Tokyo 2020 Olympics is Underway

It is always said that it is better late than never. The Olympics was originally scheduled to be held initially in the summer of 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. However, the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic postponed the mega event that occurs every 4 years. However, extensive research on Covid-19 and the invention of vaccines mean that the games could still be conducted amid strict pandemic protocols. Tokyo has taken the initiative to proceed with the Olympic games in July 2021.

As of now, only two countries have pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics – North Korea and Guinea. Some Czech, US, and British athletes have also pulled themselves out of the Olympics as they are infected with Covid-19. Covid-19 also showed its presence in the games village, where several athletes were found to be Covid-19 positive. Games related Covid-19 cases have till date shot off to 155, of which 20 are residing in the village. Some well-known athletes have also been affected by the deadly virus, including Czech beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic, Dutch tennis player Jean-Julien Rojer, U.S. tennis player Coco Gauff, British shooter Amber Hill, and Russian swimmer Ilya Borodin.

Russian athletes will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics as ROC, or Russian Olympic Community. Russians are not allowed to use their flag or national anthem in the event as the World Anti-Doping Association, or WADA, has banned Russia from participating in Olympics for 4 years, which has now been cut down to 2 years. As a result, 335 Russian athletes, who have cleared themselves of being unaware of doping scandals, will now participate under the name ROC.

The tournament kicked off well for India, with Mirabai Chanu from Manipur, clinching the silver medal in women’s weightlifting in the 49kg category. She became the second person to get an Olympic medal in weightlifting after Karnam Malleshwari’s bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Mirabai lifted a total of 202kg to secure the second spot after China’s Hou Zhizhi, who lifted 210kg in total, creating Olympic record. The veteran badmintonist and Rio Olympic’s silver medallist, PV Sindhu, the boxing legend and London Olympic’s bronze medallist, Mary Kom, and the Indian men’s hockey team have started well in their Olympics campaign.

Written by – Himadri Paul

Assam Earthquake 2021 Analysis

On 28th April 2021, a moderately severe earthquake hit Assam and parts of north-east India. The 6.4 magnitude Earthquake had epicentre at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district of Assam, and the focal point was 17 metres below ground level. The epicentre is located just 80 km northeast of Guwahati, the largest city in north-east India. The area falls under Seismic hazard zone V, which most prone to massive Earthquakes.

The Himalayan Frontal Thrust, or the Main Frontal Thrust, is a major geological fault along the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plate boundaries. Many parts of Assam, including Sonitpur, falls near the area of Himalayan Frontal Thrust and is thus prone to significant Earthquakes. The 8.6 magnitude Assam earthquake of 1950 severely damaged the whole state and the neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya. This time, as the earthquake’s magnitude was not that severe, many areas, including Guwahati, felt tremors but were not severely damaged.

The earthquake occurred specifically at Kopili fault, a 300 km long part of Himalayan Frontal Thrust stretching from Bhutan to Mayanmar following the foothills of the Himalayas. The Kopili fault is one of the most seismically unstable faults that have produced earthquakes since prehistoric times. The Kopili fault has been quiet for some time, some time and the earthquake released much of the stress building up in the crust. That is the reason for the severity of the quake. The last major earthquake in the region was of 6.0 magnitude on 29th July 1960.

According to the latest reports, two died of shock and at least 10 others sustained injuries in the earthquake. Several buildings and roads in the western part of Assam are damaged. The nearby Arunachal Pradesh districts also felt the tremors where two people are injured after their house collapsed. There was also a report of a minor landslide in West Kameng district induced by the quake, that blocked a vital road in the area.

The earthquake’s timing and duration were the primary cause that it averted any significant damage. The earthquake occurred early in the morning and for a short duration of fewer than 30 seconds. Had the tremor occurred midday, there might have been damages to workers working in high rise buildings and offices. Also, an earthquake persisting for more than 30 seconds will bring more damage to the facilities. However, there were six aftershocks ranging between 3.2 to 4.7 magnitude, which has not caused any significant destruction. Let us hope that no more damaging aftershocks occur amid the pandemic situation in India.

Written by – Himadri Paul

Are we going to witness a tough fight between the ruling party and BJP in West Bengal 2021 election?

It is now crystal clear that the Assembly election in West Bengal in 2021 is going to be one of the toughest tussles in the political history of India. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongly determined to replace the ruling party, All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) in West Bengal. On the other side, AITMC is also equally ready to shield their 10 years’ reign.


But why Narendra Modi and Amit Shah only targeting West Bengal?


Mamata Banerjee is the only regional leader who is a formidable rival for the BJP and West Bengal is a frontier that BJP wants to conquer. This is why Amit Shah and other party leaders have visited the state so many times ‘-said Sekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of The Print.

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Religion plays a vital role here. It is not only a fight between two political parties but also a contest between the aggressive Hindutva craze of BJP and AITMC which is popular as close to Muslim Communal politics.


India is a well-known secular country. Moreover, in West Bengal Hindus and Muslims live together in harmony. The biggest issue of BJP would be their aggressive Hinduism agenda in West Bengal.


On the other side, after the Singur-Nandigram case, Mamata Banerjee has created an image of development. There are many schemes such as Kanyashree or distribution of cycle to the students, distribution of rice at a lower price, etc. have been launched by AITMC. Although there are several ideological conversion took place in AITMC, Mamata Banerjee has established herself as an image of secularism.


In contrast, Suvendu Adhikari, a heavyweight candidate from AITMC recently joined BJP. It can assume that this incident will have a strong impact on the 2021 election.
If we look back, in 2011 BJP was capable to gain seats in the state. The party contested 289 of the 294 votes but ended up with a vote share of 4.06 percent.
In 2016, BJP contested 291 out of 294 seats, and in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the party was able to capture 18 seats of 42 in the state.


“The BJP has worked doggedly over the last ten years and increased its vote share by ten times.’ Said Sekhar Gupta.


In 2011, AITMC displaced Left Front which had been in power for 34 years. However, the question remains whether it will change again the ruling party once again in 2021.


In the end, we can say whatever the result will be, the government should keep an eye on the election center so that there is violence over the vote. State and Central both are interlinked. So, the clash between state and central ruling party should not affect the state-central connection even after the declaration of result.


Written By Saswati Chattopadhyay.