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Civility matters; but is in the corss road

The journey towards the building of a new identity, today crosses halfway. To be or not to be, is now left to the court of those who believe in one history, one language and religion as the necessity of strengthening this nation (famous for its unity in diversity, once upon a time).  For one reason the journey of making a new identity is important as it is a must to destruct into pieces the identity of an already existed nation that will remain a stumbling block to the making of a one idea nation. Yes, the historical facts about the existence of Manipur as a sovereign kingdom will either perish or will have no significance to the process of making a new one religion and one language nation if the history has been distorted. Propagating a group as mother of the cause by empowering them with all possible assistant for almost two decades and finally subjugating the political spirit fighting for the restoration of pre-1949 status is finally what has been seen today. Neither the sacrifices of thousands martyrs has been honoured nor the portion demanded has been demarcated, but all is well settled at the cost of a history of one of the oldest democratic Asiatic kingdom.
Confused rivalry in the race for power believes in existence for ‘now’ have been injected too much hate to people, that even the learned now feels that Mughals had humiliated the Hindus. Never in the History of India, no chapter of Mughals humiliating the Hindus is found. The series of incidents happened, were never about religion or believe but for power. They played fair game honouring all communities, languages and religions. Might and wisdom were the then ruler and the beauty of the then Hindustan was considered by every people as a land more beautiful and prosperous then the Rainbow.  Everyone knows today’s superpower America was discovered while Columbus was on his way to find the sea route to this country.
Slowly, the golden era of Mughals is dying from the chapter of history subjects taught in the Country’s education curriculums. The matter is now an interesting part to the western historians these days and is a subject often talks in academic discourse on international studies.
For this Asiatic nation, which had a written constitution before the country of today, there is not a single page open in the school curriculum for youths. Youths of today are not taught on how, where and when this erstwhile kingdom became a part of this big nation in the process of making. Some few years back scholars started arguing the legitimacy of our presence within this nation and finally even the one time top bureaucrat of the government today said that the country had committed wrong by not recognizing the history of this land. When people across the nation (in the process of making) started understanding the real issues of the region, people are left in crossroad. People are now left to choose different boats with different captains and the joy of riding the same ship with the spirit of brotherhoods will be history which will have no significance to the present day political scenario.  It’s now an interest of the international community to watch on the fate of the young nation. A civility to the issues of today will only be blessed if we learn on how to be a human being.

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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  • LP
    LP Saturday, 09 November 2019 04:15 Comment Link

    Unfortunately, civilizations come and go - the Roman empire, British empire, Mughal empire and so on. Manipur's past glory will wither away within India and the rise of Naga nationalism in NE India. By learning the past history from others and own-self, what can Manipur and its people prepare to preserve or perish itself. That is the big question now as the GOI and Naga rebels come together against Manipur, particulary against Meiteis, Kukis too. Ethnic-based politics is dangerous in any part of the world. For this to advance you need to create an imaginary enemy.

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