Makhan Saikia

Makhan Saikia

Dr. Makhan Saikia: Senior Editor Edit & OpEd 

China’s new population policy a long shot

China’s new population policy a long shot

Sunday, 13 June 2021 | Makhan Saikia

China’s current demographic structure is bringing a new reality to the forefront. The seventh National Census conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBSC) in 2020 records the slowest population growth in decades since 1950s. As per the census, China’s population stands at 1.41 billion. It’s an increase...

China’s game on North Korea

China’s game on North Korea

Sunday, 11 April 2021 | Makhan Saikia

Though the US and China both have voiced concern over North Korea’s nuclear ambition, their approaches to the same goal are distinctly different. America wants China to use its economic leverage to pressure Kim to abandon nuclear ambitions. However, China under Xi, is willing to do only what suits its...

World cottons on to forced labour in China

World cottons on to forced labour in China

Sunday, 04 April 2021 | Makhan Saikia

China is forcing nearly 5,70,000 Uyghur Muslims and other minorities into forced labour. This episode of coercing Xinjiang Muslims to pick cotton by hand has spurred a global reaction with Governments and big businesses calling for a ban on cotton imports from China Once again Xinjiang has grabbed headlines with President...

Odds stacked in favour, still a test for Sonowal

Odds stacked in favour, still a test for Sonowal

Sunday, 21 March 2021 | Makhan Saikia

The Assembly elections in Assam, the most populous North-East State, are pregnant with possibilities because of various issues, according to political pundits. However, given the prevailing socio-economic situation in the State and lack of a strong anti-incumbency factor coupled with clean and strong Central leadership by Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

Will ICC war crimes probe be a silver bullet?

Will ICC war crimes probe be a silver bullet?

Sunday, 14 March 2021 | Makhan Saikia

There are many stakeholders in the Palestine statehood stalemate. Despite decades of struggle, the Palestinian movement for self-determination is heading nowhere.A two-State solution is the most ideal way to end the crisis once for all The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has ordered an investigation into the alleged war crimes in...

Syrian quagmire: How long and for what?

Syrian quagmire: How long and for what?

Sunday, 07 March 2021 | Makhan Saikia

The failure of the UN-led efforts to bring the warring parties to the negotiation table last month in Geneva has once again brought war clouds over Syria. Only with the collective efforts of the US, Russia, Iran and Turkey, peace can be brought to war-torn Syria. Also it demands a...

Lankan Civil War and human rights violation

Lankan Civil War and human rights violation

Sunday, 28 February 2021 | Makhan Saikia

Today the Tamils are calling for accountability and justice for the crimes committed during the Civil War. The Government should heal the wounds. Otherwise, the relationship between the Sinhalese majority and the rest would deteriorate The Mahinda Rajapaksa Government in Sri Lanka is in trouble again. The horrors of the three...

Migrant protection: Biden takes challenge

Migrant protection: Biden takes challenge

Sunday, 21 February 2021 | Makhan Saikia

There is a vociferous demand for the immediate dismantling of the inhuman Migrant Protection Protocol introduced by the then Donald Trump Administration. Though it is not a cakewalk as the fault lines of the 21st century America have been laid bare, President Joe Biden has taken initiatives.  Maybe, the new...

Sunday Edition

Talktime : ‘I have said no to many films initially’

13 June 2021 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

Be smart, keep cool

13 June 2021 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

‘Acting is my passion, love being part of this magical world’

13 June 2021 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

WeeklyNatter

13 June 2021 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer

World Wide Web of Artificial Intelligence

13 June 2021 | Akshat Tyagi | Agenda

The vaccine solution

13 June 2021 | Sonu Shivdasani | Agenda