Beyond Dialogue

Behind the façade of uniformity in every government or organization, there are real people with a wide spectrum of reasons for maintaining rank with the hierarchy of orders. Often these reasons have more to do with basic human wants of convenience, survival and self-interest, rather than ideological affinities. It is essential to try and understand […]

Earth Hour Everyday

At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights were switched off around the globe for Earth Hour although in Nagaland it was not so much the people but the government, which did the honours of shutting down power courtesy the Power Department. The problem with such a scenario where something is forced upon the […]

New Thinking for Development

Recently the North Eastern Council (NEC) has drawn up an ambitious plan to “banish poverty” from the region by the year 2020. According to a sector report on poverty eradication contained in Action Plan Reports, NER Vision 2020, the strategies for poverty eradication include among others creating conditions for emergence of responsive and effective delivery […]

Professional Cops

During the last week of February 2011, the Nagaland Police conducted a debate competition on the topic “Trafficking of women and children is on the rise in the State of Nagaland”. Firstly the organizers in particular the Nagaland Police should be congratulated for taking the initiative to conduct such discussions on issues confronting our society […]

People’s Institution

The recent uprising in the Arab world has led to a new thinking among the rulers: the need to make way for political reforms. At the same time the protests, starting from Tunisia to Egypt and now Libya, has also brought to the fore the character of the military in the respective regimes. There is […]

A Secure Northeast

The North East is not just one land, one people, one issue. It is home to many peoples and nations, each with their own history, culture, language, and political aspirations. It is in their distinctiveness that they are dependent upon each other for their present and future existence as a region. While they have each […]

Being Independent

A research activist remarked that inspite of all the chaos and imperfections of Nepal, its sovereign status and ownership is what gives it a refreshing lease of life; especially for struggling people yearning for sovereignty. Indeed, this insight rings true and the spirit of the sovereign-feel-good factor is evidently echoed through the streets of Nepal. […]

MGNREGA Misuse

If reports as appearing in a section of the local media are to be believed, several crores of funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have been siphoned off “under the DAN government”. Detailed charges have been put up by the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) against the large scale misuse […]

Rediscovering Confidence

Are Nagas as a people facing an acute crisis of confidence? It is a question that requires an honest and sincere reflection. The growing suspicion and disrespect for each other, the profound hurt Nagas have meted upon one another, and the increasing doubt about the meaning and purpose of their existence points towards the dilemma […]

Boundaries of the Mind

Boundaries left behind by Colonial forces have perhaps had the greatest impact on future generations. The imaginary lines which were arbitrarily drawn without the consent of the people have only re-enforced the concept of the European Westphalian state. The Westphalian state has with statecraft only ensured that the boundaries have become real and divisive. The […]

Man Vs Nature & Tech

March 18, 2011 Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan, in which an estimated 10,000 people have died is more than just a natural disaster for Japan and its people. Because of the dangers posed due to the damage caused to the atomic power plant (Fukushima), Japan’s concern has also become a global worry and […]

Rs 5000000 cr a Year

March 11, 2011 will be a historic day for the political class i.e. our people’s representatives following the Union Government’s decision to increase the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) fund from the existing Rs 2 crore a year to Rs 5 crore a year for each MP. In five years therefore, each […]