Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Crisis in NBMM

Rebati Mohan Sinha

The problem today with the Mahasabha is that its administration has become divorced from the mechanism of power. When the power comes from a clearly identified source and when its continuance is depended on how well it serves the interest of those that elected him, there is always a need for the ‘powerful’ to keep the interest of their people in mind. What makes it particularly interesting is that the problems have come not from outside; but from within the NBMM. It is clear that something fundamental has gone wrong, which makes the administration incapable of dealing with complex issues meaningfully, like what that happened recently in Singari near Silchar.

Quite often, it has been pointed by senior members of the Mahasabha that the design flaw in the model of governance used by the President — the separation of power between him and the office bearers—coming to the fore playing itself out. He lacks authority without which he has no control over his central committee members, as a result, the administration lacks a clear leadership structure and functions as a confused babble of vested interests, egos and animosities.

The arrogance that we see often in the way Mahasabha’s spokepersons come across is not the arrogance of power; but merely the smugness of patronage.

Any sincere and dedicated effort will succeed, provided one is systematic and determined towards a reasonable goal. One must have patience and though being ambitious should not be guided by short cut.
Issues should be relevant to the society. If you are convinced of any thing relevant which is good for the society, You can be the leading light and others will follow.

At the rate at which we are going, we are heading straight for the chaos and inevitable doom. This is precisely why we need to have a committee that isn’t afraid to do something drastic enough to prevent our society from that point of no return.

Merely calling ourselves Bishnupriya Manipuri will not change the way we feel about our society. A larger change has to come from education and inculcating a basic love for our fellow society men.

It is shocking that this now, which could have been amicably sorted out between the rival group and the administration of NBMM, has assumed such a grave proportion.

Mahasabha has mishandled this issue and is now calling it unfortunate that the rival group has formed a Central Committee and this issue should have been handled more tactfully. It is intriguing as to why the Mahasabha took such a tough stand against the rival group.

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