Post Mortem

A moment to reflect on

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/1/2018 12:29:13 PM IST

 The social stratification of the Nagas during our forefather’s time was very unique and diverse, head hunting and gallantry being our proud identity. The Nagas had their own democratic set up which is deeply entrenched in their customary laws and is arguably the purest form of democracy which is different from the widely accepted definition of democracy. If we turn back the pages of our history, we can find that criminal activities like theft, murder, rape, corruption etc were unheard of. People lived in complete trust and harmony without having to worry about any kinds of unwanted criminal activities. Nagas were known for their honesty and hard work who survived by cultivating their own agricultural land. The practice of head hunting which was a unique identity of the Nagas was abandoned with the coming of Christianity in the 19th century.

In 1872, Dr. E. W. Clark first landed in the Naga Hills at Molungkimong in order to spread the Gospel of Christ and impart modern education. Slowly and gradually a new era of modern culture and practice took over the primitive head hunting culture of the Naga people. The Animistic beliefs slowly died down and the Nagas embraced Christianity. Access to education is one of the most significant changes brought about to the Nagas. It was not only the effort of the foreign missionaries but also the great sacrifices made by our own Naga people which made it possible the spread of Christianity and impart education even in the remotest places in Nagaland and neighboring states.

With the onset of Christianity and the spread of education, Nagas have witnessed a surge of young minds that has the potentialities to bring about changes to the current pitiable realities of the State. However, most of our educated youth and enlightened minds hardly make any effort to contribute their knowledge toward state building. 

Nagaland ever since it got its statehood in 1963 has seen nothing but corruption, underdevelopment and mismanagement and the vision for a modernized state is a far cry. When we look at our neighboring states like Sikkim, Meghalaya etc who got statehood way after our state, we are lagging far behind them in many areas.

 Coming to the health sector, Nagaland is ranked as one of the lowest immunized state in India. In a nutshell even after 5 decades of attaining statehood, we still remain as of the most under developed, lowest immunized and corrupted state. 

However, the present PDA government, together with some fresh, young and dynamic  legislative members and veteran politician ,people have high hope and expectation that the PDA government will work with unfaltering dedication to fulfill the sincere hope and aspiration of the people in bringing changes for the welfare of the people and development to the state and give the people in reality, the slogan {CHANGE IS COMING}. 

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