Social works: A farcical exercise?

Witoubou Newmai

A little more than one month ago a “state-wide mass social work” was held. The April 21 ‘mass social work’ was initiated by the Peoples’ Democratic Alliance (PDA) government. Such ‘mass social work’ is a frequent practice in the State albeit the initiators may not always be necessarily the State Government.


In such ‘mass social works,’ one interesting thing noted is the overwhelming response of the people. The seeming enthusiasm of the people to clean their respective colony drains and lanes is highly appreciated. However, the concern is about the noble end of such initiatives. For instance, the cleared and cleaned colony drains and lanes do not last for a few days.


Now, the challenge before us is the question of ‘who is cleaning and who is spoiling’? If one is interested the ritual of ‘cleaning’ only during the ‘mass social works’ then it may not be too far off to connect and compare with the case of the ‘Sunday morning Christians’. In short, concerns get erased so quickly in our case.


Our society’s whimsicality on such public affairs, in fact, continues to conceal our hypocrisy. This has, in fact, got us hung up.


Our unorganized and rot littered surroundings are the tell-tale signs of our banal zeal towards them. We do not know if the people are being deliberately obtuse when it comes to the health of our localities.


When lack of originality in our approach to public affairs has eaten into our vitals in all fronts our society needs to dwell more on the ethereal notion of ‘social work’.


Unless we are genuine towards the term ‘social work’ we cannot expect the missionary zeal to prevail in our endeavour. In short, the meaning of ‘social work’ is invalidated in the absence of the missionary zeal.


It is time our society realizes that it owes so much to our surroundings to explore new possibilities to keep the latter hygienic, neat and appealing.


In the same time, since it is said that habit can become the second nature, concerned authorities ought to formulate cogent mechanisms to address the issue of rot surroundings. In course of time, from the long employment of such mechanisms to address the farce of locality-keeping, the people will gain the second nature.


Can the concerned authorities garner required imaginations towards this concern?


In the same time, the people of the localities need to realize that the failure of ‘we the people’ spirit has come to such an extent of heaping the responsibilities on the issue of such nature on the concerned authorities.