The dust menace in Agartala

Roadsides with exposed soils throw up most of the dust into Agartala atmosphere; and the old practice of spraying water on roads to combat this menace is redundant now due to enormous increase in vehicular traffic in recent times.


We had a gala time celebrating Christmas at Prantik with the lovely children, their surrogate mothers and the starry eyed youths managing the establishment. Put in words Prantik’s goal may read like this: ‘Facilitate Home inmates to grow into responsible and compassionate citizens living on their own in society with dignity.’

We shall overcome

During my last visit to 'Prantik' in July the kids recited this song which was really touching. The video I took is posted here.

The enigma of Bose : ‘His Majesty’s Opponent’

A definitive biography, ‘His Majesty’s Opponent’ illuminates our understanding of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, notes S Nanda Kumar

It is well known that ‘Netaji’ Subhas Chandra Bose waged his major fight against the British from outside India, by raising a legion called the Indian National Army.

Many also know that he initially joined the Indian National Congress and Mahatma Gandhi in the non-violent fight against the British. He died under mysterious circumstances in an air crash towards the end of World War II. But little else is commonly known about one of the best-known figures of India’s freedom struggle.

"How Tripura overcame insurgency"

This article appeared in The Hindu, Sep 19. Even though insurgency is greatly reduced in Tripura, it still remains along with Terrorist camps in Bangladesh. However in this op-ed the author made some good points.

This State demonstrated that insurgency was not an insurmountable phenomenon. What were needed to tackle it were a well-crafted, multidimensional strategy and a positive mindset.

Floriculture brings prosperity to village of Laxmibil

Quoted from a news report in The Hindu ...

A poverty-stricken Tripura village has blossomed into an exporter of flowers after the villagers adopted floriculture with the assistance from Horticulture Department and Technology Mission.
Three years ago, Laxmibil village, in west Tripura district was like any other, wallowing in poverty and absence of gainful work till the the Horticulture Department and Technology Mission stepped in and motivated people to start floriculture.
As it stands, the village now not only supplies flowers to the home market, but also exports them abroad.

The Park

I see a neighborhood park, Park Gulmohar. Quiet, no qualms, no demands, compromising in nature and high on tolerance level. Personally I believe, that it is because of the Park there is more sun light, people are warmer because they come out of their homes, meet in the Park and talk. Here I make an attempt to know what the Park thinks of us – the daily visitors.

The Vandals-

IIT results: 24 of Bihar's Super 30 crack IIT-JEE this year

Twenty-four students from underprivileged sections have, this time, made it to the IIT-JEE from the 'Super-30' founded by mathematics wizard Anand Kumar.

With this - the total number of Super 30 students having qualified for the IIT-JEE in the last nine years have gone to 236, Kumar told PTI today.

A Perspective on Economy of Agartala

Since liberalization in the early nineties the economy of India has seen tremendous growth which was not stalled even by the dot com bubble burst in 2000 and the recession of 2009. But the economy of Agartala has not been developing in tandem with the economy of the country. The development has been quite slow; though lot of consumer brands in telecom and retail have entered Tripura but that would be mainly because the markets in tier 1 and tier 2 cities have saturated and they are looking for new territories to expand their business.

One Week in a Village School

After my final trimester exam I had plans of going on a pan India tour. But then I saw an email from the social responsibility forum of my college, the mail was from an NGO looking for a volunteer to teach computer at a school near Lonavala for a week. For the last 9 years I have lived in big cities, I always wanted to see the rural life in India. So I decided to take up this opportunity. I cut short my trip by 8 days and mailed them confirming my participation as a volunteer.