Post Mortem

A confluence of hope and despair

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/5/2019 1:09:51 PM IST

 As responsible and informed citizens of the Naga society, let us all take a moment to bow our heads in shame as we witness the political system of our State attain an all time low. First, the teachers had to face the water cannon and now it’s the students with an additional bonus of tear gas and lathi-charge for the same offence of standing up for what is right and raising a united voice against what is wrong. One wonders if the future of our State in under serious threat of compromise with both teachers and students hitting the road more often for dharna’s and strikes than towards the classroom.

The irony of the situation is such that, it comes at a time when more than half of the citizens of the State capital is reeling under acute water shortage giving rise to unregulated water delivery business throughout the nook and corner, with a vast majority of moderate income citizens like myself praying for an early monsoon to save budget on water cost. Meanwhile, our dear government seems more enthusiastic on splashing the precious water on people who stand up for their rights rather than to solve the unending water crisis.                

However, Looking through the lens of rationality one must realize that the government is not to be blamed for entirely, as it is not something that fell down from the sky but rather they are manned by the very people with whom we share the same history, blood and culture and it is only right to say that our government is nothing more than a reflection our thoughts. Hence, if the government of the day is good then congratulations to all of us but if it is bad, then we have very little choice than to tolerate until we learn to exercise our political rights in the right way on that one occasion that comes once in every five years. We all talk and pray for God fearing leaders but how often do we realize that God fearing leaders will rise only when we- the voters become God fearing ourselves.

Maybe it was too much for the student leaders to demand the resignation of the Director or maybe it is politically right to say that none of us are completely free from corruption, given the fact that most of us, barring a few rare species amongst us, applied for post matric scholarships as students by selling our parents image because frankly speaking, back then, we would often write our parents occupation as farmers and producers either knowingly or unknowingly that it is a corrupt act however mild an act it be may be, and I believe nothing much have changed since then.

Nevertheless, regardless of all that, whatever happened on that fateful day of 4th  June 2019  at the State Secretariat junction defies all logic on how appalling and aghast it was to see uniformed personnel’s in all protective gears charging at young people in college uniforms and delivering blows. Chance are that, they might end up beating their own children and wards which will be such a tragedy for the concerned family because the daughters and sons of most of the high and mighty are definitely outside the State pursuing their studies in some of the most prestigious institutions of the country- far away from the melee, to even share concern for their contemporaries back home, facing the brunt of the bad decision that some of their proud parents took on this historical day.

As I write this, I am reminded of a very emotionally provoking video I watched recently on respected Shri. Pawan Kumar Chamling  vacating Mintokgang residency, the official Chief Ministers’ residence after being unable to form the government post his Sikkim Democratic Front party’s defeat in the 2019 State Assembly election by a small margin of 2 seats but after having served for a record 24 years and 5 full terms, the longest by any chief minister in the country. The hundreds and thousands of supporters and well-wishers of all age group that thronged the street weeping and wailing so genuinely on having to witness their most beloved leader vacating the top position and the way he was consoling and appreciating each one of them with such grace and dignity was a sight to behold. Should God provide us one such leader in our lifetime- remains one of my wildest dream;  A selfless leader who is all for the people, is something we must pray for and support before we all go down into the deep abyss of political suicide.

May rationality triumph over greed in our blessed State of Nagaland.

Nyanbemo Lotha Naga, 

Billy Graham Road, Kohima

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