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The Great Disappointment: The ‘Who’s Who of Manipur’ who can’t protect its people

by Rinku Khumukcham
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As Chief Minister N Biren Singh, his Ministers, MLA, IAS officers, and all administrative heads of the government bask in the comfort of their air-conditioned rooms, enjoying the luxury of AC vehicles, fuel, and other perks, they seem to have conveniently forgotten a crucial truth. It is the citizens who foot the bill for these privileges – citizens, including those who tragically lost their lives in recent incidents, such as the Kwakta shooting, the slaying of three individuals in Laingoubi village and all those more than 120 deaths. The very same citizens who paid the ultimate price in the clashes between Kukis and Meiteis.
We must not forget that it is the public who funds their salaries and, in return, expects these leaders to efficiently govern the state and ensure the protection of every individual, regardless of their ethnicity. Unfortunately, Manipur has been plunged into mayhem since May 3, and our leaders have failed to execute their responsibilities effectively. Consequently, people are increasingly questioning the actions of Chief Minister Biren and raising doubts about the performance of the IAS and IPS officers who have undergone rigorous examinations to serve the people. Are they truly fulfilling their duties?
In this current state of affairs, some individuals have resorted to violence, while others strive to maintain peace. However, the lack of concrete steps taken by the government to address the root causes of the violence has left many without hope. With a population exceeding 30 lakhs, it is undeniable that not all Kukis hate Meiteis or vice versa. There are thousands of people who ardently desire peace, without compromising the interests of any community. They look to the government to find a solution because continued bloodshed will only result in more bloodshed. The wounds inflicted by this violence will not heal easily, leaving scars that will endure indefinitely.
It is high time that we raise our voices, express our opinions, and exert pressure on lawmakers and those in positions of authority. This is a crucial moment that will test the sincerity of their oaths to protect the people. If they fail to rise to the occasion, history will remember them as the most incapable and incompetent figures in Manipur’s Who’s Who.
Let us not allow their negligence and inaction to go unchallenged. The citizens of Manipur must unite in demanding accountability from our leaders. We deserve a government that takes swift and effective action to restore peace and security. The wounds of the past must be healed, and lasting harmony must be nurtured. If our leaders continue to falter, we must ensure that they are forever recorded in the annals of Manipur’s history as those who failed to protect their people.

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