Editorial

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...]

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...]

The language debate

There is currently a heated debate between those who believe that Khasi Language should be a compulsory subject in the Higher Secondary section and others who hold the view that the right to take Khasi or to drop it is that of the students since they are the ones who have to appear for the examinations. Much of the haranguing emanating from political parties [Full Article...]

The Deborah charge-sheet

Reports that the cabinet and the Congress Party had no inkling about the charge-sheet filed by East Garo Hills Police against Deborah Marak are inscrutable. Do we expect the Police to take a cue from Government to initiate action on any FIR filed by a victim of criminal conspiracy? Do we want the Police to be kept completely under the thumb of politicians? The [Full Article...]

Food Security deal

THE Modi Sarkar has done well to get the US to agree to an indefinite ‘peace clause’ for its subsidies to public grain procurement and stockholding which make food security a reality. The Bali ministerial conference of the WTO held last December had permitted reprieve for four years to countries even if their subsidies violated the limits under the original Agreement on Agriculture ( [Full Article...]

The Maharashtra mess

THE new BJP government in Maharashtra led by Devendra Fadnavis got off to an unpleasant start. There was a cloud gathering over the trust vote, which was necessary to legitimize the government and the BJP won it. But the Shiv  Sena  and the Congress demanded a division of votes but that was not granted. The BJP has got itself into a mess of its [Full Article...]