[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Manipur madness - Rational Response

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
Mr Narayanan,

I am astounded that you and other Indian rightwingers
do not anticipate such reaction.  It is the the fruits
of the immoral behavior and attitude towards minority
groups.  Treating minorities as if we are lesser
Indians generates over time a separate identity and a
sieg mentality.  Once that occurs groups naturally
seek help from ANYONE that is willing to assist.  Into
this vacume enter those that have an axe to grind. 
Remember the old adage:  The enemies of your enemies
are your friends.  

I am surprised that there arn't more armed sovernity
movements around the country.  You fundamentalists
should get rid of your minority complex (ala Sinhalese
in Shri Lanka) and begin to build nationality unity. 
These should be based upon INDIVIDUAL and local
freedoms.  The natural progration of not doing so is
scarry - perhaps and eventual breakup of the country. 
Nations that demand strict obdience to federal
dictates historicaly fail - USSR, Roman Empire,etc. 
If the attacks on Christians continue, I will not only
lobby the US congress on the issue, I will be willing
to financially support Christian defense groups.  

Trust me stop pissing us off "Oh God" is right if we
choose to do so.


--- Ram Narayanan <ramn@adelphia.net> wrote:
> Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it,
> and propagate it!
> Friends:
> Oh - God!
> Ram Narayanan
> Manipur madness
> T.V.R. Shenoy
> -------
> We stand today on the cusp of the third millennium
> of the Christian =
> calendar. To gain some perspective into where India
> stands today, permit =
> me the conceit of comparing where we stand today
> with where we were in =
> A.D. 1000.
> Truth be told, it is a depressingly familiar story.
> The three-way battle =
> for power between the Rashtrakutas, the Palas, and
> the Pratiharas had =
> exhausted all three, leading to a dangerous vacuum
> in the Gangetic =
> valley. The states at the periphery -- Kashmir and
> Kamrupa for instance =
> -- were so involved with troubles of their own that
> they were gradually =
> drifting away from the national mainstream. Over the
> whole host of petty =
> principalities hung the threat of an Afghan
> invasion. Only South India, =
> thanks to the Cholas, offered any signs of hope.
> How much has changed? South India, with its
> commitment to reforms, is =
> still the hope of India. The barbarians from
> Afghanistan continue to =
> gather at the gates of India. Kashmir and the
> Northeast continue to be =
> as troubled as ever. And the masters of the Indian
> heartland, the =
> teeming plains of the Ganga, continue to bicker.
> Or do they? I confess that I may be clutching at
> straws here, but I see =
> some faint hope that India's leaders have learned
> the lessons of history =
> and are, finally, able to rise above personal
> interests where national =
> interests are concerned. While this column has never
> been a fan of the =
> Congress (I), let me pay tribute where it is due --
> to Sonia Gandhi.
> The president of the Congress (I) has been taken to
> task on previous =
> occasions for her hemming and hawing. In Bihar, she
> began by calling for =
> the resignation of the Rashtriya Janata Dal ministry
> -- and then =
> proceeded to form a coalition with it. The Congress
> (I) tried taking =
> credit for initiating reforms -- and then senior
> Congressmen mauled =
> Manmohan Singh. Against this background, may I say
> how refreshing it was =
> to see the Leader of the Opposition step forward to
> take two measured, =
> courageous steps: On Manipur and on economic policy.
> Sonia Gandhi's speech at the FICCI meet was a
> pleasure to hear. While =
> warning her audience that there were compulsions to
> being in the =
> Opposition, she seized the occasion to reiterate her
> party's commitment =
> to economic liberalisation. I don't know who her
> speech-writer was for =
> the event, but I hope that the Congress (I)
> president keeps him on!
> Or could it be that we were finally hearing the
> voice of Sonia Gandhi =
> herself, untrammelled by anyone in her entourage?
> That is a possibility, =
> given that she followed up one courageous
> pronouncement with another: =
> Her decision to back the Union Government on
> Manipur.
> I am not sure if most people realise just how bad
> the situation has =
> become in the Northeast. Our beloved western
> neighbour has made sure =
> that the ISI has gained a claw-hold. There are some
> elements supported =
> by China. And it is all too easy for militants to
> disappear across =
> porous frontiers into Bangladesh and Myanmar. So
> what exactly is it that =
> makes Manipur worse than its sister states?
> Simply this: Nowhere else are ministers accused of
> being hand in glove =
> with militants. Have you ever heard of a minister
> attending a militant's =
> funeral after he was brought down by the security
> forces? If not, look =
> no farther than the deputy chief minister of
> Manipur! But he was not =
> alone -- two terrorists were found in the transport
> minister's bedroom, =
> and another minister allegedly paid lakhs of rupees
> to another outfit to =
> buy arms. Some say as much as Rs 50 crore pumped in
> by ministers as a =
> group every year!
> The police is completely helpless. In fact, officers
> have admitted that =
> they are forced to pay "protection money" to the
> militant groups. The =
> situation is so bad that funds have been sanctioned
> so that policemen =
> can buy back weapons that have been captured from
> them!
> The policemen's colleagues, the officers of the
> mighty Indian =
> Administrative Service, have been cowed into
> absolute compliance. They =
> sit at home rather than risk running into some
> militant in office. That =
> is not an exaggeration -- Manipur's terrorist groups
> think nothing of =
> strolling in to dabble with files.
> I assume they are just taking turns to practice
> running the state. This, =
> if matters continue to drift, cannot be too far
> away. The militants are =
> already running a parallel government -- operating
> everything from =
> ration shops to collecting taxes. Other than IAS and
> IPS officers, does =
> anybody in the wretched state actually pay income
> tax to the Government =
> of India?
> By any reckoning Manipur is a fit case for
> President's Rule. The =
> Constitutional machinery hasn't just collapsed in
> the state, it has been =
> taken over by the militants. These facts are nothing
> new, but have been =
> long known to the Government of India. So why hasn't
> the Manipur =
> ministry been kicked out long since?
> The answer is that such a decision must be ratified
> by both Houses of =
> Parliament. It is known to everyone that the
> Vajpayee ministry lacks a =
> majority in the Rajya Sabha. Effectively, the threat
> of President's Rule =
> is meaningless unless the support of the Congress
> (I) is forthcoming.
> I would like to pay my tribute to the front benches
> on both the Treasury =
> and the Opposition for the maturity they displayed
> on this occasion. The =
> prime minister decided to approach the leader of the
> opposition in a =
> kind of 'Track Two' diplomacy. Once she signalled
> her interest, the home =
> minister spoke to her in person, and the Union home
> secretary presented =
> her with all the unhappy details.
> It would have been easy for Sonia Gandhi to pretend
> that this was =
> something for the Union government to handle on its
> own. She could have =
> threatened to block any move in the Rajya Sabha. She
> did nothing of the =
> kind, instead offering to work together in the
> interests 
=== message truncated ===

Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Shopping - Thousands of Stores. Millions of Products.

This is the National Debate on System Reform.       debate@indiapolicy.org
Rules, Procedures, Archives:            http://www.indiapolicy.org/debate/