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Crumbling of Indian Coalition Politics

By   /  June 21, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Crumbling of Indian Coalition Politics

Is India fit for coalition politics? There is nothing new in this question. This very question is being asked since the late seventies when the country first got a taste of coalition politics. Today the question has become more pertinent as one after another coalition experiments are meeting failures. The other day as coalition partner […]

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When Will Peace Reach Kashmir?

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on When Will Peace Reach Kashmir?

The killings of renowned journalist Shujaat Bukhari and brave soldier Aurangazeb provided the Government of India a golden opportunity to isolate the secessionist and radical forces within the Kashmiri society. But like many previous occasions in the past, this time too, the Centre has blown away the chance by refusing to extend the ceasefire beyond […]

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People’s Cop

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on People’s Cop

The PDA government’s intention to remove Director General of Police (DGP) Rupin Sharma is now taking various twists and turns that might turn out to be unfavourable for all concerned.  Along with the police personnel showing support for the state police chief, some members of the public came out in the open to sign petitions […]

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Need of the Hour

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Need of the Hour

An effort is being made to create an unnecessary and unwanted controversy about the issue of integration of Naga-inhabited areas. There is nothing wrong in what the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has stated about the said demand. Chief Minister N. Rio has simply stated the view expressed by the Union Home Minister during his […]

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Blind Partisan Politics

By   /  June 18, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Blind Partisan Politics

The problem with our politicians is that they are always driven by the thoughts of narrow political gains over national interest and policies. The most recent example of such a mindset of our politicians was evident in the manner in which four chief ministers of the country rushed to the support of Delhi Chief Minister […]

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Denuclearised

By   /  June 14, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Denuclearised

The US President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un are two leaders who are not known for their diplomatic skills. Moreover, only a couple of months ago, they were threatening to attack each other with nuclear weapons that shocked the entire world. Some people even started counting the days of doom. So, when […]

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Outsiders and Insiders

By   /  June 14, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Outsiders and Insiders

The concept of bringing in talents and subject matter experts especially private professionals into the bureaucracy at the Centre is a move in the right direction. The Central government has recently offered 10 such posts for lateral entry into its system who will be appointed on contract. Although the opposition parties are against the move […]

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A Solution for Kashmir

By   /  June 12, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on A Solution for Kashmir

There were apprehensions. Even many of our policy makers were sceptical about the move. Some of them openly expressed that the move would bring more bloodshed. But, even before the one month period of unilateral ceasefire declared by the Centre in Kashmir comes to end, many have now started supporting the demand of extending it […]

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Not Very Smart

By   /  June 12, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Not Very Smart

The weeks of frenzied circulation of fake messages in social media circles especially in the multimedia messaging platforms about child lifters and human organ rackets finally culminated in the killing of two innocent men from Guwahati at a village in Karbi Anglong district. Even in Nagaland, the days prior to the incident, social media users had seen an increase in similar kinds of messages and it is highly probable that such rumours are related in some way. However the bottom line is that the incident at Karbi Anglong is not an exception in the long history of rising lynching incidents in India; it is but a part of it. It is also not the first case of the use of technology to spread false news. Although it happened at a different location among different groups of communities but still it indicates the growing intolerance among communities in the country. Aided with technology and faster mode of dissemination of information actors play their part to create mass hysteria leading to similar cases all across the country. For instance, one among the mob even had the audacity to tell a friend of the victim that they had been killed and he would see it in the next day’s news. It indicates the collective conscience of the mob. For them, it was the right thing to do. While many in a mob are swayed by the situation due to the mass hysteria, it is always the main instigators who knowingly take advantage of such situations and start the hysteria or work on an existing prejudice. The March 5 incident at Dimapur in 2015 was also one such instance. It was for the law to judge if the accused was guilty but the circumstances and the public outrage leading to the lynching are similar. Almost everyone agrees that if only the accused was from another community the lynching would have been averted. Although it can be just taken as a passing phase due to the onslaught of technology, how many innocent lives will be lost because everyone has access to smartphones these days. At face value, such incidents are the collective work of some very cunningly smart people misleading a crowd that is blinded by panic and rendered not smart—but all with smartphones. A close observation on the other hand might also indicate that it is not the medium and how quick it is but who are the players. The word of mouth is also an effective medium responsible for huge loss of lives in India. The government of the day in every state and at the Centre need to view it just beyond smartphones.

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Answer to Tribal Unrest is in the Economics

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off on Answer to Tribal Unrest is in the Economics

The Maoist menace is a socio-economic problem. Efforts to curb it as a mere law-and-order problem is a mistake. Troops may combat the Maoists for the time being but anger among the people will remain until their genuine grievances are addressed. The one and only remedy to rooting out the menace is by ensuring an […]

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