Mamata’s new stance

THE Trinamul government in West Bengal led by Mamata Banerjee has not only had a minor cabinet reshuffle but also a momentous change in leadership. Her trusted lieutenant, Mukul Ray, has been removed from the office of party secretary presumably on grounds of alleged association with the Sharadha scam. In his place comes her nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, which smacks of a dynastic trend. And [Full Article...]

Economy looks up

THERE is a reformist turn in the Indian economy. Fuel prices have been decontrolled. Disinvestment is in sight and there is promise of more floating stock on the bourses. A new coal allocation policy has been adopted and rules for land purchase are being simplified. The Centre and the states are moving towards an accord on the unified goods and services tax (GST). A [Full Article...]

Clear the murky air

THE Opposition NPP’s recent plea for making public the tripartite peace agreement with ANVC is spot on, even though its other suggestion for NIA probe into alleged politico-militant nexus in Garo Hills might be seen as a face-saving response to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s  libel suit against NPP supremo Purno A.Sangma in Delhi High Court. NPP is absolutely right in asking  for the full [Full Article...]

Growing crimes against women

MEGHALAYA is fighting a losing battle on crimes against women and girl children. Every single day there are reports of heinous crimes against adolescent girls, often committed by their own family members. The young girl whose beheaded body was found buried in Garo Hills recently was allegedly  done to death by the step-father who according to the mother had been sexually abusing her for [Full Article...]

BJP’s victory

After the relative ill-success in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Bharatiya Janata Party has come up trumps in Maharashtra and Haryana, two states long under Congress rule. It follows up the party’s triumphant march to the Lok Sabha and Prime Minister Narendra Modi gaining growing stature abroad. In both Maharashtra and Haryana the BJP took the courageous step of going [Full Article...]

Prospects in Nepal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal to attend the SAARC summit in the last week of this month. On that occasion, it is expected that a crucial pact would pave the way for the setting up of a 500 MW hydro power project in Nepal. Power Secretary P.K. Sinha is expected to be in Nepal to finalize the project development agreement (PDA) for [Full Article...]

Hasty decision

What happens to the Congress Party with just 41 seats in the Lok Sabha may be of little moment. But Shashi Tharoor appears to be a Congress leader unfortunately jinxed. His removal from the post of Union External Affairs Minister of State during the UPA II regime under a cloud was a controversial decision. Subsequently he was taken back as Minister of State for [Full Article...]

Vatican thoughts

POPE Francis has always been a radical in the Roman Catholic Church. He has kicked off a debate which is indicative of his enlightened thinking. The debate is on whether his Church might consider more tolerant views on homosexuals, divorced couples and men and women living in sin and having illegitimate children. While Pope Francis takes a positive line, Mother Teresa would have probably [Full Article...]