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Message to the leaders: time to man up or move out of the way

by Rinku Khumukcham
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While the state and the central government is still dithering over the unprecedented violence which erupted following a purported peace rally at Churachandpur on the 3rd of May when rally supporters openly brandishing sophisticated weapons attacked the Meitei community as well as their properties at Torbung area resulting in retaliatory action from the Meiteis leading to an all out violent conflict which has entered its 87th day with unabated attacks and assaults from the hills surrounding the valley areas of the state by well entrenched and heavily armed Kuki Narco-Terrrorists and resultant counter offensive from the village volunteers and state security forces resulting in increasing casualties on both sides, we have yet to see any concrete steps being taken up to stop the violence and aggressions being carried out with increasing impunity and frequency by the Kuki terrorists. The promise of the Union Home Minister of returning to Manipur with a definite plan of action to put an end to the violence turned out to be yet another empty promise, and the inexplicable silence of Narendra Damodardas Modi on the situation in the state except for a single viral video of a wild irate mob manhandling a couple of girls has raised questions as to the interest and priority the most powerful man in the country gives in his approach towards administration of the country.
The increasing feeling of dejection and resentment against the apparent negligence and indifference of the central leaders towards the present critical situation of the state can be gauged by the massive turnout of hundreds of thousands of people at the Mass Rally Against Chin-Kuki Narco-Terrorism organised by COCOMI today. Today the unfortunate violent conflict in the state which has resulted in more than a hundred dead and nearing a lakh displaced people has become a convenient issue for their politics and an instrument in their power struggle with no pragmatic suggestions or steps offered except the call for change in governance.
Has the ban on internet really stopped the violence? Has the deployment of more and more security forces made any difference to the armed attacks on the villagers and farmers across the peripheries of the valley? Has the umpteen trips to the national capital by the elected representatives of the state managed to elicit any positive response till date? What is the rationale behind the move to construct shelters for the displaced people at selected sites instead of using the security forces to clear the original places where they were and provide adequate security to enable them to return to their homes without fear of repercussions or reprisals? Are the displaced being made refugees in their own land? Have the state leaders still not able to impress on their central leaders the irrefutable facts of unabated influx of illegal immigrants continuing to intrude in the state even today? And what is being done to stop the spread of fabricated narratives and false propaganda on a concerted and massive scale to divert the real issue and cover up the carefully crafted agenda by the Chin-Zo Narco-terrorists and illegal infiltrators?
If the state and central leaders do not accord the present armed conflict in the state with the seriousness and immediacy of attention it demands, the prolonged frustrations of the indigenous people may well take a different and more volatile turn which will present a more serious and violent problem impossible to handle. Time is running out for the leaders and patience for the indigenous people of Manipur.

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