Manipur resonates with a warm welcome for Union Home Minister Amit Shah as he embarks on a crucial four-day visit to assess the prevailing situation and restore peace in the state, which has been marred by recent episodes of ethnic violence. Osters, banners, and poignant messages have emerged across Manipur, emanating from both the Meitei and Kuki communities, who have been at the center of recent disturbances. Displayed prominently in Imphal and various districts, the posters and banners reflect the hopes and aspirations of the people, while the welcome messages originate from numerous civil society organizations in Manipur.
One such organization, the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), expressed deep appreciation for Shah's visit, considering it a positive step towards reinstating tranquility. COCOMI holds steadfast belief in Shah's leadership, relying on his wisdom to restore peace and normalcy in Manipur. Similarly, the United People's Front and the Kuki National Organization, working for the welfare of the Kuki Zo community, view the home minister's visit as a significant initiative that instills a sense of security among their tribe. They eagerly anticipate Shah's actions and directions to quell the ongoing clashes between communities.
During his visit, Shah will conduct several security meetings to assess the situation comprehensively and devise strategies to restore normalcy. He will also meet with the Manipur Cabinet and engage with representatives from civil society and various groups within the Meitei and Kuki communities. This visit marks Shah's first venture into the northeastern state since the eruption of ethnic clashes on May 3. With his arrival, Manipur anticipates a renewed sense of hope and a decisive path towards reconciliation and peace. As the state embraces Shah's visit, armed forces have already eliminated nearly 40 terrorists involved in torching houses and targeting civilians, marking a significant step towards reestablishing harmony. The clashes initially stemmed from tensions over the eviction of Kuki villagers from reserved forest land, culminating in a series of smaller agitations.