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In Manipur, politics means appeasing their masters

by Rinku Khumukcham
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In Manipur, strategies for electoral politics in other mainland states of India don’t work here. The issues of AFSPA, extrajudicial killings, rape, corruption, etc. had always failed to give an impact in every election. Leave aside the common people, even those who have stopped believing in the Indian Constitution and had taken up arms to wage war against the country, always play a major role in making someone elected as a representative under the system that they have been opposing. Framers of the Indian Constitution may believe that elections will make the country a strong democratic country. When genuine issues cannot affect the election in states like Manipur or Nagaland, non-issues like differences in religions, caste and creed are affecting the elections in bigger states in mainland India. Today, the country sees politicians humiliating even the President of India – because she was born and brought up in a poor tribal family. Talks about the conditions of the economy, education, and medical by leaders of political parties or their workers are history. In this small state of Manipur when political workers of another group showed a hostile reaction to humiliating the President of India, we saw workers of another political party creating trouble in the crowded street of Imphal protesting the questioning of their leader in New Delhi by ED in connection with National Herald Case.
How the workers of political parties are making efforts to attract the media, as we the common people saw, shows that the political workers are appeasing their leader’s seating in New Delhi.
Today, Manipur seems to be calm with no issues. People do not see the workers of any political party in the street protesting for domestic causes. None staged a protest against the failure of the government in either garbage management or traffic irregularities. None functioning of government hospitals due to lack of doctors or nurses or medical equipment are no issue for today’s political workers affiliated with National based Political parties.
For raising the voice of common people, whether, once upon a time – Civil society organizations exist today or not is confusing. Many of them have become politicians by joining National based political parties and some that remain are silent using means – known by many.

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