Editorial

Wild carnival

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/30/2019 11:46:03 AM IST

 With barely two months before the start of the week-long Hornbill Festival from December 1,2019 six organisations from villages around Kisama, the Heritage village and the venue for the festival, have resolved to initiate steps in the form of a code of conduct to curb what was described as “unethical activities” which pollute the peaceful e environment of the area. It may be recalled that the six organisations- Kigwema Women Society (KWS), Phesama Women Society (PWS), Kigwema Youth Organisation (KYO), Phesama Youth Organistion (PYO), Kigwema Students Union(KSU) and Phesama Students Union(PSU) have resolved to put an end to the nefarious , immoral and criminal activities that have been plaguing the heritage village. The six organisations have exposed the shameful and condemnable activities such as “unwarranted deaths, gang and communal fights, illicit and unethical scenes, destruction to private properties” that have been devastating the Naga Heritage Village Kisama. The perpetrators are anti-social elements including delinquents who seem to have made Kisama as the playground for their criminal activities. This issue had been commented in this column since the mid-90s in this newspaper and which wasn’t well liked by the authorities who rather, saw it as a negative comment. It may have been taken a negative comment but certainly these bore out with facts which spoke for themselves as brought to public domain by the six organisations during the first week of September this year. The fun-crazed and depraved lot who seemed to think that the beautiful heritage village could do with a bit of fun and frolic, are instead not only damaging the reputation of the festival but have also turned the entire area into a criminal den. The concern expressed by the six organisations should be taken serious note of by the state government and especially the tourism department. In all other states, tourist centres attract visitors all year long and are maintained to ensure that the places remain clean, secure and safe. The nefarious activities coupled with drunken driving and wild parties etc take place at the height of the festive season. Road accidents due to drunken driving and immoral activities are not unlikely sights along the route to the festival venue. There have also been unwanted by-product of such activities which continue to cause serious debates about the behavioural problems, mostly among youth. The six organisations have resolved to crackdown on sale of banned items such as IMFL(alcohol) and drugs. The organisations have also resolved to take action against those who indulge or incite wanton acts of violence and the ‘demolition spirit’ which has caused destruction on public properties in the heritage village. The ‘wannabes’ track racers who use the heritage village as racing course would also be severely dealt with by the organisations. The resolutions are drastic and the organisations probably had no option since the state authorities have abdicated their responsibility to ensure that the festival venue is kept out of bounds during off-season. Not only the tourism department but also district authorities, need to enforce the rule without fear or favour. At the same time, there is also a need to sensitise the public that tourism does not begin or end with the Hornbill Festival but is about the people of the state which those outside would be keen to know. 

 

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