TODAY -

Let them know! What we feel!
- Our voices may be noises to somebody! -

By Huidrom Athouba Meetei *

Are we the citizens or people of this country the soft target of all Armed groups irrespective of which or whose organizations?

If "Arms" is the only things that make them so powerful or which provide them the power of being a dictatorship why not everybody should take up arms?

A bitter experience during the last few days bangs my mind with this question. And I feel it is the right time to share the experiences to all, if we the people or citizens really like to live a peaceful life.

The present situation of Manipur in particular make me very much worried, tense and sometimes afraid. As we all know guns and bullets don't know who is right and who is wrong, the only thing that they can do is killed somebody, hurt anybody.

Some groups of the armed organization try to justify the possession of weapons for many reasons. Some claimed, they possess guns to fight their enemies, to defend from enemies or to safeguard our country's integrity in larger context.

But the reality we seen during the last three decades ( as I came across about three decades only so far) tells another story which is not uncommon to anyone. I firmly can say that everyone, why not a baby, a school boy, a teenager, a youth, a middle men, a women and an old men had faced the dirty or unwanted experiences caused by the so called "Arms"."

Why not we share those experiences to each other,why not we let the other world to know the reality, are we that much timid? or is tolerance our habit or are we forced to tolerate such things? How long we could wait for the next day headlines or photos of the victims in a limited page of the media coverage in the Hillock?

I would like to share some of my experiences openly to all of you dear readers, please do come forward with your experiences and share to all. Let them (the armed sections) know how we feel and lets try to say "No" we can't tolerate their activities anymore.

If indeed they are possessing "Arms" for the particular reasons ( as mentioned above) they should restrict, refrain using it against the people. Let them know that we can also pick "Guns" if needed against anyone.

To pick arms is no more a big deal, or to make an organization is so the same. We need to dismantle the mentality of the Gun holders that they are granted to do anything at the knock of the Guns they are holding.

Once again I repeat, to pick up arms is not so a big deal, once you hold the Guns that doesn't meant that you are a revolutionary, If you think that you hold a gun and you will order anybody than you are not less than a Goons.

It becomes a daily affair of the state that Gun holders are running "Jungle Raj" at their will. They are killing, torturing, mentally harassing the people in and around the state.

And a very common affair in all the departments of the state governments is the demand what they called donation of some percentage from the salary of the employees. Fight over the tender of the governments work plans etc. etc.

One can't deny the fact that corruption become a deadly epidemic disease, it spreads from the root to the top, there is no any proper development work taken up and completed for the behest of the mass.

No proper roads, no drinking water, no electricity, no basic health services, no academic calendar, nothing ...nothing is there for general mass. Even the right to live, right to speak oh....forget about the human rights.

The one who hold guns are the judge, they will punish people, they will call upon people, they will delivered dos and don'ts, its obvious if somebody is in the custody of someone else why not the very VIPs, they can make them confess to anything which is a very common fact in the neo world.

Yes, they know that it happen, once a men is under his custody at the knock of guns then what can't be done, if they wish to eliminate then it need only a click to the trigger. I don't know if the so called armed groups even tried to understand the feelings of the people or what they ever try to imagine the expectation of the people.

The recent trends of the change of behavior or mode of operandi of such groups indicate that they don't care or they needn't to understand the people. Even they have not the tolerance to listen the criticism of their activities or fundamentals.

The general observation or image of the so-called gun holders may be of any group are not less than a local goons, hafta collectors that we seen in the Hindi Movies. I don't know what other may think about all this "guns" culture.

Lets share our thoughts, may be my view is much different than you. Let them know what we feel.




* Huidrom Athouba Meetei contributes regularly to e-pao.net . The writer can be contacted at huidath123(at)yahoo(dot)com . This article was webcasted on April 18, 2008.

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