• Reflection

    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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    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 Some of the articles/chapters in the book are either getting outdated or the writer is getting updated.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…

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    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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    Focus is the key

    Focus is extremely important for the success of one’s endeavor. Why do semi-literate migrants excel in business while locals struggle? We have seen non-locals thriving in business from small corner shops to big enterprises while the local people open shop only to close down after a few years. This is an observation in the context of Nagaland State. Local people had all the advantage to start with, although that can’t be applied as the norm anymore, as the migrants take a hold on the business establishment. The primary advantage of capital, connection, and location determine the success of a business to a great extent. But that does not always explain…

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    Hornbill Festival: The need to get it right

    The severest criticism of Hornbill Festival is perhaps not in the things which happen during the 10 days festival period but in what ‘does not happen’ during the remaining 355 days of the year. Nagas celebrate several festivals and most of them are related to work. For example, there are sowing and harvest festivals. Sowing festival is celebrated because there is sowing, and harvest festival is celebrated for harvest. But if sowing or harvest festival is celebrated without sowing or harvesting, something is wrong. If the State government carries out cosmetic works on the eve of Hornbill Festival, it is unlikely that people who suffer throughout the year for its…

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    A frustrated generation

    There is a generation of half-educated, middle-middle class, unemployed and angry young men and women who are turning into cynics, nihilists, and anarchists. What I am about to describe here may be offensive to some, simply common knowledge not worth writing about to some, or disagreeable to some who may argue that it is only my private individual perception. How do we describe the generation of today? It is not easy because no two people are the same and we all have our own experiences which inform how we would generalize a generation. But as I look at the people around me and assess how people speak, behave, or think,…