The psychology behind anti Chakma-Hajong voices in Arunachal Pradesh

The anti Chakma-Hajong voices in Arunachal Pradesh, especially in the wake of the September 17 Supreme Court verdict to grant citizenship to the eligible Chakma-Hajong within three months, are so strong that they smack of and are laced with sheer hatred. It can almost be guaranteed that a lot of those who are raising anti Chakma-Hajong voices would not flinch or even bat an eyelid in admitting that they actually do hate Chakma-Hajong.

Hence, it would hardly matter to the perennial haters of Chakma-Hajong whether you reason with them or that India’s apex court gives a judgement in favour of Chakma-Hajong or that you tell them they might not have much of a logical justification for their aggressive protests; they would continue to hate; they need not be given a reason to hate Chakma-Hajong; they would find a thousand reasons by themselves.

It would however be difficult to pinpoint how the seed of hatred got sown in the first place. Incidentally, the anti Chakma-Hajong voices are mainly being raised by the younger generation of Arunachal Pradesh being led from the front by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union or AAPSU. But it has become clear that anti Chakma-Hajong voices are fuelled by hatred and that this hatred has only become magnified due to reasons which can be justifiably analysed in the context of the present times.

The proponents of anti Chakma-Hajong have always believed that they are superior to Chakma-Hajong by virtue of the outsider cum refugee tag, which the former have always endeavoured to impose on the latter although more than fifty years have passed since Chakma-Hajong have settled in erstwhile North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) now Arunachal Pradesh in accordance with agreed stipulations in the context of when this fateful decision was taken.On the other hand, although discriminated as well as deprived, Chakma-Hajong (especially Chakma) were characteristically proud and refused to be submissive, which many a time must have been infuriating for their detractors. However, Chakma-Hajong always tried to fight back in a manner which was largely and at best can be described as being reactive.

Thus, continued an endless tug of war between imposition of dominance and the resultant fight back. This in fact represented a skewed as well as imbalanced situation and it continued like that for decades and which the proponents of anti Chakma-Hajong have always sought at all cost and with all intents and purposes to firmly establish.

Now, after years of blood and sweat on the part of Chakma-Hajong, the Supreme Court verdict in favour of Chakma-Hajong has come about which by the way stands to rectify the cursed imbalance in Chakma-Hajong equation vis-a-vis the proponents of anti Chakma-Hajong. However, the anti Chakma-Hajong voices are adamant and desire to continue to maintain the status quo. And, they have their own reasons to want to maintain the status quo.

One of the reasons is that Chakma-Hajong have, given their circumstances, had to work triple the harder only to make ends meet and these hardships which they have had to face and endure have made them more resourceful and better equipped as human resource which in turn has bred insecurity among the anti Chakma-Hajong forces. They in fact feel threatened by the thought of having to compete with Chakma-Hajong on an equal footing.

The anti Chakma-Hajong forces would perhaps not have felt so insecure or threatened had they been able to make as rapid strides as Chakma-Hajong who despite discrimination and deprivation continued to toil hard just for survival. Owing to their self-inflicted shortcomings and deficiencies, the proponents of anti Chakma-Hajong unjustifiably want to continue to remain and feel superior to Chakma-Hajong against the basic laws of humanity.

While it’s hardly possible that the Chakma-Hajong be resettled anew supposedly outside of Arunachal Pradesh, it is such a surprise and unreasonable that the anti Chakma-Hajong forces like to keep mum as long as Chakma-Hajong continue to be unnaturally discriminated and deprived even as the former are purportedly allowed to continue to feel superior to the latter against the backdrop of the demand that if the Chakma-Hajong are to ever realise their long due rights, it be elsewhere and not within Arunachal Pradesh.

Ultimately, the anti Chakma-Hajong forces are to blame for most of the unsavoury and nasty things that have come to pass as they have always resisted and opposed a resolution to the vexed Chakma-Hajong issue by means of which they have sought to serve their vested interests even though it meant running away from the truth.

But, as so much time has passed, it has now posed serious questions not only on the anti Chakma-Hajong forces but also on India as a nation. After all, at the end of the day, justice must be served for personal as well as greater peace.

This article has originally published by The Eastern Today  on 7th Oct. 2015.

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