After Tunisia and Egypt it is now Bahrain’s turn to face people power

MANAMA, Bahrain, Feb 18 (AP): Soldiers opened fire Friday on thousands of protesters defying a government ban and streaming toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of… Read more »

MANAMA, Bahrain, Feb 18 (AP): Soldiers opened fire Friday on thousands of protesters defying a government ban and streaming toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising to break the political grip of the Gulf nation`s leaders.
Officials at the main Salmaniya hospital said at least 50 people were injured, some with gunshot wounds. Some doctors and medics on emergency medical teams were in tears as they tended to the wounded. X-rays showed bullets still lodged inside victims.
“This is a war,” said Dr. Bassem Deif, an orthopedic surgeon examining people with bullet-shattered bones.
Protesters described a chaotic scene of tear gas clouds, bullets coming from many directions and people slipping in pools of blood as they sought cover. Some claimed the gunfire came from either helicopters or sniper nests, a day after riot police swept through the protest encampment in Pearl Square, killing at least five people and razing the tents and makeshift shelters that were inspired by the demonstrators in Cairo`s Tahrir Square.
An Associated Press cameraman saw army units shooting anti-aircraft weapons, fitted on top of armored personnel carriers, above the protesters, in apparent warning shots and attempts to drive them back from security cordons about 200 yards (200 meters) from the square.
Then the soldiers turned firearms on the crowd, one marcher said.
“People started running in all directions and bullets were flying,” said Ali al-Haji, a 27-year-old bank clerk. “I saw people getting shot in the legs, chest, and one man was bleeding from his head.”
“My eyes were full of tear gas, there was shooting and there was a lot of panic,” said Mohammed Abdullah, a 37-year-old businessman taking part in the protest.
The clash came hours after funeral mourners and worshippers at Friday prayers called for the toppling of the Western-allied monarchy in the tiny island nation that is home to the U.S. Navy`s 5th Fleet, the centerpiece of the Pentagon`s efforts to confront Iranian military influence. Some members of Bahrain`s Sunni ruling system worry that Shiite powerhouse Iran could use Bahrain`s majority Shiites as a further foothold in the region.
The White House has expressed “strong displeasure” about the rising tensions in Bahrain.
Day by day, the crisis in Bahrain has deepened.
The cries against the king and his inner circle `” at a main Shiite mosque and at burials for those killed in Thursday`s crushing attack `” reflect a sharp escalation of the political uprising, which began with calls to weaken the Sunni monarchy`s power and address claims of discrimination against the Shiite majority.
The mood, however, has turned toward defiance of the entire ruling system after the brutal crackdown on a protest encampment in Bahrain`s capital, Manama, which put the nation under emergency-style footing with military forces in key areas and checkpoints on main roads.
“The regime has broken something inside of me. … All of these people gathered today have had something broken in them,” said Ahmed Makki Abu Taki at the funeral for his 23-year-old brother, Mahmoud, who was killed in the pre-dawn sweep through Pearl Square. “We used to demand for the prime minister to step down, but now our demand is for the ruling family to get out.”
At a Shiite mosque in the village of Diraz, an anti-government hotbed, imam Isa Qassim called the Pearl Square assault a “massacre” and thousands of worshippers chanted: “The regime must go.”

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4th Help and Development Organization Crafts Bazaar inaugurated

IMPHAL, Feb 18: The 4th Help and Development Organization Crafts Bazaar 2010, which will be held till February 27 was inaugurated today by the IMC chairman Khaidem Borkeshore Singh at… Read more »

ICM chairman Kh. Borkeshore Singh inaugurating the 4th HADO crafts bazar 2011 at Yaiskhul YAC ground on friday in Imphal west district. 2011-02-19 | by : IFP Photo

ICM chairman Kh. Borkeshore Singh inaugurating the 4th HADO crafts bazar 2011 at Yaiskhul YAC ground on friday in Imphal west district. 2011-02-19 | by : IFP Photo

IMPHAL, Feb 18: The 4th Help and Development Organization Crafts Bazaar 2010, which will be held till February 27 was inaugurated today by the IMC chairman Khaidem Borkeshore Singh at Yaiskul YAC ground in the presence of 150 representatives of different vendors and stalls of special artesian products including and officials of the Development Commisioner (Handicrafts) Ministry of Textiles government of India.

While speaking at the inaugural function, secretary of the organising committee A. Bimol Singh stated that the main objective and aim of organizing such craft bazaar in Imphal and different other places of the state is to create a new platform for marketing of crafts products in the state as well as outside the state.

The opening ceremony was attended by ICM chairman Kh Borkeshore Singh, T. Rollee Vareishim asst director (H) Marketing and Service Extention Centre office of the DC handicrafts government of India, S. Birendra Singh function manager, OSD, Handicrafts, Directorate of Commerce and Industries government of Manipur, Ng Maniroton Asst Director Small Medium Enterprises Govt. of India as chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.

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3000 poultry culled in Tripura; birdflu contained within farm

New Delhi/Agartala, Feb 18 (Agencies): At least 3,000 poultry, including chickens and ducks, were today culled in Tripura to control further spread of the birdflu from a government duck farm… Read more »

New Delhi/Agartala, Feb 18 (Agencies): At least 3,000 poultry, including chickens and ducks, were today culled in Tripura to control further spread of the birdflu from a government duck farm in capital Agartala.
`Over 2,000 chicken and ducks have died in the area since February 3 last and blood samples of some of them, which were sent to Regional Animal Diseases Diagnostic Centre in Kolkata tested positive for H5N1 virus,` state Animal Resource minister Aghor Debbarma told newsmen in Agartala.
The administration has also banned selling of any poultry in and around R K Nagar Poultry, six kms from the capital town.
Avian influenza was first reported from Kamalpur, a sub-division in Dhalai district bordering Moulavi bazar district of neighbouring Bangladesh in April 2008.
Stepping into the problem, the centre directed the state to cull the entire poultry within a radius of 3 km of the focus of infection viz. State Duck Breeding Farm, R.K. Nagar, Agartala, an official statement said in Delhi.
The state government has been asked to furnish a daily report on the control and containment operations to the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Centre has advised the state to ban movement of poultry and its products in the infected area/closure of poultry and egg markets and shops within a radius of 10 kms from the infected site, ban on movement of farm personnel, restricting access to wild and stray birds and restricting access to the infected premises.
As regards compensation for loss of poultry on account of culling and destruction of birds, the Union government has told the state that it would be shared between the two on 50:50 basis.

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Red Ribbon Superstar Manipur Idol organized at BOAT – KanglaOnline

Red Ribbon Superstar Manipur Idol organized at BOATKanglaOnlineIMPHAL, Feb 18: The Grand finale of the `Red Ribbon Superstar Manipur Idol 2010-11` a musical talent hunt was inaugurated by the Health Minister, L. Jayentakumar Singh today at the Beigyach…

Red Ribbon Superstar Manipur Idol organized at BOAT
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IMPHAL, Feb 18: The Grand finale of the `Red Ribbon Superstar Manipur Idol 2010-11` a musical talent hunt was inaugurated by the Health Minister, L. Jayentakumar Singh today at the Beigyachandra Open Air Theater, Imphal. The talent hunt was organised

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Friendly volleybal championship tournament

IMPHAL, Feb 18: 15 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector under HQ IGAR (South) conducted a friendly Volleyball Championship tournament on February 18 at Sombrai. Teams from Tangkhul Khullen, Yasom, Saram,… Read more »

IMPHAL, Feb 18: 15 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector under HQ IGAR (South) conducted a friendly Volleyball Championship tournament on February 18 at Sombrai. Teams from Tangkhul Khullen, Yasom, Saram, Sora and Sombrai villages and AR Team COB Sombrai participated in the friendly contest. Commander 9 Sector AR accompanied by Commandant, 15 Assam Rifles witnessed the match. Large number of spectators comprising civilians and troops cheered their respective teams. In an interesting five setter, Tangkhul Khullen team won the match.

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No stopping Richa, Khade – Times of India

Calcutta TelegraphNo stopping Richa, KhadeTimes of IndiaAs expected, Orissa and Manipur, champions and runners-up at the Guwahati Games, stormed into the final of the women's football event in Jamshedpur with emphatic victories. Orissa drubbed Beng…


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No stopping Richa, Khade
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As expected, Orissa and Manipur, champions and runners-up at the Guwahati Games, stormed into the final of the women's football event in Jamshedpur with emphatic victories. Orissa drubbed Bengal 6-0 in the semifinal while Manipur put it across Tamil
National Games: Maharashtra leads medal tallyIBNLive.com
8th gold walks homeCalcutta Telegraph
Gynmasts, Khade propels Maharashtra to top in medal tallyMSN India

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Trinamool makes history with win in Manipur – Assam Tribune

Calcutta TelegraphTrinamool makes history with win in ManipurAssam TribuneIMPHAL, Feb 18 – A Trinamool Congress (TC) candidate was elected in a by-election for the first time in Manipur's political history. TC candidate K Sarat defeated his neare…


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Trinamool makes history with win in Manipur
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IMPHAL, Feb 18 – A Trinamool Congress (TC) candidate was elected in a by-election for the first time in Manipur's political history. TC candidate K Sarat defeated his nearest rival and Congress candidate Dr S Ranjan by a margin of 655 votes in the by
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Manipur sweeps Sepak Takraw event in National Games – Sify

Manipur sweeps Sepak Takraw event in National GamesSifyRanchi, Feb 18 (IANS) Manipur bagged all the four gold medals at stake in the Sepak Takraw event at the 34th National Games here Friday. The sport, introduced as an exhibition event at the 1982 Asi…

Manipur sweeps Sepak Takraw event in National Games
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Ranchi, Feb 18 (IANS) Manipur bagged all the four gold medals at stake in the Sepak Takraw event at the 34th National Games here Friday. The sport, introduced as an exhibition event at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, has become popular in many

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It”s Orissa vs Manipur in Nat”l Games women”s football final – Oneindia

It''s Orissa vs Manipur in Nat''l Games women''s football finalOneindiaJamshedpur, Feb 18 (PTI) The women''s football summitclash will be a repeat of the last edition''s final whendefending champions Orissa and M…

It''s Orissa vs Manipur in Nat''l Games women''s football final
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Jamshedpur, Feb 18 (PTI) The women''s football summitclash will be a repeat of the last edition''s final whendefending champions Orissa and Manipur clash for the tophonours in the 34th National Games at the JRD Tata Sportscomplex here tomorrow.
Jharkhand hopes dashed in women's footballTimes of India

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National Games: It’s Orissa vs Manipur in women’s football final – Times of India

National Games: It's Orissa vs Manipur in women's football finalTimes of IndiaJAMSHEDPUR: The women's football summit clash will be a repeat of the last edition's final when defending champions Orissa and Manipur clash for the top honou…

National Games: It's Orissa vs Manipur in women's football final
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JAMSHEDPUR: The women's football summit clash will be a repeat of the last edition's final when defending champions Orissa and Manipur clash for the top honours in the 34th National Games at the JRD Tata Sports complex on Saturday.
It''s Orissa vs Manipur in Nat''l Games women''s football finalOneindia

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AIR Imphal News –18th Feb 2011 7.30 Morning

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Orissa beat WB 6-0, reach final of women’s football – Times of India

Orissa beat WB 6-0, reach final of women's footballTimes of IndiaOrissa will now face the winner of second semifinal between Manipur and Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, the 34th national games football witnessed altogether 99 goals including the matches inv…

Orissa beat WB 6-0, reach final of women's football
Times of India
Orissa will now face the winner of second semifinal between Manipur and Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, the 34th national games football witnessed altogether 99 goals including the matches involving Tripura, which alone conceded 50 goals in two matches (lost

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Meghen plotted terror with Reds, Manipur rebels – Times of India

Meghen plotted terror with Reds, Manipur rebelsTimes of IndiaGUWAHATI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has stumbled upon evidence that reveals the plans of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) to "destabilise India" with the he…

Meghen plotted terror with Reds, Manipur rebels
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GUWAHATI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has stumbled upon evidence that reveals the plans of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) to "destabilise India" with the help of Maoists and three Manipur-based underground outfits.
Manipur's insurgents sow loans, reap supportHindustan Times

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TMC stuns Cong in Manipur bypoll – Times of India

KanglaOnlineTMC stuns Cong in Manipur bypollTimes of IndiaIMPHAL: Months before the crucial assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) sprung a surprise in Manipur by winning the Konthoujam bypoll, the r…


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TMC stuns Cong in Manipur bypoll
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IMPHAL: Months before the crucial assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) sprung a surprise in Manipur by winning the Konthoujam bypoll, the result for which was declared on Thursday.
''By-poll victory in Manipur proves TMC''s growing presence''IBNLive.com
Trinamool Congress wins bye-election to Manipur AssemblyBusiness Standard
Trinamul wins Manipur bypollCalcutta Telegraph
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Ibobi’s olive branch to media after poll debacle – Times of India

KanglaOnlineIbobi's olive branch to media after poll debacleTimes of IndiaBut for this, the Manipur chief minister had to pay quite a heavy price a humiliating defeat of Congress's S Ranjan in the hands of K Sarat of Trinamool in the bypoll to …


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Ibobi's olive branch to media after poll debacle
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But for this, the Manipur chief minister had to pay quite a heavy price a humiliating defeat of Congress's S Ranjan in the hands of K Sarat of Trinamool in the bypoll to the Konthoujam constituency. All local dailies had boycotted news related to the
Trinamool Congress wins bye-election to Manipur AssemblyBusiness Standard
Trinamul wins Manipur bypollCalcutta Telegraph
''By-poll victory in Manipur proves TMC''s growing presence''IBNLive.com
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Jharkhand hopes dashed in women’s football – Times of India

Jharkhand hopes dashed in women's footballTimes of IndiaThe third match of the day played between Manipur and West Bengal witnessed a tough contest with both the teams playing to their full potential till the last minutes of the match. In fact, Ben…

Jharkhand hopes dashed in women's football
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The third match of the day played between Manipur and West Bengal witnessed a tough contest with both the teams playing to their full potential till the last minutes of the match. In fact, Bengal which got few good opportunities failed to translate
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Decaying vegetable matter threatens Manipur’s Loktak Lake – Zee News

Zee NewsDecaying vegetable matter threatens Manipur's Loktak LakeZee NewsImphal: Known as the only floating lake in the world, Manipur's Loktak lake is facing a threat due to the huge decaying vegetable matter floating on the water. The unique …


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Decaying vegetable matter threatens Manipur's Loktak Lake
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Imphal: Known as the only floating lake in the world, Manipur's Loktak lake is facing a threat due to the huge decaying vegetable matter floating on the water. The unique fresh water lake faced a threat to its existence due to infestation of the

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Teachers ignored

Sir, One is wonderstruck with the govt’s lackadiasical attitude towards the problem of the teachers community which deserves to be addressed at the right earnest keeping in mind the importance… Read more »

Sir,
One is wonderstruck with the govt’s lackadiasical attitude towards the problem of the teachers community which deserves to be addressed at the right earnest keeping in mind the importance of the sector to the society. Every right thinking persons would find it difficult to disagree with the demands of COTA since the demands are simply rightful and legal as per the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

Thanks to the govt.’s apathy, the teachers fraternity under the aegis of COTA has resorted to one of the extreme step of democratic protest i.e. fast unto death, just to drive home the point that the govt has least interest in education sector. What constraint the govt to implement the commitment it had made in the MOU signed with the COTA, While other departments had already reaped the benefits of the 6th pay structure? Why this denial of the same benefits to the teachers?

With regard to the ongoing COTA’s protest, the govt has responded very swiftly in the form of arrest of teachers who are undergoing fast unto death and put them behind bars. Instead, the govt should have reacted wih the same degree of swiftness in addressing the grievances of the teachers. Now, the stand-off between the govt and COTA is taking toll on the students whose public examinations are just few weeks away. The affected students confederation under the banner of All Manipur Govt. High and Higher Secondary students’ Co-ordination Committee has came out with a statement that their patience is running out and will resort to various forms of agitation if the COTA and govt impasse is not resolve at the earliest.

At this juncture, through this column, I would like to appeal to the govt to kindly spare few moment of thought towards the demands of the COTA in the larger interest of the students community and bring back a normal and congenial academic atmosphere in the state. I don’t think this time COTA will succumb to the popular saying “mathanta waraga tokchakhini”.
Yours faithfully,
Rubi Kamson
Mahabali, Palace Compound,
Imphal East, Manipur.

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Times Gone By

by N. Arunkumar A group of armed young men enter an office in a high security zone and noiselessly put a bullet through an officer who was on the threshold… Read more »

by N. Arunkumar
A group of armed young men enter an office in a high security zone and noiselessly put a bullet through an officer who was on the threshold of his retirement from service perhaps, and walk off home. No one comes to know anything about this incident till much later, and the official was hurried to the hospital where he was pronounced as ‘brought dead’. The veracity of the incident is so creepy and will most certainly terrify the daylights out of anyone here in Manipur as well as outside it. Imagine, if this is what can happen in a high security zone, where are we going to be secure? Where are we going to be safe and sound to come back home from our daily chores in one piece? If such acts are any suggestion of a war for our secession from the Indian colonial yoke, then we are absolutely not on the right track at all. Besides, if personal scores are being settled in such dreadful manner, we are doomed. Whatever may be the cause of a person’s behaviour that calls for such drastic eventualities, it does not justify murder.

This incident once again brings to light the meaninglessness of life in Manipur for us today. Are we being led to believe that slaughter of a person will resolve a problem? But, will it truly undo the rot that has perhaps called upon the sensibilities of the perpetrators to mete out such ruthless justice? Or, is this justice at all, on the flip side? I personally do not know the person who was silenced in this method and yet, I cannot fathom the horrifying act as warranting validation by the perpetrators, on his life. The end result of this murder is merely that another government office will now fall into shambles and lie crumbling. What is the end result of such rubbish? More baloney will follow and there will be a virtual breakdown in the functioning of this state government organisation also, where the murdered personnel was engaged. We are well and truly done for. Education has suffered for long due to over interference by concerned pressure groups in the state already. Now, it seems like we have entered a more vicious phase in this sector, and honestly, it does not look all that good for the sake of education. The decay had set in long ago, due to our brazenness to maintain a culture of bribery and, also our affinity to break every rule in the book to get what we want.

Our standards had deteriorated much before the advent of the present set of government servants. And, we do need to stem the rot somewhere of course, but if it is going to be at the expense of fratricidal war between our own brethren, then we might as well forget the battle and lose the war too. That is just what is happening in this case. The man who died might have been done in, for various reasons and not all reasons will be brought to the public domain for a debate. In fact, there is no room for much debate in our present state of affairs apparently. We are simply dictated to follow the party ideology of whomever it is who thinks and takes a decision about what is good and bad for us. The ideology itself is quite unclear to many of us and we still have to follow the diktats, as we have no opportunity to discuss it in a public domain. What is the effect of such myopic diktats subsequently? We are lost about the actual benefits that will accrue to ourselves in the event of honouring these forced changes within our society. And if a debate or displeasure is going to be welcomed with a bullet through our bodies, our voices are suppressed forever and we keep mum about our own disaster. It is like banging our head against the wall by ourselves.

We are all constituents of our society and if a person thinks that something needs to be drastically changed, there should be a platform to raise the issue and convince all the inclusive constituents about it. If not, then we are not in a democratic process at all, and we should then not be the ones talking about egalitarian means to achieve our collective goals. If issues are going to be settled with bullets through the head or the heart, then we might as well stop harping on the great values of our rich cultural heritage and fair rights at all. If there is a better alternative to democracy today, then it is best to come out into the open and let us all know about it. Let us discuss it publicly and allow the brilliance of our people to come to a decision on their own. Otherwise, forget about the chances of living respectfully in the world of refined people, once and for all.

All said and done, it does not behove a race of culturally advanced people to indulge in such senseless violence and killing on flimsy grounds. I am sometimes suspecting that the people who indulge in such violence are not Meitei at all. They are perhaps foreigners who are from enemy nations or from neighbouring countries who are hired to create disorder in our otherwise calm society. Meitei’s like us are not violent and we are an advanced race who has always been at the receiving end of violence rather than being perpetrators as such.

Mysterious external elements are the ones who are fomenting disorder within our society, and they are playing a game that the enemies of our uniqueness want us to play. Hence, the enemy is undoubtedly winning the war as well as the battle; as we regularly go on to indulge in fratricidal killings like these. The rivals of our self esteem are perhaps very much within and not without, apparently. If these elements are allowed to play havoc with our great cultural ethics and traditions folks, then our declaration to be peace loving people will be construed as nothing but a mockery. However, the truth of the matter is that we are facing complete wipe out soon, if we do not recognize these enemies in our midst and do something to apprehend them before our gorgeous culture becomes a story of – ‘times gone by’. My heart cries on account of the destruction of the values of our great culture and land today. My tears are running dry. My motherland lies soaked with the tears of blood of her own children. Are our beautiful traditions indeed in ‘times gone by’?

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Editorial – Set Back for Congress

The Konthoujam bye-election results are out, and for the first time since the ascendance of the Congress under chief minister, Okram Ibobi, to the seats of the state’s power corridors… Read more »

The Konthoujam bye-election results are out, and for the first time since the ascendance of the Congress under chief minister, Okram Ibobi, to the seats of the state’s power corridors nearly 10 years ago, the party’s apparent invincibility has been broken quite convincingly. In the light of this, the significance of the news of the bye-election result today was more about the defeat of the Congress than the victory of the new entrant into state politics, and indeed deserving giant killer, the Trinamool Congress. While it is true election results in Manipur are not determined purely by politics or political ideology of the parties in the contest, it cannot be ignored that this somewhat a mid-term verdict of the electorate on the popularity of the party in power. Nobody would have thought today’s was possible two months ago. Now it is a reality beyond the pale. The ruling party needs to rethink its ways, and for the opposition parties, this is also an indicator that if they manage to remain united, this is the best time for them to break the Congress fortress built solidly during the party’s extended period in power. This thought is extremely relevant for both, considering the election to the state Assembly are just one year away. But before anything further is said on the issue, our congratulations go out to the winner, K Sarat of the Trinamool Congress.

Although the elections are due technically in February 2012, this year is virtually an election year. There is just one year left for the ruling party to salvage the situation, or for the opposition combined to think of consolidating its gains. It remains to be seen which one takes the situation seriously enough to take the best advantage of it. But there is also another more serious thought to be considered. So far the Okram Ibobi government has been in a strong position not to be swayed by the sentiments in the streets. This was witnessed in the measured concessions it made to the demand for the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission recommendations for state government employees. It was seen in the way his government pushed through the controversial Autonomous District Council elections. It is again being seen in the way the government is taking on the many strikes the state witnesses on almost a daily basis, including the ongoing one by the College Teachers’ Association, COTA. What many would be eager to find out at this moment would be, would the Ibobi government have the courage to carry on with its resolute postures on issues of importance to the state, or would the Konthoujam election defeat begin to eat into his government’s confidence, making it want to lean towards more populist policies and measures. In other words, would the government continue to see only what it thinks are in the interest of the state, or would it shift focus from state interest to election interest. We hope nothing very serious in matters of governance ends up compromised. Any realist would give allowance for a bit of populist measures of any government in an election years. This happens everywhere, including in the most advanced democracies in the world, but the state needs to be wary about this populism not amounting to any serious sell-out of state’s interest.

The urge of the government to resort to such means will also depend on how the opposition conducts its campaign. It can also deliberately or otherwise push the government to do exactly what every right thinking citizen fears – enter into unrestrained populist programmes. Our appeal then is for both the sides of the political divide not to cross the line of political decency and thereby avoid pushing each other to the wall where the cornered are left to resort to desperate means. Let the campaigns be held in true earnest, but without allowing it to degenerate into total insanity. Let both the sides continue to consider the overall interest of the state as primary and within this parameters, conduct their campaigns. But in the final analysis, the responsibility of not compromising the overall health of the state in view of the upcoming state Assembly election, would rest on the ruling party’s shoulder, after all the levers of power are in its hands, thus it can misuse it more than anybody else.

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