Not the political parties but the politicians

Not the political parties but the politicians

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  Tribal based organistaions such as the OMTF (Outer Manipur Tribal Forum) and the JAC-AATB have shown their recalcitrance by re-iterating that the social boycott imposed on tribal legislators remains unchanged. This reiteration comes in the wake of two MLAs from Churachanpur district urging their community based organizations to withdraw the boycott announced on them last year. Such obstinacy does not auger well for any reconciliatory move and would make matter worse than solving it. The boycotted tribal MLAs were blamed for letting anti-tribal bills passed unopposed under influence. The MLAs’ plea is that the bills in question are now withheld and so the boycott can be lifted. Though the boycott of tribal MLAs is seemingly enforced in respect of all the tribal MLAs but in reality it is just four MLAs from Churachanpur district who seem to be more targeted. The rest of the tribal MLAs continue to associate and mingle themselves with their communities as usual. The OMTF seems to be dragging the tribal issue on political lines when they say that the Congress party should be boycotted by the tribals for its anti- tribal legislations and communal orientations. The OMTF and the JAC-AATB may remember that it is not the political parties per-se which are anti-tribal or communal in approach but the individual politicians who are responsible for any anti-tribal or communal-tinged activities. The BJP, once considered Hinduism based political party and thriving on communalism has now been accepted as secular as the Congress, considered an all time secular party. It is not the political parties who propagate troubles and do something dirty to divide the people on religions, community, tribalsm, etc. but the politicians who resort to such unethical means to get into power.

  If the tribal MLAs are blamed for not doing what they are supposed to do they should rather be shown the exit way through the ballot and not by denying them the humane part of associating themselves with their own community people. Many believe that the boycott on the tribal MLAs is meant to deny them chance to canvass for the election due very shortly. This could turn counter-productive as a sympathy wave could blow in favour of the boycotted MLAs. It is not to suggest that the boycott on tribal MLAs, if enforced, should be enforced upon all with equal force but it is difficult to understand that while it is strictly enforced on some no restriction of any sort seem to be found imposed on most other MLAs. Political parties should not also be confused with individual policies and behavior of politicians.