Identifying the ‘method’

The Naga society must spot the ideology (ies) enabling new ‘forms of rights violation’ Witoubou Newmai As things continue to swing further Right, the people at the helm of affairs seem to intensify the employment of “method” through policies. The intensity of the Right-swing is so glaring that the authority can no longer masquerade, but […]

Spare a single thought

Aheli Moitra On December 7, the North East Network (NEN) in Chizami, Nagaland organized an experience sharing and consultative workshop on ‘Single Women – an intersectional identity’ in Kohima that brought together representatives from grassroots women organizations, NGOs and Nagaland State Resource Centre for Women.   Three women’s organizations—Ruzazho Women Society, Therutsuswu Women Society from […]

Will You Cancel Christmas?

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir The season of joy and celebration is here again. Christmas is around the corner and the whole of Christendom is once again reminded of the birthday of Jesus. Decorations have filled the homes and streets in preparation for Christmas. The sights and sounds of Christmas have filled the air enriching the hearts […]

Tourism should be more than an industry

Imlisanen Jamir   Tourism is one of the most important forces shaping our world. Economically, tourism is of growing importance to many nations and is recognised as the largest export earner in the world and an important provider of foreign exchange and employment.   Developing countries in particular are encouraged to use it as a […]

A sustainable industry

Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries undermining democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability, the United Nations stated on the occasion International Anti-Corruption Day, December 9.   It attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating […]

A new leverage against AFSPA

Witoubou Newmai   Of late, our society seems to have started considering the issue of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as a shibboleth. This dwindling enthusiasm in campaigning against the black law prompts us to ask whether such initiatives are driven by reasons, other than our moral values.   This writer was provoked […]

What’s your status?

Aheli Moitra If you are an adult with access to healthcare but have never had a full medical check-up, think again.   Nagaland State has 21,000 registered people currently living with HIV and features among top five states with the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the Indian Union. In 2017, people’s ignorance of their HIV […]

Imaging the Hornbill Festival

Dr Asangba Tzüdir Within the ‘imaging’ and ‘texting’ of the Nagas by the outside world, there is the danger of the ‘Naga text’ being missed or placed out of context within a misconstrued representation of the ‘almost forgotten past.’   During a recent group interaction, the Curator of Ethnological museum in Berlin, Germany, had some […]

The tone of our protests

Imlisanen Jamir On November 30, a rally was undertaken by the Naga Students’ Federation to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Two effigies were burned at stakes in the state capital Kohima.   Were they supposed to represent illegal immigrants? Or did they represent an uncouth yet symbolic protest against the tenets of the said […]

Rajnath’s ‘earthy’ wisdom

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s speech at the inauguration of the Nagaland’s premier Hornbill Festival 2018 on December 1 can be summed-up in three E’s – effusive, (but) evasive and earthy.   While Singh was effusive in praises, he was tactfully evasive in addressing the ‘elephant in the room’ – the protracted Naga political […]

New team, new approach

Witoubou Newmai   The United Naga Council (UNC) has just elected its new president. Minutes after his election on November 28 as the UNC president, S Kho John stated that while strengthening the ongoing Naga peace process is his team’s top priority, “bringing understanding with our neighbours is also one of our priorities.”   This […]

The prick in time

Aheli Moitra T. Keditsu’s poems prick us where it hurts most—in the deep confines of experiences stocked into that storage unit called silence. So elegant the jibe, some poems leave us with a laugh at the caged reality of dreams-come-true. The poems can be found piled one on the other, one prick following the next, […]

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