P Chidambaram Criticizes Government for Minimizing Manipur’s Violence

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In recent days, a war of words has erupted between the Congress veteran P Chidambaram and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government over the handling of violence against women in various states. The spark was ignited when Union minister Anurag Thakur accused opposition parties of playing politics over the heinous incident in Manipur while highlighting cases of violence against women in non-BJP ruled states like Rajasthan, West Bengal, and Bihar.

Responding to Thakur’s comparison, Chidambaram took to Twitter to express his discontent, firmly stating that incidents of violence against women in other states cannot be equated with the ongoing relentless violence in Manipur. Thakur’s claims were met with strong resistance from Chidambaram, who questioned the validity of such a comparison.

Chidambaram highlighted the severity of the situation in Manipur, stating that reports suggest “ethnic cleansing is almost complete” in the region. He accused the central government of being not only incompetent and partisan but also callous and cruel for resorting to odious comparisons to divert attention from the real issue at hand.

The incident that triggered this heated exchange involved a video that emerged on May 4, depicting the horrifying assault on two women from opposing communities in Manipur. The footage showed the women being paraded naked and attacked by a group of men. This gruesome incident has led to public outrage and has put the government under scrutiny.

In response to the Congress’s criticism, Union ministers Smriti Irani and Thakur hit back, accusing the opposition of diverting attention from its own failures. The BJP leaders also criticized the Congress for sacking its minister in Rajasthan who raised concerns about crime against women in the state. This move was allegedly done at the behest of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, further fueling the political tensions between the two parties.

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Amidst the political sparring, opposition parties have accused the government of engaging in whataboutery and evading a meaningful discussion on the Manipur issue in parliament. Jairam Ramesh, Congress’s general secretary, asserted that the ruling party was attempting to draw false equivalences and deflect attention from the tragic situation in Manipur.

As the verbal exchange intensifies, social media platforms have become battlegrounds for further back-and-forth between the parties. Minister Smriti Irani, who found herself at the center of the Twitter storm, responded to the Congress’s accusations with accusations of her own, calling them depraved and accusing the opposition of exhibiting willful ignorance.

While the political blame game continues, the plight of the women in Manipur remains at the forefront of the national conscience. The incident has drawn attention to the urgent need for concrete action to address the ongoing violence against women in the state.

The situation in Manipur calls for empathy, understanding, and immediate measures to protect vulnerable communities and bring an end to the escalating violence. It is crucial for all parties to set aside their differences and work together to find lasting solutions and ensure the safety and security of all citizens, regardless of their political affiliations. The real tragedy lies in the suffering of innocent people, and it is the responsibility of the government and opposition alike to prioritize their well-being over political point-scoring. Only by joining hands and working collaboratively can we hope to build a safer and more secure society for everyone.

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