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Introducing myself and my journal: Voice of Naga Women

I have been silenced in many ways in various forms. I felt so tired that I didn't know where to begin and how to solve, but such should not deter me from raising my voice..

Yesterday in my office, I was reading writings about the situation of Kashmir and felt quite disturbed, as the situation is no different from northeast region of India. A colleague asked, "What's happening?” I said the way things have been handled by the government of India is unacceptable. How people are made to suffer mercilessly in the hands of security forces.. I could feel the pain, anger and frustrations of the people as I have lived through all of such in my region as well and it's still happening in my region..Another colleague responded saying, If I am anti-India, why am i sitting in the office there..i was shock with the way how people could be so dogmatic in their way of thinking that voices of dissent from them is anti-India. Of course, i will continue raising voice against the injustice..

I was shocked with the comment from one of so-called 'educated colleague' that says bullet is the best way to stop stone pelters in Kashmir. We can finish them, if we want to, India will do anything to keep them, and UN will not be able to do anything. citing examples of how UN failed. Then, i realized such people will never be able to understand the other side of life- wish they have been on the other side of life too, then only, they'll be able to understand. I tried to explain coding many examples, to my amazement, she said, I have lived in Kashmir for four years and I know the reality. Then, I thought to myself, if she has been there, why would her perspective be so naive? The discussion went on and she seems to know so well of the situation according to her own terms as her family was also part of defence sector in the past in Kashmir. This is the reality today, most of the so called 'mainstream' that has been there in conflict affected regions, be it northeast India or Kashmir has been always from the defence force family or relatives. Therefore, the perspective that is shown to the world has been mostly from their side not on the side of the people that are suffering...

I am a Naga, most of the literature about the Nagas political conflict written in the past have been also from the security forces because the literature, writings, pamphlets written by Nagas were mostly burn down till 1990's. I still remember the frequency of Indian armies barging into every house of Nagas in villages and towns. People were left in the hands of the army to do anything they want due to the rule of Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the region. There is a ceasefire between the Naga nationalist movement group and the Indian government, but the peace talks have not yield any good results. There is an economic blockade back home by Naga students to raise their demands. This seems to be the only option left to protest against injustice and denial of rights to Nagas by the government of India. How long will it continue this way...Wish there has been other way out!!

Comments

Anna Malinovskaya's picture

Welcome to our community!

Dear Singmila, welcome to our online community! Feel free to post to your journal and participate in group discussions! If you could tell us a little more about yourself it would help our community members with similar interests to connect with you.

Anna Malinovskaya

olutosin's picture

My Dear Singmila, I hope to

My Dear Singmila, I hope to read more of your posts and to become your friend soon, I believe I have a kind of sacred interest for Indian women LOL. Feel free to join our online community/family. We are from over 150 countries and our keen interest is global on under reported women and children, I visited India and all that came back with me to Africa is more voice for the voiceless which I believe is why you are here.......Please be free to post to your journal, from personal issues to global as long as it affects human race.
Looking forward to read more of your post dear friend.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.
Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Singmila Shimrah's picture

Dear Anna, Fatima &

Dear Anna, Fatima & Olutosin

Thank you very much for your warm welcome! Anna kindly read my profile to get a glimpse of me. I'll write more in days to come. Olutosin, I would love to share about the situation of Naga women and the Indian women. Fatima, I do hope that we'll have great time, learning from each other, I am very excited to interact with women from across the globe. We shall continue raising voice of the voiceless!

Best,

Singmi

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