Why a bandh on Durga Puja

Durga Puja and Dussehra are much awaited festivals in India. They signify the triumph of good over evil. It is unfortunate that a 24 hour bandh has been called on October 1, with the intention of obstructing the Durga Puja celebrations. It is a calculated move to disrupt a religious festival although the reasons trotted out are (a) to protest against the police firing [Full Article...]

Modi in New York

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has undoubtedly made a terrific impact at the UN General Assembly in New York. His speech in Hindi was highly appreciated and he met all the high officials of the UN. He established rapport with all of them. He is widely seen in the US as India’s most credible interlocutor since Rajiv Gandhi. Of course, he could not entirely live [Full Article...]

Blow for secularism

Bombay High Court has issued a ruling saying that no government body can force an individual to declare his or her religion. It is a departure from the practice of the state and society to label people according to their religion, adding caste or regional identities. The Government of India is a secular republic and religion is a matter of personal belief here. The [Full Article...]

Make in India

BEFORE leaving for the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the ‘Make in India’ campaign to turn India into a manufacturing hub. It is an invitation to domestic and foreign companies as it is a promise to remove everything that has put the country at the bottom of the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ index. The Prime Minister said that his government’s mantra [Full Article...]

Advanced warnings systems need strengthening

The Garo Hills of Meghalaya have been devastated by worst ever floods. Water level is such that it has reached the roof tops of peoples’ homes. A former minister and his family members clung to their tinned roof for dear life. Nearly 30 people have died while several are still missing, perhaps swept away by the furious current. Bridges have been ripped apart and [Full Article...]

Modi to US

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US on September 26 will be a historic occasion. President Barack Obama had congratulated him on his victory in the Indian Parliamentary elections. It dispelled the mistrust occasioned by US refusal for a long time to grant him a visa. Modi’s visit will be different from that of his predecessors. They went with a begging bowl asking [Full Article...]

Afghan finale

THE Afghan elections have finally delivered a verdict. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been elected President. The verdict, however, is a matter of compromise, worked out by politicians and backers nationally and internationally. The runner-up, Abdullah Abdullah, has more or less offered the office to Ahmadzai on a platter. It was 2009 repeating itself when Abdullah had done the same. Winner Ahmadzai has acquired the [Full Article...]

Unprecedented floods in Garo Hills

The storm that lashed Meghalaya for the last two days has caused maximum damage to Garo Hills, with many areas submerged under water. Climate change is upon us and it’s time to get into action mode. Much has been talked about the impact of climate change on cropping patterns. Now we see the devastation by way of unprecedented rains that have washed away homes, [Full Article...]