Battle-grounding Naga women again

On January 12, 2019, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio made a very curious statement. Addressing the Poanglüm Mini Hornbill, organised by the Chang Khulei Setshang last Saturday at Tuensang, a Press Release issued by the Media Cell, Chief Minister’s Office, Camp:…

Reservation issues

The 10% reservation on economical grounds passed by the Parliament last Wednesday appears to be a desperate move of the BJP-government to retain its vote share among the upper castes in the country. This also appears to be BJP-government’s attempt…

Loudly silent

The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) had spear-headed the bandh, called by the North East Students Organization (NESO), against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, in all Northeastern States, on January 8. Then the other day, the NSF put up black flags to…

Fish-market fights

It has long been bemoaned that the level and quality of the political discourse in the country has reduced to guttural depths because the calibre of those who lead and participate in political discourses, primarily the elite of the political…

Intolerance at large

It is a sad reflection of the state of things in a 70 year old democratic country if a well known film star like Naseeruddin Shah is put on trial and forced to explicitly profess his secular and patriotic credentials…

Political play

Scams appear to be the flavour of Indian politics in the run up to 2019 Lok Sabha polls at the cost of by-passing all other crucial issues before the country including unemployment and economic crisis. A usual fare before elections…

Illegal mines

The Centre and its agencies do not appear to be serious in tackling the issues of safety of men in mining operations across India. Despite the fact there have been advancements in the mining technology, India, claiming to be the…

Unconvincing assurance

After passing a Bill that would irreparably hurt not only our rights but also threaten our very existence and survival, as also create schisms amongst indigenous communities here as this Bill would reduce the size of the economic and political…

… playing with fire

The total bandh across the Northeast, except Tripura as per some media reports, called by the North East Students’ Organization (NESO) and supported by all Northeastern student organizations, besides numerous political parties ~ which are not necessarily anti-BJP ~ and…

… where the shoe hurts ~ II

Clearly, by ignoring these issues, the Northeast cannot be transformed into the “development gateway” of “new India’ ~ never mind what any political party promises and what any Government at the Centre reiterates. In 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi…