Living with hope

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/31/2020 8:51:44 AM IST

 As the year 2020 draws to a close at the stroke of midnight on December 31, the world will be welcoming the new year 2021 especially with hopes and expectations. Many people live on hope while some have lost it. As the countdown for the new year begins; perhaps it also provides an occasion to recall events that have taken place in 2020 as it slips into the past. The hopes for a peaceful and prosperous year ahead, is on everyone’s mind. We tend to look ahead with the usual feeling that things would get better in the new year. There is a psychological build up to bid goodbye to the old year and to welcome the New Year. Despite the hopes for a bright new year, the lengthening shadow of the deadly coronavirus will still haunt the world even in the new year. The entire world has experienced how the virus has shaken and changed life. Christmas festivities across the world has been dampened while in some countries people had to remain indoors as the virus, like the plague, forced governments to clamp down on public gathering. The arrival of a new mutated strain of COVID-19 during Christmas is a harbinger of tragedy and has compelled many countries to enforce re-lockdown and in some states in India, night curfew has been imposed from December 31,2020 evening till after January 2,2021. India has been shaken by the coronavirus which has totally disrupted its socio-economy. In Nagaland, as people step into the new year 2021 with many unresolved issues they continue to live on hope. These issues cannot be ignored as some of them have spiralled to levels that demand urgent attention and to be handled with cooperative wisdom, if society in Nagaland is to come out of the shadows of doubts, confusion and conflicts. The lingering hope is for a better environment that would foster changes for the better.Illegal and unauthorised collections carried out under the nose of authorities, continues to grow including corruption at all levels. It is a syndrome of a sense of entitlement. The new year also provides an opportunity to effect cleansing of the electoral practices, which has been blamed as a major contributor of criminalisation of the Naga society. Other issues that demand attention also include- need for quality of education system, ending the bogus appointment raj in government, anti-social activities, rising unemployment, mounting concerns of HIV, thriving black market in alcohol and drugs etc. These are concerns that pose severe challenge on the government, NGOs, society and church which demand a unified effort with urgency, determination and consistency in order to stem the tide. Our values bind us together. Our sense of community makes us stronger. The more people accept the need to work together, the more will they realise the hope. A crisis can bind people in ways that normal situations often don’t. The crisis should make people more resilient to achieve their hopes. As people turn the first pages on the new year, they need to stop dreaming and act together if they want to do differently from the previous year, the things they hope will happen and the things they would like to achieve in the upcoming year. People need to lean on each other and be able to walk the journey to the new year together.

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