No to corruption

Punjab today shows the way in many respects, thanks mainly to the winds of change that Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann heading the AAP government in the state since March this year has unleashed. It’s a little more than two months that…

Crisis of confidence

A crisis of confidence in the Government is what strikes at the very heart, soul and spirit of the people of Meghalaya today. The Chief Minister as the head of the MDA Government is not leading the state and its people. He is just…

Inside shining India

Everyone cannot hope to become ‘crorepatis’ but every individual deserves a life of dignity and an assurance for basic means of livelihood. Once this is achieved, a nation becomes a welfare state. India is far from being so. Nothing goes…

Finally, Empowerment for Traditional Institutions

The Village and Town Development Council Act assented by the Governor of Meghalaya is a substitute for the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in Meghalaya. The Act is aimed at empowering traditional institutions to deliver grassroots…

Defections, political circus

Self-interest guides politicians of today; not ideology that forms the base and the sine qua non for every political establishment. Politicians are changing their colour with the ease of a chameleon, as is seen in the case of former…

Did we make a serious mistake in 2018? Whither 2023

By Patricia Mukhim Elections are eight months away but the knife-sharpening business has begun. Those used to reflecting on the current state of affairs and the political circus happening now where we have lost count of which MLA/MDC is in…

Serious conflicts of interest

Whereas there are strict rules in the bureaucracy about what constitutes conflict of interest, the political class get away with impunity from this ethical dilemma. However, in Meghalaya bureaucrats and police officials too don’t care…

Engaging Nepal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Nepal this week was the first after relations between the two nations got seriously strained over a border row in 2020 and the fifth visit by Modi through his two terms as PM. All is not as rosy now…

NFHS-5, controversies galore

The National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-5 which was carried out in 2019-2020 calls Meghalaya a ‘matriarchal’ society. The Khasi, Jaintia and Garo people still believe they are a matrilineal society where lineage is from the mother’s clan…