Misunderstandings, differences, conflicts, clashes between different groups, communities may arise from time to time due to varied perceptions. To prevent the occasional misunderstandings may not be feasible but it always can be patched up. The disputes should not be used as a convenient cause to drive a permanent wedge between two groups. The recent example displayed by the people of a border village in resolving their dispute is worth emulating. A violent clash notwithstanding which led to a firing incident could not stand in the way of finding an amicable solution and restoring the age old spirit of unity and friendship between the two groups. The people of Pale village in the Assam, Arunachal Pradesh border recently locked horns over a host of issues. The dispute took a turn for the worse with both the parties to the dispute hardening their stands. One of the groups — Takam Mising Porin Kebang enforced an economic blockade to protest against the firing incident at the Pale border village near Likabali in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
However, before the situation could deteriorate any further saner counsel prevailed. Within a week of the firing incident both the groups —Takam Mishing Porin Kebang and Galo Welfare Society along with Galo Students’ Union sat down for talks at Silapathar and sorted out the differences. The economic blockade was lifted and normalcy restored. Both the groups agreed to resolve all outstanding issues, including boundary dispute, through such peaceful negotiations and coordination meetings between members of both communities.Without letting the situation go out of hand both the groups acted promptly and handled the crisis in an amicable manner. Their action also helped in restoration of peace and harmony amongst the villagers residing in the inter-State boundary. Without keeping the issue alive both the groups resolved the differences amongst themselves without involving any third party. The groups also refrained from taking any help from the judiciary to solve the dispute. Nor did they allow any political party to fish in troubled waters and thereby keep the issue alive. The example set by the groups needs to be replicated. It will go a long way in resolving a host of disputes plaguing the State. People’s involvement can definitely help in resolving a number of local problems for which the politicians and the administration have no solution. Such an approach will also help in promoting better ties among different communities.
Courtesy:The Assam Tribune,Editorial15/11/2008
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