Political corruption slows growth and kills jobs

By Oken Jeet Sandham In last more than a decade, we have seen an abnormal rise of migration from rural to urban areas in the State. Economic, social and political factors are some of the main causes of such large number of migration from rural to urban areas. People migrate from rural to urban areas mostly in search of employment. The agricultural base of rural areas cannot provide employment to rural people. Another area of such migration is lack of educational facilities. Interestingly, many Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

UNCERTAIN FUTURE

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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 man-made Read more [...]

Our Representatives (MLAs) should know their powers vested in the Constitution of India!

By Oken Jeet Sandham Are there any Representatives caring to listen to the voices of their villagers? The villagers in the remotest areas elected their Representatives to represent them not only to look after their welfare. It is a wrong perception that one has to be always in the Government to be more forceful and powerful. They should know that any elected Representatives are vested with immense power in the Constitution to bring the Government to their knees if they fail to perform or listen Read more [...]

MODERNIZING VILLAGE GUARDS WILL SOLVE MANY PROBLEMS IN ENPO AREAS

By Oken Jeet Sandham Many of our Village Guards in ENPO areas are not well equipped. They are equipped with vintage “303 Rifles” which were widely used in World War I & II. Most of these weapons are now in Army Museums of foreign countries. Strangely, some of our Village Guards are discharging their duties with spears and daos as Road Opening Party (ROP) while VIP movements are there in remote areas? I happened to be in one of the remote villages, some 45 kilometers Read more [...]