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Though election might not solve the problem but is an opportunity to raise voices

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Though election might not solve the problem but is an opportunity to raise voices

The arrival of elections provides a hope amidst the chaos of conflict, an opportunity of fragile moment of potential change. As the guns fall silent in the frontlines, a deceptive calm blankets the land, masking the enduring scars and trauma of war. Yet, beneath this veneer of tranquility, the harrowing reality persists: thousands endure unspeakable suffering in overcrowded relief camps, stripped of dignity and basic human rights.
The eerie silence underlies the pervasive fear that grips the hearts of many. The once-dominant voices driving the conflict have seemingly retreated into the shadows, their silence a stark testament to the shifting dynamics of power as the election is happening soon. The absence of gunfire may offer a respite from the immediate horrors of battle, but it does not signify an end to the underlying grievances and injustices that fuel the flames of war.
Meanwhile, the specter of militarization casts a long shadow over the landscape, its ominous presence felt keenly by those trapped within its grasp. For the Meiteis, venturing beyond the confines of the Imphal valley is a perilous endeavor, as the roads lie under the control of armed Kuki militants. This brazen display of military encirclement, unchallenged by state and central forces, serves as a chilling reminder of the impunity with which violence reigns in the region.
In the face of such adversity, the notion of conducting meaningful elections appears precarious, if not outright implausible. How can democracy flourish amidst the looming specter of armed conflict and widespread displacement? Can the voices of the marginalized and oppressed truly be heard in an environment steeped in fear and intimidation?
Yet, amidst this bleak landscape, the election presents a glimmer of hope—a fleeting opportunity for the silenced voices to finally be heard. Within the ranks of warring communities, there exists a silent chorus of individuals yearning for peace, their desires eclipsed by the ever-present threat of reprisal. Trapped between the instinct for self-preservation and the moral imperative to seek peace, these individuals navigate a treacherous path, their voices stifled by the weight of fear and uncertainty.
The significance of the election lies not in its ability to resolve entrenched grievances or bring about immediate change, but in its capacity to provide a platform for dialogue and dissent. It is a testament to the resilience of democracy, even in the face of adversity—a reminder that, even amidst the chaos of conflict, the voices of the oppressed can still find a way to be heard.
As the election unfolds, let us heed the silent cries of those trapped in the crossfire, amplifying their aspirations for peace and justice. For in their quiet resolve lies the promise of a brighter future, where the echoes of gunfire are replaced by the harmonious chorus of reconciliation and hope.

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