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Could the invocation of Article 352 in Kangpokpi and Churachandpur be a way forward?

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Could the invocation of Article 352 in Kangpokpi and Churachandpur be a way forward?

The recent surge in violence, marked by alarming killings of civilians at the outskirts of the Imphal Valley, has plunged the state into a severe political crisis. The situation has prompted urgent actions from the political leadership in Imphal, where Chief Minister N Biren Singh has taken the initiative to convene an all-party meeting to address the escalating conflict.
The decision to organize an all-party meeting, in response to the heightened pressure on political leaders, indicates a recognition of the severity of the crisis and a collective effort to strategize a way forward. However, this move comes with its own set of challenges as a few Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have chosen not to participate in the meeting. This reluctance, especially during a time of crisis, raises questions about the unity and cohesion among political representatives.
Notably, this all-party meeting marks the first gathering of lawmakers to collectively address the situation. However, it is noteworthy that these crucial discussions are taking place outside the traditional setting of the state legislative assembly, emphasizing the urgency and gravity of the crisis. This prompts the question of why such a meeting was not considered earlier, especially given the recurring escalation of violence.
Could it be that the public is questioning who holds responsibility for law and order in Manipur? Is it a response to the rising death tolls and the perceived ineffectiveness of central forces stationed at the outskirts?
The ongoing armed aggression, leading to casualties among both civilians and security personnel, raises substantial concerns about the efficacy of state and central security forces in maintaining control, particularly in Kangpokpi and Churachandpur districts. The escalating violence necessitates immediate central intervention to address the imminent danger posed by the crisis.
One way forward could be the invocation of Article 352 of the Indian Constitution. Article 352 pertains to the proclamation of a state of emergency and empowers the President to take extraordinary measures in the interest of national security during crises. The declaration of emergency can extend to the entire nation or specific regions as deemed necessary. Importantly, the President must be satisfied that a “grave emergency” exists before issuing such a proclamation. The article’s explanation clause further clarifies that the declaration can be made even before the actual occurrence of war, external aggression, or armed rebellion if there is imminent danger.
The breakdown of law and order evident in Kangpokpi and Churachandpur districts could justify the proactive use of Article 352 to restore normalcy, protect human rights, and ensure the safety of the population, given that the attacks on civilians at the peripheries are launched from these districts.
The declaration of emergency under Article 352 not only establishes a legal framework but also empowers the government to take necessary measures to restore peace, stability, and the rule of law in the affected regions. Given the severity of the situation in Kangpokpi and Churachandpur districts, the invocation of Article 352 emerges as a viable and necessary step toward restoring peace and stability in the affected regions.

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