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 prevail among the stakeholders. In fact after much bargaining and public pressure, Anna Hazare and […]


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 it is does not wish to see around it. Eventually it limits understanding, thereby contradicting […]

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 is based on the most recent electoral rolls, the annual revision of the rolls would […]

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 deal, what is of interest to note is the manner in which the new Chief […]

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 an essence of our history though not necessarily an asset, although the slogan unity in […]

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 commercial hub of Dimapur is not only a shame for the Nagas but it is […]

Yoga, Politics & Baba

The weeklong news centering on Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and his ultimatum to the Government threatening to go ahead with his fast if his demands are not met, has taken the focus away from other issues facing the nation. The media has also found Ramdev and his agenda on black money to be worthy news […]

Green Living & Nagas

The annual World Environment Day (WED) will be held on June 5, 2011 (Sunday) under the theme ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) this year’s theme underscores the intrinsic link between quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems. The WED theme also supports this […]

MLAs Disqualification

In an significant development related to the all important area of government formation as also the controversial office of the Speaker, the Supreme Court of India in a recent judgment has restored the membership of 16 disqualified MLAs, 11 of the ruling BJP and 5 Independents, citing the Karnataka Speaker’s decision as “an act only […]

Kicking the Tobacco Habit

According to the free encyclopedia Wikipedia, World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. And importantly, the day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of […]

Engaging the powers

In reality, the present praxis of governance, peace and leadership is being imposed from above by structures that have acquired global proportions with the intention of creating forced dependence and inculcating an economics of desperation, which lies in the roots of injustices. While development has supposedly brought substantial improvements in health care, housing, education and […]

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