an initiative of C-NES supported by NRHM(Assam) and how a simple idea and initiative today reaches nearly a million persons in Assam with sustained healthcare.. In Vienna the film was one of the main events at the inaugural programme on July 4 of an international three day conference of over 75 scholars from across Europe, the US and India who are working on issues related to ethnography, anthropology, politics and sociology in the region.. Their subjects ranged from hill groups in Northeast India to the crisis of conflict in the Bodo tribal areas, the challenges posed by repressive laws that give special powers to the  ...   Screening and Panel discussion at Jorhat.. A seminar on “Conflict situation in Assam and its impact on women” was organized in the upper Assam town of Jorhat’s JB College Human Rights Study Cell on 3 September 2013 where C-NES’ documentary on Conflict A Measure of Impunity was screened.. Students, teachers, media persons attended the seminar.. Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman and Riturekha Baruah researchers for a C-NES project conducted in 2010‘’Impact of armed conflict on women in Assam and Nagaland’’ supported by the German Boll Foundation.. The District Superintendent of Police Dr.. Sanjukta Parasor, Anamika Dutta and Dhananjoy Saikia, (victims of arms conflict) were present as members of the panel.. Riturekha Baruah, researcher of the C-NES HBF project introduced the documentary and shared her experiences with the women victims during her field visits.. Talking about the project senior researcher Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman pointed out the different types of conflict across Assam, which ranged from insurgent conflict, riots, fratricidal killings and army atrocities during operations.. He also mentioned about the need to develop social support system, especially for women, to face such conflict situations, as Northeast India was witnessing various conflicts over past few years.. Sanjukta Parashar emphasized the need for community policing and pointed that the research by CNES-HBF showed that the conflict in Assam is not only about insurgent demands, but also riots, fratricidal and extra-judicial killings.. Sanjukta Parasor, S.. P Jorhat speaking after the documentary screening.. A section of the audience at JB College,Jorhat.. Girls from the college singing a chorus on the occasion.. Riturekha Baruah,District Programme Officer Jorhat speaking after the screening.. Workshop on Nutrition and Food Security.. The Assam branch of Save the Children, an internationally active non-governmental organization that promotes children s rights organized a workshop on September 4,2013 as part of the National Nutrition Week.. “Availability of food, access to food and sustainability of food appropriate to the cultural preference along with food safety are the areas which need attention while considering food security for healthy life of children” said Rajan Mohanty, State Programme Manager, Save the Children.. Communications Officer, C-NES Bhaswati Goswami attended the workshop and spoke about C-NES’ role in bringing down the IMR in the state and improving the health of children.. The seminar was also attended by Dr Archana Sharma, Professor Dept of Economics and former Director of Women’s Studies Research Centre, Gauhati University spoke on ensuring food security though gender participation.. Manisha Choudhury, Programme Coordinator, Save the Children spoke on issues relating to infant and child nutrition.. Kunti Bora from the department of social welfare spoke on locally available foods for food security.. Lakhimpur district health officials attended a health camp conducted by the district boat Clinic at Balijan village on 24th July 2013.. The health team also organized an awareness session on immunization and family planning.. (Standing from right) Dr.. Padmeswar Pegu, Joint Director Health Services (JDHS), Dr.. Ganesh Saikia, CM HO(F.. W), Lakhimpur and Dr.. Abdul Deori ,SDM HO, Nowboicha BPHC being felicitated with traditional Assamses gamochas( woven hand towels) by the team.. On the extreme left is DPO Boat Clinic Tapan Borah talking to the beneficiaries.. Camp at Balijan village on 24th July 2013.. A family planning awareness session was conducted by the Barpeta Unit I team under the initiative of the DPO Abdul Halim, Medical Officers Dr Prakash Jammar and Dr Abu Hasan Sarkar at Bahir Bhelengi.. Queries relating to family planning were answered.. It was a packed hall.. Members from the VHSC were also present along with AWWs, TBAs and the ASHA.. During the awareness session, pamphlets on important health issues were distributed.. The district family planning coordinator stressed on the need to have family planning.. Both temporary and permanent methods of family planning including the IUCD procedure were explained to the villagers.. A quiz session on common health and hygiene matters was also organized for the school children.. During the quiz, the team found that there were students who were able to answer most questions put before them.. Prizes were given to the winners.. “The idea behind this light session was to motivate and show the team’s commitment to the villagers’ said DPO Abdul Halim.. DPO Abdul Halim(centre) takes part in the group discussion at the awareness session.. Beneficiaries who were motivated by the Boat Clinic Unit 1, Barpeta to adopt family planning.. at Bahari MPHC.. Events at Jamia :.. North East Film Festival.. C-NES in collaboration with AJK-Mass Communication Research Centre.. Jamia Millia Islamia organized a two day North East Film Festival ‘First Cut’ on 16-17 August, 2013 at Jamia’s.. Tagore Conference Hall.. After an introduction by Prof Sanjoy Hazarika, Director of the Centre and Managing Trustee C-NES and Prof Obaid Siddiqui,Director,AJK-MCRC ,the inaugural remarks were made by Prof S M Sajid, the officiating Vice Chancellor.. Documentaries which were screened included Maulee Senapati directed and Sanjoy Hazarika produced “Children of River: The Xihus of Assam”,”A Measure of Impunity”, “Where there are no roads”, Yirmiyan Arthur directed “My Lament, My Plea”, Neikolie Kuotse’s “Revelation” Utpal Borpujari’s “Mayong”,Wanphrang Diengdoh’s “19/87”, Merajur Rehman Baruah’s “The Green Army: Saviour of the Sylvan”,,”The Macabre Dance” and The Nine.. Months.. The screenings were followed by a panel discussion-“Our Films,Their Films” chaired by Prof Siddiqui with Maulee Senapati,SanjoyHazarika,Utpal Borpujari,Yirmiyan Arthur,Neikolie Kuotu and Subhra Gupta as panelists.. From the Frontlines: Reporting and Reflecting on Life and Death in.. the North East.. The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research,Jamia Millia Islamia,NewDelhi organized a program -“From the Frontlines: Reporting and Reflecting on Life and Death in the North East” Held at the Tagore Hall on 16th September the event was attended by veteran journalist Subir Bhaumik, Pradip Phanjoubam, Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla,Kishalay hattacharjee,Editor (East), New Generation Media Pvt.. Ltd, Esha Roy,Principal Correspondent, The Indian Express, Imphal and chaired by the Director of the centre Prof Sanjoy Hazarika.. The panel discussion on.. AFSPA: The Vanishing”.. had as panelists Babloo Loitongbam, Director, Human Rights Alert, Imphal,T.. Lata Devi (victim’s family)Rosemary Dzuvichu, Professor, Nagaland University, Advisor to the Naga Mothers’ Association, Dr.. M.. Amarjeet Singh,Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research Ms.. Ninglun Hanghal, Delhi Correspondent, The Sangai Express,Kokho Kaisii, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research.. In his address Sanjoy Hazarika, pointed out “that scholars, human rights activists, researchers, government officials, political establishment and metro media itself depended on regional or local media for information about events or issues in North East.. However, few understand the personal stress and professional pressure and hazards that reporters and media staffs work under.. ” Journalists often cover conflict with “low pay and with no insurance” at great risks to their lives, he said.. There have been several cases where journalists in the region has been targeted and killed by non-state groups.. The audience, which included students from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University and professionals packed the seminar hall.. The question and answer session focused on the discriminatory nature of AFSPA, the continuation of Disturbed Areas Act unilaterally by the Centre despite peace and ceasefire in Nagaland, and fake encounters by the state forces to receive gallantry medals and honours.. Brahmaputra Community Radio Station (BCRS).. A narrowcasting programme on Iodine Deficiency Disorder produced by Radio Brahmaputra in Shadri.. the dialect of the tea tribe community.. at Mohanbari Tea Estate, District Dibrugarh.. C-NES’ BRCS at Maijan, Dibrugarh supported by Unicef is now fully equipped, staffed and expected to broadcast soon will be broadcast in five languages Bhojpuri,Assamese,Mishing, Bodo and Shadri and will thereby reach a large number of tea garden community members on diverse issues extremely relevant to them including health, education and entertainment leading to overall development of the community.. Students engrossed and enjoying a programme on Hand Washing specially made for them by Radio Brahmaputra at Dibrugarh districts Seesa Tea Estate L.. P.. School on 14th Sep, 2013.. Interns from Cambridge University.. Ameya Tripathi and Grace Fletcher interns from Sidney Sussex College of Cambridge University, spend two weeks in Dibrugarh visiting Brahmaputra Community Radio Station and the boat clinic operation in Dibrugarh district in late August 2013 C-NES.. They went on two boat trips, a two-day one around Panitoba block and a four day trip further upstream to Lawal block and saw a wide range of communities Mishing, Bodo, Bhojpuri and many others, visiting remote villages such as Karmi-shouk in Dibru Saikhowa National Park and larger ones on the saporis like Tengabari.. Their project was disrupted by a bandh called by a Motok tribe and they used the Tinsukia boat as Akha, the flagship Dibrugarh boat, was under maintenance.. During their time they had the opportunity to interview patients young mothers, schoolchildren and others accredited social healthcare activists, the headteacher of a local school, village elders, a Panchayat member and the boat crew themselves as they learned about the operations of the clinic, some of the challenges and limitations, financial and weather based, and some of the common healthcare problems faced by communities on a range of issues everything from hypertension, Japanese encephalitis, gastric problems, family planning, and healthcare awareness and education.. At the radio station they interviewed the staff and learned about production methods, emergency and disaster planning and procedure, and some of the provisional plans as the radio station prepares to move from narrowcasting to broadcasting.. In spending some time with the welcoming and friendly Dibrugarh boat crew and with the BCRS team the interns learned a lot about some of the enormous challenges faced by the teams in the district and some of the forthcoming plans to improve, including their interaction with local and state government.. They would like to thank C-NES for accommodating them on the boats and all of their support for their research.. Ameya (left) and Grace (right) with ANM Damayanti Das onboard the Tinsukia Boat Clinic SB Swaminathan.. Curious children looking at the boat Clinic while it is anchored at Dibrugarh district’s remote Karmi Chouk village..

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  • Title: We need a free flow on the Brahmaputra : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: | October 25, 2013 |.. The proposed dams and irrigation and hydro-electric projects on the Yarlung Tsangpo, as the Brahmaputra is known in its higher reaches in Tibet, and reports of diversion to other parts of China, have been a controversial issue here.. The joint statement referring to trans-boundary rivers as ‘assets of immense value to the socio-economic development of all riparian countries’ is significant as it would enable India and Bangladesh to demand greater transparency on issues relating to dams and water sharing.. The controversy over river diversion began about 20 years ago when, the journal, Scientific American, carried an account of the Chinese supposedly planning a huge diversion of the Yarlung Tsangpo, purportedly by tunnelling through the Himalayas and moving the waters to the country’s water-strapped centre and north.. China has asserted its right to develop water resources falling on its side of the border — a way to assert its control over Tibet.. There is little debate on the issue in China as few are prepared to challenge the State with regard to Tibet or its claims to Arunachal Pradesh.. The border dispute with India and Beijing’s consistent rejection of the McMahon Line is unchallenged in China.. Chinese activists are  ...   from now, it would cut across the Tibetan Plateau, before the great Namcha Barwa bend, with 11 dams including nine cascades, generating power, but releasing the water at every level.. These would be cascade dams with reservoirs in the first and last, over a drop of 2,000 metres and would generate not less than 40,000 MW of electricity.. Will this plan be affected by the new.. Manmohan-Li code on transparency? It would be a fit case to test the waters.. Powerful business and political interests in China converge here.. Beijing can brush off Indian protests by saying it would be protecting our rights by ensuring the level of water flows.. None of this information has been made available by Indian officials or made public.. But with the agreement on exchanging ‘data on other issues of mutual interests’ on the rivers, there is finally a window of opportunity to demand transparency from China — which in turn will also demand openness from India for dams proposed and being built in Arunachal Pradesh.. The dice falls both ways.. Sanjoy Hazarika is founder-director of the Centre for North East Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.. The views expressed by the author are personal.. hindustantimes.. com/StoryPage/Print/1139784.. aspx..

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  • Title: Measure of Impunity at Rubin Museum, New York : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: | October 19, 2013 |.. Matt Fetter, Director of Programming at the prestigious American art museum.. The Museum requested Dr.. Nimmi Gowrinathan, a Political Scientist based in the US, who focuses on gender and violence, particularly during insurgencies to respond to and answer questions from the audience on issues raised by the doucmentary, including conflict and its impact on women, especially in Nagaland and Assam.. Many of the questions from the audience focused around the issue of rape and how various communities  ...   audience the most.. This is Hazarika s second film to be screened at the museum, one of the leading museums of the United States; A River s Story, the Quest for the Brahmaputra was screened in 2006; the director of the river documentary is the acclaimed film maker Jahnu Barua while Hazarika also produced and scripted it.. The Brahmaputra film followed the river through its long journey across Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Bangladesh before it ends in the Bay of Bengal..

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  • Title: Telemedicine still not buzzing Rural India : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: | October 2, 2013 |.. The new developments in healthcare have not percolated to the rural areas and this is a matter of great concern.. While public healthcare system in India has the best professionals and one of the best systems (decentralized up to the sub centre level) there is a need to explore the ways and means to bring equity in access to health professionals and institutions.. Cost of ill health.. Ill health is one of the major maladies that affect the livelihood and welfare of the poor.. Hence policies that protect the health of the poor are critical in ensuring their well-being.. Inadequate public health and safety measures could result in the inability of the poor citizens in investing their entitlement reserves for economic reproduction.. The use of entitlements to meet consumption needs could affect a family’s reserves negatively in the long run and could affect the ability of a family to face uncertainties.. Though it is encouraging to note that some efforts are made to provide social protection to the poor through health insurance policies offered (public private partnerships) by some corporate insurance companies (even though a result of opera-tional compulsion by government) and some state governments, these schemes are yet to reach the majority living in the rural areas.. Health status affects human development in many ways.. Health is one of the important human capabilities, which determine access to wealth.. Quality.. Numerous studies have indicated that the healthcare facilities at Primary Health Centre (PHC)and Sub Centre levels are  ...   main healthcare providers for more than 80% population living in rural areas in India are untrained private ‘practitioners’.. • The government PHCs are not regular and are not efficient in accomplishing its mission of facilitating quality medical outreach to the poor in the rural localities, both due to poor infrastructure, equipments and inadequate personnel.. • Emergency healthcare services are almost nil in rural areas.. Accessing health services at odd times is a Herculean task for the people in rural areas.. ICT kiosks and public health.. Information and communication technology has important role to play in facilitating quality healthcare to the rural poor in a cost effective manner.. In an age of high-tech medical care, those excluded from the mainstream healthcare service could be provided with the benefits of medical professionals through the use of an appropriate ICT kiosk.. This needs a joint commitment from both private and public sector.. Telemedicine is used as a means to provide health access to people world wide through the use of various kiosks.. However, this has not become popular among the rural poor because of inadequate know-how on the use of various kiosks.. The countries in Asia have less than 10 % Internet users and less than 20 % telephone users in their rural localities, while in India the use of Internet in rural areas is less than 1%.. In a situation where large-scale tech-nology illiteracy exists, it is important to promote appropriate technology kiosks that would be easy for the poor to use.. http://ictpost.. com/2013/09/19/telemedicine-still-not-buzzing-rural-india/..

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  • Title: Three deaths and a sordid tale : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Doctor informed the parents that her treatment will not be possible in Assam, hence, will need to be sent outside for surgery.. The expected financial cost of the operation was not within the means of the family.. Somebody also told the father that there is a scheme by Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Assam, but he couldn’t find a way out.. And thus the parents planned to eliminate the child as well as themselves.. Out of desperation, they committed suicide by jumping into river Brahmaputra!.. But why the family had to choose the ultimate path, despite having the provision to get their entitlement.. As per the scheme initiated by the government, if a child below 14 years suffers from heart disease and the family doesn’t have an annual income more than six lakh, the state government will bear the cost of the medical expenses.. The scheme says that, government will not only bear the medical expenses but will also cover the expenses incurred for accommodation and air fare of the parents as well as.. After having such robust schemes, why the family had to suicide? Why the welfare programmes are not accessible to the poor? Where the problem really lie? These are the basic question, everybody should ask themselves.. If you have recently visited the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, you might have seen the big hoardings of RSBY (Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna).. Government is expending thousands of crores of rupees for this scheme.. The programme is meant for the marginalised people like PBL, construction workers etc.. to get the healthcare facility without paying from his/her own packet.. The health insurance policy gives a sum insured amount of Rs.. 30000 to cover a family of up to five members (parents and first three children) for a year.. The policy is working fine in other states.. But do you know what the scenario in Assam is? It’s pathetic! Till 31.. 08.. 2013 only 5065 odd people have benefited from the scheme.. At the same time, in Patna, only one districts of a poor state like Bihar has benefited 21427 persons till the same period of time.. A single district is getting more than four times benefit than whole state of Assam.. If you look at the below table you can easily find it out that except two or three districts, there is no remarkable work done so far.. The same scenario in case of construction workers also, 11 years after the enactment of Building and Other Construction Workers Act, our state government formed the required welfare board in 2007 only.. But the registration rate is not more than 2%.. Ultimately, the most marginalised construction workers are not getting the benefit of  ...   interacting with the Medical Officer some shocking revelation came to light.. The Kharguli Mini PHC is supposed to have four Medical Officers to serve 15000 population of the area.. But now it is being run by only one Medical Officer and serving more 26000 people of the locality.. Just imagine a PHC, which is supposed to cater 15000 people with the help of four Medical Officers is now catering more than 26000 people with the help of only one Medical Officer! Yet the Medical Officer is not only assigned to do medical practices, but she has to do huge paper works and reporting as well.. The Medical Officer doesn’t have any information about the annual development fund of the PHC.. If this the scenario of our medical infrastructure, human resource and attitude of government, how we can expect a better life expectancy, minimal maternal mortality rate or infant mortality rate or even how we can avert the suicide due to non availability of healthcare facility?.. But everything is not so pessimistic; some ray of hope is being shown by some cordial effort of a few individuals and organisations.. We can take the example of Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research.. Professor Sanjoy Hazarika and his team at C-NES have developed the concept of boat clinic to provide healthcare facilities for the people of interior riverine (Char-Chapori) areas.. Though government agency NRHM is working with C-NES, We believe that it could be speedy in penetration with more government support and also can be replicated in the plain areas as well.. We should make sure that the community gets involved in any development process to get maximum benefit out of it and boat clinic is a classic example of it.. The documentary made by Maulee Senapati on this project “Where There Are No Roads” is a must see documentary for every public health policy makers and practitioners as well.. In the concluding note, we would like to propagate a paradigm shift in our approach towards public health system.. We need some professionals to manage the pre and post medical trauma of the patient and relatives of the patients.. We can take the example of Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, they have appointed fulltime professional social worker to look after the nitty-gritty of the patients, whereas this is a not for profit hospital! Perhaps, thus we can save the families from suicide and other fatal consequences!.. (Abdul Kalam Azad is doing his MA Social Work in Community Organisation and Development Practice from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati campus.. Before joining TISS he was working as Branch Manager with Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt.. Ltd, a leading microfinance institution in the country).. com/content.. php?cat=On+the+Margins content=Three+deaths+and+a+sordid+tale..

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  • Title: A Stimulating Conversation : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: The students of TISS had been very engaging throughout the e.. ntire conversation, moderated by senior police officer and award-winning writer Kula Saikia.. Sanjay Barbora, Associate Professor at TISS Guwahati campus welcomed the gathering and made the introductory remarks.. The event attracted considerable number of guests in spite of the water logging all throughout the city after a heavy downfall-somewhat also proving to be a relief from the mercury rising in the last few days.. “Can society change today’s media?” was the topic of the conversation.. “Media has an important role to play in shaping the society and culture”, says Saikia, and “Who can change whom?” that becomes a question.. The case of the South Asian Photo journalist Kevin Carter was cited by Kula Saikia to put forward the view how he succumb to the demands of his profession as well as a a social being.. “When we talk of media ethics, it entails accountability, liability and social responsibility”.. He further raised the questions “Whether media is socially responsible?” “Whether society can make media responsible?” The Managing Editor of.. , Teresa Rehman pointed out the objective behind holding conversations.. She said, People have stopped talking to each other.. We want to make people converse with each other.. We also want to have a real-time one-to-one engagement with our readers.. “The focus is on media more than society”, says Kangkana, a B.. A second year student of TISS.. “Media shows the society, we are getting the note from the society.. Media has the power to mould the information given to them” Supriya, another student adds, “it in fact depends on our perspective how we take the Kevin’s photograph.. Media is presented for our benefit, influencing our mind.. What is required is our way to analyse a particular situation”.. Partha, a media persona says, “Actually society is influencing media in a big way.. It becomes necessary sometimes to publish a photograph like that of Kevin as it could reflect the actual situation.. Had it not been taken or published, it would not have the desired effect of the condition of Sudan.. Both media and society are correlative”.. Students of TISS raised some important points.. Shristi, a student says “Media is the speaker of the society and as youngsters we expect change in it in terms of its focus, which need to be more on local people, places and the issues related to those”.. Priyam is sceptical about the role of media when she raises a question “is media able to say the whole truth about an issue?” Adil expresses his resentment saying “media is influencing us in such a way that we are losing our rationality, which is because the media is being influenced by corporate houses”.. Indrani Raimedhi, noted journalist and author, questions “why does media need to be changed?” She then broods  ...   small changes she can.. “We cannot be nonchalant about what is happening in the society.. If I see someone littering around the street, I take note to stop them at once, or when I find a young boy smoking, I try to counsel him.. We must do our bit”.. Bhaswati Khaund shares her experience of working with unreached people saying, “there are remote areas in Dhemaji where people have never seen a doctor.. They do not know how the injection looks.. Such positive and off- track stories are always there, which can always be highlighted”.. Sriparna B Baruah, a management professional from the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship says “a large portion of society comprises of rural people.. Can they be a part in changing the media? Media has a layered role to play, including corporatization”.. Eminent writer and author Mitra Phukan says “Media houses are fuelled by money.. Media should be objective, but it cannot fully happen.. The new media is much more interactive.. There is subtle influence of the society in media.. Fully independent media is not possible, economic compulsion is always there.. Samudragupta Kashyap, noted journalist says “we need professionals like Doctors, Chartered Accountants, and Lawyers etc for specific purposes.. But media affects us 24 7.. The crux of the matter is that majority of people are not trained in the media.. It is only when the media understands the society, it can work in the appropriate manner.. The society in India has not demanded media to have qualified and trained people”.. Manashree Bordoloi, the first ever woman biker from Assam, reflected on how she managed to pursue her long cherished dream of biking.. Being the eldest daughter of her family, she had to take responsibilities, which made her ride her father’s Yamaha since her college days.. “After 12 years of marriage, with the support of my husband Ashim Bordoloi, I have been able to revive my hobby”, she says.. The first long ride she took was to Shillong with the group “Biker Mania”.. Travelling is her passion, which make her meet new people also and she thinks that those who are interested in it live their life to the fullest.. She has recently been a part of an international Bikers meet in which she rode to Kathmandu.. “The media has responded very nicely to my biking ventures all throughout”.. Virginius Xaxa, Deputy Director, TISS, Guwahati campus says, “there is distortion of information in media.. I am pessimistic about the issue if society can change media as there is no single homogenous media, it is multilayered.. It is controlled by corporatization.. Media never takes serious issues into consideration; rather it is more into sensationalism.. The conversation ended with a soulful rendition by noted singer Pulak Banerjee, but not before raising his objections to media s unnecessary sensationalism.. php?cat=Culture+and+Society content=A+Stimulating+Conversation#.. UkOyTbRIWgI.. facebook..

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  • Title: Programme in Delhi in honour of Dr Hazarika : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: | September 8, 2013 |.. a celebratim of the creative genius of the late Dr Bh pen Hazarika and his younger brother, late Jayanta Hazarika on Septeml er 9 at 6:30 pm at the Multi-purpose Ha I of the IIC.. This was stated in a press release issued by C-NES.. Jayanta Hazarika, though little known in Delhi, was also a musical colossus of Assam.. who died tragically young.. The programme, to be hosted by Sanjoy Hazarika of C-NES, is sponsored by Oil India Limited.. While showcasing the extraordinary  ...   Hazarika s birthday will see performances by Jayanta Hazarika s son, Mayukh and his wife Laili with musicians from Delhi, while noted violinist from Mumbai Sunita Bhuyan will present some of the com-positions of the versatile brothers.. Film maker Kalpana Lajmi, who worked closely with Bhupen Hazarika and perhaps knew him better than most others, will be in conversation with Sanjoy Hazarika to unveil facets of the life of the restless wanderer, known as the Bard of the Brahmaputra.. Assam Tribune / NEW DELHI.. Sept 7.. assamtribune.. com/scripts/showpage.. asp?id=sep0813,12,84,129,318,465..

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  • Title: Bhupen Hazarika evening by C-NES-IIC at IIC on Sept 9 : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Bhupen Hazarika evening by C-NES-IIC at IIC on Sept 9.. | September 2, 2013 |.. he Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research in collaboration with the India International Centrein New Delhi is organizing a major celebration of the creative genius of the late Dr.. Bhupen Hazarika and his younger brother, the late Jayanta Hazarika on 9th Sept 2013 at the IIC at 6:30 pm.. This falls  ...   will be dominated by their music and songs, C-NES Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika, who developed the programme, will be in conversation with Kalpana Lajmi, the film maker who worked closely with Bhupen da.. Jayanta Hazarika s son, Mayukh and his wife Laili and musicians from Delhi will hold the evening together while Sunita Bhuyan, the well known violinist from Mumbai, will present some compositions of the versatile brothers..

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  • Title: Conversation on North-East held in New Delhi : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Conversation on North-East held in New Delhi.. | August 30, 2013 |.. ‘The Thumb Print Conversation’ organised by the web magazine The Thumb Print in New Delhi on Sunday elicited a wide response from a cross section of society, including journalists and academics.. The punch to the evening was provided by the stimulating conversation that stirred up many ideas and threads to the intriguing topic ‘Where is Northeast India, in India?’.. The Thumb Print brought together some seasoned journalists as well as young minds to deliberate on the topic.. The evening was moderated by Sanjoy Hazarika, journalist, author and director of Centre for North East Studies, Jamia Milia Islamia, who began with the idea of the ‘other’.. Hazarika went on to say that this idea of the ‘other’ exists within the North-East as well, the result of distrust among the various ethnic groups.. Jyoti Malhotra, writer and journalist, toyed with the idea whether it was possible to have many more political identities in the North-East for the people to find their aspirations.. Later in the discussion, it was felt that this may not smoothen the frictions since the North-East houses more than 220 ethnic groups.. Sanjoy Hazarika’s light-hearted take on considering New Delhi itself as the North-East, found some positive echoes.. Elucidating on this, on a lighter note, he said when Punjabi grocers in a particular area in the North campus managed to pick the Meitei language or the many youths from the region managed to find employment as guards from the last ten years,  ...   in the capital and the police’s indifference to the mysterious death of young Reingamphy, she said it is a long way ahead but one positive outcome was the coming together of almost 300 people of the North-East to protest against this insensitivity.. Joydeep Gupta of The Third Pole felt people of the region should also take into consideration the judicious use of the vast natural resources for sustainable growth; that they should negotiate with the Centre for optimising the returns.. He also brought in an interesting thought of the ‘Nation State’ idea losing its hold with the complex issues faced in the present world and not aiding in any way to take us forward.. The founder member and president of South Asia Women in Media, Pamela Philipose felt it was essential to acknowledge the idea of multi-identity and then to begin a process of negotiation.. In this, she said, the media should involve itself in knowledge creation which could further serve as a channel for facilitating connects between the people.. Media analyst Sevanti Ninan urged The Thumb Print to see if it can share its stories with similar other portals, so that it has a wider reach and it does not remain a niche website.. Teresa Rehman, managing editor of The Thumb Print magazine said that what started as a necessity to find space for the voluminous expression of the region, which was not possible in the mainstream media, had completed a year now, “hoping to be a scaffold to leave an imprint.. com/scripts/detailsnew.. asp?id=aug2613/city05..

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