Friday, October 21, 2011

India Absent In Manipur

By Manuwant Choudhary

Its now 90 days since two highways Manipur's only link to India have been blocked due to an ongoing feud between Nagas and Kukis over the carving of a disctrict and there is no sign of the government of India.

Wonder if Manipur is an `integral' part of India as our politicians often say about Kashmir.

Gas is selling at Rs.2000 per cylinder and petrol costs Rs.140 per litre and long queues can be seem at petrol stations

Potato in the rest of India is less than Rs.10, while in Manipur it is Rs.40.

Manipur depends on supplies from outside and trucks carrying essentials and other goods from the rest of India use the national highways (NH 53 and NH 39) passing through Nagaland and Assam.

The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) had started its indefinite economic blockades on the National Highway 39 (Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati) and National Highway 53 (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar) on August one.

The SHDDC has demanded conversion of the Sadar Hills area in Senapati district into a full fledged district.

Opposing this, the United Naga Council (UNC) began its economic blockades on the two highways on August 21.

The government in Manipur is the same Congress Party that is in power at the centre and its chief minister is Ibobi Singh who is become India's most mocked at chief minister on facebook.

Instead of solving his state's problems he is busy scouting for land to build a 5 star hotel.

Manipur is also the state of Irom Sharmila who is on a ten year fast against the Special Forces Act, and the only time India took note of her was when Anna Hazare did his 11 day fast in New Delhi.

Wonder why India is not using the Special Forces Power Act to remove protestors from the streets.

Or is the Indian government scared of Nagas and Kukis?

The right thing would be to impose President's rule in Manipur, remove the blockades and deny any new districts.

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