Politics of convenience

Witoubou Newmai

Sedating situation sans justice, often enough, has been considered harmless fun in Manipur for a long time now. By considering such deliveries as achievements, concerned parties are, in fact, configuring the situation to a higher degree of counterproductive effect.


As long as the ‘stakeholders’ embrace the politics of convenience, Manipur will continue to be burdened by labyrinthine issues that such politics create.


The glaring example for everyone to see is the Manipur new district creation issue, which has been sedated for now by employing such delivery methods.


Now, again, the latest limelight has shifted to the age-old Manipur territorial integrity issue. Throughout this winter, it is likely that the people will get attracted to the heat of this burning issue. The situation calls for probing examination.


Even as the “Memorandum Drafting Sub Committee of All Political Parties in connection with the Government of India’s talk with NSCN (IM)” finalizes their work to be submitted to the Prime Minister of India, curiosity has heightened whether the Naga People’s Front (NPF), a coalition partner of the Biren Singh Government, will put its signature in the representation. The stand of the NPF, whether they sign the memorandum or not, is bound to create a ruckus.


Interestingly, the Congress party is investing its efforts to gain political mileage from this situation. It has been demanding that the NPF sign the memorandum.


According to Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur, Yumnam Joykumar, who is also the Chairman of the Memorandum Drafting Sub Committee, after three different meetings of the Sub Committee were held this month, a memorandum has been drafted which is going to be submitted to the Chief Minister of Manipur. After that, an all-party meeting would be held to finalize the memorandum as soon as possible. After finalizing the memorandum, the same will be submitted to the Prime Minister. According to the Chairman of the Committee, proposals and suggestions made by the members representing different political parties were noted in the meetings before drafting the memorandum concerning the issue. “Members cutting across party lines are of the opinion that territorial integrity of Manipur should not be compromised while bringing a solution to the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks,” noted a statement issued by Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur.


Given this information, to what extent is the NPF co-operating to this “Memorandum Drafting Sub Committee of All Political Parties in connection with the Government of India’s talk with NSCN (IM)”? This has become the most pertinent question today in Manipur.


Interestingly, the United Naga Council (UNC) has warned “Naga elected members at this most crucial moment that whoever among them is working against the collective history of the Nagas will not be spared.”


Given the nature of the situation and the kind of politics of convenience the parties play in their operation during every issue in Manipur, intervention of a sincere and genuine third party becomes a matter of necessity.