TOWARDS A SOCIAL CHANGE
As the world is ever changing, we the best creatures on
earth are to change something in the scheme of nature. The evolution
of mankind has witnessed various changes in its course of history. Changes
may be good or bad; surely, there will be consequences. We cannot in any
way escape from the changes and its consequences. In a true sense, human
beings are part and parcel of the changes. Naturally, there is none but
wishes to get at best the positive results from the changes making their
livelihood ample. In this writing, ‘change’ would represent ‘betterment’,
as we yearn for a better society.
Change itself is in a sense the word of pessimists. As the saying goes,
“Necessity is the mother of invention”, one can remark that those emminent
personalities in the history of inventions are really pessimists in certain
ways. True, their inventions bring in changes. They invent not because
they only want to get fame, award, or international recognition but because
they could see the shortfall and feel the necessity for a better way of
living. So, a change is a must.
The natives of Kangleipak (Manipur) are not at all exceptions to the changes,
whatsoever. Definitely, the people calls for a radical change, a change
for a better society, where the social return is considerably high. But
getting such an achievement overnight is impossible. It is undoubtedly
a long process.
As a matter of fact, we living in the soil cannot deny the fact that we
are not satisfied with the existing norms of the society. Consequently,
everybody feels insecure, unsafe and helpless. Rule of the people does
not mean peace and happiness but disparity and violence. Public tension
is extremely high, and the youth’s unrest is getting its height. Living
volcanoes are there in the hearts of each and every people although they
can do nothing in front of the ‘hidden powers’ where the trigger carries
the day, rather than carrying out a small number of mere movements in a
democratic manner, so to say. These movements are obviously ineffective
and short-lived, as it can't bring about any fruitful results. Sadly, no
new strategy for protesting against could be seen other than bandhs, road
blockades, etc. These are old stock methods. Even a small child is fed
up with these words and the actions therein. Indeed we have to find out
a new warfare.
Here in this regard, the pessimists mentioned above could mean those fellows
who can't satisfy how they are, what they are, and especially why they
are. They are always full of anxieties for being somewhat better than they
are at the moment. For them, a change is the elixir of life, the sole way
to salvation. Now the question is: who are to blame, or what are the possible
factors traceable to for dragging us to such an appalling scene? Definitely
we are responsible for the conditions we come across today. Only do we
make the society we live in. Willingly or not, we have to suffer ourselves
for granted. Indeed we suffer a lot. How long? Nobody could say. But how
far our masses are tolerable could be witnessed by the recurrent atrocious
incidents that throw many an innocent live to premature or untimely deaths.
It is not an exaggeration to say that every square in the soil becomes
graveyards day and night. We are standing somewhere in the dark. Our future
is dim and beset with full of uncertainties.
Even though the people are talking very much of social changes, they do
not spare even a moment’s thought as to who will bring the change. In this
regard, there should be various factors we must keep an eye to. First and
foremost, the most critical one really questionable and that matters most
is the social consciousness of our people. In fact, the society’s true
sense of direction is largely depended on it. Aggressive changes that hurt
the real values of the society (or cultural erosion), the deep-rooted social
evils, the enemies inside and outside and their identification, our attitude
towards the selection for the representatives of the people, (Are they
really all pseudo representatives?) are among other things the matters
of utmost concern we must deal with cautiously. Here comes the urgent need
for putting our heads together.
If, instead, we are ignorant of or blind to the matters any longer, we
are bound to get nothing but high words or tears when we are in heaven
or curse, or in the grave. The future generation will someday be criticizing
our thinking and deeds that we are keeping on now. They will be looking
for our footprints we leave behind on the sands of time. True, we are the
givers of their destiny. We must be alert all the time to every possible
problems and issues, keeping in mind the welfare of the present and future
Now the people want to get relief, for which we need solutions. It is easier
said than done. Finding solutions to the problems cited above will take
days if not years. Making the masses aware of the society is very difficult
and requires painstaking efforts. It usually takes time, and strictly,
a special group people that is, to mention a little, enthusiastic, energetic,
innovative and adventurous is vital to this end, especially for making
an effective task force. The force should be made of the elements or personalities
drawn from every section of the society. They are obviously the torchbearers
of the people. Strictly speaking, they are our youths and intelligentsia.
Now, to sum up, the crying need of the hour is people’s social consciousness.
(The rest are secondary). In it lies heart and soul of the social change.
It can be made possible only when we have: a right type of education in
which the learning ensures earning, and educational research dovetails
industrial research (The present system of education in Kangleipak should
compulsorily be recast at once), women’s liberation that imparts a bondage-free
existence (In this case too, the fact of gender equality should dawn on
both the sexes through the medium of education), and an informative and
informed atmosphere (Yonder is the net-friendly world). In the meantime,
the importance of national unity and emotional integration should be brought
home to our people through all media of mass communications.
In fine, we can take the liberty to conclude that we highly need a
social change for the sake of a better society, for which we should strive
to evolve a society in which people will live in peace and harmony, a society
in which parochialism will have no room. Here, it would be worth noting
again that our future is unavoidably in the hands of our youths and intelligentsia.
Unitedly, let’s make it bright.