Chipping Away At Their Lives

A far-flung village in Almora district could soon become history due to a silent killer: termites.  Just like the rest of the Kumaon region, Lambari is a picture-perfect hamlet. But zoom in a little closer and you will find that the villagers out there don’t really feel at home. The source of their despair is…

Irom Sharmila and the Alleged Criminal Intent

It is ironic that in a country that claims to be the ‘world’s largest democracy’, Irom Sharmila has been held for much of the last 14 years under a provision of law which has been considered “anachronistic”, “arbitrary” and “inhuman” by the judiciary on multiple occasions. On 2 November 2014, Irom Chanu Sharmila’s fast in…

The bus driver slapped the old man, leaving us stunned

6 MARCH 2012, the day before Holi, I was on way to my uncle’s place in Dwarka, New Delhi, aboard a DTC bus. After a few stops the flying squad stopped the bus and started checking passengers for tickets. Suddenly, a senior citizen raised his voice, asking the squad to allow the bus to move while…

Let Football Bridge Some Gaps in Northeast India

Through the human history of collective living, sports has always been an instrument that facilitated the establishment and deepening of a common identity. It has had its share in arousing feelings of togetherness not only in the West, but also in a country as diverse as India. The inclusion of the NorthEast United Football Club…

The Difficulty of Being Good

Most of the accident victims are left uncared in the ‘golden hour’ when they need immediate medical attention. Those who step forward and lend a helping hand are more often than not heard narrating their harrowing tales of subsequent police harassment and repeated visits to the courts. It has been more than a year since…