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Songs of the dark times

by Rinku Khumukcham
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“In the dark times, Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times” ¯ Bertolt Brecht
The song of the dark days are powerful, it carries the pain and anguish of the people. It wakes up common people from their slumbering. What is happening around the world is a matter of serious concern for every politically civilized people. People’s uproar in Hong Kong is going to the longest in 21st century world. President of USA Donald Trump impeached, Indonesia facing mass protest and in India over 20 people have been killed while protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act, National Registration for Citizens and now updated National Population Registration.
When one diagnoses the issue that sparks the nationwide chaos, it is a complex one. When few people are opposing the CAA and the NRC, almost many are up on the apprehension about the safety of their land, culture and economy. When those supporting the act have their own narrative of passing the act as a means to strengthen the country a stronger one, critics are of the opinion that it only sabotage the idea of India that has been existing after the British left in 1947. When political rivals strike terming the CAA a narrow political gambit to built vote bank by the ruling, common people are afraid that those illegal migrants getting citizenship may shattered the job opportunity of the citizens of the country.
People at mainland opposed NRC, NPR and CAA, while in Assam and other part of the North East states including Manipur oppose CAA but welcomes NRC or NPR.
The kind of debate over this issue has divided the country into many groups. And among these groups North East States in India unites on this particular issue of CAA, NRC or NPR. The region felt insecure in protecting the identity, culture and land from the migrants so they are opposing the CAA. It is because of this apprehension that the North East people felt that there is an urgent need of detecting the illegal or legal immigrants.
The gloomy and the grave songs need to be listened and every civilized leader should shed tears and felt the pain so that the country remains united. Or else, an idea which has been pushed up to redefine India, in the name of strengthening the country may cost the country – the fate of the then USSR.

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