food for thought
A blood-curdling incident at Rangajuli in Sonitpur district has once again underlined the extent of superstition that still grips large parts of Assam in the 21st century. A tantrik beheaded a five-year old child as an offering to Goddess Kali, seeking ‘divine powers’. Enraged locals then beat the tantrik to death. Law-abiding citizens will surely disapprove of such rough-and-ready justice meted out by mobs. Taking the life of a dangerously misguided tantrik is also no guarantee that the darkness of superstition will be dispelled. It is the same darkness which causes ignorant people to brand others as witches and torture and kill them in inhuman ways. Fake godmen and occult practitioners take advantage of such superstition to induce gullible people to perpetrate atrocities. Shaken by this human sacrifice incident, several Tea tribe, Adivasi and other students organisations are now planning to carry out awareness drives to educate the people that such superstitious practices have no place in a world fast progressing with scientific and ratiol thinking. These student organisaions have also criticised the State government for neglecting education and general development among backward communities for decades. Governments in Assam have failed the society in bringing it up to the mark as far as general education is concerned.