Manipur finally got its acche din
Gurumayum Bidyasagar Sharma *
Narendra Modi at Manipur Sangai Festival 2014 on November 30 2014 :: Pix - DIPR
Mr Modiji thank you so much. Can I say it again? Yes Sir Thank You Sir!!!. In fact you, Sir, need so much of appreciation for we are burnt alive here in Manipur (you can ask your fellow minister about that.)
Economic blockade (a term that ought to be used between nations) is nothing new in this part of the Country. We have had 150 days blockade, that's about half a year. So we are seriously okay with any kind of blockade. I need to thank IAF for their transport aircraft which supplied us during those siege like situation.
United Naga Council has been enforcing the latest blockade along two life line of Manipur since 31st October against the Manipur government which had hinted on announcement of Jiribam and Sadar hills as full-fledged district (the announcement came out on December with not only two but 7 new districts, well played). During this whole time, Mr Modiji your pet minister keep coming and going and didn't even utter a word about this woes of Manipur (Damn it, I forgot they came for campaign and not to address this woes of the people).
And when the state government had requested MHA sent another 1500 Para-Military for protecting the highways. What is that? What do you want them to do? Sit idle basking in the Sun? We already have more than 10 lacs armed force operating the state (Army/Para/Manipur Police/IRB/VDF included).
What we need is a clear cut policy from the centre's side on rules of engagement in this region. Mr Modiji (and Manmohon also) why don't you acknowledge or accept the fact that Ceasefire between Indian Government and NSCN clearly exist in Manipur? Why are we left in the utter chaos in understanding this? Do I have to bring up examples to prove that Ceasefire extends in Manipur as well, albeit unofficially? Or is it that it is official and we are the only ones who are left in darkness?
We don't need any more of your troops. We need freedom from this fear that has been crippling our mind for the last couple of decades. We need no assurance. Show us what you can do. Make us believe in the democracy which you are guarding.
Let me bring up some scenarios of what has been happening the state for the last two months (and earlier also). Whenever Nagaland or UNC or any other organization "Peacefully" calls blockade on the two highways of Manipur, We are left to rot in this small country side with no aid form your end. Petrol price rise to as high as 300(sometime 400), potato/onion/garlic and every other gets hike to 5times its regular price.
And what do we the Manipuris do. Nothing we don't complain much. But if your are taking our silence for cowardice, well let me assured you, Sir, are very much in darkness, your Guru Atal has had a first-hand experience of how we the Manipuri people give our peaceful befitting reply (our brothers and sister does fear to lay down their lives and you all seen it before).
This is not a warning. I am just telling you there is blood in the water and sharks are circling. How long till the People of Manipur starts fighting back? Lamlong incident is a teaser of what big thing lies behind the screen.
And to all the political parties, I understand it's part of your daily chores to play blame game as the Assembly election is near. But while you all are playing your little games we the people of Manipur are slowly dying and its seems that an imminent danger of clash between the hill and valley people is lurking around.
Play your games all you like but in the meantime please come down and do something that could soothe the pain of both hill and valley people. It is not that only the valley people are suffering, both section of the society are hit by such economic blockade and counter economic blockade although valley seems to have been hit harder.
Lamlong incident was very unfortunate but it was just a matter of time before it happen. It was natural move.
And Mr Ibobiji what is this? You knew what was going to happen when your government announce the 7 new Districts. It was such a master stroke that crippled everything damn thing BJP had brought up against your government. But Sir with due respect you should have a very clear cut contingency plan to counter the outcome.
Arresting two UNC leader won't do it. You will need more that to protect the interest of all section of this beautiful land. I agree it's easier to speak or write on what's wrong with what you have done lately but very difficult to execute any order. Everything is upon you.
But for atleast once in your office term be prepared for atleast a 100day economic blockade (stockpile everything) as you are unable to solve or punish these people choking our lifeline every year. You have been in the seat too long you ought to understand it.
And this time it has been the hardest. With Mr Modiji's "Surgical Strike" against black money and this blockade we are utterly in line. Yes sir we are in line. We are in line to withdraw money from the bank. We are in the line to get 300INR worth petrol/diesel from the pumps.
I seriously think this is the "ACCHE DIN" we have all been waiting for. Thank You Mr Prime Minister for bringing such pleasant days in our lives, but you wouldn't know about it, We don't Tweet our woes.
* Gurumayum Bidyasagar Sharma wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer can be contacted at gbidya(DOT)unipune(AT)gmail(DOT)com
This article was posted on December 20, 2016.
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