November 28, 2018

Empower, for real, panchayats to shoot down superficial projects

By now, the panchayats should be rather comfortably ensconced in their posts, busy with the tasks of Panchayati Raj, and still, rather frequently, one reads of Panchayats undergoing awareness and orientat...

November 24, 2018

Insularity is unfortunately a national malaise. Address it

Identity, as in the perceptions of the outside, is a touchy issue among the marginalized communities. The ill-informed clichés, the pedantic, and almost always offensive generalizations remain sore points for t...

November 22, 2018

Inspire ambitions for bigger, not nooks and corners

It is never out of season to talk about the near obsessive ambition of communities across the board to get included in some reserved category or the other. We have, in our country, quite a wide range of categories to...

November 17, 2018

Just word of mouth will not suffice any more

A quaint tourist festival concluded recently at Temi Tea Estate. Except the invited guests, their respective entourages and the handful who caught the news in local rags, it is unlikely that too many others knew of it or mad...

November 15, 2018

The wrong people appear to be catching ’em young. And we don’t mean the cops

A 13-year-old finds himself among cops. The “routine checking” of vehicles which appears to the stop-and-frisk standard that passes for policing in the State allegedly found the lad in possess...

November 5, 2018

Trust deficit inspires blind faith

The disturbing levels to which disinterest/ fake pride has gripped the nation is evident in the docility with which the renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj was accepted, or the disinterest with which a statue constructed at great cost,...

November 3, 2018

The numbers might be healthy, but what about wildlife’s health

Deers stumble into villages along the edge of forests, diseased and suffering from open sores. Sometimes, dogs set upon the sick animal and bring her down and at other times people try to care for the anima...

November 2, 2018

At least the horticulturists should have noticed

The Baramati sub-division under Pune district in Maharashtra is a rural belt of pomegranate and onion growers. Some of the farmers, those who became part of a pilot project - Madhu Sandesh – reported their first bumper c...

November 1, 2018

Not the way to handle environmental challenges

So, the air Delhi is already severely harmful. So much so that authorities are now advising Delhites to not even light incense. It is another matter that farm stubble in its neighbouring states continues to be burnt and en...

October 31, 2018

It will get worse because nothing is being done

Commuting in Gangtok is comfortable only during holidays or on a Saturday immediately after a break like the one we recently enjoyed with Dasain and will get to enjoy again after Tihaar. This is so because it is only duri...

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