Politics of talks

Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma’s reference to talks with the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is quixotic. Who does the government talk to? It is only after a very long and studied silence that the Bangladesh based, Secretary of the outfit Cherister Thangkhiew gave some kind of amorphous statement. What is even more curious is that PT Sawkmie the former MLA of Mawlai is joining [Full Article...]

Indo-Pak talks get short shrift

India has called off the Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan and with good reasons. When Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was interviewed by a national television channel just before the election results were out this year, regarding talks with Pakistan, his wry comment was that you cannot hear the conversation in the din of gunshots. This is clearly what has been happening in the [Full Article...]

Tall on talk, short on delivery

The pineapple season is here. Along the Shillong-Guwahati road, loads and loads of pineapples are being sold to few customers. With a very short shelf life most fruits rot for want of buyers. For decades there have been talks of food processing units to add value to the fruits, vegetables and roots grown in Meghalaya. Nothing has materialised. The only Government unit that’s working [Full Article...]

Modi’s first I-Day speech

A spontaneous speech lasting over one hour, with no teleprompter for cues, is something worth pondering. It shows that the person making the speech has internalised what he wishes to share with the 1.2 billion Indians, many of whom were listening over radio or television. Narendra Modi is no mean orator. From the looks of it, he seems to have captured the imagination of [Full Article...]

All geared up for I-Day

The District Administration, East Khasi Hills is all geared up for the Independence Day celebrations amidst the 48-hour bandh called by the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC). The outfit has called this bandh beginning Wednesday 13 August at 6 pm, to protest the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ban on coal mining and also to express the usual grouse against Independence Day celebration. The first [Full Article...]

Airstrikes in Iraq

BARACK Obama’s decision to sanction airstrikes in Iraq has caused controversy. Republicans in the US have said that it is worse than nothing. They are disappointed with the limited airstrikes which can hardly be compared with the grand show pummeling Saddam Hussain’s country. They had earlier ridiculed the US pullout from Iraq. Naturally they think nothing of limited airstrikes. The Democrats are not altogether [Full Article...]

Bandhs and public response

MEGHALAYA seems destined to be held captive by sundry groups who have contributed to its negative economic growth. It is observed that when a weak Government is on the saddle, different trouble makers flex their muscles and dictate terms to the Government and public. On August 6, life had come to a halt because of the bandh called by the conglomerate of coal mine [Full Article...]

Juvenile justice

THE draft Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 has been cleared by the Union cabinet. It makes corporal punishment of juveniles, including both physical and verbal abuse, a penal offence. It recognizes the violence that children face at home, at school and in the street. On the other hand, ragging has also been made a penal offence and the punishment can [Full Article...]