Whenever I read in the read newspapers on human massacres, I feel an acute pain somewhere deep in my heart. In my opinion, human life is the the precious of all in this universe – for a very simple reason that once destroyed there are no ways found yet to get them back. Today is yet another one to pain my heart.
Back to back news on human massacres in Nandigram and Chattisgarh. While the former reflects an ineffective governance, the latter is utter atrocity.
West Bengal Government has been under clutches for quite sometime now. Singur and Nandigram are proving to be bottlenecks for the Government, which is looking to join the rest of India in their economic boom. The major factor here is the fear of land owners and local dwellers about their future and survival in their homeland. This is a more of a psychological issue, rather than a political one. The only way out of this is for the Government to assure the landlords of inclusive growth. Inclusive growth in this context means that the setting up of industrial units and SEZ must also contribute to the improvement in the livelihoods of the locals. Though Government promises that these industries would reduce the unemployment, claiming lands from the locals for these purposes will not do any good. As pointed out by Mr. Swaminathan. S in one of his articles, lands must be leased from the landlords and not taken away from them. This would go a long way to provide inclusive growth. Presence of police force is inevitable in case of mob violence; but gunning down protestants would do the Government no good. Rather it agonizes the protestants and also affects the popularity of the Government. Government would look into different ways to achieve their goal – like consulting nation’s top economists & politicians on the course of action, holding mutual dialogs with the representatives of the protestants etc. Patience and prudence are the only means left for the WB Government.
Chattisgarh tragedy is more worse – both in its volume and in its effect. When the lives of policemen are not safe in their sleep, pity the civilians!! From the reports, it appears that the attack by the Maoists were very well planned. They had cut down trees and laid them on the connecting roads to delay help. Also the local villagers were of no help to a tragedy that lasted for about 2.5 hours. Many policemen were killed in their sleep and it is highly disheartening. Many of us gets absolutely frightened when we get unusual dreams in our sleep; could not just imagine the bloody death when the mind is in deep slumber!! Heartfelt condolences to the kin and kith of one and all who lost their life in this inhuman activity. Even worse is that the Maoists stole away some high end rifles and shells.
Both these massacres might be very different in their context. But what matters in both these cases, is the human lives. In a country very well known for its humility and hospitality, it is really unfortunate to deal with these instances. On the index of Terrorism & Massacres, India might very well be contending with the likes of Iraq. Though the inflation and economy are of utmost importance, the Central Government must assign top priority to the security of the nation as well. Without people what is the economy, that we are talking about?