National Unity

In a welcome development for the Palestinian people and its aspiration for a separate independent State, the two main factions, the “secular-minded” Fatah and the “Islamist” Hamas, on April 27, 2011 have decided to form a government of national unity and hold elections. Analysts believe that this could be a “dramatic game-changer in the long-stalled […]

Non-Performing Schools

The Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSC) has declared the results for High School Leaving Certificate Examinations (HSLC) and Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (HSSLC) for 2011 with the results yet again testifying to the unfortunate state of government schools in Nagaland. The continuing dismal performance of our government schools should make us question […]

Democracy & Liberty

Today, democracy is one political system whose legitimacy goes unquestioned. The rhetoric and rituals of democracy defines the framework of the present world order. From its Greek root, ‘democracy’ means ‘the rule of the people.’ Hence more democracy should necessarily imply more power to the people and more freedom. But does it? While it is […]

Corruption or Quality Control?

With so much of emphasis on development and the accompanying funds to realize this objective flowing, it is only appropriate for the State government to ensure that the development work and the assets being built conform to the minimum standard of quality. Over the years, the poor quality of our development work has become a […]

An Agenda for the Future

A few days back, the Morung Express carried a front news article about a United Nations report pointing out that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is ready to run an independent state. The U.N. report followed equally upbeat assessments of the PA’s nation-building achievements released over the past week by the World Bank and the International […]

Naga Diplomacy

For the past several decades, the use of Naga diplomacy in both internal and external modern politics has been disappointing; and its role undermined. And this has only encouraged the use of force and violence as a means for resolution; which is a contradiction. As of now, Naga diplomacy has become rigid and ineffective, almost […]

Between Doubt & Certainty

The tension between doubt and certainty has come to dominate any peace initiative – in different sphere of life – and it would not be wrong to say that such peace initiatives continuously swing between doubt and certainty. In some aspects these two elements have actually acquired center stage and to an extent become the […]

GK Pillai’s Soft Talk

It made interesting news to read the statement of the Union Home Secretary GK Pillai wherein he mentioned that the government of India was hopeful of a Naga solution by the year end. Pillai was speaking to the Northeast Press Service (NEPS) Editor when he made this remark at New Delhi on Sunday April 17, […]

Green Development

According to studies the number of people around the world without access to clean water is growing. Indeed, water as a resource, its preservation, proper management and utilization calls for clear policy guidelines so that each community, country or state can address the future growing water problem which can lead to conflicts if not handled […]

A Common Approach

Killing and violence continue to be used as a legitimate instrument by both the State and non-state actors. This is a dangerous culture and if we look at the long term, it achieves nothing but rather it only creates more trouble and conflict, which becomes difficult to heal. Naga history is a good case in […]

Impunity

When the Armed Forces Special Powers Act was first introduced in 1958 to militarily engage the Nagas and to hinder their call for freedom; people that valued and respected democratic values and principles deeply resented and opposed the Act for all that it stood and represented. The AFSPA not only gave non-commissioned officers the power […]

Naga Consciousness!!

At the core of a peoples existence is its collective consciousness and perhaps Nagas must consciously and deliberately take the task to nurture, nourish and evoke a consciousness and perception that is an alternative to the status quo. This consciousness should be a call for self-realization and re-examination of themselves, their value systems, their culture, […]