It started with the cliché about the Northeast being a neglected region. While tomes can be written about the role of nihilist demagogues, rapacious bureaucrats, recalcitrant insurgents and barbarous law-enforcers, one reason why the Northeast remained neglected was because it was neglected in and by the media. Information about the Northeast – be it immediate or archival – always hard to come by.

It was in this backdrop that Northeast Vigil was conceptualised.Northeast Vigil was launched on July 18, 1999 as a weekly ezine intending to do make information about the region (at least as far as hard news was concerned) available and accessible. Northeast Vigil was meant to collate news items and articles on the Northeast to be distributed among its readers. Information about/on the Northeast is always difficult to come by – Northeast Vigil wanted to fill in that gap. Information was huge in terms of quantity too. Mailboxes of our readers were getting clogged. Hence, we decided to transform Northeast Vigilinto a fortnightly webzine with update notifications being sent out to readers as and when the site was updated every 1st and 16th of a month.

The “we” and “us” used w.r.t Northeast Vigil is perhaps a misnomer and is misleading. This site has been built by, and even to this day run singularly by Subir Ghosh. Subir Ghosh is a journalist-writer who spent the first three years of his professional career in sales and marketing. He started what he was best at — writing — when he joined India’s premier news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) in 1991. He later moved over to the Calcutta-based daily, The Telegraph where he looked after the Region Desk till he left in mid-1998. After a brief stint in the books unit of the New Delhi-based nongovernmental organisation, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), he was instrumental in redesigning and repackaging the journal of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), and also looked after the publications section of the Wildlife Trust of India. He is also closely associated with the Centre for Northeast Studies and Policy Research. He has authored three books inclduing Frontier Travails; Northeast – The Politics of a Mess. He is also the editor-publisher of The Reviewer. He runs Inscriptions which publishes Northeast Vigil.

FAIR USE NOTICE: The news items and articles/features collated inNortheast Vigil are copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorised by the copyright owner. Northeast Vigil is archiving these under one umbrella in a bid to make hard information on the Northeast readily available to researchers, scholars, journalists, students and others looking for background information on the region. The site serves as a not-for-profit, non-partisan online resource library and the goal is dissemination of knowledge/information to the public.Northeast Vigil believes this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of the copyrighted material. If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission specifically from the copyright owner.

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