An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Sanjay Dutt rules India media while North East withers away…

We Indians never learn from the past. I have often said that we don’t need another Gandhi. What we really need is a bunch of Chanakyas with utmost national interest at their heart. Who realize that each INCH of Indian land is ours and ours to defend… EVERY ONE OF US! Most of the politics happens in and around New Delhi and the media remains obsessed by the Tinseltown. Anyways, I have little expectations from the prostitutes that the journalists in the entire media are anyways! But look at this article where the author discusses the mess that North East has become of late. Something for which the seeds were sown many years back…

We have become so enamoured with the tinsel world and the lives of the rich and famous (and infamous alike) that one of my editor friends from Guwahati wrote in utter despair, “Delhi doesn’t need Northeast to remain a part of the nation which for a common Hindustani, doesn’t exist beyond Kolkata”.

A couple of days before 12 insurgents were arrested from the official residence of three Congress MLAs in Imphal, arms and ammunition in large quantity were also recovered from their houses. Manipur’s newspapers did not carry editorials against the insurgency in the state, but in fact carried blank editorials against the government’s instruction to observe restraint in publishing statements of the terrorist outfits demanding separation from India, as they “use” print media to spread rumours and psychological terror. Manipur is observing a ban on Hindi movies and instead Korean movies are being freely shown. The national anthem is not allowed in schools and any chord that binds the famous region of Radha Krishna’s cultural heritage with the rest of India is being weakened and torn. The state’s 150-year-old library, with rare Bengali manuscripts and books was burnt as the terrorists didn’t want “a library having books in a colonial language”. Those in the state who stand up for national integration are not supported by either the media or the power centre in Delhi.

Manipuris also feel threatened by the growing clout of the separatist Naga organizations like National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isaac-Muivah group (NSCN-IM) which demands a chunk from Manipur to create a “Greater Nagalim for Christ”. In fact, Nagaland was created on December 1, 1963 slicing off parts of Assam, namely Naga Hills, Tuensang district and Dimapur after a fierce insurgency launched by A Z Phizo, who took refuge in London under British patronage and the Church’s support. They still nourish a dream to create a Christian-dominated colony serving British and US interests in the region and their "war cry" is "Republic of Nagalim for Christ."

Even in Manipuri text books national subjects are omitted. In the text book screening committees, set up by the government, representatives of separatist organizations like the All Manipur Students Union, the Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur, the Manipur Students Federation (a Maoist outfit) take all the major decisions. The committee decided to teach only Manipur issues, leaving out of its curriculum, Gandhi, Nehru and other national heroes. In a Robin Hood role, student organizations check teachers’ conduct and cut their salary if they are found to be absent from classes. The money collected is deposited in their association’s account.

In the government sector, the Kanglipak Communist Party, the United National Liberation Front and the Kanglei Yayol Kannan Lup are most active and impose a “tax”, which no one can dare to refuse. Government employees are forced to give one to two per cent of their salary and each central project contractor or the officer-in-charge has to cough up 10 to 20 per cent of the project cost in most of the north-eastern states.

But Delhi remains busy in its own petty squabbles, either unaware or uncaring of the problems being faced by the Northeast.

Until a couple of years back, Arunachal Pradesh was known as the only peaceful state in the troubled Northeast. But gradually the forced religious conversions and accompanied insurgency by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Issac-Muivah) in Changlang and Tirap districts and the lethargic attitude of the central government has already brought this beautiful state on the brink of unrest.

Arunachal’s border with China is a long one, which stretches all the way from the east, over to its northern boundaries and down to its north-western edge where it merges with Tibet. To its west is Bhutan and on its southern end touches Assam, Nagaland and Burma before sweeping up to China. Let us not forget that China claims around 36,000 square miles of Indian Territory in Arunachal Pradesh, while it has occupied some 15,200 square miles in Kashmir. Though the state leadership had raised issues of security from time to time, the Delhi government has chosen to ignore their calls for help. In 2003, the then Chief Minister Mukut Mithi warned the central government about Chinese troops making forays across the border and demanded constructing vital roads along our borders with China to meet any security threats. Recently there was a furor in Parliament when an MP from Arunachal Kiran Rijiju sought to disclose Chinese intrusion in Indian territory. Though it was refuted by South Block, none from Delhi’s media went to the border areas to cross check the facts and present the views of the Indians living there.

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  1. Vish says

    Here is an example. I have a colleague who I’ll call “S” who is from Mysore (in Karnataka state, south of Bangalore). In casual conversations, S starts fuming that the people bring up Tipu Sultan’s name when he mentions he is from Mysore. S hates Tipu Sultan saying that Tipu doesn’t deserve any honor because he was a small-time chieftain in Mysore and was subordinate to the King of Mysore (Sri Rangpatnam or something). He says that the King of Mysore, not Tipu, should be the one that people should know about. The Mysore-king, he says, “while a supporter of the British”, brought about all the glory and prosperity to Mysore (like its own power grid) while Tipu did nothing by comparison.

    I was amazed that this guy thinks nothing of Tipu’s virtue in opposing the British and easily discounts the treachery of the Mysore King in supporting the British. He only thinks local, as if Mysore could exist without the rest of country. I am surprised by his naivete in thinking that the British would never think double-cross the Mysore king. Of course, he doesn’t care that the British used this tactic of divide and conquer to rule India.

    I’m sure there are and have been plenty of people like him and the King of Mysore who don’t have the vision to see broader than their own self interest.

  2. Vish says

    Here is an example. I have a colleague who I’ll call “S” who is from Mysore (in Karnataka state, south of Bangalore). In casual conversations, S starts fuming that the people bring up Tipu Sultan’s name when he mentions he is from Mysore. S hates Tipu Sultan saying that Tipu doesn’t deserve any honor because he was a small-time chieftain in Mysore and was subordinate to the King of Mysore (Sri Rangpatnam or something). He says that the King of Mysore, not Tipu, should be the one that people should know about. The Mysore-king, he says, “while a supporter of the British”, brought about all the glory and prosperity to Mysore (like its own power grid) while Tipu did nothing by comparison.

    I was amazed that this guy thinks nothing of Tipu’s virtue in opposing the British and easily discounts the treachery of the Mysore King in supporting the British. He only thinks local, as if Mysore could exist without the rest of country. I am surprised by his naivete in thinking that the British would never think double-cross the Mysore king. Of course, he doesn’t care that the British used this tactic of divide and conquer to rule India.

    I’m sure there are and have been plenty of people like him and the King of Mysore who don’t have the vision to see broader than their own self interest.

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