Populist resistance

The recent protest against the coming of BJP President, Amit Shah to Shillong by a group that professes to wage a war on behalf of the poor and powerless (Thma Ki Rangli Ki Juki- TUR) by having a beef party is a populist move aimed at drawing attention to the Organisation rather than the cause. The cause as claimed by some of its members [Full Article...]

Juvenile crimes

Minors older than 16 have been found involved in a number of gruesome cases, e.g, the Nirbhaya gang rape murder (December 2012), Shakti Mills gang rape (2013) and Adnam Patrawala kidnap-murder (2007). It is reassuring that the Juvenile Justice Act to allow for trial of juveniles in the age group of 16-18 accused of heinous crimes under the IPC is to be changed. The [Full Article...]

Sports ministry suspends Paralympic Committee of India

New Delhi: Taking a cue from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the government on Wednesday suspended the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for gross negligence and poor management of the 15th National Para Athletics Championships in Ghaziabad last month.An official statement, issued here, said the sports ministry also asked the IPC to form an ad-hoc committee to work in place of PCI till a [Full Article...]

China- Pakistan

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan was significant in that it gave a new twist to the old Maoist doctrine of building a China-Pakistan axis to contain India. China and Pakistan mooted the idea of strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries with China promising to invest $46 billion to make roads, railway lines and pipelines across Pakistan. The China- Pakistan economic [Full Article...]

Meaningless bandh

The Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) a motley group of disenchanted, beleaguered militants are calling a bandh to protest the visit of BJP President Amit Shah to the State. Their issue is the desecration of churches across the country, attacks on minority institutions, the proposed ban on cow slaughter amongst others. While no one will disagree with the issues raised by the HNLC, a [Full Article...]

Rich & Poor

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has told MPs belonging to his BJP that they should impress upon the people the realization that his government’s programmes are not anti-poor. Its pro-poor initiatives range from housing to financial inclusion. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has staged a return to politics with hurling an accusation that the government is putting its weight behind big industry at the cost of [Full Article...]

Much ado about Congress’s crown prince

  Rahul Gandhi has returned after a 56-day sabbatical. Few in the Congress know where Rahul Gandhi was all this time and what was the nature of introspection was that he underwent. But the Congress scion was absent during the most crucial debates on the BJP Government’s second budget, (principally the first one which bore the hallmarks of the NDA’s handprint after it was [Full Article...]

Making a mockery of interlocution

THE term Interlocutor became common parlance after 1997 when the National Socialist Council of Nagalim led by Isak Swu and Th Muivah signed a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India. Former Home Secretary, K Padmanabhaiah was named as the first interlocutor between Government of India and the NSCN (IM). Since then this word has been bandied about without fully comprehending it’s full meaning [Full Article...]