Some are borne to rule, some have extraordinary talent in making the rulers. The inter-relations and mutual understanding between the two – the ruler and the kingmaker makes the ruler successful in ruling the government. The phenomenon is universal – Monarchy, Anarchy, Dictatorial or Democracy – all form of government of a nation needs a ruler and talented kingmakers. Without talented kingmakers – no matter how strong or powerful a person borne to gift to rule fails.
The good, bad and the ugly characteristic of a ruler always depend on the wisdom of the kingmakers. Kingmakers are persons or group that has great influence on a royal or political succession, without themselves being a viable candidate. Kingmakers may use political, monetary, religious, and military means to influence the succession.
Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, popularly known as Akbar the Great, the third Mughal emperor, who reigned from 1556 to 1605 still is remembered in history as one of the best emperor who had ever ruled Hindustan. But if one recalled, hadn’t Bairam Khan, who helped the young emperor expand and consolidate Mughal domains in India, history would not find a page that have so many good deeds of the great Emperor . Besides, the wise men in the court of the Emperor – who paid their loyalty to the emperor, help the emperor remembered in Indian History as – Akbar the Great.
As for the erstwhile Kingdom of Manipur (Kangleipak), it was the trust and faith of the people that Ningthou Ching-Thang Khomba (also Rajarshi Bhagya Chandra, Jai Singh Maharaja) (1748–1799) is still remembered as the greatest king of Kangleipak.
Point wanted to highlight here in this column is that – King or ruler would never have succeeded without a wise kingmakers or kingmaker even during the time of Monarch era.
Lack of Kingmakers and trust deficits of the hired kingmakers now stands as an obstacle to defame the ruler.
The long narrative, which is being highlighted here, is an indication on what is being going on between the ruler and the makers of the rulers. There seem to be lots of communication gap between them, and there are rumours that kingmakers are angry as they were rather higher one and the ruler gives little important to them.
Saying so there are many who really deserved to be the king makers . But for reason best known , they too seem to be sideline. Their advise are neither listened or discussed but asked to do what the ruler felt.
Choose the sincere, critic and academician who always talk hard, but for the good of the ruler. Only then … good governance will be possible and people will remember him in the coming generations.
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.