August 26, 2018

When will the numbers become too many to ignore?

Suicides might not make it to headlines as often as they used to, but that is more because this newspaper has come to terms with the fact that mere reportage was serving no constructive purpose anymore. A news-report on...

August 25, 2018

Sikkim needs to be brave, not prudish in tackling substance abuse and suicides

Sometime in early 2016, the Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department was handed over a detailed list of what was expected of it. Most of the directions were routine reminders of wha...

August 24, 2018

The rash of POCSO Act cases should have attracted wider social engagement

Readers would have noticed the unnerving frequency with which reports have been arriving about sexual offences being perpetrated on minors. 
That said, it also needs to be recognized that it is...

August 23, 2018

Really, is Indian pride so fragile that an out of turn hug can hurt it?

So, Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former cricketer, one-time road-rage murder accused, TV reality show fixture and now Legislator from Punjab, finds himself in a soup. His “crime” - having hugged the Ar...

August 22, 2018

Sikkim needs to study why its roads see so many accidents and its hospitals sign so many referrals

At around this time last year, there was an enquiry underway on what caused a bus mishap near Mangan in North Sikkim which had claimed three lives and left 40 injured. I...

August 21, 2018

Welcome the data, don’t go regressive
It has been two years now since the State Government discontinued the financial incentive it offered to government servants if they opted for smaller families – usually seen as one with a maximum of two children. The reason behind...

August 20, 2018

Language needs contemporary and relevant literature to flourish

Speaking to a young Nepali-speaker a few days before Bhasa Manyata Diwas was eye-opening. The youngster could rattle off a Nepali proverb to suit just about any situation or irony that abounds around us no...

August 19, 2018

The battle cannot be won top-down, wider collaborations are required
Drug busts form a staple of the diet of newspaper consumers in Sikkim. A substantial drug haul on a chance routine inspection at the check-posts is a routine occurrence. 
Prescription drugs continue...

September 30, 2017

Head it off before the boundaries are pushed

Sikkim prides itself over being a peaceful state and often highlights its Buddhist ethos of nonviolence. In fact, there are many who believe that even the formation of the kingdom was a peaceful process. Be that as it may, c...

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