IIT ecosystem

The University Grants Commission (UGC) was off the track when it recently asked the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to align their courses and degrees with those of institutions within its ambit. The Committee led by Anil Kakodkar which was formed in 2010 to suggest improvements in IITs however feels that being centres of excellence, they are not within the UGC’s ambit. It is [Full Article...]

Rape & tourism

IT is only in the fitness of things that Nirmala Sawant, a member of the National Commission for Women strongly condemned Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remark that ‘one small incident of rape had hurt the tourism industry a toll in dollars’. The minister was referring to the gangrape of Nirbhaya on a bus in Delhi on December 16. The objection to calling the [Full Article...]

Belligerent Pakistan

Following the sudden cancellation of Foreign Secretary level talks, Pakistani forces along the Line of Control (LoC) have indulged in unprovoked firing on Indian security forces. Pakistani troops opened fire on 22 border outposts and 13 villages around midnight of August 23. The firing also extended to civilian areas and killing two and injuring six persons along the Line of Control (LoC) in the [Full Article...]

Assam sinks into anarchy

MANY of the North-eastern states have been carved out of the state of Assam. Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have simmering border tensions with Assam.  While Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have been and are at the receiving end of the Assam Police in border skirmishes, the people of Nagaland residing along the borders of Merapani  and Golaghat  have defended their territory with a belligerence [Full Article...]

Modi seeks public views on new Planning body

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to recast a new planning body after disbanding the Planning Commission is an idea whose time has come. The Commission set up under the control and command economy has outlived its utility. This has been pointed out by several economic experts who believe that the Planning Commission exercises unconstitutional powers and is also not held accountable by Parliament. That [Full Article...]

Politics of talks

Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma’s reference to talks with the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is quixotic. Who does the government talk to? It is only after a very long and studied silence that the Bangladesh based, Secretary of the outfit Cherister Thangkhiew gave some kind of amorphous statement. What is even more curious is that PT Sawkmie the former MLA of Mawlai is joining [Full Article...]

Indo-Pak talks get short shrift

India has called off the Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan and with good reasons. When Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was interviewed by a national television channel just before the election results were out this year, regarding talks with Pakistan, his wry comment was that you cannot hear the conversation in the din of gunshots. This is clearly what has been happening in the [Full Article...]

Tall on talk, short on delivery

The pineapple season is here. Along the Shillong-Guwahati road, loads and loads of pineapples are being sold to few customers. With a very short shelf life most fruits rot for want of buyers. For decades there have been talks of food processing units to add value to the fruits, vegetables and roots grown in Meghalaya. Nothing has materialised. The only Government unit that’s working [Full Article...]