Blockades are nothing new to manipur, but this time it’s different _ opinion _ hindustan times

It’s always been hard to describe to those who don’t know Manipur how deeply divided the state is and how hatred and venom are consuming its people at an alarming rate. Rural bank branches And it’s harder to describe the pain of coming home to angry protestors who are burning tyres and vehicles and causing panic and fear. Amenfiman rural bank Painful still, is, coming home to a reality where normal life is almost suspended with an indefinite economic blockade where an LPG gas cylinder is up for grabs at ₹1000-2000, and a litre of fuel comes for ₹300 or more, if available.

The current unrest began with the recent creation of seven new districts. Rural bank online Given that the state is divided on communal lines, this decision did not go down well with the Nagas, as they stand to lose control of their ancestral lands in two districts: Sadar and Jiribam. Regional rural bank merger latest news People doubt chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s assurance that it was only for administrative convenience. Elders rural bank But then, given that there is a perpetual breakdown of law and order even with the earlier nine districts, the intended purpose of administrative efficiency for which the state now has 16 districts is something that’s debatable.

What’s unfolding is an ugly chain reaction of things. Rural bank limited The economic blockage was imposed by the United Nagas Council (UNC) to protest to the government’s decision.

In Manipur, economic blockade is nothing new. Ahantaman rural bank In 2011, it withstood a blockade that went on for more than 100 days. Regional rural bank officer scale 1 salary What really comes across during such economic disruptions are a couple of things about this landlocked state. Kumawuman rural bank Most glaring is the state’s utter dependence on other states for sustenance even for basic survival. Mizoram rural bank Despite having fertile land, Manipur depends on other states for items like potatoes, onions and lentils.

The Meiteis responded to the blockade with counter protests. Arunachal pradesh rural bank Vehicles that belonged to Nagas were burnt and a place of worship was destroyed. Ga rural bank And those enterprising Naga women who sell daily fresh produce in the local markets are conspicuous by their absence. Regional rural bank recruitment 2015 notification Suddenly, it’s as if that happy co-existence is something alien to the people. Meghalaya rural bank It’s almost as if the shadow of an ethnic war is looming large.

Prices may soar but the deeper cut isn’t on the purse strings, it’s on the psyche of the people. Regional rural bank vacancy 2016 It’s a worrying sign for the government that each time it announces a political decision, things should go out of its hands and people resort to take laws by their hands. Agribusiness rural bank And Ibobi Singh, who is said to be using his “Naga trump card’ each time his popularity is on the wane, surely needs to act like a leader and not a divider.

It is about time, the state, which is home to more than 33 different ethnic groups, learns to find peaceful solutions. Regional rural bank recruitment 2015 16 It is about time people celebrate the diversity and learn to live with tolerance and respect. Regional rural bank syllabus Importantly, it is also about time the Centre keeps a check on who it sends to Manipur, to make sure that the very emissary it sends isn’t just paying a flying visit but doing something constructive for the state.