शनिवार, 26 मार्च 2011

Causes of social upheaval in North East India vis-a-vis Hindu society of the Country

Hindu society has been constantly fighting against the onslaughts spearheaded by Muhammad Bin Qasim (712-15). Subuktigin (977-97), Mahmud of Ghazani (997 ? 1030)_, Muhammad Ghauri (1173-1206), Ghazis of Gujarat (1197), Kutubuddin Aibak (1206-10) Muhammad Bakhtiar Khilji (1204-6), Allauddin Khilji (1296 ? 1316), Muhammad Bin Tughlaq (1325-51), Firoz Shah Tughlak (1351-38), Timur (1398 ?99), Babur (1519 ? 30), Sher Shah Suri (1540 ? 45), Akbar (1556 ? 1605), Shahjahan (1623 ? 1658), Aurangazeb (1658 ? 1707), Ahmad Shah Abdali (1757 ? 61), Tipu Sultan (1786 ? 99) and many more. Muhammad Bin Quasim (712 ? 15) wrote to Hajjaj, his uncle and Governor of Iraq that he had captured Sivistan and Sisam. The infidels have been converted to Islam or destroyed. Instead of idol temples, mosques have been built. (Chach Mama of Al-Kufi: Elliot & Dowson. Vol. 1 Page?164). Parimal Devi and Suraj Devi, the two daughters of Raja Dahir, who were sent to Hajjaj to enrich the harem of the ?Caliph?, were part of a large flock of Hindu maidens remitted as one fifth share of the Islamic state from the booty of war. Timur (1398 ? 99) slew one lakh Hindus in one day. Because of the plunder and iconoclasm of Muslim invaders and rulers of India, Hindu society remained self-engaged in self-defense for twelve hundred years.

Jomo Kenyata of South Africa said, "When Christian missionaries came to South Africa, we had land in our hand and they had Bible in their hand. They asked us to close our eyes and pray. We did so, when we opened our eyes. We found that Bible was in our hand and land in their hand." Similarly, foreign Christian missionaries invaded India under the absolute protection of British Crown. They had a vast Hindu society for their harvest. They plundered Hindus in Goa. They played havoc in coastal areas and weaker section of Hindus in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and whole of the Northeast State. At all places and at all the times these missionaries were resisted at the level best. Many indigenous warriors lost their lives in their fight against missionary menace.

Koran says, "O Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate." (Surah 66: Ayat 9). Another verse is as under, "Slay the idolaters whenever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in wait for them in every place of ambush.?)Surah 9: Ayat 5) Bible says, "Think not that I have come to bring peace but a sword. That to set daughter against mother, son against father, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law. That man?s enemy will be in his own family. (Mathew Chapt. 10: 34, 35, 36) Liberation theology has been interpreted to liberate the people not from sin but from established sovereign governments causing social upheaval. Christian people have been killing each other in west. Muslims have been slaughtering each other. And Christian and Muslims have been killing each other. But when it comes to Bharatvarsh, Muslims and Christians join their hands together to fight against Hindus ? their common enemy. They are assisted by Communists. There are many enlightened people in both the communities who opposed such excesses.

Because of their sustained struggle for existence initially against Muslims and later on against Muslims and Christians both, Hindus of mainland could not pay requisite attention to redress the grievances of Hindu brothers living in all the eight mini states of NE region including Sikkim. Geographical inaccessibility and black-laws imposed by British Government with malafide intention to check the positive interaction, proto-cooperation and cultural assimilation with the people of rest part of our nation, were another reasons that kept the nation in dark about the fight for survival launched by Nagas, Mizos, Khasis, Garos, Jaintias, Dimasas and many other vanvasi communities of N.E. region against Muslims, Christian missionaries and British Government. Simultaneously, our Hindu brothers (including those who have now been converted to Christianity) dwelling in inaccessible terrain and remote villages established in thick forests were not properly informed of battle going on through out the country for several centuries. Thus, our brothers in NE region felt neglected due to lack of proper communication.

There were sizeable number of Hindus from Rajasthan, Delhi, UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and other parts of the country in cluster at some places and scattered at other. They were in business, in State and Central Government offices and in army and paramilitary forces. All the three categories of Hindus ? businessmen, State and Central Government servants and security forces could not successfully established good rapport and solidarity with local brothers due to various reasons. They established flourishing business enterprises and remained confined in their opulent homes. Our local Hindu brothers ? Nagas, Khasis, Mizos and many more felt neglected and discriminated. They felt exploited. After Independence, an awakening and enlightenment came to these brothers because of education, surface and air transport, mass-media and tele-communication. This enlightenment caused displeasure and anguish which took at some places the shape of violent movement when their voices were not heard and their grievances were not redressed properly.

The international destabilizing and secessionist forces were already hear from Muslim period. Their number and strength increased manifold during British regime. They were in search of such an opportunity to sow the seed of dissension and discontent. They turned these movements as anti-Hindu and anti-national. Here again, the Government of India and Hindus of mainland failed to identify the genuine people who were trapped and pushed into the underground camps and the enemy behind violent underground movements with an anti-Hindu commitment Move should have been taken to liberate and rehabilitate such victims. Proper protection should have been provided to innocent people while enemy should have been dealt with as per the law of the land.

With a view to smite the left arm from shoulder of the nation at Siliguri Neck by driving away the whole population from the main stream, the international secessionist forces worked overtime to demolish the cultural heritage and their eternal faith causing hazard to their cultural identity. All the janjati communities of Northeast Bharat challenged and fought against these forces at their own under the leadership of their valiant and gallant leaders to preserve, protect and progress their eternal faith and culture, brighten their cultural identity and maintain the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation. Khonoma, Mezoma and Kekr?gami Naga Warriors, Zeliangrong Heraka movement under the dynamic leadership of Haipou Jadonang and Rani Gaidinliu, Jamatia Hoda led by Bikram Bahadur Jamatia of Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh Faith and Culture Society established by Talum Rukbo, Japf?i Pfutsana Kaseko Kehou founded by Nisa Angami (Kedima) and Yose Chaya (Viswema), Seng Khasi once led by fire-brand leader like Onderson Mowri, Chap Riak by Prof. Gongmumei of Imphal, Dimasa Dharma Sabha founded by Sushri Binita Jigdung and Minish Jigdung etc are such organizations of various Janjati communities who are striving hard in this direction.

The 60 representatives of 30 such janjati Communities / Organizations congregated on 1,2 April 2002 at Guwahati and constituted Uttar-Purva Bharat Janjati Dharma Sanskriti Suraksha Manch (Northeast India Faith and Culture Protection Forum) with a view to have a coordinated and concerted effort for (i) preservation, protection and progress of eternal religion and culture (ii) to establish good rapport with like-minded other janjati/non-janjati communities/ organizations (iii) maintain unity, integrity and sovereignty of nation and (iv) to strengthen the bond of affinity with the nation. On 14, 15 December 2002, a seminar was organized under the aegis of the forum on topics (i) facets of Cultural Identity (ii) Cultural values of Janjatis of Northeast India and (iii) Preservation, Protection and Progress of eternal faith and culture of janjatis of Northeast India. A total of 330 representatives of 60 organizations of NE states and Sikkim took part in this thought-provoking workshop. Prominent and most talked of among them were Mizo delegates who informed the house that there were over 5000 Mizos in different villages who still held fast their eternal faith and culture. There were six American white nationals namely (i) David Frawley (Vamdeo Shastri) (ii) Vin Parker (Vrindavan Parker) (iii) Smti Yvette Rosser (Ram Rani) (iv) SD Young Wolf (v) Andrew Foss and (vi) Stephan Knapp. All of them spoke in various sessions and they unequivocally said, "The eternal faith and culture of janjatis of Northeast India in particular and all the janjatis of the whole country is scientific, most colorful and best suited to them which have international recognition. Your colorful culture and eternal religion are the local manifestation of global religion which America, Britain and other countries of the world are deprived of and you are gifted to have this" Shri Vam Deo Shastri (David Frawley) said, " Early American Christian missionaries came here and destroyed your eternal faith and culture. I along with my five associates too have come from America but with a different message. We have come to tell you that Christian missionaries have destroyed eternal faith and culture of American people. There is nothing left behind. They have destroyed Inca, Maya and Aztec civilization and annihilated these people. You are lucky still that your religion and culture are still alive though wounded. On behalf of American Community, I beg apology from you for the harm caused by those American Christian missionaries." When their struggle for preservation, protection and progress of eternal faith and culture was resounded and corroborated by American Vedic Scholars, the janjati leaders? vow and commitment were more strengthened and hardened. The great enthusiasm prevailed in their mind to re-dedicate more for preserving their cultural identity.

The attention of the country has been diverted towards the problem of people in Northeast Bharat. As a result, the dialogues from different underground leaders are being established. Various special schemes are implemented to develop the whole area. Even Kohima has come up on the rail-map of the country. On cultural front too, various programs are undertaken to write-off the bottle-neck and establish good rapport. Hopefully, these measures will slowly, gradually and constantly fulfill the aspirations of the people of N.E. region.

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