Post Mortem

I see no evil

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/3/2019 12:47:25 PM IST

 The Centre on 30 Dec 18 extended the AFSPA in Nagaland for six more months till July 2019, contending that the whole state is in such ‘disturbed and dangerous’ condition wherein killings, loot and extortion is rampant. However, it is not on the whims and fancies of the Centre, for it is mandatory as per Section (3) of the AFSPA to seek the recommendation of the state government. With the state government equally involved, for its enforcement/extension, I for one can say that it is not as draconian an Act as is framed to be.

With talks in place for revoking of AFSPA from Nagaland, it may have come as a surprise to many when the Home Ministry notified that, an officer of the rank corresponding to that of the lowest rank of the Assam Rifles deployed along the Indo-Myanmar border would, under the Code of Criminal Procedure, be given powers to arrest anyone or search a place without warrant. Unassumingly and for whatever mileage unknown, the news was quashed even before it could disseminate down for the knowledge of all.

But there was no mention of provisions other than Section 41 and 47 of the CrPC, which should create a fuss. Even if it was enforced, the provision was never intended to apply for the entire area of Nagaland, other than the Border areas and taking cognizance of the porous nature of the Border areas, I felt is justifiable. Abuse of authority is negligible, now that social media is overtly proactive and accountable. Besides, its enforcement would have been a big step towards empowering our jawans/mahila soldiers, who in time would have gauged the sanctity and implications of their judgement and in the near future transformed the officer centric detailed order of command.

An environment with weak security parameters is bound to give rise to law and order problems with people taking matters in their own hands. For the very reason, security as a topic should be outside the purview of opinions and questions? It can never be an agenda to be discussed or debated upon. Assumingly, it is sidelined by individual, society, institutions and organizations alike without considering its essence and stakes. Regrettably, security implications and repercussions are taken cognizance of only when one gets embroiled in circumstances wherein a second chance may not always come by.

Security institutions taken for granted losses its relevance. Spare the rod and spoil the child, even in our very homes, the effect of politeness and persuasion does not always drive home the desired lesson. Besides, there are factors which cannot be handled by civil authority and we need to give the Security Force that much due. We unnecessarily get perturbed or inconvenienced during occasion of spot questioning or vehicle check carried out by security personnel. But security, more than an individual purview, is a matter of general interests. Let us ask ourselves honestly whether we have ever been unnecessarily harassed, questioned or detained or have our homes ever been ransacked for no reason or rhymes? Times have changed and so have situations and outlook. We have to understand that our brothers and sisters in uniform are exposed to risk as much as we are and there is nothing wrong if provisions that cater for their safety is promulgated. Instead, we must attempt at working hand in hand to bring about a congenial and safer habitat. With insurgency and security related incidents reducing, even if the AFSPA does not get revoked in totality, certain clauses are bound to get repealed. But, until then, honouring the provisions of AFSPA is a duty and less of choice.

Khumlamo Patton, Akuk Village, Wokha, (vinpatton@ yahoo.co.in)

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