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Wind that Shakes the Chaulai: Lessons for Uttarakhand from Ireland

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post January 18, 2007 With the second state assembly elections poised to descend into an alphabet soup free-for-all, the prescient words of veteran Dehradun-based activist, Biju Negi, remind me of the pivotal times ahead. Back in 2000, Negi made the observation…

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A Dream Reclaimed?

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, December 31, 2006 And so as the New Year dawns, Uttarakhand has finally come to be. Perhaps not in the way most expected or even would have wanted, but alas, nothing is predictable in politics. With the President’s assent to…

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In Defense of Our Universities

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post 21 December 2006 Recently I had the good fortune to visit Nainital for the first time. The town was wonderful surprise. Naini lake itself seemed quite clean and a far cry from the grim warnings of its imminent demise I…

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Op-Ed: Gandagi

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, November 23, 2006 State Formation Day, the CII “Uttaranchal” Fair, and the Uttarakhand Mahotsav have come and gone from the desert scrub of the once lush Parade and Rangers’ Grounds. The glossy pamphlets and display tables of the various state…

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Op-Ed: Reflections on State Formation Day: For the Common Good?

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, 9 November 2006 It is fortuitous that I begin my regular biweekly column for Garhwal Post on the sixth anniversary of the foundation of “Uttaranchal.” As a resident of the US and Canada in the 1990s, I sought to do…

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Op-Ed: Appealing to NRUs with A Clear Vision and Alternative

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, 26 October 2006 As a past office bearer and long-time member of both the Canadian and US Uttarakhandi associations, I look with sympathy upon the UKD’s attempts to generate funds (Garhwal Post, 25 Oct) to counter the powerful political machines…

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Some salient points on the Divya Pharmacy Case

Some of the 115 dismissed workers of Divya Pharmacy. They have been on dharna for more than half a year. The Brinda Karat-Baba Ramdev affair that exploded into the media in January 2006 has thus far been so badly reported that a few salient points…

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75th Anniversary of Peshawar Incident

by Chandan Dangi April 23 has a special meaning for all Uttarakhandis. On this day in 1930, the British rulers asked Garhwal Rifles to march forward and crush an agitation of SALT SATYAGRAHA by the Baluch people (PATHANS) in Peshawar. Havildar Chandra Singh Garhwali refused…

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Bali Devi greets Wangari Maathai

Bali Devi greets Nobel Prize winner Dr. Wangari Maathai in Nairobi (courtesy UNEP)

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Renewing the Uttarakhand Movement

Rajiv Rawat, October 6, 2004 This past weekend marked the 10th anniversary of Kali Raat — the rape and massacre of rallyists by police that proved to be the turning point of the Uttarakhand separate state movement. However, in the region, commemorations of that awful…

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