Friday, June 30, 2023

Why have successive central governments in Delhi failed to restore peace in Manipur?

 The northeastern state of Manipur in India has been experiencing violence for several weeks

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 The violence is primarily due to long-standing inter-community conflicts that have not been resolved
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 The Meitei people, who are the majority in the Imphal Valley, have been clashing with the Kuki-Hmar-Zomi people in Manipur
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 The violence has resulted in at least 98 deaths, including 80 tribals, and over 300 injuries
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 Additionally, over 26,000 people have been temporarily displaced, and 46,000 have been relocated to other areas
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There are several causes of the violence in Manipur, including ethnic tensions between different communities, resentment over economic benefits, and quotas in government jobs and education reserved for hill people
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 The violence has been ongoing for decades, and successive central governments have failed to restore peace in the state
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Human rights groups have accused the Indian government and party of failing to do more to end the ethnic tensions
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 The Indian federal government has ordered the chief minister of Manipur state to "work harder" to restore peace, as violence between ethnic groups has not subsided for over 50 days despite a heavy security presence
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 However, there are concerns about police bias and partisan involvement by security forces in the killings, which has increased distrust of the authorities
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 It is crucial for the government to restore order in a rights-respecting manner and hold those responsible for abuses accountable
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