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The lost paradise

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Manipur now bleeds. The bondage of brotherhood among various community of the state particularly between the Naga and the Meitei is experiencing the worst taste. The venoms spewed to the two communities have spread far and wide. There is no rolling back to their stance; instead they keep on doing the inhuman act burning the heart of both the communities belonging to the two.

December 18 incidents, at which around 22 vehicles were burnt along the Imphal Ukhrul road in between Khurai Lamlong to Khurai Heigrumakhong showed how serious the venom had injected to the minds of some people living in the valley region. Following the incident the “tit for tat” spree which resulted the burning of 8 more vehicles at various places on December 19 showed that there is no meeting point to console the differences among the two communities.

The kind of happening is expected. For decades some people (influential) have been deliberately attempting to distort the peaceful existence among the various communities in the state. To protect the people of the state from the invasion of these vested interested people civil society organization in both hill and valley had been organizing various campaigns. The civil bodies still continue to organized such awareness campaign for peaceful co-existence among the various communities of the state but for reason best known no such move to strengthen the relation between the various communities were seen to have been taken up by the state and center government authority.

Even at this hour when Manipur is bleeding no leaders of the Union government has ever showed its interest to the ongoing crisis. Even when militants attack and killed three police personnel injuring 11 others was not condemn by any of the central government authority.

Similarly the state government too is not serious to what has been happening in the state. The ruling congress seems to have been thinking about how to return back to power by wining majority seat in the upcoming state assembly election. Instead of acting to the right way to contain the feeling of enmity among the various community the state government is indirectly provoking some vested interested individuals to make the issue burnt to mere gain in the upcoming election. Seems like the more the communal hate feeling among some people, the more the ruling is getting sympathy, which is not the right way.

On the other hand the political parties fighting for powers do not seem to be worried of what is happening in the state. At this juncture when these political parties should come out beyond the party line none seems to be becoming out with the idea of discussing the matter together. Neither the legislators which we had elected as our representatives had ever thought of convening a all party meeting or summoning a special session of the Manipur legislative assembly to discuss the prevailing issue.

The BJP and Congress which should be on the forefront instead of finding a solution to the prevailing crisis keep on playing the blame game for mere popularity in the upcoming election.


Seems like the fate of the state is left to hands of the people and we as the people should reconsider on why we should be allow ourselves to be ponds of the game being played by these creatures playing with the life of the common people. It’s time we act our else Manipur of today may not exist in the coming days.  

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