The complex way forward

A crisis triggered by conflicting political interests can be solved only through political intervention. This realisation has so far inhibited any knee-jerk reaction to the option suggested by the Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee that keeping Andhra Pradesh united with constitutional safeguards for Telangana would be the “best way forward.”On the shoulders of the Congress-led United […]

Silence as Sedition

A true measure of being democratic is not the cycles of elections – it is the dignity given to disagreement, to dissent. Why must we dignify dissent? There are the arguments that we hear everyday: so that the views of the majority cannot silence the voices of a few; so that no one view or […]

REJOINDER FROM DISTRICT STATISTICAL OFFICER

The office of the District Statistical Officer, Dimapur, is constraint to react to the baseless allegations leveled against an official of the District Registrar of Births and Death under the DSO Dimapur establishment by one Zakir Hussain, Naharbari village, Dimapur, with regards to “Denial of birth certificate on religious ground” that was published in the […]

Thoughts on Politics, Love and Life

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi gestures as she offers yellow robes to Buddhist monks in front of the National League for Democracy party’s headquarters in Rangoon, Dec. 8, 2010.   Burma’s military government has long tried to silence pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, detaining her for 15 of the past 21 years. […]

An open Letter on Denial of Birth certificate on Religious ground

ToThe President of India, The Prime Minister of India, The National Commission for Minorities, Governor of Nagaland, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Department of Economics and Statistics, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Telegraph, Deccan Chronicle, Nagaland Post, Eastern Mirror, The Morung Express, Nagaland Page Sub: – Denial of birth certificate on […]

Floods can help Australia rise toward adaptation to climate change

Australians have long talked of their continent as “a land of droughts and flooding rains,” a geographic fact that also accounts for their high resiliency during a weather crisis. But record rainfalls in the northeast, coming after a long drought in the south, are pushing this nation to do more than talk about the weather. […]

WikiLeaks & Indian secrets

Ratan Tata recently said that foreign countries could soon begin to see India as a ‘banana republic’. Well, there is one domain where the Government is not really far from this definition: It is the declassification of historical documents. The Indian Government does not seem to have realised that we are living in the era […]

“FRONTIER NAGALAND STATE”

The Former Nagaland Finance Minister Mr. K. Therie has described the demand of the ENPO for a ‘FRONTIER NAGALAND STATE’ as “heart breaking”. How true it is; the separations of Husband and Wife, of Brothers and Sisters, of Parents and Children or even of Friends are always a Heart rending experience. The Writer however does […]

Ethnic groups hold key to unlocking Burma’s chains

Today Burma celebrates its 63rd independence day. It was on this day in 1948 that the Union of Burma was granted independence by the British, but more than six decades have not yet seen the resolution of conflicts and suspicions that hung around the hope-filled launch of its new republic. This year’s independence day celebration […]

Exposing the real Tunisia

It seems that the waters of the stagnant Arab swamp may be stirring at last. Tunisia, that small north African country on the Arab world’s western shores, has for the past two weeks been the scene of a social uprising rare in this tightly controlled part of the world. This outburst of popular anger was […]

Time to crack

Among hordes of SMSes I received this season from friends and relatives, I selected two as the best SMS of the season. Though belated, let me share it to all readers. Here it is:  “I am so sorry to disturb you at tis odd hour. But it is urgent. I have a friend coming from […]

Rahul Gandhi, Saffron Terrorism & America

Had anyone heard Rahul Gandhi talk about ‘Hindu terrorism’ before? Then why is everyone jumping the gun and accusing him of vote-bank politics? Will the saffron leaders make up their minds whether he is trying to get Muslim votes or that he should not have talked to a foreign diplomat? Were these parties not crowing […]