• Opinion,  Politics

    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 [...]

  • Media

    It is amazing to see CM TR Zeliang becoming net-savvy

    By Oken Jeet Sandham When the news of Chief Minister TR Zeliang becoming a net-savvy by 21 August came in, I was instantly happy for the simple reason that he would only strengthen his connection with the masses through Social Media sites. The information coming in said he would formally launch his various Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube on 21 August in presence of State dignitaries and media persons. The good news coming along with the launching of his Social Read more [...]

  • Opinion


    UNCERTAIN FUTURE NEPS EDITORIAL Nagaland had never witnessed the amount of public protest that had taken place ever since TR Zeliang Government made a Cabinet announcement on 31 January 2017 to hold the Urban Local Body (ULB) elections in 12 Towns Councils while postponing in seven Municipal and Town councils for two months. The ULBs elections were slated for 1 February 2017. Within hours of the Cabinet decision, violence broke out in Dimapur and Longlen. Two persons were shot dead while Read more [...]

  • Media

    “YES,” 21st Century is ours; don’t miss it!

    By Oken Jeet Sandham Keep sharing your ideas and thoughts, and continue discussing and debating in the amazing “Social Media Networks” for the improvement of lives, governances and saving our Mother Planet. The 21st Century is ours, don’t miss it! For decades, we had been wondering how to connect and share many things with like-minded people in our small jurisdictions. One thing I honestly believe and it may be the same in everyone’s belief that most of us had been victims of corruptions, Read more [...]

  • Democracy,  Politics

    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 [...]

  • Education

    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 [...]

  • Democracy,  Opinion,  Politics

    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 [...]

  • Democracy,  Politics

    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 [...]

  • Bandhs

    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 [...]

  • Politics

    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 [...]