Post Mortem

Bandh culture in Nagaland

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/16/2019 12:55:54 PM IST

“If bandh can solve nagging problems, provide tangible solutions and create a tranquil society then let there be bandh ever where anytime across the state”. But the genuine causes behind such imposition remain a doubt in Nagaland with numerous abnormalities causing the common people to suffer miserably.

In a welfare or democratic set up, every section of people have the right to articulate their views and vocalise their legitimate demands and issues provided it does not flout the law of the land. But isn’t undesirable that every contradictory issues that arise in Nagaland between political parties, civil societies, workers, entrepreneurs etc. need to resort to bandh or general strike and trigger social disharmony, political instability, economic barrier and put state development at still? 

I don’t outrightly reject that all bandh are inalienable but unfortunately in Nagaland, it has become a sort of fashion to call a bandh even at the slightest issues, ignoring all the other available means of protest. In Japan, people work extra hours or time to protest against injustice. Also, in London protest are held at a particular place called Hyde Park without causing trouble to the city dwellers. 

The scourge of bandh culture in Nagaland cripple the daily activities of the people, deserted the schools, colleges and govt. offices, precious lives are sacrificed, properties worth crores of rupees are destroyed and normal life comes to standstill. But the leaders of bandh organisers still proclaim it a success and peaceful one. The habitual bandh organisers must realise that it is pulling us backward in all spheres of life. They should spare a thought about the daily wage earner, vegetable and fruit vendors, pregnant women, sick person, students daily assignment, foreign tourist whose RAP has expired etc. 

Banning is not a solution. There is a way to dialogue, negotiations, understanding and even a more efficient ways to tackle this problem without involving the whole citizens to drama So, how would the new generations tackle this problem? Isn’t enough pointing fingers at others? Let us visualize and rethink an alternate policy to nip this dreaded bandh culture in the bud before it grows into our nerves. Are you ready to make Nagaland a bandh free state?

Kukhrunehu Sapuh, St. Joseph’s College (A), Jakhama

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