Time for Nagaland to play more than “facilitator role” & Delhi for a one-size-fits-all settlement

By Oken Jeet Sandham It was on January 29, 2018, that all political parties in Nagaland came together to a platform made by the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Society Organizations (CCNTHCO) and culminated the signing of the “Joint Declaration.” This platform was set for them to voice out as one to pressurize the Center to resolve the Naga political issue before the General Elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly. But the whole process and strategy to force Read more [...]

The Serena Williams cartoon exposes Australia’s ignorance on race

Alana Lentin Opinion Australian media Australia’s white-dominated press lacks the racial literacy to see racism and to challenge racists he whole world has woken up to be faced with what we in Australia have apparently become immune to: yet another vile, racist cartoon, so base in its age-old reproduction of bestial caricature to nonetheless make us look again in horror before turning away in disgust. Mark Knight’s cartoon for News Corp paper the Herald Sun made global headlines Read more [...]

I support 33 percent Women’s Reservation in State Assemblies and Parliament

By Oken Jeet Sandham I fully agree with the President Pranab Mukherjee that “Women empowerment is impossible in the absence of their representation in legislative bodies.” He said this while attending the inaugural function of the two-day national conference of women legislators on “Women Legislators: Building Resurgent India.” It is true that we can never build a resurgent India without the presence of our women in legislative bodies. Our ladies are the backbone of every family, society, Read more [...]

It is the same story again of the government schools

By Oken Jeet Sandham Again, as usual, I have seen a story with a photograph in “The Morung Express” – February 16 Edition. “No textbooks, no classes” ran the lead story.  The picture of Government Primary School, Mezoma was given as locked because of the non-availability of textbooks meant for teaching the students. I am not surprised at all as such things happened in many places in Nagaland. The fact is in the remote areas, the poor students have been undergoing all kinds of Read more [...]

No Opposition, no sound

By Oken Jeet Sandham TR Zeliang’s historic winning of the “Vote of Confidence” of his Government has completed one year. He moved the “Confidence Motion” of his Government when 22 NPF dissident legislators led by G Kaito Aye threw an unprecedented challenge to his leadership in the NPF legislature party. The NPF had 38 legislators then and after 22 legislators challenging his leadership, he was sent into a complete defenselessness. But he survived the first political storm because Read more [...]

Is India’s democratic system suitable to the Northeast people?

By Oken Jeet Sandham ur Northeast politicians are seen struggling in the sea of Indian political arena. Their political wisdom is fast waning. The Northeast is sharply divided on ethnic and tribal lines by wrong policies and programs of Delhi. Even after 70 years of India’s Independence, Delhi can hardly solve any of the issues of the Northeastern India – be it social, economic, developmental or political. The hatred against the Northeastern people by the mainland people keeps increasing and Read more [...]

Culture of bandhs, strikes, blockades in Northeast; but sometimes they become instrument of achieving goals

By Oken Jeet Sandham About 20 bandhs and blockades are normally called by several organizations in Assam in a month. Maximum bandhs and blockades are called in Districts of Karbi Anglong, Golaghat and Jorhat bordering Nagaland. Calling bandhs and blockades have become routine affairs in Assam. They will launch agitations in the form of “economic blockade” and sometimes a complete “bandh.” The bandh will be effective for 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours, 100 hours, 300 hours and even 1000 Read more [...]

The Kejriwal effect, a lesson for all

By Oken Jeet Sandham When Arvind Kejriwal formed Aam Adami Party (AAP) on 26 November 2012 as a political party to take on the might of two giant national political parties, the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), there were mixed reactions and even his mentor Anna Hazare was skeptical. Kejriwal was one of the core members of the Hazare’s India Against Corruption (IAC) movement demanding a Jan Lokpal Bill since 2011, and this very movement had shaken up Read more [...]

All start eyeing on the Governor

By Oken Jeet Sandham When Chief Minister (CM) TR Zeliang met Governor PB Acharya on January 9 and submitted him a proposal to summon a Special Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly for “Trial of Strength” of his government, the picture of the ongoing “political crisis” within the ruling major NPF was clear that it was beyond its control. The simmering leadership issue within the NPF legislature party has been going ever since Zeliang took over from Neiphiu Rio, and even high Read more [...]

Reciprocal change of mindsets

By Oken Jeet Sandham The Congress has been ruling India for 60 years of the 66 years of her Independence. As the Congress came to rule this country, many issues—ranging from national to regional to State ones—came along. Many issues were solved along the way while many still remain elusive. Without doubt, the country also thrived on many fronts. Its military stands one of powers in the world, while the economy emerges over the years. Many Universities, Colleges, various Educational Read more [...]