TODAY -

To each his own
- Imphal Times Editorial :: June 11 2017 -



The state is gearing up to observe the Great June Uprising on the18th of June, and the massive turnout at Kekrupat attending the memorial service and paying floral tributes by people from different walks of life from various communities in the preceding years reinforced the fact that the people of Manipur, with its diverse inhabitants and cultural mix, still believes in the spirit of unity, and despite setbacks and disappointments, are ready to go to lengths to preserve and protect its unique identity as portrayed by the variety of cultures, traditions, customs and beliefs.

But then again, this intrinsic protective feeling is certainly not something unique to the people of this state.

It is rather a universal phenomena; one that has caused many a great epic battles and induced acts of heroism and sacrifices.

The threat to one’s own space and liberty, whether personal or social, has always evoked reactions ranging from the passively defensive to the more aggressive and violent.

The spontaneous reaction of the collective society on that eventful day in 2001 which saw the unrestrained outpouring of the frustrations of the Manipuris is no different.

It would be prudent for us all to ponder over the issue without preconceived notions or personal feelings, and to try and understand the facts as they are.

The aspirations of the different communities to better their own kinds is understandable, but if and when that aspiration starts to infringe on the right and liberty of another community or the rest of the communities as the case may be, then differences and suspicions are bound to develop amongst the communities.

There is also the bigger threat of the political system feeding on the concerns of these different groups to its advantage, and what was at first a credible issue, even if only from the point of view of a particular community without delving further into the legality or the practical aspect and its impact on the entire social setup, such genuine concerns almost always gets tainted with political overtures, making the whole process a farce and drama, played out to the interest of the very few who are orchestrating such social disruptions.

Ultimately, the issue gets sidelined, or more seriously, gets diverted, eventually betraying the hopes and support of the very people who are made to suffer the consequences.

The final step- resorting to brute force and irrational violence to subdue and suffocate the rational curiosity and dissenting voice of the society.

The only way out of such undesirable situations, and indeed the most effective means of preventing the very fomentation of such divisive ideas is for the people to put a decisive, just and impartial Government which have the political will and the guts to implement even the most unpopular and drastic measures for the good of the society, state or the country- an impossible expectation?



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