The ‘blanking’ years

The ‘blanking’ years

It’s been the longest break for Nagaland in the last decade or so. For the last three years, there is an acute dearth of Nagas from the state clearing the UPSC’s Civil Services Exam. This is in stark contrast to the scene around ten years back when at least a name or two from Nagaland […]

Far from the ‘madding crowd’

Witoubou Newmai Amidst howls and jibes from politicians forming the social ambience in Manipur during this election time, two interesting events, far away from the ‘madding crowd’, calmly took place. On both occasions, activists from various fields, in their earnest endeavours to address issues, came together. One event focussed on the ‘fake encounter cases’ or […]

A space for progress

Aheli Moitra Beisumpuikam village sits right on the border of Dimapur and Peren districts. If that is not tricky enough, they have the additional complexity of sharing their neighbourhood with Intangki Forest Reserve and NSCN (IM)’s Hebron Camp. Inhabited by the Zeliangrong people, there are many other factors that lend a level of rugged intricacy […]

We’ve ignored child labour for too long

Imlisanen Jamir The recent arrest of a couple by the police in Kohima on charges of assaulting a 13 years old girl child is only one example of the precarious situations that many children live in most Naga homes. Domestic child labour is rampant in Nagaland, especially in the towns, and discourse on cruelty to […]

Restore faith

‘Proxy dhama-dham!’ was a lead news item in The Morung Express, a day after Nagaland went to poll for the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on February 27, 2018. When the state voted again for the lone parliamentary seat and a bye election a year and some days after, on April 11, the headline reads, ‘Contrary […]

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 […]

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