Very frequently, we come across news reports in the various Nagaland dailies as well as on social media about extortion and multiple taxations. As it is, they’re already bad enough and detrimental to our economy’s progress, what is even worse is that non-Nagas are involved in these activities. There could be no worst insult than this to the people of Nagaland. More often than not, it is found out that these non-Nagas are under the patronage of Nagas belonging to the different NPGs. I mean, how low can we get? I don’t have to explain how the ordinary Naga feels when he/she comes across such reports. Disgusted is an understatement. These anti-social elements will be arrested and then, out comes the ‘clarification’ from the NPGs saying that the particular person(s) is an impostor and is not in any way associated with them. The vicious cycle continues.
Sometimes, I don’t know. I think we are headed to our own destruction and downfall as a society. The only independence we truly need is independence from laziness, greed, lust, jealousy etc. Only when that happens will we be truly independent and be able to move forward with the rest of the world. We need to rise up and straighten ourselves out. History won’t be kind to us for our ‘let it be, it happens’ attitude. Every time we stay silent, we are only providing more space and opportunities for evil to conquer us. Let us not be the conspirators of tomorrow’s misfortunes.
(These are my honest observations and I speak for myself, but I believe there are many out there who would concur with me.)