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Ramdev eviction

Anatomy of the Fungus of Corruption

The Congress sponsored midnight police brutality on non-violent protesters at Ram Lilla Maidan has received sharp reaction from across the country with politicians blaming Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister directly for presiding over a Jallianwallah Bagh like swoop on fasting and sleeping people.

 

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The World Bank Road

Mizoram’s Path to Prosperity

In a hilly and landlocked state like Mizoram roads are the drivers of the economy, lifeline of the people and a medium to take development to the doorstep of the citizens. With improved connectivity people in remote and inaccessible parts can have better access to education and healthcare.  Expansion of markets for selling agricultural produce and development of micro enterprises help in the economic empowerment of the people. In this manner, roads thus have the potential to bring about marked changes in the quality of life and standard of living. Border Roads Organization had played the pioneering role in connectivity in Mizoram in the 1960s but that role is now being taken over by the state PWD, which has recently completed the construction of the biggest road project in the state.

 

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The Return of Ghising

A new scene has started in the political drama of Darjeeling hills. Once a protagonist of Indian Gorkhas’ rights, but now a hapless ‘clown’, Subash Ghising has been able to climb the hills after a hiatus of 3 years. The 65 year old Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) chief was driven out by his vassal-turned-foe Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM) chief Bimal Gurung in 2008. The former DGHC administrator who ruled the hills for 21 years with an iron hand was driven out after the incident of the killing of a GJMM woman cadre who was shot dead by a gun fired from a councillor’s house in Darjeeling. Add a comment Read more...

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Wedlock and Responsible Marriage

There is a saying that marriages are made in heaven. Meghalaya is a multi – cultural society of people professing different religions in the backdrop of a varied cultural background. However, marriage is a commonality of the cross sections of society performed according to the different rites and rituals, whether arranged or otherwise having the consent of parents of both the individuals, especially in Khasi society where a screening is made to ensure that the individuals are in no way related by blood as marriage within the same clan is considered taboo and an act of incest. Add a comment Read more...

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The Gorkhas - Sons of the Soil, Pride of the Nation

Many people have amisconception about the Gorkhas in India - that they are foreigners and have migrated from Nepal. There could not be a greater mistake than this. The Gorkhas are in fact the aborigines of India and they can trace their history back to ancient times. The Gorkha community is the product of Indo-Aryan and Mongoloid assimilation from ages past. As a linguistic group they can trace their origin back to Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Burman beginnings. In fact the Gorkhas consist of both Indo-Aryan and Mongoloid racial groups.

In the Mahabharata and Manusmriti names of Khasa are mentioned. They are in fact the Gorkhas. The Gorkhas spoke the language then known as Khaskura Khasas as a community existed in Nepal which it later changed to another ethnic name. Add a comment Read more...