ONE of the greatest privileges we humans have today is the privilege every society has to correct and educate ourselves by looking at how we have behaved ourselves that appear in the instant electronic Social medias or in the daily news papers, just like we look at ourselves in the mirror and correct ourselves of what we appear lacking.
If my perceptions are right, today, the Naga Society behaves very similar to how the Jews at Jerusalem behaved at the incitement some created in the city 62 years after Jesus Christ. Matt. 21:27-30 says: “when….some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, shouting, ‘Men of Israel help us! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this holly place.’ (They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and assumed Paul had brought him into the temple area.) ”
Luke wrote: “the whole city was ‘roused’, ‘in uproar’, and the people came running from all directions.”
The whole population of Jerusalem naively and blindly believed what a few in the religious groups, intolerant, racial and prone to violence, publicly and loudly shouted for others to hear their assumed allegations against their opponents; -in this case against Paul and the Way People, the Pioneers of Christianity. They were about to kill Paul when the Roman Army Officer of the city, hearing the commotion went and snatched Paul out of the crowd and took him to the Army Camp. How could the normal crowd go so insane, unreasonable and unconscionable only on the incitement of a few? (There was no social-media, cell phones or daily news papers in those times!)
At Phillipi, the principal city of the Greek civilization 2500 years old at the time of Jesus, the normal crowd about the town behaved in the same manner as those of Jerusalem. [Acts. 16: 16-24]: There was a slave girl in the city, a fortune Teller. “She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.” For many days she followed Paul and his companions in the city and continuously shouted: “these men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved”. The superficial false teacher superseded Paul when he preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people. Aggrieved, Paul told her: “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her. At the moment spirit left her.”
“When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
“The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the Magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison.”
The ‘self interests’ of the slave girl’s Owner allegations; the– naïve, irresponsible market-crowd; including the crowd-permeated Magistrates, without any investigation on the case, indicate the hollow society of the day.
The Naga crowd in Nagaland in the city of Dimapur some years ago acted in the same manner. At the allegation of a certain unmarried young local girl cried wolf against her non-local male companion in a hotel room, and complained of rape against the outsider companion.
The local crowd grossly supported the local girl, seized the man, did him violence and put him in jail. The allegation of the girl against the so-called ‘illegal Muslim immigrant’ trader went round whole of Dimapur, the commercial centre of Nagaland and the whole Naga crowd of the city rushed to the Jail, forced open the gate, pulled the man out, stripped him, bound his hands at his back and pulled him lying on ground along the road to the city tower and hung his body there. The mob did inhuman acts on his person. Can the Naga crowd go to such insane mob acts!
At Ephesus, [Acts. 19:23-29] : the city crowd behaved in the same manner as the crowd at Philippi did –naïve, racial, prone to violence, easily incited and spiritually bankrupt. Paul preached a spiritual living God, the most high; not made in the image with human hands. Many people were attracted to the Idea, but the teachings affected the Trades of Demetrius the Silver Smith, Craftsman of the images of Roman Goddess of Artemis [fertility Diana of the Greeks].
“About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. Demetrius called all the Craftsmen and said, ‘Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced that led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia.’
“There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worship throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”
“Soon the whole city was in uproar. The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.”
Luke has an apt description of the quality and behaviour of the crowd of the Times. The Naga society today behaves in very similar manners. The present Naga is unsure of its composure; the educated are supposed to know the future for the people but they themselves are not sure of the times of the Naga people.
The elected Representatives of the State don’t feel the confidence that they represent the people, have full plenipotentiary power to decide for the State; yet they use the Non-government NGOs in paid political consultations in the governance of the State. Beginning with foreign trained one-man FNR organization, Forum of Naga Reconciliation; then Global Naga Forum of foreign educated, and many civil NGOs based on the name of the state, the race, tribe, village, gender and every tradition and cultural divisions of the people, for governance of the State. All of them claims rights to every say, on every matter including Naga politics of every hue, and are mostly at a respectful distance to the most feared and armed Naga political Groups. Most names of the of the NGOs members are non-registered, without any membership Fee and elected primarily on mutual friendship than by democracy, but have every right to be there and leave whenever he or she likes. Like nursery rhyme:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s Horses,
And all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.
It has a point for the Naga. The greatest example of Naga Organizations forming a Joint Forum giving an Ultimatum demanding the immediate resignation of the Chief Minister of the State of Nagaland for no other reasons than for his having no confidence of the Joint Forum, formed presumptuously just the day before happened some years ago. And when the Chief Minister held he can’t abdicate because two third of the Assembly Members are on his side, even the Churches supported the ‘All Tribes Forum of Nagaland’ just formed weeks ago! How great are the Naga today!
The said Joint Forum came up to Kohima late in the evening from Dimapur in a huff and burned Kohima as never ever before for no reason than just to show as a sign of the great anger!
It may take Nagaland some time for:
All the king’s Horses,
And all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.
I hope the Naga have Ears to hear.
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