An Indian dude meets a Pakistani chap in a London pub and a Brit woman walks in…
A short story
An Indian dude meets a Pakistani chap in a London pub and a Brit woman walks in…
I don’t want a Bible without errors and historical inaccuracies, without contradictions and inconsistencies. Thank God for them! They are good news. They are the very things that make Scripture meaningful and compelling.
Remembering Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir
There is a library, waiting to be touched, everywhere.
Not all is right in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the Indian Union. Some old British-rule era habits die hard
(Raiot Exclusive) Remember your schooldays in Shillong
What does one do in Shillong, but observe,
Fancy people walking on stilts of insecurity.
Poor people justifying their fate as victims.
Never mind a Dylanesque aura about this town,
Which is so fake.
Never mind the so called Christian culture,
Which is so adopted.
In light of all the hatred, directed towards hawkers and other people of the street, I want to stand up and publicly cheer for them.
Here in Mawlai I am clad in the infamous garb of a Maram.
“Go back to your Wild West Khasi Hills, you son of a maram”
Jo, the Khasi guy, shares his thoughts about the Earthquakes rumours
Whenever a major earthquake is in the news, you’ll probably hear about its Richter scale rating. You might also hear about its Mercalli Scale rating,…
A video report on the Grand sale of Indian Higher education to the profiteers
How does one write about a 20-year old, known to you intimately, who decides to shun what is conventionally called a normal life to disappear into the woods and fight for a cause that demands nothing but life?
Ka 30 Nohprah 2015 kan dei ka janmiet ka ban sah jingkynmaw ba ka Kynhun Nongrwai TARIK ka la pyllait paidbah ia ka thup jingrwai jong ka kaba la ai kyrteng “Khanatang Parking Lot bad ki Mawbynna Dew Bilat” ha Savio Hall, Laitumkhrah Shillong.
Shillong. Tara is getting married in 3 days. On her bachelorette’s party, she falls into a pool to find herself in a world exactly like her’s but where she doesn’t exist.
a film by Dennis Konjengbam, Prateeksha Darabdhara & Bijoy Labuktongbam
Allowing a private entity
– to define for Indian Internet users what is “basic”,
– to control what content costs how much, and
– to have access to the personal content created and used by millions of Indians
is a lethal combination which will lead to total lack of freedom on how Indians can use their own public utility
Ia ka History ngi pule ym tang kum ka jingiathuh khana, hynrei ngi dei ruh ban pynshai shynna (interpret) ia ki jingjia history na kawei ka pateng sha kawei pat. Ki jingjia ha ka history ym dei ba ki iathuh ne kdew tang shaphang ka mynnor, khamtam eh ka History ka don ruh ban hikai bad pyrsad mynsiem thymmai ia ka mynta. Ka Raiot ka kynmaw burom ia U Kiang Nangbah kum u riewpaidbah bad u riewiakhun na ka bynta ki khun ki hajar bad ki nongshong shnong jong ka Hima Sutnga
The decision of the Bombay High Court decision refusing bail to Professor GN Saibaba and issuing a contempt notice to Arundhati Roy requires a critical appraisal
Security personals sexually harassed and assaulted more that 40 women and gang-raped at least two during an anti-Maoists operation in the villages of Pegdapalli, Chinnagellur, Peddagellur, Burgicheru, and Gundam in Bijapur, South Chhattisgarh between October 20 and October 24, 2015.
An apology from Muslims (or those perceived to be Muslims) to humanity
A poem by Amir Darwish
Lots of people ask us what raiot webzine is about? Rather than give an answer, we give you a reading list of our 20 popular (not the best) posts. If this does not explain what we are about, nothing else will.
As a teenager living in Hyderabad in the mid 1970s, I had briefly befriended a group of Palestinian students studying at the Osmania University and living in an apartment in my neighborhood. I don’t remember their names or much else about them, but I do remember tasting Hummus for the first time when they shared some with all of us after a game of ‘gully cricket’!
Using modern-day forensic techniques, retired medical artist Richard Neave has reconstructed the face of ‘Jesus’ by studying Semite skulls.
Hasn’t he grown up? Christmas reminds us the startling fact that he has moved from the infant to the man of Nazareth. Are we still stuck on his infancy? It demands a commitment from our part to grow up to the man of Nazareth
“I want to show the absurdity on the process of putting a value to a copy. The machine is made to be very blunt and open about the fact that it’s not a danger to any industry at all”
Free Basics will be death for local online media like Raiot. With people shifting to Free Basics and being asked to pay for getting out of the Free Ecosystem what happens to indie media and local accessibility?
Kiba iaidkai ne leit thied jingthied sha Khyndai Lad ha ka 21 Nohprah 2015 ki iohi ia ka Risa Lehkmen Khristmas ba la pynlong da ka Seng ki Nongtrei-Nongbylla, ka Nazareth Hospital Workers Union, ha ryngkat ka jingiasnoh kti lang ka Thma U Rangli-Juki, Ka Domestic Workers Association, Ka All India Trade Union Congress bad kiwei de ki kynhun ne ki riewshimet, kaba kynthup ruh ia ki nongrwai, ki kaitor, ki kynhun shad kiba la ai ka jingkyrshan kaba pura bad pynlong ia ka Risa Lehkmen kaba don jingmut.
Amar Kanwar began as a documentary filmmaker, later expanding his practice to multi-channel video installation. While he works strictly with documentary and archival images, Kanwar employs various methods of editing and presentation to exceed their immediate facticity, conjuring atmosphere, underlying motives, and furtive histories. This is a (re)viewing diary of Amar’s latest work The Sovereign Forest
On the evening of 19th November at Bethany Society, Shillong a momentous and unprecedented, if not historic event occurred. Those who congregated there witnessed the…
The film is partly based on a novel titled Lockup by an auto driver Chandrakumar based on his own experience as a 17-year-old labourer in an Andhra police station and the second part of the film is based on a record of everyday policing events.
Remembering the birth anniversary of U Soso Tham, most celebrated poet of the Khasi Jaintia Hills, Raiot presents five of his most well known poems, translated into English by Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih.
Joseph E. Stiglitz on the real world effects of an unequal society
I remember a time back when I was in Catholic school; I was speaking in my mother’s language, Khasi during break time. A teacher walked…
Scientists say nuclear workers, village residents, and children living near Uranium mines and factories in Jadugoda of Jharkhand are falling ill after persistent exposure to unsafe radiation
Up in the North-East, the Guwahati franchise already belongs to NorthEast United. And since Shillong Lajong have separated from the John Abraham-owned team, they became the front-runner for getting the Shillong franchise thanks to influence and money-power. That’s why Wahingdoh pulled out. They waited till November to do it so that AIFF don’t get to spin their withdrawal as “failing to meet licensing requirements” as they did with Pune FC and Bharat FC. They wanted it to be known loud and clear that they were walking out of the I-League as a protest;
Nepal is a land-locked nation. It is disproportionately dependent and ‘close’ to the Indian Union due to its geographical location and the presence of the Himalayas that, for now, limits smooth connectivity between Nepal and China. Delhi’s influence on Nepal is largely borne out of this unfortunate geography – an influence that sometimes is no different from political blackmail.
Before she made her millions of paisas, my mother was a hawker. Determined to make a better life for me, she took a huge leap of faith and moved from Aizawl to Shillong.
In most societies the acts of religious conversion do ruffle the feathers of those who take the task of policing group boundaries zealously. In India too the issue of proselytization has been a matter of immense anxiety for the majoritarian groups belonging to Hindu religion
ISIS fuels Islamophobia and leads to alienation of Muslims in many countries. As a result ISIS also capitalizes on the alienation of these disillusioned Muslims and easily recruits them.
The decay of traditional and ritualistic Hinduism is the reaping field of Sri Sri Ravishankar’s philosophy business. Ravishankar offers the Upper Middle Class and the wealthy an expectation that he will provide the balm for the frustrations in their lives. But what they get is a method of breathing and a manner of laughter wrapped in fake philosophy, marketed with a vengeance
Recently, Royal Wahingdoh – a Shillong-based football club of some repute – formally announced that they would be pulling out of the I-League, an All India Football Federation (AIFF) promoted initiative. This came as a rude shock to the fans who had been religiously following the club.
Ngin ym lah ban iada bad pynneh ia ka Merisawkun, lymda ngi iakhun pyrshah ia ka “Capitalism”, ka Sain Pyrkhat kaba pynshlur ban pynjot bad kaba ngeit ba ka spah ka dei ban lang lynnong lynnong tang ha ki katto katne ki lynghoh kti.
Rumi always has the same questions for him. The first one is, “Can you understand Farsi?” Avtar nods, even though he does not understand the language. When he is awake, it always torments him that he is a liar even in his dreams. Rumi continues in Persian, which Avtar now understands because he has lied about it, “Do you know what murder is?”
The entry of refugees in large numbers is never welcomed anywhere. Demographic balances in Northeast India were threatened, even overturned, by the influx. The Bengali refugee, competing for scant jobs in the already impoverished economy, was a threat. The next phase of violence and ethnic cleansing began.
Modi and his party and supporters have thrashed every logical and sensible critical narrative with illogical, foolish and non-democratic counter narratives.
There’s nothing innate to the Sith that makes them evil. Indeed, the values they hold are all about self-empowerment to bring about change and throw off oppression in all its forms. The Jedi, by contrast, are about stagnancy and suppression of the self.
Forgetting, is it the same as getting justice?
MIA has sold over a million copies of her albums and god knows how many more downloads and in contrast to Bollywood actresses attempting crossovers, hers is really the story of a girl from south Asia making it big in the west. The fact that she made it by rapping about issues that most pop stars wouldn’t touch with a barge pole is all the more remarkable.
Resisting the cliches which pass off as photographs of #Shillong and #Meghalaya – जिम माउलांग plods on with his low pixel mobile vision.