Time to Change
Initiative moves the world as one has to fight the slumber, inactivity, and the fear of failure. Nagas though have come of age to modern and matured ways but somehow the inertia to come out totally has been holding back the true rise and shine of Naga role models.
The older practices binds a Culture and Traditions and need not keep us at bay from development. My Nagaland which has been far more advanced than the others in cultural and religious practices, open mindedness in beliefs and also been the most advanced state in not only literacy but also in skill and talent.
Moving along with the time does not imply that one does not value traditions and culture. This needs to be understood by the definition of both culture and Traditions. As explained by the renowned Socialists – Traditions are a set of unwritten practices by a set of people of same faith, religion or community which is passed from generation to generation whereas Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving. Both Culture and Traditions are ever evolving like civilizations. Development in field of science and technology has made it easy in the developed societies. The world has become much close knit by the advent of Internet and we get to benefit from the best practices of the advanced nations even in the remotest of areas. So why not evolve faster, grow out of backwardness by seeking development and economic growth through sharing of ideas, beliefs, creativity and opening our doors to investors & Industry.
The world today is becoming cosmopolitan and receptive to change wherein the youth is playing the pivotal role. However it is not visible amongst our Naga youth. It seems we have little say in development – that has been the real cause of under development, unemployment and other social menaces.
Let us understand that the world has moved far ahead of mere physical boundaries and identification. Our society has been paying taxes to various groups who have not contributed towards the development of the region, in fact they have deterred volunteers to come and improve our beautiful land which in turn would have opened various job avenues for our talented youth. How long should we remain silent and suffer due to such diktats. Change is essential and is the only constant which lies in development, growth, education, employment, entrepreneurship, tourism and job creation. We need to wake up and take charge to take our state to new heights with growth and development in ideas as well as beliefs and stand tall in every sphere.
‘Woods are Lovely Dark & Deep but I have Development to Seek!!’