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India unites on wrong issues - but the divide remains obscured

After an undeclared war between Pakistan and our country begins, India today faces an internal war type scenario dividing the citizens into two with different ideologies. The idea of new India as per the ruling government led by BJP all began after Pakistan nurtured JeM militants who claimed the attack on our CRPF Jawan at Palwana district of Kashmir. Modi administration attack needs appreciation, but the real problem now has been curtain. Nobody talks about a lasting solution of Kashmir but a war – or revenge for killing our martyred soldiers is the topic for all. If the Kashmir problem exists such unwanted incidents may continue and maybe more precious jawan of ours may lose a life. Finding an alternative solution is perhaps the need of the hour. We cannot simply play cards to meet the desire of the majority community base religion for a mere benefit at the cost of brave soldiers. India is a land of multi-ethnic people who speaks the various language and follow a different religion.
The idea of the nation having one identity, one religion, one culture, one language promulgated by some self-style son of mother India has created fear psychosis to various ethnic communities in the country. At a time when chauvinistic idealism of creating a nation of only one community is seen marching ahead, it is natural that each and every ethnic communities of the nation have reason to be feared. Because it is family first then comes to society then it is the nation. That is why people are either against the CAA r the NRC or NPA.
India was and is a nation of diverse people. The beauty of India is the existence of different ethnic people with diverse cultural people. It is important that if India has to prove the world as the most successful democratic country, the leaders and the so-called self-style son of the soil should be tried to become real son of the soil by accepting that the concept of one religion, one culture, and one language should not be followed in the Nation called India.
Talking about North East state in general and Manipur in particular, during Kargil war, two soldiers from this region, that too from a border village between Myanmar and India in the state of Manipur were martyred while fighting the Pakistani troops. Family of the two did not know the common language that their sons spoke with their fellow soldiers and moreover, the villagers of the two soldiers are fighting tough safeguarding their villages from intruders of the neighboring villages. Yet they pray for the success of India.
The Indian administrators of the time were not the one which brought victory to the Kargil war, but it was the prayers of those thousand parents, whose sons were fighting for the country, but who never see Delhi, or who never understood the common language (Hindi) that make India a success. Indeed, many critics are of the view that India is still in the process of nation-building. But the reality is that India is already a nation. A nation of imagines community living under the same roof.
The peaceful co-existence and communal harmony were put in dead danger with the rise of communal centric feudalism classes. They spew venom of hate feeling among the various communities for their mere selfish gain. The last few decades showed the rise of many such feudalists and the rise of this class raises the feeling of enmity among the various community.
Coming back to the state of Manipur, the problem facing right now has similar roots. The force annexation is often pinpointed as the root of all sorts of trouble here, but the reality is that the root of the entire problem facing in the state of Manipur is the chauvinistic attitude of the ruling government in the mainland India.
Instead of looking at the problem, the then ruler of mainland India had sidelined the real issue submitted by the then expert officials deputed by their government, they never tried anything to put a halt to the rise of the armed opposition group. But rather the then government incited hate feeling among various communities thinking that the same technique adopted the British ruler can suppress any movement in the region.
Instead of taking into consideration and finding a means to end all sorts of violent activism a Scheme called Surrendered Rehabilitation Schemes had been introduced and the result - people now suffered double the problem that they had faced before the coming of the scheme.
Well, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the last President of the USSR had understood the importance of safeguarding each community and the USSR was separated into various independent nations. The problem will be there as long as humankind exists. Because they think and act and those acts are sometimes negative from one’s viewpoint even if he or she thought it right from his viewpoints.
The fear factor right now is felt to everyone. Man dies and sacrifices for their children and nation. If the fear factor grows no one can guarantee any untoward incident at which the fear factor was a challenge and wipe out completely to restore the once upon a time nation-state called Manipur.

Last modified onSaturday, 08 February 2020 17:58
Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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