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 Violence on the Independence Day

The day ‘15 August’ occupies a special place in the heart of every Indian. On this specific day, the whole country celebrates the Freedom from the foreign invasion, hoisting flags, honoring the freedom fighters and celebrating the patriotism encrypted within each of us. But Meghalaya, a part of the Northeast state India was grueling with violence on the death of the leader not the freedom fighter but the ‘ex-militant leader’.

Few questions had been brewing around…Was it necessary to conduct funeral on the Independence Day? Marching ahead with the black flags instead of the country’s tri-color flag? Or was it necessary to be so aggressive on the death of the militant who was once responsible to form the militancy group, engaged into extortion and taking innocent lives. But yet his demise was chosen to be mourned on the National Day.

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Ever since the arrest of the Manipur activists Erendro Leichombam, there had been a debate revolving around the law on the basis of which he was arrested. Leichombam (40), along with journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem 41, were charged under the stringent Act in May 2021, for Facebook posts they put up after the death of Manipur Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Saikhom Tikendra Singh due to Covid-related complications. They had criticised the saffron party for purportedly promoting cow urine as a cure for the infection.


The activist had written in his post that cow dung and urine were not a cure for the coronavirus and expressed condolences at the death of the BJP leader. “The cure is science and common sense,” the post added.

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Perhaps the birth of no nation freed after remaining shackled for 200 years since the East India Company grabbed the land after defeating the last Nawab of Bengal Shiraj-ud-Doulla was so aptly described than in the case of India by its first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.   

No doubt such a newly freed nation made a Tryst with Destiny 74 years ago at the midnight on August 15, 1947. This was the land that came under the British Crown from the hands of East India Company in 1859 under the Queen’s Proclamation.

Most justifiably, Pundit Nehru said "At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance...”

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Has the Central government remained indifferent to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic situation that is rocking the nation now? The lurking suspicion is prevailing in the minds of the people as an atmosphere had been created till December last year that the deadly disease that made an inroad into the entire world last year, courtesy China, was controlled with precision, especially in India. The government realised the dastardly effect and its catastrophe when the crisis escalated and reached an alarming proportion from February this year.

However, the problem cropped up when the Union Health Minister cautioned the patients not to visit the hospitals, as the oxygen was available in plenty. The patients, however, much to their chagrin and discomfiture found out the shortage of oxygen and drugs like remdesivir.

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The biggest paper mill under Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd in Assam’s Morigaon district has not seen any sign of rejuvenation even 6 years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s revival promise.
New Delhi assured a lot to the mill employees from time to time but all these later became a nightmare to them as government is found inching towards its hidden strategy of handing the mill over to some private parties. The mill’s shutter remains closed for the couple of years. Three mill employees committed suicide so far as they are deprived from the money they deserve from the government.

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