30 delegations of the state BJP led by the Chief minister N. Biren Singh is presently camping at Delhi to apprise the concern Union Ministry about the various crisis that is putting the state into a frying pan. It was not difficult for Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to solve matters which are under the jurisdiction of the government but the two important issues plaguing the state haunting his mind. Both the Border Pillar issue along the Indo –Myanmar boundary and the over 40 days impasse at the Manipur University seem to be the Chief Minister’s greatest challenges as these two issue could not be solved without the blessing of the central leadership.
Since the many years- when National political party ruled the state the greatest tragedy of our state is that nothing seems to move until and unless extreme measures are resorted to - be it implementing rules of law or conveying the aspirations and needs of the public.
Add to it the fact that we, as a collective, have yet to realize the undeniable truth that the centre is evidently more concerned with preserving its national territory rather than improving the welfare of its citizens when it comes to affairs of the north east region of the country, in effect, reducing the importance of the region to that of a mere geographical entity.
The reality about the important of one person called Prof. AP Pandey who had been sent to administered the Manipur University as Vice Chancellor, considered as more important the 1000s students and teaching community is a clear indication of showing that we the people are still living even worse than the colonial British regime.
Death, destruction and tragedy continue to be the only means of drawing attention of the high and mighty at the centre to the region. None of the national media considers it relevant to highlight the improvements, or whatever activities and changes that can be attributed as such that has occurred in the state.
While it must be said in its defence that the governance of a volatile and inherently unpredictable state as Manipur is easier said than done, this very situation cannot be used as an excuse to shy away from the challenges that is staring it in the face. The peculiarity of the situations confronting Manipur: from its geopolitical to socio-economic conditions needs to be tackled in ways that involves innovative and unorthodox methods. This calls for a more alert, swifter and sterner government capable of dispensing its plans and proposals more smoothly and effectively. The frustrations being felt by the public for a long time now need to be addressed. Every aspect of public life and governance has been beset with corruptions, controversies, scandals, accusations of favoritism, despotism and cronyism. The sooner the present guardians of the state admit to the allegations and own up to such aberrations, the sooner it can address and rectify itself.
Bringing in a system of governance that takes into confidence its people and their needs rather than dispensing administration by tweaking the system to suit its every whim will eventually prove to be the spark that lit up the fire of frustrations trampled expectations. The state government needs to stand with its people and work in synergy rather than to cloak its intentions and actions with the shroud of suspicion and mystery.
Lastly but the least if Manipur is considered as an integral part of the country than the Central government should stop treating Chief Minister of Manipur as a mere puppet and to protect the identity of the Manipuri our Chief Minister N. Biren Singh should also show that he care more for the people rather than the political party that appoint him as the Chief Minister.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.