School Edu Reforms

Education is seen as one of the most vital sector of human activity and therefore it is only to be expected that government programmes for this sector gets a lion’s share of budgetary allocation. The latest Budget presented by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has naturally allocated sufficient funds for education. Besides this, major funds […]

Values in Politics

Former Deputy Chief Minister and one of the pioneers of Nagaland State R.C. Chiten Jamir passed away after a brief illness on March 20, 2011. He was 85. With the passing away of R.C. Chiten Jamir, an era has come to an end given that he was the last living member of the Interim Body […]

Structural Violence

Violence has played an integral role in destroying human hopes and dreams. It has taken many forms. Some that is direct physical force that is visible to the eyes; and some that are of more subtle forms, which are indirect and less visible to the eye – mostly in the form of structural violence. However, […]

Beyond Dialogue

Behind the façade of uniformity in every government or organization, there are real people with a wide spectrum of reasons for maintaining rank with the hierarchy of orders. Often these reasons have more to do with basic human wants of convenience, survival and self-interest, rather than ideological affinities. It is essential to try and understand […]

Earth Hour Everyday

At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights were switched off around the globe for Earth Hour although in Nagaland it was not so much the people but the government, which did the honours of shutting down power courtesy the Power Department. The problem with such a scenario where something is forced upon the […]

New Thinking for Development

Recently the North Eastern Council (NEC) has drawn up an ambitious plan to “banish poverty” from the region by the year 2020. According to a sector report on poverty eradication contained in Action Plan Reports, NER Vision 2020, the strategies for poverty eradication include among others creating conditions for emergence of responsive and effective delivery […]

Professional Cops

During the last week of February 2011, the Nagaland Police conducted a debate competition on the topic “Trafficking of women and children is on the rise in the State of Nagaland”. Firstly the organizers in particular the Nagaland Police should be congratulated for taking the initiative to conduct such discussions on issues confronting our society […]

People’s Institution

The recent uprising in the Arab world has led to a new thinking among the rulers: the need to make way for political reforms. At the same time the protests, starting from Tunisia to Egypt and now Libya, has also brought to the fore the character of the military in the respective regimes. There is […]

A Secure Northeast

The North East is not just one land, one people, one issue. It is home to many peoples and nations, each with their own history, culture, language, and political aspirations. It is in their distinctiveness that they are dependent upon each other for their present and future existence as a region. While they have each […]

Being Independent

A research activist remarked that inspite of all the chaos and imperfections of Nepal, its sovereign status and ownership is what gives it a refreshing lease of life; especially for struggling people yearning for sovereignty. Indeed, this insight rings true and the spirit of the sovereign-feel-good factor is evidently echoed through the streets of Nepal. […]

MGNREGA Misuse

If reports as appearing in a section of the local media are to be believed, several crores of funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have been siphoned off “under the DAN government”. Detailed charges have been put up by the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) against the large scale misuse […]

Rediscovering Confidence

Are Nagas as a people facing an acute crisis of confidence? It is a question that requires an honest and sincere reflection. The growing suspicion and disrespect for each other, the profound hurt Nagas have meted upon one another, and the increasing doubt about the meaning and purpose of their existence points towards the dilemma […]

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