Dept of Mass Communication,
Patkai Christian College (Autonomous)
Unity in diversity has been the hallmark of the state of Nagaland. The cultural richness has taken everyone outside the region by a wonderful surprise. Assimilation is one of the beautiful qualities of the state. The state like any other Indian states, have occupied a permanent place in terms of diversity of communities irrespective of her small geographical area as compared to other states.
It is with this notion, every ethnic group or indigenous tribe has an aspiration to have an elected member in the state assembly. Having an elected member of one’s own community in the state assembly is the matter of pride since it determines the status of community among many tribes living in the state. This is common elsewhere, where clan and ethnic base political preference has been the order.
When election comes, it is a general understanding that one community is pitted against other community. Commonly, during election the environment change from friendship to foe, love to hatred, righteousness to unrighteousness, honest to dishonest, peace to violence, etc. The tug of war between supporters of the candidates become obvious, more so when it is to do with tribes.
This tribe narrow based concept of development creates unhealthy practices of all sorts. The election manifesto or party ideology has nothing to do with the people in the matter of choice of candidates as they are more or less govern by clan or tribes rather than the leadership virtues of the candidates. This has been witnessed in the past and it continues to be the way of political process in the state. We need to come up and move beyond this. Individual rights should not be compromised for a social and democratic system that’s regressive.