Janghaolun Haokip

Janghaolun Haokip

Janghaolun Haokip, a resident of Kholep Village, P.O –Motbung, Kangpokpi District, Manipur -795107  is a regular contributor of articles to Imphal Times. He completed his B.A (Psychology) Delhi University, Delhi and is currently pursuing Bachelor of Divinity at Manipur Theological College, Kangpokpi, Manipur. He used to work as a Assistant Teacher in English Literature for two years at MBC Higher Secondary School, Kangpokpi Mission Compound, Kangpokpi.

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Life, like time, always goes on, and I believe that’s their very essence. There is no force or neither human invention that is powerful enough to go back to time or to a time of life. In fact, none of us would have believed in the Time Machines in science fictions because we are all somehow conscious of the futility and impracticality. Even so, it is not to wholly deny the colossal potential of human intellect and innovation as we have so far witnessed.
The idea here is not so much about whether we can go back to time or to a time of life, rather, it’s to dwell in the question of the more sentimental aspects of life –of feelings and emotions, and of joy and pain –relative to time and life. It is to venture into the heart of life, and explore and discover the essences of life so that living becomes a beautiful upbeat adventure than an undying misery. That is the goal of this essay, to find the beauty of life in understanding the heart of things that made up this thing we call life.
Life is beautiful. Yes it is! But for most of us, unfortunately, it doesn’t always stay that way. It is often overlaid by adversities that entirely change how a person sees the world and perceives it from a thing of beauty to a thing of suffering. There are people who speak of the vanity of life –that all sorts of optimism or positivity are nothing but diversions to the true nature of life –a life of suffering and pain. It is of course not reasonless because we all have our hard times at some points in our lives. But the point is how to let the beauty of life stay and how to find beauty in adversity so that life remains beautiful amidst the tears. In short, let’s learn to be hurt and still be okay.
I remember falling in love with all the passion and excitement of a teenager. I must’ve been 18 at that time. The world was beautiful like I had never known before. The days were all fun and amusing and the nights were beautiful just dreaming of her. For once, I even felt like I could just bring her home and make her my wife even though I can’t even take care of myself yet at that time. I loved her that much and life was beautiful like I could ask for nothing more. But it all abruptly turned upside down when we decided to part ways. The days were tiresome and the nights were long, and life was despairing and being alive was a misery. But life still went on and somehow I grew over the pain.
To this day, sometimes, I still couldn’t believe how something that meant so much could slowly fade away just like that. It was literally a part of my life. There were nights I couldn’t sleep because she didn’t text me goodnight or days that were so colourless because she didn’t come to school. Now, as I look back on what it meant in my life and how it all changed, I guess now I understand how life goes on and how things change. Ostensibly not all, but at least, even at the worst, I have learnt that it will change and it will be alright again.
I want to remind us of this, that even when you feel like letting go, there is always beauty to see. Somewhere somehow someway, there is still something that can still carry us on. It is the change in life, like seasons, like the dawn and dusk –life changes as it goes on. The sun will shine and the sun will go and the night will come and just like that. The best will change and so will the worst. In other sense, life is a journey with ups and downs and the most beautiful thing about it is that even the roughest roads will not last nor the saddest moments of life. Every pain that you are going through today will pass. Every suffering and suffocation will never last.
You just have to believe! You just have to hope! As simple as that, and that is how we will still be okay even when it hurts. Or when the sun doesn’t shine, just imagine the stars and everything beyond. Think of all the mystery of the universe, of creation, of how long it will take to explore the universe. Think of things so big that pain eventually feels small and gradually fades away. Furthermore, we have to accept the inevitability that all the pain and misery are parts of life too. We have to understand that it will not always be a good time and adversities may haunt us too. And as crazy as it might sound, if we can understand that and so accept it, we can laugh at our tears, and smile at our scars. It only takes acceptance! Otherwise it’s dangerous, because if you disagree to accept the facets of life –as the inevitability of suffering and pain –there will always be things to cry for, and the choice is always yours to make.
Life goes on and a glitter of hope is all you need to move on. Hope –that comes from understanding and duly accepting the heart of life and what it takes to live –of suffering and pain and of joy and delight. Life goes on with someday to cry and someday to smile. Live the best of every moment and live it to cherish it because time and life, once gone, can never be recalled. And even at your worst, remember, life goes on, and THERE IS ALWAYS BEAUTY TO SEE.

Tuesday, 06 October 2020 17:14

RAPE: Whose fault?

Social media today is filled with the question “Whose fault is rape?” In fact, everyone else intuitively has the same question as rampant rapes are happening all over India on a daily basis. The question is indeed noteworthy as one tries to root the cause of the rise in rampant rapes and as one desperately tries to solve the problem surrounding rapes in the country. We shall briefly explore the question in this article.
Rape in India is unfortunately not something uncommon. It is undoubtedly one of the major obstructions in regards to the country’s race towards providing safety for women and of course women empowerment. This ostensibly means that rape in India is something which has been demanding a serious action plan from the authorities concerned although it remains largely neglected.
According to sources, rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. The 2019 annual report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) stated that 32033 rape cases were registered across the country, which is an average of 88 daily cases. The number of the cases is very high as compared to Saudi Arabia which has none or negligibly less cases of rape. Therefore it raises a cause for concern of how India is doing so poorly in effectively controlling the number of rapes in the country.
As stated earlier, rape has always been surrounded with questions. With it, the notion of “who takes the blame” has been a relentless question of angry protestors especially on social media channels. The recent Hathras case has sparked another wave of controversy and has left everyone in a crossroad. The BJP MLA’s statement that rape will stop when parents give sanskar to their daughters and inculcate good values in them is regrettably immature and extensively sensitive and irresponsible to the conclusion of many people. This has brought us back to the question “Whose fault is rape?” “Who is to blame?”
The question is indeed abstruse but alarming. Albeit the fact that there can be no single answer, the rising need to find a solution has compelled one to come to a conclusion. Ironically, in the recent Hathras case, there were upper caste people who were rallying in support of the rape accused. They were literally holding placards in support of the rapists and in condemning women in general. According to them, when women get raped, it is absolutely not because of the man. The hypothesis can be summed as, “women get raped because they demand it”. In fact, according to this hypothesis, rape isn’t even rape but mutual agreement to have sexual intercourse.
Women get raped because they do not dress properly or they go out at night. The problem is because they stay alone at home or do things that would sexually arouse a man. They are solely responsible for the actions of a man, and therefore they should also take the blame. For some others, they should be taught manners and dos and don’ts to be able to survive in a patriarchal society. I remember some years ago in Delhi I read somewhere that women should learn to say “bhaiya” so that they are not being raped. Moreover, there are also people who believe that there is natural or divine entitlement for men to treat women as they wish or as it pleases them. The validity of these arguments or stances are not known, however, these are the most common notions of people who believe that it is the fault of women to be raped or sexually abused.
On the contrary, such beliefs are strongly against women empowerment and extremely hurtful to the sentiments of the women folk. It undermines equal rights for men and women, and most of all the right to freedom. Men have their own free-will and every action is a matter of their own choices, therefore, putting the blame on women is simply outrageous and nonsensical. It only intends to play women as an object or considers women as a lesser human being than men are. Furthermore, the notion of such “blame” is extensively primitive in nature as resolutely opposed to modernism and intellectualism. Women hold that women aren’t any lesser in capability whether intellectually or physically than men. A stronger notion is that the society as modern and educated as it has become must cultivate more reason into itself and must distance itself from ideas as the superiority of men that is rationally absurd and morally defiling.
Although being largely out of question, the problem of rape has also to do with the existing law and order of the country. This may seem unclear but one must understand that it is the law and order in a government that dictates the running of a country in both internal as well as external affairs. In India, although rapes have become more rampant and severe having caused thousands of lives, there are no sets of laws against rape that are entirely effective. In fact, there are people who are blaming the ineffective law and order in the country for the rising cases of rape. In addition, rape in India is often politicised which is absolutely unnecessary and only hints at the existing law and order problem. Interestingly, the legal process against a rape accused in India is particularly long. For record, the Nirbhaya gang-rape case took seven years until the case was finally over when four of her killers were hanged.
As earlier stated, there can be no absolute conclusion as long as we are trying to put blames on each other. The answer as we see it is an endless debacle –a vicious cycle. Another problem is that blaming has the potential to divert us from the core issue which is fighting against rape. As such, it is necessary for us to look into it not as a problem between men and women but a problem of a greater evil that is threatening our society as a whole. It requires each of us to be responsible in spreading a positive message through our lives and actions so that people do not become victims.
In fact, all of us are responsible. The question from the start should not be “Whose fault?” but it should rather be “What is my responsibility?” As a woman, if you live in a society that has not been properly cultured to respect women as they should, it is best for you to take necessary precautions while also working to educate and bring change in the society and fighting for the same. For men, it should not be about the external circumstances but it should rather be about your inner convictions and your respect for women and your love for humanity.
All in all, men have greater responsibility. Because a man is the one who acts against a person’s free will. Nevertheless, it is fairly advisable that women should not go psycho with her notion of freedom. In a compendium, it depends and varies from person to person, and there cannot be a generalisation that holds true for everybody, and all we can do is to love and respect each other, very much, so that we hold our desires –our lust and our freedom –below the rest.
I sincerely hope your conscience has a room for this humble point of view.

By -Janghaolun Haokip

The BJP since its founding in 1980 has undergone massive transformation and has come to power in 2014 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Today the BJP is the country’s most formidable political force with unparalleled influence and power as it is seen in the current scenario of the country.
As rightly stated, BJP is a right-wing party, and its policy has historically reflected Hindu nationalist positions. It has close ideological and organisational links to the much older Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and has in fact worked together in promoting and encouraging the hideous ideology of Hindu supremacy.
While in the country the BJP is widely accused of fascism, in Uttar Pradesh, and especially in Hathras, under the leadership of BJP Yogi, the people are being taken back to a hundred years ago when the world had no taste of the modern day and what it offers. People couldn’t travel a hundred years ago as there were no proper roads and vehicles but Hathras is unfortunately in the same situation today as the people are forcefully being confined in their homes.
In fact, what we face today is much worse and outrageous. The government has utterly abused the force and power in their hands. It has gruesomely controlled everything that it can or everything that there is, because there is not much that is not politically controlled, except of course for the few people that remain loyal to the country and their positions. Unsurprisingly, we have the #godimedia and the police forces that take commands from the “higher-ups”. The bureaucracy too isn’t entirely spared as they can be transferred from posts to posts in a big country like India. The legislators are indeed the hands of the ideologies.
Unfortunately, the power vested upon them has now been used to lay burdens on the people to the extent of threatening their lives and their entire existence. Imagine people are not allowed to speak or stand up for their rights and are forcefully silenced and chained.  Therefore, what we face today is utter violations of Human Rights, it’s not merely suppression and oppression but a more serious threat to the entire humankind which most of us fail to realise.
Indeed there is a growing need to fight against these modern imperialism and autocracy. When people are being threatened not to speak to save their lives, one doesn’t need to assume the reality that we are now facing. The reality is an absolute madness that blinds the government to see the truth of what the people and the country needs but to see only power and force to subjugate and willingly rule over people.
What happens today is mentally distressing, emotionally devastating, and politically outrageous. The people therefore need to collectively stand together and fight for the oppressed. It doesn’t matter if one is a dalit, a woman, a tribal, or an upper caste. Today it’s dalit and woman, but someday it will be you and me too. We need to raise our voices for the voiceless.
For those forcefully being confined, we must raise our voices today. For the parents who aren’t even allowed to perform the last rite of their lovely daughter and bid their last farewell we must demand justice. For every daughter who is being threatened not to have their freedom we must educate our society. For those being manipulated and used by ideologies of the heathens we must pray for wisdom. This must be a collective fight!
The Youth must stand together today, in fact every right thinking person must stand together as human beings with a goal for common good, and peace and harmony for the society. We demand #Yogimustresign, and the reign of BJP that has outrightly rejected the values of the constitution and the ideals of the making of the country must end!
Today we call out to everyone to come and stand with us and fight this fight for humanity. It doesn’t matter if it is a BJP or a Congress, the truth is where we must find our answer. The welfare of the people is what must concern. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, and what you do, we must all stand for the one TRUTH –Justice and peace for all.

Friday, 02 October 2020 17:47

International Day of Non-Violence

On June 15 2017, the United Nations General Assembly announced that it adopted a resolution which declared that 2nd October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence. The idea behind it is to disseminate and educate the masses about the message of non-violence and to promote peace and harmony for the world.
“Non-Violence”, one of the core principles of Mahatma Gandhi, the founding Father of our Nation, is the notion of entirely being harmless to self and others. In other words, it is the belief that everything can be resolved through peaceful means, that there is always a way to avoid violent thoughts or actual violence in a way that is harmful and hurtful to none. Non-Violence is basically the abstinence from causing any physical hurt or injury.
In a world constantly gripped with violence and wars, the message of non-violence has thus become increasingly significant. Violence has held human societies and has become the final answer to anything that challenges a disagreement. It fails to approve diversity and indirectly promotes autocracy which is extremely detrimental to societal growth and upliftment, and specifically to peace and harmony.
The message of “Non-Violence” therefore has a great role to play towards transforming the society. It has the scope to educate people and constructively engage them towards building a peaceful society instead of one resorting to violence that are physically dangerous and mentally distressing and have countless negative impacts to the society at large. Non-violence must be a living message that constantly reminds people of the other side of life beyond anger and frustration, and ego, and pride and prejudice.
Apart from simple disagreements, the ignorance towards understanding conflicts or disagreements is also a serious concern that leads people to resort to different forms of violence. Understanding conflicts gives practical insight on desirable ways to resolve conflicts when it so arises. It offers people different ways and means to resolve a conflict without the use of violent means. The whole idea of understanding conflicts can be summed up as teaching people and making them aware of the inevitability of conflicts and how to overcome them.
In fact, it is rightly said that violence begets violence, for what else can come out of violence? What else can come out of a man who is angry and ready to cause harm and damage? This is true also to the context of our society. If violence could have solved problems, there would be no need for a World War II because all the problems would’ve already been solved by the end of World War I. Violence is a vicious circle as also stated that there are no winners in a war. The notion is simple, one wins today, the other wins tomorrow, and the war goes on. There is no time for actual peace.
Violence is only getting worse. Countries threatening each other are major headlines of every news report nowadays. Yesterday we read about problems in the middle-east; today we read of tensions rising in between India and China, and for tomorrow the newspaper are preparing reports to make the rising terrorism in the world as their headlines.  What do we know? What if the countries actually start declaring war on each other? Will it not be a worldwide disaster with all the nuclear warheads and weapons of latest technology? Or in simple words, can Humanity survive through another World War? I believe NOT.
Such is the desperation –the need to understand the significance of non-violence. One needs to responsibly reflect on the ideas of Non-Violence and the consequences otherwise and must be able to voluntarily promote at one’s own capacity the need to discourage violence of any degree and form, and to promote non-violence and peaceful and acceptable means.  There must be a call for a collective and constructive effort on humanitarian grounds. In order to do so, people must understand the threat that violence poses for an individual as well as the society at large.
Violence ostensibly threatens an individual’s life, the physical and mental health of a person; it destroys societal peace and harmony. In fact, in today’s reality, it threatens the entire existence of mankind. Of course, the world does not end with all the violence of today, but we must be warned that violence is increasing at a rapid rate. Violence against women –of sexual assault and suppression –is indeed extremely unfortunate. What is more distressing is the rising trend of such incidents. It is clearly visible that the violence that we see in tens a decade ago is now seen in hundreds, and who can deny that in another decade we will see these hundreds in thousands?
The International Day of Non-Violence celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi must serve today as a call towards realising the importance of non-violence and therefore promoting the same. It must remind us of the ideals of the soul that has led us to freedom, and the nation and state, and who we have become today.
“With violence we win things, and with non-violence we win hearts”. It’s for us to choose today as learned and concerned individuals, and especially for the youth with a vision and mission. 
Wishing you a fruitful International Day of Non-Violence!

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