Nagaland has an unemployment problem, increasing in magnitude owing to various problems prevalent in our system. Employment opportunities are limited in Nagaland in relation to the supply of labour. Another concern is if we have nurtured proficient job seekers in terms of both technical skills and soft skills, capable of entering the professional workforce. In the context of the problem of “educated unemployment”, a term that has been culturally created; the Gandhian approach of self-sufficiency and skill based education has been suggested.
Tackling Unemployment in Nagaland
“True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth.” Mahatma Gandhi
Naga society was richly ingrained by social values like honesty, obedience, discipline, perseverance and dignity of labour, traditionally. However, these values have seldom been put into practice and exhibited today. Naga society, today is engrossed with countless problems such as alcoholism, nepotism, bribery, corruption, hatred and most of all unemployment because of the loss of dignity of labour. Today, in the context of Nagaland, the definition of employment would mean government job. Continue reading →
A good piece of writing has the power to stir emotions, to soothe and to enlighten the minds of people. It leaves its soul in the hearts of the readers and its impact cannot be undermined. However, the art of good writing seems to be diminishing today and many have lost the desire to put their thoughts in paper. This culture of correct writing needs to be revived because to lose the art of fine writing would be a loss for humanity.
Culture of Correct Writing
To write well is an exquisite art. The first time I felt its indelible impact was when I picked up my first novel, Pride and Prejudice. It introduced me to an unravelling of how words can leave a powerful impact. Over the years, I have read different genres of books and traversed my mind through varied poems from different time-periods and in all these, the string of words woven in the hands of great writers have never failed to fascinate me. It is an incredible experience to go back to the writings of essays of near perfection in language and to sift through pages of books that reveal human civilization’s finest art.
World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on 10th of October. The theme for this year is “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”. Young people today are constantly battling with the trauma of mental illness leading them to take drastic steps such as suicide. Mental illness is a serious issue and yet many do not seek help because of the social stigma associated with it. Keeping in mind this year’s theme, let us all raise awareness and extend support to those who are struggling with mental health.
Mental Health and Wellness
The world health organization estimates that 80,000 people die each year due to suicide which roughly translates as one person per every 40 seconds and suicide was the leading cause among 15 to 29 years old annually. According to research conducted by Nagaland Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) in 2015, Nagaland was the second least suicidal state in the country with 21 cases (0.9℅) behind Bihar with 0.5%. But there was an increase of 61.5% in 2015 compared to 2014 which recorded in 13 cases. In the North-eastern states, NCRB recorded 12,802(5%) cases from 2001 to 2012.
Culture is the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society or a group. It includes creative expressions, community practices and material forms influenced by the social memory without which culture cannot exist. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, and no future. Culture stands survives on the shoulders of the people.
Keepers of Culture
A couple of years ago, I attended a workshop in Noida at V.V.Giri National Labour Institute for almost a month. Researchers from every part of the country converged to be a part of this programme. After a hectic schedule, the workshop finally came to an end. On the last evening, a cultural programme was organised and all the participants were asked to present a cultural song or dance. All the participants eagerly waited for the cultural programme to unfold, as we all belonged to different cultural backgrounds and it was an evening to celebrate the cultural diversity of the country. Continue reading →
Here’s what the winners of the oratory competition held on 15th September at Summer Fest 2018 had to say.
Iziedile (Class 11 Commerce) – Winner
According to Public Affairs Index 2018 released by Public Affairs Centre, Nagaland is among one of the worst governed states in India. And according to Ease of Living Index recently released by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, our state capital Kohima is the second most unliveable city in India. So, if I rule Nagaland I would surely have many responsibilities on my shoulders. Being one of the worst governed states, I will have to work on almost every issue that constitutes governing, but today I would like to discuss on a few key points that I think should be worked on first if Nagaland is to get back on track.
Sometimes, you read a book and it transports you into another world, and you become convinced that all living humans must read the book too. Books are the silent and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
The other day, one of the colleagues asked about my views on why majority of students in Nagaland have bad writing skills. I promptly replied, “Lack of reading habit,” casually. Later, the more I thought about it, the more I realised the depths of feelings I had for my incessant fetish of reading which was like breathing to me. On the contrary, there are many who just ‘can’t find’ the time for reading or who simply find it plain boring. I have heard these replies over the years but I’ve never been able to wrap my head around the thought that something like reading can be boring at all!
Stories are not only an effective tool to encourage us in different aspects of our life, but it can also make us feel less alone. If we are reading a story that moves us, we can feel the emotions of the writer and subconsciously connect to our own story that we live every moment. Human civilization needs mythology. It needs bedrock of story and legend to live coherently. World at the end is shaped by two things-the stories told and the memories they leave behind.
“The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind.”
Tell A Tale!
Whether you are a housewife, student, businessman, teacher, politician or religious leader; we all love stories to share and hear as well. Storytelling is not a new concept to mankind. It is as old as civilization is! Today our life is influenced by stories in different form like Movies, books, music, news media, religions, architecture, and painting. Although the methods have changed, the desire to tell and hear stories has remained unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life.
“To be a great Champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are”- Muhammad Ali
Believe in Being the Best
In this world of 7.6 billion of the populace on Earth, there would be scarcely any being who does not want to be successful. Success is something which everyone craves and yearns for but it does not come easily. Daily, we witness and encounter a number of people who work hard and strive for success. Today we live in a globalized and competitive era, where only the best survive and win. Indeed, success does not come easily. Though it’s hard, people go through it because success is truly the zest of life. We really have to work hard, shed tears and sweat, go through thick and thin, hardships, turmoil and what not. But one aspect of success which is consistently required the most for any given field is to believe in YOU. You want to live a really successful life- Start believing in yourself first!
“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” – Nikos Kazantsakis
TEACHING: PASSION OR A JOB?
While writing this article, I am reminded of an experience. An elder was preparing me to face a teacher interview. Assuming question that came up was, “what is the best quality you think a teacher should possess?” Passion was the first answer that struck our mind. According to me, passion is when you invest more energy with enthusiasm and excitement on something than it is required. It is when you have a strong interest for something and you enjoy that feeling and therefore, as and when I introspect as a teacher; I arrived at conclusion that teaching is nothing but a passion out of which flows ideas and creativity which has the potential to change the world of students, and also the society at large. Continue reading →
Tobacco use is a global epidemic. As with adults, it poses a serious health threat to youth and young adults and has significant implications for this nation’s public and economic health in the future. Despite thousands of constructive programs to reduce youth smoking and hundreds of thousands of media stories on the dangers of tobacco use, generation after generation continues to use this deadly product and family after family continues to suffer the devastating consequences. However, the battle with this deadly ‘plant’ of Tobacco must be continued aggressively so that the future of the present, as well as coming generations can be secured.
Don’t Be A Whacko, Stop TOBACCO!
As we all know, to lead a healthy life regular exercise and food that are best for our body are essential. It was only possible because of the consciousness that developed with scientific progress. One habit that is really common in our Naga society is the consumption of tobacco. Public awareness in 2003 conducted by the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, required packages to contain warnings about the many bad side effects that can be experienced as a result of consuming tobacco. Despite the obvious health risks, there are still many people who ignored the warnings. Continue reading →