Politics in Nagaland: It’s bad!

Imlisanen Jamir


How did we get to this point? Never mind, that was rhetorical.


People are expected to be firm believers in the democratic process, whereby the collective wisdom of the people’s will, ultimately, results in right being victorious.


But current trends in Nagaland State politics make us wonder. What is going on in Nagaland these days would be laughable, if it wasn’t all so terribly serious.


Politicians have always been caricatured, and rightly so, as an untrustworthy lot. But the recent antics of the State’s political elite have given credence to Naga politicians embracing that caricature whole heartedly.


The changes in allegiances shown by our politicians and the rampant reshuffling of legislators experienced this year have gone beyond anything experienced in the past.


In every government there are those who prize the trappings of a ministerial position above their own integrity, who are intoxicated by power and driven by their loyalty to that alone. However, it is a rare instance that the entire political machinery of a state is guilty of the same libation. That seems to be the case for Nagaland.


The political battles fought within the state’s ruling party over the year started with…wait, does anyone really even care anymore? I don’t!


It’s the same old thing repeated over and over again, with legislators changing sides in a three way battle royale between the state’s current political top dogs. There’s the Chief Minister, the Lok Sabha Member of Parliament and the former Chief Minister and NPF President (depending on who you ask as far as the latter is concerned).


I wish I could name an opposition leader here, and make this match up a fatal four-way (Forgive the wrestling puns, but the fakery in Nagaland’s state politics rivals that of pro wrestling in many ways). But it’s hard in a political set-up that proudly proclaims to be ‘opposition-less,’ like that is something that the people actually approve of.


It has become obvious that these battles have to do with one thing alone; and no, it is not the desire for an ‘honourable and acceptable solution’ to the Naga political issue. It’s not even about ideology, as much as the remnants of the Congress and the BJP would like to have us believe.


Politicians in the state have, through their recent exploits, made sure that the processes and systems that were set up to enable a battle of principles for the people’s welfare, have mutated into a grimy pit for narcissistic self-interest.


And if you were looking for forced positivity in this editorial, there is none. Things are that bad.


The writer is an Associate Editor at The Morung Express. Comments can be sent to imlisanenjamir@gmail.com