Editorial

Political red herring

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/8/2019 11:37:46 AM IST

 Rightly or wrongly, people are inclined to think that their government is acting like an ostrich burying its head to avoid, or try to avoid, a particular situation by pretending that it does not exist. Though the state government may not be ignoring the outcry against unabated and multiple taxations by various organisations spearheaded by the Public Action Committee (PAC) under the Naga Council Dimapur (NCD); yet when there has been no response in terms of making a public response, it only leads to the conclusion. The public had raised Cain over such collections in the past but it became most vocal through protest rallies spearheaded by ACAUT Nagaland during 2013. ACAUT had taken up the issues of corruption in the government and extortion by various organisations. The rallies demanded government response on these issues and which meant transparency, accountability and imposing rule of law. The message to the government was not something out of context or unconstitutional; since any government is bound by constitution to ensure that the rule of law is enforced without fear or favour. Taxes are constitutional obligations to raise revenue for providing services and built and maintain infrastructures for the benefit of the public. In this regard, it is incumbent upon the state government to do what is needed in bringing out on public domain, the reports submitted in June 2015 by the Higher Power Committee (HPC) headed by a retired Supreme Court judge which was constituted in October 2014. The committee was constituted on the basis of a demand by ACAUT Nagaland to go into the entire gamut of unabated taxation which has been plaguing Nagaland for decades. The right of any citizen should not be taken away through silent assent while the one who takes it away, should not be allowed to use it as an ‘assertive power’ and the right to decide what is right. On the other hand, the responsibility of any democratically and constitutionally elected mandated government transcends to all realms of society. It is the responsibility of the government to enforce the rule of the constitutional law, so that citizens can enjoy their fundamental rights in an environment of justice, peace and progress. Nagaland has suffered, in a different way, during the past two decades because leaders chose the easy way out and eagerly grabbed any opportunity for the sake of short term gains that have consequent long term pains. There have been too many symptomatic treatments in the past, which proved to be worse than the disease. Politicians, society’s leaders and thinkers today need to speak honestly and with wisdom, so that society can look towards stepping into the realm of progressive development from the dead sea of rhetoric, insane logic and hegemony of ideology which have possessed people for as many decades. The state is in need of proper direction but unfortunately, all leaders are busy with pursuit of the vicious cycle of money and power and have no time for non-profit ventures. However, society cannot insulate itself from the changed environment that being witnessed in other developing cultures and societies. If people want the leaders they deserve, then it is time to change direction and set things right starting from within themselves.

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