Hopes and expectations

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/30/2018 12:20:16 PM IST

 There is little to match the celebration and revelry of New Year with the mood being infectious. As the world steps into the New Year 2006,the hopes of a peaceful and prosperous year ahead is in everyone’s mind. Many people live on hope while some live without it. Hope is positive but doing nothing but hoping is negative. New Year thus provides an opportunity for a review of many aspects in a person’s life and the effort to make life better –spiritually, mentally and physically. These are the epitome of what a progressive resolution ought to be and through which relationships, responsibilities and careers are addressed. Most people adopt, what is now popularly known as ‘New Year Resolutions’, to welcome the new year and hoping to begin anew. Common resolutions include-giving up some bad habit; promising to be a better person in the family and outside or striving hard toward achieving overall progress. This desire for progress and to see a better tomorrow is exciting and this is where the vision to see and realize the promises comes from. The state of mind therefore, plays a critical part in the entire perspective. The Bible also gives an account of the Hebrew people, later to be called Israelites, who came out of the bondage of Egypt in search the promised land but who failed several tests of obedience. As a consequence of their sins, they did not reach the promised land for over forty years because the Egypt in them led prevented them from moving in the right path. Idolatry, rebellion and ungodliness are strongholds that hold us in bondage. As people in Nagaland step into the new year 2019 ,they cannot ignore the many issues that have spiralled to levels that demand attention and which need to be handled with cooperative wisdom, if society in Nagaland is to come out of the shadows of doubts, confusion and conflicts. The lingering hope is for a better environment that would foster changes for the better. In general, the people of the state would wish for resolution of the political conflict so as to free people from the conflict situation and the ordeals arising from being under parallel authorities. When and how the chapter is closed with an agreement is on everyone’s minds. However haste towards a time-bound agreement without ensuring sustainability, would only ensure that the problem evolves into a serious complication. This would then be like the cure becoming worse than the ailment. There is more than enough reason to seriously ponder over why, since over a decade, governance has taken a back seat and who have been tossing all rules out of the window. One trap which the state has landed into has been the financial expenditure. The year also provides an opportunity to effect cleansing of the electoral practices, which has been blamed as a major contributor of criminalisation of the Naga society. Other issues that demand attention also include- need for quality of education system, bogus appointments in government, rise in anti-social offences, juvenile delinquency, mounting concerns of HIV, thriving black market in alcohol and drugs etc. These are concerns that pose severe challenge on the government, NGOs, society and church and which need to be tackled with urgency, determination and unison in order to stem the tide.

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