• Reflection

    Of church, alliance, and clarifications

    Including…lest it be said, ‘why didn’t you say this before election?’ Questions have been raised at NBCC, a church body for speaking out against a political party. It is legitimate to ask why a religious body should ‘campaign’ against a political party, especially when election is fast approaching. Some people say that the church should at the most stay at campaigning for a clean election process but not go beyond to muddy itself in political affairs of the state. Religion and politics should not be mixed is the cry of these people. If the political parties were all just political parties which are for development, anti-corruption, and so on and…

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    A thought about my office drivers

    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 be a desirable thing for them, but they could use the time…

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    Election Rumble: Romancing BJP, old wine in new bottle, etc

    My dictionary says ‘Rumble’ as a noun has three meanings: A loud low dull continuous noise, A servant’s seat (or luggage compartment) in the rear of a carriage, and A fight between rival gangs of adolescents. The title of this article refers to one of them. During election, people go crazy and say or do crazy things. So, if what I am going to say sounds crazy, blame it on the season. People do crazier things than to sit at home and form opinions. Who becomes a political analyst overnight? OK, no background, no ground experience, and no formal association with any contesting party. And without anyone asking for an opinion.…

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    ACAUT : a mandate diverted

    When people flocked to the clock tower in October 2013 to show their solidarity to ACAUT, no one would have imagined that the support given would be one day used for something called ‘solution before election’. The ACAUT executive members may be Nagas and the Naga issue may be dear to them like to most Nagas. The connection between ‘corruption’, ‘unabated taxation’, and ‘election’ or the so-called ‘solution’ may be established. And the executive members can in their own capacities support the call for ‘solution not election’, ‘solution before election’, ‘election for solution’ or whatever. But the support given by the people to ACAUT was not for this. ACAUT was…

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    BJP, RSS, and the upcoming election in Nagaland

    When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nagaland during the Hornbill Festival in 2014, there were side stories which raised curious questions. He was reported to have cancelled State dinner and cultural program. At Kisama, he also skipped the official lunch and instead chose to eat in the helicopter. What seemed like the result of a tight schedule of a Prime Minister is made curious by the fact that he gave audience to a little known organization called the Zeliangrong Heraka Association. Governor P.B Acharya had a similar experience when he visited Longleng. He sought the audience of people of a particular religious group who happened to be little known non-local…

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    What does Christmas mean to you?

    What does Christmas mean to you? This is a pet question Christians want to ask during Christmas. It is a way of trying to separate and appreciate the true meaning of Christmas from the commercialized festivity which is associated with the season. And it is a very important question no doubt. We all have our own responses to the question. But let me give you an honest reply. I have not dwelt sufficiently on the response to that question. Why because I am not in the frame of mind. It is a very busy time of the year. Why am I busy? I am busy because of Christmas. So, although…

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    So, it is in amazon.in

    Only recently I came to know that my book Cross Section is in amazon.in It has been in ilandlo.com for a while now. Do check the price difference in the two websites. Some of the articles/chapters in the book are either getting outdated or the writer is getting updated. So, check this website for updated versions. Ever grateful to friend Dr. Lipokmar Dzuvichu, Assistant Professor, North East India Studies Programme, JNU, New Delhi for these kind words on the book cover : “Cross Section is an honest and frank portrayal of the contemporary Naga life-world. In this fascinating collection of essays, Sao Tunyi draws our attention to the many unpleasant…

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    A happy post

    If the bad roads and corruption in Nagaland are making you feel low, here are 10 points to make you happy: Corruption is not gone; it is far from gone. But in the last few years, we are seeing that it is becoming more difficult to practice corruption. People are no more asleep (when some people could plunder without fear). It will take time but we are on the road and the worst is behind us. So, be happy for that. Nagaland is naturally beautiful. If we take our eyes off the road and look up the mountains, it is a beautiful place we belong to. We are placed on…

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    Who is responsible? Who will turn it around?

    How did it happen that we have become opposites of how we used to be? …Can we turn it around again for the generations to come? 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…

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    Foot-Away-From-The-Mouth Syndrome

    In the ‘foot-away-from-the-mouth syndrome’, the mouth is somewhere and the foot is somewhere else. You can find the mouth somewhere, but the foot is somewhere far away; God knows where. 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…