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Fate of the state

25 Jan. 2015 11:32 PM IST

Nagaland continues to be in a state of suspended animation for 20 days with the government headed by chief minister T.R.Zeliang caught in a political logjam caused by a rift within the ruling NPF after dissidents demanded a change of leadership. Without rewinding the events that unfolded during the period of more two weeks; what needs to be reminded is that the cloud of uncertainty looming large over the horizon is not healthy for democracy and the rule of the constitution. Though government offices are functioning as they were and in whatever measure; it is also undeniable that the environment of uncertainty has also affected the morale of the employees. The stated reasons for the dissidence, as placed in public domain by those who want to see the back of the chief minister, has been debated and dissected for all their worth. Though the crisis is being obstinately described as “internal matter” it is ironic that such an “internal matter” has been in public domain for 20 days and also involving the government of the day where little work can be done when so many hours are spent in huddles. On the other hand, the public are left to read highly contemptuous press statements issued by the rival factions day in and day out. Perhaps some mediators may have attempted to bring about a rapprochement or reconciliation among the rival factions but so far, there has been no word of any breakthrough. Unlike armed groups espousing the same cause but differing in methodology over their respective ideologies; the political factions have neither principle nor ideology nor cause. The principle or ideology and cause are purely for selfish ends and that is why it will be difficult to ask them to sacrifice their personal greed and ambitions. It is also a matter of regret that the entire political charade being played out in two most plush and extensively well furnished hotels and resorts of the state to decide the fate of the state. So long the matter continues to drag, the resentment of the people will rise each passing day. However, politicians are not bothered because they know, that they can always bank on the power of money. Leaving aside many aspects of the charade, of which there are too many and some of which are unprintable; what is of paramount interest is on what the Governor of Nagaland proposes to do? Even after 20 days of consultation with “legal experts” or even the official advocate of the state, there is no clue as to what constitutional path is proposed to be taken. The Governor, till date appears to view the issue as “an internal matter”. The crisis, should not have been allowed to continue beyond a week; since it has become a grave problem involving the government and not the NPF or DAN only. There is a lingering doubt that, with both factions seemingly deeply divided over who should be in whatever positions; even a floor test may not be easy to conduct and even if is conducted, chaos and bedlam could ensue, that could place the house under suspended animation. The question is whether such a scenario could be permitted or accepted to dictate on democracy? It is hoped, that the decision will rest on the constitutional guarantee of free and fair dealings not only for democracy but for the people of the state.

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