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Communalizing the Ichamati issue

  By Albert Thyrniang In the last ten days or so a lot has happened in relation to Ichamati. A complaint to the governor of Meghalaya; FIRs against the three complainants, NCPCR’s directive to prove alleged harassment of non-tribal women…

Meghalaya must show its spine

Editor, In continuation to my letter captioned, " Border disputes: different responses" (ST Oct 23, 2020) published by your esteemed paper wherein I had sought to draw attention to the contrasting responses adopted by the Central and…

IN PANDEMIC, BILLIONAIRES WEALTH INCREASES 

  By Prabhat Patnaik   Wealth distribution data are notoriously difficult to interpret. This is because variations in stock prices affect wealth distribution, so that a stock market boom suddenly makes the rich appear much richer,…

Erosion of public trust

Public trust is the essence of democracy. The public elect a set of leaders and place their trust on those leaders to deliver what has been promised in the election manifesto. The word public trust dates back to the origins of democracy…

  Ah! NH 44

                                               By Francis Suchiang National Highway 44 starts from the bridge at Nongthymmai (opposite Jingkieng Power House) to Umkiang. The bridge was built by the British probably in the 1920’s. It…

Political turmoil crippling tourism!

Editor, We are in the 21st century and if we still scrutinize people on the basis of race, caste, nationality, and ethnicity, it may incite social unrest as in the other disturbed nations of the world. Let the Government decide on the…

TIME FOR FESTIVAL CHEER 

The season of festival, although restrained brings with it good news on a few fronts. One report is that the Centre has set aside Rs 50,000 crore for highly subsidized vaccination of its 1.34 billon people against the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Politics of patronage and privilege

Patricia Mukhim Someone had rightly said that politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening…