• Education in Nagaland: Takeaways from two indices
    Moa Jamir Two all-India indices released within one week in June have designated the quality of education in Nagaland in an unenviable position among its peers and citizens, besides possibly putting those at the helms of affairs in some discomfiture. The first index was the NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2021 India Index released on June 3, in which the State was ranked 2nd lowest among States and Union Territories (UTs) in the provision of ‘Quality
  • Will to fight misinformation
    Akangjungla Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world is dealing with a greater threat – fighting misinformation, rumours and conspiracies around the pandemic. The challenge of responding to the pandemic was already enormous and overwhelming; regrettably, the significant scale of inaccurate information related to the virus - its origin, treatment, and vaccination, is posing immense concerns. ‘Fighting the spread of COVID-19 misinformation’ has become the new n
  • Measuring Potential
    Witoubou Newmai Even though we are in the grim throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to see the other side too, to connect the cheese and chalk paradigms for our benefits. This is because we will only lose more if we only see what has been taken away. This situation is the best opportunity to check whether all our ‘development’ hypes are for real. In other words, it is the best time to ask whether we are advancing for real or we are building auras around bubbles.
  • Piped water dream
    Imkong Walling On June 5, every year, the world comes together to observe World Environment Day. It is a day dedicated to protecting the environment even as the condition of the environment deteriorates year after year. The set date must have passed for the year, but it would not be wrong to imagine each day as Environment Day. And taking that liberty, allow this column to focus on a phenomenon that has been developing in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.  The megacity,
  • No Time To Mourn
    Dr Asangba Tzudir Even as the Covid-19 pandemic situation has gone beyond boundaries, on the human level more boundaries have been created and a process of bracketing followed by normalization is slowly setting in - the stranger ‘other’ is taken for a suspect; the joy of handshakes is being deprived; it has also become a ‘sin’ to not have a mask on the face; the social isolation for a social people, etc. We are now living in a new normal that does not seem to
  • Sustaining Nagaland’s SDGs  
    Moa Jamir The quality of life measured in terms of quality education, healthcare and decent economic status in Nagaland is lagging behind many other States and Union Territories in India. This truism was reiterated with the latest NITI Aayog’s 3rd SDG India Index 2021 released on June 3. The index, in a nutshell, highlighted that the State so far has failed to provide, among others, quality education; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Covid and the Bureaucracy 
    Many lessons have been gleaned from Covid-19 pandemic and its induced lockdown which diverted the course of human history. In Nagaland too, the lessons from the first and second wave reveal the challenging realities of our vacuous health infrastructure and system. Yet, at the same time, individuals, communities, civil societies, traditional and church institutions demonstrate how well intended efforts have constructively supplemented the government’s Covid response in difficult t
  • Pandemic 'respite' 
    Witoubou Newmai As the world intensely focuses on health related issues, any other issue has taken a back seat. This is perhaps typical of any turbulent time where people often compromise their other needs and demands to focus on the overarching issue. Such is also a time where introduction of an element of levity into a given climate will be extremely hard. However, amid this grimness, people are now slowly beginning to stretch and ask: for how long the prevailing situation may
  • Ignorance is not bliss
    Veroli Zhimo In legal circles, the Latin phrase, “ignorantia legis neminem excusat” is a commonly-known sentence. Its meaning is simple: “Ignorance of the law excuses no one.”  In contemporary society, many of the laws which are going into effect or have gone into effect will go unnoticed in our daily lives. However, some will become more relevant. Included in those are Section 74 in The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015
  • A Possible Third Wave: Will Children be infected?
    Dr Asangba Tzudir Even as India grapples with the second wave of Covid-19 and really struggling on all fronts, experts are already calling for preparations in the face of a possible third wave in the later part of the year. Top advisors of the central government have even said that a third wave is "inevitable".  Some experts have also warned children would be affected by the third wave. Currently, Maharashtra is the worst state in the country, and the recent report
  • Nagaland’s open secret 
    Moa Jamir Nagaland has thousands of ‘invisible children.' This is an open secret and consequently, seldom discussed, debated or delved into thoroughly as necessitated. After a couple last year in Kohima, the arrest of another in Dimapur last week on alleged charges of “physically abusing a domestic helper” must serve as the harbinger to bring the issue out in open. Else, apart from momentary reflection after such incidents, it is business as usual. In a news
  • Reorienting vaccination drive  
    Moa Jamir Uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in the 45 years and above age group in Nagaland “remains low and stagnant” as only 1,566 doses could be administered in the past week despite the availability of vaccines, informed the COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin issued by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Kohima on May 29. This in essence highlights another serious challenge facing the State in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic&mdas
  • Rethinking Situation
    Witoubou Newmai The COVID-19 pandemic is actually asking every one of us to go a bit deeper and think for and into ourselves by rethinking an assortment of concepts, ideas and theories. As we rethink things, many of them are no longer mere far away concepts and theories—or they are no longer something abstract and that we have to believe and live. They are, in reality, facts, and they are very much here.   The prevailing pandemic is asking and telling us that co-operat
  • It took a pandemic
    Imkong Walling Back in March 2020, when much of the world was buffering up against a new and infectious global health threat, this editorial space carried a piece commenting on the health apparatus prevailing in India’s north-eastern state of Nagaland.  That piece focused on how ill-equipped Nagaland’s health infrastructure was even as the state government posed a confident front highlighting with pride the preventive measures it took.   The first COVID-1
  • Choice Based Credit System
    Dr Asangba Tzudir In an attempt to revamp higher education and bring all the Universities and Colleges under a single Umbrella of grading, learning and standards in the country, the University Grants Commission (UGC) in 2014 came up with a system called Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with the directive that all Universities and other higher education institutions should follow this program from 2015 onwards. The main intent behind the CBCS is to have the flexibility of choosing a
  • One year of COVID-19 in Nagaland state
    Moa Jamir State Government’s response hereafter must be anchored on good governance Nagaland officially reported the first three cases of COVID-19 on May 25, 2020 and thereafter, the State Government as well as society’s response to the worldwide pandemic in the past one year, has been ‘checkered.’ The assessment of the response to any crisis, often, is judged from one’s vantage point. However, as the State steps into the next phase of tackling the u
  • Can we be the  best we can be?
    The COVID-19 pandemic has, in such a short time, reduced humanity to numbers, statistics, waves and predictions. In fact, a crisis of this magnitude has an inherent capacity to alter human behavior, thought and action. Everyday our attention focuses on numbers concerning cases, recoveries, deaths, while all other aspects of daily life are forced aside, seeming so meaningless and distant. While the virus itself spreads across boundaries and borders, it has ensured that individuals, i
  • Happiness Discourse
    Witoubou Newmai People in this conflict ridden generation had enough already. But even as the limit is still being stretched with the rat-race of all fronts and furies bringing about the vacuous state of lifestyles, the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, though it carries a different dimension of problem, has stretched the limit too far. As such, people are desperate for the quickest outlets to release the steam. The pandemic experience has also brought back clichéd and long ignor
  • Stop NSA misuse
    Veroli Zhimo The recent detention of a journalist and an activist in Manipur under the National Security Act (NSA) for their Facebook posts attests to the fact that governments, irrespective of the party in power, have been casually invoking laws aimed at preserving public order and security. It is a clear instance of misuse of power and bypasses constitutional provisions that uphold individual liberty. The duo—Kishorchandra Wangkhem and Erendro Leichombam were first arr
  • Pandemic and Mental Health
    Dr Asangba Tzudir In the current COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of what we hear, see, think, and do have a lot of bearing on our mental health which has injected feelings of depression, anxiety and fear. While even the thoughts about what to cook for the next meal have become monotonous, spare a thought for those who have lost their jobs and are thinking about the uncertain source of their next meal. The depression of not being able to do certain things because of the lockdown; the unc