Inescapable challenges

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/31/2019 1:03:47 PM IST

 While the singular focus of all, especially Nagas, has been on “political solution” to the Naga issue what has largely been ignored is “societal solution” to the many problems plaguing society that have to be resolved. Naga solution can be remotely likened to the case of the someone bringing the goods home at the end of the month. Unless there is a kitchen and a good cook, the family will not be able to enjoy the goodies. In a post-solution scenario, much time and effort will have to be undertaken repair and remake Nagaland. The state has been economically, socially and politically ruined through years of depredation and it will take time to restore order into the chaos. The entire government system has been reduced to serving the ‘larger interests’ of those in power and those who operate beyond the bounds of the law due to laxity and loss of authority of those custodians. Though it would not be totally correct to describe it as a ‘failed state’; yet the symptoms are discernible. The three clear signs of a failed state are- loss of control to exert authority over its territory; rise of monopoly crime bosses or syndicates or parallel authorities and inability to implement decisions and inability to provide public services. When this happens, there is widespread corruption, criminality, disenchantment and economic decline. These are grave issues for all who believe that political solution is the be-all and end-all of the problems. Among the pressing problems for a small state like Nagaland with a high literacy ratio and rapid “growth in education” is rise in unemployment. Also the meteoric rise of the Nouveau riche in Nagaland during the past few decades is startling and demolishes the notion of equality and justice. Nagaland has the highest number of people employed in the government to population ratio among all north eastern states. The biggest problem is institutionalisation of corruption which has become so deep rooted at almost all levels that people have become insensitive to it. This condition is exemplified by a word called asociality- a moral abyss that leads ordinary people to believe that those in power have the right to serve personal, family or community needs above all, since they have purchased the mandate. In a post-solution scenario, who will combat the problem of illegal, unauthorised, unabated and multiple taxation that have been dominating the front pages of the local media for many years? Despite all the din and noise over these issues, those in power have not been moved to act in accordance with constitutional obligation. Will and can any new dispensation act in a way that solution would also mean peace, normalcy and rule of law? No project in Nagaland can be completed within the budgeted amount since there are many demanding their share of taxes. This has been the bane of development for decades since money meant for public has gone into private pockets. These have added to the woes of the citizens besides hampering the economic growth of the state. Efforts to halt the downslide has only been like treating the symptom and not the disease and which has only worsened the condition in society. Politicians need to stop coining lexicons that have only created illusions that are far from reality and realise the gravity of the problem.

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