An artist who had a brush with the nation

FILE – In this June 7, 2007 file photo, M.F. Husain, India’s most famous artist, finishes off a canvas he painted together with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, unseen, during a fund-raising auction in central London’s auction house. News reports say Hussain has died in London Thursday, June 9, 2011. Hussain had lived in self-imposed […]

“Corruption And We The People In North East”

It was a great relief to read the news “Government of Nagaland is all set to curb taxes”. Declaration of government that “Illegal collection of money is extortion” has been  well appreciated by all . Finally, the state government  has realized the hardships the common man is facing by paying so many taxes.  In the […]

“Blood Is Thicker Than Water”

It is heart-warming to learn that the new NSF team is planning to tour and reach out, among other places, the forgotten side of the fence in the political fractured Naga homeland. Should wishes rain, it would sprout a turning point in our Naga history embracing each other’s social customs and religion. In another context, […]

The nation state & its territory

The nation state and its territory are symbiotically bound together, inseparable and inviolable. The diminishment of one leads inescapably to the diminishment of the other. This, the classic (and idealised) view of what constitutes the nation state, has remained more or less unchanged since the middle of the 17th century, despite the constant internal and […]

Ridding the world of a terrible virus

In 1977, a 23-year-old cook at a hospital in Somalia who caught smallpox and survived became the last naturally occurring case of the disease. Three years later, in May 1980, the World Health Assembly, the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organisation, declared that “the world and all its people have won freedom from […]


What right India has to hang on Indo-Naga political issue and let Naga letting blood run red in the country for last 60 years? A report in “Statement paper Calcutta on 20th April 1956” A total of Rs. 85,55,2660 were spent by Assam government for maintenance of law and order on Naga hills. Since the […]

Privacy, super-injunctions & Twitter

The emergence of a privacy law in the last dozen years, which has been a growing source of tension between the courts and Parliament, has now encountered an insuperable barrier: the parallel growth of social media on the Internet, where ordinary individuals can frustrate the injunctions that have become the weapon of choice in the […]


1.    Nagaland being a Christian state in a world record. Without Christ man’s plan cannot make Nagas small or great. For without me ye can do nothing (Jn.15:5)God, Jihova does not want Nagas to be under the control of idolaters. So, He raised up Naga leader, Dr. A.Z. Phizo who started demanding Naga independence since […]

Freedom of the press and journalistic ethics

Freedom is important, so is responsibility. In countries like India, the media have a responsibility to fight backward ideas such as casteism and communalism, and help the people fight poverty and other social evils. Freedom of the press and journalistic ethics is an important topic today in India — with the word ‘press’ encompassing the […]

What Exactly is World Music?

World music is perhaps the broadest and most diverse categories among all musical genres. However, world music often features the use of distinctive ethnic styles, scales, instruments, and musical inflections, all of which are guided by indigenous music from the region of the music’s origin. Folk music or ethnic music can also be classified as […]

AFSPA Must Go—The Draconian Law Completes 53 Years

On 4th of March 2009, when it was touching noon,(around 11:50 am), Mohd Azad Khan was reading a newspaper in the courtyard of his house along with one of his neighbouring friends, in Phoubakachao Makha Leikai Yumnan village of west Imphal district, Manipur. Azad, a barely 12 year old boy and a student of class […]

How to eliminate corruption

It is trendy to talk of road maps. However, roads maps by themselves cannot deliver, they need delivery vehicles. To operate delivery vehicles a core competency is needed so is the skill to prevent road jams. Unless this is clear at a foundational level, all talk of eliminating/mitigating corruption, however, well intentioned, will achieve only […]