Bomb Blast, ULFA, Militancy – The Default Feeling

Posted: March 23, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Born in a place that had already witnessed enough blood and struggle, it impacted my childhood somehow or the other…Whenever I use to tell people I am from Assam, they would immediately relate it to words such as “ULFA.. Militancy.. disturbance, Bomb Blast” …. There are few places in India which I guess will primarily known for all wrong things, for e.g  Kashmir, first reaction from people is always militant and insecurity… but if you ask people born in there, they will give you a completely different picture… similar is the case with Assam..

I remember when I left home and went to WB to do my engineering  the only thing people use to ask me about Assam were ULFA, militancy, SULFA, bomb blast… I use to wonder why are they so hyper about it, these very words havebeen part of my life for the last 18 odd years. since the time I have understood life, I have seen Bomb Blasts, shootout between CRPF and ULFA, have seen multiple “Bandh” (Strike).. its normal, why to be so hyper about it. Once an inquisitive senior during an “introductory session” (often referred by mass as Ragging) asked, “ tui Assam theke, ooi khane to khub boma baji hoi na” { you are from Assam, in that place Bomb Blast happens very frequently right}.  I said with a touch of frustration “ Ha hoi, eromo hoi che je ami ekta ilaka cross kore chi aar tar thik 5 min bade bomb blast hoi che, but akhon ar matter kore na, or bomb pothaye, amara pass diye chole jai” { yeah it happens, it also happened with me that I have cross one locality and after 5 odd minutes there’s been a bomb blast in that place. But now it doesn’t matter much, they keep bombing and we keep walking around it.} He gave a shocked look and left the room.

Not his fault, not sure whose fault it is either… all I know is that Assam is not about just ULFA and militancy and Bomb Blast.. its not just about the Bangladeshi insurgency and the Assam tea, there is more to it… the people, the culture, Shillong (Meghalaya)  is one of the most beautiful hill station in India, but I guess its human nature to only focus on the wrong side of the story rather than looking at the other possible plus points.

There’s been time when I haven’t reacted strongly against a bomb blast or militancy attack.. I haven’t voiced opinion as this is wrong and gruesome act by xyz… I haven’t, yes I haven’t may be coz since childhood I have seen enough blood shed, enough loss of lives..

It’s not that I don’t feel for them, I do and may be more than many other people, coz I have lost two of my school friend in the Oct 2008 serial bomb blast in Guwahati.. and one of them was about to get married to his Girlfriend same year December time frame.. When I went to meet the girl, she was shattered, she said we fought everything and everyone for the last 7 years to reach this stage, but never learned to fight death, how do anyone fight death.. I had no answer to it..  Infact when I was in school there was Bomb blast which if would have happened say 15-20 minutes earlier, I would not have seating here and writing today.

The point I want to ask everyone is, I have witnessed bomb blast since childhood, I have seen violence, Military patrolling the city on a regular basis, have seen dad sending me to tuition and school in his office car coz of security reason.. have seen my school friend whose dad served the Army coming with body guard and they didn’t allow him to play cricket with us coz of security concerns, have seen blood on the road for days.. have seen dead bodies minus some parts been taken away.… have grown with such issues, so today when I do see bomb blast or bandh (Strike) been called or militancy issue, I don’t react instantly.. at times I don’t react only… its like by default these things have become a part of my life.. I might come across as a moron who doesn’t care about lives of other and a jerk.. But it’s just that I am more patience towards reacting to such sensitive issues.. or you can say clueless about how to react… whatever it is.. am I wrong??

But you know what my biggest scare is, will my children grown up with same feeling, coz what I have witnessed in one ignored part of the country, I can see it spreading across the nation. The terrorist activities, Bomb blast across all cities, every now and then High alert across the country.. the picture doesn’t look to bright.. will today’s generation also grow up with similar feeling, accepting bomb blast, terrorism etc as a regular default part of their life… that is one of my biggest scare and worry..

P.S – Though I must admit that things have changed drastically since the time I have come out of home and I am hoping that the change is positive…  Assam is a wonderful place and a must visit for people who haven’t gone there… just don’t go there for Tea gardens there is more to it.. specially the people of assam are among the sweetest I have ever come across…  go experience the beauty..

I will leave you with few pics of Ma Kamakhaya temple, one of the most famous and known religious temple… and few pics of Guwahati…

  1. psychedchick says:

    I kinda understand this feeling when people question me about being a Maharashtrian. I am proud of being who I am and that doesn’t mean I am an extremist or I want others dead or hurt.

    It is finding the person we are despite all of this.

    In the end, whether stained with blood or blasts, home shall always remain home!

  2. Ashish says:

    Wonderful write up.

  3. Sharbari says:

    Can so relate to what you have written. Have spent my childhood in that amazing valley…will never forget the place for its serene beauty, lovely people and freshness all around! I think people get carried away by what they see and hear…there is so much more to explore.

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