I am shocked and saddened to have lost a dear friend in Xavier Rutsa. During my seven-year (2001-08) stint with Nagaland Post, there was hardly a day when the two of us did not talk to each other. That did not stop even after I had moved out of Dimapur to Guwahati although the frequency of it got widened. One of the few Naga journalists that I first befriended, he was always the one I looked up to for insight into Nagaland’s socio-political issues.
His demise is a great loss for the media in Nagaland as well as the Northeast. Dear Xavier, you will always be in my heart. May the soul rest in peace!
Special Correspondent, The New Indian Express, Guwahati