Manipur Ministry trouble must end

Regardless of all the desperate denials by those locking horns in the BJP-led State government, it is everybody’s knowledge that there is an ongoing and very serious tug-of-war between supporters and dissenters of chief minister, N. Biren Singh.  In any case, the attitude is clear – even internal problems of the State government will henceforth be managed and monitored by the party’s central leadership. So much for the autonomy of the state. Although in form Manipur is still a full-fledged State of India, from the subservient position to the party’s central authorities the State government has now seemingly so willingly embraced, it is difficult not to wonder if in substance Manipur has not reverted back the status of a Union Territory, ruled by New Delhi, There is nothing much that can be done about this centralisation tendency. The wind of the time in India precisely is one that spells a very centralised power structure, far from the federal structure that the Constitution pledged India would be made to become. The character and calibre of politicians by and large in the state also has hastened this process, however is the destiny the people of the State have given themselves for at least till the next election and the most prudent way forward nw is to make the best of this reality. This being so, we urge those in the government to either end the current uncertainty on their own, or else to have it settled by their central leaders at the soonest. It does not really matter if BJP central leaders decide to have the incumbent chief minister continue or to replace him with an alternative for under any circumstance, what the State needs the most now is government stability so that the serious business of governance can move forward. Even if the State government has little room left to initiate grand developmental policies of its own, it can still do a lot by putting what it already has, on the right track. The recently announced plan to make government schools functional and competitive again is one such worthy of universal appreciation..................

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