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Updating with changing situation

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By EMN Updated: Oct 12, 2014 11:31 pm
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[dropcap]N[/dropcap]agaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act or Inner Line Permit becomes not that effective and hence the debate on whether both the Acts should be done away. In other words, the NLPT Act and ILP have not been updated with time.
When comes to such a situation one is reminded of a Nigerian story where a witty bird keeps updating its skill of protecting itself challenging the hunters’ ever improving weaponry front.
“Men have learnt to shoot without missing their mark and I have learnt to fly without perching on a twig.” In a Nigerian fable, Eneke the bird replied this when asked why it was always on the wing.
The bird Eneke, like any other bird used to perch on twigs but as the skill of its perpetrators advanced Eneke too found a method to cope the changing situation. In a classic book ‘Things Fall Apart’ by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, the disintegrating tribes of Nigeria drew inspiration from the Eneke fable to challenge the sophisticated strategies employed by the white men to annihilate the Africans in the 19th century.
Both NLTP Act and ILP came into being as the need to have such regulations was felt then. It is the bounded duty of the authority concerned to nurture the Acts and adjust things according to the demand of the situation.
The world view of people in general is changing and so is their approach to strive for their survival. Regulations after regulations have been made by the authorities to maintain the order of the state. However, if the authorities do not dance in tune with the drum beats things will begin to fall apart.
Here, one may argue that act of doing away the ILP and NLTP Act itself is akin to updating things in accordance with situation. However, while doing so if it attracts ruckuses and social pandemonium the authority concerned ought to rethink its strategies.

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By EMN Updated: Oct 12, 2014 11:31:39 pm