• An irreverent age
    Imlisanen Jamir “Irreverence is a most necessary ingredient. Not to speak of its importance in philosophy. Irreverence is the only way left to us for testing our universe,” once wrote the celebrated science fiction author Frank Herbert. Powered by the internet revolution, we now live in an age of absurdist, crass, dark, irreverent humour, driven by large doses of discontent and cynicism. As bleak a picture this may paint, there’s something to be said for the &ls
  • ‘An Invitation to Awareness’
    Ramin Jahanbegloo, the Iranian philosopher, writes that “imposed conformity and normalized complacency are the twin corruption of democracy.” He adds that the task of dissent, through its art of questioning, is to overcome this twin corruption. While making this assertion in his book The Disobedient Indian: Towards a Gandhian Philosophy of Dissent, Ramin points to the emergence of crowds as a decisive phenomenon in contemporary politics.  The complacent and conformi
  • Empathic Sensibility
    Witoubou Newmai David Horsager in his bestselling book, The Trust Edge says, “Most conflict occurs because of a lack of clarity in communication”. He adds, “Expect conflict. Learn to deal with it. Anytime there’s more than one person, you’re bound to find conflict. It’s natural. We all have separate backgrounds, different tendencies, and unique perspectives”. In this voluminous book, Horsager also confesses that he doesn’t even agree w
  • Preventing a ‘second wave’
    Veroli Zhimo A second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, should it hit Nagaland, can be attributed to two main factors— public apathy and institutional failures.  A sense of complacency crept in once cases began to dwindle in the state by the end of 2020. There were visible lapses and laxities in testing and surveillance mechanisms and public indifference towards maintaining basic safety protocols. The government is at fault too, permitting large gatherings with little con
  • Does the Press Feel the Pulse of People?
    Dr Asangba Tzudir Within the never ending ‘production’ of issues, problems and its associated sensitivities, complexities and differences, the press is pitted against the challenge of ‘truth and the need for responsible reporting.’ That, either overtones or undertones or even silence on certain issues means that the press has taken a stand and gets caught in the web of the complexities and sensitivities. As much as the press tries to understand the pulse of t
  • The power of hope
    Imlisanen Jamir Easter weekend has come and gone. For Christians, it was a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life. For others, this time of year is a reminder of renewal and represents the pivot from winter to true spring as the foliage begins to gain color. It is fascinating to figure out why Easter has somehow failed to become the “cultural Christian” holiday like Christmas has managed to do for instance. It could be as
  • Widening horizon imperative
    Witoubou Newmai How do we garner capacities to perceive harmony amid ethnic or communal discords? This question is asked because room for discords is bound to prevail as uniformity is impossible. As such is the reality, it is time to identify and ignore those ‘illusions’ which can be invoked for the sole goal of divisions, strife and discords.  Discords prevail when one’s limited horizon veils everything beyond. In reality, one’s life is also determin
  • A view from space
    Imkong Walling It is said that getting a bird's eye view of the Earth from space has profound, life-changing effects on the beholder. They call it the "overview effect," a term coined by author/science writer Frank White in his book The Overview Effect — Space Exploration and Human Evolution. The perceived effect on the human conscious is said to result from a renewed realisation of the fragility of humankind and its only home— the Earth, floating and ex
  • Truth and Power
    Dr Asangba Tzudir Recent incidences of violence in Nagaland, including ‘killings,’ have only raised the contest between ‘truth’ and ‘power.’ More so it evokes human nature caught at a threshold between justice versus power. Contextually, it has necessitated a way to unlearn the origins of human nature and its evolution over the years as it traverses through the various trajectories of contesting truths and contesting power. The lived realities
  • The chips are down—and some economic advice
    Imlisanen Jamir Currently there is a massive global shortage of semiconductors and everything they are used to make. So CPUs, graphics cards, cars, even fridges. The two hardest hit sectors though are automotive and graphics cards.  From India to China to the US, automakers cannot make vehicles while components for computers are nowhere to be found, and even if one finds them, they are marked at ridiculous prices by retailers.  When people got stuck working from home
  • New template with vision is necessary!
    A day after the 1997 ceasefire came into effect, the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW) (02 August 1997, Vol 32, Issue No. 31), explained that the path to peace would be thorny and challenging. The article entitled Long Road to Peace in Nagaland cited three hurdles in the way of settlement. First, it said, “the intelligence agencies appear to be against any peaceful solution, as they have developed a stake in the continuing armed conflict in Nagaland and Manipur by creating an
  • Creative Arts: The New Trait  
    Akangjungla The journey of art in itself is power and healing. Any creative art is an irreplaceable creation. It is immeasurable and unbounded. It is a transferable work and can be taken up anywhere worldwide. The prospect of constantly exploring new and innovative ways of artistic expressions makes it very marketable. Once complete, art has a life of its own. It has a sense of infinity and purpose.  Creative arts in the modern times have moved on from the basic definition w
  • ‘Catch’ rain, nurture forest
    Veroli Zhimo Nagaland celebrated World Water Day on March 22 with the message that water, the most valuable resource on the planet and an essential component of every ecosystem, has now become a scare commodity almost everywhere. Across the state, various experts and resource persons shared concerns on how climate change is disrupting the water cycle and precipitation in addition to degradation of both quantity and quality of water sources like, rivers, lakes, and ground water ba
  • Only two COVID-19 active cases left
    Dr Asangba Tzudir As per data released by the Health Ministry, India on Thursday last, reported it’s highest singly day spike for the year 2021 of the COVID-19 virus with 35,871 cases and 172 deaths. India has so far reported a total of 1,14,74,605 cases and a death toll of 1,59,216. Five states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to surge in the number of cases with 79.54% of the single day spike of 35,871 cases coming from these five states. Th
  • An art form that transcends time
    Imlisanen Jamir Since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared it in 1990, the World Poetry Day has been observed on March 21 every year to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and to “give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements.” We might very well roll your eyes at the notion that every day, every week and every month has been
  • A neglected area of reservation
    Moa Jamir Nagas are highly sensitive to the issue of reservation. The most topical being the demand for increasing the percentage of reservation for persons belonging to a certain region of the state. The much-needed women’s participation in formal decision making body via reservation in Urban Local Bodies has also been a perennial issue. Both are hugely debated. However, a reservation issue, considered a big step towards achieving social justice and inclusivity, unfortunately
  • 'Deconstructing' Cavafy's walls
    Witoubou Newmai Even as each new day keeps propping up another issue in the Naga society, we may ask whether there is a possibility of a dynamic to help us perceive the varying tides of time clearly. Unless we open eyes to reality, we cannot express appropriately. It is high time for the Nagas to subject this question to the best thinking of the day.   As there is a growing voice on the need to rethink many concepts, even identity, and many outdated truisms overturned, Nagas
  • RIIN and questions
    Imkong Walling Back in mid-2019, the Nagaland state government had a surprise up its sleeves notifying a decision to set up a master list of indigenous inhabitants of the state, christened the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN). Styled on the line of the Assam NRC, the decision came at a time when the demand for including Dimapur district within the purview of the Inner Line regulation or the ILP was hot. The notification received with mixed reactions. Doubts a
  • RIIN – Some Practical Challenges
    Dr Asangba Tzudir While the ‘criteria’ to be considered as an ‘Indigenous Inhabitant’ of Nagaland is for a person to be permanently settled in Nagaland prior to December 1, 1963, though this base year has been contested. The criterion for permanent settlement has also been given by the Government of Nagaland. With illegal immigration becoming a serious issue, the Government of Nagaland initiated an exercise to prepare a master list of all indigenous inhabi
  • Business as usual
    Moa Jamir Every year during the annual reports of Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) of India on ‘State Finances Audit Report’ (SFAR) and ‘Audit Report on Social, Economic, Revenue and General Sectors,’ several anomalies and observations involving various departments, governmental agencies and Autonomous Bodies are highlighted.  Works delays, procedural lapses, faulty Detailed Projects Reports, incomplete projects, cost escalation and misappropri