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A Mockery Of Democracy

The MPs and the MLAs are a troubled lot with the ire of the public beginning to be directed more often. This is the frustration that is being acted out from the people of Manipur who feels that these representatives have actually lost touch with the issues and the emotions of the people well before this ‘Ceasefire Extension without territorial limits’ was even announced by the Government of India.

The Ceasefire between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) was in existence for a few years and the Politicians ought to know what was in store then. In actuality, they were obviously busy with other issues, which have by now proved detrimental to their Political careers. Their basic lack of far-sightedness with issues present and future has led to this whole mess. It was a folly of our leaders not to have been able to gauge the mood even after the Center started having talks with the Naga Outfit.

Back home, we have irate mobs attacking and ransacking properties and houses belonging to these Politicians. It would be nice to know what state of mind they are in at the moment. I remember a time when there was a big uproar when the concept of Southern Nagaland was introduced to the collective psyche of the people of Manipur. Rishang Keishing was the Chief Minister at that time. Thounaojam Chaoba was still in Manipur. The impression that I got from these people was that of nonchalance and that pretty much was their attitude and in all seriousness, it was heartbreaking.

Violence cannot be condoned but seems like there is no stopping the public.

The future leaders of Manipur ought to realize that more than saving their seats and making money, when any issue concerning the state and the people arises, that needs to be given priority.

After this Ceasefire mess is solved once and for all, there are many an agenda that needs to be put forward and one is the development of National Highway 53 and more focus on the Barak Valley and North Cachar Hills. At least the people residing in these areas have the same concerns.

The support by four MLAs on the extension of the Ceasefire is understandable. They all hail from the Northern areas of Manipur much closer to Kohima than to Imphal. They represent Mao, Maram and Tadubi constituencies with the other one from Tamei. As everyone knows, these people consider themselves belonging to Nagaland anyways and speak Nagamese and the sense of camaraderie that is felt in that part of the state is mind-bongling. You can see road signs being written in Nagamese all the way into Manipur territory.

Like I said, after this Ceasefire mess is done, the People, the Politicians and the Revolutionary Folks all need to sit down and think this over real hard. We need to take up the issue on Land Reforms and National Highway 53. After all, Manipur will not be the same anymore.

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