Articles by: Suraj Gogoi

An Open Letter To Noam Chomsky ON CAA, NPR, NRC

An Open Letter To Noam Chomsky ON CAA, NPR, NRC

Co-Written by Angshuman Choudhury & Suraj Gogoi Dear Professor Chomsky, Hope you are well. Please allow us to introduce ourselves. We are two young academics from the Northeast Indian state of Assam. [Angshuman is a researcher at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi) while Suraj is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the National University of Singapore.][Read More…]

February 20, 2020 India
Martyr vs the Victim: Revisiting Nellie on its anniversary

Martyr vs the Victim: Revisiting Nellie on its anniversary

There is a difference between a victim and a martyr. My effort in this piece is to relocate the victim in contemporary Assam and critique the amnesia built around the victim. What is a victim? A victim is someone who is allows us to identify the experiences of evil. Evil, writes historian Wendy Doniger, is not what we do. In[Read More…]

February 18, 2020 Human Rights
Re-imagining the Assamese identity under the shadow of NRC

Re-imagining the Assamese identity under the shadow of NRC

Cultural worlds are fluid, and so are humans. Assimilation and migration are intrinsic to any society. Thus Assam is not an aberration. Anyone studying Assam knows how complex and layered its history is. So it is obvious that the articulation of Assamese identity has also undergone multiple changes. The Assam Movement was primarily a cultural movement. It defined the measurements of the “son[Read More…]

June 17, 2019 India
NRC muddle: a vigilante student union and India’s borderlands

NRC muddle: a vigilante student union and India’s borderlands

Society cannot escape human influences, wrote philosopher and revolutionary Frantz Fanon. Student unions have played a significant role in shaping the contours of regional politics in Northeast India. The All Assam Students’ Union, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, and Khasi Students’ Union, among others, have often defined the measurements and boundaries of all spheres of life in the region. As expected,[Read More…]

May 27, 2019 India
How NRC legitimised xenophobia and chauvinism in Assam

How NRC legitimised xenophobia and chauvinism in Assam

The NRC exercise seems to have links to the border police and Foreigners’ Tribunal, despite official denials.   Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi As soon as the draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released, an image went viral across media platforms in Assam. It was that of the All Assam Student Union (AASU) members[Read More…]

May 25, 2019 India
The rise of ‘philistines’ in Assam

The rise of ‘philistines’ in Assam

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi In Assam, a certain section of people desire intellectuals who do not question human rights issues, authority or policy.   The current social and political milieu in Assam is replete with claims and counterclaims over citizenship and measurements of being an Assamese. Assam has always been a site of such claims, where[Read More…]

May 22, 2019 India
The silence of the media: National Register Of Citizens in Assam

The silence of the media: National Register Of Citizens in Assam

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi Suicides, violence, persecution – why is the media not reporting the NRC process responsibly? On June 11, 2018, four Special Rapporteurs of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) submitted a letter to Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj addressing the racial bias and human rights violations resulting from the National[Read More…]

May 21, 2019 India
A Tocquevillian blunder

A Tocquevillian blunder

Co-Written By Suraj Gogoi and Prasenjit Biswas Colonialism is a story of exploitation, subjugation and domination. It sought to establish racial supremacy and resorted to an accumulation of wealth. Be it the Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) or the British East India Company, in the name of trade and Empire, they carried out heinous crimes and plunder of its colonies. Racism also has a deep[Read More…]

May 20, 2019 India
Assam against itself: A response to Sanjib Baruah

Assam against itself: A response to Sanjib Baruah

Co-Written By Suraj Gogoi, Gorky Chakraborty and Parag Jyoti Saikia In response to Professor SanjibBaruah‘s article ‘Stateless in Assam‘ which discussed a new focus on detention camps for ‘stateless citizens’, SurajGogoi, Gorky Chakraborty and Parag JyotiSaikia reflect on the implications of reducing people to ‘bare life’. The Concentration camps that came to the fore during the Holocaust, left a deep impact on human history. It showed[Read More…]

May 18, 2019 Human Rights
A Reply to Dr. Hiren Gohain

A Reply to Dr. Hiren Gohain

Co-Written by Suraj Gogoi and Parag Jyoti Saikia It is rather unfortunate that we have to share these questions and concerns with you, because you have been an epitome of courage and one who held human dignity above all. Marginalised people of Assam and in civil society respects you for those solidarities that emanated from your pen when they needed[Read More…]

August 11, 2018 Human Rights
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Amchang Eviction: Causality Of Conservation

  Capital is not equally shared; neither is nature. Our everyday life has become precarious, a life without stability. Spaces that we dwell in are increasingly questioned, mostly spaces that are home to the margins of the society. Such margins and spaces that they dwell in were for a long time considered ‘non-economic’ zones, which lacked interest of movements of[Read More…]

December 6, 2017 Human Rights
Margins And Solidarity At Perils In Assam: The Case of Kaziranga National Park And Beyond

Margins And Solidarity At Perils In Assam: The Case of Kaziranga National Park And Beyond

I grew up as a sick child, having suffered a chronic cough for over seven years. My parents tried everything to cure my illness. In one of such pursuits, I found myself traveling to Mayong with my father[1]. We travelled in a bus from Sadiya, the easternmost place in Assam, along with many others. Some were known to me and[Read More…]

May 6, 2017 Environmental Protection