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Politicising MU issue: by whom?

by Rinku Khumukcham
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 The unrest in Manipur University in the last 26 days crippling all academic related activities is now not only an issue for the teachers, students and staffs of the Manipur University. It is an issue of the people of this state as the future depends to the quality of this University. Silence of the Civil Society organisations and political parties would mean showing the immature mental ability of those in either the CSOs or the Political parties.
As a matter of fact local clubs and organisations located at the periphery of the Manipur University at Canchipur had showed solidarity to the students’ movement at Manipur University. Political parties now come up demanding immediate intervention to the ongoing issue by the concern authority.
The main opposition, Congress party had formed a high level committee to find an amicable solution to the present crisis at the University. The Communist Party of India (CPI) Manipur state Council also apprised the Governor of Manipur , who is also the chief rector of the Manipur University to intervene the ongoing crisis. The Siva Sena also comes up criticising the silence of the concern authority to the issue of the Manipur University.
Surprisingly, the BJP which is heading the coalition government both in the state as well as at the center only comes up yesterday and that too hitting the congress instead of showing concern to the development. What a shame? The BJP first word to the present crisis is a slashing criticism to the congress party saying that they are politicising the matter.
If a political party talks that way to the sensitive issue of the state, people easily understood who is trying to politicise the present impasse at Manipur University.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. AP Pandey, who is the root of the present impasse,  came to the press after 23 days of total break down at Manipur University and that too without giving any reasonable clarification to the charges levelled against him by the   Manipur University students.
The BJP comes up after 25 days blaming the congress. As the BJP now is heading the government at the state seems like the party has been playing the old trick of wait and watch policy and latter divert it by another issue.
Well what prompted the three deans to say that they were under pressure to resign from their post is still confusion as they had resigned following the irresponsible attitude of the VC. A matter which needs to ponder is that the three deans said that word after the VC said that they resigned due to pressure from the students.  
The other day when the students’ union of the Manipur University was demanding removal of the VC, a press statement circulated said that Prof. AP Pandey visited GP Women College. His visit may have reason but one wonder on why the VC visited the GP Women College when the Manipur University was on the frying pan.
But one thing learnt from the source is that the Principal of the GP Women College is the wife of one of the Dean of school of academic affairs of the Manipur University.  The said dean was one among the 3 deans who said that he resigned due to pressure from students. The real terminology the dean used was “the students came and requested to resign”. May be the Prof. used a language of courtesy but the intention was no different than saying that the resigned due to pressure from the students.
The situation is worsening day after another. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh may have pressure from the high command as the wife of AP Pandey is a hard core member of the BJP who have long hand upto to the level of Prime Minister and Home Minister. But sometimes it’s no worth sitting in the golden chair when the room is set on fire.  

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