07 APRIL 2020
States : ASSAM
The Dhemaji Tragedy

Parthajit Baruah, director of documentary The Dhemaji Tragedy – An Undefined Chapter, the tragedy that happened on the Independence Day in 2004 talks to Shoma Chatterji.

Media Interviews Films Media

Slum dwellers in Assam suffer from poor sanitation and hygiene
Sanitary conditions in most of the slum areas in Assam are abysmal. Ignorance about cleanliness, lack of water supply and proper working toilets, absence of covered drainage and sewage, and no action from the local and state government are to be blamed for the mess, reports Nilotpal Bhattacharjee.

Urban Sanitation Health
Where leopards await human compassion
The lack of awareness about a traditionally peace-loving species and inadequate safeguards to protect their natural habitats and corridors are posing a serious threat to the continued survival of leopards in and around the city of Guwahati. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

Environment Wildlife Biodiversity
Blending theatre with nature
In Assam, a unique innovation by a passionate tribal theatre enthusiast succeeds in taking the art from the confines of the auditorium into the lap of nature, creating a near-cosmic experience for the performer as well as the audience. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

Environment Art Society
SC verdict puts the spotlight on Bangla immigrants in Assam
Should foreign immigrants in Assam enjoy Indian citizenship as outlined by the Assam Accord and endorsed by Section 6A of the Citizenship Act? Or do they pose a threat to constitutional sovereignty and integrity? Tanvi Bhatikar reports on a recent court ruling that focuses on these questions.

Government Laws Human Rights
Where the boats ferry in good health
For the three million plus marginalised people living on the shifting riverine ‘chars’ on the Brahmaputra in Assam, ‘boat clinics’ arrive once every month with basic health supplies, services and education. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on this innovative healthcare delivery system.

Public Health Health Poverty
NaMo-RaGa brand war drowns out Assam’s cries
The ruling government has seen limited success in some areas, but the state's lingering needs seem to have been forgotten in the war of personalities ahead of the looming parliamentary elections. Ratna Bharali Talukdar has more.

Agriculture Elections Government
Areca nut opens up new horizons for Assamese youth
Eco-friendly disposable plates and bowls made from sheaths of the abundant areca nut plant in rural Assam hold great promise for a lucrative industry with global reach. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on the enterprise.

Agricultural Trade Livelihood Economy
Big hopes from small tea
The Assamese small tea sector has seen impressive growth over a relatively short span of time, thanks to the efforts of growers and support from the Tea Board. All it needs now is state support to take it to the next level, reports Ratna Bharali Talukdar.

Agriculture Livelihood
Char dwellers turn to sugarcane, but will it be enough?
A number of families residing in the char areas of Assam have apparently staved off misfortune by taking up sugarcane cultivation, but it may require more than just that to stem the trend of migration and improve living conditions in the region. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

Livelihood Poverty
Why Assam burns again
The recent nod to Telangana has led to unrest and violence anew in Assam, where several groups have been struggling for their respective states for decades. Ratna Bharali Talukdar looks at the current situation in the context of the long and checkered movements for statehood in the region.

Law and Order Government Peace
'Pearl of water' transforming lives
An innovative eco-friendly handicraft, developed and promoted by NEDFi, using the abundant water hyacinth has improved the economic conditions of rural artisans and crafts-women in the Northeast and given their lives new meaning Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

Livelihood Economy Society
Opting out of the chaos
Endless ethnic clashes in the state since the 1990s, coupled with chronic flood and erosion, have triggered large scale migration from Assam to greener pastures outside the state. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

Displacement Human Rights

- Map of Assam
- Population: 31.17 million (2011)
- Area: 78,352
- Density: 340/sq. km.
- Electorate: 14.7 m (2004)
- Sex Ratio: 932
- Child Sex Ratio: 964
- Literacy: 64%
- Life Expectancy: 57.1M/57.6F
- Infant Mortality: 64/1000 (2008)
- Lok Sabha MPs: 14
- Rajya Sabha MPs: 7
- Human Dev. Report (2003)