• The Violence of Silence
    One of the most violent forms of violence is silence. In the face of compelling unjust circumstances, silence becomes violence itself. While it is true that silence can be a powerful medium of protest, one need
  • Politics of Peace
    Fifteen blasts in 48 hours. Seventy-five dead. Over 300 injured. When the rest of India was celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on October 2, 2004, insane elements were wreaking havoc in Nagaland and Assam.
  • Axis of Democracy
    It is quite perplexing to note that the Military regime in Myanmar is today everything that India is not and it should not surprise many that New Delhi does not come anywhere near to what Rangoon practices in t
  • Compassion in Crisis
    Archbishop Tutu remarks that a nation divided during a repressive regime does not emerge suddenly united when the time of repression is passed … neither can anyone have the power to say ‘Let bygones be bygo
  • Building Bridges
    In situations of crisis that has resulted in causing injury and human casualty, there is an acute tendency to focus primarily on offenders, thereby, often overstepping those most affected and victimized. In mos
  • Delhi’s Hogwash
    Not for nothing, the ULFA and now the People’s Consultative Group—nominated to hold direct talks with the Government of India—are feeling betrayed by Delhi’s insensitivity. Slighted, the ULFA has now st
  • Remembering to heal
    In life, we suffer the loss of loved ones but none could be more painful when one loses them to unnatural circumstances. Many innocent Naga lives have been cheated off their youth and from their aspirations to
  • Political Order
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the recent Chief Ministers conference on Internal Security made no bones about the fact that greater emphasis should be laid on intelligence gathering at the grass root leve
  • Indigenous people at risk
    The endeavors of indigenous people for survival and realization of basic needs and fundamental rights has been complicated by compelling circumstances and exceptional challenges created by the homogenizing and
  • Out of Court
    Nagaland Industries Minister Khekiho Zhimomi, who also holds the Border Affairs portfolio, hit the target right on when he commented that any decision taken by a court of law in relation to the Assam-Nagaland b
  • Of Democracy and Coups
    The timing of the military coup in Thailand could not have been better planned. With the attention of the world focused on leaders of governments converging together for the opening day of the United Nations Ge
  • Bossism or Bushism ?
    The address of United States President George W Bush at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday will go down as one of his more important speeches to the world audience coming as it does in the ba
  • Making sense of Non Governmental Organizations
    It seems that any and every organization which does not fall under the direct structure of the state-system is fairly or unfairly labeled as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Indeed the term ‘NGO’ is w
  • Peace Tango
    Both India and Pakistan have agreed to resume formal peace talks and have pledged to work together to fight terrorism, ending a two-month interruption triggered by tension over the train bombings in Mumbai in J
  • Push Play NAM
    The 14th Non-Aligned Movement Summit (NAM) formally opened in Havana, Cuba on Friday with exactly 116 member states present and at least 50 heads of state including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in attendance.
  • Numbness
    Recent conditions have unmasked the glaring numbness which is eating away the spirit of Naga society. It seems like the Nagas have come to a time where they have just stopped living, have become indifferent to
  • Promises contradict performance
    It is now quite common to experience the practice of promises contradicting performance, especially in relation to governments and political parties involved in electoral politics. Ironically it is through the
  • Dignified Exit
    Going by the way the Congress is dealing with the question of Telangana there is the risk that the regional aspiration of several ethnic, linguistic and minority groups in the country could well end up on the w
  • Democracy from Below?
    In an era of globalism and concentration of power through corporates and rigid States, it is only but natural to witness the popular growth of peoples movement, or in other words, the unfolding of Democracy fro
  • In Development we trust?
    At long last we are realizing we have all this while been living in an interdependent world, and the need to live in a world without walls, which we have worked so hard to create. However, we are also faced wit