Duncan Basti, Dimapur
The liberty that we enjoy in our land did not just come about to us on a whim. Blood and tears were shed by our ancestors during the 1950s and the early 1960s. Article 371A did not just come about to us on a silver platter. There were people; our predecessors who had to go through thick and thin to buy us what we have today, i.e our freedom. Thanks to their honorable sacrifices we have the luxury of enjoying statehood. But despite the fact that our state has been sheltered by the Art 371A, it is unfortunate that jeopardy is knocking on our door.
The blessings that have been bestowed upon us by our ancestors; by our God is withering away. As the book of Proverbs 29:2 states when the wicked rule, the people groan. And this verse plays significance in what is happening in our state today.
One of the many and the most serious issues that we have in Nagaland which our leaders have failed to contain is the problem of illegal immigrants or the ILP.
For now, we the locals are the head and they are the tail; we are the landowners and they are the tenants; we are the lenders and they are the borrowers. But unfortunately and as terrifying as it may sound, this will all change unless we address the elephant in the room.
This issue that we have had for a while is gradually being noticed thanks to the various news channels in Nagaland and also thanks to the social media platforms.
May I kindly remind us that what we are facing right now and what we are going to face in the days to come has already happened in the past.
Let me take you to the times of the old Testament, the times of Jeremiah who is known as the weeping prophet. The prophet Jeremiah preached a message of doom and destruction to the stiff necked people of Israel for 40 years, who refused to turn away from their wicked ways. Jeremiah proclaimed God's impending Judgement on them because of their immorality. But the children of Israel would not heed his words. They labeled Jeremiah as someone insane who had lost his mind.
Fast forward into the 40 years and then we see the mighty Babylonian empire which God had raised against Israel as his instrument for chastening his people. After the siege of Jerusalem the children of Israel are taken as captives by the Babylonians. As they are taken by the enemy nation, the Israelites look back and they weep bitterly; they recall what the prophet Jeremiah said to them all those years.
This story of the old testament plays a key role in understanding what looms over our head and what is to come if we continue in our path of living in Greed, Luxury and Corruption.
Surely God's chastening will come upon us if we continue to walk in this same manner. The public and especially the ones in authorities need to open their eyes. If we love our children, our culture, our tradition; we would do the right thing. The book of Proverbs 27:12 says A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
Now to get to the crux of the matter, the ILP which is maintained only in name must be kept in check strictly.
Least, it becomes too late and our tribal people fades from our own land; least they i.e illegal immigrants become the head and we the tail; least we become the tenants and they the landowner; least they become the lender and we the borrower.