• 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
  • Clean-Up the Dirt
    A day after flood waters receded, and people returned to their homes, the smell and look of Dimapur, the most developed and modern in the entire Naga Hills, was one of stink and garbage lying all around. People
  • Over Confidence and War
    A research has found that over-confident people are more likely to wage war but fare worse in the course of an ensuing battle. It suggests that ‘positive illusions’ may contribute to costly wars. Pe
  • Outsourcing the economy and the limits of capitalism
    When our Internet connection stopped working last week, my wife called customer care of our local service provider in the East Bay Area of Oakland. The company sent over a technician within an hour of the compl
  • NPCC versus NPF
    The ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the Opposition Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) are the two primary political parties in the State of Nagaland. It is almost like a two party system whic
  • Institution Builder
    Infosys has become a global brand name, well respected for the leadership role it has played especially in the Information & Technology sector. More importantly, it has also brought about high standard of c
  • Hijacking the Lok Pal
    The path breaking and unique initiative to include members of civil society in the drafting of the anti-corruption Lok Pal Bill appears to have gone off the track and in danger of being completely derailed if b
  • Ideas
    Every culture, every nation, every people is responsible for what they have made familiar. The truth has been its most tragic casualty and everything else is seen and interpreted with its head and not its heart
  • Of retribution, law and capital punishment: A plea for abolishing the death penalty
    Recently, the President of India declined to commute the death penalty that was awarded to two persons – one a political prisoner and the other a trade unionist accused in a murder case – thereby el
  • Anomalies in E-Rolls
    Following reports of missing electors’ names in the Electoral Rolls being used for the ongoing Electors’ Photo Identity Cards/Photo Electoral Rolls campaign, the Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland J A
  • Leadership Quotient
    The news about the resolution of the decade’s long Darjeeling issue which was announced by the new West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is indeed welcome and also historic. While we are yet to know