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Against corruption but not in support of Anna Hazare

A nation that ranks in the 80s according to leading reports in the most corrupted countries list is indeed corrupted beyond imagination. India as a nation doesn’t faces corruption in financial sector only but also in social and political field. We are cursed by a social structure in which the human dignity is often undermined, in a political setup where a mockery of democracy is created. Democracy indeed means that every individual’s opinion is taken into account but the fact that remains in India is that not all people can make an informed choice and sadly this fraction does at times fall in a majority. This choice is in a lot of cases coerced by money or muscle power, all in all corruption is deeply rooted into Indian society today.

What we see or hear in news are the big stories, of scams which are so huge that may be the amount is just an estimate. But we never tried to understand where all of these started from. The biggest question today that you must answer for yourself is whether the corruption that is faced by a common man in each and every facet of his life is actually the one that has trickled down from the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. If not than how and where did it start?

Economy deals with a trickledown effect in which long term policies that are sustainable leads to benefits to each and every individual of the system. What corruption follows is an opposite policy, “the theory of piling up”. When one individual from one corner of the nation gives or takes bribe he adds up to the treasury of black money, a part of which instead of going back to govt revenue falls out of the economy and finally reaches higher hands and is exported to Switzerland. Because this person began a chain of acting corrupted the higher we move up the pyramid the higher is the magnitude of the money that is taken or given because now there are less hands to be shared amongst. Finally when it reaches the top it gets to be branded as a scam. It seems this machinery functions quite smoothly, which implies the fallacies that lies already in the Indian system of administration, no doubt we have some of the most talented administrative officers in the world whom even Anna Hazare trusts for constituting the Lokpal but their intent can now be seriously questioned.

Why is it that in India which boast of being the largest democracy faces such massive amount of corruption, has it got to do with the quality of people or its quantity, human nature is always been to firstly secure his berth and to do so he can go to quite an extent. Similarly with the burden of population that India faces this bar of stretching ones extent which I talked about is further raised. In India as in many other underdeveloped or developing countries the demand supply curve of opportunity and man power is so skewed that for every possible opportunity there is thousands running a race for it, as such the term power finds its true meaning in this part of the world. Power is misused, power is mistreated and power is delegitimized by the power of money. India has to keep facing this problem until the opportunity manpower curve is balanced, because otherwise as Darwin predicted only the fit shall survive, the term fit in today’s world has found its own new meaning.

So in such an India in which corruption is deep rooted into the social structure what is Anna trying to achieve. He wishes to break all barriers of the current constitution, undermine all democratic ethoses and bestow upon all a bill which is supposedly prepared by the civil society. The first question that’s comes to mind is that, was there a democratic exercise done to understand what civil society wants? Well of course the Magsaysay club might consider themselves to be the one who should be blindfolded trusted by the others in civil society but that needn’t always be true. So being a common person from the civil society I would first want to justify myself why I must support the Jan Lokpal Bill.

While going through the draft of the Jan Lokpal bill which was first brought in parliament in 1968 and was further placed on the floor of the house several times including 1998 and 2001 when NDA were themselves in power, we can visualize clearly that this bill tries to instill mammoth powers on the selected Lokpal which might be detrimental to democracy or beneficial to democracy. When we go clause by clause we have to keep asking ourselves is this justified for me to accept this as a free Indian.

Who shall be the Lokpal?

A person from civil society who shall be a selected person, selected by the upper brass of the civil society namely IAS officers, supreme court judges etc. over here I am made to question that if in a democracy I have voted for one person to govern us than isn’t it undemocratic for one group of people to install another person above him.

What shall come under his purview?

He shall be dealing with cases of corruption. There is possible no machinery that can seclude a normal case and a corruption case, until it is proved to be a non corrupt case there is always a chance of corruption and hence every possible case can be screened by the Lokpal which virtually brings all matters under his jurisdiction.

What will be the timeframe under which it shall function?

It is supposed that every case will be disposed in just a period of 2 years. Now such acts have been enacted before in India, be it the IMDT act or foreigners tribunal, in both cases we have seen the discipline adhered to in disposing cases by such independent judicial bodies. So what Jan Lokpal promises is something that I as a rational citizen examining past instances cannot agree to.

Who will select the Lokpal?

The Lokpal would be selected by PM, leader of opposition, people from commissions and retired judges of Supreme Court etc. The simple question being PM, Supreme Court judges constitute the current anti corruption setup, in a way you trust the current setup here again?

On analyzing the clauses we see that this bill tries to constitute the Lokpal as a dictator in an otherwise democratic country. The fact that I am calling the Lokpal a dictator is because of the way it tries to establish itself undermining the so called democratic setup of this nation. We agree to the fact that India needs strong force to fight corruption, let’s ask ourselves, what if the CBI & CVC are made independent investigation bodies like the election commission, the proposed law to bring the judiciary under an accountability is passed and if all citizen are more concerned and use of RTI is made in true sense wont India move towards lesser corruption, what might seem to many as a slimy version has actually received international acclaim when Amartya Sen introduced his “idea of justice” where justice was a minimization of injustice. Now this seems a viable solution to many Indians. But still there are hundreds on the streets still trying to go with Anna. But the reason I believe Anna has been doing wrong is because his ends doesn’t justify the means. Whatever the fictional success of this bill might be but the means of coercive action to compel the govt to meet your demands is not an appropriate measure, the reason I am saying so is because out of the many who are on the streets to protest corruption don’t themselves have a clear understanding of what lies ahead, what the media and for that matter everyone is observing is the number of heads and not necessarily the voice. The voice even if exists is against corruption and not necessarily for the Jan Lokpal bill, where as team Anna seems more interested in getting the bill passed. Being a civil society member if many like me have doubts in this version of the bill it means that there needs to be discussion firstly at the civil society level and then between government and civil society representatives. The whole process of hunger strike, candle light protests seems vague until Team Anna can convince people the need of this bill. Even if he convinces us of the need which is anti corruption measure to which we all shall agree its effectiveness is what must be justified if questioned, amended if felt necessary by either the govt or some member of civil society and then presented and fought for. What comes across to me is an ardent desire of Anna and his team to get the bill passed, a bill to which I am not convinced and hence would say that I don’t support Anna Hazare and his campaign.

Moreover as a youth of this booming nation the reason I would suggest that we don’t need a Lokpal who will try to look for corruption in every possible case follows this analysis. What India and for that matter Indians needs to do as of now is to forget the past and march ahead with development in all sectors, we need to minimize corruption, hence we need to be more responsible towards our nation, very few people out of the thousands marching on the streets would know of the Indian Penal Code 1860 & Prevention of Corruption act 1988 using which we can uproot corruption to a great extent. Using RTI as a tool various governmental scams can also be uncovered. Through all such measures we can achieve what we all want to achieve and hence in this era of liberalization moving back to a system where undermining democracy an overriding parallel system is setup would be the last wish of many Indians because that is going to begin an era of clashing opinions, viewpoints and push India back a few steps on its march towards development. More than that this Jan Lokpal bill will also act as an agency whose presence will give Indians a pseudo feel of being in a less corrupt India which may not be the fact because justice within 2 years and justice for each and every small issue is a distant dream to cherish for which we shall require an infrastructure multiple times of the one we have at place for our judiciary system. Also the ones in favor of the Jan Lokpal bill gives a feel that the govt is doing nothing to prevent corruption which is not the case considering the fact that major ministers and bureaucrats are under arrest today, Still if people are not happy than ask this question to yourself: once a person is accused of having heavy amount of money in Swiss bank which is currently known to govt of India also in many cases than if the govt is unable to bring back that money how will the Lokpal do so? And to add to it this Bill symbolizes a losing faith in democracy of India in which we are projecting a non democratic post to be higher than the one which has been universally voted for and then using the loopholes of democracy such as right to express as a tool to coerce the government to enact it. As the youth of a rising nation we must understand that the parliament must be the most powerful system of this democracy, the parliament has been taking measures from time to time to minimize corruption and we must trust them, work on them and with them. To be active players in eradicating corruption we must look near us and try to remove it from the bottom of the system for then the File up will reduce and so will India be more liberated than before. Even if in future a single Lokpal on whom we bestow so much power plays with his powers India shall be doomed for the worse and hence a democratic setup to which we can always redress and amend is far better than one sole head for a nation like India. Not necessarily by having someone at the top can we reduce the filled up matter but by being active players at the bottom can we prevent garbage from piling up for the betterment of India. And if the later one can be done by not undermining democracy than that is what young India must look for, we should fight for strict laws and an independent investigation agency but not the way it’s done now, an agreement is expected after talks but if we have a preset agreement in mind may be we won’t ever arrive at a conclusion and hence being part of a democracy we must open up the space for both parties to negotiate without coercion and urgency, but above all as responsible citizens of tomorrow we must not be swayed by emotion today for a better India of tomorrow and hence must understand what is best for my nation and only then move towards the streets if required for enacting that measure. The Jan Lokpal bill has been discussed at several forums and many government and non government bodies have suggested changes and hence coercing the govt at this juncture would be like coercing yourself to believe that Jan Lokpal Bill in its current form is the best which you as an informed Indian must restrain from doing.

The Concept of an Indian Nation

India was born on 15th August 1947. This statement is at times questioned, clashed upon with by people who believe that independent India could have been different or better, people who believed that free India should have been freer where the poor could think of realizing their dreams, an India in which no decision is made under constrains, and that was a view of free India for many. But things went on, days passed and today we have an India ready to celebrate its 65th birthday.

The concept of an Indian nation is very debatable, some say it is one, some say it is a union of many. We also have seen radical views which say it isn’t one, but is divided into many. But for all these 64 years what has India been is what we can sit and decide today and base our future on that.

Has India really been a union of many or has it been just a collection of many with no common ideology, no logic to be one, more importantly no reason to be one. Resentment never decides anti-union, that’s true. But it unearths the hidden differences that exist. As we have a glimpse of our past we can see that India for no reason has been able to be unified together since Independence. All history books, all media bodies and for that matter all platforms, whenever they speak for Indian unity they show glimpses of the independence struggle. But those were different images. It was a call for unity. The nation didn’t unify to be get unified. It joined hands to fight a common enemy. But ever since it was made to believe that we are one. Never in history before that had any ruler in any period of time ruled over this current Indian map that we see today. Even the mightiest of rulers, be it Ashoka or Akbar had never been able to seize certain territories of current India. India as a concept grew only after the British arrived. Although it was born on 15th August 1947, its incubation had started long ago. It is always the condition of incubation that decides the birth condition of a child and even its future course.

Indian might be the only country in which people feel so strongly about the freedom of speech and maybe it is the only country where this freedom is misused the most. The media by virtue of being independent is expected to report all information without being judgmental. But sadly, Incidents such as the Indian Air Force being used on the Mizos, the report of over 100 Kashmiri women raped by the Army and thousand of Bengali immigrants slaughtered on a single night might come as a surprise to you today as you are reading this. Just go few moments back and ask yourself, is this the India I was living in. If it’s a no than maybe we can analyze more. When have you ever felt ecstatic about what the govt has done and about how the media has followed it? Well India can never make a decision that will meet the aspirations of every Indian and will be followed with supporting messages. Have we ever analyzed why this happens in India. There may be no clear answer to this but logically we may arrive at a point when we realize that the aspirations of this nation are not one. So how do we deal with these differences? Use our force, the army or police that is what we have been doing till today or resort to diplomacy which will lead to a never ending cycle and will at least decrease the magnitude of fear to the govt.

But before you question what they need to do ask yourself what you want? Because as far as it goes in a democracy the wishes of the people is first and foremost, But is it true in case of India. Whatever your heart says, do you see that happening? Are you free to speak about your ideology with regard to the nation’s policy? Did you ever stop from commenting just out of fear because you felt that your view may not be majority view? Yes if not you many Indians did. They did because ours is a nation droven by emotions, by wild assumptions. As mentioned above this is the result of the incubation stage through which India passed. British might have long left India, but we have never stopped following them. They played with our differences and we were silent spectators of the game, we win or we lose they used to earn, they kept earning until the day they found it to be unprofitable after huge expenses in world war 2 and decided to leave India. The day we lost millions of life during partition we should have understood that we lost. But no, we cannot lose, how can we? We have overthrown a large empire, we have created our free nation but just as we were making the tryst with destiny we should have realized that this destiny was written long ago by people who knew that if difference exists we can fool them, we can rule them. Ideologies differ that’s true, debate happens and conclusions are drawn which result into manifestation and realization of aspiration but in India the cycle is long and it comes back to original. In India a difference is born, and now a decision is taken, vested interests aggravate the difference based on the decision, and then we follow our emotion and finally on a wild assumption we derive a conclusion which takes us nowhere but to the same situation. The best example I have with me to illustrate this is sadly the AFSPA, I would have been happier had this name been unheard of by me, but sadly how can it be. If you have ever asked someone who has seen the wrath of this act you might curse yourself for being a silent citizen of this nation. Because of differences in society and governance was born a new revolutionary idea which transpired into the ideology of many and finally India had to face the heat of many separatist movement, the solution of course seemed to be tough action. The very inhuman Rowlatt act of 1919 under which General Dyer killed hundreds in jallianwala bagh massacre was brought back to practice only in a new dress to be called the Arms forces special powers Act. Under this act the Arms forces people were given greater powers to curb terrorism. Were they successful? Is Kashmir or northeast peaceful today is not the question you should ask. Is every person over there content today with whatever this nation has given them is what you should answer for yourself. Being content is difficult but picking arms and moving to jungles to fight in discontent is an even difficult thing so rational assumption will say that there has been a discourse in the governance policy that was adopted. The inhuman misuse of the APSPA has further aggravated the problem of separatism in India. But why hasn’t Indian government repealed this act. Every commission, every committee has widely exposed its misuse, of its danger to sovereignty. So is India afraid of the truth? Is it afraid of the freedom of its own people? Or is it that it has no reason to think of these people.

What does freedom means to you? You must be able to dream freely, to live freely. Each and every section of society must be able to do that freely. In India before an election someone is tagged as the dalit queen, some party is tagged anti Muslim. Is this the realization of dreams we talk about. There is a vast difference in simply growing and in being mature. India has grown over 64 long years but its maturity is questionable. Has it shown maturity in dealing with all situations, has it even thought of writing its own destiny or is it still following the destiny written long ago. Divided by caste, divided by creed and ethnicity India still is not able to decide logically but always has to resort to popularity. Why this is happening in India is a question I will leave to you but few things can be clearly understood. The reason we don’t see satisfaction in the eyes of many is because of the confidence of a citizen in his nation which our beloved India has not been able to gain and hence all that a person looks for is personal benefit more than greater good and hence we get caught in the loop. Just as the Britishers did ruling is still a concept in India, serving for the nation hardly was and is.

That through its 64 years of independence it has rightly been able to make each individual feel free is a rosy assumption based on which we cannot set pace for a developed India. After independence we have seen regional claims all because the current India was always divided into regions, peoples sentiments are driven by ethnicity and mother tongue which is a tendency even the generous of the generous cannot negate. It has always been one region voicing its concerns without knowing the aspirations of others. Through its 64 yrs of self rule India has undermined many such aspirations which will keep being unheard and undermined if it doesn’t wants to arrive at a solution, New Delhi is powerful to mute some voice from within but trapped heat catches fire which is difficult to control. Even if you control the fire what remains is ashes and from there starts another cycle of hatred, separatist feel, and claim for Independence. So New Delhi must listen, it must become matured not to allow to catch fire. A long left idea of India by the Britishers may not be what free Indians believe in and the govt must respect that. It must believe in writing its own destiny. The British kept on expanding its territory for vested interest and today we see that happening in our present interest, few portions are necessary for fulfilling requirements where as few are a question of India’s strength in retaining its boundaries. What India missed to pick on was its own people who lived in these areas and hence there is a call, a roar if not mistaken from within to alienate from this Concept of India, the concept of India needs to be broader, it needs to engulf all. It needs to be federal and much more independent than how the British had left for us. It must revisit India and must categorically unite India where the policies may be different but the motive is one “Freedom”. India can, should and must give freedom to all areas of dispute but not necessarily by drawing new boundaries but by opening of doors that were till today closed.

A shining India through its cities and growing towns is the hard work of the aspiring Indians to whom I will extend my wishes of Independence Day for they are able to be free and for the many that are still not free, still wishing to set free I hope this Independence Day is not the right time for me to “celebrate” if not mourn it as a fake tryst made with destiny.

The concept of an India where everyone believes in India first is practically impossible, may be we can move towards an India where the concept of an Indian nation looks feasible at-least at first.

Northeast: threat to nation building and sovereignity.

Connected by a stretch of land not beyond 40 km with the mainland of India, northeast India is indeed a distinctive piece of land. With the number of tribes and languages spoken running into a few hundreds, integration in this part of land is a theoretically improbable idea.

But this part of India has been united since time immemorial; it stood together against 17 Mughal invasions and was successfully able to block their eastern advance. It is the land that even after division from one unit into seven came to be known as seven sisters. A paradise in itself this magnificent piece of land has of late been the centre stage for insurgency, identity politics, at times communal clashes. The most “hospitable people of India” as referred by Khuswant Singh when he had to comment on the Assamese, the largest community in northeast along with the sister tribes have seen years of turmoil post independence. As we look to discuss the core issues behind these problems we will find few unsolved errors, few misconceptions, many illusions and sadly a lot of problem solution mismatch.

Before jumping into the discussion of problems and needful solutions it will be helpful if we pay our attention towards the ruling of the erstwhile Ahom Kingdom, a kingdom that ruled Assam (erstwhile northeast for 600 long years and for once never came under foreign rule). The Ahoms were immigrants from the Yunnan province, belonging to the great Shan race that entered the northeast after crossing the Patkai hills in 1215 A.D and by 1228 set up their kingdom that expanded and protected its territory till the British annexure in 1826. The Ahoms were a martial race, indeed stronger than the local inhabitants of the valley but while ruling this piece of land which they referred as mung dung chum khum (land of golden gardens) they used their diplomacy more than their military.

The Ahoms tried to create an atmosphere of unity within the northeast keeping every tribe self identity intact, as such the confidence of every tribe was bought by the promise of less threat to identity, land and food. The Ahoms used diplomatic engagements and seldom took to war to bring all the local kings and rulers under one umbrella. All local kings were allowed to exercise their complete autonomy and during times of war etc they used to fight common forces together. This helped them in earning the uniform of a unifier and a protector rather than a conqueror. This mix of diplomatic approaches helped them rule this otherwise unconquerable land for 600 years, governing this part of India has been a challenge for the otherwise powerful New Delhi. The powerful India that speaks for global peace and efforts to eradicate terrorism from its roots has failed miserably in curbing anti national activities and clashes for sovereignty within its own territory.

When the power to rule over the northeast was transferred to the Indian government, which wasn’t an informed choice made by the people of northeast the step motherly attitude of New Delhi towards the sister states proved to be disastrous, claims for sovereignty started within years of declaration of independence in 1947. The reasons for this were never understood by the ones sitting in Delhi, you cannot simply infuse on one person the sentiments of nationality by making him speak your language, or sing your national anthem. That feeling of brotherhood has to come from within and that becomes even more difficult to achieve when the men in uniform who are supposedly the protector of our lives patrol around to subjugate the voices of rebellion for this further fuels the voices from within. Delhi has tried to divide the entire northeast and apply the British policy of divide and rule, but as time has proved to us, dividing does weaken a section but then unification happens for the greater cause and then governing becomes an even bigger challenge. In northeast the number of insurgent groups is almost equal to the number of tribal groups because on division into tribal groups each tribe is now fighting for its own identity thereby increasing the challenge before Delhi to deal with numerous insurgent groups majorly the NSCN-IM , ULFA, NDFB just to name a few. The claims made by these insurgent groups are mostly on the lines of identity and indigenous advantage. But just as the number of such groups increase the claims overlap and the probability of reaching an ultimate solution satisfying all groups diminishes and thereby leaves the fuel burning. A very different approach of dividing the groups into factions, a pro talk and an anti talk faction and trying to solve issues by making the talk group sign a piece of paper is no solution at all for the reasons for which this group emerged and took to arms can never be settled when one faction with arms and more importantly carrying the peoples sentiments are still in the jungles.

Along with the turmoil and unrest the people of northeast has also seen problems the solution to which lies only in the hands of Delhi, but because of Delhi’s reluctant approach in solving such issues the people have further alienated their mentality from the concept of nationalism. One such issue is that of the unabated Bangladeshi infiltration. Initially coming in few hundreds and thousands the issue of illegal immigration has taken such a disastrous shape that today the tribal’s in Tripura are a minority and several districts in Assam has a majority of these immigrants. As this problem continues in the northeast, unlike other places here more than a question of livelihood it is a fear of existence that rocks the indigenous communities. Considering that most of the immigrants coming from Bangladesh are Muslims who are not a victim of communal clashes the legitimacy of such migration doesn’t exist. Today in Assam the percentage of Muslims has increased to 31 percent in 2001 from just 24 percent in 1951. Several districts with no historical evidence of any significant Muslim presence enjoy a majority today of Muslim immigrants. As such the issue of identity is further aggravated. Questions are often raised on New Delhi’s seriousness to solve these issues. If the western border can be sealed within 3 years why can’t New Delhi block the eastern border after 64 years of independence and nearly four decades after Bangladesh independence? The Assam assembly elections of 2011 has proved beyond doubt that the immigrants enjoy a political mileage and are often protected by political parties for their own vested interest. Many anti national elements and mostly Islamic fundamentalist groups have supposedly been entering India through this porous border and causing threat to the national security. How serious this issue is what I believe Delhi must decide, but to act immediately is something for which no decision is required.

Secondly as china builds huge dams in the upper regions of Brahmaputra and satellite images clearly depict the same Delhi’s attitude was again highly unexpected. A powerful nation that has in itself declared Arunachal a part of their territory and has defeated India convincingly in the battle of 1962 so much so that Nehru was recorded as saying “my heart goes with the people of Assam”, and the Chinese military reaching the Assamese town of Tezpur gives testimony to the fact that china’s claims cannot be taken lightly. In this chapter again India failed in gaining the confidence of the north-eastern by their reluctant attitude of approaching Beijing regarding the Arunachal issue and their soft stance on the issue of dams in the upper stretches of Brahmaputra in china. If India decides not to act now regarding this issue it might be just too late. And acting doesn’t mean beefing up the military along the eastern border; India will have to take the people of northeast into confidence only then will China’s claims be diluted completely in international forums. Just as the northeast cries against the big dams in china India’s wish to construct dams in Subansari going against huge public opinion in such a seismically sensitive zone sets no indifference in their attitude towards the northeast and this again reinstates the step motherly attitude of Delhi while dealing with Subansari as against Narmada. With china clearly showing their interest in this part of India, the news of northeast insurgent groups getting funds from China and Chinese military help cannot be negated.

Owing to these factors the mentality of the north-eastern people are slowly getting shifted away from the idea of nationalism. With the youth having to face racial profiling in various major cities of India and the characteristic discrimination faced by the north-eastern people with regard to opportunities in their land, the faith in New Delhi is slowly slipping away. If we don’t accept the north-eastern as what they are it will be foolish to believe that they will have that sense of nationalism and brotherhood from within.

As we look forward to solution we must understand that we have committed several mistakes already in our approach for finding a solution. A solution must decisively be able to erase a problem. In the case of northeast we don’t see that happening. The Armed forces special powers act, an act devised to give greater powers to the military to tackle terrorism has proved to be greatly counterproductive, along with gross human rights violations and abuse of power the AFSPA has at times fuelled the victims kin’s to join the insurgent groups, while dealing with the Bangladeshi immigration issue we haven’t shown our seriousness in doing so, the borders constantly patrolled by the BSF has off late been the gateway of cross border terrorism. To call a solution a solution we must ourselves be convinced that the people of that region are going to accept that, because acceptability of a solution is what determines its effectiveness. So to take from the Ahom example, India must use its diplomacy more than it’s military to solve the issue. It must give every tribe and every community the autonomy to protect and preserve their own culture and tradition, if every tribe believes that their interests are protected better by being part of an Indian nation then nationalism will itself develop and more so because the claims for sovereignty will be erased by the content of the masses. To do so, New Delhi must be a responsible player in the northeast. It must actively participate in all the developments of northeast and at the same time try and not be a dictator in the eyes of the people. For that the policies that New Delhi adopt must be more flexible and must cater to the needs of all north eastern people, its viewpoint must not be restricted only towards a Indian nation but towards the building of a greater society through greater autonomy to all and in return achieving higher confidence from each one involved. That every tribe can write its own destiny, that every community gets the power to utilize its own resources and that the identity of every community must be respected should be the writing on the wall. If resource utilisation, and opportunity and fear of extinction is what the indigenous are questioning than Delhi needn’t prove that through deployment of military but can do so through better dialogue and at times by bowing to the demands because bowing always doesn’t mean submission, at times it shows acceptance and a broader mentality and signifies ones courage to actually solve an issue, which is currently the need of the hour for Delhi to prove to the people of northeast.