• Strategy is game changer
    Witoubou Newmai The binary of ‘This Side’ and ‘That Side’ has been the story of our society, as it is also with any other human story throughout the world. But lately, there is an emergence of the reluctant ‘Where Side?’ category, too. Coming to a specific point, rather abruptly, the ‘This Side’ and ‘That Side’ pandemonium on the RN Ravi issue has overwhelmed the better portion of our society today. Obviously, the absenc
  • Political Opportunism
    Veroli Zhimo Collective political will is requisite at a time when the State is dealing with a global pandemic. However, in Nagaland, bipartisanship has been missing at a time when there is an acute need for such steps to deal with the crisis at hand. At this time the Opposition and ruling party/parties have to engage in regular constructive dialogues to formulate urgent policy interventions. This is more important than simply exchanging verbal blows on each other or scoring p
  • COVID – An opportunity for postive changes
    Dr Asangba Tzüdir On Thursday last, the Central Government released Rs. 890.32 crore as the second installment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System preparedness package to 22 States and Union Territories. As reported in this newspaper, “the financial assistance is based on the COVID-19 caseload in these regions.” The caseload would definitely serve as the defining parameter in the distribution of the financial assistance. However, this parameter can
  • Making young voices truly representative 
    Imlisanen Jamir August 12 is the United Nations’ annual International Youth Day which serves as a reminder on the importance of youth participation in civic society. Young people around the world are often relegated to the sidelines and excluded from having a say in decisions that will affect them. Ultimately, the lack of youth participation in important decisions is detrimental to all – regardless of age. In Nagaland, as is across the world, young people are facin
  • ‘Virtual’ on paper
    The outbreak of COVID-19 has upended lives across the world and governments as well as the populace across the globe, have had been struggling to cope with the unprecedented pandemic. One area of concern is education, specifically the question ensuring the normal flow of learning, with the face-to-face interaction either limited or completely curtailed. Several alternatives have had been tested and offered, and the rush for education online or virtual learning, understandably, ha
  • On No Option’ rationale
    Witoubou Newmai The ‘COVID-19 time’ raises so many questions even as we feel a measure of uncertainty. And, at the same time, we seem to have difficulty expressing it. It goes without saying that faulty measures have also been one of the reasons why this COVID-19 has become pandemic. The world lives today with deep regret about what it had failed to do or what it did not do about what it could have done. Numerous frames of argument can be advanced concerning the so
  • Ramp up capacity, not lockdown 
    Veroli Zhimo Even as State Government extended statewide lockdown till August 31, many parts of the state remain under lockdowns of varying intensity, imposed by their respective district administrations. The Union government’s monthly unlocking guidelines - most recently Unlock 3.0, has gone for a toss here. Lately, there have been multiple arguments that there can be no more excuses for continuing with lockdowns after experiencing the massive economic damage they have
  • A reflection on the National Education Policy 2020
    Dr Asangba Tzüdir The recently announced National Education Policy 2020 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development sets for itself the goal of transforming the education system to meet the needs of the 21st Century India. However, one of the immediate challenges is that, any educational reform can be implemented only through a consensus among the various states. The NEP 2020 is humongous and which is designed to address the issues related to pedagogy, structure, the vario
  • Fighting the panic
    Imlisanen Jamir There’s panic in the air. With COVID-19 cases increasing each day, citizens are reacting in a variety of ways. Some of them are smart, others … not so much. Panicking in the face of pandemic might make sense in a fictional zombie apocalypse, where 100% of those infected turn into flesh-eating monsters, but selfish and irrational behaviour could very well make the coronavirus outbreak worse for everyone else. Irrational reactions and hysteria does n
  • Don’t fall sick
    A quick perusal of news reports regarding healthcare, or lack of it, amid the spread of COVID-19, clearly suggest that the common person’s struggle for basic healthcare, is a ‘pandemic’ challenge. ‘Don’t fall sick,’ however improbable, is the disconcerting inference that can be drawn from these reports. Arguments for ‘not falling sick’ can be analyzed from two angles. By default, the first is to stay oneself safe from the current
  • Partners in ‘Détente’
    Witoubou Newmai It has been a blow-hot, blow-cold affair all along, and very often the question of probity rears prominence, regarding the Naga ‘peace’ talks.  The ongoing volleys of statements, jibes and reactions in the media from various quarters can be considered as usual affairs, and not new. However, since the trend is aiding to the already inbuilt dangers, one cannot simply gloss over what is happening. To keen observers of the Naga ‘peace’
  • Sshhh… Top secret
    Imkong Walling Governmental censorship over issues deemed ‘sensitive’ is not a new phenomenon. The practice of secrecy by governments over matters of ‘national security’ has been an accepted standard worldwide. But one fails to understand the Government of Nagaland’s (GoN) tight-fisted approach to dissemination of information to the news media as far as COVID-19 is concerned.  “Never have I ever seen so much censorship in Nagaland. Ministe
  • Should final year exams be cancelled?
    Dr Asangba Tzüdir The current pandemic, of all sections of people, have left the student fraternity high and dry. While many students have to go through the physical and mental ‘ordeal’ of sitting through lengthy online classes, the final year graduating students have been kept simultaneously in both light and dark in the process of scheduling, cancelling, postponing and rescheduling of the exams.    Following the HRD ministry’s decision to go ahe
  • Clarifications spree
    Of late, Nagaland Government and its various agencies are on clarifications spree and seem to be spending more time on damage control exercises, rather than any other activities.  While illumination on matters relating to public health, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, are understandable; however, on other issues, it seems to be cases of hasty policy measure only to be regretted at leisure. The latest to join the list is the “self-declaration form”
  • A crucial week for all
    Imlisanen Jamir This week will be pivotal in the State’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, with Kohima and Dimapur imposing weeklong lockdowns in order to break the chain of transmission. One hopes that the State authorities will be able to use this time to go for aggressive testing, contact tracing and isolation measures. But it must also be remembered that much of the focus on battling COVID-19 has fallen on the efforts of the government. The new normal requires a soci
  • ‘Coronavirus life’ & pretentious reality
    Witoubou Newmai The ‘coronavirus life’ has also taken us back and forth to the metaphorical realms and the realities. This ‘coronavirus life’ might have ripped open to some people's pretentious ‘being’ as well as their ignorant ‘being’ on their ‘walking’ with confronting issues. It may be about an environmental issue or on human rights or about people's movements or on political issues or on the COVID-19 issue, pret
  • Solidify a free press 
    Professional journalism – publishing verified facts and informed opinion – has given people an alternative to disinformation and has helped to disprove the falsehoods, stated a UNESCO’s policy brief on World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development released in March.  Issued amid the proliferation of fake news and disinformation with the unprecedented public health crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, it noted that access to verified and acc
  • Time for lockdown
    Dr Asangba Tzüdir   In such trying and testing times, moral dilemmas are bound to play in the minds of people especially those at the helm of affairs because certain decisions with regard to the current pandemic, even while ‘taken in the larger interest’ would affect one or the other. It is also in this context that a consensus could not be arrived on the issue of Dimapur total lockdown, or anywhere placed in such a predicament.  Pressure has been exer
  • Poor networks all around
    Imlisanen Jamir   Suddenly, it’s now digital or bust. This lockdown has highlighted the need for technology that can sustain business operations, help educate students and keep people connected and engaged—from Zoom and various streaming platforms to online banking and shopping, food delivery apps, etc. Advanced technology will be even more essential with the pandemic accelerating the transition to a digital world, especially for sectors such as education
  • Malapportionment
    Imkong Walling   The issue of Delimitation of Assembly Constituencies has reared all over again. It was some 20 years ago when this same issue was a cause of much uproar only to die down after a court “Stay,” followed by a Presidential order, deferred the exercise in Nagaland.   The deferment served as a respite for districts, which were in line to lose seats, but, it was by no means, for infinity, as, it has returned to haunt, once again, in 2020.