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A timely look at the bigger picture

by Rinku Khumukcham
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With the impending all-party meet on Manipur situation called by Amit Shah at the national capital today, the collective attention of the people of Manipur as well as various other political parties across the nation is invariably directed towards New Delhi.
While some political parties termed the initiative too little too late and others suggesting the meet should be held in Manipur, the one thing has been leaving everybody baffled is the inexplicable silence of the Prime Minister of India on the present crisis in Manipur even fifty days since the violence and arson erupted. Different and diametrically opposite narratives have been presented and explained by different sections of people as well as both the electronic and print media. Amidst this uncertainty one thing that can be said about the present crisis is that the task at hand which the All Party meet is attempting to solve is one which is extremely difficult and volatile, with many layers of issues intertwined some having its genesis to the time even before the inclusion of the princely state to the Indian subcontinent.
But the more impending and increasingly clear picture emerging through the billowing smoke and cries for peace is the fact that the violence perpetrated by well-armed terrorists belonging to parties signatory to the Suspension of Operation along with militants from across the border cannot be mere coincidence as these groups which include Chin Kuki Defence Force and Kuki National Army (Burma) is presently being engaged in frequent Gun battle between Myanmar Army about 1.5 km east of border post number 72 as recently as a week back while Bangladesh security forces are conducting military operations to prevent the Chiittagong Hill Track from turning into a hotbed of Islamist terror as a new terror organization, Jamaa’tul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya (JAFHS), has been striking alliances with these militant outfits for assisting the JAFHS in the training module.
Taking into consideration the developments across these countries involving these militants from the Chin-Kuki groups, the present crisis in Manipur is but a small fraction of the bigger picture and the central government should take due notice and do the needful to prevent the crisis from blowing over and engulf the whole of the country as Mr Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary CPI-M rightly pointed out that the problem in Manipur is not just a local issue but one which should concern the whole nation.
The present conflict in Manipur is and should be viewed as a part of a larger scheme and missing the big picture in its haste to wrap up the issue without due deliberation will only prove counterproductive and is likely to fan further outbursts and mayhem. All that the whole nation is looking forward to and waiting with bated breath is the first step that the central government will take towards a lasting and pragmatic solution that could end decades of tension and uneasy calm and pave way for prosperity and development which will impact not only the state but the whole nation in a positive and rewarding manner as Manipur is the gateway to South East Asia for India.

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