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Urgent Call: Shifting the Spotlight to Genuine Issue

by Aribam Bishwajit
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Urgent Call: Shifting the Spotlight to Genuine Issue

In recent days, the state of Manipur has found itself ensnared in the clutches of inconsequential matters, diverting the public’s gaze from pressing challenges that remain beyond the government’s control. Intellectual voices have sounded alarms, underscoring that vital issues are frequently obscured beneath the noise of orchestrated controversies. This deliberate diversionary tactic, often wielded in the realm of politics, serves to shield those in power from the thorough scrutiny required to address genuine problems. The consequence is a populace diverted, their attention scattered on superficial concerns, while the critical issues demanding attention languish in obscurity.
The prevailing discourse underscores the urgent need for the public to refocus on the substantive issues that demand attention. A rational discourse is imperative to cultivate an environment free from the shadows of violence and unrest. Unfortunately, the last seven months in Manipur have been marred by a wave of violence, claiming the lives of over 200 individuals and displacing more than 50,000 people. The repercussions extend to livelihoods, with many still grappling to make ends meet, confined to survival in relief camps.
In this unsettling scenario, residents find themselves barred from entering the hill areas of the state, adding another layer of complexity to an already challenging situation. The plight of those missing remains a poignant concern, and mothers, desperate to find closure, persistently knock on the doors of legislators, and even the Chief Minister. Tragically, their voices have gone unheard, echoing in a vacuum of empathy.
The current state of affairs demands a collective acknowledgment of the pressing issues at hand. It necessitates a unified effort to channel public discourse towards the genuine challenges that afflict Manipur, fostering a platform for constructive dialogue and, more importantly, tangible solutions. Only through a concerted focus on these real issues can Manipur hope to emerge from the shadows of its current predicament and pave the way for a future marked by peace, security, and prosperity.
In the harrowing span of the last seven months, Manipur has borne witness to a tragic toll, with lives lost and families shattered. Despite the government’s partial efforts, a stark contrast emerges in the handling of Kuki and Meitei fatalities, highlighting a concerning imbalance in accountability. While the government promptly handed over 60 Kuki bodies, the fate of many Meiteis, including Linthoingambi and Hemanjit, remains uncertain. Anthony and Avinash, along with several other Meiteis, are still missing, casting a somber shadow over the state.
Adding to the complexity, recent revelations about certain schools in Kangpokpi and Churachandpur districts obtaining CBSE affiliation without the state government’s knowledge have stirred public skepticism. The Manipur education department, led by Minister Th Basanta, clarified that no-objection certificates (NOCs) were not issued for CBSE affiliation in the past six months. The CBSE’s strict regulations mandate NOCs from state governments for central board affiliation, prompting questions about the autonomy granted to these hill districts and the potential implications for Manipur’s governance structure.
The situation further intensifies as Manipuri citizens voice their concerns on social media, questioning whether the Central Government is exerting influence over the hill districts, with Chief Minister N Biren Singh overseeing the valley areas. Previous statements by CM Biren Singh, revealing Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s directive to him to manage only the valley districts, had already sparked controversy. These developments underscore the need for a focused public discourse on the broader issues at play, particularly concerning the return of Meitei communities to their homes.
In this critical juncture, it is imperative for the public to hold the government accountable for its actions, urging authorities to prioritize genuine concerns over peripheral matters. As Manipur grapples with the aftermath of violence and uncertainties, a collective effort to redirect attention towards the well-being of its people and the accountability of those in power is essential for fostering a more stable and secure future.Amidst the intricate web of challenges and controversies, the paramount focus must shift towards restoring peace in Manipur.
The harrowing experiences of the past seven months have left a scar on the collective consciousness of the state, emphasizing the urgency for the government to prioritize the well-being of its citizens. The current state of affairs demands swift and effective measures to ensure that people can once again live in the sanctity of their homes, without fear or displacement.
At the forefront of this imperative is the need to provide a sense of security that allows women to reclaim their right to sleep peacefully in their own beds, free from the distressing reality of makeshift shelters on roadsides. As Manipuri families yearn for a return to normalcy, it becomes crucial for the government to focus on initiatives that foster an environment conducive to peaceful coexistence.

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