An Agenda for the Future

A few days back, the Morung Express carried a front news article about a United Nations report pointing out that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is ready to run an independent state. The U.N. report followed equally upbeat assessments of the PA’s nation-building achievements released over the past week by the World Bank and the International […]

Naga Diplomacy

For the past several decades, the use of Naga diplomacy in both internal and external modern politics has been disappointing; and its role undermined. And this has only encouraged the use of force and violence as a means for resolution; which is a contradiction. As of now, Naga diplomacy has become rigid and ineffective, almost […]

Between Doubt & Certainty

The tension between doubt and certainty has come to dominate any peace initiative – in different sphere of life – and it would not be wrong to say that such peace initiatives continuously swing between doubt and certainty. In some aspects these two elements have actually acquired center stage and to an extent become the […]

GK Pillai’s Soft Talk

It made interesting news to read the statement of the Union Home Secretary GK Pillai wherein he mentioned that the government of India was hopeful of a Naga solution by the year end. Pillai was speaking to the Northeast Press Service (NEPS) Editor when he made this remark at New Delhi on Sunday April 17, […]

Green Development

According to studies the number of people around the world without access to clean water is growing. Indeed, water as a resource, its preservation, proper management and utilization calls for clear policy guidelines so that each community, country or state can address the future growing water problem which can lead to conflicts if not handled […]

A Common Approach

Killing and violence continue to be used as a legitimate instrument by both the State and non-state actors. This is a dangerous culture and if we look at the long term, it achieves nothing but rather it only creates more trouble and conflict, which becomes difficult to heal. Naga history is a good case in […]

Impunity

When the Armed Forces Special Powers Act was first introduced in 1958 to militarily engage the Nagas and to hinder their call for freedom; people that valued and respected democratic values and principles deeply resented and opposed the Act for all that it stood and represented. The AFSPA not only gave non-commissioned officers the power […]

Naga Consciousness!!

At the core of a peoples existence is its collective consciousness and perhaps Nagas must consciously and deliberately take the task to nurture, nourish and evoke a consciousness and perception that is an alternative to the status quo. This consciousness should be a call for self-realization and re-examination of themselves, their value systems, their culture, […]

Political Test for Jamir, Rio

A high voter turnout – nearly 75 percent – in Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry Assembly polls has been reported which if true is good news for people’s democracy. In the past there has been allegations of wrong doings—booth capturing, vote buying, intimidation etc. However the active participation of people in the recent Assembly […]

Reverse brain drain

A recent study which was also published in the Morung Express points out that one of the top mega trends that will influence and shape the world in the coming years would be reverse brain drain with a steady flow of human capital returning back home. In fact we can already see this happening not […]

Reconciling Land Disputes

There is great pride in the slogan ‘the historical and political rights of the Nagas’. At the heart of this philosophy we have the land and resource of our people and this actually defines Naga nationhood to a large extent. For the Naga people therefore, land is a vital source of the very political rights […]

Reorienting Politics

While elections should be a time of talking about the important issues of the day through serious discussions and debate among the candidates, here in our so called democracy we have come to use election time for all other unwanted things starting from buying and selling of votes, use of modhu and muscle power, making […]

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