Kudos to ANSAM and AMMIK
Manipur is a diverse state in many ways, beside the unique flora and fauna, the myriad ethnic communities also bring with it their own agendas. Some of the set agendas are quite rational, however some are downright bordering to being asinine.
Take for example the All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) stance against setting up of a highway security force. They in their own assessment state that it is an attempt to militarize the Naga and tribal areas and to create avenues for state terrorism. Well, setting up of an IRB battalion to protect the highways is against the interest of ANSAM. So, what could be troubling the Naga organization?
History is testament that ANSAM is among the front runner in imposing economic blockade along both national highways. In their demands, the public of the state has been held hostage for numerous times. There is no need to elaborate on the negative effects of economic blockade. In fact, there is no positive side of it. So, if the state government in its mandate wants to secure the highways for the benefit of the public not only from blockades but prevent gangs from looting and beating up innocent people as frequently reported in the media; and ANSAM is against it. As stated earlier, Manipur is a diverse state and along with it comes all kinds. No need to elaborate here also.
As far as militarization of Naga area and other tribal inhabited areas, it may be pointed out that beside the designated state police stations, there are also posts of Assam Rifles, Army, Manipur Rifles already dotted in the hill districts. So, supporting the anti-militarization stance of ANSAM, an additional demand should be made to remove all these posts from the hills as soon as possible. This will ensure that law and order will be strengthened in the hills and blockades can be carried out peacefully twice or thrice in a year.
This is a stance from the Naga organization and another interesting one also crops up from the Meitei community too. The Apunba Manipur Matam Ishei Kanglup (AMMIK) has imposed a blanket ban on uploading music videos on social media without their permission. They reason that some songs have explicit lyrics and the preview should be done by AMMIK among others reasons. It can be pointed out here too just for updating the musical association that the internet has all sorts of content in it. From universal to adult content, there is everything and it is up to the consumer whether to visit that website or not. However, if an individual can log into facebook or youtube, he is in a capacity to visit other sites which compared to explicit lyrics is negligible.
Well, let us say that we are okay with the dictate. However, if any internet troll with a fake account upload a music video which is privately recorded or just an audio file. How will AMMIK tackle this situation? One believes that the musical association cannot enforce their stance by tracking the uploader through the state cyber crime department. The uploader will not magically appear by playing the Pena or Tabla. How about musical videos from other communities ? Will AMMIK be able to discern the dialects ? The M in the acronym stands for Manipur and is the dictate only for the Meitei community? AMMIK is also being dictated by the students unions from organizing any musical events till May so that students are not distracted from their exams. There are things acceptable and unacceptable, they say that a fool is born every minute but an organization cannot fool all the people all the time. Manipur is a diverse state indeed and it does feel good to have a good laugh at the many ‘reasonable’ stances so adopted by the diverse organizations.
Leader Writer: Paojel Chaoba