The deception at the heart of ‘Rising India'

Food prices become intolerable for the poor. Protests against corruption paralyse Parliament. Then a series of American diplomatic cables released by the WikiLeaks exposes a brazenly mendacious and venal ruling class; the head of government adored by foreign business people and journalists loses his moral authority, turning into a lame duck.This sounds like Tunisia or […]

Space and rehabilitation for so called National Workers

At this point of time in history, a large section of the so called National Workers has become the concern of the society at large. When we use the generic term National Workers we do not mean all of them. The exceptions are those few thinkers and members who strongly feel believe and conduct themselves […]

We, the corrupt, must root out corruption

Amid the widespread euphoria over anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare’s victory over the government of India, we may fail to realise a few crucial things that can eradicate corruption in our country.Hazare broke his fast after being assured that a joint panel to draft the much-sought Jan Lokpal Bill would be set up. The Bill may […]

After The Great Quake, Living With Earth’s Uncertainty

In my layman’s cosmology, the anthropic principle says this: our existence implies that the universe must take the shape it does or we wouldn’t be here to perceive it. A universe with even minutely different physical laws wouldn’t include us (which isn’t to say that such universes don’t exist).An anthropic principle of sorts is also […]

Inching closer towards moral breakdown

Beyond the sensational news headlines of America’s ‘humanitarian’ interventions and democracy-spreading escapades lies a grim reality; one of a brutal military occupation, systematic torture practices and abuse of basic human rights. Highlighting the way that America’s track record in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, for example, is littered with such violations, does not in any way […]

Comments on Response of NPF Phek Division on Job Policy

The response of the NPF Phek Division to the PDCCs statement on Job Reservation Policy, which appeared in local dailies on 1st and 2nd April 2011(Nagaland Post & Morung Express), has clearly exposed the ignorance and ignominy of the NPF on a subject matter of great public importance. Although the NPF appears to have nurtured […]

Saving civilians: murky geopolitics

From initially seeking to protect civilians to now aiming for a swift, total victory in Libya, the mission creep that has characterised the western powers’ military attack raises troubling questions about their Libyan strategy and the risk that it could end up creating a jihadist citadel at Europe’s southern doorstep. After having tacitly encouraged and […]

HIV and AIDS; Not a Sin

We all know that when HIV started to spread in the 1980s, it spread mainly among certain groups of people who include men who have sexual relation with men, commercial sex workers and people who inject drugs. This has often led to the view that HIV is a wrath from God on individuals. However, HIV […]

Korea after reunification: challenges and opportunities

Last year’s deadly rise in tensions in the Korean peninsula put off any prospects of reunification. Young-II Kim, a North Korean defector and executive director of PSCORE, an organisation furthering the understanding between Seoul and Pyongyang, appears more optimistic. In an interview with Javier Delgado Rivera, he dissects the major issues the Korean Peninsula will […]

DAN is outdated

In the changed scenario of the ruling party politics the NPF lead DAN government is no longer represented by elected members of former political allies- the BJP and NCP, so continued usage of the nomenclature Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) is now a political oddball. DAN was coined at certain point of polling uncertainty between […]

The lure of democracy

While we are yet to find out which political party will benefit from the impressive voter turnout — an estimated 75 per cent — in the first phase of Assembly election in Assam, one can be confident that it is an endorsement of the democratic process which alone can resolve issues, however contentious they may […]

The Collapse Of Globalization

The uprisings in the Middle East, the unrest that is tearing apart nations such as the Ivory Coast, the bubbling discontent in Greece, Ireland and Britain and the labor disputes in states such as Wisconsin and Ohio presage the collapse of globalization. They presage a world where vital resources, including food and water, jobs and […]