Editorial

Reverse progress

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/11/2019 12:31:29 PM IST

 It has been commented in this column in the past decades, that enforcing the rule of law in a place like Dimapur, which is like a transit point, with so many inlets and outlets, is a Herculean task that cannot be effectively managed through the outdated concepts as it demands efficient and committed civil and police officers who can get a grip of the challenges thrown by organised crime syndicates. Like most places, the complex situation arises due to the issue of illegal immigrants including exodus of people from other parts of the state, mostly unemployed and unskilled youth in search of greener pastures. The criminalisation of society is highlighted by existence of several gangs involved in various crimes which provide some kind of avenue to those lured into it. Crimes such a vehicle thefts, fake documents, counterfeit, drugs, sex trade smuggling of contraband, especially Indian Made Foreign Liquor- are widespread. These are activities that have lured many into their web. The socio-economic problems have created the environment under which these illegal activities thrive. The more violent types of crimes such as-extortion, threat and kidnapping- are mainly engaged by those used to violence and killings. The point is whether the knee-jerk response in setting up of mobile squads and special crime cells etc for crime detection would be considered as necessity unless they are given a free hand and also made accountable. The problem needs to be understood from legal, institutional, moral, cultural and religious aspects. Some efforts were made to stem the rot but these proved to be too little. Dimapur is like a city that exhibits a reverse trend against development. It takes great minds to understand that nurturing the development of any city needs character and commitment. All the institutions and organizations perhaps need to focus their attention on their social environment and to realise they must take the first step to agree on what each has to do. The variety of culture and religious communities have to live in peaceful coexistence without any section trying to assert a hegemony. Variety is the essence of progress and it helps to inspire citizens to feel part and parcel of the place they live. Since the city plays an important role in shaping the state in the arena entrepreneurship development, all the institutions have to address the problems and mainstream their goals or visions so as to provide clarity and purpose. If business cannot be conducted due to feeling of insecurity then there is no use in trying to harp on promoting business and trade. If crime cannot be cracked down, then there is little use in deploying large police force, especially armed battalions. In fact, too frequent use of armed battalions for policing job in itself is a clear admittance that the concept of policing is not only outdated but seriously flawed. Everyone should have a stake and then only can there be a unified effort to propel the wheels of development further. Political ambitions and greed are not unknown in other places but they have their own time and place. Dimapur has been losing the race in infrastructure development due to several factors since the 90s but unfortunately, no serious effort has been made to study and analyse the manifestations. Though the state capital may be the façade of Nagaland, yet the soul is Dimapur.If the soul is not well then the development of the body will be adversely affected.

 

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