Two issues made headlines recently. People stage protests against the violent clashes in Manipur and the Congress' win in Karnataka, the saffron spread versus the rest. Outlook analyses the lessons from Manipur and Karnataka.
The ethnic clashes between the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur claimed more than 70 lives displaced around 20,000 people. It is time the Union government directly steps in to balance the unequal sharing of resources among the two communities and bring peace and harmony.
A victory in Karnataka may aid the Congress party in its efforts to form an Opposition front for the 2024 parliamentary elections
The ethnic violence in Manipur has widened the divide between the Meitei and the Kuki communities. But one question haunts everyone: where was the government?
The worst affected by the violent clashes in Manipur are women, elderly and children who now face an uncertain future
The selective targeting of the Kukis and the radicalisation of Meitei youths in Imphal Valley is a cause for grave concern
A set of post-violence developments may end up preparing the ground for the widening of the rift. The continued blame game is keeping the atmosphere tense.
In the past, Manipur has experienced several conflicts and has come out stronger. It will this time too.
The outcome of the elections of 2024, after Karnataka, can certainly be steered in this direction. Much will depend on how far the Opposition can raise people’s livelihood-related issues in tandem with a different political narrative.
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Suresh Menon is an author, most recently of 'Why Don’t You Write Something I Might Read?'