“Dissent is the safety valve of democracy. If dissent is disallowed then the pressure cooker may burst”. The August 29 Supreme Court ruling in intervention to the arrest of the 5 renowned personalities across the country showed a slinging hope of the marginalized minority people of the country.
Dissent against anything that the people felt wrong to the policy and programme of the government is the only way that will guarantee freedom to all the people of the country. Suppressing the people with guns and bayonets is not a sign of peaceful society. As we all knows that peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice. When dissent is disallowed it is the crumbling of the democracy and rise of dictatorial and autocratic form of government.
Times are a changing as everything ought to. Stuffs that were not even dreamt about are becoming devices and gadgets for everyday use. The peace of development and inventions is increasing at a dizzying pace and in a unbelievably complex manner. Every single gene in the human body can be identified, isolated and manipulated. Electricity can be transmitted without any wires or cables. Cars that run for more than a thousand kilometers with only a gallon of fuel is no more a fantasy today. Space travel or space tourism is here. Humans with embedded microchips can now manipulate and control his environment, well almost, as of now. Research and development in every field, being aided by sophisticated computers and robots, have quickened their pace and shortened their observation periods, leading to quicker results. It would not be much off the mark to say that the world as we know today is undergoing a paradigm shift in the way we live our lives. Through these radical changes and developments, one thing has withstood the test of time, proving to be an unseen and unaccounted yet determining factor that could make or mar everything else the human mentality.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.