• Reflection

    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.…

  • Reflection

    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…