Problematic – on EU resolution on Manipur violence

Source– The post is based on the article “Problematic” published in “The Hindu” on 15th July 2023.

Syllabus: GS2-International relations. GS3- Security

Relevance: Internal security matters of India and its international implications

News- Recently, the EU parliament has passed a resolution on Manipur violence.

What are issues with the EU parliament resolution?

The EU Parliament resolution has framed the problem in Manipur on religious grounds. It is portrayed as a Hindus versus Christians issue.

The fight between the Hindu-majority Meitei community and the Christian denominated Kuki-Zo community has led to vandalising of churches and temples. It has given way to this understanding.

Why is India ‘s response to the EU resolution an overreaction?

India wants greater economic integration. It promotes itself as the representative of a nation committed to democratic, liberal and plural values and the rule of law. It cannot dismiss scrutiny by like-minded nations.

India’s dismissal of the EU Parliament’s resolution on the violence in Manipur shows colonial mindset.

Indian politicians have expressed their concerns over attacks on Hindu temples in Australia and racial prejudice in the U.S. and anti-immigrant violence in Europe.

What are the factors responsible for violence in Manipur?

Violence was the result of erroneous order passed by a single judge Bench in the Manipur High Court. It includes Meiteis in the list of Scheduled Tribes in the State.

It led to discontent among the Naga community which is also predominantly Christian by denomination. But, the ethnic violence has been limited to actions by militants belonging to the Kuki-Zo and the Meitei communities. It was exacerbated by an ethnic polarisation.

Socio-economic variances in the “hill” and “valley” areas, has led to distrust. There was an inability of the government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to manage the situation.

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