Manipur is burning but the rest of India did not care. The violence in the State began on May 3, 2023, but the nation was in deep slumber till July 19. It took a video clip of sexual violence by a mob to surface and go viral on social media that day and 78 days for the Prime Minister of India to break his silence. During this period an Internet shutdown has continued in the northeast State.
The Manipur conflict is still ongoing today, July 22, 2023. The violence between the Meitei and Kuki communities has resulted in over 140 deaths and the displacement of tens of thousands of people. The Indian government has deployed security forces to the state in an attempt to quell the violence, but the situation remains volatile.
There is no clear end in sight to the Manipur conflict. The underlying tensions between the Meitei and Kuki communities are complex and have a long history. The recent violence has been exacerbated by a number of factors, including the 2021 military coup in Myanmar, the Meitei-controlled state government’s opposition to the creation of a separate Kuki state, and the proliferation of armed groups in the region.
The international community has called for an end to the violence in Manipur. The United Nations has expressed concern about the situation and has urged the Indian government to take steps to resolve the conflict peacefully.
The Manipur conflict is a tragedy that has caused immense suffering for the people of the state. It is essential that the Indian government and the Meitei and Kuki communities work together to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.