Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s government three point proposal submitted to the Union Minister of Human Resource and development failed to cool down the anger of the Manipur University community. A high level committee to look into the allegations against the Vice Chancellor fails to explain on whether the Manipur government understand the demand of the University community or underestimated the intellectual wisdom of those in the highest academic institution in the state. Except putting a demand for a high level enquiry committee the memorandum submitted by the government did not mention the exact definition of the so called High Level Committee they are referring.
July 12, the MHRD had ordered to constitute a fact finding committee to enquire into the allegations against the Vice Chancellor which comprises of two members – 1) JK Tripathi , Joint Secretary UGC and 2) Surat Singh , Deputy Secretary Central University Division MHRD. Perhaps it is hard to find the differences of a High Level Committee and the Fact Finding Committee constituted by the MHRD.
Point number 2 that the state government proposed is to direct the Vice Chancellor to proceed on leave and third to appoint one Pro VC during the enquiry.
The memorandum that the state government submitted to the MHRD showed the timidity character of the state government. Instead of urging points that is required the state government simply requested which the MHRD may accept but will the acceptance to the proposal be accepted by the Manipur University Community and also by the people of the state.
The state government need to understand that - from inside the Manipur University Complex the issue now has cross beyond the complex. College students which have been affected due to the negligence from the part of the government had called total shut down to all colleges affiliated to the Manipur University. Students’ body started street protest by even thronging to the Raj Bhavan and also the office of the BJP which is heading the state government.
Remember, the simmering democratic protest of 2015 demanding ILPS in the state was converted into a violent protest after the death of Sapam Robinhood in Police Action.
Yesterday’s protest by DESAM was also democratic and police committed extreme excess that a student leader Oinam Sital nearly got killed after he was pushed by a police man to a running heavy vehicles. It was miracle that the student leaders sustain only some fracture at hands and legs. Some other students were also injured in police action. Had the student died Manipur today would have been different as the anger of the people would go out of hand.
Now, unable to tolerate the ignorance to the demand of the Manipur University Community as well as police brutalities towards the students, MUSU seemed to be left with no choice but to called a 48 hours general strike. People of the state were fed up of Bandh and Blockade and criticism always pour when any organisations called bandh or blockade. The miseries were well experience and almost every people of the state have started saying no to bandh. But this 48 hours bandh called by the MUSU is being supported openly by many organisations both from the students’ Community as well as from the civil society organisation.
For reason best known to the Chief Minister almost all the BJP MLAs, Ministers and Party workers including former President of the BJP Manipur Pradesh are camping at New Delhi and are appraising the Central Ministry to resolve the multiple issues plaguing the state.
Among other issues what the Chief Minister of Manipur should consider most urgent is the issue of Manipur University which is being created by a one man called AP Pandey. Who is Prof. AP Pandey why is he getting so much protection by the MHRD? How could he fool the Manipur government by showing a demand letter from UG and connecting it to the present uprising by the Manipur University Community? Why and for what reason Chief Minister N. Biren simply cannot put pressure in a manly way to take the person who is ruining the whole student population of the state? A matter need to ponder.
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.