Saturday, May 18, 2024
Editorial

Social disaster

While going through the annals of cultural history, we come to know that Nagas have been very simple, innocent, gullible, modest, sympathetic and hospitable in their deeds and convictions. Generally speaking the people were very simple, helpful and cooperative. Our elders believed in a simple and pure way of living. It was this ethos that kept the society intact and the people would hardly come across any act of utter selfishness, eccentricity, ravenousness and self-indulgence. While most of the societies witnessed fast changes in their social fabric after the technological revolutions, our society by and large remained almost a staunch protector of its collective consciousness. In fact some decades back our people had strived hard to protect their cultural, ethical and social fabric on one side while cautiously responding to the changes taking place at the global level. However abrupt changes took place in the past one to two decades. The high degree of violence, lawlessness, large scale unemployment and exploitation and many other things brought profound changes in our ways of thinking and living. Disproportionate penetration of alien elements and alien culture in our society added fuel to the fire. Misuse of modern technology, irrational imitation of western culture and Bollywood, well planned cultural invasion plus the local political exploitation have almost paralyzed our progressive and constructive thinking. And today we think more for self-fulfillment than for the community. We are lost in our own fantasies and make-beliefs that someone may come from heavens and help us in rebuilding our cultural ethos. The same society that few decades back used to be famous for innocence and secure from crimes and criminals, collectively striving for protecting its culture and heritages is now at the brink of a social disaster. The legacy of simplicity and moderate conservatism left behind by our elder generation has already been sullied by our generation. And defiance and excessive display of contra-culturism by our young generation is going to be devastative for our future societal endurance. We are already witnessing worst corrupt practices, debauchery, depravity, immorality, extravagance, profligacy, undue craze for hi-fi life and much of such nuisances and evils. Corruption, waywardness, selfishness, wickedness, drug abuse, smuggling and alcoholism are gradually becoming the norm of the society and the day is not far away when we will be facing worst challenge of ethical and cultural crises, if not already. We enjoy and take pride of our wealth accumulated at the cost of sufferings of the poor, orphans, widows, destitute, etc. We vandalize our heritage with highest level of arrogance and never think in terms of the whole society and our coming generations. The death of our heritage, plunder of our forests, our rich wild life and our language is being mutely witnessed and the same is being encouraged in the name of compensations and recompenses. The money which otherwise is meant for collective welfare is now being misused for personal comforts. People may argue that changes are inevitable in the society, right, but changes must be for good, inventive, positive and progressive. Following alien culture and xenocentrism, our society will not only lose its own cultural legacy but in times to come ours will be a heritage less ultra-vandalized society. Unfortunately our preachers and intelligentsia (not to mention our leaders) who were supposed to play an effective role in guiding the changes in the society in the right direction and instill among masses a sense of collective responsibility are themselves battling for their esteem and identity and have no time for social reconstruction. Absence of a strong and vibrant civil society has always paved way for conspirators to perpetuate their nefarious designs. Indeed the only way to save our society and to guide the changes in the society in the right direction is to establish strong and progressive civil society. We need to take the society out of the present mess and work on a common platform without any bias and guide the changes in a progressive direction and protect the society from further deterioration.

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