Role of ‘conscience keepers’ in Naga society

Witoubou Newmai
What should have been the finest time for the Naga people appears destined to become a nightmare as the Naga society is left to see the ‘cordial affairs’ disrupted. Are the vested interest elements alone to be blamed for the diminishing provision of a meaningful ‘Naga journey’? This situation seems to be a self manufactured penalty for the Naga society.
Concerned people need to ask today whether the importance of the values of confronting issues have seeped into the collective Naga mind.
One critical importance for the Naga society is to fully understand the issues before it endorses them. Unless much thought and penetrating conversations on the confronting issues are encouraged and appreciated, the Naga society will continue to embrace ‘blind indulgence’.
The larger problem today is, it seems our society is yet to realize that ‘blind indulgence’ has been contributing myriad problems to Naga society, and it is getting even more complex with time as the society has simply become an object to be shaped by vested interest groups and leaders.
More brutally cynical is our continuing help in consolidating the positions of those vested elements committed to control and manipulation. This trend, perhaps, has been the reason for the Naga society’s disillusion over the confronting issues.
One disturbing development has been not about the question of the Naga society’s authenticity towards the issues it is fighting with, but the worry over the current standard view of society and its happy indifference to this discouraging trend. Even worse is the consideration of Naga society that it is superfluous to even take a perilous route for a worthy cause.
Even as Naga society is distressed with the everyday businesses of vested interest, hypocrisy and tribalism, which are fast draining out its energies and resources, few people who are considered as the ‘conscience keepers’ of the Naga society cannot find the required strength.
What can be considered a more vulnerable thing than vested leaders and groups finding appeals in an ignorant mind?
As long as the ‘conscience keepers’ of the Naga society start asserting their responsibilities loudly and openly, the bleak trend is here to remain. Trenchant engagements with the ignorant public should be part of the concerned people’s assertion towards shouldering their responsibilities.
Unless the people become fully aware of the issues confronting them, vested interest elements will continue to manipulate the situation to their advantage.
In short, the Naga society needs to realize that chances of anxiety taking place will become less, even if crises overwhelm ‘the helm of affairs,’ once the people stop consolidating the vested interest groups and elements.