Raiot Posts

December 26, 2015 /

As a teenager living in Hyderabad in the mid 1970s, I had briefly befriended a group of Palestinian students studying at the Osmania University and living in an apartment in my neighborhood. I don’t remember their names or much else about them, but I do remember tasting Hummus for the first time when they shared some with all of us after a game of ‘gully cricket’!

Read the PostPalestine in my [he]art

December 25, 2015 /

Hasn’t he grown up? Christmas reminds us the startling fact that he has moved from the infant to the man of Nazareth. Are we still stuck on his infancy? It demands a commitment from our part to grow up to the man of Nazareth

Read the PostHasn’t Jesus Grown Up?

December 24, 2015 /

Kiba iaidkai ne leit thied jingthied sha Khyndai Lad ha ka 21 Nohprah 2015 ki iohi ia ka Risa Lehkmen Khristmas ba la pynlong da ka Seng ki Nongtrei-Nongbylla, ka Nazareth Hospital Workers Union, ha ryngkat ka jingiasnoh kti lang ka Thma U Rangli-Juki, Ka Domestic Workers Association, Ka All India Trade Union Congress bad kiwei de ki kynhun ne ki riewshimet, kaba kynthup ruh ia ki nongrwai, ki kaitor, ki kynhun shad kiba la ai ka jingkyrshan kaba pura bad pynlong ia ka Risa Lehkmen kaba don jingmut.

Read the PostKa Risa Lehkmen Khristmas Jong Ki Nongtrei-Nongbylla, Balei Ba Ka Long Kaba Pher?

December 21, 2015 /

Amar Kanwar began as a documentary filmmaker, later expanding his practice to multi-channel video installation. While he works strictly with documentary and archival images, Kanwar employs various methods of editing and presentation to exceed their immediate facticity, conjuring atmosphere, underlying motives, and furtive histories. This is a (re)viewing diary of Amar’s latest work The Sovereign Forest

Read the PostUntil Oblivion – viewing Amar Kanwar’s ‘The Sovereign Forest’

December 15, 2015 /

Up in the North-East, the Guwahati franchise already belongs to NorthEast United. And since Shillong Lajong have separated from the John Abraham-owned team, they became the front-runner for getting the Shillong franchise thanks to influence and money-power. That’s why Wahingdoh pulled out. They waited till November to do it so that AIFF don’t get to spin their withdrawal as “failing to meet licensing requirements” as they did with Pune FC and Bharat FC. They wanted it to be known loud and clear that they were walking out of the I-League as a protest;

Read the PostThe Winds of Merger : Will I-League & ISL merger heal Indian football?

December 14, 2015 /

Nepal is a land-locked nation. It is disproportionately dependent and ‘close’ to the Indian Union due to its geographical location and the presence of the Himalayas that, for now, limits smooth connectivity between Nepal and China. Delhi’s influence on Nepal is largely borne out of this unfortunate geography – an influence that sometimes is no different from political blackmail.

Read the PostMaking haters out of neighbours

December 12, 2015 /

In most societies the acts of religious conversion do ruffle the feathers of those who take the task of policing group boundaries zealously. In India too the issue of proselytization has been a matter of immense anxiety for the majoritarian groups belonging to Hindu religion

Read the PostWhy change your religion?

December 11, 2015 /

The decay of traditional and ritualistic Hinduism is the reaping field of Sri Sri Ravishankar’s philosophy business. Ravishankar offers the Upper Middle Class and the wealthy an expectation that he will provide the balm for the frustrations in their lives. But what they get is a method of breathing and a manner of laughter wrapped in fake philosophy, marketed with a vengeance

Read the PostThe Art of Living Business

December 10, 2015 /

Recently, Royal Wahingdoh – a Shillong-based football club of some repute – formally announced that they would be pulling out of the I-League, an All India Football Federation (AIFF) promoted initiative. This came as a rude shock to the fans who had been religiously following the club.

Read the PostBalls to ISL or How Reliance is killing local football

December 9, 2015 /

Ngin ym lah ban iada bad pynneh ia ka Merisawkun, lymda ngi iakhun pyrshah ia ka “Capitalism”, ka Sain Pyrkhat kaba pynshlur ban pynjot bad kaba ngeit ba ka spah ka dei ban lang lynnong lynnong tang ha ki katto katne ki lynghoh kti.

Read the PostKa Meirisawkun bad Ka Saiñ Pyrkhat

December 9, 2015 /

Rumi always has the same questions for him. The first one is, “Can you understand Farsi?” Avtar nods, even though he does not understand the language. When he is awake, it always torments him that he is a liar even in his dreams. Rumi continues in Persian, which Avtar now understands because he has lied about it, “Do you know what murder is?”

Read the PostAvatar

December 8, 2015 /

The entry of refugees in large numbers is never welcomed anywhere. Demographic balances in Northeast India were threatened, even overturned, by the influx. The Bengali refugee, competing for scant jobs in the already impoverished economy, was a threat. The next phase of violence and ethnic cleansing began.

Read the PostAfter Amnesia

December 6, 2015 /

There’s nothing innate to the Sith that makes them evil. Indeed, the values they hold are all about self-empowerment to bring about change and throw off oppression in all its forms. The Jedi, by contrast, are about stagnancy and suppression of the self.

Read the PostThe Sith Are Not Evil

December 5, 2015 /

MIA has sold over a million copies of her albums and god knows how many more downloads and in contrast to Bollywood actresses attempting crossovers, hers is really the story of a girl from south Asia making it big in the west. The fact that she made it by rapping about issues that most pop stars wouldn’t touch with a barge pole is all the more remarkable.

Read the PostFrom the Congo to Colombo – M.I.A. Redux

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.

Read the PostBuy Local

November 30, 2015 /

Released on YouTube in 2011, Gwyneth Alicia Mawlong’s “Syrngiew” is one of the most path-breaking musical productions emerging from Shillong, at least in the past decade. Its radicality lies both in its form and content. It is a Khasi song which beautifully expresses frustration and sadness over a love crippled by social detestation and non-acceptance, by virtue of its unconventional nature.

Read the PostSYRNGIEW / Shadow – A Khasi Love Song

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 25, 2015 /

In these days of endless hatred and violence based on religion, it is a frequent refrain that the secular character of our society is under threat. However ‘secularism’ has become a word that has been so abused that it is now seen with cynicism, if not utter disgust.

Read the PostSecularism does not mean “Let us worship each other’s gods”

November 25, 2015 /

Phi iohi mynta ki briew pat ki kylli balei phi leit tem hangne hangtai. L*@#, da nga leit tem hangno hangno makna ruh, nga rwai beit ia ka jingshisha kaba jia ha pyrthei. Lada phi siew ia nga watla nga rwai ia kata ka jingshisha, B**, ngan thut leh aiu?

Read the PostWe’re not burom class : TARIK

November 24, 2015 /

With all the world at stake, it’s not good enough for us to paste the word sustainable in front of the deceptive word development when what we really mean is “continue this exploitative and destructive way of life a little bit longer.” That destroys the words sustainable and development and, of course, contributes to the ongoing destruction of the world.

Read the PostSustainable Development is a Lie

November 21, 2015 /

As filmmakers from India who have gathered to share our work at the Film South Asia in Kathmandu this week, we would like to place on record our solidarity with the people of Nepal who are presently reeling from a grave humanitarian crisis, arising from what is tantamount to an economic blockade.

Read the PostIndian Filmmakers oppose India’s illegal economic blockade of Nepal

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

Read the PostDOWNLOAD : In Defence of Our Present – Solidarity with #FTII students

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 17, 2015 /

As India celebrates the National Press Day and the very freedom of press that has liberated us, we the Journalists, Newspapers and media houses in Nagaland faces a difficult challenge of delivering transparent and free communication and expression to our own people.

Read the Post#NagalandMediaGoesBlank

November 16, 2015 /

Although the buzz around TED has died down but its bastard lowbrow child called TEDx stalks the provincial countries and towns like a persistent salesman.
Shillong with its vanity number plates of ‘educational capital’, ‘rock capital’, ‘cliche capital’ has had many of these TEDx full of 18minutes of wannabe celebrities, failed politicians, music evangelists, development messiah, crumbling royalty with useless insights and bad powerpoint slides. It is high time to cap this crap.

Read the PostWhat is wrong with TED Talks?