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The silence breaks

However much as we would like to consider ourselves as ones who are abreast of the times, with an acute sense of awareness of our rights and responsibilities, yet the undeniable fact remains that the mentality of most of those who have appointed themselves as saviours of the society from enemies both real and imaginary, has been one of “we are always right”, and “our cause is the most important one”.
What the common people has not been able to comprehend yet is the “why” of it. Why are these self appointed guardians of the society turning their guns and bombs on the very society who are their source of sustenance? Why are they still adamant on “serving” the common man, despite the overwhelming reluctance of the public to accept their “service”? Why do a crime becomes less evil after an amicable settlement with the perpetrators? Why do they insist on “donations” with fixed amounts? Why are they not “interfering” with the known and notorious smugglers and black marketers in spite of the glaring evidences, and more relevantly, with the recent uproar of the public against the dismissive state government adamant on ignoring the wishes of the people? Why are they harassing the weak and vulnerable public when their targets should be the corrupt and the unscrupulous elements taking undue advantage of the weak and helpless? Why are they so keen on changing the world when there are so many small hurdles we need to remove before everything else to make our society visibly better? Why are they conveniently looking the other way while various atrocities are being committed against the society everyday without respite?
It would not be an exaggeration to state that the society would be a much better place for their absence. The ulterior motives of these guardians of the society have been laid bare, yet the fear of physical harm and unwanted repercussions, which is so real and possible, has the public to keep mum. It does take two hands to clap- the cheatings, forgeries, misappropriations and underhand dealings being carried out in Government Departments and offices are the excuse and the reason for their existence. Yet in their purported quest to cleanse the society of things evil and bad, it is the common man, clueless and defenceless, who are bearing the brunt of the anger and threats, getting caught in the crossfire, without the connection or the influence to secure a better bargain of their lives. Insecurity and the fear psychosis have been so deeply ingrained in the minds of the people, with a deep suspicion for everything and everyone even remotely out of the ordinary.
The outcome of such a society can never be a positive one- as has been witnessed and felt by everybody. The Indian army has been using the excuse of the unrest and social disruptions to carry out their myriad nefarious activities, while various leaders in power are amassing wealth meant for the affected people. The deathly vortex of extortions, killings and threats has been growing stronger. The only real and plausible solution? – take away the sinner, and the saint disappears! How easier can things get?

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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