Saturday, July 24, 2021

Community matters

It is a fact that today a common man on the streets can’t think to go to any office without greasing the palms of officials or without any reference. Corruption is rampant everywhere. The house wives feel it a matter of honour and proud if their husbands obtain money from illegitimate sources. If one has influence and connections with officials, one can easily manage things even on the phone. This is the highest kind of corruption in our society and it fosters injustice, inequality, discrimination, and failure in delivery of services and bad governance. It paralyses not only the general public but the government machinery as well and is the main hurdle in our developmental process. It is indeed a modern form of slavery and humiliation that our society feels a matter of honour. Take the banking sector. It is regarded as an instrument for social change. Today we see a social change in the form of traffic jams, pollution and consumerism, thanks to the liberal bank loans at low interest rates and convenient and easy installments. Today when we approach banks for car loans we may get it in hour’s time but when we have to build a house, or purchase a land, the same may take months. Both banks and motor dealers are doing their business squeezing the common masses into hell. The way the traffic congestion is increasing at an alarming speed, in the days to come, it is certain that it may halt all our activities and it may give rise to new problems. These things show that bank want profits no matter what we do with the money. The way we are heavily loading the surface of our land with vehicles, one sometimes feel, God forbid, the vibrations should not excite some disastrous earthquake for us. So what to do with the luxury or the necessary items? Today we are devoted to pleasure and luxury and we have become too lazy. We have developed an unproductive, consumer and extravagant life style. We remain engaged with cell phones for hours together. The technology that has liberated the whole world is detaining our activities. Our work culture has declined and we feel below dignity to do manual works. Today when we go to the markets for hiring a Naga labourer, first of all the labourer asks the employer, what he has to do for the day. If the work is simple, the labourer becomes ready, but if it is a little difficult, the labourer is reluctant to come. From construction workers, barbers to the work in the paddy fields, we now employ those from outside the state. Our handicraft products, for which we used to win accolades for their exquisite designs and beauty, illustrating the unique talent of our people’s artistry, are now slowly dying down. Today we are talking tall of improving tourism sector to boost our economy, etc and we are in search of new pastures. It is a welcome step. But we have to see how far it will be successful in the long run. Considering the fact that we are apathetic about community matters and our attitude towards the community is very different from our attitude towards the family. We keep our homes spotless, but when we go out we do not think twice before littering. Human interference in the calm far off places which are our natural heritages and yet naturally preserved will also be polluted once they are discovered. At the cost of boosting tourism and improving economy we will pollute the atmosphere further, contaminate the underground water table and this may give rise to severe problems for all of us. So what we gain on the roundabouts, we lose it on the swings. The point is that we are interdependent and we cannot escape the necessity of care towards each other. Nor can we afford to harm others because it ultimately backfires. The secret of life is to be as good as possible. Money is not everything, life extends beyond money. Through core value system based upon strong virtues, beliefs with all social and humanitarian aspects, we can only sustain our survival or else we all may perish.