Clash of Ideas

Every culture, every nation, every people is responsible for what they have made familiar. The truth has been its most tragic casualty and everything else is seen and interpreted with its head and not its heart, making invisible all that it is does not wish to see around it. Eventually it limits understanding, thereby contradicting […]

Costly Polls & Reforms

As reported widely in this newspaper, the Union Law Ministry and the Election Commission of India (ECI) will be organizing nation-wide consultations with political parties, NGOs and other stakeholders on a proposal for making comprehensive reforms to electoral laws. The exercise is expected to cover a slew of issues ranging from criminalisation of politics, funding […]

‘No comment’ on ENPO Demand

Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Nagaland CM Chang should have known better that the local media will try and get his thoughts on the current demand of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) for a separate State called Frontier Nagaland. After all, Mr Chang represents the people of Nagaland as an MP in the […]

Need for Civilized Discourse

President Barack Obama on Wednesday (January 12, 2011) has implored a divided America to honour those attacked in the Arizona shooting rampage by becoming a better country. Given that many Americans are blaming the “overheated political rhetoric” as one of the possible reason behind the shooting, President Obama has done well not to focus on […]

NE Peace Mantra

The Government of India appears to be in a hurry to get on board as many armed groups from the troubled Northeast region into the negotiating table. Following the success of keeping the Naga armed struggle quiet ever since the announcement of ceasefire agreement in the 1990s, New Delhi obviously sees the benefit of bringing […]

Climate Change Excuse

The recently concluded Northeast Agri Expo 2010 has come out with several recommendations which have been worked out after intensive deliberation among the resource persons and the participants/farmers. Everyone concerned would have to take serious note of the recommendations and also make sure that there is follow up. Suggestions are always important as it will […]

Roads as Development

As was reported widely in the local media in the run up to the New Year, the Government of India has marked for Nagaland a massive Rs. 1, 130. 67 Crore for a 3-year road development project, arguably the biggest road-related thrust ever for a single road development undertaking since the state attained statehood in […]

Green Drive Vs Development

Union Minister for Environment & Forest Jairam Ramesh has quite a reputation as a no nonsense Minister in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet. He does not compromise on his job even if it means displeasing some of his own party men. He has refused to give the nod to several development projects in the country despite […]

2011 & Beyond

The Year 2011 and beyond which lies ahead presents to us Nagas with the fullest of opportunities to accomplish our goals and targets if we make the best use of our time and resources. For those who may not be aware of the time line, 2011 is actually the beginning of another decade. To put […]

2011 & Beyond

The Year 2011 and beyond which lies ahead presents to us Nagas with the fullest of opportunities to accomplish our goals and targets if we make the best use of our time and resources. For those who may not be aware of the time line, 2011 is actually the beginning of another decade. To put […]

Costly Nagaland

There have been recent reports in the local media about escalating costs of essential food items in Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland. If this is the case, one can only imagine what the situation will be in the rest of the State since most of the food items are lifted from Dimapur. There have […]

Voice of the People

While it is accepted that public opinion polls or even editorials, put out by newspapers here in Nagaland may not be the most accurate indicator of what people think, it nevertheless provides a general viewpoint on a particular issue or problem. What is important is that such public opinion implies plurality and diversity and as […]