• It Will Be a Mad Rush
    Dr Asangba Tzüdir   The Nagaland board exam results are out and the ritualistic felicitations have started pouring in; so also the call for Admissions to Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges in the state.  While many students are kept in the dark regarding the fate of their pending end semester exams, the recently passed out students are confronted by a lot of uncertainties and dilemmas on various aspects starting from the choice of career options, getting
  • Support local, let’s get through this together
    Imlisanen Jamir   Our local businesses are fighting for survival, and they need our help. For many locally owned shops, restaurants and businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented economic disaster. For weeks, customers have holed up in their homes except for the rare trip for groceries and essentials. And events and holidays that should have meant booming profits were all but canceled. Local businesses are now trying to just stay afloat. Forg
  • The dual challenge 
    Out of 37854, a total of 27069 qualified the High School Leaving Certificates (HSLC) and High Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examinations 2020 conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education. Successful candidates, as well as their parents or guardians, are faced with the most difficult question: What’s next?    More often than not, there is no clear answer and at present, the dilemma is compounded by the uncertainties associated with the COV
  • Rectifying the lens
    Witoubou Newmai   The preponderance of COVID-19 pandemic ‘discourse’ and a great deal of anxiety it brings in collective mind have taken our society a distance away, at least for now, from the usual veritable fissures of quasi war----local conflicts, intercommunity strife and bellicose ism. When we talk about the ‘distance away’ from the usual pandemonium, we are also talking about the respite from strife.  But the concern is also about o
  • Online education challenges
    Y Merina Chishi    Nagaland is today facing the greatest threat to its education system.  Switching gears from the normal classroom teaching to online education is a big challenge for the entire system. It is something totally unexpected and new for both teachers and students, and the problems of quality and effectiveness that have emerged are grave.                           While the Departme
  • Building a Robust Food Security in Nagaland
    Dr Asangba Tzüdir   In context, for some time until now, the word ‘Negative’ was the most positive word.  However, with COVID-19 positive cases reported besides the unwanted positive word, the scenario has changed. It was bound to happen though at the right time after the installation of the testing lab in Kohima which has enabled taking immediate precautionary measures and contact tracing to control the spike.  There is no reason to panic if every
  • Engendering solidarity 
    Nagaland officially reported its first COVID-19 cases with three persons testing positive for the virus on May 25. According to the State Health officials, these cases are not local but ‘imported’ referring to the returnees from various states outside Nagaland. It was likely that there could be positive cases in the state with the arrival of stranded citizens from outside as has been the case with other neighbouring states.  Thereafter, a health official
  • A bleak unemployment scenario awaits Nagaland
    Imlisanen Jamir As Nagaland welcomes its stranded citizens from other States, the immediate challenges to accommodate the returnees and look after their welfare amidst the pandemic has clouded the looming challenges that the State and its people are bound to face.  Chief among them is the problem of unemployment.  An already bleak employment picture in the State is set to worsen with many of the returnees being migrant workers who have either been laid off or hav
  • ‘Returning home’
    Witoubou Newmai   Glancing from one premise, we begin to notice that the ‘coronavirus life’ has also become synonymous with ‘returning home.’ The reason for focusing this distinction is an attempt to engage situation from one paradigm to understand more fully how this new ‘phenomenon’ may shape our later days and to what form. As sea of humanity is leaving work places they call them ‘not home,’ another set is coming in to
  • Living With Coronavirus
    Dr. Asangba Tzüdir     Like humanity has been living with so many forms of virus and diseases, another addition is the Coronavirus, and it has come to live with us; and as pertinent as it is to take the world forward wherein the positive cases worldwide is on the rise, the only way out to get back to a new form of normalcy is by learning to live not together but along with Coronavirus. Worldwide, social distancing, face masks and sanitizing has been the mandate a
  • Being all-weather Church
    Imkong Walling   Religious organizations the world over are held in high regard. Ingrained over thousands of years, the respect commanded by the houses of prayer and its custodians remains unmatched. The faithful have seldom failed to rise to the occasion even in the most turbulent of days, as pillars of hope to the dying and the forsaken; as care givers to victims of conflict.    One such story is today playing out for real in Mizoram where the ever reve
  • Reviving economy via agriculture
    The intent should be accompanied by concrete policy measures on the ground    Amid the ongoing measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and the resultants challenges it presents, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in the recent past has been batting the concept of a ‘self-reliant’ economy, noting  that this is a responsibility as well a challenge to move ahead. One of the foremost mechanisms to achieve the objective, he stressed, was through Agriculture
  • Response to ‘coronavirus life’
    Witoubou Newmai   It goes without saying that each moment of our today’s ‘coronavirus life’ poses distinct challenges, demanding appropriate responses to keep ourselves on the safe side. But the issue now is also the manner of the response prevalent today to the dire situation.   It definitely will take for humanity a while to process everything the virus is giving and taking away from us, but we cannot afford to respond inappropriately to what we already kn
  • Show Empathy
    Y Merina Chishi   While Nagaland has managed to keep Coronavirus out of its boundaries, fear of the virus entering the State with the repatriation of those citizens stranded outside had gripped the citizens here. The fear and apprehensions of the people is quite understandable, but this is a situation that we must be prepared to face. We cannot live in our own bubble and think that our fears and problems are the only thing that matters. Appeals "not to come home" only goes t
  • Spare a Thought
    Dr Asangba Tzüdir   Doctors and nurses are the ones who know what it means to be in a real Covid-19 situation being in the death zone. Especially in the worst affected countries, the sights of numerous dead bodies in body bags are a normal affair for them knowing that they too would meet the same fate. And yes, many doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals have died worldwide while on the line of duty. A heartbreaking sacrificial story among the many is of two nurs
  • ‘Curing’ public health system
      Amidst chequered response and reactions in tackling the global spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Nagaland, particularly the Health and Family Welfare Department,  could have breathe a sigh of relief with the news of the state doing well another crucial area of the health sector.   The state recently recorded the lowest Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in India as per the Sample Registration System (SRS) bulletin, based on data collected for 2018. IMR is the
  • Dispelling rumours is now a public responsibility
    Imlisanen Jamir   Authorities are struggling to contain them. They're popping up all over the place.   No, not just the COVID-19 cases. Rumours.   Despite repeated reminders to not fall prey to rumours disguised as news, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a milieu of fear that the people have found it hard to always depend on their reasonableness.   Just this weekend, rumours of possible cases in the State took over conversations. Just as this
  • Let's think about food
    Veroli Zhimo   One of the many effects of the COVID-19 in Nagaland has been to dramatically raise awareness of our food system – that is, the set of arrangements that determines how we access and consume food. Compared with education, health or infrastructure, food has rarely caught public attention as an area of public policy. But it is. The recent shortage of fresh farm produce in parts of the state, has put a new emphasis on the “key” roles performed by food industr
  • Resilience through compassion
    Imlisanen Jamir     The past couple of months and the coming days are unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes as the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to test our strength as individuals and as a community. Have we found a “new normal”? How disrupted is our life right now? How worried are we about the future? The past months have been filled with confusion and fear, and despite the lockdown relaxations due to Nagaland being declared a green
  • COVID-19 Lessons
    No one could have predicted at the start of the year, but the global COVID-19 pandemic, albeit in different scales, has radically changed the way human co-exist, particularly with fellow beings.   No one choose to go through these changes, mostly involuntary but considered crucial.   All the spheres of life – social, economic, religious and other aspects have been profoundly impacted by the ongoing crisis.  At the basic level, the way we eat, interact, work and