• Is Africa Our Mirror?
    On midnight, July 9, 2011 South Sudan became the world’s newest independent country, thereby changing its status as a semi-autonomous part of the Republic of Sudan, a status it enjoyed since the 19070s an
  • Tasks for Naga Reconciliation
    It is an honor for the Naga people that ‘A Journey of Common Hope’ has got global recognition with the Baptist World Alliance, comprising of six regional bodies and 120-member countries, resolving t
  • Vision for Human Health & Environment
    Nagaland with the rest of the Northeastern States very often talk about the vision 2020 goal with focus on development as the center piece of this policy. Economic growth is very essential no doubt for the over
  • Population Control and Naga Identity Discourse
    On July 11, 2011, along with the rest of the world, Nagaland and its government also observed World Population Day under the theme “Small Family—Overall Development”. As is the convention and
  • Development as Transformation
    Political, Social and Economic Justice and Ecological Sustainability have become the central rallying points to restore Development, Liberation, Transformation and Self-Determination at the core of peoples&rsqu
  • A Night at the U2 Concert
    “I don’t know why the train is so crowded at this time of the day”, said a woman talking over the phone, on a Fremont-bound train in Oakland, on June 7, 2011. Indeed, it was a packed train at
  • Are Nagas Worthy of a Peace Award?
    Naga Reconciliation under the ‘Journey of Common Hope’ stewarded by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) is today looking more and more like past history. A journey which began quietly but with f
  • Food for All Policy
    According to a recent study, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has predicted that food prices will soar by as much as 30 per cent over the next 10 years. A
  • Indecent Proposal
    The Naga Women Hoho Dimapur (NWHD) has taken upon itself the onerous task of moral policing on a dress code, which is not only impractical but plain stupid to say the least. The NWHD had issued a resolution dir
  • Telangana Inevitable
    The question of granting Statehood to Telangana has now become only a matter of time and the sense that this column gets is that this is inevitable now. It is therefore a question of not if but when. There is t
  • Nagas and Brainkruptcy
    In a world of uncertainty, one of the few facets of creation that remains certain is change. What therefore defines the quality of human life is not change, but the direction in which the process of change is m
  • Counter-insurgency and a history of global violence
    In 2006, Harvard historian Caroline Elkins published her PhD thesis to a lot of academic acclaim, as well as to a fair share of sullen criticism. Her book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’
  • Inavi Probe Not Enough
    As usual after an incident of violence and killing the government has done the conventional thing of ordering a high level inquiry into the June 30 killing of two villagers and injuring two others of “Ina
  • Trafficking Theory
    At a time when the problem of human trafficking is being discussed in seminars and other public platform here in Nagaland, it is obviously embarrassing and a matter of concern to hear about the latest incident
  • Lokpal Consensus
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s rare interaction with five Editors on Wednesday has shed light on some of the current issues facing the country. At the top of the heap is the all important Lokpal Bill whe
  • Right to Education
    The historic Right to Education law, providing free and compulsory schooling to children in the 6-14 year age bracket, came into force with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking the states to join in this nation
  • Burma: Act 2 of a Tragic Drama
    In the third week of June 2011, news about a massive flow of people fleeing armed fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese government troops began to filter in. The fighting is the first
  • Convergence Needed
    Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is absolutely right when he said during a recent public function that “real progress and development can take place only if there is real peace, unity and understanding and that
  • Strong Govt Needed
    A few years ago, an interesting debating point was put forward in the local media on whether Nagas need a dictator to rule over them given our scant regard for the rule of law, indiscipline and weak authority o
  • Transparency Revolution
    Recently Union Defence Minister AK Antony made a comment that India was passing through a “transparency revolution” and that the walls of secrecy were crumbling in every field including politics, bu