Dr. S.C Jamir, a veteran politician, famously known as the architect of modern Nagaland, served five times as Chief Minister of Nagaland, was a Member of Parliament during which he served as Union Deputy Minister of Railways, Labour & Rehabilitation, and later as the Union Deputy Minister of Community Development & Cooperation, Food and Agriculture. In later years of his political career, Jamir served as Governor of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Odisha. During the tenure of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Jamir was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and represented India as a member of UN delegations.
East Wind publisher Nona Arhe sat down with him in his home in Dimapur, Nagaland to hear his views on his state, Nagaland, his political party, the Indian National Congress, and the country’s Act East policy, which has special relevance to Northeast India.

Now in its 18th year, the festival has grown steadily over the years, in size and scope. In 2013, with the success and the demand, the Government decided to extend the celebration for a few more days – from a weeklong celebrations, it now runs as a ten day long celebrations. Considered as the longest and the most successful cultural festival in the Northeast state of India drawing in people from different parts of the country as well as from the rest of the world.
The festival is made up of several themed zones. The main attractions are cultural exhibitions of folk song and dances, indigenous games, and craft demonstrations. Food plays a crucial part in Naga culture, so much so that, it is considered an expression of cultural identity. All the 18 major tribes of Nagaland have their own traditionally designed Morungs (huts) where one can sample their exotic food and drink the local rice beer.

It has been over a decade now since I wrote for East Wind — although 2005-2006 does not seem so very long ago. Today I only write about northeast India in my fiction, but back then, I was full of fire for journalism, to tell stories about the northeast and its people to an imaginary audience of mostly mainland Indians. I don’t remember exactly how I met Nona Arhe, the editor of East Wind, but I remember being a little smitten at our first meeting. Until I met her, I had only written/worked for men. Nona was everything I wanted to be when I grew up: a strong, beautiful, and independent woman. She straddled both worlds — northeast India, and the mostly uncomprehending mainland, where people wouldn’t think twice before calling us northeasterners “chinkies.” But that’s all old news.