Cancer still the killer disease

It is unfortunate that the country is so dependent on revenue from the tobacco industry that cigarettes and bidi cannot be banned. Smoking is linked to many types of cancer, including cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, voice box,…

GROWTH AS PRIORITY

A please-all budget is the antithesis of a progressive budget, while a growth-oriented budget cares for the interests of the nation. When the nation grows, individuals benefit by way of a trickle-down effect. The growth of the nation and…

Meghalaya elections 2023: Why do we want change?

By Patricia Mukhim As elections approach, it is normal for sitting MLAs and beneficiaries of largesse from the present government to desire its continuance. The former don’t want to give up[ their perks; the latter don’t want to lose…

Congress revival imminent

The Congress Party at the national level has gained much traction from the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The 4000 km long journey undertaken by Rahul Gandhi in 146 days has raised hopes among those that cherish an India where the soul breathes free…

Promise of growth

In the run-up to the Union Budget, it was time for stock-taking on the national economy based on multiple parameters including the performances by various sectors. The Economic Survey 2023 prepared by chief economic adviser Anantha…

Capricious public sentiments

Politics and politicians create noise during election campaigns mainly to divert people’s attentions from their failure to deliver the public goods in the last five years. To fight anti-incumbency ruling party politicians use all kinds of…

Yatri’s hour of triumph

Rahul Gandhi and the Congress Party have achieved what they attempted at and in a spectacular manner. He has raised the National Flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Kashmir, after braving several odds and a punishing schedule through his…

Day of symbolism

Symbolism matters, but this need not necessarily be a reflection of real life. The Republic Day on Thursday occasioned the spectacular presence of labourers and street vendors in the VIP gallery, which was so far filled exclusively by the…

India’s 74th Republic Day

Republic Day and Independence Day are both marked by stereotyped, predictable observances that are intended to make citizens feel good about themselves because of where the country is today. The founding fathers of the Constitution had…

Revisiting Gujarat

It’s natural that history is written, rejected and rewritten. The spirit of inquiry is never-diminishing and every generation takes a critical look at the deeds of the past. A BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots raised a hue and cry…