Tora Agarwala


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

How trains became temporary homes for Assam flood victims
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

The first wave of floods from unprecedented rain that started on June 14 left three Assam districts reeling. As thousands congregated seeking shelter, various railway stations across South Assam became islands of refuge.

Meghalaya police crack down on inflammatory social media posts
Thu, Jun 21, 2018

One arrest made and nine cases registered by Meghalaya’s Cyber Crime Police Station for “offensive” social media content.

Assam: Mice sneak into Tinsukia ATM, nibble through Rs 12 lakh
Thu, Jun 21, 2018

When a Delhi-based vault cutting unit arrived at Tinsukia to check the ATM, they found heaps of destroyed 500 and 2000 rupee notes. And alongwith it, a carcass of a dead mouse.

In tense Assam, a Facebook post, a soured friendship, and an almost riot
Sun, Jun 17, 2018

All he wanted to do was hurt his neighbour’s business a bit, says a remorseful 22-yr-old. But in the troubled waters of Barpeta, waiting ominously for NRC and surrounded by Muslim villages, the ripples have gone out far

Karbi Anglong lynching: Protests in Guwahati turn violent
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Following a peaceful demonstration that turned violent, Assam police said that anyone planning to hold a protest in Guwahati from Monday will have to take prior permission.

Sukracharjya Rabha, whose unique theatre initiative gave voice to the tribes of Assam, dead
Sat, Jun 09, 2018

Sukracharjya Rabha was an eminent theatre personality in Assam, famous for shaping the identity of tribal theatre in the region. He was also the founder of the unique theatre-in-a-forest-festival, Under the Sal Tree in Rampur.

Three arrested in Assam for allegedly using a minor girl in Congress rally
Sat, Jun 09, 2018

The minor was made to sit on a dried sheath from a betel nut tree and dragged around during a Congress-led protest against the BJP in Assam’s Lakhimpur. Congress maintains that “it was not a deliberate move.”

How famed author Gerald Durrell inspired Assam’s initiative to save the world’s tiniest pig
Wed, Jun 06, 2018

In some forest grasslands of Assam, the pygmy hog — the world’s smallest pig species — now roams wild. Behind the feat is a two-decade long story of a dogged, but spectacularly successful, conservation program.

From Abeyma to Zarqaa: Why indigenous names are finding a new calling in Manipur
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

A crowdsourced list of indigenous baby names online alludes to the young Manipuri’s quest to revisit traditional roots.

How the weavers of Assam’s Sualkuchi finally earned official recognition for their products
Thu, May 31, 2018

From June 4, woven silk products from Assam’s Sualkuchi village will bear an official trademark, which can potentially end the rampant circulation of fakes in the market.

‘Not Assamese, nor Bengali’, Assam’s Barak Valley has bigger issues to worry about
Thu, May 31, 2018

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which has seemingly divided Assam, forces open old wounds of the Bengali speaking population of the Barak Valley. visits the the southern tip of Assam to find a story of a people who are longing to belong.

Assam HSLC result 2018: Singer Nahid Afrin scores 91.5%, plans to opt Science stream
Sat, May 26, 2018

A year after young Assamese singer Nahid Afrin found herself in the midst of the sensationalised and so-called “fatwa controversy”, she passes her Class 10 exams with flying colours.

Kaziranga conservation activist faces threat to life
Thu, May 24, 2018

Activist and conservationist Rohit Choudhury, the force behind the recent NTCA report recommending a mining ban in Kaziranga National Park, seeks police protection.

Assam’s former top cop now teaches maths in school
Tue, May 29, 2018

From top cop to school teacher — retired Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay now spends his days teaching mathematics to the students of the Sonaram Higher Secondary School in Guwahati.

How Arunachal Pradesh’s Bugun tribe won a national conservation award
Wed, May 23, 2018

A unique example of government and community collaboration in Arunachal Pradesh’s forests receives national recognition on World Biodiversity Day

Where the river bends: Life on Majuli, the world’s biggest river island
Wed, May 23, 2018

Life on Majuli switches between the loving embrace and frequent fury of the Brahmaputra. Rains in Majuli are not ordinary. With every downpour, the island loses a little bit of itself to the river.

Local northeast produce gets a boost courtesy a new train to Maharashtra
Thu, May 17, 2018

With the launch of the new Parcel Cargo Express train from Assam to Maharashtra, local northeast produce will now find a market in western India.

In the Guwahati Zoo, a talking bird revives its defunct animal adoption scheme
Wed, May 16, 2018

The Guwahati Zoo has revived its defunct Animal Adoption Scheme after 11 years, courtesy a young girl’s inexplicable attachment to a Blue and Yellow Macaw

Simply Put: Why Citizenship Bill disturbs Assam
Sat, May 19, 2018

Amendment Bill qualifies illegal immigrants on basis of religion; divide plays out between regions with distinct linguistic identities, among ruling partners and within parties. TORA AGARWALA explains

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Protests spread, under fire, CM Sarbananda Sonowal speaks up
Mon, May 14, 2018

Sonowal has been under fire from all quarters for his silence on the proposed Bill, which many groups in Assam consider a grave threat to the indigenous Assamese population.