One would not need to struggle to find appropriate adjectives to describe the state- except for descriptions like “Dull” or “Normal”. The slew of activities keeping the public on tenterhooks, albeit for reasons seemingly unrelated for the last couple of days is not something out of the ordinary in this place. It might even be called the eternal spring of delusion- for all the expectations, hopes and opportunities that has been dashed and wasted. It would not be an exaggeration to state that the present social developments, as had always been in the past, present a dual aspect, depending on one’s perspective. One is the unfortunate yet necessary reorientation of social priorities and order, as would the authorities and administrators put it. The other would be the festering law and order situation which is slowly yet surely morphing into a collective attitude of suspicion and mistrust made worse by a sense of alienation and demarcation between the influential and the powerful on one end with the commoners on the other. Perfection is often said to be an impossible ideology- proven more often with glaring shortcomings by even the most well-meaning and more resourceful states and leaders. Yet it is not the failure to achieve perfection that is picking at the conscience of the public and stirring undesirable emotions, but the failure of those who have been entrusted with the power and the authority to make a sincere and determined attempt at making the best out of whatever is being received or offered, or is endowed as the case may be. While the law and order situation in the state, or more precisely, the cause of it is very much debateable, it is beyond the comprehension of one’s rationale when a government fails to even sit up and take notice, much less act on it, when its territorial integrity is threatened. The succession of incursions and intrusions into the territories of the state by neighbouring Nagaland on various instances is but a manifestation of the persistent effort of a greedy entity taking undue advantage of a lethargic and reluctant authority which is still not able to make up its garbled mind on the sequence of actions to be taken up, if it is to be taken up at all. The acute indecisiveness of the state government has become rather viral, seeping down to every ancillaries of its machinery.
Then again, the uncomfortable developments regarding the repeated violations and incursions by Nagaland highlights a very pertinent issue which, if we might just shed off our preconceived notions, will definitely help in speeding up various activities and plans that present a real and viable opportunity of taking the state to the next level. The risks and efforts being taken by Nagaland to encroach not only on the physical territory but even cultural asstes -Shirui / Siroi Lily bears testimony to the fact that these cultural and natural assets are the envy of others. Yet our state government fails to improve and build on it to create opportunities for the public to enjoy and profit from these precious gifts of other nature.