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Forgotten pledge - a reminder

“Where a society has chosen to accept democracy as its creedal faith, it is elementary that the citizens ought to know what their government is doing.” -Justice P N Bhagwati

Easier is said than done - the saying still stands true. Like the nail float in water with the plank, a rowdy sometimes saves his or her life from being spoiled with the kind of companied he or she had. Discipline and responsibility is what has been required to make the ship flow to the right direction and  it is always the wisdom of the captain of the ship that the crew managed to sail their ship to the destiny amidst storms and whirlpools.
It was perhaps the leadership quality of Columbus the captain of that ship and the trust and loyalty of his crew member that he landed to America’s soil make this rich country to everyone across he globe which which is now  the most powerful country in the world today.
The state is more like a ship in the vast stormy ocean. In democratic state like Manipur, Chief Minister is similar to the captain of the ship. It is his wisdom that will sail towards a better direction. It is his command and qualities that will make his crew member follow rules and regulations frame by him. It is only at the time that all the crew members go by their respective assignment that the ship will reached destination. Similar, is with the running of the state, whether it goes upwards or falls, depends on the wisdom of the Chief Minister and his team.
The recent differences arose among the ruling BJP MLAs had indicated crystal clear that it is either the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh that lacks administrative skill to put all his party colleague under his control or is it an intentional uproar instigated by some vested people to put the state under serious crisis. From a school student to persons holding the top post knows that Manipur today is at crucial juncture with multiple problems. More Importantly, the issue of Territorial Integrity, safeguarding of the Indigenous people in the backdrop of the BJP’s intention to introduce the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill.  These issues requirescomplete chaos in the state with other issue which is ironically related but not visible to anyone. Now the crisis for leadership change in BJP led government in the state of Manipur has been settled and that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh will now continue till the end of this legislative Assembly. It would be wrong to blame the dissident MLAs for the act against the Chief Minister, but the chief Minister should welcome them with friendly gestures and showed them love and compassion so that they stand to every policy and programme taken up for the welfare of the people. In our earlier editorial we had opined the need to change anybody in the government who would stands as obstacle to the N. Biren Singh government, but o second thought, the idea may bring catastrophe. In democracy tolerance and wisdom is the only means to run the government. After all the Chief Minister is the best among the equals and has been chosen to lead the government.  
Saying so it is still pertinent to understand the Indian electoral system that stands as a hurdle to decide on which way to chose for a better society. Every elected representative needs a second thought to say no to his electorate. Particularly, the system practice in India showed that without some clique of strong supporters, it will become difficult for one to become Chief Minister as first thing that is important is to get elected as an MLA.   
Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development. But sometimes the effort to bring good governance remains as a dream with the kind of hurdles from his supporters whom the man in the top post cannot deny as without them it will be difficult to get elected again.
Numbers of middle men including relatives are now the talk every people of the state. What more prove is required than checking the bank balance and the properties of these people in this couple of years? We have seen it many times.
Good leader falls, not because of his personality but because of those around him.
It is time that the elected representatives, instead of defending better check the middlemen to insure their pledge for the state.
Let’s make our state free from corruption.

Rinku Khumukcham

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. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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