As many as 250,000 killed and millions turned refugees at the last count, with the toll continuing to mount. That is the kind of a humongous conflagration that the nearly five-year-old civil war in Syria has been threatening to engulf the entire region in.
Pandemonium, bedlam and pell-mell - such is the terminology used by the mainstream media to describe the proceedings in the Indian Parliament that has lately become more a place of sound and fury than one of sensible discussions and sedate action, which it used to be till not very long ago.
The Malda violence by a mob of over 2 lakh law-breakers isn't any single incident to be afraid of. With political patronage to minority (Muslims), a warning bell rings for Hindus. Incidents of violent protest in areas where the minority community is a weighty portion of total population are common, yet Indian media, most political parties and the intelligentsia remain silent on the issue.
Bilateral relations between any two contiguous countries that are asymmetric and share a wide spectrum of commonalities, ranging from religion to culture as well as from traditions to history, could sometimes be dicey. It is definitely so in the case of India and Nepal, which have a big and powerful China, as a common neighbour for comfort.