By Witoubou Newmai
“Character-building and nation-building go together,” they say. However, this will be possible only when one believes in an ethical society. For a society where its moral landscape is too artificial and devastated, ethics becomes insignificant.
When a society is undergoing such a situation, corruption can never be an issue of significance because corruption is all about destroying ethics. In a society where ethics is considered not significant, campaigns on nation-building cannot bear expected results.
Our Naga society, tragically, has been overwhelmed by the ‘felt need’ factor today. But the bigger tragedy is to observe our society moving towards such a trend in a happy indifference affecting our psyche and imagination in a peculiar way.
The absence of a right conscience or genuine dissenting voices has caused the desolate situation which vividly denotes where our moral landscape stand.
Consequently, the strident vaunt of the Nagas on “nation-building” has become a hollow campaign. There is no deeper sadness than this act of vacuity. With minds, as corrupt as we are, there is little hope for our comatose Naga society to be stimulated. We fail to realise that the Naga campaign is attached to our moral code and conscience.
The deplorable trend has reached the next level—we refuse to even raise eyebrows when commercial and political ventures are being operated in the garb of charity. Yes, we know that the prevailing system dulls our conscience against corruption and impunity, however, there is also a thing called responsibility.
What morality does one exhibit when services that been rendered –cleaning one’s dustbin and drainage for instance – might have been motivated by one’s desire to get it published in the media? This, while there remains mudslinging on nation-building?
Such elements cannot be considered people, who in good faith had gratuitously rendered their services. It is a pity that even charitable services are on sale today.
People are too happy to carry out Good Samaritan services only before the media but charity on ground and charity before the media are two different realities.
“…When you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men…when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:2-4).
Meanwhile, as things have come to such a farce, the world will perceive the decades of campaign by the Naga people for justice as not driven by moral stance but rather induced by garbs of vested interests. We know this is an age of hyperbole but for the struggling Naga people, aspects of morality and ethics will continue to be the biggest asset without which our society is a hollow showpiece.