Post Mortem

A reflection on Naga society during this pandemic

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/25/2020 1:26:35 PM IST

 Appalling as the pandemic is, at this very outset, we need to realize that one of the most essential requirements for life’s existence is food, and therefore, its production. Nagaland is considered an Agriculturalist State, however, at present juncture, merely a handful of its people – both in urban and rural areas – practices cultivation, and are wholly dependent on imported products. This has become more evident during this pandemic.

As lockdown was imposed in the entire nation due to the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, a realization has come upon us that we cannot rely entirely on imported goods alone but need to be self-sufficient or at the least, self-sustained. Considering how today’s world is more to do with sophisticated technologies and machines; there is a minimal need for ‘hard work’ and more to do with ‘smart-work’. Besides, even without technologies, our forefathers were self-dependent and would harness basic necessities such as rice, vegetables, cattle, farm animals etc. by means of conventional farming alone. Therefore, it feels like a good time to resurrect ourselves and society as a whole and move towards a self-reliant Nagaland.

Understanding that the future of our students is in plight and in extreme peril, it has become overtly significant for student’s body to actively play a role in setting up platforms where people from all spheres of life can come together and exchange ideas and knowledge; meanwhile making interactions between the learned and the unlearned easier. Local governments can also establish certain programs and seminars on the idea of ‘self-reliant’ and ‘sustainable development’ thereby educating one another. It is a time that calls for active participation from everyone in the society and share the little knowledge we have with the masses.

It is a time, each and every one of us have to become our own teacher and to one another, and be aware of the duties and responsibilities we ought towards our society. As world-renowned artist Tim Minchin will aptly put “even if you are not a teacher, please be a teacher.” We can contribute to the society by simply adhering to the guidelines given by the government, utilizing public properties as our own and help in educating the uneducated, especially the old and the young, about our moral responsibilities towards this pandemic.

As the entire world struggle, we have observed the incapability of many world leaders towards this virus including some of our own. We have seen a lot of criticisms being thrown at our leaders in the past few months but at the end of the day, we can only learn. Being a democratic state, electing our representative is a power we hold and it is time for us to deeply value our vote and choose the person that can actually help us in moving forward. It is also a time when we desperately need all civil societies to keep aside their individual biases, prejudices, and differences, and come together and work with the administration as a unit. It is a pandemic that can be tackled only as long as we are united.

Nagas have been struggling for the past 73 years trying to find a political solution with the Government of India, however, till today, it is a sad realization that we are yet to be independent, still impractical and have no spirit towards self-reliance. Therefore, it is an urgent need for the Nagas to start a revolution of change within oneself and contribute in making a prosperous society. Understanding that it is indeed impossible to have a society without loopholes, nonetheless, we can always call for unity and work towards achieving an independent economy. Kuknalim!

Benison V Shohe, 

Officer’s Hill Kohima

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