The quest for an identity

Witoubou Newmai   “Oh, how I hated this columnist who thought he knew everything, who knew even when and what he didn’t know, who had learned to turn even his defects and shortcomings into clever little jokes!”   The above quotation is an expression from one of the characters of Orhan Pamuk’s ‘The Black Book’. […]

Practicing nonviolence

Aheli Moitra   Kazu Haga had an awakening at the age of 17 when he walked, with a Japanese Buddhist order dedicated to peace and justice, from Massachusetts to New Orleans. The walk was part of a longer one that later went down the west coast of Africa to South Africa, retracing the slave route. […]

Can social media offer constructive dialogue?

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir   Internet and social media have come to ‘rule’ our lives and it has become a difficult proposition to think of a life without internet and social media especially in this age of information and technology. With the advent of social media, many initially thought about how to live with social media. […]

The Flash Point

On December 14, 1960, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 1514 embracing the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. This was based on respect for the principles of equal rights, fundamental freedom and the self-determination of all peoples.   This historic resolution was designed to uphold the dignity and […]

Nagaland: Where’s the fruit of high GSDP?

Moa Jamir   On September 16, the Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Kesonyu Yhome IAS asked whether Nagaland’s “healthy economic growth” is translating into better quality of life for the citizens. As a part of the state machinery, he mildly suggested that, perhaps it wasn’t so, citing bad road conditions as an example.   Lived experiences […]

Where shall I turn, divided to the vein?

Witoubou Newmai Ambivalent feelings are fast overwhelming the ‘collective Naga’ today because of skewed responses to the challenges the society is facing. This situation of the Nagas is reminiscent of the poem, ‘A Far Cry from Africa’ by Caribbean poet Derek Walcott:   “…Where shall I turn, divided to the vein? I who have cursed […]


Dr. Asangba Tzüdir   The rationalization exercise and the re-deployment of teachers is still in the process though slated to be completed by this September. During the rationalization process many GMS were upgraded to GHS. In the latest move, along with downgrading, merger and closure depending on the status and performance of the schools, another […]

Building Trust & Social movements

Social movements in the Naga context cannot take the people for granted just because the issue is one of public concern. They need to engage in building trust with truth and rise above divisive forces. Only when trust is embraced by the Naga social movements, can it bring understanding, solidarity, and unity in purpose and […]

NPSC: Revamp or Perish

Moa Jamir   The Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) is yet again under scrutiny with the charges of alleged practice of “favoritism” and “manipulation” by its members in the personality test (viva-voce) especially in the coveted NCS, NPS, NSS & Allied Services Examination it holds annually.   Coming on the heels of furor in June […]

Time to talk of a ‘reverse war’ against ‘uncivil war’

Witoubou Newmai As talks of so called ‘civil war’ prevail, there has also been much derision on many other ‘wars’ engaged by Naga organizations/leaders against various detrimental factors/issues confronting Naga society. Resorting to tribalism or sectarian politics or stooping to the lowest ebb to pick names of someone’s family members who is being attacked or […]

Pushing journalism underground

Aheli Moitra   Throughout journalism school, students are taught to be neutral observers of unfolding events. There is another critical aspect that is taught to journalism students that is often forgotten: to be a voice for the voiceless and become a platform for injustice to be addressed. In the scheme of the democratic nation state, […]

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