SEIL

STUDENTS' EXPERIENCE IN INTERSTATE LIVING

Today's  North- East India

         Terrorism is one of the most serious challenges being faced by several countries in the world, and these days India has become one of the favorite targets of the operators of terrorism. Today, developing nations are facing several challenges and one of the most important is to rise to the growing aspirations of the people; and that too in an era when governance itself has become very difficult. Moreover, in a democratic system, people are more conscious of their rights and when they feel that they are deprived of some of them, there comes a necessarily negative reaction. A mere deep rooted and wide spread feeling of injustice gives birth to unrest and unrest, natural or artificially created; promotes frustration. In a situation where no concerted and conscious efforts are undertaken to help people come out of this, seeds of terrorism could be sown very easily. Since unrest of one kind or the other; is the mother of terrorism, what is most important is doing away with the same with concerted efforts.

         These efforts need to be two pronged. Firstly, we have to see that no new regions come under the spell of unrest, making it an exercise of a preventive nature, and secondly, making people realise that the feeling of unrest is without any real foundation. While the importance of governmental efforts can not be undermined, one thing is very clear that no government can do away with this feeling of unrest, entirely; unless the people decide to shed the same.

         A feeling of injustice, at times; also promotes a particular mindset that develops an attitude of a perennial complainant. Grievances, and more than that a feeling of them, with this mindset come handy as an issue to be exploited for political purposes and once this happens positive and rational thinking at the popular level becomes extremely difficult. A situation like this is a fertile ground for the genesis of terrorism. certain geographical regions in our country have proved to be more prone to the threats of terrorism emanating from unrest. While Jammu – Kashmir and the entire North -East, are already reeling under the threats of terrorism, newer areas are also likely to come under its spell. This makes the danger all too more serious and hence the need for an all-encompassing game plans to meet this crisis squarely.

 

Waves of Change

          Happily, there appears to be a growing realisation that terrorism can not be seen as just a law and order problem. It is much more than that.

         Hence, while the role of law and order agencies is of great importance; they alone can not meet the challenge of this gravity and magnitude. In such a situation, what is urgently required is that people are made to participate in these efforts in various ways. To ensure their meaningful and sincere participation, the Development Process should be brought at the experiential level. Besides, they need to be educated and made aware about what are the repercussions of endless instability and unrest, and also made well equipped. Also, through various activities, they need to realise that it is in their interest to help agencies that are in the task of combating terrorism. Also, in no uncertain terms they need to be made to understand that the future of the new generations in their areas depends upon how soon they see reason and help their younger brethren acquire skills with a view to developing careers and talents, leading to a peaceful life with progress as its hallmark.

Objectives:

 

1. To evolve, from time to time, a broad policy framework and also an action plan to promote people's initiatives in doing away with the feeling of unrest brewing in certain areas of the North-East India and other border areas which are under developed and more prone to the threats of terrorism.

 

2. To develop a think-tank working mainly on issues concerning North-East India, dealing with, among others, Developmental issues.

 

3. To create a pro-people, pro-development and pro-emotional integration mind-set amongst those, who have been posted in the North-East India and for whom, core issues involved in various crises in this region, are almost alien.

 

4. To preserve and promote the traditional folk arts, festivals and specialities of the societal life of these areas.

 

5 . To preserve folk arts, especially artisans by way of making them understand the market dynamics outside this region and also by way of promoting all as such art forms, which are on the verge of extinction.

 

6. To develop leadership talents amongst youth, women, community leaders, elected representatives through various training, orientation and exposure programmes, both within North-East and outside the region with a view to helping them have

i)                    a healthy and considerate approach in dealing with the local population, &

ii)                  an overall grasp of the situation with the proper understanding of the scenario.

 

7. To spread awareness through a number of opinion making activities, targeted mainly at the gen-next belonging to these areas,  about --

a)      The need for developing a progress oriented work-culture,

b)      The fact that they are as much a part of this great nation and their sufferings are not different from those who live in other regions, and

c)      The fact that they themselves will also have to fight the menace of terrorism and therefore prepare for the same.

 

8. To promote research on issues related to the overall development of these areas and ways and means of strengthening their emotional linkages with the rest of the country.

 

9. To create a development oriented work culture, where dignity of labour is considered of paramount importance, in such areas where the youth is in the grip of the menace of easy money.

 

10. To make people in other parts of the country aware of the North-East India's contribution in enriching the Bharatiya culture, its distinct folk life and also the agonies and aspirations of people in these areas, through several ways and means.

 

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