Political leaders are busy in election hustings for the approaching polls on 4th and 8th March. They are criticizing one another; blaming one another for the sorry state of affairs of the State. It has become an open competition for polemics and tirades.

Call centre is a common word for many of us as young people in metros have experiences of working in various call centres. Now, we need to know what is this all about and how one can be involved with this. All of us use mobile phone and many times we call up the call centre whenever we have any issue with the network or the charges or any other offers. This means we have been using the services provided by call centre. Well, a call centre or call center is a centralised office used for receiving or transmitting a large volume of requests by telephone. There may be other definition too but it is easy to understand.

Nagaland for the first time is debating on the subject of Article 371A of the Constitution since the history of its formation on 1st December, 1963. The debate is crucial. Not because “33% women reservation” in the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) transgresses Naga customary law, but because it evokes a serious constitutional question as to the sanctity of Naga customary law vis-a-vis inviolability of Article 371A.

What does it mean, to undertake a journey of Self-discovery? Should one do it only if there is a benefit and should one do something only for benefit? It is like someone asking, “Why should I be a good person?” The question arises because he feels it is pointless to be good person as there are no benefits. Life is seen as a series of problems that have to be resolved. The common perception is that one needs to be street smart, manipulative, competitive and ambitious to be able to overcome challenges.

God can make tremendous use of one who does not care to whom the credit goes, writes Pastor Robert H Schuller in his book on ‘Positive Attitudes’. That does not sound familiar, does it? After all, most of us are inspired to work harder when we are given full credit for what we have done and reap the rewards inherent in self-effort.
There is however, a deeper principle at work here. We are linked to others and in fact to the whole universe which makes our self-effort part of a grander scheme of things. This deeper principle reminds us that humility requires us to downplay our achievements and to view our successes as stepping stones to the happiness of others.

Parliamentary democracy in India is hailed as one of the largest democracy in the world. This may deem theoretically sound, yet functionally, this system is permeated with many ills that are eating into the very vital foundations of its being. Democracy implies norms and values which are enshrined in our Constitution. However, these are getting eroded day by day. Saddest aspect of this erosion is the systematic weakening of democratic institutions, especially the Parliament.

Jalun Haokip
With electioneering and campaigning having been intensified for the two-phased Manipur Assembly elections slated to be held on March 4 and 8, the fight is set to be mainly between the ruling Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre. Congress party’s popularity was already at its lowest ebb when it announced the creation of seven new districts on December 8, 2016. It was aptly described as Ibobi’s masterstroke out of despair to regain its lost popularity with an eye on the Assembly elections.

Majority tribal population of North East India lives in the forest ecosystem and has its own socio-cultural pattern, tradition and typical food habits. They depend mainly upon the natural resources of the habitat for their food. The Zeliangrong , too, have the knowledge of the cycle of various local wild plants and animals and they with that time tested indigenous knowledge, have exploited the plant and animal resources of their habitat so as to lead a successful living by way of setting up a harmonious relationship with the habitat.

(Courtesy The Statesman) Yambem Laba
United Naga Council general secretary, S Milan, says that the core issue behind the economic blockade it has imposed in Manipur has never been understood, even by the media.

Ambassadors and High Commissioners: Nations of the world have to act upon daily urgencies and aspirations of their people in the international field. For smooth and accurate country-to-country transactions of matters official, diplomatic and trade & Commerce, channels of communication are opened under high-profile missions named High Commissions in Commonwealth countries and Embassies in their non-commonwealth counterparts. Men in diplomatic jobs hard-sell the country they represent, strengthen relations, take care of visa issues, enhance trade interests and most important, adhere to their national policies and programmes without landing in conflictwith the agenda of the nations they are sent to.

Gautam Bhatia
“In the last analysis, a man is a cause.” So says Said S.’s estranged son to his father, in Ghassan Kanafani’s 1969 novella, Returning to Haifa. In this, one of the most famous pieces of Palestinian literature, Said S. and his wife Safiya are returning to visit their home in Haifa 20 years after the nakba placed it within Israel’s borders, and find it occupied by a Jewish-Israeli immigrant family. At the end of the novella, Said S. tells its new owners, “You two may remain in our house temporarily. It will take a war to settle that.”