What ails my nation?

Published on January 26, 2005

By Thangtinngam Lhungdim

January 26, 2005: In the name of fighting for our rights, we have lost many invaluable  lives. In the name of Homeland we have been rendered homeless in our own land. In the name of Politics, our cohesive and highly bonded society has been gradually  and systematically fragmented into multiple diverging entities. In the name of spiritual growth and everlasting dwelling place in heaven, we have spoilt, looted and robbed the once brave and proud people of its identity. Its high time we stop splitting hair and let’s all keep in mind that we share a common origin and our destiny couldn’t be otherwise.

None of our intellectuals, politicians and even religious leaders questions those social ills creeping up in our society. There is a thin line dividing a man from animal and what do we expect from a man who lost his conscience. The animal in us, fully liberated, armed to the teeth with the tacit support of our budding politicians and above all left with not an iota of respect for human lives and spiritual inhibitions is sure to create havoc. Expecting them to carry the bible and giving sermon on the pulpit on peace and brotherly love will be far fetch. We are creating a terminator a real one indeed, but the sad thing is that we don’t have the magic wand to control it. I don’t know what kind of picture we are tying to portray to our brothers and sisters who are still in their adolescence.  Students are the pillar of tomorrow and I’m scare with the type of pillar we are trying to groom. We have corrupted and filled their  mind with violence, blood and hatred.

It’s neither the central government fault nor the state that  placed us in this pitiable state of existence, but the result of our collective making, either by supporting the evil or by not opposing it. We are living in a dream land. Roads and bridges exist on paper, electricity without transmission lines, never thought that we have such a great scientist. These are not jokes happening in Laloo’s land but in our own backyard and committed by our own people. I think in our preoccupation to out do one another we might have misinterpreted the definition of democracy, or should we redefine democracy as the looting of the people and its resources by few people to fulfill their selfish ends.

Pay without work, kidnapping and lawlessness are some of the ills that are afflicting our societies and they needed  immediate correction. It goes against the very basic teaching of the Bible. Teachers are recruited for a particular school and their absence from duty implies some children in the far off places are managing without teacher. Otherwise, those deprived will one day take up arms and we will be caught in a vicious cycle of lawlessness.

The cost involved in maintaining law and order may be high but failure to do so  is enormous. Had all the developmental schemes initiated by the central and states been executed, at least a fivefold progress, if not ten  would have been witness, But for our short sightedness, our love for self and money. Just imagine the cost over run in Khuga dam project. The money could have been spent for setting up  50 bedded hospitals in all the sub divisions of Churachandpur. After all they are our people and their heath needed to be taken care off. The dam when completed may not be economically viable and might produce only 5 Mega Watt of power (around 1/20th of power produced in NHPC’s Leimatak power house. I don’t know whether the politicians in colusion with the engineers are cheating the people or cheating themselves. What ever the case may be the people are the looser and the include you and me.

We have a choice either to lead peaceful life with  all round development as a bonus, or to continue leading the present state of penury with insecurity as its punishment. Peace is a requisite for development and being the follower of Christ, it is high time we learn respecting  human lives.