2nd term exams are over… The most grueling term ever. Manfest, Live Project, College Acads, Summer Placements, Index, I-brands all squeezed into one small term… One can only feel it. Finally, it is all over. Now looking forward to Manfest’08
. Many events have already been launched and I won’t even think twice before proclaiming it to be the largest B-school festival in India. Be it the number of events, the amount of prizes – We are the Numero Uno!
I am not going home… Will have a lot of work related to Manfest. My mother was saying that the situation in Assam is worsening with every passing day. She is in fact happy that I am not going home… Because you hear about train blasts, blown up oil pipelines, accidents, protests, police firings… My dear state is literally in tatters.
I some times wonder what would happen to the future of Assam? Where are we heading? Is there any future or there is nothing to be seen? The political leadership in Assam has always been the lose factor. They cannot stand up in front of the Central Govt. and ask for their due rights. In fact, according to me, the greatest reason behind Assam’s lack of development and penury is the absence of a quality leader. A leader has to be a visionary. He should have the ability to gauge the future… No point cribbing about it though.
Recently, there was a protest march in the state capital by a group of under privileged people from the Tea belt of Assam. Now God knows why, but they came with spears, bows and all those primitive arms to display their angst and solidarity. They were placing a demand for Scheduled Tribes status… Whatever maybe the outcome, suddenly due to some mischief makers in the group, things turned violent. The protesters started vandalizing the shops near the city roads, burnt vehicles, beat up people and created a scene which the state government or the leaders (of that group) should have foreseen. But as usual, things are always slow in Assam. It started getting awry… The police came late and there was utter chaos on the roads of the state capital. As per reports, the police came around 1 hour late… which was very surprising because the location of the incident was hardly 1-2 KMs away from the state capital complex… which has a good and “well equipped” police station nearby. Atleast the government should have anticipated some troubles… Rapid Action force or CRPF could have been put on guard… Anyways, what irritates me the most is that the government always turns its eyes blind to these problems. Their statements are the worst ones… simply put forth irresponsibly.
My greatest fear is that this is only the tip of the ice berg. My childhood was spent near the beautiful tea gardens. I remember the days when every day after school, I used to ride my bicycle through the small curvy roads between the tea gardens. Now the situation is that you cannot allow a kid to go alone in those places… Leave aside bicycling, it has become risky for non “tea people” to venture into those areas during dark. What is happening? “Tea people” were kind hearted and jovial people who always displayed a “happy go lucky” attitude. My first set of friends from the childhood days were sons of tea garden workers. I know them very well… What has gone wrong? Is this a prequel to many such civil problems in Assam or is this just another story? I think the worst one is still to come.
The demographic changes in Assam are creating havoc internally. You don’t have employment. The natural resources are depleting… I feel like crying when I see the beautiful hills gradually becoming bald. Apparently, the Assamese tea industry is also not doing well… Thanks to competition from Ceylon. People do not see any future… basic amenities are missing. No food, no housing, no health treatments, nothing… What will the people do? They indulge in crimes… I am not saying what they are doing is correct but this is basic economics. When there is no future, you see a civil war. Yes! Assam is slowly and gradually moving towards a civil war. Sigh sigh… The leadership is asleep… and it will be always.
I do not know what needs to be done. But I want to do something. But I also do not know how to do… but there is no hope. I just hope Assam does not become another promised land … this time for US!!!