• Reflection

    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…

  • Reflection

    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…

  • Reflection

    The elite club of Nagaland

    ‘When you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression’ Nagaland today has undeniably a class divide. If someone thinks that Naga society is egalitarian, he is living in a fool’s paradise. But to my amazement, I have come across such claim in the not so distant past, unsurprisingly by someone who I will say belongs to the elite club of Nagaland. He claimed that everyone in Nagaland, whether an officer or a chowkidar now drive similar cars to prove his point that we Nagas enjoy social equality, unlike casteist Indian societies. Not many people will think or make such a brazen statement on a public platform. However, he reflects…

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    Who to blame? Let us be specific

    When we say that the public is also to be blamed for the messy situation we are in, does that mean that the baby girl who was born last night in a remote village in Myanmar border is also to be blamed? Let’s be specific. ‘Public’ is a heterogeneous group with angels and demons and every type in between. Generalizing the blame is not just for those who are not corrupt yet suffer for someone else’s faults. Blaming the public is a favorite prop politicians use to legitimize their actions. But let’s face this truth: Politicians are homogeneous in so far as corruption is concerned. By virtue of their power…

  • Reflection

    ‘Don’t send us funds. They will never reach us’

    Officials from central government (GOI) and regional office had a program with a farmers group in Nagaland. I did not attend the program but I was told when I sat with the same farmers for another meeting recently. In that program, the officials from outside heard the plight of the farmers and offered to help through financial support to their work. How the farmers replied to that offer is something which needs our attention. They replied, ‘DON’T SEND US FUNDS. THEY WILL NEVER REACH US’. It was not that the farmers did not need the money. But their reply said it all. They have lost faith in the State government.…