Assam inches towards peace

Hopes of an end to the 30-year-long armed insurgency in India’s northeastern state of Assam have brightened with leaders of the secessionist United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) expressing willingness to enter into unconditional talks with the government.Last week, the group’s founder-chairman, Arabinda Rajkhowa, was released from jail – his bail application was not challenged […]

Colonial Encounter and the Cultural Processes of Nagas

This article is an attempt to see the cultural processes of the Nagas as a result of their encounter with the colonial rule and Christian missionaries since the early half of the 19th century. The cultural processes will be seen through three successive stages: 1. Cultural elimination2. Cultural imposition and adaptation  3. Cultural revitalization and […]

Battle for Assam: To be or not to be

Towards the end of 2000 Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) realized the need of a national level alliance like many other smaller regional peers from the Sindhu (Indus) to the Sindhu (oceans). But the honeymoon on the banks of the Brahmaputra was over, sooner than expected. A knot with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not benefit […]

A true story of being robbed

And I handed over my Nokia E 71 Smartphone to the four hooded guys. January the first, 2011 – I began this New Year by being robbed. I had been sitting on my couch and reading the whole day and even as I heard the clock chime 10:00 pm, I felt I needed a break […]

My Tribute to the Best Soul

In my whole existences in this world, till date I have come across so many people of different shades and colors with different characters and personalities having immense power with wealth and powerless people struggling for two square meals. But among all the seas of humanity, only one soul has conquered my perception of an […]

Behind the new gold rush

The price of gold has gone up from $256 an ounce in 2001 to $1,424. Meanwhile, price levels have struggled or crashed with respect to almost all other asset classes. Central banks have slashed interest rates. Yet, gold prices, it has been predicted, may go up and up. The many reasons for this renewed love […]

China's "Secret" War Plan Revealed

China’s “SECRET WAR PLAN” (Be amazed!) has leaked out and fallen into the hands of none other than “Popular Mechanics”(PM) magazine, which plastered it on the cover of its December issue. How this TOP SECRET info got into the hands of the intrepid editors at Hearst Publishing in New York on west 57th Street in […]

NRHM: Addressing the challenges

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was launched in 2005 to bring about a dramatic improvement in the health system and health status of people in rural India. It seeks to provide universal access to health care, which is affordable, equitable, and of good quality. It aims at making architectural corrections to basic health care […]

To help the poor, get rid of their cash

The recent ad spot for M-Kesho, the groundbreaking mobile phone-linked bank account launched earlier this year in Kenya, is endearingly playful. To gently teasing music, a man with a jar of coins digs a gigantic hole in an empty grass field. He sticks his jar deep in the mud, but finds that the hole he’s […]

What will 2011 bring?

A new year! A new decade! As we emerge from our merry-making and celebrations, the above heading may seem cautious, even apprehensive or skeptical to some. But it can also be a really honest question that goes through the heart and pierces the mind of every Naga.   Having opened this piece with such a neutral […]

The Plight of the Orphans: Do you Care?

Delphine Riviere, an adoptive parent from central France, holds Haitian child, Erika, on her arrival in France for adoption, at Roissy airport, outside Paris. (AP File Photo)   A loving girl who had lost her parents when she was a toddler told me one mother’s day, “at least I have seen my father in a […]