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Self-definition and Territory

Should territory define destiny of the people, or people define the destiny of the territory? Self-determination means having the right to self-definition and determining the

Timely, Pro-People

ACAUT Movement and HPCThe Government of Nagaland has finally done justice and taken a pro-people and timely decision to set up a High Powered Committee ...

A Just, Humane Society

A well publicized rally against ‘social evils’ was held recently in the commercial hub of Dimapur, jointly organized by The Watchman, Naga Council Dimapur, Churches, ...

Externality of development

A small urban inter-ethnic community in the depths of Maharashtra has been working over the years on improving its locality. In the small area available ...

Violence of Boundaries

The renewed violence along the present Assam and Nagaland state boundaries needs to be framed within the broader historical complexities of colonial boundaries. While the ...

Transformative Gesture

Mr. Prime Minister, surprise the NagasNumerous statesman, politicians, army generals and peace negotiators and philosophers have often acknowledged that it is easier to make war ...

Missionaries at Work

Along LongkumerConsulting Editor‘We need to send Naga missionaries outside to spread the gospel’, is a popular assertion especially among Naga Churches. For instance, the Nagaland ...

Modi’s New Federalism?

Along LongkumerConsulting EditorWhether it is the correct or best decision for the country’s development, which only time will tell, the BJP led NDA government under ...

News fasting

For a little more than a month, I was on a ‘news fast’. While news followed me everywhere, I did everything in my ability to ...

Law and Rights

Indigenous peoples have typically been organized primarily by kinship ties, have had decentralized political structures often linked in confederations, as well as shared or overlapping ...


Today the Naga public space is filled with allegations and counter-allegations, rejoinders and counter-rejoinders, posturing and counter-posturing; positioning and counter-positioning and assertions and justifications of ...

Naga Collective Leadership?

What does Naga Independence Day (August 14) mean to the people? Every August 14 is a time of both sadness and hope. Sad because we ...

Mind Healing

Many people around the world would have been shocked to hear the tragic news, the suicide of well known Hollywood actor Robin Williams. It is ...


Military might or use of state security apparatuses has been central to the idea of statehood, as it developed in Europe, as a modern organisational ...

Unlocking Deadlocks

In the present context there is an imperative for the Nagas to retrieve their self-image, and possibly even create a new one if necessary for ...

Reciprocity & Leadership

Leadership is an evocative concept that is not synonymous with people abdicating their responsibility for actively contributing to societal change. The quality of leadership affects ...

Border Resolution

The “Peoples’ Dialogue on border issue between Assam and Nagaland” which was organized by the Dimapur based United Naga Tribes Association of Border Areas (UNTABA) ...

The Way Forward

Defeating the Culture of Corruption & Extortion Nagas have become so used to corruption and extortion from within that for most of us this has become ...


Amartya Sen arguing for democracy as a universal value identifies social and political participation of the people in decision-making as an intrinsic non-negotiable principle. In ...


Like many indigenous peoples around the world the Naga peoples’ rights continue to be relegated to the past, where the State system “constrains the development ...
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Give you 1 Crore? Look, I`m just an owner of a small road side hotel. I don’t earn that much. So please make do with

Spicejet offers Rs. 499 one-way fares

New Delhi, September 1 (IANS): Budget carrier SpiceJet Monday launched another promotional scheme by offering discounted one-way fares for domestic destinations at Rs.499, including fuel

Make it stringent or scrap it: CLP leader on NLTP Act

Kohima, September 1 (MExN): Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Tokheho Yepthomi, has stated that the Nagaland State Government should review the Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition

PMG directed to fast track development in North East

Mumbai, September 1 (DNA): Continuing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on development of north-eastern region, the prime minister’s office has directed the Project Monitoring

Nagaland Talent: Unsung and Underfunded

The Faith in Action team at the recently concluded World Hanmadang Taekwondo Championship held at Pohang, South Korea. Morung Express NewsDimapur | September 1Apart from various

NRHM workers to start work today

Morung Express NewsDimapur | September 1The striking employees of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) have called off their stir. The employees will return to

UNC: Political boycott of Govt of Manipur

Thousands of people gathered in Ukhrul town on September 1, Monday, to pay their last respect to the two people killed on August 30 at

70% afforestation achieved in Arunachal

ITANAGAR: Setting an example, the Arunachal Pradesh Environment and Forest Department has achieved 70 per cent afforestation in the state at a time when forest