Written By: Sankhadip Das
Illustration: Suman Choudhury
Another general election is round the corner, and once again the same old discussion has started making rounds - The great Indian political dynasties. Despite being a flourishing democracy for the last seven decades, why politics in India, is more of a family business? Is it harmful to the economy and development? Should it at all exist?
These questions have become more pertinent now, or you may say as the Lok Sabha election looms large, the ruling party at the centre is stirring these issues to surface. The reason being that their leader, the current Prime Minister is a bachelor and has come through a really hard way to be here today. And his main opponent is Rahul Gandhi who is a dynast.
But before w...
Written By: Pema Bhadra
Photo Credit: Tatmadaw and NSCN-K
When the nation and the world are paying all its attention towards the western border of India, Indian government is silently playing its anti-terrorism diplomacy card on the north-eastern frontier as well. The all-powerful NSCN-K is on the back foot to keep hold on its headquarters at Sagaing division in Myanmar. The mighty ULFA-I and other Assamese and Manipuri militant organisations are also finding it very difficult to get a place there to rest.
Khaplang with Yung Aung (on his left)
The Myanmar Army, commonly known as Tatmadaw has recently occupied the headquarters of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) in Taga area. Taga was once the self-ruled area under Khaplang and his team....
People light candles to pay tribute to CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, at India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday, 17 February 2019 - Photo Credit : Prem Singh
Written By : Sankhadeep Das
The wounds of Pathankot and Uri are yet to heal. Again 40 soldiers have lost their lives in the worst ever terrorist attack in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir. Within no time the dreaded terror organization Jaish-E-Muhammad, which is headquartered at Bahawalpur of Punjab province in Pakistan, has claimed the responsibility of the attack. Interestingly, the Jaish Headquarter is nestled within 9 kilometres distance from the Pakistan army 31 core headquarters, and the world also knows how close Jaish and its chief Masood Azhar are to Pakistani establishment and ISI....
Written By: Somrita Bhattacharyya
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
The issue is about a biological process, a very normal one, comes every month. But it seems it has the power to shudder the socio-political system of a country known to be the largest democracy of the world!
As we all know it already, the issue is not only a mere ‘men versus women’ issue. Yes, Mr. Prime Minister, please don’t play it wrong. When you say, ‘There are some temples in India, which have their own traditions, where men can’t go. And men don’t go…’ you miss a very crucial factor that it was not about barring all the women from entering the ‘pious’ temple of the God of celibacy in Kerala. The problem is with the women of a certain age-group, who go through this biological process called ‘m
Written by: Pema Bhadra
Photo: Indian Navy, ChildAid Network
36 days passed. On 16 January 2019, after a joint operation of the Indian Navy and NDRF, it was confirmed that Indian Navy ROV had detected a body 160 feet deep inside the main shaft. The body has been pulled up to the mouth of the rat-hole mine and will be brought out of the mine under the supervision of the doctors. Forensic Experts have been called for DNA test to identify and match the skeletal remains.
Indian Navy is showing the condition of the body to the family of the deceased.
According to the study done by Impulse NGO, over 10,000 people are estimated to have died in rat-holes between 2007 and 2014 in Meghalaya. Impulse’s study also estimates that there are 70,000 ch
Written by: Pema Bhadra
Photo: ChildAid Network
The date is said to be cursed itself, so as the mines.
December 13, 2018. The doomsday at Saiphung, East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya bears testimony to the disparity of existence. The existence of the state economy of Meghalaya, the existence of an ecological balance of the whole Jaintia Hills, the existence of the majority Bengali speaking, poor working class people of Garo Hills and minority dominated Chirang district of Assam and the existence of some filthy rich businessmen and coal mafia.
On December 13, about 20 miners entered the quarry as Ksan owned by Krip Chullet. After reaching the bottom of the 370 ft deep main shaft, they entered horizontal tunnel holes, generally termed as 'rat-ho...
Written By: D P Satish
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“India is not only our closest friend, it is our largest trading partner”. With those words, Maldives’ newly elected President Ibrahim Solih shut the door on a bitter past with its closest and biggest neighbor, promising to respect India’s “red lines” that his predecessor Abdulla Yameen had transgressed by his dalliance with China.
Yameen was widely expected to win the September election since he had jailed or exiled his political rivals, suborned the judiciary and reportedly, packed the Election Commission with his supporters. As it turned out, he lost with a staggering 58% voting to throw him out of office.
There was relief in the corridors of New Delhi’s South Block which houses the
Written by: Riaz Quadir
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Brexit now has top billing in the gladiator’s arena with a global audience sitting on the edge of their seats with bated breath as to what is going to happen next. Looks more like death-by-a-thousand-cuts than one with a single coup de grâce. Historians will be debating (mostly, cluelessly) for generations to come, asking how they ever got here in the first place. Well, historians will have a lot of time to do that I’m sure, but for those of us who are perplexed by the rather singular behaviour of the Britons, here are a few thoughts…
The unshakeable belief of an Englishman in his own superiority is probably at the root of this looming tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. By the time this nation had reached the
Written By: Amitava Gupta
Illustration: Sagar Mondal
Irony died a painful death (hopefully not as painful as being lynched, though) when arguably the most divisive Prime Minister India ever had unveiled the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The statue is destined to enjoy a short stint of fame being world’s tallest statue, only to be dwarfed by the statue of Shivaji that BJP is building in neighbouring Maharashtra.
Since Prime Minister Modi unveiled the statue on October 31, India has been on the boil. In all fairness, one should laud the Prime Minister for honouring at least one of his pre-election promises. Though India is still awaiting Achche Din on most counts, the statue is there in full glory. Modi promised to celebrate the astute Gujarati freedom
Written by: Riaz Quadir
Photo courtesy: Souroneil Lahiri
When you have been profligate your entire life, no, make that, for many generations; and profligacy has become a part of your genetic makeup, then recklessness simply becomes a way of life. Watching everyday life in Britain gives one such an impression. Well, at least for the most part. There are some, like the young and famous linguist, Alex Rawlings, who is so scared of what is to come after Brexit, that he cannot imagine how “This whole country is on the brink of the worst disaster since the second world war, and everyone is just sipping coffee, going about their daily business as if nothing is happening.” So, is it the proverbial sangfroid of the English or imperial hubris that keeps them in the stratosphere