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Confounded by Manipur

If the Congress made errors, the BJP should've given Manipur real change. Biren Singh's statements in the weeks leading up to the flare-up show the BJP persisted with the same policy of divisiveness

Manipur horror

Shekhar Gupta
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government under Chief Minister N Biren Singh in Manipur, and by implication, the party nationally, and the Modi government are all under attack over continuing anarchy in the state. In fact, a more apt description now would be “civil war”. Its defenders make their case on three arguments:

*The state was never peaceful. If anything, the BJP has given it six years of relative peace. It was the Congress that divided the communities (ethnicities) over the decades. It can’t be set right so soon.

**There is a larger, foreign-inspired conspiracy behind the continuing violence. Why did the
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First Published: Jul 22 2023 | 9:30 AM IST

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