Tora Agarwala


Tora covers the Northeast for The Indian Express. Follow her on Instagram  and Twitter @toramatix

For Home and Country
Fri, Sep 21, 2018

How two young men from small-town Assam gave the Northeast its first big-budget multilingual film, that brings to the fore issues of drug abuse, children victimised in armed conflicts and man-nature divide.

How two young men from small-town Assam gave the Northeast its first big budget multi-lingual film
Thu, Sep 20, 2018

English, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Nagamese and Manipuri — dialogues roll off six different tongues in this multi-crore film set in the Northeast India made by two young men who grew up in Assam’s Golaghat

For Assam’s Sualkuchi weavers, a new silk yarn ‘bank’ 
Mon, Sep 17, 2018

The government initiative — subsidizing yarn for 3,000 plus weavers in Assam's famed Sualkuchi — also includes issuing of personalised passbooks that will double up as identity cards.

Guwahati counts its ‘ugly old bird’ annually — and this year it’s good news
Sat, Sep 15, 2018

In a recent survey done in Guwahati by conservation society Early Birds, the endangered Greater Adjutant Stork (or Hargilla) population was pegged at the ‘stable’ figure of 220. But according to local activists, habitat loss for the bird continues to be a pressing problem.

Flash floods in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh: two dead, thousands affected
Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Incessant rainfall coupled with release of dam waters has resulted in flash floods and landslides in parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Deaths include a 22-year-old from Assam and a three-year-old from Arunachal Pradesh whose family was swept away by the floodwaters.

How an Instagram post led to the discovery of a new spider species in Assam
Tue, Sep 11, 2018

Often kept as a pet in countries like Thailand and Vietnam, the rare jumping spider — the Hyllus diardi — was discovered in India, between two leaves, by a PhD scholar in a forest in Assam’s Kokrajhar district.

Hima Das comes home: As the runner landed, Assam laid out a red carpet she could sprint on
Sat, Sep 08, 2018

Friday was Hima Das's homecoming. For a few seconds, she broke away from the security guards to hug two women she spotted in the crowd — one neighbour and another family friend — who had travelled from Dhing to Guwahati to see her.

Nagaon gangrape, murder case: 19-year-old convict sentenced to death
Fri, Sep 07, 2018

The rape of the class 5 student created a huge uproar in Assam. After raping her turn by turn, and then setting her body on fire the youths had fled from the backdoor.

Section 377 verdict: how the Northeast celebrated
Fri, Sep 07, 2018

Celebrations — some in private, others in public, some small, others big —  hailing the SC verdict decriminalising homosexuality took place across the Northeastern states

Assam LGBTQ+ community awaits verdict on Section 377
Thu, Sep 06, 2018

Today Xukia, even though it is not a “registered” organisation, through its Facebook group, connects the LGBTQ+ community of Assam. It is one of the most active public networks of the community in the state.

Nagaland’s Police Ke Pathshala schools students in law and order
Tue, Sep 04, 2018

A Nagaland Police initiative attempts to bridge the gap between the police and student community by holding interactive sessions on law, crime and policing across schools and colleges in the state.

Nagaland district cut off by rains and landslides limps back to life
Tue, Sep 04, 2018

Kiphire — which was completely cut off from the rest of Nagaland due to the landslides caused by rains — is returning to normalcy, with the help of government aid as well as public concerts and donation drives.

Guwahati: special shelter homes at railway stations for vulnerable children
Sat, Sep 01, 2018

Each 2,000 sq feet shelter will accommodate upto 25 children and provide immediate relief to the child through basic services such as nutrition, pyscho-social support, and medical aid.

Nagaland floods: CM Neiphiu Rio sends out a plea for help on Twitter
Sat, Sep 01, 2018

Since July 26, at least 5,386 families have had to leave their homes. Some have moved to relief shelters. Over five hundred villages have been affected and 300 locations hit by landslides.

A noir indie film, starring Adil Hussain, attempts to penetrate cloudy, mysterious Meghalaya
Thu, Aug 30, 2018

In Wanphrang K Diengdoh’s Lorni — The Flaneur set in Shillong, Adil Hussain plays a detective tracking down ‘stolen objects’. In the process, he finds a lot more than that.

A day in the life of suspected ‘foreigners’ in Assam: ‘He said mai, I said baba, we both just cried’
Sun, Aug 26, 2018

Tears flow, hope strains, and separated by bars, family members and inmates cling on to gifts pushed through a grille.

Hear her roar: The tigress that stalks an Assam village
Thu, Aug 30, 2018

From November 2017 to August 2018, the tigress has killed 39 animals. But for reasons best known to the villagers of Borobazar, she still roams, unscathed and free.

Now streaming: regional cinema from the Northeast
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Movietonne is Northeast India’s first dedicated online platform to stream local films

On a Song: Rima Das’ next, Bulbul Can Sing to premiere at TIFF next month
Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Like her previous films, Bulbul... is also set in an Assamese village — shot over 60 days in and around Kalardiya, Chaygaon, which is the filmmaker’s native village.

Why Kaziranga’s new map will lead to better conservation of the World Heritage Site
Mon, Aug 20, 2018

The Kaziranaga National Park will now have two administrative divisions — a move that can potentially decrease rhino poaching and other illegal activities in the area.