A non-compliant state

It is highly unfortunate, but not surprising, that the directives from the apex court of the country – the Supreme Court of India – are routinely taken for granted by Government of Nagaland (GoN). However, it also symptomatic of the manner in which rule of law and governance are viewed in the state.   Three […]

Manipur Univ: Plug the chain reaction

Witoubou Newmai   The chain reaction set into motion by the current Manipur University impasse is rapidly snowballing into a complicated crisis. The initial single-minded focus on removing Prof AP Pandey, the varsity Vice Chancellor (VC), by a certain section of the students and teachers, has also now morphed into multiple issues.   This column […]

Love for Gandhi

Aheli Moitra “Gandhi was probably the first person in history to lift the love ethic of Jesus above mere interaction between individuals to a powerful and effective social force on a large scale. Love, for Gandhi, was a potent instrument for social and collective transformation. It was in this Gandhian emphasis on love and nonviolence […]

Clean Nagaland and the People’s Civic Sensibility

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir The State Government coinciding with the birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and also the nation-wide ‘Clean India Mission,’ had called for a statewide mass social work with an appeal to the citizens to cooperate and actively involve in the social work till October 2. Responding to this call various organizations and student […]

Empower labour to curb human trafficking

Imlisanen Jamir Human trafficking, and the ruthless exploitation and slave-like conditions that accompany it, reflects the worst aspects of human nature. For too long there has been a tendency to turn away rather than confront it.   While Nagaland is situated in a region long considered to be a hub of human trafficking, there are […]

The Missing Link in SBM

India is poised to be ‘clean and open defecation free’ by October 2, 2019 – if things go as intended. The magic bullet – the Swachh Bharat Mission/Abhiyan (SBM) or Clean India Mission, a nation-wide campaign launched in October 2014, which among others, want to clean India – her streets, roads and infrastructure, and city, […]

Tenor of Our Times

Witoubou Newmai “In an era where language has lost all stable referents, it is difficult to find a word that describes the tenor of our times,” writes Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice Chancellor of Ashoka University, also an influential columnist, in OPEN magazine.   In fact, the “tenor of our times” seems to have lost.   […]

Release the deadlock

Aheli Moitra The Indo-Naga issue has always had an international audience.   Last week, media in Nagaland delivered the news of Liberation, an international anticolonialist campaign group and civil rights advocacy organisation based in London, submitting a written statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council at its 39th session being held from September 10-28. […]

City Bus and Pink Bus ‘versus’ Auto Rickshaw

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir With a view to ease traffic congestion and provide public travel convenience, city buses have resumed in Dimapur and pink buses especially for women to have a ‘safe and secured’ journey have been recently launched for Dimapur and Kohima.   The objective to help ease traffic congestion in Dimapur is a point […]

The need for groundwater regulation in Nagaland

Imlisanen Jamir A regulatory regime backed by intensive conservation steps that ensure equitable use of groundwater is urgently needed in Nagaland.   Going by recent reports from the State Geological Programming Board, the commercial hub of the state is faced with rapidly drying up ground water sources. While the town has been facing all the […]

Breaking the ritual

Rs 40.01 lakh for farewell function, Rs 56.12 lakh from the funds for scholarship schemes for private use and suspected misappropriation of Rs 51.87 lakh; drawing of Rs 14.13 lakh for nonexistent employees by a Headmaster; Field testing kits worth Rs. 1.32 crore undistributed to targeted beneficiaries; 222 persons below 60 years given old age […]

Tribalism angst in Naga society

Witoubou Newmai   What really triggers ‘tribalism’ habitually in the Naga society? Actually, we are already late to discuss this ‘elephant in the room’ since the social fabric of our society, time and again, keep succumbing to such narratives. Nonetheless, addressing the same could offer us the way forward.   Let us not consider that […]

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