Missiological Understanding on Clean Election in Nagaland: NBCC Advocacy and its Critical Analysis
A free and fair election is the foundation of a democratic form of Government. As a citizen of a state and a country, we cannot do away with politics as long as we are part of the society. There was a time when the Nagas held leadership as a sacrificial service to the community and it was shameful to claim to be a leader by oneself. But, looking at the current scenario of the Naga society,leadership has become an opportunity for leaders to perpetuate their earthly kingdom. A land where all the politicians, aspirants, and almost all the voters are Christians, the values and the Christian standard of living are not visible during the process of election. Elections in Nagaland have been linked with unethical and rampant malpractices which led Nagaland to be socially corrupted, morally bankrupt, and politically visionless. Therefore, every eligible person must do what is right according to the biblical truth by avoiding all forms of election malpractices, and the churches as an agent of change need to play a vital and prophetic role to heal and to bring peace and harmony to our land and in the society. Contents Foreword Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Glossary Introduction Chapter 1: A Brief History of the Nagas and the Formation of NBCC Introduction 1.1. The Land and Geographical Landscapes of Nagaland 1.2. The People: Origin and Migration of the Nagas 1.3. Socio-Political Characteristics of the Nagas 1.4. The Economic Life of the Nagas 1.5. Primal Religion - The Primary Belief 1.6. The Advent of Christianity to the Nagas 1.7. A Brief Background on the Emergence and Growth of NBCC Conclusion Chapter 2: The Election Framework Under the Indian Constitution: Reference to the State of Nagaland Introduction 2.1. The Election Framework under the Indian Constitution 2.2. The Election Commission of India and its Features 2.3. The Administrative Machinery for the Conduct of Elections 2.4. The Process and the Model Code of Conduct in Elections 2.5. The Local Self-Government System of the Nagas: New Political Structure under the British Rule and After Independence 2.6. A Brief History of the General Elections in Nagaland 2.7. The Multi-Party and the Election System in Nagaland Conclusion Chapter 3: Analysis of the Clean Election Campaign by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council Introduction 3.1. The Unethical Nature of Politics in Nagaland 3.2. Women and their Political Status in Nagaland 3.3. A Brief Background of the Church and Clean Election Campaign in Mizoram 3.4. The Clean Election Campaign of NBCC 3.5. The Common Malpractices and Violations in the Contemporary Nagaland Election System 3.6. Election: The Root Cause of Corruption in the State 3.7. The Analysis of the ‘CEC’ in Select Districts of Nagaland Conclusion Chapter 4: Mission of the Church in the Context of Clean Election Campaign in Nagaland: A Transformative Missiological Approach Introduction 4.1. The Etymology and Biblical Understanding of Mission 4.2. Biblical Understanding of Election 4.3. The Mission and the Role of the Church in the Life of the People: A Quest for Transformative Missiological Implication 4.4. Missional Models of Ministry Towards Creating Awareness on CEC 4.5. Re-Claiming Some of the Tribal Resources Conclusion General Conclusion Bibliography Eyingbemo M. Odyuo hails from Nagaland belonging to Lotha/Naga community. He did his Bachelor of Divinity (BD) at Trinity Theological College (TTC) Thahekhü, Dimapur and his Master of Theology (MTH) in Missiology from The United Theological College (UTC), Bangalore. Presently, he is serving as the Youth Director at Tiyichan Lotha Baptist Church, Wokha, Nagaland.