Samuel Vaiphei currently serves as Assistant Commissioner of Customs (Preventive) in Kolkata. His interest is in Theology of Governance, Complex Systems, Geopolitics and Science & Religion; the latest of which he teaches occasionally to Seminary students.
When it comes to religious piety, the Naga Christians are second to none. They can fast as much and pray as long and sincerely as anyone else can.It also presupposes citizens who’ll not be easily swayed by narrow or populist rhetoric, nor sell their vote for money or other personal gains. At some point of time some societies which had been shaped by Biblical values came close to this ideal but clearly this was not manifest in the recent election in Christian Nagaland. K K Sema, a spotless man of proven integrity who retired as an IAS officer – perhaps the most qualified among all the contestants, was not even elected. Everyone could see that despite the call for clean elections, it was money and muscle power all the way.