Makhan Saikia

Dr. Makhan Saikia: Senior Editor Edit & OpEd 

Bali erupts: What next?

Saturday, 09 Dec 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The recent volcanic eruption in the Indonesian Island of Bali is once again creating fear across the region. Interestingly, the volcano in Mount Agung is recorded as just one of the 127 active volcanoes in this island nation. Indonesia is known as the most volcano-pocked country in the world. What the...

Mugabe: A byword for misrule

Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

After Zimbabwe Army ousted Robert Mugabe from power, the moot point is: will this be a permanent respite for the millions of poor Zimbabweans who have suffered for almost four decades? Surely not, as the successor, Mnangagwa, is a thug. He was very much part of the grubby system...

New Tsar takes shine off October Revolution centenary

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Vladimir Putin, the current Russian President, has made obviously more headlines than the much-talked about celebration of the 100th year of the historic October Revolution last month across the globe, including its homeland. His date with Kremlin in a very unusual style for more than one-and-a-half decade has set his...

Will the British people give a chance to Jeremy Corbyn?

Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Jeremy Corbyn was no other than a symbol of ‘woebegone’ in British politics till recently. Many in Europe felt before the June 2017 UK General Elections — which saw the Conservative’s Theresa May becoming the country’s Prime Minister — that the Labour Party is facing a debacle something equivalent to...

How far is Catalonia’s road to Independence

Saturday, 30 Sep 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The struggle for Independence continues in Catalonia, one of the richest and most industrialised parts of Spain. Though this movement for liberation from the mainland is an age-old issue, it started dominating the Catalan political scene only in 2010. However, on September 11, what the international community witnessed was something...

Philippines: New destination for ISIS in Asia

Saturday, 02 Sep 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Marawi in South Philippines has suddenly become the centre of jehadi struggle in the island nation. It is widely believed that Islamists from Mosul, Chechnya, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Afghanistan and various parts of Africa have descended in large numbers in this restive Filipino region. Their ultimate aim is to...

West’s deafening silence on Liu’s persecution

Saturday, 29 Jul 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Once again, a “messenger” died quietly in the “Middle Kingdom” fighting consistently for peaceful political reform. With the demise of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Laureate, the regime in Beijing failed to hide from the world that China was really scared of a man who simply demanded human rights for...

Mosul on path to regain its glory but challenges galore

Saturday, 15 Jul 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) troops of Iraq are on the road to reclaim the remaining parts of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, from the clutches of the monstrous ISIS after three years, since June 2014 when the Islamists captured it. The historic city on the banks of the Tigris...

Venezuela at tipping point

Saturday, 08 Jul 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Venezuela is fast slipping into the centre of inflation, homicide and scarcity. But what scares South America most is the pitfalls of a dying and dogged remnants of Fidel Castro-style socialism. Too agonising. Really sad. However, till date, the beleaguered President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, is either not understanding the...

Hurdles ahead for Hongkongers

Saturday, 01 Jul 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Today, Hong Kong is celebrating 20 years of returning to the Chinese socialist system. On this very day, Britain ceded the island territory to mainland China after ruling it from 1842 till 1997. The First Opium War was fought from September, 1839, to August, 1842, between Britain and China; it...


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