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The State of the Northeast

Why don't we care about our Northeast?

By Sai Avinash (Own work) via Wikimedia CommonsSometime back, you must have seen Nagaland pop up on television channels and newspaper front pages. Of course, look for it today: it has disappeared again. First, though, let's go to Tamil Nadu. Before the political mud slinging, there was Jallikattu. At that time: But the 'Occupy Marina' drive is not just about jallikattu. The Pongal event is only the manifestation of anger and resentment that has been brewing for some time now. It has become a flashpoint because it is yet another issue on which they feel the political class has failed them. Just a few months back, it was the Cauvery issue where Tamil Nadu buckled in front of an aggressive and hostile upper riparian Karnataka. There. Now, back to Nagaland. "So a deep sense of frustration has been building up in Nagaland – the contestation over women’s legal rights, asserted through the Supreme Court, gave space for this anxiety to overflow in an extremely negative way. I wonder if the thinking must have gone something like this: “We don’t know anything about this agreement which is 18 months old, we don’t trust this lot of politicians and now they’re thrusting this Indian constitutional provision down our throats without discussion” Compare both the excerpts. Look closely. Both sound similar. What is NOT similar is the coverage both these issues got. One might have even invaded your social media feeds. The other? You know better. My objective here was to understand just how this came to pass; many other, and better qualified commentators, have weighed in with their opinions, while the news outlets have also reported on the developments. What's missing however, is visibility. In Arunachal Pradesh, a former Chief Minister committed suicide at the age of 47, and no one knows why. In Assam, a Central bill (still in the process of being examined by a Joint Committee) proposes to welcome illegal immigrants from Bangladesh on the basis of their religion; basically, you can't become an Indian citizen after crossing the border if you're a Muslim, all other religions are fine. In Manipur, the state has been facing an economic blockade (highways blocked, shortage of essential goods & high prices of the ones available) since...guess. A week? A month? Nope. More than 100 days now, and counting. In Tripura, a tribal representative political party called a 48-hour bandh to protest the Centre's Citizenship Bill (the one above). 50 people were injured in the protests, some days prior to the bandh. In Meghalaya, the number of drug users has increased by 33 times over the last 10 years. Children as young as 12 are on drugs. In Mizoram, prohibition was lifted after 18 years, in 2015. Gujarat, Nagaland, Kerala, Bihar all have liquor bans, with prospects of it being a poll promise in every other state. So why is this  state swimming against the tide? In Sikkim, the country's second biggest hydel power project has been commissioned. It is just one of around 27 projects to be constructed in the state. The government promises development. The natives argue there are no roads or healthcare facilities. Their protests have led to the scrapping of 4 of these 27 projects. I had to google for the states I didn't remember. That's how bad it is. Forget remembering a headline; the entire states slip out of memory. Let's change that, shall we?  


The Not So Common State Of ‘Sadness’: Depression

What is the first thing that comes to your head when someone talks about mental illness, about how tired their brain is? Well most of us call them crazy, at times pathetic too, but you would be surprised to know that they are feeling way more ‘pathetic’ than you can ever feel. When I say being sad and being depressed are two wholly different balls of game, I truly mean it. Some of us hit the reality while others get beaten up by it so hard that they start questioning their own belief of existence. Depression is not a disorder or a disease and surely not one of the assumed ‘mood swings’. It is rather a phase where you become so vulnerable that its hard to draw lines between different shades of emotions. If you think you know how this one swings, then trust me you don’t. A sad face is not a voice calling for help, a happy face is. Try to find the insight of this feeling and you might solve some of your own riddles. Here are some of the ‘dark’ pages of the depressed reality, which everyone should know about:                       So next time whenever you encounter humans going through an emotional roller coaster, try to understand them. This is nothing to be ashamed of, rather ask again, encourage them to face their inner monster. Lastly It’s okay, just love yourself a little louder because this shall pass too...


Review: 13 Reasons Why (Season 1)

  Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, happens to be the most popular teen drama of 2017. Based on the novel by Jay Asher of the same name, the series depicts depression, stress, bullying, emotional and physical abuse faced by teenagers. Even though it is a teen drama, still is pretty dark and it will leave the viewers emotionally vulnerable. The story is about a girl called Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind recorded tapes, giving the reasons for her tragic demise. The show is beautiful yet haunting and all the actors make the characters real and relate-able. The show may be about Hannah but it also shows the struggles and problems that other characters face. Everyone reacts differently to Hannah’s death but Clay, Hannah’s co-worker and classmate gets affected the most. He loved Hannah but sadly never got to say it to her. The ending is slightly different than that of the book’s. In the book, Hannah took a fistful of pills to kill herself but to make it more dramatic in the finale, Hannah is showed slitting her wrists and dying in her bathtub. This ending drives home the point more forcefully and efficiently. It is excruciatingly painful to watch Hannah die like that and the viewer cannot help but feel remorse and empathy towards her. It also depicts what the families in such cases go through. The pain of Hannah’s parents leaves one heartbroken. The show not only discusses a serious matter, like suicide but also raises the question of what role do elders play in the lives of children. So the show is a wakeup call for both teenagers and elders alike. After watching this series, people will realize that such tragedies can be avoided altogether, only if we pay a little more attention. All the problems shown are very much real and a lot of people struggle through similar circumstances. 13 reasons why will be able to help a lot of people who face similar problems and help them deal with it in a better way because no matter what Hannah thought, taking your own life is not the only option.  


Review: 13 Reasons Why (Season 1)

  Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, happens to be the most popular teen drama of 2017. Based on the novel by Jay Asher of the same name, the series depicts depression, stress, bullying, emotional and physical abuse faced by teenagers. Even though it is a teen drama, still is pretty dark and it will leave the viewers emotionally vulnerable. The story is about a girl called Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind recorded tapes, giving the reasons for her tragic demise. The show is beautiful yet haunting and all the actors make the characters real and relate-able. The show may be about Hannah but it also shows the struggles and problems that other characters face. Everyone reacts differently to Hannah’s death but Clay, Hannah’s co-worker and classmate gets affected the most. He loved Hannah but sadly never got to say it to her. The ending is slightly different than that of the book’s. In the book, Hannah took a fistful of pills to kill herself but to make it more dramatic in the finale, Hannah is showed slitting her wrists and dying in her bathtub. This ending drives home the point more forcefully and efficiently. It is excruciatingly painful to watch Hannah die like that and the viewer cannot help but feel remorse and empathy towards her. It also depicts what the families in such cases go through. The pain of Hannah’s parents leaves one heartbroken. The show not only discusses a serious matter, like suicide but also raises the question of what role do elders play in the lives of children. So the show is a wakeup call for both teenagers and elders alike. After watching this series, people will realize that such tragedies can be avoided altogether, only if we pay a little more attention. All the problems shown are very much real and a lot of people struggle through similar circumstances. 13 reasons why will be able to help a lot of people who face similar problems and help them deal with it in a better way because no matter what Hannah thought, taking your own life is not the only option.  




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