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Mütsale village, Phek District, Nagaland

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Mütsale villagers without exception can speak Chokri and Sumi dialects with ease. In their everyday conversation they use Sumi dialect but in the church, they speak Chokri. Mütsale is a Chakhesang village in Phek district, Nagaland. Unlike the typical Naga villages which are located on mountain tops, it is located close to the Tüsürü river (which flows into the Tizu) in between Phuhgi and Khuza village. The two villages are the only other villages which can be seen from Mütsale and due to its poor connectivity (road, phone signal), there is now a popular joke thatin Mütsale, even Guitar does not produce sound when strummed. According to 2001 Census, the total population is 636 (127 households). It is said that before coming to the present site, Mütsale was located in a slope overlooking the present one and the village had 700 houses. The present site does not have much space for expansion and a new village is beginning to be set up towards Kütsapo village. Two families have already set…

Books: Chomsky and Schumacher

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Reflections on conducting medical camps in Nagaland

For Nagaland Post, Eastern Mirror, and Morung Express
NGOs including church bodies organize medical camps as a part of their humanitarian or mission work. Are such medical camps beneficial? Yes, of course. But I think the side-effects are also real. So, I want to draw attention to these untoward effects of such noble endeavors and suggest ways to minimize them.
First, Medical camps are one day affairs and have no sustainable impact on people’s health. They are, if I may be so unkind, a kind of ‘hit and run’ method of delivering health care. But many illnesses require time (and investigations) to come to a diagnosis, more time to assess the outcome of illnesses be it recovery or deterioration, and may require follow-up, revision of treatment, and so on. But medical camps compel a doctor to come to a diagnosis and give treatment on the spot. It is difficult to send away a patient in a medical camp without any medication. Therefore there is always the danger of wrong and unnecessary medic…

Fraternity League

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The fraternity league of Kikruma and Mezo- Phetsu, March 19 to 21, 2011 at Kikruma village. This league is observed once in every 30 years to pave way, platform for the upcoming generation to re-dedicate the degree of its pioneers and strengthen the bond of brotherhood of both the community dating back to 1880 (Nagaland Post). In This video are the menfolk of Kikruma village engaging in what is called kürüle