Category: Politics

December 2, 2015 /

Buying local is not about economic benefit alone. Its also about empowering communities in a real sense, beyond slick and shameless NGO-partnered “CSR” initiatives about street-children and “women”. Its about changing the paradigm of economic activity and getting the stake of the people back and putting one’s own surrounding first.

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November 26, 2015 /

In a recent Order of the High Court of Meghalaya dated 2.11.2015 has made a suo motu suggestion to the Central Government for the imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, in the Garo Hills area of Meghalaya. It is shocking and deeply disturbing that a draconian law like the AFSPA is being sought to be imposed through a judicial order.

Read the PostImplications of Meghalaya High Court’s suggestion to impose AFSPA in Garo Hills

November 21, 2015 /

‘In Defence of our Present – On giving up the National Awards’ is a booklet released by Solidarity with FTII, a group of filmmakers who came together to protest against the blatant disregard by this government for plurality, tolerance and secularism in the country as well as their attempts to destroy the excellence of institutions like Film and Television Institute of India. The booklet brings together statements by filmmakers on returning their National Awards as well as essays on the struggle of FTII students. You can download the booklet

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November 19, 2015 /

On 16th November 2015, I went to take part in the protest march called by the Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR), CSWO along with a few other activists from Meghalaya. I went not because I was instructed to by ‘party high-command’, not because I was threatened or coerced by anyone…

Read the PostWhy I loved the Anti-AFSPA protest in Shillong

November 18, 2015 /

On October 25 2015, the Editors of five Nagaland-based media houses were issued a notification by a Colonel of the General Staff for Assam Rifles. Given the gravity of the matters raised in the notification we, the Editors of various English and Indigenous language newspapers of Nagaland have taken the communication as an opportunity to reflect, consult and critically examine what our role is in these circumstances.

Read the PostNagaland Editors’ protest Assam Rifles’ attempts at Censorship

November 10, 2015 /

For the urban middle-class of Shillong, Indigenous Terre Madre (ITM) was a chance to enjoy themselves, flirt with foreigners, a day to relax and unwind, all-in-all an event to savour (literally). For the rural poor, it meant some money coming their way, some photos taken of them and for the rural elites it meant that they could show up their ”traditional” knowledge and open up ‘their’ villages to outsiders.

Read the Post(Not) The Future That I Want

November 10, 2015 /

Raiot is excited at publishing first of the extracts from Eat Dust : Mining and Greed in Goa by Hartman de Souza. For a zine published from Meghalaya, the other frontier of Mining in India, it is fitting that we learn from Goa – that raving beach infested greed fest.

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November 9, 2015 /

“Our land has a history of being ruled by tyrants and hypocritical regimes, but we Kashmiris have always voiced our opinion against that. I couldn’t stay silent on this issue. This is a protest song against a political gimmick set to undermine the kashmir issue and to influence our Kashmiri sensibilities through pseudo monetary packages. A shame full event done in the name of democracy.”
Ali Saffudin

Read the PostSong protesting Mr. Modi’s visit to Kashmir

November 3, 2015 /

Kylli na ki heh ka NESFAS kiba ieid eh ia ki nongrep ba haduh katno tylli ki jait jhur ki tip khnang ba ma ki ruh ki dei ban poi sha khlaw ban leit kheit hi ia ki? U Bah Phrang Roy ne kiwei pat kiba kam ba ki ieid ia ki nongrep ne ia ki bam tynrai (indigenous food) jong ki Trai Ri kim lah ban shu kren khlem da pynlong ialade ka bynta jong ka system kaba ki kam ba ki ieid palat.

Read the PostKi Nongrep-Nongbylla bad Ka Shrip Jingkyrmen Kaba Teh Junom

November 2, 2015 /

While state seems in no mood to repeal bloody AFSPA and continue oppression on people by killing dissident voices with impunity, people are bound to revolt. A continuous humiliation and torture of people living under AFSPA is just unbearable. This colonial rule and bloody thrust of power and resources must end.

Read the Post15 years of Hunger Strike and 57 years of AFSPA

October 23, 2015 /

Capitalism doesn’t assist us in destroying itself. Should we actually become effective in building an anti-capitalist mass movement, they won’t issue us a paycheck. Instead, they will do everything possible to discredit, neutralize, imprison and kill us.

Read the Post4 Reasons why NGOs suck?

September 18, 2015 /

Now that the Supreme Court of India ordered that AADHAR is not be made mandatory, will the Govt. of Meghalaya stop advertising/blackmailing the citizens to register themselves and their biometrics for the ‘number of the beast’?

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August 26, 2015 /

Kane ka kot lyngkdop, ‘ka saiñpyrkhat U paidbah’, ka dei kaba la saiñdur bad pynmih da ka kynhun Thma U Rangli-juki (TUR) ha ka 14th tarik u Rymphang ha ka snem 2013 kaba la khot ia ka, ‘ka saiñpyrkhat u paidbah’ kaban long kum ka nongprat lynti ia ki kam jong ka TUR ha kano kano ka bynta jong ka jingialeh. Bun kiba la buh ia ki jingkylli bad ialeh ban wad jingtip shaphang kane ka kynhun TUR bad ia ki kam kaba ka trei, bad dei ha ine i kot lyngkdop ba phi lah ban ioh ka jingpynshai shaphang ki kam ba ka TUR ka thmu ban ialeh bad iakhun.

Read the PostTHMA U RANGLI-JUKI (TUR) – Ka Saiή Pyrkhat U Paidbah