July 16, 2019

Side-step consultations, and there will only be disinterest, diktats and protests

“Democracy is not just about ballots and votes, but also about public deliberation and reasoning, what - to use an old phrase - is often called ‘government by discussion’,” writes Amartya...

May 20, 2019

To stem the wrong, people need to step up
Corruption, most accept, is a necessary evil. Work just won’t get done if there was no graft involved, many would like to believe. Is it really so? It shouldn’t, but it is, and this is because the two common interpretations of...

May 8, 2019

Study and evaluate, then replicate best practices
For quite a while now, politicians, bureaucrats, teacher associations and even student groups have been speaking of the need for government schools in Sikkim to impart quality education. The Board exam results have just...

May 7, 2019

Begin with sensitization, end with preparedness

The monsoon months will soon be upon us, bringing with them a period of “natural” calamities and ex-gratia payments and repairs and rehabilitations. The winter was largely uneventful in as much as disasters are concerned,...

April 15, 2019

There is a lot that is beyond repair, but some things can still be salvaged
For a town that has been a capital for barely little over a century but has ‘developed’ (read expanded) only in the past three decades, Gangtok is a frightfully ill-planned hill top. Monsoons i...

April 1, 2019

Demand better from education
A little over a decade ago, an obscure man, then in his mid-30s, hailing from a nondescript Andhra village, blazed a trail with his apparently crazy move. This “obscure man” was one called Narasing Lal Butt, and his “crazy move” was to clai...

January 22, 2019

The #MeToo campaign is important because the deck was always been loaded against women
The #MeToo campaign has ripped the fig leaf off the ugly preying that women across the world have been subjected to for far too long. The momentum, some might argue, is already flagg...

December 24, 2018

Layoffs and roll-backs, relevance and need
These have not been good times for newspapers. Lay-offs, wind downs and if the recent incident in Manipur where a journalist finds himself behind bars for a year without even a chargesheet or court hearing is added, the troubl...

December 5, 2018

…no, not mercenary materialism


And no, this is not a moral science lesson. It will however begin with reference to an international conference the State Government had organized several years back on “Science, Spirituality and Education” with the Dalai Lama as a specia...

November 30, 2018

…a prescription which poisons democracy


The dictionary defines “noninvolvement” as a lack or emotional engagement and failure or refusal to become involved. 
In most contexts, this term takes a more policy/ political term in that it applies to nations in the line of “n...

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