Do Nagas generally follow and respect the Rule of Law? Why?

Do Nagas generally follow and respect the Rule of Law? Why?

Some of those who voted YES had this to say:

• Yes. The customary laws we strictly follow.


• Yes, with the passage of time and spread of education to every sections of society, most of the Nagas at present follow and respect the Rule of Law.


• Yes. There are so much rules of law in Nagaland. We are all following one or the other. The problem is not about whether we are following the rule of law. The real problems are we are following a common rule of law; we are all following different rules of law.


Some of those who voted NO had this to say:

• No. There is still a murky understanding of what rule of law implies in the context of Nagaland. A condition, I believe, resulting from the variations in understanding of customary law and constitutional laws.


• No. Don’t bother for rules and regulations at all.


• No. We follow only our tradition laws we don’t care about government rules and laws of India.


• No, the rich and people in power thinks they are above the law.


• No. We rely more on our own intuitions, which is both good as well as bad.


• No… Still ‘warriorism’ hangovers are so strong that we keep slipping back to headhunting era…


• No. We Nagas still carry the attitude of ‘I know better than you, don’t teach me’.


• No. Because Nagas in general, we are not self reliant people. We are still inter-dependent and depend on others even for our basics.


• No. 1. Weak enforcement of the law fails to deter one from breaking the law. 2. A weak investigating apparatus resulting in a weak prosecution. 3. The lack of responsibility and awareness that laws is in place to help us develop ourselves and to keep us protected. 4. Not only Nagas but the whole of India in general were not a party to the laws that are in place today. Most of the laws were drafted by the masters (Britishers) to suit their interests in India. Ex. CPC, IPC, CrPc, Police Act, etc. So, we Indians lack the sense of respect for the law even after 75 years of independence; we have the constitution but it is only a carryover from the colonial situation. It is not suited to Indian needs. 5. Thanks to our Naga Movement that we think that we are not answerable to Indian laws. If 1 and 2 are taken care of, I feel the rest will fall into place.


• No, Nagas are free since its inception.


• No, because most Naga still don’t know rule of law. Public awareness on law should be initiated.


• No, not at all instead we Nagas know how to break every single rule of law. Many don’t know yet what are the different rules of law (including myself) and the law enforcing agencies aren’t strong and stern enough to enforce the laws either. People need to be educated on the rules of law and to abide by them but even though we Nagas call ourselves modernized there is still that wilderness/free spirited sense left in us and we tend to break all the rules made to make our life easier.


• No, because Nagas never think for the fellow nagas .Money means everything for them. They don’t need rights for present or future.


• No. Never! How can we respect the rule of law when the Law makers themselves don’t follow the set rules. Do you see a Naga officers/legislators/well-off folks in Jail even after being caught Red handed? Do you know NLTPA is the factory of breaking the laws? When you know that breaking the law don’t hit back at you as the law suggest. The feeling of “Who cares” is the usual attitude of the common man.


• No. Especially those in position translate and decide according to their own convenience.


• No. There is no rule of law. Law and rules apply to others but not to own selves.


• NO, The latest being parking cars randomly outside the white line on our new road, especially prevalent at Kohima.


• No! Traditionally Nagas had survived without laws. Naga society have only taboos and customs. It’s only after the coming of the British, laws were introduced and upto the early 80s, people respect and follows the Rules (that’s what I was told). It seems politicians at that time were so honest that they return the surplus money to the central government and all government servants declared their assets yearly. During the late 80s when we were in college our elders used to mention that our parents are so foolish that they are not corrupted (returning money). Today, nobody follow or respect the laws: the politicians think they are above the Law, the bureaucrats twist the laws to their own likes, technocrats have least respect for rules and of course not to mention our national workers, village chairmen and secretaries, our Hohos, etc … I think it’s high time we teach our politicians that they are only representing the public and for that they don’t have to spend and gamble their money because they have no right to loot public money and also be vigilate and highlight on bureaucrats and technocrats that they are only public servants and not public master. Only then Laws and Rules can be streamline by itself. It’s high time we Nagas resolve to follow strictly the Laws and Rules to modernize our society!


• Officers/legislators/well-off folks in Jail even after being caught Red handed? Do you know NLTPA is the factory of breaking the laws? When you know that breaking the law don’t hit back at you as the law suggest. The feeling of “Who cares” is the usual attitude of the common man.


• No. Especially those in position translate and decide according to their own convenience.


• No. There is no rule of law. Law and rules apply to others but not to own selves.


• No, The latest being parking cars randomly outside the white line on our new road, especially prevalent at Kohima.


• No! Traditionally Nagas had survived without laws. Naga society have only taboos and customs. It’s only after the coming of the British, laws were introduced and upto the early 80s, people respect and follows the Rules (that’s what I was told). It seems politicians at that time were so honest that they return the surplus money to the central government and all government servants declared their assets yearly. During the late 80s when we were in college our elders used to mention that our parents are so foolish that they are not corrupted (returning money). Today, nobody follow or respect the laws: the politicians think they are above the Law, the bureaucrats twist the laws to their own likes, technocrats have least respect for rules and of course not to mention our national workers, village chairmen and secretaries, our Hohos, etc … I think it’s high time we teach our politicians that they are only representing the public and for that they don’t have to spend and gamble their money because they have no right to loot public money and also be vigilate and highlight on bureaucrats and technocrats that they are only public servants and not public master. Only then Laws and Rules can be streamline by itself. It’s high time we Nagas resolve to follow strictly the Laws and Rules to modernize our society!


Some of those who voted OTHERS had this to say:

• First tell what is Rule of Law?


• Which rule of law and whose rule of law are you referring to? We Naga public have to follow so many different rule of law. Unless the Naga political issue is conclusively resolved, we the public will be confused about which rule of law to follow.


• Many are law abiding while many make their own laws by forming unions / NGO’s.


• Generally, Yes. Individually, No. We are an open society with respect to naturally bonding with our fellow beings as long as public life is concerned, a peculiar trait belonging to mobocracy. The Rule of Law is a guiding wisdom (archaic or latest) on paper and as such, just as we stand for gender equality, clean elections, improving teaching qualities, no to plastic (processed foods are plastic wrapped which are all one time use plastics), child labour (plain manu aseh, khandan laga baccha aseh), etc. on paper, we respect almost every written rule down to the core in the written form but not in the practical aspect. If this is posted on the poll disclosure, and you as a reader have read this, how well practiced are you in respecting the written guidelines but not a practitioner of such? With time Wisdom shapes a human, but here, we are shaping the wisdom as long as the church promises us prosperity. (give ten and receive hundred fold = keep taking more and keep sharing with us some more too).


• Limited because of the unlimited ownership blood. Still a long way to dilute.


• Rule of law is as a scenario, a conditioning of various aspects of awareness. Of course we are and can be adherent’s….either conditioned in a liberal melieu or even within a well intended and hardened consequential China.