• What won’t a woman want?
    Violence. Slavery. Sickness. Harassment. Discrimination. Basically most of the things that all types of societies want to keep at bay. Yet if women, against whom they’re specifically directed, ask for fre
  • Public Vigilance & Govt’s Incompetence
    After a prolonged silence spanning over many years the Government of Nagaland has finally decided to make its assertion on matters of governance. In the latest notification issued on September 8, 2011 the Gover
  • Fast Tracking Rail Project
    The visit of Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi to Dimapur on Sunday, September 11, 2011 was quite unexpected. However the outcome of this particular visit seems to have been very positive. Due credit should
  • Endorsing Anna Hazare’s Campaign in Nagaland
    The Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government was probably the first to publicly welcome the resolutions passed in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the Lokpal Bill and went on to assure all “co
  • The Story and the Issue: Media the politics of reporting
    In the last five weeks, two stories about the Northeast made interesting reading since they were published in mainland Indian media. The first appeared in Tehelka, Vol. 8 (32), of August 13, 2011 by Jimi Dey Ga
  • Communicating HIV/AIDS Concern, Awareness
    It was more of a coincidence that when this newspaper decided to publish the story ‘AIDS, Rock Music and the Message’ with its focus on rock themed music events and putting across some of the viewpo
  • Birds and Bellies
    I have always been confused about what the hell it is that created a mammoth media industry in India. It’s not like they produce any great news and opinion, except a palmful of websites, magazines and new
  • Time to Refresh, Think Collective
    Its September already and the rains and hopefully the heat will subside as we herald a more pleasant two-three months of cooler climate before the rush and excitement of the festive season December and finally
  • Anna’s Next Fight—E Reforms
    Having made corruption an issue of national importance and getting the political establishment to bow to his demands for a strong and effective Lokpal, it is only natural that electoral reforms would be the nex
  • Impunity
    When the Armed Forces Special Powers Act was first introduced in 1958 to militarily engage the Nagas and to hinder their call for freedom; people that valued and respected democratic values and principles deepl
  • The Fast and the furious: Media, Politics and the Public Sphere
    Other than Anna Hazare’s fast, nothing else mattered in India for the past two weeks. Since then, there has been a surplus of media induced anger against politicians, though one is not sure if it will be
  • Teachers Should be In Schools
    Recently, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) came out with a five point charter of demands made specifically to the School Education Department, Government of Nagaland. Among the demands, set with a 45 d
  • Who to how to put to rest?
    January 25, 1987: Doordarshan begins screening Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan every Sunday at 9.30am. July 30, 1987: Rajiv Gandhi is assaulted in Colombo by a Sri Lankan sailor in a Guard of Honour ceremony,
  • Roads and HIV
    From October 2007 to April 2008, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) conducted a five-country assessment, from a gender perspective, of the impact of selected transport projects on the spread of HIV. The assessmen
  • Nagaland’s Urban Boom
    It is not surprising at all to learn that Nagaland’s urban population continue to witness an upward spiral. This was also the case when the last census report in 2001 was released. According to the latest
  • Learning from Genocides of the 20th century
    The 20th century was unprecedented in the sense that it saw the worst forms of violence, in which more people have been killed by a combination of technology and politics, than in any other century of human exi
  • India Against Corruption
    The issue of corruption in India and the concern to address it, this really came to the public domain when in the late 1980s the then Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi made the frank admission that out of e
  • Rejecting history
    The best physical spaces in human civilization are reserved for the elite and the dead. I’m not discounting the fact that our rural areas, and villages enshrined within them, aren’t absolutely gorge
  • Disorganized Nagaland
    A few years ago one of the representative deputed from Delhi to help set up an institute in Nagaland commented that there is no system here in Nagaland and that no amount of effort is going to work unless off c
  • Search for a Common Ground
    The thought of seeing the top leaders from the different Naga political groups coming together in some form or the other and resolving to speak with one voice to the Government of India, has always been the hop