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Gandhi’s Non-Violence: Contextualizing the Concept in Meghalaya

By Airpeace W. Rani The adage ‘great men come once in many centuries’ rings true with the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lovingly known as ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ to the world over and a ‘Bapu’ or ‘Father of the Nation’ to the Indians at large. He was born to Karamchand and Putlibai Gandhi in Porbandar in Gujarat on October 2, 1969. After finishing his early [Full Article...]

Put professionals, not politicians, in committees

By Surojit Mahalanobis It is better late than never. The news that the power minister Piyush Goyal has set up an inter-ministerial panel (IMC) to examine and move forward with effective allocation of the 214 coal blocks, after the Supreme Court’s recent order, is indeed acceptable. What is positive about the move is that the committee (IMC) would comprise engineers of power, steel, and [Full Article...]

Planning: It’s time to rethink

By K.L.Tariang There is a substantial increase in the Plan Budget outlay of the Government of Meghalaya for the year 2014-15 as compared to the previous year. This obviously means aiming towards more development . The general perception however is that the development objectives as magnificently prescribed down the years are not reached and belie expectation and development remains an elusive dream for the [Full Article...]

India and the North East : No country for the others

By Phrangsngi Pyrtuh India the country of diversity is anything but what it claims to be. The latest doing the round is the unverified but widely circulated report about North Eastern staff working at Hyatt hotel in Ahmedabad being coerced to stay away from its premises which played host to the visiting Chinese president Xi Jingping. The news article allegedly originated from a city [Full Article...]

Tragic Week in Meghalaya’s History

By H H Mohrmen This is one of the worst ever week in the history of Meghalaya where not less than fifty people lost their lives to floods and law and order problem. Property worth crores of rupees was damaged in the process. Our hearts go out to the people who have lost their near and dear ones and we pray for the departed. [Full Article...]

There’s no comfort in distance

By M.J. Akbar Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to the people in New York and talk to the government in Washington during his five-day visit to the United States. He has generated enough excitement among non-resident Indians to last a generation. And even staid, stoic Washington, the city of bureaucrats, legislators, academics and intelligence officials has begun to register the reverberations around an [Full Article...]

Mother is coming again …….

By Sukalpa Bhattacharjee Myths generally symbolize a set of stories that give meaning to people’s lives-of their origin, their pride, their predicament, their beliefs and their histories. In all societies, of course with variations myths and mythologies have affected  religious practices  and world views. Myths have formed the basis of political ideologies   and aspirations in India and elsewhere and have  also guided, informed, shaped, [Full Article...]

It’s a free for all in Maharashtra Assembly Elections

By Kalyani Shankar Maharashtra is now headed for the assembly elections on October 15 this year which will be marked by unprecedented bitterness and mudslinging between the contesting political parties as all the major political parties have broken their respective alliances to fight on their own.BJP has severed its pact with Shiv Sena while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has announced that its alliance [Full Article...]