Need to ponder on Nagaland

However hilly Nagaland might be, It stands upright with its own uniqueness as other nations. From the very inception of the political movement the Naga people had committed to shun violence with a view for an honorable life but no nation on earth at the cost of historical or political rights. And this fundamental- universal […]

Nagaland is at the crossroad

Politically Nagaland people are at the crossroad and economically not only bankrupt but under debt trap. 35 years of Shillong Accord without negotiation, 14 years of negotiation without solution, 10 years of Ceasefire Agreement between GPRN/NSCN without negotiation; and DAN Government claims that the political peace process is in the right direction. We cannot continue […]

What’s Wrong with Indian Democracy?

A distinct feature of constitutional democracy is the impartial rule of law as opposed to high-handed rule by some individuals. For example, in constitutional democracy like United States, the President cannot rule by whims and wishes. He must exercise his executive power within the limit of what the Constitution spells out. He must seek the […]

Sex ratio, patriarchy, and ethics

India’s sex ratio, among children aged 0-6 years, is alarming. The ratio has declined from 976 females (for every 1000 males) in 1961 to 914 in 2011. Every national census has documented a decline in the ratio, signalling a ubiquitous trend. Preliminary data from the 2011 census have recorded many districts with sex ratios of […]

Eradicate Stigma and Discrimination for our Children

Every day we hear of instances of stigma and discrimination shown to HIV positive people in our society. And we generally perceive such instances of stigma and discrimination with HIV positive adult people. As a result, it shakes us with pain to learn of HIV positive children at the receiving end of stigma and discrimination.Senti […]

Corruption: An Alternative Interpretation

While the slogan against corruption is presently flying high in India, I think we need all the insights as possible to make sense of this phenomenon. A few questions come immediately to mind – What is corruption? Has it got anything to do with morality at all? How can it be or does it even […]

South Sudan: Reflections on a fragile state

Despite continuing North-South tensions, intra-Southern fragility is now one of the most pressing concerns in Sudan, whether or not Khartoum is fuelling the flames of these insurrections. With independence due in just over two months, it needs addressing A billboard close to the airport in Juba, South Sudan’s nascent capital, reads, ‘Welcome to Africa’s Youngest […]

Win a battle, lose a war

CIVIL SOCIETY has won a profoundly important battle against corruption. But it could still lose the war. The activists who spearheaded the victory do not have a clear idea of what they are fighting for. They run the risk of missing the target altogether. The more radical among them believe that all they need to […]

End of first-past-the-post voting?

On May 5, Britain will hold a referendum on whether to ditch the time-tested voting system in favour of Alternative Vote, a light variety of proportional representation. There are two big dates coming up in Britain over the next few days. One, of course, is April 29, when Prince William will marry Kate Middleton — […]

Death, Restoration and Life

One has read that there will be a special service for reconciliation, led by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation this Easter. This creates a mixed feeling of both happiness and sadness. Happiness because God is the best guide to pursue the correct path and, ultimately, we all fall back on Him in our times of […]

Naga History: We Missed Our Flight Thrice

To be able to take the right path in our journey forward, it is also important to find out where we have gone wrong in the past. So this is what this article is about –examining our missed chances to collective greatness:   1.    Falling Too Short: During World War I, some Nagas were recruited […]

Wash Others Feet

Yesterday was Maundy Thursday. It is also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, and Last Supper. On this day, the Church reflects specially on the scene of Last Supper that Jesus had prior to his arrest that eventually led to his condemnation, scourging, crowning of his head with thorns, carrying the cross to Golgotha and […]