Viewing the country through the rose (or is it saffron?) tinted glass, the movers and shapers of the nation overestimated their own importance and invincibility to such an extent that what was initially hailed as the beginning of a new and radical changes in the society soon turned into a regime of intolerance and autocracy egged on by a support base unwilling to compromise or accommodate any other opinions or views not in sync with their hardened stand. Despite various path-breaking initiatives implemented to propel the nation towards becoming a leading country in various spheres, the over-the-top promises and inflated figures of achievements started a reverse slide in the trust factor among the public and it would not be much off the mark to state that the rapidly waning popularity of the present government at the centre has become a matter of grave concern.
What could prove to be the proverbial final nail in the coffin is the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016 which has caused so much uproar and protests from all quarters cutting across ethnic, religious and ideological lines. It has presented itself as an opportunity for parties, groups and organizations to come together thereby raising the possibility of working out their differences of religion, region or ideologies and drawing up an understanding or a working modality to enter into an alliance for a common goal. It has also become an opportunistic moment for various organizations and groups to organize protests demanding solutions with even the slightest connection to the present issue much like a festering wound attracting every kind of insects and flies. The perplexing part, of course happens to be that the wound is self-induced.
At this juncture it is pertinent and indeed important to try and look at the big picture which the government at the centre is trying to put together, albeit in pieces and deceptive bits. For a region which doesn’t subscribe to the fanatical ideals of any religion one may follow, injecting elements which could replace the political scenario with those that can and will propagate and preserve the idea of Hindutva is not an unpleasant option because electoral politics is about numbers, even if those numbers happen to lack intuition and intelligence.
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.