Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Real change

By all accounts our State is in a mess. It will take a long time and a strong will to sort out these things. Political issues may take time to get resolved but it is disgusting that providing even basic amenities to common people in the State has become like giving them huge favor. Common masses have a right to live a dignified life as in a democratic system the Government is always claimed to be by the people, for the people and of the people. This definition of any democratic Government looks so attractive but on the ground things are quite a contrast. Most of the elected representatives often forget their promises but if few want to deliver they have to face bureaucratic blockade. Simple and genuine issues are made much complicated only to satisfy the conscience of few white collar babus who often claim themselves to be public servants. No doubt there are honest and competent officers in every department but not only are their voice goes unheard but unfortunately they just keep most of the issues lingering, just to prove that they have no self interest in the said subject. They don’t realize how their attitude makes masses suffer. People have a right to blame elected representatives for their miseries but the basic thing which most of us do forget is the fact that not much lies in the hands of public representatives. It may sound strange but the fact is that the ultimate redress and disposal has to come through bureaucracy and most of the times it is a time consuming process. Be it public representatives or bureaucrats all come from the same society, as such both are reflection of the society they come from, still we all need to change our attitude and behaviour and understand our duties. Today it sad that most babus treat themselves beyond accountability. Even meeting a babu with a genuine public issue is a Himalayan task now for a common man. It looks laughable when people don’t get even damaged transformers repaired, landslides cleared from roads in remote areas. How shameful that in remote areas many schools are without teachers and hospitals are without doctors and para medical staff only for the reason that those at the helm of affairs derive pleasure from the sufferings of masses and also want to prove that they are above all, and subordinate to none. Let us not forget that any elected representative has to seek fresh mandate from the public after a maximum of six years and prove his worth, but a bureaucrat once selected is always there. It is for the political parties to introspect and ensure that the system is made people friendly and there has to be a proper coordination between political dispensation, bureaucracy and common masses. Those running the State from their cozy rooms in the Civil Secretariat must wake up from deep slumbers and earn respect among masses not by status but by their work, as masses always respect those who deliver on the ground. Having said that one also fails to understand why the citizens and intellectuals should wait for the ultimate solution to sort out our day to day living conditions? The most immediate task of the ruling elite of whatever party is holding the reins of power is to improve the day to day living conditions. Good governance with sincere, responsive and active administration is the need of the hour. In almost every front whether civil society, or the Government, our State is in a total state of anarchy. In true sense, left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. Everybody tries to escape from facing the real situation in every aspect of life. Let us look at how again this year monsoon had made our roads, particularly the Dimapur-Kohima highway, unmotorable. This is an annual affair, but nothing is done to prevent the same by all concerned. Seeing the entire mess one can only suggest that the politicians from all streams should leave politics aside for some time and concentrate on good governance to at least improve the day to day living conditions of the people! Perhaps then only real change will come.