Cash for truce?

The Sangai Express
Jan 14, 2010

It is getting murkier and dirtier by the day. While questions were rightfully being raised in all circles on what grounds the agreement between the Apunba Lup along with the JAC of Sanjit and Jac of Rabina and the Government were arrived, there is now the serious charge by the Sanjit JAC that five members of the 30 member JAC had their hands greased to settle the issue. Moreover the JAC of Sanjit has also gone ahead and announced that they would not support or associate themselves in any future course of action taken up by the JAC in connection with the July 23 incident. If the allegations of money changing hands is true than there can be nothing more tragic and shameful than this. Adding to the murkiness of the whole thing is the fact that the agreement of MoU was signed without the Government fulfilling any of the major demands put forward by the Apunba Lup. What one should not forget is the fact that the some five month long agitation was launched by the Apunba Lup on behalf of the people and any agreement that was inked with the Government have been very transparent. As things stand today, the MoU that was signed amongst the Apunba Lup, JAC and the Government is mired under a cloud of doubt and confusion and it is this very lack of transparency, which is wont to make the people believe on the cash for truce allegations raised by the JAC of Sanjit. It is a shame that an agitation, which started off with a bang should end in this manner, and we can only blame this for the failure of the protestors to carry the people along with them. Any movement based merely on rhetorics and sentiments has its limit and cannot carry the people along for long. This is a failure that should be accepted by all.


From the demand the resignation of the Chief Minister, the transfer of the DGP and the SSP, the suspension of the Additional SP of Imphal West, to fitting punishment of the police commandos involved in allegedly gunning down Sanjit in custody, the July 23 incident has now been reduced to a squabble of charges and counter charges of money changing hands. Even in the case of Rabina, there still hangs the question of whether the local MLA has actually handed over the Rs 4 lakhs or not. We say this in the backdrop of the father-in-law of the late woman maintaining that he has not received the money at all ! What does all this say ? For one it says something about the all round decay of society, especially those who masquerade as working on behalf of the public. There is a lesson to be learnt from the fiasco that is being enacted for the whole world to see and read. People in other parts of the world must be wondering and even sniggering at the turn of event of the five month long agitation. To think that this is the reason that students had to lose more than four months of classes due to the class boycott call is abominable. In the end, there is nothing much to differentiate between the so called public workers and the politicians who they vilify in public. Let's rip their masks off and Manipur will be a better place for all.

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