No, we don't really care about Manipur

For most of us, the Manipur crisis is out of sight, out of mind. The story in a state so small and so far out is a 'Big Yawn' for many. I try to persuade you to wake up

Shekhar Gupta
Manipur violence

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Do we, as a nation, care about Manipur, our easternmost state? It is right now seeing a crisis that no Indian state has faced since the breakdown of Hindu-Sikh relations in Punjab in the 1983-93 decade and the violent expulsion of the Pandits in the Kashmir Valley.
The answer to the question is “yes” and “not really” (says the latter with a big yawn). Let us try and explain this.
Imagine for a moment that a new insurgent group rose in Manipur and launched war on the Indian state and security forces, saying they were fighting for a sovereign state. They will immediately catch our attention. That will explain the “yes” in our answer.
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

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First Published: May 20 2023 | 9:30 AM IST

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