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Manipur, Indian Army and the Central government

-LPG sold at Rs 1800
-Blockade lasted for 68 days
-Medical supplies ran out

Legislative assembly burnt in Manipur
These may sound like happenings ijn some far off state. unfortunately i am talking about one of the states of india, Manipur.
Time and again, Manipur has been thrown to the brink of chaos by the decision of the centre. Be it the decision to extend the cease fire with NSCN to all the naga inhabitated part of Manipur or granting permission to Muivah to visit his home village in Manipur. It is unfortunate that P. Chidambaram who has shown remarkable competence in dealing with terrorism, has been a complete failure when it comes to Manipur.The reason is plain simple. He has no inkling of the ground realities or feelings of the people of Manipur. It is surprising that the elected leaders of Manipur could not convey the same to him.
While politicians are to blame, media should share the responsibility too. Mediagives over the top coverage to the fact that it rained in Delhi/Mumbai. The respite due to the rains and consequent inconvenience due to logged drains are highlighted and discussed over and over. experts are invited to studio to talk about it. I cannot fathom the fact that while discomfort to some is given such coverage while sufferings of thousands of other(read: People pf Manipur) is criminally neglected.

Delhi and Mumbai ceratinly demand greater attention for they are the heart of nation. this , however, do not justify the step motherly treatment to the people of Manipur. it is unreasonable then to expect people of manipur to stay loyal to the State of India which is now seen more as an occupying force.

The damage has been done but it can be correcetd if there is the will and intention towards the cause.the Government needs to take off kid gloves in its treatment of Nagaland and treat Manipur as an equal. Militancy needs to be reined in but not by brute force but through developmental plans. It may not convert into Lok Sabha seats for but for once do something for the people. It wont hurt i am sure of that.

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