• Women Empowerment—Changing Mindsets
    As part of the seminar on the topic ‘Atrocities against women’ held recently at Kohima, the Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) has issued a 25-point recommendation pointing out the need to t
  • By the time we got to Woodstock...
    Four decades and two years ago, to the week, a small town in upstate New York became the site of a music festival that was to change the lives of many people in the English-speaking world and beyond. On August
  • The London Riots & Restoration of Values
    Following the embarrassing London riots where young people ran amok destroying public property and looting, the British Prime Minister Davis Cameron has spoken out against the culture of negligence and irrespon
  • Is what is not is?
    If you bother to look closely at how Western society or computer programming thinks and functions, the innate similarities between their philosophies will dawn quicker on you than a sunrise fiesta. The quicknes
  • Church & Dinosaur
    As we all know, for the Naga people in particular, the Church is the main foundation which gives sustenance and support to everything else around it—whether it is the common people, our tribal bodies, civ
  • Referendum Against Corruption
    Up until the morning of August 16, 2011, everything seemed to be in balance i.e. the public perception with regard to the respective positions of the Congress led UPA government and Team Anna Hazare on the cont
  • Dangerous Landslide
    As expected with the monsoon season, our roads and highways have been badly affected with landslides reported from across the State. One can very well imagine the condition of our roads in other parts of the St
  • War, Criminals and Justice: Some Thoughts on the Balkans
    On May 26, 2011 Serbian police entered a house in Lazarevo, situated in the north of the country and arrested an old man. The old man was General Ratko Mladic, the commander of the Bosnian Serb militia that was
  • Gandhi’s India
    “Long years ago we made a pledge with destiny and now the time has come when we shall redeem our pledge, not in full measure but substantially… when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and f
  • But what about freedom?
    Well, what about it? As far as I’m concerned freedom doesn’t exist as an independent. If we’re talking soaps, shampoos and combs we get free on a purchase—costs there are not exactly
  • Whither Nuclear Energy?
    August 6, 1945 is the day when the first ever atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima and three days later, a second bomb devastated Nagasaki. “Let all the souls here rest in peace, as we will ne
  • Renewal
    How does one construct the memories of yesterday which is the past; how does one engage with today that is the present; and how does one prepare to face the mysteries of tomorrow? Perhaps the underpinning predi
  • Problem of Dualism
    Human conviction reasons that change is continuous and that humankind is capable of understanding; an understanding rooted in context and conscience. Both these convictions are located within an inclusive histo
  • In Search of Alternatives to Capitalism…
    I had just begun college when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) imploded due to the weight of its bureaucratic contradictions in December 1991. Immediately, a barrage of celebratory narratives, man
  • Politics of AFSPA
    The office of the Naga Hoho (apex Naga Parliament) in a rare letter written to the Prime Minister of India has brought to the attention of the latter on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA). Th
  • Home No More
    Having been a homeless wanderer for nearly a decade, or perhaps the entire span of my life, a question most often asked to one such as me is where are you from? There starts the dilemma of a homeless wanderer,
  • Making Friendship Work
    The so called friendship week or friendship day has become an annual event and young people in particular use this occasion to make new friends, renew old ties and to have a good time. The General Assembly of t
  • Problems, Dialogue and Governance
    When the Nagaland State Cabinet recently took the decision recommending an Autonomous Council to the Government of India for the areas under the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO), the Cabinet
  • Patriarchy and Development
    In recent years, waves of ‘state-centric development’ policies and programs have been initiated in Nagaland. Most of these policies and programs have centered around two focal areas, infrastructure
  • Norway’s Brush with Terror and Ramifications for Europe
    For many, the events that occurred in Norway on July 22, 2011, were the worst ever attacks inside a country known for its commitment to peace. In fact, European commentators go as far as saying that it is the m