Climate Disasters & Mitigation

Whether it is the so called La Nina or any other weather phenomenon, it is now clearly evident that the problem of climate change is here to stay and all of us living on this fragile planet will have to open our eyes to this new reality. The devastating floods in Australia, Sri Lanka or […]

NPF’s Coalition Mantra

The ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) seems determined to continue with the so called Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) which is virtually non-existent. The NPF’s reluctance to let go of the DAN coalition even though there is actually no alliance partners left, may be attributed to the good fortune or luck of the DAN nomenclature. […]

Climate Change Dialogue

Whether it is a bad omen of things to come, the Year 2011 has started on a sad note with climate related disasters reported from one end of the world to the other. This is therefore a good time to actually start a serious dialogue on climate change. The conclave on ‘Climate Change Leadership in […]

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

Costly Polls & Reforms

As reported widely in this newspaper, the Union Law Ministry and the Election Commission of India (ECI) will be organizing nation-wide consultations with political parties, NGOs and other stakeholders on a proposal for making comprehensive reforms to electoral laws. The exercise is expected to cover a slew of issues ranging from criminalisation of politics, funding […]

‘No comment’ on ENPO Demand

Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Nagaland CM Chang should have known better that the local media will try and get his thoughts on the current demand of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) for a separate State called Frontier Nagaland. After all, Mr Chang represents the people of Nagaland as an MP in the […]

Need for Civilized Discourse

President Barack Obama on Wednesday (January 12, 2011) has implored a divided America to honour those attacked in the Arizona shooting rampage by becoming a better country. Given that many Americans are blaming the “overheated political rhetoric” as one of the possible reason behind the shooting, President Obama has done well not to focus on […]

NE Peace Mantra

The Government of India appears to be in a hurry to get on board as many armed groups from the troubled Northeast region into the negotiating table. Following the success of keeping the Naga armed struggle quiet ever since the announcement of ceasefire agreement in the 1990s, New Delhi obviously sees the benefit of bringing […]

Climate Change Excuse

The recently concluded Northeast Agri Expo 2010 has come out with several recommendations which have been worked out after intensive deliberation among the resource persons and the participants/farmers. Everyone concerned would have to take serious note of the recommendations and also make sure that there is follow up. Suggestions are always important as it will […]

Roads as Development

As was reported widely in the local media in the run up to the New Year, the Government of India has marked for Nagaland a massive Rs. 1, 130. 67 Crore for a 3-year road development project, arguably the biggest road-related thrust ever for a single road development undertaking since the state attained statehood in […]

Green Drive Vs Development

Union Minister for Environment & Forest Jairam Ramesh has quite a reputation as a no nonsense Minister in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet. He does not compromise on his job even if it means displeasing some of his own party men. He has refused to give the nod to several development projects in the country despite […]

2011 & Beyond

The Year 2011 and beyond which lies ahead presents to us Nagas with the fullest of opportunities to accomplish our goals and targets if we make the best use of our time and resources. For those who may not be aware of the time line, 2011 is actually the beginning of another decade. To put […]