Progress and development are inherent rights of every human, and even when the most reluctant of authorities take a benign interest on the various necessary and essential efforts and services, the march towards development cannot be halted permanently, although there will possibly be instances where negative impacts have been felt. The present conflicts and political crisis in the middle- east and Africa are instances that once again drive the point home. Closer home, things aren’t as rosy and cheerful as it is made out to be. The undercurrents of intolerance and inefficiency has been a constant threat to the efforts and attempts to steer the country forward where inclusive progress and developmental efforts are given precedence over religious superiority or social and financial hierarchy. Back home, things are still more complicated and confusing than ever before. On the one hand, claims of serious intents towards progress are being lauded and trumpeted as if the very proposal is as good as its achievement, while on the other, the very social fabric that has hitherto kept the diverse and often conflicting communities together has started to fray, raising serious concerns about an outbreak of confrontations and violent hostilities amongst the coexisting indigenous groups and communities which will definitely drag the state back further from the rest of the world and civilization. Yet there are lights at the end of the tunnels, literally. The construction of Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line- one of the most challenging projects by any standard- is slowly but surely inching towards completion. The opportunities and relief this will provide the
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.