Kerala’s Christian CM

Even as the anti-corruption crusade led by social activist Anna Hazare makes its impact across India with a new found urgency to tackle corruption at all levels, reports about a few Chief Minister’s—Gujarat, Bihar and Kerala to be precise—taking bold steps to improve governance and promote transparency is indeed like a breath of fresh air. […]

Quickie Session

A few days before the one day sitting of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Session, which was held on September 15, 2011, the Leader of the Opposition from the Congress, Tokheho Yepthomi had observed that the present NLA was one of the poorest in terms of its performances. Whether this is true or not, only […]

What won’t a woman want?

Violence. Slavery. Sickness. Harassment. Discrimination. Basically most of the things that all types of societies want to keep at bay. Yet if women, against whom they’re specifically directed, ask for freedom from these factors are quickly termed psychotic or chaotic. If in denial of how deeply rooted discrimination against women is, read this conversation:They: Do […]

Public Vigilance & Govt’s Incompetence

After a prolonged silence spanning over many years the Government of Nagaland has finally decided to make its assertion on matters of governance. In the latest notification issued on September 8, 2011 the Government of Nagaland has cautioned civil society including students’ organizations pointing out that independent ‘non-local registration drives and issuing identity cards by […]

Fast Tracking Rail Project

The visit of Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi to Dimapur on Sunday, September 11, 2011 was quite unexpected. However the outcome of this particular visit seems to have been very positive. Due credit should go the Union Minister for taking all the initiative to come with the important officials of the Railway Ministry and thereby […]

Endorsing Anna Hazare’s Campaign in Nagaland

The Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government was probably the first to publicly welcome the resolutions passed in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the Lokpal Bill and went on to assure all “cooperation to all efforts and initiatives that would promote transparency”. One must welcome this stand being taken by the NPF […]

The Story and the Issue: Media the politics of reporting

In the last five weeks, two stories about the Northeast made interesting reading since they were published in mainland Indian media. The first appeared in Tehelka, Vol. 8 (32), of August 13, 2011 by Jimi Dey Gabriel entitled “Wages of War”. It dealt with the shadow economy in Nagaland, where different armed opposition groups are […]

Communicating HIV/AIDS Concern, Awareness

It was more of a coincidence that when this newspaper decided to publish the story ‘AIDS, Rock Music and the Message’ with its focus on rock themed music events and putting across some of the viewpoints whether this was creating awareness, the District AIDS Prevention Control Unit (DAPCU), Dimapur made the startling disclosure that every […]

Birds and Bellies

I have always been confused about what the hell it is that created a mammoth media industry in India. It’s not like they produce any great news and opinion, except a palmful of websites, magazines and newspapers. Instead they are a conglomeration of monoliths that are anti people, anti dissent and anti responsibiliti. So within […]

Time to Refresh, Think Collective

Its September already and the rains and hopefully the heat will subside as we herald a more pleasant two-three months of cooler climate before the rush and excitement of the festive season December and finally another New Year sets in. We believe that the coming months should be utilized to get our house in order […]

Anna’s Next Fight—E Reforms

Having made corruption an issue of national importance and getting the political establishment to bow to his demands for a strong and effective Lokpal, it is only natural that electoral reforms would be the next on his agenda. After all having a strong anti-corruption law is one thing while quelling corruption on the ground is […]


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 […]

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