Kim Jong-un all fingers and thumbs in bid for Instagram diplomacy

North Korean leader struggled to make ‘finger hearts’ gesture popular on social media Elle Hunt  @mlle_elle   Doing something “for the ‘gram” is not typically associated with international diplomacy, but this did not stop Kim Jong-un making a heartfelt attempt at a South Korean Instagram trend during a summit this week. “Finger hearts”, a popular social media pose in South Korea, involves people crossing the tips of their forefingers and thumbs, as though Read more [...]

Naga political talks in an advanced stage, solution soon: Ram Madhav

KOHIMA, Sept 15 (NEPS): BJP National Secretary in-charge of Northeast and J&K, Ram Madhav said the ongoing Naga political dialogue for settlement of the Naga issue was in an advanced stage and expressed the hope that it would be resolved soon. Talking to the press people here at the Heliport on Saturday, the National BJP leader, while stating the Naga issue as complicated, said all the stakeholders would taken on board while trying to find a permanent solution to it. When asked about a Read more [...]

We will go back to jungles without hesitation if rights not respected: KNO chief

IMPHAL | Sept 13 (IFP): The president of Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and commander-in-chief of Kuki National Army (KNA), PS Haokip, has cautioned the government that the group will not hesitate to go back to the jungles if the right of the Kukis to govern themselves is not respected. The KNO stated this during the concluding day of the three-day Kuki black day observance held at Kuki Inpi Complex in Tuibong, Churachandpur. This year marking the 25th anniversary the event is being organised 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]