Blame the central state and its policy for the terror and insecurity faced by the peoples of the North East!

Army rule is the reality in most parts of the North East.  For the peoples of the North-East, the departure of the British in 1947 did not mean the end of colonial rule.  The region has been ruled virtually as a colony from New Delhi right from that time.  When the peoples of this region have demanded their national and political rights, they have been beaten down ruthlessly, and called agents of foreign powers.


Having been at the receiving end of repression and terror at the hands of the central state and its agencies for so many decades, it is natural that the peoples of this region do not trust the central leaders, who are today promising protection for North-Eastern peoples, declaring they are all Indians.  Many of them can see that this is actually a veiled threat; they are being told to better be loyal to the Indian Union and its policy, if they want to feel safe.



Thousands of workers and students belonging to Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and other North-Eastern states have been clambering on board trains to rush back home to their worried families, following racist attacks and propaganda against them over the last few days.  Instead of taking immediate and effective measures to guarantee the safety and dignity of these people, the central authorities have been facilitating their panicky flight by arranging special trains from Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and other cities.


Who or what is responsible for this deep sense of insecurity among masses of people from the North East, that has made thousands of them all at once leave their jobs and scramble on to packed trains to rush back home?  The authorities, aided and assisted by the corporate media, have been spreading the completely misleading impression that the threat to the peoples of the North East residing in other parts of India comes from the people of those areas.  Various spokesmen of the Indian state are declaring piously that they will “protect” the peoples of the North East as their “brothers and sisters”, and that they have nothing to fear.  They are also spreading the propaganda that it is Pakistan that is responsible for spreading rumours that could have led to the widespread sense of terror.


All this is pure disinformation, designed to cover up the real issue.  The real source of the anxiety and insecurity of the peoples of the North East lies in national oppression and inhuman state terrorism.  It is the Indian ruling class, the central state, its oppressive, terroristic and discriminatory policy towards this region and its peoples that is to blame. 


All the peoples of the North-East have been the victims of racial prejudice, discrimination, national oppression and persecution in independent India.  It has been part of official policy to regard and portray them as trouble-makers and a threat to India, and to portray the region as being a permanently disturbed area.  It is because of this policy of the central state that the region remains underdeveloped; and lakhs of people leave their homes to find jobs and education far away.  When they go so far from home, it is the experience of these peoples that they have never received support and protection from the central or state authorities when they face any problems.  On the contrary, they are treated with suspicion and humiliated.  They are constantly bombarded with propaganda that portrays the peoples of their region as being ‘anti-national’, extremist and separatists.  It is this entire situation that is responsible for the insecurity and vulnerability of the peoples of this region within our country.


Army rule is the reality in most parts of the North East.  For the peoples of the North-East, the departure of the British in 1947 did not mean the end of colonial rule.  The region has been ruled virtually as a colony from New Delhi right from that time.  When the peoples of this region have demanded their national and political rights, they have been beaten down ruthlessly, and called agents of foreign powers. 


Under Army rule, youth have been picked up, tortured, jailed and killed off.  Women have been raped, villages and homes raided repeatedly.  All attempts to get draconian laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) repealed have proved futile, no matter how many times the people and their elected representatives have demanded it in unison.  To divide and disorient the resistance, the central intelligence agencies as well as ruling class politicians have organised and set into motion various armed groups that fight with each other and prey on the people, adding to the climate of insecurity and terror. 


Those young people and workers from the North East who left home and travelled far to various parts of India, to escape the climate of terror and to find jobs that are so scarce back home, find that they are no more secure when they go elsewhere.  They are vulnerable to being targeted as “aliens”, as part of the divisive and diversionary politics of the ruling bourgeois class and its rival factions and parties.


Having been at the receiving end of repression and terror at the hands of the central state and its agencies for so many decades, it is natural that the peoples of this region do not trust the central leaders, who are today promising protection for North-Eastern peoples, declaring they are all Indians.  Many of them can see that this is actually a veiled threat; they are being told to better be loyal to the Indian Union and its policy, if they want to feel safe.


The intolerable climate of terror and insecurity faced by the peoples of the North East within this Indian Union must be lifted!  This requires immediate repeal of fascist laws such as AFSPA, and end to the policy of state terrorism and army rule, as essential first steps towards a lasting political solution.


The problem can only be solved by respecting the national, political and human rights of all the nations and peoples of this region.  If this is not done, it is useless to preach to them that they should not feel insecure when they are compelled to go to other parts of India, and that they should feel that they belong to India and India belongs to them.   


The Communist Ghadar Party of India strongly denounces the central state and its policy as being the prime source of the oppression and insecurity faced by the peoples of the North East.  The discrimination and climate of terror against the peoples of the North East must be immediately ended and a political solution must be sought on the basis of full recognition of the national, political and human rights of all individuals and peoples in this region!

2 comments

  1. Thank you for the timely

    Thank you for the timely statement on this important issue. I agree with the statement when it exposes the disinformation campaign] which tries to lay the blame on people of other faith or on neighbouring countries.

    The truth can be seen by anyone who is willing to see!

    The conception of India as a territory, whose integrity has to be defended by the force of arms is a colonial concept. British were interested in plundering the land and labour of India and did not care for the aspiration of various historically evolved nations, nationalities and peoples. Unfortunately, we didn't make a clean break with colonial conception at the time of independence. Many of the people of the Northeast India, as also the Kashmiries and others, are feeling that their natural resources are being plundered without any development in their regions or improvement in their lives. Government is using army to suppress any dissent. Black laws like AFSPA are continuously being used, which were used by the British also to suppress the people.

    In free India, we should have a voluntary union of various nations, nationalities and peoples. This can only happen if people are empowered. In the present Indian Union, people are disempowered. They do not have any say in the policies and programs of the government. When people want to assert their sovereignty, they are told that parliament is sovereign but not the people. They are told that all they can do is to vote in the elections but not participate in the democracy in a meaningful way.

    India is really a prison house of nations. Far from according national rights to different nations, the Indian Constitution does not even recognize the existence of nations in the territory of India. It is to hide the fact that people are brutally suppressed in India, that such disinformation campaign and attacks are orchestrated in India.

    I wish to thank Ghadar Party once again for boldly putting forward the truth.

    Kailash

    1. Dear Kailash,

      Thank you for

      Dear Kailash,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment on the national question in our country.  You have hit the nail on the head in pointing to the territorial definition of India implicit in the Constitution of 1950, when the opportunity to make a clean break with the colonial legacy was missed.  Those who had been elected under colonial tutelage decided to retain all the basic colonial definitions and political concepts, institutions and processes of governance.  It shows that the class into whose hands power was transferred did not have an enlightened outlook.  While they mouthed slogans reflecting what the people wanted, such as "unity in diversity", the reality was the continuation of the colonial style oppressive state apparatus in defence of an economic system of maximum plunder to enrich a tiny minority of private owners of capital.  They refused to recognize even the existence, let alone the rights, of the historically constituted nations and peoples of this subcontinent.

      All those who strive for enlightenment and progress, for the flourishing of each as the condition for the progress of all – need to completely reject the "nation building project" of the present rulers which is really a national oppression and large-scale destruction project, driven by narrow-minded imperial aims. 

      We need to call on all to join the proletarian nation-building project – whose first step is the Navnirman of India, that is, reconstituting the Union on a voluntary basis by vesting sovereignty in the hands of the people, thereby laying new political foundations to enable all the diverse peoples of our country to cooperate and build an economy that ensures prosperity and protection for each and all.  Only then can we march together on the high road of civilisation, relegating the entire colonial legacy including the capitalist system to exhibits in our museums.   

      Victory belongs to those who strive to halt the present dangerous course of India, lift our society out of crisis and open the path to all-round progress!

      With revolutionary greetings …

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