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Democracy at stake

by Rinku Khumukcham
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The charms of democracy seem to have vanished with the ongoing trend of electoral politics in the country particularly in the state of Manipur. What more could have been a blessing to a common people to have a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by the elected agents under free electoral system. But not every hopes resulted what is being expected. Politics by super game players taking advantage to the existence of multi ethnic people is running the beauty of democracy. The supposedly peoples’ mandate is turning to be a rummy game for those who could made themselves find a seat in the table.
It is only few months left now. The game which had started playing by the few opportunists able to reach the rummy table will showed its reality. Yesterday marks the day as today’s newspapers carries report of how the big players had started inciting act of vandalism to let them support in their struggle for getting elected them. The more the Election Day approaches it will not be exaggerated saying that more such game will be played using the common people on petty matters.
The kind of happenings and games being played in relation to the upcoming election make us shame. With information technology reaching its peak, communication between two persons staying at the opposite end of Globe can now get in touch in a fraction of second. People no need to wait for hours to find out what is happening across the globe.
Yesterday incident at Thoubal district at which supporters of an elected representative and supporters of an aspirant candidate ensued in a deadly clashed cannot be taken lightly. It predicts how dirty the upcoming electoral politics will be. It’s assumptive.
Little drops of water makes the mighty ocean, the saying is universal. Similarly little leakage in the water pot will make it empty no matter how long it takes. Point bringing here is to recall that the present day crisis, which of course is a political in nature is the outcome of the small small crisis that are being engineered by the so call candidate of election either it may by for the local bodies or for the state Assembly or for the parliament.
Division among people was at its peak at the time of state Assembly election. From segregation agenda to assurances of demands (possible or impossible) or what not the candidates of today contesting the general assembly election utilized. Much has been seen and witness. The promises, the each of them assured during election time still remain unfulfilled even today when the next election if just at the doorstep.
The way we see or are going to witness in this election is in no way giving this erstwhile Asiatic nation a bright future. No matter how sincere is the candidate or nationalist is the one contesting; as long as the system remain the same fate of Manipur will remain in state of uncertainty.
In Manipur, democracy certainly is giving a bad taste. Something has seriously gone wrong in adopting it. It is time now for people to rethink over the matter to clean the dirt paints in the face of democracy.

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