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Kathmandu: from Playground to Chessboard?

Kathmandu: from Playground to Chessboard?

“Kathmandu today is an entirely different city from the one almost levelled in 1934. It is now a densely populated home to almost 2.5 million people, many living and working…

Brand Bihar: stocks plummeting?

Brand Bihar: stocks plummeting?

The Great Bihar school examination board cheating story was knocked around a lot this week. Briefly, hundreds, or even thousands of parents all over Bihar helped their offspring cheat in…

Enter the Samajwadi Janata Dal

Enter the Samajwadi Janata Dal

So, the news channels are sceptical about the idea of the Samajwadi Janata Dal. It’s old hat, isn’t it?  The old farts vow to fight the common enemy, clamber on…

The Relevance of Words

The Relevance of Words

Newsnet East was started with the intention of honing skills in free and fair journalistic practice, and to train young people in the art of content writing. Our endeavour has…

Kid Asks Strangers on the Street for a Cigarette.

Kid Asks Strangers on the Street for a Cigarette.

Would you give a cigarette to a kid? A kid asked several people for it on a street. Another social experiment is doing the rounds on social platforms. An ASSOCHAM…

India veers to the sadhus and seers

India veers to the sadhus and seers

There’s no doubt about it. May 26 will be remembered as the day saffron returned centre-stage. The swearing-in ceremony on Monday underlined the significance of sadhus and seers to the…

Sound Reasoning on TG identity and rights

Sound Reasoning on TG identity and rights

Constitutional protection ought to be made available to a particular group regardless of its size. The verdict on the transgender community now provides one more reason why Section 377 ought…

Halla Bol against 377: soon to be silenced?

Halla Bol against 377: soon to be silenced?

Those who believe in equality, liberty and universal human rights must come together right now and ensure that India retains its rainbow of diversity. Representatives of the MTH community based…

Doniger’s Book isn’t Anti-Hindu, just relevant

Doniger’s Book isn’t Anti-Hindu, just relevant

By caving in to Dinanath Batra’s call to ban Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History, it has become ‘reasonable’ for a group of individuals to hold metaphorical knives…

Death of Dabholkar won’t stop Progressive Thought

Death of Dabholkar won’t stop Progressive Thought

One of India’s finest citizens, and a man who dedicated himself to ridding India of foolish, negative,  demeaning superstitions has been murdered by so-called ‘saviours of Hinduism’.  The lumpen louts…

Bhutan: the road ahead

Bhutan: the road ahead

In Bhutan, as the results of the second parliamentary elections  to the Bhutan National Assembly begin to sink in with the parties and supporters, the basic message coming through is…

BJP’s Bihar Bandh tomorrow: what’s cooking?

BJP’s Bihar Bandh tomorrow: what’s cooking?

The Bharatiya Janata Party has called a Bihar shutdown on Tuesday in protest against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s ‘back-stabbing’. As you will doubtless recall, the Bihar Chief Minister of the…

Infiltration and border skirmishes happen everyday in the NE

Infiltration and border skirmishes happen everyday in the NE

When China moved in and pitched  a couple of tents inside Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian media went berserk. All kinds of nationalistic and jingoistic reactions were aired freely. The whole…

Nagalim: Why it’s not gonna be in Indian school books soon

Nagalim: Why it’s not gonna be  in Indian school books soon

Why doesn’t Nagaland usually feature in Indian school History books or anywhere else? The problem is, whose narrative does one follow: the Indian Army version, the Indian Government version, or…

April Fools in the Northeast

April Fools in the Northeast

The powers that be in the North East better get serious about one major resource: water. This is the first day of the new fnancial year, and of course, April…

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