A ‘dry’ state in the making

Haidobabe Hingleu
Student, Dept of Mass Communication, Patkai Christian College (Autonomous)

More than 92% of Indians reportedly pay bribes to public officials to get a job done. This was reported in a study conducted in 2005 by conducted by Transparency International- a global organisation that works in more than 100 countries to study the corruption practices. Corruptions- a term most commonly used in our daily discourse. Corruption penetrating into the socio-economic condition of a state is a no brainer. Corruption has become a never outdated trend. It has become an issue raising concern from all sections of the society. Not only has corruption become a regional issue but a national one at that.

A pertinent question that surface time and again is the question of what factors have contributed to the rise in corruption in our Nagaland state. Undeniably, entitlement program and social spending schemes enacted by the government are the largest contributors to corruption. Misuse of government funds is a common phenomenon and an open secret.

We express the need for an anti-corruption mechanism. Often we as commoners have zeroed down on politicians and government officials for being corrupt. Before we wash off our hands by blaming politicians and government, what about us? The public and the officials at the helm of affairs are the two poles that make corruption possible. If either of the poles decide to do away with corrupt practices, corruption would not be possible.

In what ways can we then contain corruption? Have we as a public try to attach social stigma to corruption? What happen when it comes to exercising out adult franchise? How about we looking for middleman in getting our work done through unfair means? The manner in which we raise our voice against corruption is as if it was perpetrated by aliens. We are to be equally blamed. Going by the trend, corruption is the new smart in our society and a corrupt guy is considered to be a practical guy.

It won’t come as a surprise to us if Nagaland becomes a complete “dry” state with all the resources being exhausted. Exhaustion can be by all the active stakeholders of the state, right from government officials to the people concern. A glaring example that has surfaced in the recent past is that of the misuse of scholarship funds. What possibly could be the reason for students not getting their rights to avail the scholarship money? Where did the scholarship fund? The answer to this is no rocket science.

There is no solution to corruption if we continue to live under the guise of higher-ups only to make sure Nagaland become a dry state- dry of all resources- government funds, natural-economic resources. Why has every signature to get a work done got to be accompanied with cash? Unless we want to be the next Sodom and Gomorrah, let us mend our ways.