TODAY -

Imposing economic blockade is not just a punishable offence but an act of crime

Samarjit Kambam *

Goods laden truck torched near Tadubi on November 21 2016
Goods laden truck torched near Tadubi on November 21 2016 :: Pix - TSE



Economic blockade is a kind of collateral movement/method or process used in wars as a means to wring dry the ration, supplies, stocks and equipment of enemy soldiers and cripple the target state or nation to the brink of collapse using military might. Various measures were adopted, even during modern warfare by chocking or destroying roads, bridges, tunnels, docks, airports, rail line connectivity, communications systems etc.

It is, rather, a very cruel practice which violate human and civil rights and traverses to the trajectory quite contradictory to the sole purpose of human existence, universal brotherhood and puts humanity at the backburner. It is a violent practice and is considered unlawful throughout the world. Economic blockade has no takers and finds no place in a sane or civilised society. Practising this practice takes human to a lower level or brings him back, though not at a different space and time zone, to the preceding ways of life tantamount to the cave-borne early man.

The economic blockade imposed by the UNC (United Naga Council), the frontal body of NSCN (IM) has been going on unabated since Nov 1 resulting in untold hardships to the people residing in the valley areas.

Instead of waning, the blockade has intensified in tandem with strong agitations in Naga dominated hill areas. Now, the demand of the UNC has become multi-pronged with the extra demand of unconditional release of UNC's President and Information Secretary. On the other hand, the state government is adamant on its stand. The common people are in between the hammer and the anvil, living a nightmarish way of life, a life, to the people of other places of the world will be even a 'hard to imagine' one.

The topography of Manipur is such that the valley portion is completely landlocked surrounded by nine ranges of hills. With only two national highways i.e. NH 2 and NH 37, the weird topography of Manipur makes it quite vulnerable for the valley areas to get bottlenecked due to natural phenomenon such as hill slide and man-made ones such as blockades with the people residing in the valley area facing the crunch of hardships and untold misery whenever any such phenomenon occurs or takes place.

It has become kinda unique feature of the state that whenever any tussle be it political or social takes place between the state government and hill based organisations, economic blockade is employed as a means against the state government for fulfilling their demands. The current economic blockade enforced by the UNC is neither the first time nor does it look to be the last.

The paradox is that a greater chunk of the population settles in the valley even though it occupies a miniscule portion of geographical area of the state. With the state having no industry, no factory and no resources except agricultural, it is tantamount to an empty basket case thereby relying heavily on other states for fulfilling the needs of its people through the two highways which are its lifelines. The weird 'fish bowl' topography and socio-economic scenario of the state in itself act as catalysts for rampant exploitation of economic blockade in the hills and the more reason to resort to this unhealthy practice.

Now, the question that hovers thickly in the air is, "Is there no other means of fulfilling demands of hill based organisations other than imposing economic blockades?". The UNC should realise that big state actors, VIPs and the opulent ones hardly get affected by economic blockades. The common people are the ones who bear the brunt of hardships caused by it.

Now, we the people in the valley are living lives which is no life at all, more so like living dead gruelling all day for a few litres of petrol/diesel, buying essential commodities at unimaginable with the demonetisation imbroglio adding to the severity of the situation.

The UNC needs to understand that counter eco-blockades could have been imposed long time back in the valley areas but saner voices prevail here. Various valley-based Civil Society Organisations kept a watchful eye against outburst of such callous move.

But have you given a second thought, let alone soul searching about how much suffering you have given to the common people residing in the valley? Your action is equivalent to a mother beating up her children after having a fight with her husband but can't do anything towards him. The innocent children bears the brunt of their mother's wrath for no fault of theirs.

That's practically what you are doing to us. Don't get me wrong when I say you are cowards in the real sense, to the people with sense. In this prevailing scenario, you are akin to the coward mother who beat up her innocent children instead of dealing or sorting out the predicament with her husband.

So, please accept to justify that economic blockade is a very cowardly act, for coward acts are usually carried out when one doesn't have the dignity to speak man to man. As per Supreme Court, economic blockade is a punishable offence. Actually, it's more than that, its beyond civility, beyond humanity and its cruel. It's a wonder to acknowledge how the law left a void in this particular area.

As per opinion of the writer, economic blockade should not be dumped merely in the category of 'punishable offence'. It should be made tantamount to 'punishable crime'. Nevertheless, we have been tolerating even though the envelope of patience is wearing thinner with each passing day for we do not want unwanted things to go on ethnic lines, for we love our hill brethren. UNC has been taking advantage out of such a stand of ours.

My honest appeal to my UNC brothers and sisters is to please use your precious decisions independently, not under the whims of some elements who are dictating terms on you, robbing you of your right to think sensibly. Instead of building up a despicable image, UNC needs to be bold and being bold doesn't require ferocity and hostility.

Being bold means the ability to have compassion and patience for without them life's not worth living. And don't overestimate or underestimate our calmness. Remember, there's a calm before the storm. If you are not able to value a life, then you are not a human, you are born on the wrong planet. If you prefer the rough way, you can either go to caves or live the way you once used to.

Cut yourselves from the rest of the world and kill every non Nagas who enter your territory with your spears and shout "Might is Right". C'mon, UNC ! This is the 21st century. Don't climb down to the level of a degenerate. Come out from the UNCivilised threshold.

A few decades from now, the world will be becoming a global village and it will be a handful of corporates with their corporate armies who may be ruling the world. The very near future will usher humankind to an era where car accidents take place up in the air. Roads will become non-existent by then. By that time things will not be based on You, Me, Us, Them….. It will be a whole lotta different. Open your eyes. Stop territorial pissing. Only wild animals do it.

Amidst, the proposal from Manipur Baptists Convention and church leaders of Mao to put an end on the ongoing economic blockade imposed by UNC on humanitarian ground are some faint but sane voices which are echoing in the hills reflecting that goodness lies in every man, that the goodness of the religion they practice is being practised in the real world which in fact is quite a bright development.

However, all those attacks, all those arsons, lootings, pillagings, putting trucks on fire, beating up and physically injuring the innocent drivers and their handymen in the name of economic blockade are nothing but acts of crime. Things might real nasty if it goes on the way it is and the damage of the repercussion could turn out to be colossal.

UNC needs to think about that. Its high time the UNC resort to other form of agitation which doesn't affect the common people. Lets always remember – United we stand, Divided we fall.


* Samarjit Kambam wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was posted on December 05, 2016.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Chakkouba Fish Mela #1 :: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakkouba Tribute : Flash
  • Resolution of CEC, NPF : Oct 20
  • Concern over meeting btn China, NE ultra
  • Materialistic interpretation of Chakkouba
  • Of power and the powerful
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2018 : Download it
  • Chakkouba Shopping #1 :: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba : A message
  • 2 novel TB drugs move into human studies
  • Japan & its myriad culture from my eye
  • Cry of a Dying River- 5 :: Poem
  • Thanksgiving for first Naga woman pilot
  • Manipuri film nominated for APSA, Brisbane
  • NPF whip - the plain truth
  • Subterfuge & money cannot buy the law
  • Pearls of wisdom from Dalai Lama
  • Resisting Partisanship
  • Mera Men Tongba :: Gallery
  • Liberation War And Merger : Part 1
  • Diwaligi Ahingdo :: Wari
  • Exploding cyber crime in India
  • Manipur National Day- 18 October 1948
  • Greetings on Diwali & Ningol Chakkouba
  • TSA DJ Theme Song , DJ icon audition
  • Meghalaya Venue & Daywise Lineup
  • Tasked to monitor talk: Koijam-Himalay
  • Looking beyond the tough words
  • Rejoinder to deserted NPF Group Longleng
  • CM honors U-17 WC Footballers :: Gallery
  • Yinmajo, Thotchui, Daithaorei: eMing
  • I don't want to die before I am dead : Poem
  • Is the 'Fear for Qur'an' Being Traded ?
  • MUTA Series 4 : Who supports Whom?
  • What ails Manipur ?
  • Old Age pension Scheme details uploaded
  • Increased privilege for responsibility
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • Culturals @ Mera Houchongba #1 :: Gallery
  • Seven Years Devastation: Book Review
  • Prelude to what we need to know 2!!
  • Matos bhai & our FIFA boys "bravo"
  • Trafficking vis-a-vis Domestic Work
  • An open letter to Chief Minister
  • DG Assam Rifles calls on Chief Minister
  • Nagaland press firm against intimidation
  • No Aadhaar, No Mid-day Meal stand
  • The good, the bad and the ugly
  • Footballer: U-17 World Cup :: Gallery
  • Kwak Tanba #3 :: Gallery
  • Night Plaza: Outlook of a developing Manipur
  • Biased national media
  • Agri-volatic: boosting agricultural income
  • Natural skin glow for Diwali
  • Eleven LPG refills in 4 months !
  • 'No change in territorial boundary of States'
  • MaiOn (scenes) #1 :: eRang
  • Tune out within dark
  • Loktak: Storm brain before blasting barrage
  • Gojilove : Now In Manipur
  • Fighting a losing battle
  • A Poem for My Wife :: Poem
  • October 15 retrospection
  • E Sonamani: Jnangarima Manad Alankaran
  • 11th Mega Marathon Manipur #5 :: Gallery
  • Langbal Keithel @ Kangjeibung #4 :: Gallery
  • Geo-politics & Skill Devlp in Act East Policy
  • Wildlife Week: Working together for wildlife
  • Letter to ATSUM (Reply to rebuttal)
  • A rebuttal to "Imprudence of ATSUM"
  • Don't sleep with minor wife ruling: Rapist
  • Awaited expectation
  • Journey of Amur falcon #2
  • Irabot Day - March Past #2 :: Gallery
  • Buddha's Metta & Karuna #2
  • Hei-kak: An aquatic cash crop in Manipur
  • Flood prevention and mitigation
  • Unearthing gems: Northeast Diva 2016-17
  • Nagaland Whip issue hearing in the court
  • Film screenings on NE held in Estonia
  • Of Leikhom Leinang & Uphul Waiphul: NH-2
  • March: Mera Houchongba #2:: Gallery
  • AMAND Pune: Annual Cultural #2:: Gallery
  • Langol Tourist Watch Tower #7 :: 360 ° View
  • .. end AIDS by 2030: Are we on track ?
  • Career in Tourism - Part 2
  • Which one should precede- ILPS or ST ?
  • Comedian Audition during Night Plaza
  • Seizure of Dried Fish Grenet (Tirkiya)
  • LPG diversion: Non-local in subscribers list
  • For a little bit more
  • Pot Lannaba: Houchongba #1 :: Gallery
  • Crowd @ World Tourism Day :: Gallery
  • Moreh PWD complex controlled by militants
  • FIFA U-17 : A milestone for NE football
  • Post submergence impacts of Mapithel dam
  • Cry of a Dying River - 4 :: Poem
  • Program on World Mental Health Day
  • Out but not down :: Needed : A strong Cong
  • Redefining 'Manipuri'
  • Imphal Evenings- Night plaza #2 :: Gallery
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Kh Ninthoinganba
  • Keithel Lairembi Ima #3 :: Gallery
  • Observation of World Mental Health Day
  • Ruskin Bonding - VI
  • Life - A Bubble :: Poem
  • Mapung fana chathari
  • Surgical Closure of 'Hole in the Heart'
  • Inferred or in B/W? Integrity Vs integration
  • Imphal is changing but traffic a menace
  • Kwak Tanba #2 :: Gallery
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Thounaojam Jeakson
  • Langbal Keithel @ Kangjeibung #3 :: Gallery
  • NE Fashion Week @ Dimapur:: Gallery
  • Journey towards Breaking the Shackles
  • The Man Who Saw Tomorrow :: Poem
  • Free Medical Camp at Lilong
  • From Nobap to World Cup: Magnificent 8
  • Journey of Amur falcon #1
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Nongdamba Naorem
  • Lamyanba Irabot- Birth Anniv #2:: Gallery
  • 11th Mega Marathon Manipur #4 :: Gallery
  • FIFA U-17: US won but we were lauded more
  • Imprudence of ATSUM
  • Tonsuring the nature
  • March: Mera Houchongba #1:: Gallery
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Dheeraj Moirangthem
  • AMAND Pune: Annual Cultural #1:: Gallery
  • Research Line : Book release Function
  • 100 Yrs Of Tangkhul Naga Football
  • Make RIMS shining
  • Another NE Youth Missing in the Capital
  • AMAND, Pune : 6th AGM / Annual Cultural
  • Sadar Hills District Demand: News Timeline
  • Nungshibi : Social Networking :: Website
  • Seeking 2 years time: Too early to judge
  • Let Holy books be replaced by Constitution
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Amarjit Kiyam (Captain)
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Thangjam Boris
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Wangjam Suresh
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Md Shahjahan
  • Loktak Folklore Museum- for fishing
  • Opening: Imphal Evenings :: Gallery
  • Mayanglambam Gourachandra: Awardee
  • Win the hearts if not the FIFA Cup
  • Cry of a Dying River #3 :: Poem
  • For the 8 football players of Manipur..
  • Article 342 makhada furup amana ST ki list
  • Manipur to set up land bank
  • Hosts India set to make FIFA WC debut
  • ATSUM against ST: Let the experts decide
  • A matter of concern for the future
  • Irabot Day - March Past #1 :: Gallery
  • Bor khoiramba @ Hiyangthang #2 :: Gallery
  • Manipur Have done it again
  • Hingchabi Changba: Possessed/ Exorcism
  • Tourism as career option
  • Hydro Electric Power: A must for Manipur #4
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • Financial assistance to heart patient
  • Four tribe apex bodies question Naga Hoho
  • NPF asks NSCN-K to shun guns
  • Panel for NE water management
  • VIPsm on the roads of Imphal
  • So far so good; criticism should be welcome
  • Imphal Evenings- Night plaza #1 :: Gallery
  • Keithel Lairembi Ima #2 :: Gallery
  • Doren: 'Theatre of the Earth' wins in Kerala
  • Solo Album Launch of Awarthanga Chiru
  • How Manipur missed internal autonomy..
  • Whispering of Heart :: Peom
  • Hiring for real estate firm @ Gurugram
  • Manipur Govtgi warol taramna ok ee, adubu
  • Make stand known on Manipur youth killing
  • Promoting night life in Imphal Night Plaza
  • Look before you lift
  • Kwak Tanba #1 :: Gallery
  • Nitya Raas, Ras Leela Fest #1 :: Gallery
  • 11th Mega Marathon Manipur #3 :: Gallery
  • Manipur Assembly Elections 2017 #2
  • Brother :: Poem
  • Manipur State League: Table - 1st Oct
  • Defence Secy visits Manipur
  • Rajkumar clinches chess title
  • Mary Kom, Sarita in Asian Championships
  • Feeling heat from UNC : Next round of talk
  • Expanding live of Imphal: need of hour
  • Lamyanba Irabot- Birth Anniv #1:: Gallery
  • Vanishing pottery craft & Livelihood: Chairen
  • Irabot Day Celebration at New Delhi
  • Bare-footed Nobab players becoming Pele
  • Infertility: The real issues #2
  • 3rd Sunfeast Cup football tournament
  • North East Fashion Week- Nagaland edition
  • Scheduled Tribe Demand : 1 Oct Statement
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand : Timeline
  • Muslim body 'socially' boycotts Deputy CM
  • Rajkumar leads table with 7 pts
  • Cracking down on LPG hoarders ..
  • World Tourism Day- Inauguration :: Gallery
  • Hathoikim Chongloi, Gold Medal Taekwondo
  • Bor khoiramba @ Hiyangthang #1 :: Gallery
  • Research Line : Book Preview
  • Irabot Day Celebration (2017)
  • Mourns the death of Dr. Aryo Shishak
  • Manipuri World Cup footballers to get 5 lakh
  • Food Stall at Phayeng #1 :: Gallery
  • 'Maniwood' vs 'Haolywood' Football :: Gallery
  • Death Anniv- Bhagyachandra #5 :: Gallery
  • Wabgai Keithel :: Gallery
  • Featured Photo for 2017 #4 :: Gallery
  • Nangna Helli Nungshiba #1 :eRang
  • Manipur Sangai Festival 2016 #6 : Ooba
  • Traditional Ritual @Khurkhul #4 :: Gallery
  • Priyogopal : Senior Film Artist :: eRang
  • Hathei Phanit @Sirarakhong :: Gallery
  • Heitha Leithaba @Kekrupat #2:: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Kang Tournament #2 :: Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • Landscape of Manipur #7: Wallpaper
  • SPONSORED ADS