• Water conservation needs to start now
    Veroli Zhimo Nagaland should not wait another day to implement water conservation measures to counteract the drought-like situation this year. The state is facing rainfall deficiency of 20-59 percent, except for the Mon district where the rainfall is in excess of 48 percent, according to Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) data. As per data released by the Agromet Field Unit (AMFU) at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Medziphema, Nagaland typically receive
  • The Facilitator
    Dr Asangba Tzudir On 11th June 2021 the Nagaland Government notified that a Parliamentary Committee comprising all the 60 members of the Nagaland State Legislative Assembly was formed to discuss matters relating to the Naga Political Issue stating that the Committee will play the role of facilitator in the ongoing talks between the GoI and the Naga Political Groups.  Going back to the 1997 Ceasefire Agreement signed between the GoI and the NSCN (IM), it was agreed that the t
  • Being in Rome?
    Imkong Walling  “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is a phrase that would, in all likelihood, be ingrained in any person, who has been to school.  At an individual, as well as, at a broader societal level, it would imply respecting another’s beliefs, customs and rights, or in other words, respecting the neighbour’s rights. It is not uncommon for travelers being briefed on dos and don’ts, or advisories on social conduct, during a visit abro
  • Music industry in Nagaland 
    Akangjungla Music is fundamental to the Nagas. Nagas are known for their treasures of music narration, which encompass every area of the life-style, identity and cultural legacy. While staying grounded to the rich history, over times the contexts of music to the Nagas have also evolved. Today music is no more just about story-telling or history. It is a whole industry valued in terms of generating revenue in billions. As World Music Day is celebrated on June 21 across the globe,
  • Lessons from Oslo
    The movie Oslo recounts the unofficial back-channel negotiation process, facilitated by a Norwegian couple, to build peace between Israel and Palestine that eventually led to the signing of the official Oslo Accords in 1993. The image of US President Bill Clinton witnessing the historic handshake between two bitter enemies Yitzhak Rabin, the prime minister of Israel, and Yasir Arafat, the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization at the White House on September 13, 1993, has be
  • Overhaul COVID-19 vaccination campaign
    Veroli Zhimo Announcing the extension of the COVID-19 induced state-wide lockdown on Wednesday, the government spokesperson said the situation is improving but the state is still not out of the woods. “The positivity rate is declining but it needs to go down below five percent. Also, we need to inoculate more than 50 per cent of the population,” the spokesperson said. The lockdown restrictions which began on May 14, has proven effectual in bring the daily positivity rat
  • Ajibi Online Class
    Dr Asangba Tzudir It has been quite some time now since students have been attending classes and learning through online mode. Having to adapt suddenly to this virtual mode of learning has only presented a host of practical challenges for children and have definitely added extra stress for parents. Though virtually connected, it is not like being connected with teachers and fellow class mates like in a normal class and so, besides other things the presence of the parents alongsid
  • Education in Nagaland: Takeaways from two indices
    Moa Jamir Two all-India indices released within one week in June have designated the quality of education in Nagaland in an unenviable position among its peers and citizens, besides possibly putting those at the helms of affairs in some discomfiture. The first index was the NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2021 India Index released on June 3, in which the State was ranked 2nd lowest among States and Union Territories (UTs) in the provision of ‘Quality
  • Will to fight misinformation
    Akangjungla Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world is dealing with a greater threat – fighting misinformation, rumours and conspiracies around the pandemic. The challenge of responding to the pandemic was already enormous and overwhelming; regrettably, the significant scale of inaccurate information related to the virus - its origin, treatment, and vaccination, is posing immense concerns. ‘Fighting the spread of COVID-19 misinformation’ has become the new n
  • Measuring Potential
    Witoubou Newmai Even though we are in the grim throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to see the other side too, to connect the cheese and chalk paradigms for our benefits. This is because we will only lose more if we only see what has been taken away. This situation is the best opportunity to check whether all our ‘development’ hypes are for real. In other words, it is the best time to ask whether we are advancing for real or we are building auras around bubbles.
  • Piped water dream
    Imkong Walling On June 5, every year, the world comes together to observe World Environment Day. It is a day dedicated to protecting the environment even as the condition of the environment deteriorates year after year. The set date must have passed for the year, but it would not be wrong to imagine each day as Environment Day. And taking that liberty, allow this column to focus on a phenomenon that has been developing in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.  The megacity,
  • No Time To Mourn
    Dr Asangba Tzudir Even as the Covid-19 pandemic situation has gone beyond boundaries, on the human level more boundaries have been created and a process of bracketing followed by normalization is slowly setting in - the stranger ‘other’ is taken for a suspect; the joy of handshakes is being deprived; it has also become a ‘sin’ to not have a mask on the face; the social isolation for a social people, etc. We are now living in a new normal that does not seem to
  • Sustaining Nagaland’s SDGs  
    Moa Jamir The quality of life measured in terms of quality education, healthcare and decent economic status in Nagaland is lagging behind many other States and Union Territories in India. This truism was reiterated with the latest NITI Aayog’s 3rd SDG India Index 2021 released on June 3. The index, in a nutshell, highlighted that the State so far has failed to provide, among others, quality education; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Covid and the Bureaucracy 
    Many lessons have been gleaned from Covid-19 pandemic and its induced lockdown which diverted the course of human history. In Nagaland too, the lessons from the first and second wave reveal the challenging realities of our vacuous health infrastructure and system. Yet, at the same time, individuals, communities, civil societies, traditional and church institutions demonstrate how well intended efforts have constructively supplemented the government’s Covid response in difficult t
  • Pandemic 'respite' 
    Witoubou Newmai As the world intensely focuses on health related issues, any other issue has taken a back seat. This is perhaps typical of any turbulent time where people often compromise their other needs and demands to focus on the overarching issue. Such is also a time where introduction of an element of levity into a given climate will be extremely hard. However, amid this grimness, people are now slowly beginning to stretch and ask: for how long the prevailing situation may
  • Ignorance is not bliss
    Veroli Zhimo In legal circles, the Latin phrase, “ignorantia legis neminem excusat” is a commonly-known sentence. Its meaning is simple: “Ignorance of the law excuses no one.”  In contemporary society, many of the laws which are going into effect or have gone into effect will go unnoticed in our daily lives. However, some will become more relevant. Included in those are Section 74 in The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015
  • A Possible Third Wave: Will Children be infected?
    Dr Asangba Tzudir Even as India grapples with the second wave of Covid-19 and really struggling on all fronts, experts are already calling for preparations in the face of a possible third wave in the later part of the year. Top advisors of the central government have even said that a third wave is "inevitable".  Some experts have also warned children would be affected by the third wave. Currently, Maharashtra is the worst state in the country, and the recent report
  • Nagaland’s open secret 
    Moa Jamir Nagaland has thousands of ‘invisible children.' This is an open secret and consequently, seldom discussed, debated or delved into thoroughly as necessitated. After a couple last year in Kohima, the arrest of another in Dimapur last week on alleged charges of “physically abusing a domestic helper” must serve as the harbinger to bring the issue out in open. Else, apart from momentary reflection after such incidents, it is business as usual. In a news
  • Reorienting vaccination drive  
    Moa Jamir Uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in the 45 years and above age group in Nagaland “remains low and stagnant” as only 1,566 doses could be administered in the past week despite the availability of vaccines, informed the COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin issued by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Kohima on May 29. This in essence highlights another serious challenge facing the State in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic&mdas
  • Rethinking Situation
    Witoubou Newmai The COVID-19 pandemic is actually asking every one of us to go a bit deeper and think for and into ourselves by rethinking an assortment of concepts, ideas and theories. As we rethink things, many of them are no longer mere far away concepts and theories—or they are no longer something abstract and that we have to believe and live. They are, in reality, facts, and they are very much here.   The prevailing pandemic is asking and telling us that co-operat