Winter of discontent

The winter session has begun and it looks like being a stormy session. The Narendra Modi government is only six months old and yet it has a lengthy legislative agenda including insurance and GST bills as well as proposed changes in land acquisition and coal mining. Reform is the Modi Sarkar’s top priority. The Opposition is of course very small in the Lok Sabha [Full Article...]

India – China border

Ajit Doval has been appointed India’s special representative for boundary talks with China. The post had been lying vacant for some time and Doval’s appointment shows the dynamism and innovativeness in India’s foreign policy. The fresh thinking is essential to sort out the tangled border dispute between India and China. There have been seventeen rounds of talks and all have proved fruitless. Occasional violations [Full Article...]

Eliminating violence against women

THE United Nations has set aside November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This observance will last up to December 10 which is Human Rights Day. These 16 days of activism against gender-based violence are intended to create public awareness and to stir public action for ending violence against women and girls across the world. In Meghalaya, several [Full Article...]

Train tours to Northeast

EVER since Lord Dalhousie laid the permanent way in the 1840s-50s, trains have been a major connecting link unifying India. The Centre’s plan to subsidize train tours to the Northeast for school children is a commendable idea. Students from Delhi can now be familiar with names like Dibrugarh, Itanagar, Dimapur, Tezpur and Lumding and not just memorize them from their geography books. The Northeast [Full Article...]

The CBI trouble

THE Supreme Court has found allegations against Ranjit Sinha, head of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), prima facie credible. Sinha has been asked not to interfere in the probe and trial of the 2G spectrum scam. The Court has said that its decision was taken to protect faith in the institution and the reputation of the CBI director. In reply, Sinha has said [Full Article...]

Israel /Palestine

The Kehilat Bnei Toragogue synagogue in West Jerusalem was attacked early this week. Two Palestinians killed four rabbis. A police officer was also shot dead. Religious conflict seemed about to erupt in the holy city. There has been a series of such attacks lately. Tension has mounted over the right to pray at the Temple Mount/ Harem al-Sharif. The conflict started with the abduction [Full Article...]

Connecting the Northeast

CHINA is forging ahead with putting the finishing touches to its maritime and land silk routes quick as it can, leaving India behind. But there has been some improvement on the Indian side with the Narendra Modi government in office. Decision making in Delhi has speeded up. The Trilateral Highway Project to link India, Myanmar and Thailand has got robust support from the Prime [Full Article...]

Modi’s foreign visits

It must be said to the credit of Prime Minister Modi that he is a master of oratory. No matter where he speaks, be it in his own country or abroad Modi holds his own and needs no prompter or paper to articulate his thoughts. And it is not that his speeches are without substance and only rhetoric. The man has done his homework [Full Article...]