How does one construct the memories of yesterday which is the past; how does one engage with today that is the present; and how does one prepare to face the mysteries of tomorrow? Perhaps the underpinning predicament lies in defining the purpose of existence and how one decides to involve in fulfilling that purpose. After […]

Problem of Dualism

Human conviction reasons that change is continuous and that humankind is capable of understanding; an understanding rooted in context and conscience. Both these convictions are located within an inclusive historical process and when it interplays with one another, it is capable of churning an energy which is responsible for perpetually causing the development of humankind. […]

In Search of Alternatives to Capitalism…

I had just begun college when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) imploded due to the weight of its bureaucratic contradictions in December 1991. Immediately, a barrage of celebratory narratives, many of which rejoiced the end of the Cold War and socialism, assaulted us. It disturbed me. Even in school, I remember being a […]

Politics of AFSPA

The office of the Naga Hoho (apex Naga Parliament) in a rare letter written to the Prime Minister of India has brought to the attention of the latter on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA). The Naga Hoho has rightly described it as “one of the more draconian legislations that the Indian […]

Home No More

Having been a homeless wanderer for nearly a decade, or perhaps the entire span of my life, a question most often asked to one such as me is where are you from? There starts the dilemma of a homeless wanderer, especially one who doesn’t really look like belonging to any particular ethnic group, if looks […]

Making Friendship Work

The so called friendship week or friendship day has become an annual event and young people in particular use this occasion to make new friends, renew old ties and to have a good time. The General Assembly of the United Nation declared July 30 as official International Friendship Day. Traditionally though, the Day takes place […]

Problems, Dialogue and Governance

When the Nagaland State Cabinet recently took the decision recommending an Autonomous Council to the Government of India for the areas under the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO), the Cabinet also made a request asking New Delhi to intervene in the matter by taking an early decision so that “further problems do not arise in […]

Patriarchy and Development

In recent years, waves of ‘state-centric development’ policies and programs have been initiated in Nagaland. Most of these policies and programs have centered around two focal areas, infrastructure and human capacity building. Its objective of ‘progress’ is apparently derived on the assumption that such a ‘progress’ would be possible within existing norms and systems. This […]

Norway’s Brush with Terror and Ramifications for Europe

For many, the events that occurred in Norway on July 22, 2011, were the worst ever attacks inside a country known for its commitment to peace. In fact, European commentators go as far as saying that it is the most devastating loss of lives that the country has witnessed since World War II, when it […]

Naga Solution in the Making?

After months and months of what would seem like quiet diplomacy, some hard bargaining and off course lots of patience and commitment, the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim are finally looking at “working out a settlement in the shortest possible time”. This was announced in a rare but welcome joint […]

Good Sound Health

It would appear that good sound health whether physical, mental or spiritual is essential for the overall health and well being of a person, the family, society, community, nation and the world. Political events (changes) around the world, economic prosperity, cultural assimilation, new innovations in science & technology etc. are all having both positive and […]

Too Much Discretionary Powers

The political executive (ie. the Chief Minister, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries etc) in Nagaland must be one of the most powerful in the whole of India and even the world. Many times, even a mere paper chit signed by these executives can become law unto themselves. Such is the discretionary powers of our ruling political executives. […]

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