Sunday, February 28, 2021
Editorial

Heal wounds

It is apparent that some vested interests are bent upon dividing the people by changing the narrative of everything that happens or what they want that to happen in this state. They have developed a habit on their own or at the behest of the interests who benefit by the fissures than the unity of the state. They throw a smoke screen to their vicious plans. In fact, they are doing more harm than good to the state. Not that they are not aware of the reality and the life the people want to live in a peaceful manner. But under the influence of the disruptive forces they are working to break the sensitive state on the non-issues. There are several issues facing us, which can be dealt with promotion of harmony. But bringing in the non-issues covers up the real issues! The irony is that some of the issues facing the state are common to the peoples of all the places. Each and every citizen of this state wants good roads, electricity, water, education and health care. But, it is given out as if these common issues are good for some and bad for the others. Few other issues are peculiar to a set of people and areas and a harmonious approach is needed to overcome the problems. Even if one part is ailing, the whole body suffers. We have an issue, it cannot be overlooked. Our people have a litany of grouses. The real part is that the people have a sense of deep alienation. Some of it came with the cradle, and the rest rises parallel as we grow in particular surroundings, where there is fear of both the known and unknown. This has conditioned us, and the way our real issues are tackled with in a callous manner, things deteriorate. The fault clearly lies with the politicians, who allow the vested interest to exploit the situation and create the narrative of negativity. If there are sincere efforts, the problems can be resolved and the theme of winning hearts and minds would gain meaning if it is taken as a mission and not as chessboard game. But this feeling should not be allowed to become a vehicle of clash between peoples. There always can be arguments and counter-arguments in a civilised society. As we recall the world history, Germany that thrust two world wars in the 20th century, today is working hard to contain the conflict in Europe. It doesn’t want repeat of the ugly history that had besmirched its landscape. Germany is an economic powerhouse in Europe, to which almost all countries look up to. It was a military power in the last century and today it is the economic power. The sum of the matter is that it is powerful, but the pedestal is different. It is working to save the lives not destroy the same. Germany is known for the fall of the Berlin Wall at the fag end of the last century and that was its turning point. If conflict was to be resolved by guns and bombs, then by now all conflicts in the world would have ended. That has not happened, because the lexicon of the conflict only expands conflict. At the moment, the venomous narrative is being added, that everyone else is an enemy. There are indeed certain sad and bad chapters that leave wounds that fester for years, but those cannot be kept forever. The best option is to heal the wounds. Of the two options, which one is better; to re-open and deepen the wounds by retelling the tales of vicious politics, or there should be sincere ventures to heal the wounds. There is a future ahead for all of us. The attempt should be to stick to the truth and not distort it for the personal gains. The commitment toward society should be honoured. It should be done in a dignified way and not by creating hate figures within and outside.

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