Governments & the Free Press

The Nagaland Government is in good company, along with Assam and Jammu & Kashmir, vis-à-vis Government advertisements and payments thereof. You may be aware that the North East Newspaper Society (NENS) has announced a three-day boycott of all Assam Government…

Failed summit

President Donald Trump’s return to US expressing his disappointment over the failure of talks with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi is clearly a setback to the process of reconciliation for finding a peaceful solution to Korean nuclear…

No urban development

Urban settlements in Nagaland ranging in size from small agrarian/tourist towns to giant buzzing city like Dimapur during the last few decades have grown at an unprecedented rate with auto-urbanization and migration almost balanced. Two major cities of Dimapur and…

Urban decay

Town and cities in Nagaland, particularly Dimapur and Kohima, an apogee of state urbanization are facing a severe crisis. Our planning processes have proved intrinsically defective; the two main cities are overcrowded where urban land is extremely scarce, services breaking…

More questions

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Rafale jet fighter acquisition deal tabled in the recent parliament session has raised more questions about the claims made by the BJP-government on this issue. The National Auditor has debunked the claims…

Anti-intellectual spaces

A government pushing for Hindutva agenda with its strong rabid jingoistic streaks and its ideological underpinnings of reviving a pseudo cultural past may not be directly responsible for the increasing de-intellectual discourse at the highest seats of learning. But the…

Waning appeal

The forthcoming Lok Sabha polls are becoming more interesting with every passing day amidst surprise developments, pre-poll alliances and projection of personalities. The impressive resurgence of the Congress and the creation of major alliances with key regional players has made…

No funds for development

We have a situation where the Government is the largest employing agency in the State. As per reports, the ratio of Government servants to population in Nagaland is 1:15, which means we have one Government servant for every 15 people.…

Revisit ahimsa

The world as we knew is constantly disappearing and another emerges every day. But alas, nothing is resolved; in fact, we confront tumultuous times more and more. Everyone would have varied reasons for this ~ some would even perceive tumultuous…

No governance

Governance or the act of governing relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power or verify performance, management and leadership. It is understood that in an unstable strife ridden polity like ours, effective governance is a challenge. Governance as defined…