It is not understood why any political party frequently performs different types of "yatra" on particular streets in selected areas. This has been in reference to the "Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra" by Rahul Gandhi and his party members. Most probably, this has been done to make their presence felt in the political arena, or else they are fading out of the hold they occupied. As a layman in the political field, we feel that instead of these types of movements, political parties should concentrate more on doing social work, making the young generation aware of a better standard of living. The people of the country have been facing numerous problems that the government cannot solve alone without public participation. Each political party should work wholeheartedly to uplift the standard of the common people, rather than making voters enjoy their hearts out and thereby gain popularity. Even programmes like cleanliness drives, planting trees, drinking water, education in rural areas, etc. will have a good reputation and attract people to the party or organization. It is a clear fact that India, as a democratic country, needs a strong opposition party. Congress, as an old party in Indian politics, should work hard to restore its lost reputation by doing some public works to come to power. This requires a lot of homework by the party as to how to start with. Moreover, the recent trend of creating a ruckus in the assembly by stalling the work procedure is not only unhealthy but also lowers their image. It is hoped that good sense will prevail among all unruly representatives of the assembly and that they will do the work for which they were selected.
Dr Pratap Chandra Sarmah
Violence in Manipur is about to complete one year, but a solution is yet to be found. The continuing violence in Manipur points to a lack of political will and the obduracy on the government’s part, which points to a failure to acknowledge that more needs to be done. Therefore, the central government should find a comprehensive and concrete solution to eradicate the violence so that Manipur could also come under the umbrella of India's development.