Breaking the ritual

Rs 40.01 lakh for farewell function, Rs 56.12 lakh from the funds for scholarship schemes for private use and suspected misappropriation of Rs 51.87 lakh; drawing of Rs 14.13 lakh for nonexistent employees by a Headmaster; Field testing kits worth Rs. 1.32 crore undistributed to targeted beneficiaries; 222 persons below 60 years given old age […]

Tribalism angst in Naga society

Witoubou Newmai   What really triggers ‘tribalism’ habitually in the Naga society? Actually, we are already late to discuss this ‘elephant in the room’ since the social fabric of our society, time and again, keep succumbing to such narratives. Nonetheless, addressing the same could offer us the way forward.   Let us not consider that […]

Transparency in governance

Aheli Moitra This was a few years back. Two Primary Health Centres in Zunheboto district were constructed in a plinth area of 3240 sq. ft each as against 3566 sq. ft for which estimates were prepared and funds sanctioned. Physical verification of these two PHCs by the Comptroller Auditor General’s (CAG) office revealed that the […]

The Larger Battle

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir Looking at Naga Society today, so many issues which have a huge bearing on the future of Nagas are sadly at crossroads and at a crucial juncture. On the political issues, time and again, since the signing of the Framework Agreement between the GOI and the NSCN (IM) it has been reminded […]

What is liberation?

Imlisanen Jamir “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented. It’s as simple as that.”   These are lines from a movie that I re-watched recently–1998’s ‘The Truman Show,’ a satirical sci-fi movie that tells the story of Truman Burbank, who is adopted and raised by a corporation inside a simulated […]

Not having a ‘Field Day’

The receding of monsoon usually signals the start of several sporting events, the most prominent being football, in Nagaland.   Several tournaments, both at District and State level, are concurrently in progress at present. The cycle will typically continues till the onset of the spring season.   While the proceedings are eagerly participated and witnessed, […]

For a paradigm of common interests

Witoubou Newmai   Both the Kukis and the Nagas, who are minorities in the State of Manipur, and on most counts in the same boat, need to realize that there is every answer in maturity to their chllenges. By nursing grudges intransigently, they will only be encouraging daunting circumstances, which are already eating into their […]

Accounting crimes against humanity

Aheli Moitra The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) came into force on July 1, 2002. The establishment of an ICC was part of the same humanitarian agenda that crystallised in the post-World War II era in the form of the creation of the United Nations and the adoption of instruments such as […]

Declaration of the Naga Collective Spirit

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir In need of the ‘will to truth’ Spearheading the cause for Naga reconciliation, led by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), the “declaration of the Naga Collective Spirit” was signed by several Naga Apex Bodies and legislators on September 8, 2018, expressing their “collective desire and resolve” to “be unified as one […]

The Wilde Side

Imlisanen Jamir “I have worn a mask for so long that often, my identity gets blurred,” states Sylvia (name changed), as she fidgets nervously in her chair.   Sylvia, a 27 year old Gay Naga woman, has kept her sexual orientation a secret from most people. She has a promising job, enjoys music, describes herself […]

Of aid and donations

‘The harvest is ripe not only in the far-flung fields but at our own periphery,’ goes the rough translation of a popular single ‘Ongpang Lu’ by the popular Ao Naga vernacular trio Samaro. A sharp commentary about Naga’s fascination for going outside rather than a bigger mission at home, the song from their first self-titled […]

Re-imagining Today

By Witoubou Newmai   If the understanding of people of their common aspiration is not uniformed, then it is also likely that they will find themselves in several sequestered realms. The inconvenient truth in such a scenario is that the people may find it hard to ignore the interests which suit the realms they are […]

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