By Iboyaima Laithangbam
It is perhaps for the first time in Manipur that cows were garlanded, venerated and worshipped in a government function held in public. The religious relevance of the presence of two cows in the inauguration of the Sanjenthong bridge is seriously questioned in a secular state like Manipur where many people of different faiths are there.
Ibobi may be a devout Hindu. However it is in contravention of the secular practice that a government function is conducted purely on the basis of religious faith of a particular community. It amounts to imposing Hinduism on others.
Understandably there was no riposte. The government ought to make a clarification on this secular issue
since there is no opposition member to put the incisive question. Secularism should not be thrown overboard for the political gains of Ibobi who seems to be at the end of the rope.