Sunday, May 16, 2021

Moral degeneration

We are aware that Nagaland is considered as one of the most corrupt states in the county. Embezzlements of public money, favouritism and nepotism is rampant here. But it is also true that it is not only the State employees but the whole society here has been gripped by the disease of corruption. The problem is not confined to one sector only but has spread everywhere and has awfully become a dominant aspect of our social, political, and economic life. We forget that we need to asses our deeds at our personal level before blaming others for aggressing us culturally and emotionally. Corruption is found everywhere here – in education, administration and the trade and commerce sectors. Usually corruption is linked with the Government employees and offices but it is linked to every field of life. Bribe is not the only form of corruption. If an employee goes to his office late deliberately, it is corruption. If a teacher goes to school or college regularly but does not teach his students the way he should, it is corruption. If an officer does not take bribe but delays the disposal of files and shows favourtism to please somebody, it is corruption. If a driver does not follow the traffic rules and regularly goes for over loading and the traffic police ignores this, it is corruption. Today in our State, there is no department which is not affected by corruption. The more one studies the conditions of life around; more instances of corruption are witnessed. There are examples of people who are honest and firm on their principles but unfortunately there are less people to appreciate them. We watch politicians destroying the sanctity of the House where they are supposed to represent the problems of people but it is ugly that they squabble and engage themselves in mudslinging. Isn’t this corruption? Whenever, a commodity is in great demand and its supply is short, prices increase disproportionately. During monsoon, whenever the road to Kohima gets blocked, market witnesses worst kind of loot. Here traders create artificial scarcity of commodities, thereby increase the prices. And the people become helpless in the hands of these traders. Our people are also involved in black money and corrupt practices particularly in Government services and it invariably heard that people involved in these practices would be punished but it has been seen so far that only small fish are caught and the big ones are left and at times gifted with prize postings and extensions in their services. Buildings, roads, schools and other construction works are carried out with substandard material. Definitely academic standards are on a decline due to the lukewarm attitude of Government and teachers towards the institutions of learning and perhaps our State will be among the first where the infrastructure and physical facilities are still causality in today’s knowledge-oriented society. Yes, this is the society where doctors examine their patients very seriously and attentively only at their private clinics. They have time, kindness, sympathy towards patients at their private clinics but not in Government hospitals. We can see hundreds of doctors examining patients at their private clinics during official hours also while the poor patients suffer in the hospitals. Modern man has developed the notion that only money can make him happy. If material advancements alone could bring joy, America would have been the happiest country in the world. But everybody knows that Americans are not happy in spite of the oceans of wealth and they are in search of spiritual peace and fulfilment. It is true that we cannot live without bread but it is regrettable that we have learnt to live for bread alone in today’s society which is induced by materialistic values. This tendency has brought moral decadence and mental corruption in the life of Nagas and consequently, we have lost love for others and have no sympathy with relatives, neighbours and fellow citizens. If we wish to live like pure human beings, we will have to rebuild in ourselves the moral sense and outlook which would be the specialty of our culture. The problem of moral degeneration and corruption is obnoxious and abhorrent and warrants immediate and thorough remedies, but all efforts will be useless until and unless Nagas as a whole become conscious of their responsibilities and duties and do not dupe their own people.