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  • Changeover in 2020
    Witoubou Newmai   It may not be too off-tracking to comment that our society has just begun 2020 with the air of ambivalence—hope and a measure of uncertainty. It may also not be too much to ask whether we really believe we know best how we should…
  • Year in Review: India Biggest Political Events
    Dr. Asangba Tzudir   The year 2019 saw several tumultuous events which could be termed as ‘redefining events’ in the history of modern India. From revoking Jammu & Kashmir’s special status through abrogation of Article 370 to the Citizenship…
  • Don’t be a statistic this holiday season
    Imlisanen Jamir   As we revel this holiday season, and with the roads of the state, especially in Dimapur and Kohima, for once permitting relatively smooth driving, note that ‘tis also the season where tragedies traditionally strike.   Criminal…
  • A message for the Christmas
    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men (humans),” goes the King James Version of Chapter 2, Verse 14 of the Gospel of Luke, a beautiful and hopeful message of Christmas.   “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but…
  • Environmental issues need localised engagement
    Witoubou Newmai While the world is chirping away with its politics, the issue of climate change could not nudge the collective human conscience.   Four days ago, the “longest United Nations’ climate talks ended with no deal on carbon markets” in…
  • Wrestling in government schools
    Y Merina Chishi Wrestling has always been a popular sport among Naga tribes like the Angamis, Chakhesangs, Rengmas and Zeliangs. It was mainly a way to stay fit and also a form of entertainment during traditional festivals. However, with the growth…
  • From CAB to CAA: The Question of Constitutionality
    Dr. Asangba Tzudir   The passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) on 11th December 2019 with 125 member voting for and 105 members against the Bill after negating the demand for referral of the bill to a select committee have caused a lot…
  • Strongmen politics is contagious
    Imlisanen Jamir Strongmen politics is both contagious and increasingly back in fashion.   It might once have been tempting to attribute the strongmen phenomenon to local conditions, history or national cultures. But that does not explain its…
  • The ‘expendables’ 
    While the Nagas were merrymaking with their annual 10 days jamboree, followed by customary events surrounding the wedding and festive season, a tectonic shift unfolded in the August House of the world's ‘largest democracy’.    Oblivious and many…
  • Disquieting restructuring
    Witoubou Newmai Ian Shapiro and Casiano Hacker-Cordon in their jointly edited book, ‘Democracy’s Edges’ (1999), wrote that “democracy is a flawed hegemon.” The two scholars also articulated that democracy is “all too easily held hostage by powerful…
  • Risk Society
    Dr. Asangba Tzudir   Life has always been at risk and it is getting more risky, often not even knowing the coming risks until one is confronted by it. Take the case of global warming. More than 11,000 Scientists the world over coming together to…
  • On Human Rights Day, let’s  curb the thirst for vengeance
    Imlisanen Jamir Every time horrific sexual crimes make the news, the people at large have been riled up in anger, ultimately calling for the death of the culprit. Last Friday before dawn, police in Telangana transported four suspects to the scene…
  • CAB redux 
    The Union Home Minister will introduce in the Lok Sabha the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there on December 9, PTI…
  • What next?
    Witoubou Newmai   The ongoing sociopolitical churning witnesses a watershed in the State of Manipur after the United Naga Council (UNC) asked the Naga legislators, irrespective of political party affiliations, to stay away from the December 18 ‘…
  • The Great Hornbill
    Y Merina Chishi   A Naga octogenarian recollects the days when the great Hornbill bird was found abundantly in the jungles of his native village. His grandchildren have seen the bird at a zoo in Dimapur. Even as the old man tries to explain why the…
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