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Soumik Dutta

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About Soumik
Soumik Dutta is a journalist based in Kolkata, India.
I am a freelance investigative journalist specializing in hydro power/energy/ financial corruption issues involving corporate companies and politicians. I also cover environmental violation, legal topics, human interest, rights of indigenous people etc topics.
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Tribal seat reservation issue rakes up storm in Sikkim

06 May 2016  |  indiatogether.org
The Supreme Court of India directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to find a solution to the Limbu-Tamang tribal seat reservation in the Sikkim legislative assembly. Despite their inclusion in the union list of Scheduled Tribes in 2003, the Limbu-Tamang communities have been denied reserved seats in the assembly. The Sikkim government has passed resolutions to reserve seats but deferred the final decision to the MHA. The Burman Commission suggested increasing assembly seats and including other communities, but its recommendations are controversial. The Limbu-Tamang Voluntary Committee and other groups are mobilizing for their rights, with the largest rally in Sikkim's history taking place on March 15, 2016. The political situation in Sikkim is expected to become more vibrant as the deadline for the Supreme Court order approaches.

Useful Enemies: How Politicians in NE India Profit from Rebel Unrest

01 Apr 2015  |  100r.org
In Meghalaya, India, a symbiotic relationship between local politicians and insurgent groups has emerged, where politicians use insurgents to control votes and protect business ventures, while insurgents gain financial support for their activities. This nexus has led to increased violence and lawlessness, particularly in the Garo Hills. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has labeled the situation in Garo Hills as the worst in the Northeast. High-profile accusations include the Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma's alleged use of militants for voter intimidation and Social Welfare Minister Deborah C. Marak's charges of criminal conspiracy with the Garo National Liberation Army. Despite government denials, evidence suggests a deep-rooted politician-insurgent collaboration, threatening the stability of the region and undermining democratic processes.

The fate of Sikkim's sacred river hangs in balance

28 Oct 2014  |  indiatogether.org
The Sikkim High Court's judgment on the Public Interest Litigation against the 97-MW Tashiding Hydro Power Project on Rathong Chu River in West Sikkim, delivered on World Environment Day, directs the Ministry of Environment and Forests to decide the project's fate. The project, considered in violation of the Places of Worship Act and environmental guidelines, is opposed by the Buddhist community for its cultural and ecological impact. Despite legal notices and civil society protests, construction continues, with the government's recent eco-sensitive zone notifications seemingly favoring project developers over environmental and cultural concerns.

Government Diverts Earthquake Recovery Money in Northeast India

01 Feb 2014  |  100r.org
Following the 2011 earthquake in Northeast India, the Sikkim government has been accused of mismanaging and diverting funds meant for reconstruction. Despite promises of swift relief, many areas remain unrepaired, and official records reveal delays, improper payments, and questionable contracts. The central government has been criticized for not providing funds quickly, while the state government blames bureaucratic processes. Corruption is a significant issue, with India losing billions annually. The upcoming state assembly elections may reflect the public's dissatisfaction with the current administration's handling of the disaster recovery.

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