Savage act in polarised country

Jared Loughner, the suspect in Saturday’s shooting spree in Arizona which killed six people and critically wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was not working alone. True, the rampage apparently emerged from his confused, unstable and troubled mind. But it was also the by-product of a polarised political culture underpinned by increasingly vitriolic, violent and vituperative rhetoric […]

2011: Prospects For Humanity?

During the 1950s I grew up in a family who rooted for the success of African Americans in their just struggle for civil rights and full legal equality. Then in 1962 it was the terror of my own personal imminent nuclear annihilation during the Cuban Missile Crisis that first sparked my interest in studying international […]

The fight for Power & Supremacy

The political leaders who are fighting for our cause will be morally responsible for our safety and welfare in particular. After decades of factional wars, our nation is now progressing to a new level of maturity. We studied the political history of the other nations which gained independence from their oppressors, but our struggle is […]

Relentless plunder

The news of a Mumbai-based mining company extracting at least 10 times more bauxite ore than it is allowed to from a village in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra and causing the State a revenue loss of crores of rupees by not paying the royalty has once again brought to the fore the issue of rampant illegal […]

The complex way forward

A crisis triggered by conflicting political interests can be solved only through political intervention. This realisation has so far inhibited any knee-jerk reaction to the option suggested by the Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee that keeping Andhra Pradesh united with constitutional safeguards for Telangana would be the “best way forward.”On the shoulders of the Congress-led United […]

Silence as Sedition

A true measure of being democratic is not the cycles of elections – it is the dignity given to disagreement, to dissent. Why must we dignify dissent? There are the arguments that we hear everyday: so that the views of the majority cannot silence the voices of a few; so that no one view or […]

REJOINDER FROM DISTRICT STATISTICAL OFFICER

The office of the District Statistical Officer, Dimapur, is constraint to react to the baseless allegations leveled against an official of the District Registrar of Births and Death under the DSO Dimapur establishment by one Zakir Hussain, Naharbari village, Dimapur, with regards to “Denial of birth certificate on religious ground” that was published in the […]

Thoughts on Politics, Love and Life

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi gestures as she offers yellow robes to Buddhist monks in front of the National League for Democracy party’s headquarters in Rangoon, Dec. 8, 2010.   Burma’s military government has long tried to silence pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, detaining her for 15 of the past 21 years. […]

An open Letter on Denial of Birth certificate on Religious ground

ToThe President of India, The Prime Minister of India, The National Commission for Minorities, Governor of Nagaland, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Department of Economics and Statistics, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Telegraph, Deccan Chronicle, Nagaland Post, Eastern Mirror, The Morung Express, Nagaland Page Sub: – Denial of birth certificate on […]

Floods can help Australia rise toward adaptation to climate change

Australians have long talked of their continent as “a land of droughts and flooding rains,” a geographic fact that also accounts for their high resiliency during a weather crisis. But record rainfalls in the northeast, coming after a long drought in the south, are pushing this nation to do more than talk about the weather. […]

WikiLeaks & Indian secrets

Ratan Tata recently said that foreign countries could soon begin to see India as a ‘banana republic’. Well, there is one domain where the Government is not really far from this definition: It is the declassification of historical documents. The Indian Government does not seem to have realised that we are living in the era […]

“FRONTIER NAGALAND STATE”

The Former Nagaland Finance Minister Mr. K. Therie has described the demand of the ENPO for a ‘FRONTIER NAGALAND STATE’ as “heart breaking”. How true it is; the separations of Husband and Wife, of Brothers and Sisters, of Parents and Children or even of Friends are always a Heart rending experience. The Writer however does […]