Cogs & a leaky cauldron

Aheli Moitra A woman with a sling bag across her shoulder, pan across her teeth, stood beside the voters’ queue. Seeing the presence of election observers, she approached them and said, “Please write that election here has been peaceful.” Her hands swayed inward out to stress on how peaceful the polls at the station she […]

Scream inside the voting booth today

Imlisanen Jamir It’s Election Day finally!   A month long ordeal of uncertainty, hilarious campaign rhetoric, public cynicism; and most tragic of all violence in certain parts of the state, culminate in today’s event.   Someone wrote on social media two days before Election Day that given the current state of electoral politics in Nagaland, […]

The one with ‘Shouting Rights’

The sowing season -literally and metaphorically – is here in Nagaland. While the former is muted, the latter is being played out in a grand scale, culminating on February 27. The harvest, however, will be far-reaching.   Election time is ‘maalamaal, malamaal’ (jackpot or abundance), rapturously crooned the supporter of a winning candidate in the […]

Nagaland DGP says max security in place with minimal inconvenience

Appeals for calm and cooperation from the public   KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 24 (MExN): The DGP, Nagaland, Rupin Sharma said that the Nagaland Police have been endeavouring to ensure peaceful conduct of the February 27 polls. The intermittent instances of violence notwithstanding, DGP Sharma in a press release today said that the state police have been […]

Is there no (wo)man here?

Aheli Moitra When elections to the Urban Local Bodies were to take place in February 2017, it presented us with the first opportunity in Nagaland to observe how women campaign for political positions on a large scale, what challenges they face and how they overcome them. What are women’s experiences as political representatives?   This […]

In 2018, a reflection of 2017

Aheli Moitra Remember this time last year?   395 candidates had filed nominations to contest elections to Urban Local Bodies in Nagaland State. If the election had been held on February 1, 2017, women would have helped in governing urban municipal councils. Policy based urban development would have been the order of the day. Alternatively, […]

Elections. How Exciting!

Imlisanen Jamir   It’s all so exciting isn’t it?   Just 12 hours after the Election Commission of India announced dates for polls to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, the considerations that dominated conversations over the past year seemed to fizzle out quickly.   Quite a few people I know have suddenly vanished to those camps […]

A ‘vital’ collateral damage

The poll bugle has already been sounded in Nagaland. With perceptible activism in air, it was unofficially blowing for a long time, till the formal announcement on January 18 by the Election Commission of India.   Notwithstanding the call for ‘Solution before Election’ from many quarters, electoral machineries have been kick started in full-swing by […]