If one thing can ever be said of the present set of rulers in the state, it must be that the collective leadership has so far been able to keep the boat from being capsized, more as a result of their conformist views and style of governance, rather than out of its expertise in expediting timely solutions. The result- troubles and social disquiet has been kept suppressed and on tenterhooks, thus fomenting unrest rather than taking a proactive stance and meeting the issues head on while they are just starting out. Matters on the development front is not all rosy either. One could be forgiven for taking the assurances and promises of these public leaders as commitments being delivered. Things have come to such a pass that finding the techniques and means to convince and placate the public has evidently been given more effort than the actual implementation of such assurances and promises. As a seemingly progressive government trying to keep pace with the rest of the world, there is an unfailing effort to observe various significant events and days. Impressive organizational skills and enthusiasm is being displayed every time such observation functions are held, with no efforts or expenses spared, be it the world health day, environment or sports, or any other for that matter. But going with the flow has its inherent limitations, and the state government has been caught neck deep in it. As a democratic setup, majority carries the vote, but it does not always mean that the majority is right. Perhaps the peculiar social situations unfolding in the state is, if only in part, a result of the absence of a comprehensive and cohesive development plan or vision. The state government, elected by the public should have the confidence as well as the political will to implement its objectives against all odds. More than a populist gesture, the public demands a government with the conviction to stand by its commitments. Progress and development cannot be made to happen overnight. Shaping the future of the state is and should be an ongoing process. But to achieve the objective, a clear and far-sighted vision is a foremost requirement, with the political acumen and decisiveness to act on it. Laying out plans and communicating its intent to the public is all very well, but the people would rather have a government that acts out its intents, as a practice and not an exception. The public have put up with the slapdash measures of administering for too long, and the murmurings of discontent have begun to rumble across the state. It is about time the state government start selling progressive livelihood and stop peddling in dreams.
- Published in Editorial