Lining up protests in the hills and valley Tearing the common folks apart


Public curfew in Central and State Government offices from June 1 to 3. Public curfew from 4 am to 6 pm of June 2 at Khwairamband including Paona Keithel and Thangal Keithel. All non-local people asked to stay indoors within Greater Imphal on June 1 and June 2. This is the writ of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System. On the other hand, the Churachandpur JAC has also lined up a series of schedule and announced that the daily dharna will start from June 9 at Churachandpur. This is not all for there will be a 12 hour bandh in all tribal areas from 6 am to 6 pm of June 26 to mark the 300th day of the protest and mourning. Amid this is the decision of the State Government that an all party delegation under the Chief Minister will leave for Delhi on June 3 to impress upon the Centre to enact the three Bills passed by the State Assembly on August 31 last year. The divide is clear but what is not at all clear is how Delhi will respond to the submission of the State Government. Will it enact the three Bills or not ? No one knows but one can expect more protests on the streets of Imphal and the hill districts in the coming days. No one knows what will happen but what is distinctly clear is the fact that the move to protect the indigenous people has driven the people apart very deeply. This is what is worrying.
In the middle are the common people and the young students. The tug of war between the two opposing sides is sure to tear them apart mentally and this does not augur well for the land and the people. As it is, the State Government has already announced holidays for all schools including private schools from May 31 to June 2 in view of the vigorous street protests that Imphal has been witnessing in the last few days and there is no telling that the coming days will see an improvement. Will the students be given the opportunity to continue with their academic pursuit or will they again be asked to come out on the streets to protest and face the cops ? Imphal and the surrounding areas have already experienced this earlier in 2015 when even private tuitions were stopped. The only loser here will be the young students, especially those studying in schools which are affiliated to the CBSE for the State board and Council may understand the situation and give some leeway to the students. More stormy days are ahead but time for all to at least give some thoughts to the young students who have to compete with their counter parts from across the country.


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