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Of power and the powerful

by Rinku Khumukcham
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God works in mysterious ways- but people in power device plans in stranger ways. The rapid soar in the temperature in the state has already sent many to despair and difficulties. Yet we should blame no one but ourselves for the predicament we find ourselves in today. Deforestation, clearing of green patches, encroachment on forest land, disturbing the natural habitat of birds and animals that is vital for maintaining the natural eco-system of our land- the list goes on. Knowingly or unknowingwe have been shaping our own future, along with the present state of affairs. And while most of us are slowly coming to terms with the realityand are getting acutely aware of the need to halt this drastic change and find ways to reduce the misery we are in right now, yet the Government, while being far from showing any concern or plan for providing any sort of relief to its citizens by improving the supply of power to its consumers, is all set to supply to its neighboring country Myanmar.
The rationale behind this move can only be speculated- if only one would know where to start. The public right now is at a loss for words, no one yet to come up with a plausible explanation. The one person, and a few of his chosen cronies, who might be able to shed some light on the critical matter at present chose not to. Perhaps they have their valid and logical take on this- from their own point of view, as they sit in unbillable air-conditioned rooms which runs all day- and night- supplied by VIP “lines” of which the general public can only dream and crib about, plotting and planning for the greater good of it’s people while the very same people for whom they are forever planning laywithered, sunburnt and parched, the heat burning through our very soul, tossing and turning, just to get a moment’s respite. Our daily lives have been, for a long time now, a daily adjustment and struggle to keep ourselves in sync for the few hours of power we are so generously provided, to feel civilized and perform every other necessities. Keeping the public in the dark- practically and literally does not bode well for the powers that be.
All and every talks of advancement, of development and improvements, of technology and world class infrastructures will continue to prove to be just lip service no one is serious about, until basic groundwork is in place. Citing social unrest and difficulties in implementation of projects to deflect the real issues have come to be the norm for those who are elected and entrusted with the job of running the Government. And while all these important issues beyond our grasp of understanding is being discussed behind closed doors along the corridors of power, all we are asking is – can we have some light?

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