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Turning the Tide: Manipur Crisis Spurs Citizens to Embrace the Role of Journalists

by Rinku Khumukcham
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In an unfortunate turn of events, Manipur finds itself trapped in a prolonged clash between two communities, Meitei and Kuki, which has persisted for over 45 days. The prevailing atmosphere of animosity, fueled by misinformation propagated by online instigators, combined with the perceived misgovernance of the ruling BJP Government under the leadership of N. Biren Singh, has jeopardized the lives of countless individuals. Regrettably, the central government’s intervention has proven ineffective, and Prime Minister Modi’s prolonged silence is perceived by the people of Manipur as a stark failure of the much-touted “Double Engine BJP Government.” Claims made by Mr. Biren Singh regarding bridging the divide between the hills and the valley now seem flimsy and insubstantial.
In the face of this dire situation, the people of Manipur find themselves devoid of hope, unable to discern a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. When the government fails to address the crisis, we must explore alternative avenues for restoring normalcy and fostering peace. While it is disheartening to observe that several media organizations have resorted to sensationalism to generate higher page views, video views, and TRPs, it does not come as a surprise. However, in this moment when all other options have seemingly been exhausted, the public must assume the role of citizen journalists, dedicated to bringing forth positive stories that can rebuild the shattered trust between the Meitei and Kuki communities.
Through the power of social media platforms, individuals can actively debunk the rampant misinformation that has spread like wildfire. Rather than engaging in futile debates over who is right or wrong, the time has come to present what is objectively right. It is high time that people take up the mantle of responsible information sharing, using news and credible sources to douse the flames of discord and ignite the spirit of peace and harmony. The public’s role in rebuilding a peaceful state cannot be understated.
In this dark chapter of Manipur’s history, it is imperative for citizens to rise above the destructive narratives and contribute to the healing process. By assuming the role of responsible messengers, disseminating accurate information, and fostering a sense of unity, the people can help steer Manipur towards a brighter future. Only through concerted efforts and a collective commitment to rebuilding trust can the scars of this communal clash be healed and Manipur reclaim its status as a harmonious state.

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