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Seeking an Alternative for Uttarakhand

The dream of Uttarakhand hangs by a thread and will very much be decided by the 2012 state election. Already the BJP and Congress have cornered various media outlets to serve as their mouthpiece, while relying on the powers of their national brands to overpower…

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Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Uttarakhand Titanic

September 10, 2011 The BJP once again decides to rearrange the deck chairs on its “Titanic” regime by swapping Chief Ministers ahead of assembly elections. Even while decrying the corruption allegations as baseless, the party high command has basically affirmed the severely damaging charges against…

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Disregard for local culture

In another highly symbolic move, the Uttarakhand government has ordered District Magistrates to begin adding Sanskrit to all nameplates for government offices throughout the state. The current BJP government made Sanskrit Uttarakhand’s second official language after Hindi, the first and only state to do so…

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Student elections: the origins of corrupt politics

It is an open secret that student elections throughout India have become training grounds for future goonda-cum-politicians. In Uttarakhand and in particular Dehradun, the situation has only worsened over the years with several colleges playing host to shocking and uproarious scenes of hooliganism every election.…

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The End of Nepal’s Own "Gorkhayani"

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, April 16, 2008 With Nepal all set to become a democratic republic, Indians may be looking on with trepidation as a radical force comes to power in the Himalayan kingdom. They should not, as India played a central role in…

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Garhwali Filmmaker Parashar Gaur Gives It Another Shot

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, February 2008 Parashar Gaur has never stopped dreaming of making the next great Garhwali film. Twenty-five years after his debut of Jagwal (“The Long Wait”), Garhwal’s maiden entry into the ranks of Indian regional cinema, Gaur has returned to India…

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A Historic Conference on Uttarakhand History

Garhwal Post, October 7, 2007 Srinagar, 6 Oct: The historic first conference of the Uttarakhand History and Culture Association concluded this weekend at H.N.B. Garhwal University in Srinagar, with delegates setting the baseline for professionalism and further growth in scholarly activities in the state. Honoured…

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Dehradun in the Running for International IT Conference

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post February 17, 2007 As the state election campaign enters its final days, another poll is being held in the cyber world to determine the venue of an important information technology conference later this year. Dehradun is one of three cities…

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All in the Family

Garhwal Post, February 8, 2007 For Congress and the BJP, politics has very much been a family affair in Uttarakhand. With so many ties binding their top leadership, it is no small wonder that the region has seen so many of the same names and…

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Beyond Electoral Politics: Need for Democratic Renewal

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, February 2, 2007 Democratic renewal has yet to be broached by any political party in the current elections, yet it is perhaps the only thing that can bring the whole exercise to a satisfactory conclusion. As a keen observer of…

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