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Talks: ULFA flays Gogoi

GUWAHATI: United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) charges Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of dishonouring his own commitments for a successful negotiation.

In its latest mouthpiece Freedom , the militant outfit says the recent statement of Mr Gogoi is not acceptable as he himself has gone back to his promise.

He has failed to free the ULFA cadres from captivity besides his failure to trace the whereabouts of some missing ULFA top cadres during the Operation All Clear, reads the Freedom.

It further has charged that the Centre is maintaining a studied silence on the issue of negotiation. Mr Gogoi only talks of peace in Assam without restoration of its sovereignty.

ULFA maintains in its mouthpiece that the flood will be remaining a problem in Assam as long as “colonial rule” exists. It justifies that New Delhi, till date, has not taken any steps for permanent solution to the problem.

ULFA further charges the political parties with failing to provide help to the marooned people saying the proceedings of the State Assembly could have been stalled to rush to the affected areas.

On the much-touted Centre-NSCN (I-M) talk, ULFA opines in the Freedom that not much progress has been made in it except extending the cease-fire agreement.

They further say it is Government in New Delhi who has encouraged NSCN to demand creation of greater Nagalim with inclusion of areas of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

Photo: Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam delivering speech on the occasion of 61st Independence day of the Country at Judges Field, Guwahati on 15-08-07. Pix by UB Photos

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Bhupen Hazarika evening at Delhi on September 9

2 Sep 2013 - 9:08am | Raktim Baruah

The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) in collaboration with the India International Centrein New Delhi  is organizing a celebration of the creative genius of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and Jayanta Hazarika on September 9 (6 pm) at the India International Centre. This falls a day after the birthday of the Bard of the Brahmaputra.

While the evening will be dominated by their music and songs, C-NES Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika, who developed the programme, will be in conversation with Kalpana Lajmi, the film maker who worked closely with Bhupen-da.

Jayanta Hazarika's son, Mayukh and his wife Laili and musicians from Delhi will hold the evening together while Sunita Bhuyan, the well known violinist from Mumbai, will present some compositions of the versatile brothers.

Prag journo dies in mishap

Rima Sarma (file photo)
27 Aug 2017 - 10:26am | AT News Guwahati

Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) expresses shock at the sudden demise of Rima Sarma, a popular cultural news presenter of Prag News, following an accident on Saturday night at Bhangagarh locality of the city.

The forum also wishes early recovery of another city based television scribe, who was admitted to GMCH after facing an attack from miscreants last night. Biman Kalita of News Live, who was stabbed last night at Dhirenpara locality, is still in the hospital.

Saddened by the untimely demise of Rima, the forum also mentions that two more scribes are presently undergoing treatment in separate hospitals of the city. Gautam Hazarika of DY365 and Kushal Lahan of Amar Asom were admitted to hospitals on 15 August following after a massive brain stroke and road accident respectively. 

Poetry Reading Program in Delhi University: Assamese Culture and Contemporary Politics Discussed

12 Sep 2008 - 10:48pm | editor
Aruni Kashyap, young English language poet from Assam, opened up for discussion several problems and issues relevant to contemporary Assam in a Poetry Reading Program held at Hansraj College, University of Delhi, on 26th August, 2008. This was the monthly reading series that the Department of English, Delhi University organizes. He read his poems along with eminent Hindi poet Jitendra Srivastava.

Jitendra Srivastav teaches Hindi at Indira Gandhi National Open University and Aruni Kashyap is a student of MA English Literature at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. Jitendra Srivastav has published three poetry collections and they are In Dino Halchal (2000), Anbeli Katha (2003), and Asundar Sundar (2008). He has also written critical works on Hindi literature and they are Bharatiya Samaj Ki Samasyae Aur Premchand (2002), Bharatiya Rastrabaad Aur Premchand (2004), and Sabda Mein Samay (2008). He is also the winner of "Kirti Sanman (2005)" and "Ramchandra Shukla Puraskar (2006)."

Aruni Kashyap has published in Amar Asom, Sadin, Satsori, The Assam Tribune, Tehelka, Postcolonial Text , The Daily Star, Indian Literature, Muse India and Pratilipi. Aruni debuted in Assamese with his popular column "Dilli Vishawavidyalar Pora" in Amar Asom daily, when he was a young student of BA English at St. Stephen's College Since then, he has written reviews, essays, short stories in Assamese and English. Homen Borgohain wrote in "Prothom Kolom", Amar Asom that, "Aruni Kashyap's name is one of those names that would be uttered among the best writers and scholars in Assam after ten years."

"I didn't choose English, but English chose me", he said in the interactive session that followed after his reading, when asked by the audience how he inhabits two languages. "Since childhood, I have been writing in Assamese and after coming to Delhi I started writing poems in English. I read Ngugi Wa Thiongo in college, and used to feel guilty, thinking if I had cheated my people, state and culture by choosing to write in a colonial language."

"But gradually I understood the necessity and responsibility of writing in a language which is not my own. Being from a post-colonial nation, we cannot avoid the presence and importance of English. We need more English writers from Assam so that issues and problems get discussed at least in the national level, if not international. Today, I don't have to wait till my work is translated and hence I can make my work available to the whole world and open up what we are suffering at the hands of the central government, the Indian army and the corrupt politicians of Assam and also what we face here in Delhi, Bombay and Bangalore as students." Almost all of Aruni's poems are about Assamese rural life, history, and borrows extensively from folklore.In the section "Blood, Guns and the Sun" he read out poems that depicted the plight of common people caught amidst insurgency due to ULFA and racist attitudes faced by Northeastern people in Delhi.

He was also asked about the theme of exile, and he said that it "Has a historical lineage. Had I not come to Delhi to study, may be I wouldn't have written in such a nostalgic manner about Assam. In this way, I feel myself linked to the Assamese students in Calcutta in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Dr Moheswar Neog in his history of Assamese literature says that it was the nostalgic feeling among Assamese students that lead to "swajon preeti" and thus they formed the Asomiya Bhasar Unnati Sadhini Sobha in 1884."

Aruni plans to publish a collection of poems in English soon. "I want to continue writing in English and Assamese. It's more liberating to write in my mother tongue, but since English came too, I'd continue as it opens up Assam for the rest of world more easily."