Author: Nava Thakuria

The author is a Guwahati-based journalist, who writes for various media outlets based in different parts of the globe.

Guwahati: Ram is Shubh (auspicious), Ram is Mangal (propitious), Ram is inspiration, Ram is faith, conviction. Ram is not a Murti (idol) of Dharma, but Vigrah or Dharma himself, said Dattatreya Hosabale, Sarkaryavah of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, while releasing a book titled ‘Ram Phir Laute’ (Ram returned again) along with Gita Manishi Swami Gyananand, justice Hemant Gupta and VHP’s international working president Alok Kumar in New Delhi on 9 December. The book in Hindi penned by journalist Hemant Sharma and published by Prabhat Prakashan highlights the historic and glorious journey of re-constructing Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. Prabhu Ram returned to…

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Guwahati: One thousand children belonging to the families of sanitation workers on Sunday performed in a spectacular cultural event with traditional attire in the city. The colourful event titled ‘Joy of Life with the Rhythm of Equality’ at Khanapara veterinary college ground witnessed Sattriya dances performed by 500 children and Bhortal Nritya by another 500 children. Later they collectively played Borgeet and  danced to the tune of Vande Mataram. Many women sanitation workers also performed in front of a large gathering. Organised by Valmiki Music School, run by the city-based Dr Hedgewar Memorial Trust, on the eve of Bharat Pran…

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Guwahati: A dedicated tribal leader turned a great nationalist Bhimbar Deuri was remembered for his extraordinary contributions to the country, while preparing to adopt a new identity as a sovereign nation after decades of foreigner’s rule, at a gorgeous function in the city on 30 November 2023. Organised on the Jananeta’s 76 th death anniversary at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, the Bhimbar Deuri Divas witnessed a spectacular participation of audience where the guests spoke a volume about the legendary personality and a successful organizer. Patronaged by Assam government’s cultural affairs department and initiated by Deuri Autonomous Council (DAC), All Assam Deuri…

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Guwahati: Over one thousand children belonging to the families of sanitation workers in the city will participate in a cultural event titled ‘Joy of Life with the Rhythm of Equality’ at Khanapara veterinary college ground on Sunday (3 December 2023). Organised by Valmiki Music School on the death anniversary of Bharat Pran Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, architect of the Constitution, the event will witness various cultural programs like Sattriya dances, Bhortal performances, Borgeet presentations, playing of patriotic music etc. Initiated with an aim to pay tributes to Dr Ambedkar and remind the citizens of their duty and responsibilities enshrined in the…

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Guwahati: The World Hindu Congress 2023, a global platform for Hindu leaders, thinkers, and influencers, from around the world, concluded with a sense of unity, inspiration, and a renewed commitment to the timeless values of Hindu Dharma. The WHC (24 – 26 November 2023) came to an end in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, receiving divine blessings from Mata Amritānandamayī Devi. The 2000 plus delegates from 61 countries witnessed stimulating discussions and essential announcements, reinforcing the commitment to the principles of Hindu Dharma. Following the declaration on the inaugural day condemning the malicious attacks on Hindutva and Sanatan Dharma,…

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Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday visited Lokhimon Ashram in Dolamara area of  Karbi Anglong district to attend a congregation meeting. Sarma paid a visit to the cemetery of Kurusar Lokhan Engti Hansek, the founder of Lokhimon faith, to  pay rich tributes. Unveiling a statue of the great man, he also laid the foundation of the  third temple (Sok-Phe Ah Aklam).  Speaking on the occasion, Sarma stated that Lokhimon faith is based on the tenets of reforms where its founder spread the messages of non-violence, restraint, peace, friendship, faith, devotion and purity. Lokhimon faith gives the path…

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Guwahati: The annual Akhil Bharatiya Karykari Mandal Baithak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is being held in Bhuj (Kutch region of Gujarat) on 5, 6 and 7 November 2023. The meeting will start at 9 am on Sunday and will culminate at 6 pm on Tuesday. All together 381 workers from across the country representing Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Baithak are expected to be present. Prant Sanghchalaks, Karyavah and Prant Pracharaks and their sah-Sanghchalaks, sah-Karyavahs and sah-Prant pracharaks from total 45 prants will participate in this Baithak. Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale and sah-Sarkaryavah Dr Krishnagopal, Dr Manmohan Vaidya,…

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Thousands of Hindu families in Buddhist majority Myanmar (also known as Burma or Brahmadesh) have also organised the Sharadotsav (autumn festival) to worship Mother Goddess Durga with limited resources. The Sanatani Hindu people in Rakhine/Arakan State in western Myanmar bordering Bangladesh start celebrating the sacred festival for three days. Durga Puja festivity begins in various Rakhine localities like Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Kyauk Taw, Ponna Kyunt, Kyauk Phyu besides its capital city Sittwe, which will culminate on Maha Navami. Worshiping Devi Durga, a goddess of Shakti (power), remains a major religious event for the Hindu people in southeast Asian nation, but like…

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Guwahati: Bharat Mata Pujan 2023, organised with an aim to celebrate the legacy, culture and traditions of the great land, kick starts on Thursday (1 Kati of 1430 Bhaskarabda) coinciding the Sharadiya Durgotsav. Thousands of cultural personalities, art connoisseurs and patriotic nationals assembled at Chandmari AEI field in the far eastern part of Bharat (India) to participate and witness the unique festival, where the motherland is worshiped as a deity. Organised under the initiative of Pragnya (wisdom), the five-day spiritual extravaganza was inaugurated by Nrityacharya Jatin Goswami on 19 October by lighting the sacred lamp in presence of Taren Boro…

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The art connoisseurs along with the patriotic citizens in the far eastern part of Bharat (India) will gather at Chandmari AEI field in Guwahati on 19 October (1 Kati of 1430 Bhaskarabda) to celebrate the legacy, culture and traditions of the great land, as Bharat Mata Pujan 2023 will unfold a series of cultural programs including a group performance on the theme of Vande Mataram with 1000 participating artistes. The five-day festival, organised under the initiative of Pragnya (Wisdom), will comprise Akhand Bharat Parikrama, Guru Pujan, Kanya Pujan, Mohiyasi Matri Sanman presentation, Vande Mataram dance competition, Alpana contest, puppet shows,…

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Guwahati: As if, it was not enough to malign the image of Professor Muhammad Yunus, the lone Nobel laureate of Bangladesh, by repeated legal harassments from various government agencies, now the pioneer of microfinance and social business has been summoned to appear before the anti-corruption commission on 5 October 2023 against a money laundering case. Five more individuals, attached to Prof Yunus, are also being asked to appear before the commission in Dhaka within two days. They are preparing to follow the procedure, said a source close to Prof Yunus. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who will seek the mandate of…

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Guwahati: Three-day Pragjyotishpur Literary Festival 2023 is concluding today at Asom Sahitya Sabha bhawan and district library premises as the valedictory function is scheduled at 4.30 pm where eminent personalities like Samudra Gupta Kashyap, Diganta Biswa Sarma, Sudeshna Bhattacharjya etc will be present. Organised by Sankardev Education and Research Foundation (SERF) with the theme ‘In Search of Roots’ for the first time, the national-level LitFest (29 Sept to 1 Oct) was launched with the lighting of sacred lamp by the festival committee president Phanindra Kumar Devchoudhury and National Book Trust chairman Milind Sudhakar Marathe in presence of Padma Shri awardee…

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Guwahati: An intellectual and interactive treat for the literary enthusiasts, cultural connoisseurs and budding writers is waiting to emerge as Pragjyotishpur Literature Festival 2023 (PLF) which will unfold a series of literary activities for three days in the historic city. The three-day literature festival, organised for the first time by Sankardev Education and Research Foundation (SERF), will kick start on 29 September 2023 at Asom Sahitya Sabha and district library premises in the city. Themed as ‘In Search of Roots’, the national-level festival is aimed at showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the land and also encouraging the young talents…

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Guwahati: Bharat Raksha Manch (Save India Forum, a non-government organization pursuing for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) with base year of 1951 across Bharat) reiterates its demand for clearing all dues to nearly 7000 data entry operators (DEOs), who worked as part time employees in the NRC updation process for Assam (May 2014 to October 2019). The forum claims that the former State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela, the system integrator Wipro limited and one sub-contractor Integrated System and Services (ISS) had syphoned a sum of Rs 155 crores during the process, which was meant for the DEOs. In fact,…

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Guwahati: Nearly 100 Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel were recently sensitized on preventing wildlife crimes and illegal wildlife trade in a workshop organized by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and biodiversity conservation group Aaranyak at Salonibari of Tezpur in eastern Assam. “A group of 99 senior as well as junior officials/personnel of India’s elite border guarding forces were enlightened on the national and international ramifications of wildlife crimes in the workshop held at SSB’s recruit training centre on Tuesday in Tezpur,” said a source in Aaranyak. The participants were given insight to overall scenario of wildlife crimes and the…

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