Editorial

Unhappy festive season

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/21/2019 11:07:57 AM IST

 India is a culturally diverse nation having a multi-religious society and in many ways, there is always room for celebrating the rich cultural festivals throughout the year. There have been times when the economy or price rise have played spoilsport to dampen the festive mood. Yet the resilience of the people enable them to overcome these bad periods. After all, a bit of economic slump or price rise may be dampeners but they don’t make the situation worse. If people are compelled they may cut down on expenditures to save their money but all the same, they will still celebrate. However, the present situation in almost all parts of India today is far worse than an economic slump or sharp rise in prices of commodities. In fact, added to both the two-economic slow down and price rise- which are sure dampeners to a festive mood; the people of India, who love to celebrate the myriad of festivals today are plunged into a gloom-doom. The Citizens Amendment Act(CAA) which was passed by both house of parliament and later given the nod by the President of India, has become the spark that has ignited a mass outrage across India. Violence had also left several dead and many more injured during clashes between police forces and mobs. It appears that the protests could spread and also invite the likelihood of violence. The Christmas spirit this year has certainly been marred by curfews, internet shutdown and fear. The situation is now not under the control of the people as both the government and the protestors dig their heels in. Many cities have been engulfed by violence. The troublemakers are hijacking the protest and this is condemnable. However, the government has to share the largest part of the blame. It has made bizarre explanations in defence of the highly contentious and divisive Act. What the CAA has brought is trouble in many states. People cannot travel freely due to uncertainty over protests and subsequent response from police. Trains have been either cancelled or rescheduled. This has thrown travel out of gear during such an important festive season of Christmas, weddings and holidays etc. Normal life in many cities are still affected. There are many areas in several states where assembly or movement is severely curtailed under prohibitory orders still in force. People are not venturing out to shop or travel due to the CAA. The citizens of the country today are made to suffer for the sake of illegal immigrants. Even in the north east where Christmas is a major festival in most states, the uppermost in people’s mind is their genuine apprehensions of being swamped by illegal immigrants. For them, survival has become more important that celebration. The Modi government has used the ILP to divert attention of the people of north east. However, the north east states are not looking restriction of movement but exclusion of lakhs of illegal immigrants from being given citizenship as they are offenders of the constitution. Even states where ILP is in force or some where the assembly has given the nod for it; people remain opposed to the CAA. So many people have said a lot about what they feel about the CAA. Those MPs from the region, who voted for the CAB should ask themselves if they represent their people or their selfish interests. Unfortunately, Christmas this year, is being overshadowed by the CAA. 

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