Who is Afraid of Whom?

by Thoithoi O’Cottage

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The socio-political dynamics of the country’s north eastern states are turbulent undertows which cannot be read from the cagey surface with its own survival dynamics. What is silently evident from this absurd dissociation is the falling apart of the human components of the societies in the region, their withdrawal from various vital forms of social activities which has resulted in social disintegration. What has caused this sorry state of affairs is obviously the unchecked growth of the culture of silencing in various human rights violating ways of the different by the questionably so-called revolutionaries and those who walk the extreme indigenous ideological path overground exercising a coercive controlling and shaping power (deriving from their nexus with the insurgents) over practice in every sphere of social life there. The educated people, for the sake of survival, only have to hold their heads low against these two forces with their differences from each other exercising their self-given autocratic legislative, executive and judicial powers (sometimes conflicting) over them.

While this fear-breathing silence which is very critically misunderstood as the people’s favor for the disintegrating forces is an open secret to one with keen eyes on these dynamics in the regions, it is not so clear if these disintegrating forces are afraid of a real rational discourse, an intellectual debate over their political fates despite their call for referendum, which is reasonably suspected as a blinding ploy. Of course it is a very basic techniques of militants or terrorist organizations elsewhere on earth to destroy any institution within their power range which with its enlightening power may to their danger work against their mission, such as the Taliban in Afghanistan blowing up schools first. However, what is behind this basic technique of preemptive action urging them to pulverizing action is the fear of the possible enlightenment of the people they want to put under their control. This fear urges them to demolish everything that will lead to a single higher level of sensibility, be it film, literature, journalism, civil organizations or social activities like debates, discussions and assemblies. Who are the learned? Who better understands politics, economy, society, government, international relations, human rights, business, science, technology, art, literature, or any other component of the human civilization than the professors in the universities who have learned the whole world of their own fields, those whose senses have been shaped and sharpened by the universities, the discussing people in active interaction with each other in society? Do the insurgents know these better, the insurgents who have abandoned learning and do not consequently, during their underground exercises, have much reasonable interaction with any free minds? While the fact is so clear, we wonder how the region is being informally reigned over by these inferior brains! However, they derive their power from their guns which can silence the larger section of the society by the day-to-day examples of death punishments for nonconformity.

While the so-called revolutionaries and the extreme indigenous ideologists infiltrate their distorting powers deep into the state machineries, it is not irrational to say that these powers are afraid to engage in a dialogue which will relentlessly analyze the complexities and lay the thread too bare for them to push forward any piece of their ideology afterwards. If they are not afraid of defeat in a dialogue, why do they go only by the violent ways? Why do they strictly forbid any free discussion of the issue, if they are really democratic?


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