Language of bandhs

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/16/2020 1:01:03 PM IST

 It is not for the first time that organisations from Karbi Anglong have imposed economic blockade(bandh) on Nagaland and the proposed indefinite bandh from November 17 is certainly not going to be the last. The imposition of economic blockade will certainly result in disruption of trade and commerce. Though there may be sufficient stock of edible food items, yet the immediate fall-out will be about stocks of much needed life saving drugs especially oxygen and other equipments needed to treat COVID-19 cases. It may be noted that COVID-19 cases in Nagaland are not decreasing but continue to at a high degree. The Karbi Anglong organisations have taken the extreme step of “punishing” Nagaland for alleged encroachment of land by some people from Nagaland. However, the fact of the matter is that alleged encroachment of land is not enough reason to impose an economic blockade. It should have been clear with the Karbi Anglong organisations that there are constitutional authorities both in Karbi Anglong district and Dimapur district. Any such complaint of alleged encroachment has to be dealt with at the district level or state level. Even if the alleged encroachment was true, yet it neither involved the people of the state nor did it have any official backing. A few people involved in alleged encroachment therefore, do not represent the district nor the state. To add insult to injury, the proposed economic bandh is to be ‘indefinite’; as if those organising it have the divine right to decide how long they must ‘punish’ the entire state for alleged encroachment by a few. For those in Dimapur, the bandhs in Karbi Anglong are nothing new. These have occurred so many times in the past, especially when the festive Christmas season is around the corner. These bandhs have become a serious problem even if the means used have not resulted in any achievement except having an adverse impact on the normal life of the people. The same method was used during the recent border dispute by Assam over Mizoram along the National Highway 306 which remained blockaded for nearly a week since the last part of October. Blockading national highways is a clear act of declaring war on the affected state. No matter what the issue may be, no state can usurp the rights of the government of India, which has absolute authority over national highways. There is a clause in the National Highway Act 1956, sub-section 8 (1) which states: “whoever commit mischief by doing any act which renders or which he knows to be likely to render any National Highways refer to subsection (1) of section 8 (A) “impassable or less safe” for travelling or conveying property, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 5 years, or fine with both”. The matter is clear so is the law and it is now up to the centre to put down such blockades once and for all. Neither illegal forcible encroachment nor unconstitutional indefinite bandhs are justified or legitimate. They are unacceptable in any way and therefore, both states need to seriously take up the matter to ensure peace and neighbourly relations among people.

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