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India Pay Homage to Rishang Keishing

Wungkui Zimik

When the Republic of India had its first Paliamentary elections in 1952, thirtytwo year old Rishang Keishing, a fresh graduate from the prestigious St. Paul’s Cathedral Mission College of Calcutta got elected along with Jawaharlal Nehru and others. He was one of the youngest MPs. Sixty two years later in 2014, he was still a member of the Parliament. He retired as world’s oldest MP at the age of 94. He passed away at the age of 97 on Tuesday , 22 August 2017 at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences hospital, Imphal. He is survived by his life partner of 67 long years, Mrs Khathingla. They have two daughters and four sons.

Indian leaders from across the party condoled Keishing’s demise. Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee were among the first to send condolences.

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China Variation in Tussle with India

Nisha Sethia

Doklam standoff in its almost three months tuzzle has finally withdrawn the troops from the disputed site. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

For the past few months, The Chinese media has been accusing India in its attempt to transform the territory in Doklam. In a single month around 125 articles have been written on the Indian “trespass”, “hijacking a small neighbour”, and that Doklam actually belongs to China.

There is an existing mechanism named India-China Expert-Level mechanism which was started in 2006 to share hydrological data during the flood season for Brahmaputra and Satluj rivers. Under the MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) signed in 2013 and 2015, the hydrological data is to be shared between May 15 to October 15 every year, but from May 15 till now no data has been received from China. The last meeting of the mechanism was held in April 2016 but held that linking the sharing of hydrological data with heavy floods in the northeast would be overdue.

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When a male river flows....

Nava Thakuria

They say there is only one male river (rivers are considered female in India) and that is in Tibetan highland. Of course, the name itself identifies it as the son of Lord Brahmā, the creator of the Universe according to the Hindu mythology. Brahma’s son (Putra) is known as Brahmaputra, the sacred river that emerges as a unique identity for the people of Assam. Even though Brahmaputra is an international river connecting Tibet (now under China), India and Bangladesh, it is omnipresent in the great Assamese literarycultural pieces. Often the mighty river is termed as Luit in Assamese literature, which Assam’s greatest son in recent time Dr Bhupen Hazarika described as Burha (literary meaning old) Luit also. Many of the immortal creations of Dr Hazarika are related to Brahmaputra (pronounced in Assamese as Brôhmôputrô). In different songs, the legendary singer terms the river as a symbol of greatness, harmony and assimilation. Sometime, the celebrated music composer also questioned Mohabahu Brahmaputra ‘why does it flow in spite of the endless sufferings of dwellers on both of its banks’.

The powerful river originates in Jima Yangzong glacier of the Himalayan State of Tibet (at an elevation of about 5150 meter), flows across southern Tibet and enters into Arunachal Pradesh and then flows southwest through the Assam valley to penetrate into Bangladesh. Finally the gigantic river culminates in the Bay of Bengal after merging with Padma (also known as Podda) and Meghna river. Identified as one of the major rivers of Asia (world’s fourth largest), Brahmaputra is known as Tsangpo in Tibet (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese), Siang or Dihang in Arunachal, Jomuna (not Yamuna of north India) in northern Bangladesh. It covers nearly 2,900 kilometer and embraces the basin area of around 651,300 square km. The river, occasionally adored as a sea, discharges average 19,300 cubicmeter volume of water per second.

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Minister Resigns for Chakma Right in Mizoram

Rashmi Mizar

Minister of the State of Mizoram, for Fisheries and Sericulture, Buddha Dhan Chakma the lone legislator and minister from the Chakma community of Tuichawng (ST) constituency of Congress Government submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla. The protest was against the denial of medical college seats to a number of four qualified Chakma Students in a case of alleged racial discrimination. 

Buddha Dhan Chakma an MBBS under state quota of 1994 from Gaya Bihar said “Remaining in the council of ministers might create uneasiness to maintain the glory of democracy in our state where all of us should feel at home irrespective of caste, creed and religion” and termed it to be as gross injustice. According to him it was a “systematic conspiracy” to deny various facilities to the Chakma who belong to the state for the last few years. They tried to do it even in 2016. But the selected candidates went to the High Court and got justice. This time round, it is a clear case of contempt of court and asked the candidates to go back to the High Court.

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Money and Men become biggest challenge for opposition in Tripura poll

Biswendu Bhattacharjee

With the sudden erosion of party leadership in major political oppositions, Congress and Trinamool Congress in Tripura are facing a tough time to re-organise the strength in Tripura. After shifting of Trinamool President Ashis Saha along with five MLAs of party rank to BJP having accused Mamata Banerjee, for being close to CPI-M, TMC has lost its total base due to shortage of leaders and supporters.

Besides, none of them have any funding from the central level or local, which appear to be the biggest challenge for the present flag bearers of the parties to survive. Being an election bound state, BJP is having a solid financial capacity to fight against the leftists but the only weakness is leadership.

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