TODAY -

Hatred: Never a Clever Choice

Dr Omila Thounaojam *



Into that heaven of freedom, my Father
Let my country awake.
” - Rabindranath Tagore

If war and hatred was the key to an ideal republic then history wouldn’t have had many disastrous accounts of wars in its stock. If ever killing over distrust and hate was the answer to one’s prayer for a peaceful and wholesome existence then enough of killings have already been done and yet there exists no sign of that territory in existence that makes its civil society proud.

In short, where is it – that example of a utopian like democratic social order where its civilians enjoy the greatest of human rights and dances on the rhythm of songs sung collectively by brothers and sisters from the locality.

May be it is high time that we look back to our past and learn from it. It is the needed hour of our life to load ourselves up with the best messages and philosophies that will definitely help us repair the grievances we are going through at the moment.

It is true that every episode of our ancestral past has a dark face to it irrespective of all the grand accounts of the major achievements acquired during a particular episode of history. So we must alert ourselves regarding not to follow in those footsteps that are reminders of the wrong pathways chosen by our ancestors.

The best we can extract from our past is from the various aspects in which mankind faltered and regretted the most for it as recorded in the course of main events in the pages of our history.

What’s the point of education if we are aware of our disadvantageous sides of history and follow the same manner of the course of events as witnessed in our past?

It’s the demand of our time that we act wiser and more sensibly. Good lessons that reveal more humanitarian and inclusive vision to the society must be given the greatest space than ever in our lives.

Rather than relying on accounts that are majorly oral based and that is reiterating upon the message of the dark phase of the past, it is practical of us to rewrite history by being a part and parcel of a new social order that is hugely motivated by philosophies and ideology of a world – a society celebrating humanitarian beliefs.

A new chapter of our life must begin, a vantage point from where we as a civil society sets the hallmark instance of being a model state that inspires the rest of the world in terms of its structural and moral integrity.

Let’s move beyond narrow and domestic perspectives and free our minds from fragmented domestic mental walls. Instead let’s look at the rainbow and appreciate the mere beauty of life.

Many may think it is a crazy way of looking at life but look at ourselves, how do we look at the moment…crazy indeed isn’t it with the faces we bear that are caught up by frenzied notions of hatred and anger.

Let’s abandon the masks of diplomatic selves and try to move beyond politics (political agendas).

Why are some of you doing away with the best in your selves by following thoughts and actions that are not yours?

Why do some of you have to mislead your folks and led them into the dark forest of danger and death, that too in the name of community welfare action?

Enough of divorcing oneself from the best with the false ambition of aiming to create a utopia that is just a mirage and that, which cut short does not exist – don’t try to generate a generation of people who is fed with the milk of stories breeding more hatred.

That will make the world a living hell. Stop recounting and re-remembering the cloudy and gloomy aspects of history in the name of educating a community because all it can lead up to is a life trapped in the gloomy history from where there will never be an escape passage.

Freedom is the name of a bird
Hold on to it tight, appreciate it
Or we shall remain imprisoned
In our mind forg’d manacles…forever.


* Dr Omila Thounaojam wrote this article for Hueiyen Lanpao
This article was posted on September 15, 2015.


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