Development as Transformation

Political, Social and Economic Justice and Ecological Sustainability have become the central rallying points to restore Development, Liberation, Transformation and Self-Determination at the core of peoples’ struggles once again. Development begins with strengthening the praxis to reclaim the values of freedom, dignity and the freedoms of all fellow beings since therein lies the indivisibility of […]

A Night at the U2 Concert

“I don’t know why the train is so crowded at this time of the day”, said a woman talking over the phone, on a Fremont-bound train in Oakland, on June 7, 2011. Indeed, it was a packed train at 4.00 in the evening, quite out of the ordinary in San Francisco’s BART system. “It’s the […]

Are Nagas Worthy of a Peace Award?

Naga Reconciliation under the ‘Journey of Common Hope’ stewarded by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) is today looking more and more like past history. A journey which began quietly but with firm resolve in the face of huge public skepticism, significant strides were made towards fulfilling the objectives of peace. Despite the hurdles strewn […]

Food for All Policy

According to a recent study, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has predicted that food prices will soar by as much as 30 per cent over the next 10 years. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OECD, said that any further increase in global food prices, which have risen by […]

Indecent Proposal

The Naga Women Hoho Dimapur (NWHD) has taken upon itself the onerous task of moral policing on a dress code, which is not only impractical but plain stupid to say the least. The NWHD had issued a resolution directing all women (‘young and old’) to dress “modestly and decently” with a warning that it will […]

Telangana Inevitable

The question of granting Statehood to Telangana has now become only a matter of time and the sense that this column gets is that this is inevitable now. It is therefore a question of not if but when. There is the obvious weighing of options and the pros and cons of taking a decision to […]

Nagas and Brainkruptcy

In a world of uncertainty, one of the few facets of creation that remains certain is change. What therefore defines the quality of human life is not change, but the direction in which the process of change is moving towards. Yet, what kind of change can the world expect, when the human mind is unable […]

Counter-insurgency and a history of global violence

In 2006, Harvard historian Caroline Elkins published her PhD thesis to a lot of academic acclaim, as well as to a fair share of sullen criticism. Her book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya, was a damning indictment of Britain’s counter-insurgency strategies in East Africa and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize […]

Inavi Probe Not Enough

As usual after an incident of violence and killing the government has done the conventional thing of ordering a high level inquiry into the June 30 killing of two villagers and injuring two others of “Inavi (Naga United) Village.” There is nothing wrong in ordering a probe especially if we are to unearth those who […]

Trafficking Theory

At a time when the problem of human trafficking is being discussed in seminars and other public platform here in Nagaland, it is obviously embarrassing and a matter of concern to hear about the latest incident wherein 14 Naga girls, allegedly involved in prostitution, had been caught by the Naga Students Union Chennai during the […]

Lokpal Consensus

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s rare interaction with five Editors on Wednesday has shed light on some of the current issues facing the country. At the top of the heap is the all important Lokpal Bill where a group of civil society members led by Anna Hazare is having dialogue with government of India representatives led […]

Right to Education

The historic Right to Education law, providing free and compulsory schooling to children in the 6-14 year age bracket, came into force with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking the states to join in this national effort with full resolve and determination. One should laud the Central government for taking on this momentous task of ensuring […]

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