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Dialogue, diplomacy, consultation a must

Witoubou Newmai   Lack of space for a diplomatic or dialogue intervention has been the main reason for the myriad problems dogging the State of Manipur for this long. The unwillingness to genuinely diagnose chronic issues by successive State governments…

When the arts fail the people

Aheli Moitra    In January 2014, the ‘Jaya He, GVK New Museum’ opened at Terminal 2 of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The project aims to be a museum of ‘narratives’ that seek to ‘represent’ India.   Open only to…

The Right to Question

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir   The silence in the previous Nagaland Legislative Assembly sessions that had almost ‘nothing’ to discuss’ with sincerity and seriousness is a symptom of the process of ‘normalisation’ that dawned in under the banner of “Fide Non…

Defiant Nonviolence

  There is a tendency to confuse and even distort nonviolence with pacifism. The words nonviolence and pacifism do not share a common meaning and are often confused and used interchangeably. In fact, the term defiant nonviolence is used to…

A Bad Marriage

By Moa Jamir In a common lexicon definition, gratuitous have two connotations – firstly denoting something done without any good reason or justification; and secondly something given or done free of charge.   In the ‘one-sided marriage’ between the Government…

Interesting days ahead for Manipur

 Witoubou Newmai   Interesting days are ahead in Manipur given the manner in which the BJP led Government was formed against the backdrop of myriad problems confronting that State.   Certainly, it is all the more interesting given the fact…

Seeds of Solidarity

Aheli Moitra    A farmer from Sümi Village in Phek district has an ancestral tale to tell. Her mother once narrated to her the story of millet and paddy seeds—male and female ‘siblings’ respectively as per folklore. With ‘her’ high…

Unity in Purpose

By Dr. Asangba Tzüdir   At a recent consultative body meeting of Nagaland tribe Hohos convened by JCC and NTAC, the “apex Hohos unanimously resolves in principle for forming a Nagas of Nagaland platform though it was not clear whether…

Statecraft & Governance

  Was Nagaland State created to manage the differences between the Naga nationalists and the Unionists?     Mahmood Mamdani, Ugandan scholar and political commentator, in his book Define and Rule pinpoints that in the late 19th century the British…

Ensuring quality Healthcare & Education

By Moa Jamir Albeit the cacophony of elections in five states, two States  Assembly, last week, passed two bills having dramatic implication for the welfare of its citizens.  ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions (Regulatory Commission) Bill, 2017’ was passed…

A placid voting pattern

 Witoubou Newmai   Issues related to human rights violation, corruption, Manipur territorial integrity, Naga aspiration, Inner Line Permit (ILP), Kuki aspiration and unemployment have been dogging Manipur without interruption in the past 20 years or so, and things seem to…

#BeBoldForChange

Aheli Moitra    In her short story, ‘The Last Song’ (2006), Prof. Temsula Ao leaves us with feelings of distant, inexplicable, sadness. Apenyo sings through her brutal rape in an old church; the village grapples with the ‘unnatural’ violence and…