Political deception


Without a doubt there are serious economic concerns in Nagaland, and the more disturbing fact is that adequate attention is not being paid to these areas. Our people have become so obsessed with politics that we have totally stopped seeing anything beyond it. The world is changing. Economic travails are making the populations to suffer, but the people have not given up in pursuit of their economic goals, because the whole idea of political stability is linked to economic well-being. Needless to say that we have not paid adequate attention to our economic potential, resources and never attempted to explore how we can become economically self-reliant. It is an annual affair that during scorching summer in Dimapur, there is always no light, leaving people gasping for life. There is no power supply in most part of the State, not just Dimapur for that matter. Now this affects the water supply, which takes the normalcy out of the life of the people. Indeed it may look like a very simple problem, but it is clearly not. Similar situation is faced by people living in the State capital, Kohima, during winters. They freeze in sub zero temperatures and there is no light. Is this the world we are living in 21st century? A related aspect is that our people want that there should be no power cut during festival time or during school or college examinations. With thousands of students now appearing the HSLC/HSSLC 2020 examinations, we have come across students’ bodies /associations /organizations appealing to the power department to ensure regular power supply during the examinations period. But why are we asking for regular power supply only during examinations time, and why not throughout the year! Yes, we have developed such a cold sense of pleasure that we are happy if there is power during Christmas, or Hornbill Festival or during exams. It is true that our water resources have not been fully utilized. There is always a plethora of arguments, some genuine too, that we can generate sufficient power, not only to meet our own needs, but also feed other parts of the Northeast region. The money so generated would make our State financial sound, etc, so goes the argument. Numerous excuses are given, including the unresolved Naga issue, by those at the helm for their failure to provide adequate power or water to the people of the State. Indeed coining political slogans is one thing; framing and implementing the policies are quite different. Another stark fact that should be acknowledged without any hesitation is that the impact of the climate change is causing disaster for us all. Forest cover is disappearing; water level in the rivers has gone down considerably. It is as simple as that. It is a sheer failure of our leadership, and the policy makers; if there were any. That problem exists even today. Let us stop judging the performance of the Government for providing us power on festival days, be it Diwali, X-mas or Hornbill, or during school and college examinations; the people have the right to have power and water 24×7. That right should be asserted, policy makers should wake up and do their job, and more than them, it is for the leadership to take a call. The political leadership has fed on illusions and the hard realities have been ignored. And we cannot make them accountable, because we are gullible. We love their slogans and peddle them further. We are made to fight on tribal and political narratives but our economic issues are buried forever. This is not a radical but a realistic era. Let the leadership explain why the water resources were not utilized, the Central Government may have to answer some questions, but most of the accountability lies at the doorsteps of our political leadership. Can their incompetence of yesteryears, unfortunately that is continuing even today, compensate what all the people of the State have undergone all these years? Tear apart all these curtains of the political deception; give us access to our basic needs. If that has not been done, then their politics is as flawed as their economics. Slogans, hate and frustrations are not policies.