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 […]

‘DoSE’

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, […]

Bullets or Seeds?

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho’s timely call to the Nagas to come and “reason together” comes from a dangerous precedent where knowledge is not simply knowledge but pseudo knowledge. In his own words, “but we have developed pseudo knowledge out of our problems. Everyone thinks he/she knows better than others and with that […]

The Hills and the Valley

Entrepreneurs harness trade and vibrant highways for peace!   Manipur and Nagaland’s land-linked geography, politics and history ensure they are interdependent and interconnected with each other. Highways are the arteries through which goods and services are transported. They also provide the means through which cross-cultural interactions are nurtured and relationships are cultivated.   However, remnants […]

‘Tragedy of Commons’ in Nagaland

Moa Jamir Two social risks, among many others, are confronting Nagaland today – corruption and environmental degradation. While the former has already entrenched in the society, the latter is catching up fast having serious negative implication for the future. These risks, interlinked at assorted level, are gradually attaining permanent status particularly in the urban landscapes. […]