Open up Nagaland’s radio waves

Imlisanen Jamir In 2014, The Morung Express published a little story commemorating The World Radio Day, with the hope that this often ignored medium in the internet age, fulfils its potential to help a state like Nagaland grow.   It’s February 13 again, the day marked by UNSECO to celebrate this good old form of […]

A Hobson’s choice

What’s happening in Nagaland! What will be polls plank of the prominent parties! Will the concept of anti-incumbency factor ever apply in the state! A reporter from a national daily wondered observing the election process in Nagaland.   As the date for election approaches, his queries are not misplaced. Curious co-incidence as well as calculative […]

District creation issue: Sagacity needed from all sides

Witoubou Newmai   In less than two weeks’ time, the Naga team led by the United Naga Council (UNC) will engage in another round of tripartite talks with the State Government of Manipur and the Government of India on the district creation issue.   It is worthwhile to recall here that, on November 10, 2017, […]

Online propaganda on Nagaland

Aheli Moitra Around August 2017, a series of videos about Nagaland were released on video-sharing site, YouTube. Loaded with a bunch of false information, each video was released by a different, but seemingly related, channel.   Most of these videos are in Hindi and are clearly meant to shock and awe, each as bizarre as […]

Representation ‘for’ or ‘of’ the People

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir When Plato wrote the Republic in about 375 BC, an evidently pressing concern for him was the desire for power and its dangers for both individuals and societies. It was because some thirty years earlier, his city-state, Athens, the greatest democracy in the ancient Greek world had lost a catastrophic war to […]

State of confusion!

Imlisanen Jamir Polls to the Nagaland State Assembly seem inevitable, and in an ideal world, elections are a good thing. But we don’t live in an ideal world; and Nagaland is the farthest thing away from that.   In the newsroom, the current political situation in Nagaland state would be perfect fodder for humour and […]

In Terminal State

On August 1, 2017, India’s Health and Family Welfare Minister, JP Nadda informed Rajya Sabha that the ‘Estimated Incidence of cancer cases’ in Nagaland from 2014-2016 was 3882. The Minister was replying to a starred question regarding the rise of cancer patients in the country.   The Population Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) of the Naga […]

Role of ‘conscience keepers’ in Naga society

Witoubou Newmai What should have been the finest time for the Naga people appears destined to become a nightmare as the Naga society is left to see the ‘cordial affairs’ disrupted. Are the vested interest elements alone to be blamed for the diminishing provision of a meaningful ‘Naga journey’? This situation seems to be a […]

To be, or not to be?

Aheli Moitra To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1 Shakespeare explored a wide range of politics, personal and […]

‘Interesting’ times Ahead

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir The ‘tussle’ between ‘solution’ and ‘election’ has reached such a point of unpredictability and uncertainty, where it has chances of going both ways though neither one is confirmed as bound to happen. Even as the call for ‘solution’ gets louder, intending candidates continue to make declaration for the NLA election.   The […]

ASER 2017: A grim view of education in Nagaland

We’re great at the ‘lighter’ side of the academic milieu, while not having a particular knack for the more ‘rigorous’ disciplines.   That is a quasi-racist accusation that many Naga people have had to be on the receiving end of.   Some brush these off, and rightly so—as there is nothing wrong if a large […]

Silver lining in an impending crisis?

On January 30, 2017, an indefinite bandh spearheaded by the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) “compelled” by the state government’s decision to “forcefully conduct the civic body elections defying the public appeal,” led to a full-blown crisis after the announcement of elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).   While the reneging of a Church-brokered truce on […]