Dr. Asangba Tzüdir
While the ‘beneficiaries’ of backdoor ensures a ‘future’ for themselves, one may give a thought for those who are denied of their right to prove their worth through the right door. Further one may even think about the kind of emotions that must be going through in their minds. Seeing the current state of corrupt practices, certain pained minds have ‘willfully’ expressed in such a way that ‘backdoor is a necessary evil.’ Someone quipped, “Why should ‘I’ wait for the front door when it’s not opened and my rights are stolen through the backdoor? ‘I am’ forced to seek my rights through the backdoor. It is painful to see someone entering through the backdoor as a teacher to seek a livelihood while ‘I am’ here so wanting to teach and nurture a future generation.”
The kind of flimsy hope that came with the election manifesto including the commitment to ensure meritocracy and fairness seems to have disappeared into thin air. The various forms of appointment orders being circulated in social media is a testament contrary to their promise to ensure fairness and meritocracy. Their acts only attest to the fact that the ‘cabinet’ is the front door that opens the backdoor. Even if the recruitment process is somehow cleansed, the dice still rolls in the hands of the ‘cabinet’ that can convert backdoor into a seeming front door.
Thus their latest exercise, where all departments were to make a list of all appointments made from 2014 till March 2018 and to confirm whether the appointments have been made against a sanctioned post and which was to be submitted by 15th June only draws further suspicion though the exercise looks noble in the context of cleansing backdoor appointees, removal of ghost employees and bogus staff. The period of inquiry being dubitable, only generates further skepticism about their objective and makes one think whether such an exercise is a way to cleanse corruption or to recreate the posts to fill up under the ‘cabinet quotas.’ This will be closely observed but for now the latter seems to be the case.
When backdoor has become a necessary evil, it is difficult to talk about waiting for the front door. When rights are denied and the claim for rights does not necessarily lead to the promotion of justice, humans will be more inclined to seek their rights through any means available even if it means entering through backdoor.
The dilemma then is – Is it better to be righteous or let oneself become corrupt in the process of seeking ‘justice’ through the backdoor? In such a situation of moral dilemma how would the parents also respond – Would they suggest backdoor or advise to stand upright.
This may sound like a skeptical piece but the state of corrupt affairs is such that it leaves no choice and backdoor seems to have become the only door to manufacture necessary evil.
(Dr. Asangba Tzudir is a Freelance Research and Editing Consultant. He contributes a weekly guest editorial to The Morung Express. Comments can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)