The cycle continue and once more, with the final exit of the 2018 , a new year 2019 begins. Wishing and blessing mark the coming of the New Year. But what is disheartening is that the coming of new years makes no difference for the state of Manipur.
In the year 2018 , players from the state brought laurels and fame of the state and the government too had taken up some developmental works . Other than this there was nothing which we had to celebrate the 2018, as almost all happenings worried the right thinking people of the state.
The series of work programme initiated by the N. Biren Singh government since it came to power showed that his intention was to take up some developmental and welfare programe of the people.
In recognition to his service for the people, N. biren Singh has been honoured as the 3rd best Chief Minister of India besides, the prestigious “Champion of Change”. But whatever took up by N. Biren Singh for the welfare of the people still need a long way to turn into reality. The good works taken up still need to reach the common people.
Development works is not only required for taking up good governance but it also need to make sure that all citizen are ensured with the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India. The government needs to follow the constitutional provision. Regarding this, former Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra quoted former President of US, Thomas Jefferson - “ If the government fear the people then there is freedom, and if the people fear the government then there is atrocities to the people. In the word of Justice Mishra, Freedom is for all time. Freedom cannot be compromise with anything. Freedom is ensured and protected if the freedom of a citizen has not been compromise with any other things.
We cannot live without the significance of Democracy and definitely we cannot be ensuring freedom. If ones freedom has been violated without proper proceeding of the law of the Land then one might consider him half dead.
In Indian democracy, peoples are the supreme and the government is for the people. The question right now is that – Is the government fear the people or the people fear the government. The answer of this question will tell the fate of Democracy.
The uncertainty of the Manipur’s Boundary, rise of unemployment which is reaching 1/3 of the total population, the problem of influx of illegal migrants from outside the state which is becoming a threat to the indigenous people , trust deficit among the people of the state - are some of the issue which question the fate of the state.
Right at the moment – the demand for the conversion of Meetei / Meitei into Scheduled Tribe , the demand for the Inner line permit system, the long struggle of the UNC to make a separate state by curving portion of the Manipur state, the Frame Work Agreement of the NSCN-IM and the demand of the Kukis for a separate state, and the impact of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1958 make the people of this region an uncertain life.
In such a situation we the Manipuri have to ponder is that how could the people expect more with the coming of the new year.
If one ponder on the certain thing happening in the state, one wander whom to wish whom with the coming of this new year. There is a skepticism on assuming that the wishes of new year will yield positive result.
Public leaders or legislators who wishes on year are abundant, but what is disheartening is that we still do not see any leader who actually want to make the people happy.
There are also many people who fight for their right, but there are not many people who judiciously use the rights. This is the reason for the many wanted incident happening day today in our society.
Need of the hour is groom a leader who can sacrifice for the cause of the people.
Manipur is a home of various ethnic communities. Since time immemorial they have been living in peaceful coordination . Sometime there were difference of opinion on certain issue which led to clash among them, but the brotherhood among the various communities has never been perished. Such incident happen in every society .
At a time when we have to find a solution for the difference, the unfortunate part is that some people are inciting hate feeling among the various community. This people never bother about the future of the state.
With the coming of this new year it is the need of the hour that we as a citizen find something that we can do together to bring peace and prosperity in the state. If we can do something better for the society then we deserve celebrating the New Year. If we can change to a better tomorrow then the new year wishes of 2019 will do good for the society.
Lets think positive lets act for change.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.