Dissipating democratic political culture

Witoubou Newmai We actually are not sure whether the real democratic political culture exists at all in our society. If not, who is responsible for such state of affairs? It is always the honey-moon affairs between the candidates and their voters in times of elections, and they continue to hobnob without any illusion about their […]

Freedom to be Happy

Freedom to be Happy

Aheli Moitra “Clap along if you know what happiness is to you!” In the first half of 2014, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ was already played 571,000 times on the United States’ terrestrial radio stations. It reached a total audience of about 3.3 billion. ‘Happy’ went on to become the most successful song of 2014 and continues […]

Hornbill Goes to Mon

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir Konyak women ignites the real spirit of Hornbill festival Marking the end of the three-day celebration of the Aoleang-cum Mini Hornbill Festival which was celebrated under the theme ‘Empowering Women for Cultural Heritage, around 5000 women from the Konyak community adorned in their colourful traditional attires performed a traditional dance in an […]

Where does the environment stand?

Imlisanen Jamir The climate is in crisis. We will be facing ecological catastrophe and climate breakdown in the very near future if those in power don’t act urgently and radically to change our trajectory. Scientists have been giving increasingly dire warnings about the state of our planet for years, with the urgency and severity of […]

Simply Brobdingnagian

When the poll bugle blows, the litmus test for the clean election begins. Predictably, in the run-up and announcement to the electoral process in Nagaland, there has had been perceptible pro-activeness of politicians, party workers and the common people accompanied by political re-alignment. While parliamentary elections have always been a lowly affair in the state; […]

Joining hands to thwart anti-NE people policies

Witoubou Newmai No one can stop an idea ‘whose time has come.’ Rampant employment of virulent policies by the “powers that be” has prompted various organisations of the North East India region to float a platform christened as North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP). This Forum is the result of a three-day event (April […]

Becoming secular in Nagaland

Becoming secular in Nagaland

Aheli Moitra Growing up in the New Delhi of the 1980s-90s, being secular was rather simple. Many families lived in mixed religion neighbourhoods and did more than ‘tolerate’ the others’ religious and cultural identities. People participated in one another’s festivals to the point of organizing them, inviting guests on the other’s behalf, feasting with each […]

Fake News and FIR

Dr. Asangba Tzüdir Under Section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, an FIR relating to the commission of a cognizable offence is recorded and based on which the investigation is commenced. The condition which is sine qua non or essential for recording a First Information Report is that there must be information and that […]

On compensation

Imlisanen Jamir It has long been the government’s narrative that hesitant landowners have become a major stumbling block to the growth and development of Nagaland state by refusing to part with their land. The argument has been based on the incidences where such obstructionist moves by landowners have indeed crippled efforts to improve or build […]

Voter priorities Vs realities

The voters’ priorities are clear. Better employment opportunities, healthcare, drinking facilities and other basic amenities score over topical ‘political’ rhetoric. An all-India survey conducted by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) released last week revealed that employment, healthcare, electricity etc were bigger concerns for voters rather than other governance issues like terrorism and strong defence […]

Aspirations precede icons

Witoubou Newmai The missteps of Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and Irom Sharmila of Manipur provide full references to enable us to understand the danger of projecting icons and organisations larger than aspirations. Their cautionary stories are also about undermining the coalesced people’s fervour towards their movements. True democracy aspired by the people still […]

The ‘Utah Compromise’

The ‘Utah Compromise’

Aheli Moitra Seventy years ago, stated the Office of the High Commissioner for (United Nations) Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirmed: “All human beings are free and equal in dignity and in rights,” making universality a cornerstone of the human rights legal system. It established that all human beings, wherever they may […]