September 21, 2018

…but planning still stuck for scenarios after ‘when’


The monsoon is in retreat, and as has been typical for the past few cycles, it is reiterating the human-induced fragility of the mountain slopes with some forcefulness; time for everyone to pause and take stock.
When...

September 21, 2018

When everyone plays victim, who will take the initiative?


Anyone who has been following political developments and public statements of public figures in Sikkim, or for that matter at the national level, would have noticed that everyone is quick to take the position of...

September 20, 2018

We should not stop talking about sexual abuse of children


There was an incident not very long ago, could not have been more than five or six years back when a septuagenarian was beaten up by his nephew. When news of the incident first arrived, most people clucked at th...

September 17, 2018


Use the lull to take stock and plan better


The “season” appears likely to pick up this Dusshera. The cyclical aandolan for statehood in neighboring Darjeeling, which had ensured that the booming summer tourist footfalls faded when they should have peaked last year, is...

September 14, 2018

Booze is a problem that the society ignores at its own peril


The festive season is upon us; a march of weeks and months which will be as much about piety as they will be about excesses, making it perhaps the right time to speak about alcoholism. And no, cops at play wi...

September 13, 2018

Not everything should be about politics, always


Commenting on the content of newspapers, particularly this one, a reader who wants to like the paper but cannot, complained that politics was not covered enough. In fact, politics is rarely front-paged here, she complaine...

September 12, 2018

But is just remembering enough?


Next Tuesday will mark seventh anniversary of 18 September Earthquake, that monumental event which pulled a wicked surprise on Sikkim, not an easy trick to play on a region which has lived for centuries with extreme weather conditions an...

September 11, 2018

Easiest target, empty bullets


Corruption is the use of public office for private gain. The prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 defines bribery as “a public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act; a public servant obtaini...

September 10, 2018

If only it was so simple. And maybe it is


Today, 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day and this section returns to this frequently visited theme again. As per the World Health Organisation, as many as 8 lakh people commit suicide every year [that’s one suicide e...

September 9, 2018

Yes, homophobia is a crime now. Let’s have social acceptance next


On 06 September, a day after Teacher’s Day, the Supreme Court decided to play the educator, delivering a landmark verdict on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code decriminalising consensual intercourse be...

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