Thursday, July 29, 2010

For the Estranged Voices

Few years back, veteran Journalist Khuswant Singh had made a very remarkable statement about the future possibility of division within the Union of India; he vehementally opposed such utopias and poignantly pointed out that divisions of Punjab and Bengal were last nightmares in same context.
I too have same answer-emphatic no for any such movements that have aspiration of map alteration within the Indian Union…too much bloodshed and emotional fragmentation are still haunting our individual as well as the collective psyche and in no manner those horror could be justified.

Recent upsurge of estrangement and their violent manifestation reveals its nexus with the growing disenchantment among youths from the institutions of state and reactionary forces who are actively counting such subversive opportunities for their vested interests in hatredness.
Conjuring tricks of these groups thriving on the discontent and desperation of youths that emerging out of voidness and absence of opportunities around them…they are getting temporary solace under the lethal resources and preaching of divisive forces. Leading Social Historian and one of the most authentic voices on Modern India, Ramchandra Guha in his article {The Hexed Generation, Hindustan Times, July5, 2010} cited appropriately the chronic failureness of state apparatus to reach out to the peoples with basic opportunities and their substitution through false one by the subversive intermediaries that making things worse.

E.V.Rammohan, one of the most respected police officials in the country, who is in charge of Anti-Naxal Taskforce, in a personal exchange of ideas with me highlighted the needs of states constructive role in maintaining law&order in the country. His stout emphasis on geographical distinction of plights and its possible specific solution is indeed worth of following.
It was nice to see his consistent focus on socio-economic intervention before the possibility of coercive action by the security forces. Facades of unrest may appearing distinct among Jammu&Kashmir, North eastern states or Naxal affected zones albeit apathy to the government is strikingly common at all places.

The huge mismanagement of natural-public resources and consistent marginalization of local inhabitants engraved the hostilities towards modern development. State for them started appearing as an oppressor instead of perceived constructive interventionist.
Unfortunately, both the theme and role of state have been misrepresented and mistaken in same manner. Redressal of local developmental issues in speedy and transparent manners along with the proper interface with local communities should be the priority of government in present context. Availability of constructive opportunities will sure overtake the fragile and hatred based commitments-those only mean for some collective engagements and temporary clouts.

Few months back, Home Minister, P.Chidambaram while speaking during a CII Conference admitted the failureness of administrative effectiveness in the all disturbed parts of the country. If he admits the problems at grass root levels and peoples at large too looking for opportunities, then of course a forward initiative for streamlining the overall strategy should be given priority instead of ungrammatically relying upon the intermediaries whose wishes and agendas will never be helpful in the sorting out of discontents.
Government must not allow the isolation to be a greater identity of delinked peoples from the national development framework…they have to ensured their stakes at every maneuverings of the state. Impressions of growth must mark the all segments and regions of the country alike and their affiliations too should be under the safeguard of authorities concerned.

Without being sympathetic to the divisive forces, there is strong need to take into account of people’s desperation and their proper redressal. However, as promised by the Home Minister, the concepts of “Multi pronged approaches” of dealing with discontents are not being visible, but now at least he should focus on a sole approach of policy intervention in terms of socio-economic turnaround of India’s vast hinterland that despite of all lofty claims, nowhere in the race with their urban counterparts.
This dominance of resources must be evenly reconsidered for reallocation in equitable manners to make the country viable for its all citizens.
Atul Kumar Thakur
July26th 2010, Monday, New Delhi


  1. Liked it..your instigation of a rational path seems me quite feasible for harmony.Currently all parties involved are making blind efforts..nothing more then that.

    July 30, 2010 4:56 AM

  2. Agreed with your points that estranged voices have larger affliation with absense of alternative opportunity.Crux is very vital to note for its redressal by the government-Arnab Sen,New Delhi

  3. The current stalemate is outpacing even all previous unrest in the country.Appreciate your views and wish to see its success.
    Shantanu Mishra