Greed ruins not only the captain of the ship but also sink the entire ship devastating all his fellow workers. The changing face of democracy in the country is at the threshold of either in climax or in catastrophe. Greed for being oneness has forgotten existence of ‘him’ and ‘she’. The definition of secularism is confused as the nature of secularism being followed by those in power in either at the centre or at states is interpreted with different understanding. The game players in the battle of power now ride the Hindu chariot. Voice of dissent has been disrespected. Any person who speaks against the ruling government is an anti – national. Person who has been fighting for the cause of the down trodden people are naxals. Human lives are meaningless when it comes to the rights of “Cows”. India is changing today.
A boy from Assam was arrested by police for uploading video criticizing the Assam government through social media regarding the Citizenship amendment Bill. A Manipuri Journalist is now detained under NSA for speaking up against the government in Manipur.
Earlier many activists including Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj and civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha from various part of the country were picked up by Pune police. A student was arrested for calling fascist to BJP instead of warning or guiding her to the right direction, if felt the girl wrong, has proven how desperate is the ruling regime in suppressing the voice of dissent.
Kishorechand , a Manipuri Journalist is still detained under NSA. The BJP regime is working all possible way to convert the North East region as a dumping ground of the illegal migrants by passing the Citizenship Amendment Act. Armed Forces Special Power Act (1958) is still enforce empowering the Indian army to commit any action on their wishes. And the National Character of the Erstwhile kingdom is slowly distorted using various technic even by forcing the bhaks connecting the history with the mainland Hindu people. Being Hindu does not meant that we ( the Aryan and the Mongoloid) have same origin). Many Thai follow Hindu religion, Chinese follows Buddhist religion which have its origin in India. How could history of any community be linked just because they follow the same religion.
Well coming back to the state of Manipur, the wind that is blowing in the mainland reaches today. The idea of Manipur is seen slowly changing with the idea of fascism. The one time peoples’ friendly Chief Minister now face protest from various sections of the society. Rally, Bandh, general strike and sit-in-protest now become a life of the people due to the various hidden agenda of the BJP to wipe out the indigenous people.
Introduction of schemes like go to village, SChools or chief Ministers’ scheme for needy people turns out as another irony to the local self government. The devolution of power to the Panchayati raj or the Autonomous District Council is still a dream and is leaving aside from the priority with the introduction of the new schemes which still is not of that help to the people.
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.