• 'Trusted Consumer Meter Reading'
    Dr Asangba Tzudir With rapid urbanization and expansion of township, the demand for power has been on the rise. There has also been a steady rise in the use of electrical appliances especially Air conditioners in the last couple of years. At the backdrop is the failing infrastructure coupled with lack of adequate up-gradation which is only going to cause more power woes starting from the frequent power cuts to catastrophe.  Having said that, a pertinent issue which relates t
  • Brand activism
    Imlisanen Jamir Although the internet has provided space to discuss issues of social importance, it has also popularized a commodified form of social justice activism. The language used by social justice activists is now being co-opted by different organizations to market to certain populations and expansions. Social justice seems to have become a commodity. What does that mean for the future of resistance and organizing against structures of power? While celebrities using the
  • Worrying indicators 
    ‘Super-Spreader Events and Super-Spreaders’ was the somewhat curious main topic of the Issue Number 15 of the ‘COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin’ issued by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), Department of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland on October 17.  A thorough perusal of the IDSP’s analysis of the case status till October 16, however, showed that its preoccupation with the issue was not mere conjectures. As a public health watchdog
  • Bad reports for 'COVID Winter'
    Witoubou Newmai It is far from reassuring regarding the coming ‘COVID winter’ as several reports do not give us reasons to feel fine. The reports say the number of COVID-19 cases will rise during this winter. “SARS Cov 2 is a respiratory virus and the transmission of respiratory viruses is known to increase during the colder weather. Respiratory viruses thrive better in cold weather and low humidity conditions. There is another fact that needs to be kept in mind
  • ‘Limiting’ temperance
    On October 9, the Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) urged the State Government and all stakeholders to “thoroughly study the boon and bane of NLTP Act 1989” and suggested for either bringing in some strict regulations to legalise the sale of liquor or to amend the Act. In March, the Naga Mothers Association (NMA) also called for a review of the Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act and asked the State Government to initiate a proper debate involving all co
  • SSA-RMSA Issue
    Dr Asangba Tzudir In contemporary times, the modern State brings a nexus between ‘sovereign power’ and the human life where the biological life is integrated into the politics of the ‘political’ wherein the body can either be transformed into a subject of the political or a condemned body of ‘bio-politics.’ Often, in the play of bio-politics, the sovereign determines a threshold beyond which life ceases to have any value or meaning and therefore a
  • Keeping our guard up
    Imlisanen Jamir Rising COVID-19 transmission among the young in Nagaland is threatening to provide the disease with a gateway into the wider population. Since lockdown restrictions were relaxed in the State, the remaining guidelines are being openly flaunted by the people and enforcement has been lax. Its effects have been visible with the Health and Family Welfare Department repeatedly expressing concern about the young population spreading COVID-19 to the vulnerable (older)
  • October to (un)remember 
    Imkong Walling October 2019 was a period in time to (un)remember. As one would recall, a combination of events uncannily came together giving rise to an atmosphere of trepidation with the protracted Indo-Naga political dialogue apparently in troubled waters.  The Nagas of north-eastern India and northern Myanmar, and those in line to be affected have been no strangers to announcements— of great expectations, predicting an amicable conclusion — which have not fail
  • Nagas in billiard ball situation
    Witoubou Newmai Can we insist on a different cogent note to our story?   American psychiatrist and author Thomas Anthony Harris said in his celebrated book, “I’m OK-You’re OK”, that “if we hit a billiard ball and it strikes several more, which then are impelled to strike other billiard balls in turn…” but billiard balls will become nothing more than what they are as they are caught in the cause-and-effect drama. However, according t
  • The sound of silence
    Veroli Zhimo No section of the society is immune to the suffering inflicted by the cumulative failure of successive governments in Nagaland. The Naga people’s experience with governments and governance following the creation of the state of Nagaland reflects decay that goes beyond corruption in the system. To that end, the recent economic blockade called by associations of truck drivers and owners from Nagaland and neighbouring Assam highlighted one of the pitfalls in the p
  • On reopening of educational institutions
    Dr Asangba Tzudir In compliance with Unlock 4 guidelines, schools were partially reopened from September 21. With Unlock 5, states and union territories are now given the freedom to decide on reopening of schools and coaching institutions after October 15 in a graded manner. While the decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective schools or institution management based on their assessment of the situation, however, the ministry clarified that online or distance learnin
  • Potent reminder
    Political pundits in the United States often speak of the ‘October surprise,’ alluding to breaking news events with potential to alter the trajectory of the presidential race in the culminating month of the electoral process. The race to the ‘most powerful’ job in the world is no mean feat; often marked by bitter campaign trials even within the same party, during the series of primaries and caucuses held to choose presidential nominees for the two dominant po
  • Manipulating the masses
    Imlisanen Jamir A lesson that jumps out of the pages of history is that leaders, political or otherwise, can and will manipulate the masses.  Leaders can strategically manipulate emotion and appeal to shared identities to create cohesive political identities among followers which allow them to overcome recruitment, coordination and collective action challenges to maximize prospects for group survival.  Social identity and emotion serve as proximate mechanisms by whic
  • Examine your mirror
    Witoubou Newmai There has been ‘foreverness’ regarding people who are trying to feel good, albeit in varying degrees or variations. The endeavours to achieve these variations have been the reason for all the ‘busy-nesses.’  Meanwhile, it is to clarify that we are not trying to rake up “esoteric philosophical debates” here. We are only attempting to share simply what has been generally observed. To feel good is a wonderful thing. It is
  • Expand focus areas
    Nagaland Government has lots of intents, which seldom concretise. With COVID-19 and the resultant economic challenges brought about by the global pandemic, the State Government seems to be keen to show a semblance of correcting the same to mitigate the impact.    The latest to join the bandwagon was the launching of the ‘Livelihood Generation Programme for Returned Migrant Workers due to COVID-19 Pandemic’ by the Department of Industries & Commerce on Septe
  • The Naga Political Destiny
    Dr Asangba Tzudir After so many years of negotiations, the Naga struggle for a Political destiny is still ongoing, more so, it has also been seriously deliberated as a discourse within the social and academic domain and not just simply a movement. Of the many markers and point of references in the pursuit of Naga political destiny, the year 1997 became a prominent marker that saw the signing of the peace deal which somehow brought an end to the years of bloodsheds and killings, and
  • Civil society under more pressure
    Imlisanen Jamir Even as Parliament passed the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Bill, 2020 last week, which according to the government will bring about transparency in the working of non-profit organizations, certain facets of the bill stand to hinder the function of civil society organisations, whose roles in the present climate remain crucial. It seeks to make Aadhaar number submission for NGOs mandatory, while enabling the Centre to allow an NGO or association to surrender it
  • Don’t pass the buck
    Imkong Walling With the COVID Cess on fuel gone, making ends meet —if the Nagaland state government is to be believed – would become all the more burdensome and tiding over the current crisis, only known to the powers that be.  The additional financial burden brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is for all to see; the government’s recent announcement informing of the COVID Cess rollback making it all the more evident. Yet Nagaland’s affair with revenue
  • Synthesizing various Naga standpoints crucial
    Witoubou Newmai                                     A superficial observation regarding Nagas in the context of the Naga political movement suggests that different sections of Nagas speak differently. However, a closer examination suggests that all these ‘differences’, in a broader and deeper sense, are the same thing talking from different standpoints producing different echoes. But
  • More focus on police reforms 
    Veroli Zhimo Police Reforms Day in Nagaland went by rather unceremoniously. On September 22, 2006, the Supreme Court gave its landmark judgment listing out seven key steps for ushering in the much-needed police reforms. These include – limiting political control, merit-based appointment, fixing minimum tenure, separating functions of investigation from maintaining law and order, setting up of a fair and transparent system, establishing a police complaints authority in each