Crimes against NE

Delhi accounted for the maximum number of crimes against Northeastern people in the last three years. The last one year recorded an over 300% increase in such crimes. 232 cases were registered in Delhi until October this year which was up from 71 in 2013 and 55 in 2012. Bangalore had seven such cases registered till October this year which is against four last [Full Article...]

Drug menace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put his finger on a serious menace to the youth in India. Illicit drugs not merely ruin their health but also dig deep into their pockets leading them down the slippery path of anti-social activities. What it pernicious is the spread of the evil among school and college students. Drug trafficking is big business. Modi has spoken of the [Full Article...]

Some thoughts on Khasi Matriliny

By James Perry I have spent more than half my life in the Khasi hills; was born in Mawlai and moved around in homes like a local kid. I would say my own family was very patriarchal: my father controlled the purse strings, gave my mother a certain amount each month to run the household, but as in most families matrilineal or patriarchal we [Full Article...]


New Delhi and Moscow signed twenty agreements during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India last week. They ranged from nuclear energy and defence to oil and natural gas, investments and mining to health. Russia will help India build 12 nuclear reactors and finalized the deal over the Kudamkulam nuclear project. Besides, it will manufacture sophisticated military helicopters and defence spare parts in India. [Full Article...]

Need to review ‘Surrender Ceremonies”

The Meghalaya Government has termed the latest ‘surrender of arms’ by the ANVC and ANVC (B) scheduled for December 15 as a “Disbanding Ceremony.” The word ‘disband’ means to break up or to dissolve an organisation. The first militant outfit in Meghalaya was the Hynniewtrep Achik Liberation Council (HALC) which later, because of ethno-centric reasons, split into the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) and [Full Article...]

Satyarthi and Malala

The Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 went to Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. They have repeatedly put the focus on the plight of children across the world. Millions of children live in appalling conditions and are subject to economic and social exploitation. About 150 million children the world over perform child labour and 2,50, 000 are child soldiers. [Full Article...]

Suicide decriminalized

The government should be complimented for laying down that the suicide bid is not a criminal action. Delhi High Court took the first step in this direction as early as 1981 condemning Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizing suicide bids as unworthy of society. The Supreme Court in 1994 called it irrational and cruel. The law was however reinstated in 1996. Now [Full Article...]

NATO withdraws

COME the end of December and the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) will bring their combat role in Afghanistan to an end with NATO’s formal withdrawal. The ISAF mission played a training and supportive role. In 2011, the troop strength was 1, 40,000. Now that most of it is marching out, a residual force of 13,000 is slated to remain till end-2016. The Taliban [Full Article...]