Editorial

Magnitude of platitude

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/3/2019 12:25:16 PM IST

 Politicalspeak has created many red herrings in Naga society and the resentment of a majority of people is against being taken for granted by their leaders from across the socio-political spectrum who do not seem to accept that they exhibit the syndrome of convenient amnesia. In this regard, there are English words that adorn the lexicon of Naga socio-politics and interpreting them on the basis of the dictionary does not satisfactorily explain what they intended to mean and more so when the words don’t seem to find suitable application with what is intended to convey. Even after 56 years of statehood, the words have not lent credence to meaningful progress except that they themselves have evolved over a period of time. In the recent weeks the issue of ‘special’ safeguard or protection or even of being ‘unique’ was sought to be related with the provisions under Article 371(A) of the Indian constitution vis-à-vis the controversial Citizenship(Amendment) Bill 2016. There are two views by two streams of political parties. One side maintains that Article 371(A) is supposed to be a safeguard against any law or act passed by parliament unless so passed by the Nagaland legislative assembly. The other side maintains that both are separate and are not inter related. That politicians as lawmakers differ to such an extent is also regrettable. However, this is an outward sign which cannot hide the inward problems. The sign does not augur well for society in the long run. This has exposed the greatest tragedy confronting Naga society today- a perplexing veneration of profane politics that has no need for the rudder of rationality. The most important aspect of striking a balance between the belief of the past in the context of the present is for the elected members to play a catalytic role of society. Nagaland is recognised and protected under Article 371A as a society of tribes having their own traditional practices and customary laws. Nagaland has its own compelling social and political challenges which often create hurdles for effective governance. When these have not been addressed in due course, they seriously complicate the environment. This is because society has been subjected to regression arising out of difference between reasons that sound good and good sounding reasons. These are also signs of poor quality leadership since politics is determined not by capability but winnability by any means. Leadership cannot be bought nor given, it is in being able to steer society through challenges. Unfortunately, the winnability factor alone steers state politics and has entitled them to be called leaders. The inability to provide effective or good governance fall on the shoulders of all political parties past and present, that have ruled the state. Most of the problems relating to governance are contributed by power hungry politicians in league with corrupt bureaucrats. All the problems being magnified did not arise overnight but have been there for decades. Issues that are political in nature have gotten wedged into society’s problems and created a negative synergy. No single person or persons can be held solely accountable since all are equally responsible. The need is for wisdom and clarity to maintain the course. However, due to the politics of populism and rhetoric, politics today is bereft of the essences of probity and accountability. While elected representatives deliberate, it appears that the art of statecraft has, as usual, given way to the platitude to play to the gallery.

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