With state assembly countdown approaching fast, Manipuris are awaiting the result with a deep breath. Time for accusation to each other political parties regarding blockade is gone. Every candidate is having a do or dies fight in their respective assembly seat with their opponents. The question in everybody’s mind is – who will win the election, the BJP or the Congress? A hung assembly or one without an absolute majority by either major political parties! Though, a month or so back, one opinion poll gave the BJP an absolute majority, the scenario is still not clear. It seems to me a neck and neck fight with BJP having an upper hand.

With the dateline of assembly election approaching, President’s rule is out of question now. Even if Modi Government wants it, it has to take elction Commmission’s approval; and this is unlikely and impossible. I still maintain that PR must have been imposed before election notification. Had that been, BJP would have won the assembly election hands down and form the new government. They missed that golden opportunity. For Ibobi Govt. , if it handled the economic blockade properly- I mean by forcefully opening the 2 national highways with the help of central forces without blaming the centre and thereby making the essential commodities available – the congress govt. must have won the election hands down. Unfortunately both did not happen.

The UNC sponsored economic blockade has entered almost 11 weeks now. Latest newspaper reports are indicating the following : i) on 15/11/2016, the centre called a tripartite meeting at Delhi. It was not held as Manipur Govt. representatives did not attend. In between, the Centre repeatedly blaming the state government for its failure to maintain law and order as it is a state subject.

Manipur is in serious crisis now. With UNC sponsored economic blockade running 7 weeks or so, petrol pump running dry now and then, essential food items in short supply and above all, the worst demonetization effect among Indian states (I mean banks in collusion with thefts- 20-30% black money exchange, ATMs opening for 1 to 2 hours, cash exchange not available or only to limited customers, withdrawal again limited to a few sect etc -of course sincere bank employees are always there), Manipuris (hill and valley) had tolerated enough and is now demanding normalcy.

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I remember her fanatic plea to King Leishemba Sanajaoba to organise some form of hill and valley movement for the same during her meeting on 1/3/2016 at Shahid Minar. She had donated Rs 3/4 lakhs for the same, but nothing materialised. She knew that SHKL with a few members cannot organise the same.

Similarly valley brethren and Women’s organisations should have a deep look into why Sharmila decided to end her fast. Time for us to treat her with deep affection and gentle care. We cannot throw her away like a placard. We have to give her a proper place to live in peacefully to crystallize her future course of action.

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Your writer has now written enough articles on health related topics with critical reviews along with incorporating various suggested treatment lines. Let me now deal with this building complex which is in a dormant stage even after 10 yrs. of construction. This TB building started construction in the early part 2006 as the previous well-constructed building complex (now dental college) was to be handed over to RIMS to accommodate its coming up dental college. Our TB complex was a livewire for our State TB programme as State TB Officer (STO) and State TB lab along with State TB reference centre were functioning from there.

On March 1, 2016, I met Sharmila at Shahid Minar after her unconditional release by a CJM(IW) order. My last meeting was last year at Shamu Makhong after release from completion of her 1 year in jail. Last year she smiled, as always, when she showed me and expressed many things, including her personal life, to me. This time, the smile was less. I thought something must be wrong with her. Then seating with her, she shared her thought thereby confirming my inner idea.