Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Societal degradation

Looking at the political, social or economic environment of the state that is passing through the phase of disorder at the moment, it appears not a single institution has got liberty to work smoothly or cater to the public without “invisible” hindrances. And its impact can be felt on our society, which is changing fast without any check and balance, not even us noticing it. The social and economic life has deliberately been made hostage to the political issue, under the guise of which the “invisible forces” have succeeded to infiltrate the society. Thus, criminal and immoral activities are getting justified and recognized at community level. Naga society has always been a value-based society where respect, home and community mattered. Life can be compromised but not the basic values of traditional culture. There used to be a mere presence of drugs, prostitution or other criminal forces in the past but frequent murders, extortion, or flesh trade at an alarming rate was hardly heard of. Like other cultures, woman is still the queen of the house and so is the man the head of the family. Druggy has no respect anywhere in the community and so is prostitution forbidden subject to talk in the family. Over the years in the growing corporate and metro culture around us, the concept of the community has undergone a tremendous change with fatal blow to home and family, with relation or respect measured now on the basis of earnings or assets. Friendship, relations or marriages have become subject to wealth or influence in the society. The lust for easy money is eating the core of the basic unit of home. In this information and technological world, nations, cultures or communities influence each other and cannot prevent the impact of other communities. Any trivial event happening in the remote corner of the world not only reaches our home but touches our lives without us taking serious notice of it. We cannot escape the influence but can protect the community from becoming criminalized. We are bit different from the rest of the world. The political and economic growth and development has been slow and it has been monitored, measured and prevented to reach the heights. Reasons are best known to those elements that are keen to keep count of the breaths we take during the day. Attempts are made to induce those changes in our society which can break us to no point of reformation. People are forced to get busy in sorting basic issues of electricity or water, stay in queue for long hours outside offices for petty works or walk from pillar to post to get their work done, with the result the growing problems of drugs, prostitution and crime in the community get ignored. We all realize that something has gone wrong with our community. We are stuck in ‘political gambling’ but move faster towards the destruction due to which we are losing home, family, respect and institutions. Yet, we keep our eyes shut and blame each other for this societal degradation. Our Churches are the most visited places where people of all walks of life come, sit and pray. The Sunday devotional service are meant to have huge gatherings so that people get chance to look deep into the collective issues of the community and find solutions with mutual consensus. Unfortunately, most of the preachers hardly touch any community problem or feel responsible for the chaos in the society. Those nations or communities, who behave like ostriches placing their heads under the sand and intentionally put lid on collective conscience, are doomed to die and disappear. And, we are one of them because we feel shame in speaking our mother tongue, we do not cherish our culture, we hate our attire, look down our own customs and ridicule the talent of our own people. On the contrary, we are the people who feel pride in imitating or copying others, adopt alien cultures and behave when disciplined by outsiders. And yet we blame others for our misfortunes or misdeeds.