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Why not give peace a chance?

by Rinku Khumukcham
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The peace committee instituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs under the chairmanship of the governor of Manipur is not likely to bring any good for the trouble torn state of Manipur with major CSOs of both the conflicting community not ready to cooperate. COCOMI, a major CSO of the Meitei community had stated that the committee will not join the peace committee saying that, none of the demand put up by the committee has not been fulfilled. On the other hand, the Kuki Inpi, a major CSO of the Kuki Community said that they will boycott the peace committee for the inclusion of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and the representatives of the COCOMI to the committee as members. With the opposition to the committee from major CSOs of both the communities it seems that the initiative of the Ministry of Home Affairs is not going to help in dousing the flame burning the state since May 3.
Failure of the peace committee also means that the Judicial Committee constituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to find the cause of the conflict in the state will find lot of difficulties in finding the truth. Every body knows that unless the violence is controlled the probe that will be conducted under the chairmanship of a retired Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court will not be able to find the truth.
It is a fact that many people of the state from both communities in conflict has been eagerly waiting for restoration of peace in the state. This peace will only be possible when the conflict has been resolved and people could take a breath from the chaos that has been haunting them every day since May 3. For creating an environment free from violence, the ‘peace committee’ instituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is the only hope of the state. This is being stated as people of both the communities of the state still seems to have faith in the Union Government.
It is a fact that both communities have their own story and any initiative for peace is only possible from a third party, significantly the Union government. If both the communities in conflict stay away from the peace committee how could the ongoing conflict be resolved. The fact is that none of the community is benefitting from the conflict happening in the state. Over 30,000 people including women and children have been made homeless due to the conflict. Children are deprived of their rights which natural means that the future of the state is at stake. Not only the Meitei or the Kuki but also the children of all other communities are also losing from the ongoing conflict. If the present generation fails to resolve the conflict at the earliest possible time than our future will spit at us.
Let us give peace a chance.

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