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Sambit Dash

Sambit Dash


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Posts by Sambit Dash

Is being a female in Odisha difficult?

When the rigor of Goddess worship on Thursdays of Margashira month, when the pride in celebration of menstruation in Raja festival, when the credit of having had a woman Chief Minister in early 70’s, and...

Baba the Menace

No, not the father. This is about the Baba we are familiar with. And I mean it in a religion neutral and a gender neutral sense. Men, who go by fancy name, distanced from their...

Time to amplify #SelfieWithHelmet campaign Mr Minister

Since a few days, a social media movement of #SelfieWithHelmet has captured some attention in Odisha. This awareness campaign is in lieu of the large number of road accidents in the state. The average citizen...

The Power of One

Ace sand sculptor, Padma Shri awardee, activist Sudarsan Pattnaik made headlines recently with his dharna to get Banki Muahana, the point where the river meets Bay of Bengal, cleaned up. What started as a quiet...

Asian Athletics Championships: Sarkaar willing, the tough got going

Most of the adults in India perhaps know how the government machinery works. One sees it every day in flyovers that are delayed by years, in irrigation canals that are incomplete for decades and in...

Sweet Social Media & Rasagola Dibasa

What began as a Twitter hashtag suggestion in the ides of March, 2015 became a leading Twitter trend in two years time. It spiralled from tweets to newspaper articles, from historical literature search to heated...

Niali sheep deaths
Of alien animals and black sheeps

It has all the components that a worst rated movie would have. Mysterious killing of sheep, anecdotes of sighting an alien animal, skirmishes with human beings, circulating videos and photos on social media, officials visiting,...

Is Raja just a symbolic festival

Twitter trends are among new ways of gauging popularity. #RajaParba has been one such twitter hashtag that has trended last year and this. Having settled for the spelling ‘Raja’ and pronunciation as ‘raw-jaw’, it has...

Structural gaps plaguing healthcare in Odisha

So think about this situation. There is a government Primary Health Center (PHC). There is no doctor there since a very long time. There is no decent infrastructure either. There is a big banyan tree...

Higher education in Odisha – much to long for

If you check the ‘Activity Report 2016-17’ of the Higher Education Department of Odisha government, you will find something very odd. The report, a PDF file is actually scanned from pages torn from the hard...

Airlifting Odisha’s Tourism – Part 2

So it has been some time that the Part I of this piece was written. It dealt with outlining few of the major problems with tourism in Odisha. In this second part of the essay...

Similipal National Park
Airlifting Odisha’s tourism – Part 1

With Air Asia, the low cost international airlines announcing operations from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur, there has been a buzz of excitement in Odisha, for those who can afford to and for those who can...

Ground the Carrier

So let me begin by telling you a small story. There was once a businessman who started his business by borrowing money from a public bank under a government scheme. However his business did not...

The killer roads of Odisha

Three high-school going young boys, driving a motorbike, got killed when they hit another car yesterday. Irate people blocked the road, demanded sound compensation for family and awaited assurance from district authorities to end their...

A police officer stands guard in front of the RBI head office in Mumbai
On a slippery slope

Of the many things that demonetization has banished, a prominent and worrying one has been the credibility of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). For its management, its execution, its information sharing, its transparency, its rule...

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