People’s Institution

The recent uprising in the Arab world has led to a new thinking among the rulers: the need to make way for political reforms. At the same time the protests, starting from Tunisia to Egypt and now Libya, has also brought to the fore the character of the military in the respective regimes. There is […]

A Secure Northeast

The North East is not just one land, one people, one issue. It is home to many peoples and nations, each with their own history, culture, language, and political aspirations. It is in their distinctiveness that they are dependent upon each other for their present and future existence as a region. While they have each […]

Being Independent

A research activist remarked that inspite of all the chaos and imperfections of Nepal, its sovereign status and ownership is what gives it a refreshing lease of life; especially for struggling people yearning for sovereignty. Indeed, this insight rings true and the spirit of the sovereign-feel-good factor is evidently echoed through the streets of Nepal. […]

MGNREGA Misuse

If reports as appearing in a section of the local media are to be believed, several crores of funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have been siphoned off “under the DAN government”. Detailed charges have been put up by the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) against the large scale misuse […]

Rediscovering Confidence

Are Nagas as a people facing an acute crisis of confidence? It is a question that requires an honest and sincere reflection. The growing suspicion and disrespect for each other, the profound hurt Nagas have meted upon one another, and the increasing doubt about the meaning and purpose of their existence points towards the dilemma […]

Boundaries of the Mind

Boundaries left behind by Colonial forces have perhaps had the greatest impact on future generations. The imaginary lines which were arbitrarily drawn without the consent of the people have only re-enforced the concept of the European Westphalian state. The Westphalian state has with statecraft only ensured that the boundaries have become real and divisive. The […]

Man Vs Nature & Tech

March 18, 2011 Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan, in which an estimated 10,000 people have died is more than just a natural disaster for Japan and its people. Because of the dangers posed due to the damage caused to the atomic power plant (Fukushima), Japan’s concern has also become a global worry and […]

Rs 5000000 cr a Year

March 11, 2011 will be a historic day for the political class i.e. our people’s representatives following the Union Government’s decision to increase the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) fund from the existing Rs 2 crore a year to Rs 5 crore a year for each MP. In five years therefore, each […]

On Job Reservation among Nagas

Reservation in the Naga context is now an accepted policy given the imbalance in tribal development. There is consensus on the need to continue with the reservation policy although contentions may arise in the duration, design and formulation. The demand for reservation is therefore both legitimate and a social necessity. In the last few years, […]

Naga Memos to President

President Pratibha Patil’s two day visit to Nagaland was a tame affair compared to the visit of the ‘People’s President APJ Abdul Kalam Azad a few years ago. Therefore other than fulfilling her duties of visiting the States of the union during her tenure, nothing much should be expected from the President. In reality the […]

Eight Years in Power

According to information received in the media, the so called Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government will be organizing a thanksgiving service on March 12 (Saturday) at the State Banquet hall Kohima commemorating completion of third year of its second term in office. In this regard the “DAN government” has invited all its “constituents” including […]

New Politics

The present state of affairs is a clear indication of the crying need for a new politics in our land. The old politics of based on fear, exclusion and ‘the other’ is shredding away the possibilities of a shift in paradigm in how Nagas conduct our human affairs. As long as the old politics continues […]

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