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E-Pao! Essay -Is there a future in Manipur?

Something to ponder upon
Hobbes Aribam
hobbes_aribam@yahoo.com



What is it that you want?
what is it that you do?
what is it that you want the common people to do for you?
Are all your actions justified ?
Have you seen the other side of the coin?

What was that first thing that you had in your mind when you decided to set out in the particular direction that in which you are still walking along? what's that driving force that made you determine that you should or ought to stand for a cause? I believe you set out for a noble cause, but somewhere along the way you got carried away far,far away from your original track.Your views and the driving force have changed and they are nolonger the ones which you had in the beginning of it all. Taking all your actions into deep considerations, not as a critic but as an observer, I am afraid that hardly anyone knows what you are upto and what kind of changes you might possibly bring. People look at your undertakings with utter apprehension. As a matter of fact, people seem to be getting used to living with these fears and apprehensions. I strongly believe that in the long run this will widely hamper our growth in all areas of life,and this,certainly, is not a good sign.What have you got to say about this?

What is that you are trying to accomplish by imposing fear into people's mind? Do you think this way you would get all the help that you think you desperately need in order to accomplish your missions? By the way, what's mission(s)? Take a close look at the ways you are employing to get all those supports? Don't you think you should take out some time to introspect and ponder upon all your deeds from another point of view? We live in constant fear. Why????

Though you prefer to call yourselves caretaker of the state, why is that most of us have fear for you? Something to be thought over, don't you think so?

You say you stand and work for a good cause. What good cause are you talking about? We really don't know. If your 'good cause' is really good then, I believe everyone would come forward to lend a helping hand in all possible ways or even become a part of your organization and struggle for that very 'good cause'. But this is not the case, why?

You can't get moral support of the mass by forcing to co-operate. There is a clear distinction between genuine moral support and the kind of support that you are receiving.They are not really supporting you in real terms, on the contrary, they seem to be just compromising with you in order to prevent them from getting into unwanted troubles and chaos. Do you have the slightest idea what this means?

Off the line, I have something to say about the Arm Forces Special Powers Act(AFSPA). The centre says it cannot be removed from the state as the insurgency is on the rise, but we, all the citizens of the state, believe that the insurgency is on the rise because of the presence of AFSPA. Well, there is an adage that goes like this, "it takes two to tango". Does this give you a message? Look deeper.

And finally let me make it clear to everyone who reads this article of mine that I am not trying to come to any kind of conclusion from all that I have mentioned above.They are just my personal opinions or views, and have nothing to do with anybody, whatsoever.My intention is to convey a message to everyone that the time had come for us to do some deep thinking before it gets too late.


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