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The Good, Bad, Ugly and Holy roads

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By EMN Updated: Aug 14, 2013 2:22 am
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Staff Reporter
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 13

AS quite rightly observed by one of the photo journalists on duty, it was indeed a classic case of the resonance of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” theme early Tuesday morning here in Dimapur.
Good thing(s) first. The Naga People’s Front (NPF) unit of Dimapur initiated a “social work” on early Tuesday morning in which some of the party workers had gathered and filled up potholes infesting the road between Hotel Tragopan and DC Court junction in Dimapur. A large number of NPF workers, both men and women, turned up for the “social work” armed with tools of their choice, which is indeed admirable, when considered against the backdrop that Dimapur has always been a Congress bastion until recently.
And yet, the whole exercise turned out to be a “Badly” conceived one as the Dimapur NPF leaders chose to use sands and rocks to fill up the holes along the road. Of late, Dimapur has been at the receiving end of some heavy dose of rainfall almost every day.
As if to prove their point, the rain gods decided to turn on the taps right when the “social work’ was underway and that’s where it all turned “Ugly.”
The rain, a moderate drizzle, reduced the whole mixture of sand and rocks into one ugly mess even as vehicles, especially the two-wheelers, found it extremely difficult to navigate through the road. Needless to say, the rain laid bare the “futility” behind the whole exercise.
Dimapur NPF unit leaders were, however, upbeat and insisted that the whole exercise was driven by the will to contribute to the welfare of the society. They were, however, non-committal, and skirted the issue, when queried and pointed out why the party unit had to undertake such a measure when NPF was enjoying absolute majority in Kohima.
The party leaders insisted that Tuesday’s “social work” had nothing to do with the government and that it was purely out of the will to contribute to the society.
Meanwhile, as per the NFRCC (Nagaland Foothill Road Construction Committee) resolution to “fast and pray” to invoke God’s blessing for opening a foothill road in Nagaland, the Ao Senden called upon fellow Nagas to observe the fast and prayer day on August 14 from 6 am to 8 am, according to a press release received here.
The opening of a foothill road in Nagaland is not only a means for connectivity between the regions or for economic gains but most importantly, it brings our people closer to each other, the press release said.
The Ao Senden is quite encouraged by the support and positive response from all over the State and particularly the genuine efforts made by the State government for early construction of the foothill road in Nagaland. Therefore, it is very appropriate to pray and give thanks for all these to our Almighty God, the release added.
The Ao Senden also took the opportunity to call upon all the fellow Nagas and friends of the Nagas to particularly remember this significant day the August 14, 2013 ‘Naga Independence Day’ and pray for all the National workers and leaders that Naga political aspirations will be realized in reality.

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By EMN Updated: Aug 14, 2013 2:22:27 am