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Redefining secularism

These days the national debate is centred around the theme of secularism. The Congress- JD(S) alliance in Karnataka is sought to be built around the idea of conserving the ideals of secularism and keeping out right wing ideology.  So what…

What’s in store for Karnataka

It has become customary for “national” media of different persuasions to carry out their exit polls and speculate on the election results. With several television media channels leaving no ambiguity about their political leanings, trying…

Meghalaya Congress in turmoil

Defeat always brings out the worst in people especially when they nurture ambitions of victory. The defeat of Congress candidate from Williamnagar, Deborah Marak has stirred up a hornet’s nest in the Congress Party with Deborah and her…

Karnataka Polls

Election to the state of Karnataka scheduled for today May 12 is unprecedented in terms of the noise it has generated. The two main parties in the fray the Congress and BJP are fighting a do or die political battle. Personal attacks and…

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016

The BJP came to power on the premise of giving citizenship to Hindus who are persecuted in other countries, but more so in Bangladesh, from where people have constantly flowed in to the North Eastern states of Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and…

MDA Govt not in the ‘business as usual mode’

Patricia Mukhim It is interesting to listen to a Chief Minister who knows his onions as far as governance and politics is concerned and who is also acutely aware of how the two intersect. At a recent function inaugurating a first ever…

Plastic waste: Our fatal flaw

Plastic waste is ubiquitous. Plastic bags have made it easier for people to fling their garbage from running vehicles thereby turning roads and streams into veritable garbage dumps. Why is plastic going to be the nemesis of humankind if…

Japan keen to have business ties with N-E

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Medical college in Meghalaya elusive

The state of Mizoram will be opening its first Medical College in August this year. The College will accommodate 100 students of which 85 seats will be reserved for Mizo students. Note that Mizoram’s first Medical College will be headed by…

The Shopian Tragedy

Stone pelting on a school bus in Shopian has rightly aroused indignation in Kashmir. A child has been injured and the major parties along with separatists have been equally strident in protest. Questions arise about the justification of…