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From JACs to Forgotten Pledges: Demanding Lasting Change in Manipur’s Narrative

by Aribam Bishwajit
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From JACs to Forgotten Pledges: Demanding Lasting Change in Manipur’s Narrative

The escalating cycle of violence and bloodshed in Manipur has become an alarming norm, showcasing a blatant disregard for human life. The prevailing absence of a robust law and order framework exacerbates the dire situation. In the past seven months alone, Manipur has borne witness to a staggering toll, with over 200 lives lost and numerous others grievously injured. Regrettably, the government’s response has proven inadequate in quelling the chaos, prompting a growing skepticism regarding the efficacy of governance in Manipur.
The disconcerting reality of the situation prompts a critical question: Does Manipur truly have a functional government? The mounting casualties and the apparent inability to assert control over the deteriorating security situation demand urgent attention. Instead of a proactive stance to prevent future calamities, the predominant focus remains on meting out justice after lives have been lost.
When confronted with assaults and fatalities orchestrated by militant factions, the victim’s instinct is understandably geared towards seeking retribution. However, a critical examination of the larger picture is warranted. The spotlight needs to shift towards holding the government accountable for its failure to curb the spiraling violence in Manipur. The N Biren Singh-led administration, seemingly incapable of providing a lasting solution, has perpetuated a situation where communities are deliberately segregated to prevent clashes.
Tragically, this segregation has not ushered in an era of genuine peace. Instead, Manipur finds itself ensnared in a perpetual cycle of conflict, claiming the lives of numerous students and leaving many others missing. The prospect of a harmonious and secure future for the people of Manipur appears increasingly elusive, as the specter of authentic peace remains a distant and uncertain reality.
The grim reality unfolds in a dishearteningly familiar pattern in Manipur. Each time a life is cruelly snuffed out, a Joint Action Committee (JAC) emerges, fervently demanding justice. In response, the government, notably under the leadership of N Biren Singh, offers assurances that the perpetrators will be apprehended and justice served. The routine continues with the Chief Minister meeting the grieving JAC, promises of compensation or employment are made, and the incident slowly fades from public consciousness.
This recurring cycle, however, does little to address the root causes of the issue. The people of Manipur find themselves trapped in a loop of tragedy and protest, with the promise of justice serving as a temporary balm for their anguish. It’s a disheartening pattern that only perpetuates the status quo.
Protests erupt, and emotions run high, but the underlying problems persist, waiting to manifest in yet another tragedy. The formation of JACs becomes a routine response, providing a momentary outlet for collective grief and frustration. However, the lack of a comprehensive, long-term strategy to address the systemic issues ensures that the cycle of violence remains unbroken.
It is imperative for the public to shift their focus from community blame to governmental accountability. Living in a democratic framework, the citizens of Manipur have the power to demand change from their elected officials. Rather than succumbing to the cyclical nature of protests and assurances, the public must channel their collective voice to pressure the government into taking decisive actions that will bring lasting normalcy to the state.
In this democratic setup, a sustainable and permanent solution is not only necessary but should be vigorously pursued by the people. Breaking free from the shackles of this repetitive cycle requires a united effort to hold the government accountable and demand the implementation of measures that genuinely restore peace and stability to Manipur.

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