Efforts of Home Minister ‘Amit Shah’ to restore peace in ‘Manipur’ scorching in caste violence


India’s northeastern border state of Manipur has an area of ​​22,327 square kilometers and a population of 2,855,794 according to the 2011 census. This state is considered to be a very sensitive state keeping its various diversities in one thread.

It is the responsibility of the State Government of Manipur and the Central Government to restore peace in Manipur soon in the interest of the country, to end the ethnic enmity by formulating a far-reaching concrete strategy to restore mutual trust between the Meitei and Naga-Kuki communities. Act immediately on the ground. For which Union Home Minister ‘Amit Shah’ has recently started a concrete initiative during his Manipur tour.

India’s northeastern border state of Manipur has an area of ​​22,327 square kilometers and a population of 2,855,794 according to the 2011 census. This state is considered to be a very sensitive state keeping its various diversities in one thread. Manipur shares borders with Nagaland in the north and Mizoram in the south, the state of Assam in the west with Myanmar in the east, which is very important from a strategic point of view. But the matter of concern today is that for some time Manipur is burning daily in the fire of ethnic unrest started by its own residents. Let us remind you here that ever since the Meitei community in Manipur got Scheduled Tribe (ST) status, there has been an all-round uproar in the state between supporters and opponents of reservation. After getting the reservation, on May 3, 2023, when the Naga and Kuki tribals took out a solidarity march in ten hill districts of the state and lodged a protest against giving reservation to the Meitei community, according to sources, the march was almost completed peacefully at that time. But some chaotic elements had done the seditious act of converting the protest into arson, vandalism and violence by burning parts of the gate of the Anglo-Kuki War Memorial in Churachandpur. As a result of which, within a short span of time, the whole of Manipur suddenly got engulfed in the fire of large-scale caste violence. In the incidents of arson, sabotage and violence in various other parts of the state including the capital Imphal, people even lost their lives, which caste violence is still continuing in the state. However, to stop this violence, the state government immediately swung into action and immediately imposed curfew in the state, deployed police, para military force and army in violence affected areas. To control the rioters in the state, even orders were issued to shoot them at sight. At the same time, internet service was also suspended in the state to prevent any kind of rumours. Keeping a constant eye on the extremely tense situation, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh himself was giving necessary directions to the administration. At the same time, the Central Government is also keeping an eye on the situation of the state every moment from the very first day. But today, even after about one and a quarter months, the situation in the state has not improved completely, the armed rioters are still sitting on the Imphal-Dimapur National Highway (NH-2) highway, still occupying gas, oil, medicine and Providing essential commodities like ration to the general public remains a big challenge in front of the government, still the lives and property of people belonging to other communities are being marked and targeted by miscreants. Due to which the government is constantly trying to control the situation, while recently, to stop the rumours, the state government has issued orders to shut down the internet till June 15.

But alas, this ethnic violence that broke out in Manipur in the month of May has taken the precious lives of 105 people so far. Due to the violence, more than 50 thousand 650 people have been rendered homeless and are forced to live in 350 relief camps set up by the government. The situation is telling that till now the state government has failed to completely control the caste violence situation in Manipur. Seeing this situation, the Home Minister of the country ‘Amit Shah’ himself took command to resolve the dispute and he went on a four-day tour from May 29 to June 1 to visit the riot-hit areas of Manipur. Where the Home Minister ‘Amit Shah’ went to the ground to restore peace in Manipur, toured various areas as well as met the people of the side and the opposition and did the work of healing their pain. During his visit, the Home Minister went to various places with the government-administration and military officials, took stock of the situation and held a review meeting with the government-administration and gave them the necessary directions for controlling caste riots, relief and rescue work. Worked to give instructions.

After the four-day visit of Home Minister ‘Amit Shah’ to Manipur, he is once again in discussion in the political and media circles, because this visit of ‘Amit Shah’ as ​​the Home Minister to the riot-hit Manipur is the first visit of India to any riot-hit area so far. The Home Minister’s visit is believed to be the longest. The people of Manipur also have a lot of hope from the visit of the Home Minister ‘Amit Shah’ that after the visit of the Home Minister, peace will soon return to the state and Manipur, which is emerging as a big challenge in terms of internal security, will soon be restored. After the caste violence ends, peace will prevail. Today, all of us countrymen have full hope that after the intervention of the Home Minister ‘Amit Shah’, the black bad phase full of serious challenges of riots and riots will soon end from the state of Manipur and the state of Manipur will once again be on the path of development by cherishing its cultural diversity. But by moving fast, it will cooperate effectively in building a new India.

– Deepak Kumar Tyagi

Senior journalist, columnist and political analyst

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