At the recent 7th North East Festival in Delhi, while the aroma of pork curry in bamboo shoot, lai shaak (mustard greens), or black sesame paste, and the dulcet notes of Bipul Chettri’s music, pulled in hordes, a debut feature — Oral Narratives symposium — had a few in attendance. Addressing the linguistic debate of the imposition of Hindi as the national language, and of his work in revitalising Nagaland’s Sumi language, one of the speakers, Hesheto Y Chishi, director of Dimapur-based NGO Indigenous Cultural Society, said, “National language is to be maintained but equal importance should be given to the native language. Most schools (in the North-East) have a Hindi teacher but not a native-language teacher.” The symposium, with film screenings, was curated by Assamese NGO Folk Culture Research Centre of North-East India — Arhi (“example” in Assamese). Formed in 2008, the community collective was recognised by Unesco in 2017 for … [Read more...] about A symposium on oral narratives makes the case for preserving the native languages of North-East
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NEW DELHI: Security cooperation is an important element of the BIMSTEC and the member countries are looking at enhancing partnership in this sphere, a top official of the Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday. Speaking at its first coastal security workshop, Vijay Singh Thakur, Secretary (East) in the MEA said India attaches great importance to the grouping of South and Southeast Asian nations and it is a part of its neighbourhood first policy. "As we are providing and looking for unhindered sea lanes of communication and economic integration of the region, we have to be mindful of the security at sea," Thakur said. Highlighting threats like human trafficking, narcotics, exploitation of natural resources, piracy, sea-based terrorism, Thakur said cooperation in the security domain will have a special significance and importance for Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) members states. "We have been looking at security … [Read more...] about BIMSTEC nations looking to enhance security cooperation: India
By Arvind Gupta Prime Minister Modi should be complimented for the decision to set up the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The decision has its gravitas and will put to rest the debate on the CDS which has been on since 2001, when the Group of Ministers on national security first recommended it. Apprehensions within the armed forces circles, resistance from the bureaucracy, and indifference of the political class contributed to the delay. While the governments in the past dithered, the security environment around us changed dramatically, and the armed forces struggled on the issues of jointness, planning, procurements, and training. Hopefully, the CDS will now be able to initiate much-needed higher defence organisation reforms. The GoM envisaged the CDS as providing single-point military advice to the government, administering the forces, making defence planning process more effective through intra- and inter-service prioritisation, and ensuring jointness in the armed forces. These … [Read more...] about View: CDS is 1st step towards higher organisation reforms
A new wave of anti-government protests is sweeping through several countries in the Arab world, increasingly escalating in recent weeks, which has brought reminiscence of similar unrest that began in 2010-11, collectively known as the Arab Spring. The ongoing protests in Iraq, Lebanon, Algeria and Sudan appear to herald a new season of civil unrest and calls for democracy in the Middle East. Many analysts believe the region could indeed be going through a second wave of uprisings with some even describing it as Arab Spring 2.0, while others argue the first Arab Spring had never ended and that the political turmoil being experienced today is a logical outcome of the events that began nine years ago, according to a regular survey of experts by Carnegie Middle East Center. "The Arab Spring never died. It just went dormant, overtaken by the brutality of events in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Egypt. The roots of this second wave of mass protests hearken back to the 2010-11 Arab uprisings. Yet, … [Read more...] about Analysis: Are we seeing the beginning of Arab Spring 2.0?
International educators will be deeply saddened by the events on campuses of Hong Kong's highly regarded universities, leading to early closure of the fall term and international students returning home early. Disruption to transport and safety issues have been so pervasive that schools are to remain closed through the end of Monday, at least. However, no matter what university campuses will not re-open for studies or examinations this year. It is fortunate there are only two weeks left of the university semester, to use an American term, as such events a month earlier would raise questions of academic integrity for study abroad students and the transfer of credits. This time a workaround of completing studies online and submitting papers electronically should be acceptable. But the reality is that foreign universities would have called back their students in any such circumstances, and some in Europe and the US already had. Parents send students to college in … [Read more...] about People-to-people exchanges remain essential for HK