The example of the Chief Minister of Tripura Mr Manik Sarkar, for his honesty, uprightness and genuine concern for the people of the state especially the poor, the tribal population which is disenchanted, many of them on the path of militancy should be highlighted to show that all Indian politicians have not transgressed the promontories of probity and incorruptibility. That the CPM Party Chief Prakash Karat said this on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony of the Chief Minister should be taken note of by all and sundry, especially the media. The media, whether we like it or not, can actually make or break.
That militancy in Tripura has been controlled to a great extent is to prove the party's transparency in dealing with indigeneous peoples, their problems and apprehensions. By having job reservations in every government post for them is not simply to echo national policies, but also to genuinely uplift them. Yet many of these posts are not being filled up, which shows that they are in backwaters, which has drawn them to militancy, with the ' majority ' population remaining by and large insensitive to their problems. Education must now be a priority. I am not condoning violence of the extremists, but the very fact that the people have been reduced to a minority, in their own land is a testimony to their misgivings. But the common man in the state by and large wants harmony and peace.
The Manik Sarkar government has understood such travails with empathy- always. Hence it has won once again with resounding clarity. The personal saga of the Chief Minister is all well known, with the media pointing out his bank balance, and his total commitment to the welfare of the state, and his ethical altruism, which is unique in the Indian polity. So let this be a prime example of sorts. Which Chief Minister would work zealously, without an iota of a show of ostentation? This is ethics grounded in commitment and goodness, working for the people, and with them!
The Chief Minister's wife travelling in a rickshaw is a common sight on the streets of Agartala.Hear hear!
Principled politics is a dying art today in our country. But not so with Manik Sarkar in Tripura. If the forces of goodness and probity are unleashed in politics, which is anathema to many, then there is trust. And once there is trust, there is faith. The cybernetics of goodwill and faith then come into a larger picture of incorruptibilty. Political analysts could do well to study such redemption in this state, intractable in a corner of North East India , and generally considered backward and militant infested.