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Rein In Please
By Geoffrey *



If we allot numerical value to each alphabet of English and then total up numerals of these two words; ‘Attitude’ and ’Discipline’, we shall find each word totals up to 100. This means attitude and discipline fuels the life 100%, be it individual or society. But, it is found there is a dearth of these two inputs of life. The effect of this deficiency is further aggravated by the unbridled activities of UG outfits in NE region.

It is good that leaders of both outfits in Nagaland have acknowledged the indiscipline existing amongst their cadres. That is the first step before corrective measures are taken. But in Manipur, outfits are not that upright. Cadres are taking hapless people for granted due to illicit power of wielding the gun. Now the people have realized and started voicing against the rampant and undesired activities of errant outfits. There is a feeling, at large, that the violent activities are more of an act of crime than the lofty ideals propagated. Now the people’s reactions are clear-cut writings on the wall to be read carefully.

Sometime back two cadres of ULFA were lynched in Sivasagar (Assam) district for carrying out extortion. Similarly, three cadres of NSCN (IM) have been lynched in Tuensang (Nagaland) on 18 Aug 07 for extortion. Much wanted apology by NSCN (K) leadership to Angami people’s organisation and Angami student organisation for highhandedness of Sgt Yehokhu Sema towards Medo Yhokha (a former president of Angami student union) has cleared the ongoing stand off between the outfit and Angamis.

Further, (K) leadership has accepted to discipline its cadres. A group of senior citizens have sought information under RTI act from different factions regarding their annual collection of tax from Government employees and business community/contractors i.e.25% of one month salary and 10 to 20 percent of income respectively.

Tribal union, United Sangtam Likhum Bumji (USLB) of Nagaland has decided to penalize the village that hosts factions. Angamis have expressed their resoluteness to end violence and gun culture. Assam Peoples Works (APW) is asking for accountability of ULFA towards innocents abducted and killed.

Attempted rape and murder of 16 year old Manju of Senapati district (Manipur) has been very widely condemned. Truckers had to abandon their Imphal bound trucks at Dimapur due fear of harassment enroute. This caused drugs and medicine crisis in Manipur and now is the turn of LPG.

Effect of closure of LPG bottling plant at Seikmai (due to excessive demands of UG outfits) in Manipur is being felt by the commoner. Now the kitchens are starved of LPG and black marketers are having hay days. Education employees from state directorate of university and higher education are on a sit in dharna in front of its office due to “unbearable pressure exerted upon them from all quarters of insurgent groups”.

The foregoing and other endless incidents will compel any one to think! Are these outfits really fighting for the cause? If so, was there a need to issue National Standing Azhas by NSCN (IM) after Wungram Incident? Is their any need of issuing diktats by the outfits to ensure people pay attention to what they say just out of fear? Writing on the wall is conspicuous with a message to the erring youth; please, restrain your activities and discipline your cadres, we want peace and progress in life, come out to join the main stream and change your attitude towards positivism of life.

Do not eye on our hard earned money and deprive us and our families, of the benefits of leading a better life. Stay away and do not clutter up peace of our daily life. Be accountable for your role towards society.


* Geoffery, a freelancer, writes regularly to e-pao.net . The writer can be reached at jaey_geoffery(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)in.
This article was webcasted on Sept 14, 2007.


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