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MANIPUR VIOLENCE: YET ANOTHER UNREST THAT THE BJP GOVT DOES NOT WANT TO INTERFERE


By now people are aware of what Manipur is going through right now. On 3 May 2023, an ethnic battle erupted in India's north-eastern state of Manipur between the Meitei people, who dwell in the Imphal Valley, and the tribal group from the surrounding hills, which included the Kuki and Zo peoples. The conflict stems from the Meitei people's long-standing quest for Scheduled Tribe designation under the Indian Constitution, which would grant them rights equivalent to tribal tribes. In April, the Manipur High Court ordered the state administration to decide on the matter within four weeks. The tribal communities reacted angrily to the Meitei demand. On May 3, the All Tribal Student Union of Manipur (ATSUM) held a solidarity march across all hill districts. To restore law and order, the Indian Army flew in with approximately 10,000 troops and paramilitary personnel. The state's internet services were suspended for five days, and Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code was invoked. The Indian forces were given orders to "shoot on sight" in "extreme cases" to impose the curfew.


Vandalizing churches :


According to the Indian Express, the archbishop wrote in a letter "The wonder is in the midst of the fight between the Kukis and the Meiteis, why did the Meitei mob burn down and destroy 249 churches located in the Meitei heartland?" "How is it that there was almost a natural attack on the church in the Meitei localities itself, and how did the mob know where the churches were located if it wasn't planned?" The Archbishop went on to explain that even one and a half months after the conflict began, the national and state governments had not been able to put an end to the “mad violence" in Manipur and restore normalcy in the state. The Archbishop questioned why establishing President's Rule in the state is still not a possibility, claiming a "collapse of the Constitutional Machinery."


He also questioned the involvement of security personnel, claiming that there was not a single attack site where state authorities were able to keep things from 'running amok' for an extended period and that vulnerable areas were left unsecured after the attacks. Opposition leaders lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not speaking on the Manipur crisis during the broadcast of his radio show 'Mann Ki Baat'.


Did the officials take any steps?


So far, three delegations of Manipur politicians — two from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and one from the state Congress – have failed to meet PM Modi. At a time when armed civilian mobs from the Kuki and Meitei ethnicities rule the streets of Manipur, political opponents, civil society groups, and residents are questioning the PM's prolonged quiet on a state run by his party, the BJP. People's outrage over Modi's silence and state Chief Minister N. Biren Singh's inability to control the law and order situation has shown itself in posters condemning the PM as missing,' according to social media posts. As Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' program aired, radio sets were smashed in some regions.


Apart from leaving the condition undisturbed, the officials have failed to open their mouths regarding the violence. Home Minister Amit Shah was proud to announce safeguarding Gujarat people from a natural disaster last week. When the government is capable of saving people from a natural disaster why can’t it do the same with the Manipur catastrophe?



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