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Tribute amid COVID-19 scare

by Rinku Khumukcham
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The people of the state today paid fitting tribute to the martyrs who had sacrifices their life fighting to safeguarding the freedom of the erstwhile kingdom at the battlefield of Khongjom in 1891. The day is significant to the people of the state that even COVID-19 scares cannot stop them from paying tribute to the martyred war heroes of Manipur. Amidst lockdown across the globe the Manipuris following the physical distancing pay tribute to the ancestors to prove the world that we the Manipuri were courageous, hardworking people who had always wanted to live life with dignity.
Be it those governing the state or those in the opposition or those waging war against the state, all comes out to pay tribute to the ancestors of this region who had fought the British for the sake of the freedom of this erstwhile nation.  
Even though the people of this state have so much respect to their forefather none ever recognizes and try to convert the dream of our forefather into reality.
Dependent character of the state still hangs to the mind of the sons of the ancestors without bothering the reality that the peculiarity of the situations confronting Manipur- from its geopolitical to socio-economic conditions needs to be tackled in ways that involves innovative and unorthodox methods.
Every aspect of public life and governance has been beset with corruptions, controversies, scandals, accusations of favoritism, despotism and cronyism. The sooner the present guardians of the state admit to the allegations and own up to such aberrations, the sooner it can address and rectify itself. Bringing in a system of governance that takes into confidence its people and their needs rather than dispensing administration by tweaking the system to suit its every whim will eventually prove to be the spark that lit up the fire of frustrations trampled expectations.
People faced draught in non-rainy season and flood during rainy season. The drainage system constructed in and around Imphal city by spending huge amount of many do not serve its purpose. And every one of us knows that these moneys meant for construction of the public properties are hijacked by people who are near and dear ones with those in the government.
This situation is not what our ancestors had wanted. They might now feel shame of what we are no. A simple offering of floral tribute is really not enough to pay respect to our ancestors, we need to build a strong state if we really wanted a fitting tribute to our leaders.  

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