Election diluting issues

Witoubou Newmai As usual, some cameo acts by political parties and politicians have started moderating the ‘discourses’ again in Manipur, as in any other place, with the announcement of the schedules of the Lok Sabha polls. Interestingly, this development has come in a time when the Scheduled Tribe issue is reinvigorating the hill-valley strains. Until […]

No end to the formalin fish saga

No end to the formalin fish saga

Imlisanen Jamir There seems to be no end to the formalin laced fish saga. It just keeps on taking twists and turns, meandering along and arriving at no conclusion. Last summer and fall, there was a complete ban on imported fish in the state as formalin was detected in consignments of fish being sold in […]

‘A people friendly budget’

‘A people friendly budget’

The passing of budget in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on February 26 failed to evoke widespread discussion among the general masses, apart from the customary expression of derision over the burgeoning budget deficits accumulated over the years. The lack of enthusiasm cannot be faulted and is understandable; the budget, devoid of any policy announcement or […]

Managing a ‘complex divorce’

Managing a ‘complex divorce’

Witoubou Newmai What have India and Pakistan become following what Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre famously christened, their most “complex divorce in history”? The aftermath of the complexities continue to haunt both nations at regular intervals. The latest is the Pulwama incident. Thousands of editorials and articles have been written about the situation and still […]

Temple of Psephocracy

Temple of Psephocracy

Aheli Moitra Chief Minister of Nagaland State, Neiphiu Rio, has crowned the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) as a “Temple of Democracy” for the State. He was addressing the last sitting of the 13th NLA’s Budget session held from February 21 to 26. Encouraging “debates” that unfurled at the session, the Chief Minister praised predecessors for […]

Naga Political Solution

Naga Political Solution

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir Feelings, Trust and Reconciliation The Global Naga mass rally was recently held at Delhi to demand immediate “political solution that is honourable and acceptable.” The rally organised by Naga Students Union Delhi in collaboration with Naga Community in Delhi saw thousands of Nagas coming together staging a peaceful rally. Having entered the […]

Schools without administrators

Schools without administrators

Imlisanen Jamir It was recently alarmingly revealed that out of a total of 246 Government High Schools (GHS) in Nagaland, 38 are currently running without a headmaster/headmistress (HMs) while 32 are without both HMs and assistant HMs. No wonder government schools in the state have consistently failed to deliver on their goals. These revelations come […]

A great villainy

A great villainy

Education is a great leveller, one is often cajoled. Given the state of affairs in Nagaland, it won’t be an outlandish assertion to affirm otherwise. Two latest revelations make one lost confidence in the often stated rhetoric of transparency and accountability as well assertion of ensuring a quality education for all. The first issue is […]

The Scheduled Tribe issue

The Scheduled Tribe issue

Witoubou Newmai The other lurking spectre in Northeast When plumes of smoke and dust from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill conundrum are still settling in the Northeast India region, another spectre is lurking around – the issue of the Scheduled Tribe (ST) status demand. The nerve centre of the Northeast—Assam – is burning with the issue […]

String for the garland

String for the garland

Aheli Moitra Last weekend, the Heritage Publishing House in Dimapur released two new books, one by its oldest author and one by its youngest author. On Saturday, February 16, it launched Prof. Temsula Ao’s ‘Songs Along The Way Home’, her sixth book of poems; on Sunday, February 17, it launched 12-year-old S. Yusenti Jamir’s ‘A […]

The Untidiness of Modernity

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir ‘Nagaising’ a Dangerous Modern Are Nagas here at home becoming modern? If certain facets like ‘lifestyle’ are to set the parameter, then, one may say yes. And without any doubt, it is a “Mistaken Modernity” as the noted Indian Sociologist Dipankar Gupta applied it to the Indian context. The rural setting has […]

World of ‘Digital gangsters’

“EVERY time you go online, people are competing for your attention. Friends, strangers, businesses, political organisations, charities and news websites all serve up a constant stream of eye-catching pictures, videos and articles, wherever you might go looking for information — Google, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or YouTube,” Beth Hewitt of University of Salford wrote on […]