• Reflection

    The need for peaceful protests

    There is power in peaceful protest and there is power in numbers in a democratic society. Protest can be constructive and it gives hope for positive change. The following article was published as Editorial for Morung Express on June 11 2015. It seems like Nagaland has come of age. We have more than a month to go in 2017 but the verdict is out. This year is going down in history as ‘THE YEAR OF PROTESTS‘. Icing on the cake is that there is an order that protests are banned. A friend lamented that in spite of all the things which are so visibly going wrong in our society, we…

  • Reflection

    ‘Your underwear is our underwear’

    ‘Your underwear is our underwear’. This is the most creative slogan that Nagas have come up with in a public protest (in Zunheboto some years back) against extortion and molestation of women by a UG group. In a magazine article called ‘Wages of war‘, the detailed rates and means of extortion by various Naga underground groups were documented. It was estimated that the collective revenue of all UG groups is about Rs. 1300 crores annually. Not a rupee of this goes back to, say, maintenance of even 1 inch of road in the State. Where does this money go? Surely it doesn’t need that much amount to negotiate peace with…