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Op-Ed

Follow democratic practice!

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By EMN Updated: Jan 19, 2015 10:34 pm
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Thepfulhouvi Solo

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]an the public do anything to end the political crisis of Nagaland today? Very little, if not nothing! It is an ugly shameful political tamasha, the political leaders feel no uneasiness; they feel no embarrassment! They do not know how to blush! They talk as if they have tones of Righteousness!
Could the Governor possibly do anything?
Normally the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers Aid and Advice the Governor in his (Governor’s) constitutional functions (Article 162), however, the Article 163 (2) says: “anything done by the Governor shall not be called in question on the ground that he ought or ought not to have acted in his discretion.”
I am not a constitutional expert, but to my entitled opinion, whether the issue is an internal or external party matter, the Governor could have initiated a democratic process, had he followed the Cabinet Recommendation. He followed ‘his discretion’ and the Constitution provides: he is unquestionable on his discretion -Unfortunate in my Opinion.
The trouble originated from selfish interest rather than from public interest of some People in Power. Therefore the general Public in Nagaland pays scant interest for it solution. The public just laugh at the politicians in scorn and give no concern for the solution of the problem.The trouble is: it has deep and wide connections with all of us the public. Our collective attitude towards lofty Christian democratic principles is so careless. Naga Christians leaders do not care for Democratic principles in the Church; why would the members care about democratic principles in the society or in the political parties? They are interested only in the words. The fundamental of Christianity is doingwhat Jesus preachedp
The Government looks after the physical need of the people: the Church looks after the Spiritual need of the people; both the government and the Church think it is doing what is expected of them.
The fundamental requirement of the government is also in doing ‘public interest’. All government orders, notices, notifications, publications and Acts etc, are done in ‘public Interest’; nothing is supposed to have been done other than ‘in public interest’; even the transfer and posting order of the lowliest of the government servants, is done in public interest and the order issued invariably contains the expression –‘in public interest’.
Everything of the Church does, down to a simple Church meeting, is supposed to render service to God but the Church today is full of leaders; more like what Jesus had said to his Disciples: Mt. 23: 2-4.
“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses seat.
So you must obey them and do everything they tell you.
But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie heavy load on men’s shoulders,
but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them”
The Church in Nagaland today preaches more than do what it preaches.
Let us be painfully honest:
In the last Assembly election a very important Minister was caught red-handed:
i. Carrying illegal fire-arms of illegal bore.
ii. With huge amounts of illegal money.
iii. With illegal Liquor.
iv. He was caught red-handed
This would be like a reverend caught red-handed with his pant off in the company of a prostitute.
Only on the specific instruction from the Governor, at last, did the police charge-sheeted him!
When he returned to his Village from Police detention, the Christians welcomed him in a fashion reminiscence of the public welcome, as Jesus entered Jerusalem. The Minister’s Christian tribe supported him like they are welcoming a Hero. And he was favored with a cabinet place in the Ministry! Christians fervently campaigned for ‘Clean Election’ and Nagaland for Christ!
What shameless Christians we are? The Church said not a word of objection to the gross undemocratic practices in the land!
The trouble in Nagaland to a great extent is spiritual problem.
God has ordained the Government; the essence of the spirit of God lives in every democratic process of the government.
For the solution of the political crisis in Nagaland today:
FOLLOW DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE.

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By EMN Updated: Jan 19, 2015 10:34:58 pm