Two incidents, as stark in their contrasts as can be, happened in two different states in the last couple of days which revalidate the truth that a government can either be as decisive as can be desired or as lethargic as can be imagined. Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister ofDelhi, considered by many to be a maverick politician, sacked a minister from his government immediately when allegations of wrongdoing and corruption backed by recorded evidence emerged. An enquiry into the allegations has also been ordered, and if the past is any indication, he is expected to pursue the matter to its rightful conclusion. This is what is expected of a decisive government, and what also needs to be done. Closer home, allegations of corruptions and misappropriations regarding various projects of irrigation sector in the state have cropped up, with the state unit of BJP taking a decision to hand over the investigation into the matter to the CBI. Furthermore, Ram Madhav, National Secretary and In-Charge, North East for the BJP accused the Ibobi-led Congress government in the state of not cooperating with various development programs and schemes in Manipur being initiated by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the centre. Corruption, nepotism and favoritism have been an undeniable truth in our society as is elsewhere, and no effort or method to eradicate the practice seemed to be having much success as of now. Although undesirable, the lure of personal benefits and profits by those in power and influence is understandable. What is inexplicable is the reluctance of the government to implement development measures meant to uplift the living experience of the public. While those in power and governance might be sheltered to a certain extent from the negative impacts which the public are experiencing on a daily basis, they certainly stand to gain more from any progress the state might make, and yet they continue to dither on various matters, treating the mandate of the public as their birth right. Of the meagre feeble attempts being made to display some semblance of development activities, the priorities are evidently misplaced. Corruption is a scourge which, even though seemingly difficult to remedy, is possible to eradicate. But to achieve it, the society needs a leader who can stand up to established traditions, concepts and defy conventions. We need an individual who can shun material pleasures and inspire others to be altruistic. But above all, we need someone with the conviction to carry out his or her sworn duty without consideration of the consequences, one who has the temerity to declare right from wrong and the enthusiasm to fight for the people- a decisive, upright and prolific human in short. But going by the general perception, the obvious question that is on everyone’s mind is: will such a person ever appear on the political horizon of Manipur?
- Published in Editorial