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Clean-Up the Dirt

A day after flood waters receded, and people returned to their homes, the smell and look of Dimapur, the most developed and modern in the entire Naga Hills, was one of stink and garbage lying all around. People would have…

Over Confidence and War

A research has found that over-confident people are more likely to wage war but fare worse in the course of an ensuing battle. It suggests that ‘positive illusions’ may contribute to costly wars. Peter Turchin of the University of Connecticut…

Outsourcing the economy and the limits of capitalism

When our Internet connection stopped working last week, my wife called customer care of our local service provider in the East Bay Area of Oakland. The company sent over a technician within an hour of the complaint and he fixed…

NPCC versus NPF

The ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the Opposition Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) are the two primary political parties in the State of Nagaland. It is almost like a two party system which we have ever since democratic elections…

Institution Builder

Infosys has become a global brand name, well respected for the leadership role it has played especially in the Information & Technology sector. More importantly, it has also brought about high standard of corporate ethics and responsibility and today it…

Hijacking the Lok Pal

The path breaking and unique initiative to include members of civil society in the drafting of the anti-corruption Lok Pal Bill appears to have gone off the track and in danger of being completely derailed if better sense does not…

Ideas

Every culture, every nation, every people is responsible for what they have made familiar. The truth has been its most tragic casualty and everything else is seen and interpreted with its head and not its heart, making invisible all that…

Of retribution, law and capital punishment: A plea for abolishing the death penalty

Recently, the President of India declined to commute the death penalty that was awarded to two persons – one a political prisoner and the other a trade unionist accused in a murder case – thereby eliciting concern from human rights…

Anomalies in E-Rolls

Following reports of missing electors’ names in the Electoral Rolls being used for the ongoing Electors’ Photo Identity Cards/Photo Electoral Rolls campaign, the Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland J Alam has clarified in a press release that while the current campaign…

Leadership Quotient

The news about the resolution of the decade’s long Darjeeling issue which was announced by the new West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is indeed welcome and also historic. While we are yet to know the details about the entire…

Land of Unions not Unity

The Nagaland government has given the slogan Land of Festivals to our State keeping in mind the diversity of our tribal hues and colour and the equal number of festivals. The plurality of our Naga family is something that is…

Extortion, Kidnapping and Killing

Making easy money at the expense of other people’s hard work or even taking their lives has now become a dangerous trend practiced in the Christian State of Nagaland. Extortion, kidnapping and killing which has become rampant especially in the…