Thursday, April 22, 2021

Cascading effects

The Associated Press (AP) reports that in major US cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered on June 30 across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border ~ wearing white, shaking their fists in the air and carrying placards that read: “No more children in cages,” and “What’s next? Concentration camps?” in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. AP further reports: “Trump has backed away from family separations amid bipartisan and international uproar. His “zero tolerance policy” led officials to take more than 2,000 children from their parents as they tried to enter the country illegally, most of them fleeing violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries. Those marching on Saturday demanded the Government quickly reunite the families that were already divided”. Clearly, something terrible is happening in what is believed to be the world’s most powerful nation, and here in Nagaland, what we believed to be “God’s own Country”. However, besides blatant violations of human rights and all that is human, humane, decent, civilizational and Christina, President Trump’s policy to separate families also exposes and underscores US’ underbelly, which seem to thrive on a very deep-seated racism ~ the kind that is counter to the very essence and ethos of the American Constitution and goes against its letter and spirit. But there it is ~ the vast chasm between a vision and reality. And to think that the US has the temerity to censure and indict some nations for human rights violations! Indubitably economic, political and military might do make some more equal than others and some voices louder than others. Nevertheless, double-standards are double-standards and no amount of post-truthing about it will erase the fact of double-standards. As for President Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents ~ it will definitely go down in history as one of the US’ worst crimes against humanity in the 21st century, even if no one is saying so, as yet. True, most of the families separated are alleged to be illegal immigrants but that still doesn’t discount the appalling fact of separating children, even babies, from their parents. Surely, Trump’s Administration could have cogitated on a better way to deal with the issue of illegal immigrants? However American citizens standing up against this aberration of separating families gives hope that the US would re-direct its path towards what its Constitution envisages. In any case, the Trump Administration mustn’t forget the history of the US itself.