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ILP: Fear of the Centre
- Hueiyen Lanpao Editorial :: July 15 2015 -



For the past many years, successive Manipur governments have danced to the tune of a belief that displeasing New Delhi would bring in uncertain future for the people of the State.

This belief has been adequately exposed with the ILP imbroglio that the State has witnessed in recent times.

Chief Minister O Ibobiís intention now may be clear on keeping his vote-banks in good humour by at least making public on what he now intends to do.

He has to bring about a workable solution within the ambit of the Indian Constitution.

However, it has been learnt that the Chief Minister is in real need of well intentioned advisors, both legal and political to pull him out of a muddle created by his own weakness on grasping the finer details on the issue.

For instance, the Chief Minister seems really confused on how post independent India inherited large number of colonial legislations and the shift in the semantic content of these legislations.

He seems to be even more perplexed when it comes to how these legislations were made applicable or not applicable in a State like Manipur that became part of India only after 1949.

Perhaps, it is this confusion that has besieged not only Ibobi but also many of his ilks in contemporary Manipur.

What is even more astounding is the fact that those who had been advising him are also caught in equal quagmire or perhaps stuck in a redundant fear of not being truthful to their thoughts.

So long as one is not honest about their intentions, the leaders and the advisors would continue to swim in a sea of unending woes.

The poverty of ideas afflicting the Chief Ministerís coterie can also be guessed from the fact there are people there who have absolutely no clue to the dynamics of neighbouring States like Nagaland and Assam when it comes to land contradiction owing to massive influx of migrants and illegal immigrants.

What they are likely to know at the most are casual official statements of these governments or some superficial remarks by those who pretend to know.

In fact, the Chief Minister would be immensely benefitted if he had an independent team of consultants instead of relying on some armchair bureaucrats or politicians whose esteemed knowledge does not extent beyond the fertile soils of the valley.

Ibobi should note the difference between fulfilling the demands of the people and a dispassionate understanding of the issue from a refined perspective.

The latter would help him get rid of a fear unnecessarily generated by those who pretend to swear by the book.



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