• Reflection

    Foot-Away-From-The-Mouth Syndrome

    A cabinet minister in Nagaland is a self-professed ‘foot-in-the-mouth syndrome’ patient. He said and I only quote, “I am aware of my ‘foot-in-the-mouth’ syndrome which has already created so many enemies in my life unnecessarily”. His own party had to apologize on his behalf and express regret for his statement while the opposition party stated that the moment he opened his mouth, ‘his foot will be in his mouth’. After his own party split, members of the splinter party who were his own comrades called him a ‘highly identified arrogant figure’ who is ‘known for his foot-in-the-mouth syndrome’. But to give him his due, he has been brutally honest about…

  • Reflection

    Who is responsible? Who will turn it around?

    It is told time and again that Nagas were simple, honest and trustworthy. So, in public speeches and writings, appeals are made to revisit that past and cultivate or uphold that past collective character of our forefathers. That past is also often spoken in the context of the present situation where the stark contrast is projected: That we have become opposites of what we used to be. ‘There is no honesty or integrity and we have become corrupt from top to bottom’, people say about the present. How did it happen that we have become opposites of how we used to be? More specifically, who were/are responsible for this turn-around?…

  • Reflection

    A thought about my office drivers

    If you have time, you have the best capital to start something What I have observed over the years is that drivers bring their officers to office in the morning, play cards the whole day, and go back in the evening. There are times when that is the not the day’s routine but those times are few. If they accumulate the time spent on playing cards for a year, it will be a month’s worth of time or more. If accumulated over 10 years, it may be a year’s duration or more. During the length of one’s service, it may be enough to complete a Ph.D. A Ph.D may not…

  • Reflection

    All blames are not equal

    We are all to be blamed. But are we equally to be blamed? Generalization of the blame is the game that people in power play to keep things as they are. Even before any work is executed, minister of a department cuts a certain percentage of the department fund. Not satisfied with the slice that he cut out at source, he interferes and paralyses the department activities. He takes the lion’s share of the appointments by placing people who are not fit for the job. He inserts people where there are no vacancies making the government spend excess on salaries. He then takes the lion’s share of all the supply…

  • Reflection

    Consumed by the immediate

    Life is simple. But it is also not. The immediate concerns of the day consume me. But if there is any moment when I can get out of my own body and observe myself from a distance, I am confused. Should I continue like this, or make a clean break and live differently henceforth? Life has no ‘Rewind’ but routine is hard to change. I can idealize a better life to live but I am stuck with the present one. Is it so bad to need change? If given another chance to relive a day, for example, how I lived yesterday the 26th of August 2018, can I do better?…