In only a few days, we are going to celebrate our nation’s 70 years of independence. From the day we go in to the education system, we were introduced to the word ‘unity ‘ and ‘diversity’. Phrase ‘ unity in diversity’ is supposed to introduce our nation across the entire world. India is a nation of mosaic cultures.
Indian schools text books gives impression about everything except the folklore or stories of the tribal people of North East States and their history , as because who cares for them….
Tripura one of the state amongst the 7 sisters states is submerged under neck-height water due to continuous rainfall for last two days. The overflowing of the major rivers including Howrah and Gomati have resulted in roads being flooded and the water level is far above the danger mark.
Being born and brought up in North East, I have never witnessed such conditions before. The monsoon shower for the last few days has crossed over 200 millimetres as per local media reports as well as reports from the weather station. The situation has already affected around six thousand people, leaving them stranded ,loosing they belongings under water. More than two thousand have taken shelter in relief camps. Near abiut fifty relief camps have been set up so far.
The capital Agartala is under water as the city’s drainage system is no upto the mark which made the rain water clogged.
Overflowing of the dams has resulted in the destruction of property as well. This is a regular problem which Tripura faces every year during heavy monsoon. However, this is going to be one of the worst flood affected situations in the country. As per reports, the four months long southwest monsoon, lasting from June-September, is now active in the entire North eastern region.
Now this episode of flood will now bring about a innumerable things such as criticism, opposition, discussion on round tables , bureaucratic concern, and more interestingly, we will meet new activists, diplomats, as well as spokespersons. But here where is the help for the poor and needy ? Is deprivation our destiny? Is helplessness our fate? When will we have national priority? In fact, if such an issue couldn’t bring us any attention, then what will? Will we always end up only as annual tax payers?
The problem lies deep. I am not here to talk about political achievements and failures or criticise anyone. But you cannot ignore the existing defects in the system. Preventive and protective measures are often taken just to garner media attention and the nation’s applause. So, to conclude, where should we start to stop? Or where should we stop to start?
When will we have the developmental projects which will prevent such destruction? How much does a natural disaster management program benefit the person who is actually at risk of natural disasters?
Disasters have become a suffix for capitalism. Why? Who is responsible? Continuous controversy will never give us a productive long term or permanent solution. Doesn’t this affect the economic growth of a country?
What does a ‘national crisis’ stand for? Unable to resist my curiosity, I must ask why the meanings of national terms often get changed when it concerns the northeast.