Education suffers a setback

THE successive leaks of Class IX question papers, first in Jaintia Hills followed by Khasi Hills, reveal the rot in the educational system of the state. While the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) has come down heavily on the management of the respective schools where the crime occurred, the Board needs to nail the culprits and give them exemplary punishment. The Education Department [Full Article...]

The guns of Turkey

A Russian warplane has been shot down by Turkish forces along the Syrian-Turkish border. This incident has created mistrust among those fighting the ISIS. The gap had been closing between Russia and the US in Syria. But the Turkish attack has undermined the solidarity among the powers involved in the war on terror and proves why they have not yet succeeded in uniting against [Full Article...]

Singapore success

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Singapore was a great success. He emphasized the link between India and Singapore through historical, cultural, kinship and commercial ties. The city state has played a significant role in the story of India’s growth and modernization. The bilateral relationship which started 50 years ago when Singapore became independent is now a strategic partnership. The small city state [Full Article...]

Nongstoin results

  The Congress Party stalwarts worked over time to campaign for their candidate, Gabriel Wahlang but the Lion finally stole the show. The Hills State Peoples’ Democratic Party (HSPDP) won the election with a respectable majority with the Congress coming in second.  The elections, coming so soon after the demise of the founder of the HSPDP, Hoping Stone Lyngdoh were bound to be driven [Full Article...]

Uproar in Assam

Assam governor P.B. Acharya was quoted as saying that “Hindustan is for Hindus”. It has triggered bitter controversy and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has demanded his removal. Acharya is deeply rooted in the Sangh ethos. He however later clarified that all people of Indian origin persecuted in foreign lands were welcome in India. For instance, if an Indian Christian is persecuted in Pakistan, [Full Article...]

Battle for Nongstoin

  West Khasi Hills and particularly Nongstoin is the last bastion of the Hill State Peoples’ Democratic Party (HSPDP). The fact that the last sitting MLA died in harness makes this election more about sympathy votes than about real issues. One thing that is being played up by the HSPDP leadership is that the Party needs to be alive and kicking in its stronghold [Full Article...]

Censors at it again

THE censor board has ordered the length of two kissing sequences in Spectre, a new James Bond film, to be shortened by half. It is apparently according to archaic obscenity codes. There was a protest against kissing in Indian films during the freedom movement as it was erroneously argued that it was against Indian tradition and borrowed from the west. The GD Khoshla Commission [Full Article...]

Assam Rifles Overreach

  Assam Rifles have not done their job admirably in tackling insurgency in the north-east. The rape and murder of Manorama by one of their personnel raised an outcry. Irom Sharmila has been battling the highhandedness of security forces in Manipur for years. Now Assam Rifles has overstepped an authority in Nagaland, sending a notice to 5 newspapers saying that publishing articles listing NSCN [Full Article...]