Friday, April 16, 2021

Editorial

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A portentous day today?

Another International Women's Day dawns upon us but what are our thoughts? For millions of women across the globe this will be just another day of blood, sweat and toil, another day of suffering and sacrifices, another day of abuse, assault, battery, molestations, harassment, rape and murder, another day of the grinding, back-breaking labour and bleeding. These adversities could probably conjure images of women of the most-economically challenged and the most alienated and marginalized sections of society but most of these harsh conditions are also the harsh realities of women...
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Numbers that don’t add up

Indian democracy seems to be evolving ~ now, do note that evolution is not always necessarily positive ~ therefore, Indian democracy is also clearly under threat. Take for instance a political party ~ the BJP ~ managed to win only 2 seats in Meghalaya but has orchestrated the formation of the new Government there. Seriously, what's wrong with the political parties in Meghalaya? Have they no guts to go it alone? Worse still is the scenario in Nagaland. Why should two regional parties ~ one of them yet to be...
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An issue ignored

Except as a passing reference during the campaigns in the recently-concluded Nagaland Assembly elections, the issue of "solution" was very noticeably missing. And, this observation pertains to all political parties here ~ in fact some of them didn't mention it at all ~ neither did most individual candidates, irrespective of party affiliations. This somehow lends credence to the opinion that the entirety of the issue of "solution" is very academic that keeps NGOs and civil societies, as well as a few who love to see their names in print, including...
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Nagaland’s misfortunate

In the Nagaland Page Editorial of February 28 last, titled: Act I, Act II, Act III, Act IV, I had written, "Yes, these next three days will see more politicking for government formation than was seen in the run-up to the elections. Then Act III, Scene 1 will begin with whoever forms the government seeking to cement its strength in the Assembly during which elected representatives will be most sought after ~ and if we go by past experience, those who can pay the most will emerge as winner. In...
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Not investor friendly

The NDA-government's decision to re-impose the long-term capital gains tax (LTCG) on equities, which was scrapped in 2004-05, seems to be a hasty move to plug the widening fiscal deficit ahead of an election year. With investors in equities enjoying terrific returns over the last few years, it is not a surprise that they have become targets for the central government to secure additional revenue. The decision to announce the imposition of 10 percent tax on gains of over Rs 1 lakh made on any form of investment in listed...
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Unfair move

In a functional democratic set up that is evolving with the participation of the people around the world, there cannot be permanent laws in response to transient trends, especially to create a power that is open to abuse. The Election Commission of India's proposal to the Law Ministry recently that it be armed with the power to punish for contempt is an unwarranted and poorly thought-out response to some strident accusations of partisan functioning, mainly from political parties that had lost in the electoral arena. In fact, such proposal are...
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Act I, Act II, Act III, Act IV

Now that Act I of the election theatrics, in the form of the campaigns, and the right and duty of voting to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly are over, Act II has already begun. The drama will intensify with greater gusto. The next three days, till results are declared on March 3, will see high voltage tension ~ more so for political parties and their candidates ~ after all, elections are basically about the prize of power. This time there are no waves but it is likely that negative voting...
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Today

Finally, the day that has all the potentials and promises to change the destiny of the people and state of Nagaland has dawned upon us. But would our people rise up to the occasion and tap these potentials and promises? That is the question each of us voters must answer with our hearts and minds ~ and act decisively to indicate that we mean business and are serious about our future, our destiny. Today, let us be totally focused on the fact that our tomorrows ~ and that of the...
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Poll reforms

The decision of the Supreme Court imposing an additional norm for candidates contesting elections for disclosure of the sources of their income, spouses and dependent has added to the growing body of judicially inspired electoral reforms in the country. The SC has directed the central government to amend rules as well as the disclosure form filed by the candidates along with their nomination papers to include the sources of their income besides other family members. This is a welcome step and goes with the aspirations of the electorate, who want...
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Dwindling forest cover

The ministry of forests and environment's "India State of Forest Report 2017" based on the satellite imageries showing 24.4 percent of the country's land area covered by some form of forest or tree cover does not present an accurate assessment. Though the report presents a positive picture about the tree cover or the forests, but this cannot be a barometer for a realistic picture of the forests which have been dwindling with the passage of every year. This report also goes on to show that there has been an increase...
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