Thursday, 15 September 2016

Manipur And Pakistan: A Comparison

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When PM Modi mentioned Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan from the Red Fort of Delhi on 15 August 2016; I was amused since I knew Pakistani media and intelligentsia would go berserk. Indeed they were.

A thought strike my mind to enquire about the state Manipur. Frankly speaking Manipur is not of any interest to me. Like any other Indian, Manipur reminds me for all wrong reasons!

A quick cursory analysis between Pakistan and Manipur, I find that they are not only similar but exactly the same. As an Indian Bishnupriya Manipuri, the histories of both Pakistan and Manipur started rolling in front of my eyes. Like anyone, I can relate very well with both the blocks.

To my understanding and knowledge I see Manipur would suffer a lot in the coming decades, and the Meitei Hindu community would be at receiving end.

Let’s begin the comparison taking few of the factors.

Dominant Community


What Punjabis muslims are for Pakistan, Meitei community is for Manipur. Pakistani Punjabis are dominant community in Pakistan. They hold the Army, institutionalized infrastructures, and they are part and parcel of Pakistani discourse. What we hear about Pakistan, it is actually from the Pakistani Punjabis. And the same thing is about Manipur, what we listen about the state, it is actually from the dominant, powerful, resourceful Meitei community. There is no doubt that the key of power is with them. The brilliance of this dominant community factor in both Pakistan and Manipur is that, the other communities are not in good terms. They hate the dominant community.

In Pakistan, the Sindhi, the Pashto, the Baluchi and other lesser-known communities hate the Punjabis for making Pakistan what it is today (they are demanding nation of their own). Same could be said about 30-odd hill tribes in Manipur. The Kuki, Nagas , Zomi and other hill tribes are asserting their demands effectively. The century-old relationship is falling apart. There is trust deficit. And here, we the lesser known community Bishnupriya Manipuri were sidelined long back by the unalloyed race of ‘Manipuri’. Here they have distanced us politically, socially, emotionally, psychologically and at every front that we both would have created the grand narrative of ‘Manipuri’.  

Land

Here comes another bone of contention, the land. With this land parameter, Manipur is congruent to Pakistan. The state of affair between the two geographies completely matches. The land sentiments in Balochistan is very deep, it is Pakistan’s largest province by area (44 %). The Balochi people don’t want their land be available to Pakistanis. A case in point, they are resisting CPEC. One can very well associate with their sentiments. Please recall, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned about Balochistan in his speech on 15 August 2016. I support the independence of Balochistan from Pakistan. The Balochi people don’t have a narrative (read say) of their own in Pakistan.

Coming to Manipur, what we see, the same land sentiments: plains versus hills.

Religion

The role of religion is important to consider between these two land mass.

There are many exciting stories that we all know about the emergence of Pakistan as a country. Here is one of the strands of thought that is very different and not run-of-the-mill theories. And it came from none other than Senior Justice Javed Iqbal of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He said, ‘Hindus made Pakistan. We didn’t make it, we were incapable of doing it ’!

Still Pakistanis are struggling with the ‘idea of Pakistan’. Note it, Pakistan was the first country in the history of mankind formed on the basis of religion. The relationship between Islam and Pakistan is still that the Pakistanis have failed to come to terms yet. The ‘idea of Manipur’ will open a Pandora’s box!

What we see in Manipur, according to 2011 census, the population following Hinduism and Christianity are equal (almost). To give a blind eye towards the desert-based Christianity would be futile and dangerous. Christianity and Islam originated in desert and came to India, whereas Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism originated in the jungles of India. (I will discuss some other time the core difference between the jungle-based religion and desert-based religion. Please don’t say all religions are same. They are different with mutual respect.)

If one compare, in the race of population, the population following Christianity would supersedes those following Hinduism, the Meitei, in a decade or so. This will bring enormous change in the state Manipur that we see today. The situation would be similar to what Christianity brought to South Korea in the recent times! Lately, it has started showing. Korean entertainment has got a space in the state.

I don’t want to proceed further taking religion as a parameter in Manipur. The state is sitting on a silent bomb.

I would say, what is Islam for Pakistan, Christianity is for Manipur (one could observe this in the near future).

Terrorism

The terrorism business in both Pakistan and Manipur is open to everyone. The whole environment is perfect for terrorism Start-Up. It is a cottage industry.

Well, here I stop, there are many, I really mean many similarities between Pakistan and Manipur. I see the Manipur picture gloomy and sad.

Conclusion

An idea can change. And a wrong idea can bring devastation. And this is what happened to Pakistan. I feel sorry for those so-called Meitei intellectuals when I read them, they have more ‘intellect’. They sound similar to so-called Pakistani intelligentsia/ thought leaders. They know many stuff, but understand too little. The million dollar question is: what is the idea that would bring peace and prosperity in Manipur. Guess! 

(I have a different take on Pakistan.)

A quick Google, I find nobody has opted this angle that the article tries to dissect Manipur’s similarity with Pakistan.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dawn of a new era

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Ritwick Sinha
I was waiting at the Los Angeles H-Station for the transport pods of the Hyperloop to arrive. They were arriving within five minutes. 

After five minutes…

So, the pods have finally arrived. I got into the SF6 pod. It was to leave ten minutes later. To kill time, I started playing League of Stars on my virtual gaming iconsole. 

After ten minutes…

An announcement was made that the pods were leaving in ten seconds. I put my gaming iconsole inside my suitpad. Soon, I was experiencing near to zero gravity as the pods started travelling. Since it would take 35 minutes to reach San Francisco, I decided to take a nap.

After 35 minutes…
I woke up and yawned and realised that I was in San Francisco. The other passengers had disembarked. I quickly took my suitpad and got out. I booked a taxi pod and set off for the Universal Institute of Technology and Space Research (UITSR). I showed my I-card at the entrance of the towering institute and went in. I had been called by the Managing Director of the institute. I just didn’t know why he had called me. He told me it was something important. So, I went into his cabin. He greeted and asked me to sit down. He questioned me, “Do you know why I have called you here?” “No, Sir,” I replied promptly. He continued, “Let me tell you all about it. We’ve been working on a model of the warp drive, a faster-than-light (FTL) spacecraft propulsion system, supposed to be a means of travelling to outer space at fantasy speeds greater than that of light by many orders of magnitude. We’ve not publicised our experiment so that the reputation of this institute doesn’t go down if this mega-experiment fails. At present, our team of engineers have successfully completed the making of the spacecraft but they have not been able to figure out how to make the warp bubble, which would be the basis of its travel. I know that you are more than capable of helping our engineers with this. So, what do you say?”

I was speechless. I had never thought that the warp drive experiment would be carried out so early in the 22nd century. Achieving the goal of successfully making this warp drive would be a dream come true. As I was thinking of the warp drive, the MD interrupted, “What are you thinking, Mr. RS? Accept the proposal.” I thought for a moment, then replied with some hesitation, “Okay. But I can’t assure that the experiment would be a success.”
“It’s alright. At least you can help us.”
“Yes.”
“Let me take you to the 51st floor, where our engineers are presently working on the model,” said the MD. We entered the huge cubicle where the experiment was being carried out. The MD addressed the team of engineers, “Let me introduce all of you to Mr. RS, the engineering director of the Los Angeles Institute of Technology (LAIT). He’s going to help you with your work.” Then he addressed me, “Mr. RS, this is my team of engineers. This is Ronny, Michael, Thiago, David, Jamie, Ryan, Pierre, John, Charles, and he’s Chris.” “Hello, everyone!” I greeted them. 

“Hi!” they greeted me in chorus. “Ryan is the leader of the team,” the MD said. I shook hands with Ryan. The MD spoke once again, “So, Mr. RS, you can start your work from tomorrow? There is an empty room in this floor. You can stay there, free of cost.” “Thank you so much, Sir,” I replied. He showed me to the room, then left. I went inside the room, locked the door and was shocked to see that the digi-clock had struck 22:00. I didn’t realise that so much time had passed. I quickly kept my suitpad on the table, had a bath, changed my clothes, had dinner and went to sleep.

Next morning… I woke up and yawned and realised that the digi-clock had struck 08:30. I had to start my work at 9:00. My automated-brushing-device brushed my teeth. I hurriedly took a bath and had my breakfast. The digi-clock had struck 09:10. It was already late. I quickly took my r-pad (research-pad) and shot off to the research cubicle. The team was waiting for my arrival. I addressed them as I entered the cubicle, “I’m sorry for being late!”
“It’s okay,” replied Ryan.
I started my research on my r-pad. Ryan spoke to me, “Sir, we’ve not been able to create the warp bubble which is our topmost challenge. Without it, this spacecraft would be of no use.” “I know, Ryan. Your MD told me. I’m thinking about this only.” As we got busy with our work, the alarm bell started ringing with a voice announcing, “Warning! Warning! Three unidentified creatures have suddenly appeared at the 51st floor of the building! Please be careful.” This warning halted our experiment. “Are they aliens?” I asked Ryan. “I don’t know,” he replied. Then he addressed all of us, “Guys, let’s move on to the safety compartment. Sir, come along with us.” He led us. We all followed. As we stepped out of the research cubicle, we were astonished to see three extraterrestrials hovering in front of us. Their facial expressions showed that they were terrified after seeing the eleven of us. They said something among themselves, which none of us understood. At that moment, five robocops came to attack them. Ryan stopped them from shooting the aliens. Then he tried to communicate with the ETs. But language was the biggest barrier between them and us. Then, one of the ETs took out something (a gadget?) from his glowing pouch, pressed a button on that gadget and we were taken aback as he started speaking in English, “Please don’t attack us. We have come from planet Z3 of the Alpha-ray Galaxy… I am Mazzid, he’s Pozzid, and he’s Lazzid… We received ultraradio signals from your institute and we observed on our crystal i-ball that you all are trying to build a warp drive but not being able to create the warp bubble.” There was a pause. Then he asked his fellow companions to switch on the language changing buttons (as I called it) of their respective gadgets. They did so. Then, he spoke to us, “I think we can help you with your experiment. We have carried out a similar experiment on our planet but we don’t call it a warp drive. Instead, we have termed it as Dizwazz, which is quite parallel to a warp drive. So, will you take us in your team?” Ryan replied, “We’ll ask the MD. If he agrees, only then we will take you in our team.” We all proceeded to the MD’s cabin along with the ETs.

The MD was flabbergasted on seeing the ETs and he fainted. Ryan sprinkled some water on his face and he came back to consciousness. He asked Ryan timidly, “Who are these… three creatures?” “They are aliens, Sir.” “What? But how did they come here?” “Sir, they belong to Planet Z3. They received ultra-radio signals from our institute and observed on their crystal i-ball that we are trying to build a warp drive but are not being able to create the warp bubble. So, they’ve come here to help us with our experiment. Please grant me permission to include them in our team,” Ryan pleaded. Then the MD asked me, “What do you say, Mr. RS?” “I have no problem. The decision is all yours,” I replied. The MD thought for a while. Then he spoke, “Well, Ryan, if you think that they’re trustworthy and can really help your team, then I have no problem in granting you permission.” Ryan thanked the MD. Then he spoke to the ETs, “So, my friends, you are the new members of our research team.” “Thank you, Ryan and MD,” the ETs said in chorus. The MD nervously replied, “Yes, yes, it’s my pleasure.” We all chuckled at his reply. Then we moved towards the research cubicle to continue with our work.

We introduced ourselves to the aliens. Then the aliens began their work. In the meantime, I obtained some information from my r-pad about negative energy, very useful to warp space, as it provides the anti-gravity force to push the spacecraft around. I showed this information to the ETs. Mazzid said to me, “Thank you, RS. You reminded me of negative energy. I had totally forgotten about it. Give me this information. I’ll check it out.” He took the r-pad from me, thought for a while, then exclaimed, “Yes! Friends, I’ve found out the secret of the warp bubble.” “What? But how? We’ve pored over so much information. Even then we were not able to get any idea,” Ryan spoke with surprise. Mazzid said, “Calm down, Ryan. Let me explain it to you. Actually, your planet does not have a particular kind of negative energy, without which you can make an ordinary bubble, but a warp bubble needs that kind of negative energy not only to maintain the balance of the spacecraft inside it, but also to help the spacecraft remain virtually stationary in its own little patch of space time inside the warp bubble. This negative energy is important for another very important reason, as it would make space-time expand strongly behind the spacecraft, while ordinary energy would create a powerfully contracting area of space in front of the spacecraft, thus, enabling the warp drive to travel faster than the speed of light.” Ryan responded to Mazzid’s explanation, “Okay, I understand. So now, what do we do?” Mazzid replied, “Pozzid and I will bring the required negative energy from Z3. Lazzid will stay here.” Saying this, the two ETs disappeared. We were stunned at their sudden disappearance. I asked Lazzid, “How do you disappear and reappear?” He replied, “Through teleportation.” 

“Teleportation? The name sounds familiar,” I said. Ryan burst out, “Quantum teleportation, the theory provided by Einstein and Bohr. Isn’t it, Lazzid?” Lazzid said, “Yes, something like that.” “My goodness! So you have developed teleportation too, thought as impossible by humans,” I exclaimed. At that moment, Mazzid and Pozzid reappeared with air-tight containers full of negative energy. They handed these containers to Ryan, and Mazzid explained to all of us how to use them to create the warp bubble and complete the warp drive. Then he addressed us, “Friends, we had a nice time with you all. Our near and dear ones are waiting for us. We have to leave now.” Ryan then said, “But friends, we don’t know where exactly your planet is located. Please tell us, so that we humans may visit you someday and help you if needed.” Mazzid spoke to Ryan, showing a card, “This is a digi-card. It may look small but it contains all the information about our planet and about us. Keep this card with you.” He handed over the card to Ryan. Then all of them bade us adieu and disappeared.

I noticed the time on my smartwatch. It was already 7:00 p.m. I didn’t even realise that so much time had passed by. But we still had five hours in which to complete our experiment, as the research cubicle closed only at midnight. I told Ryan to continue with the work. We all got engaged in our work, concentrating more than ever before.

At 10:00 p.m., we heaved a sigh of relief as the gigantic warp bubble was finally fabricated. Ryan pressed a button on the research-cubicle-mega-screen (rcm screen) which prompted a robot to place the huge spacecraft inside the bubble. Jamie, the youngest member of the team immediately called the MD to have a look at the warp drive. The MD was amazed as he saw the mighty warp drive lying on a platform in front of his eyes. He congratulated our team and didn’t forget to ask about the ETs. Ryan told him that the ETs had left. After that, we all left for our respective rooms and eagerly waited for the next day to arrive – so that we could test the warp drive. I couldn’t sleep properly out of excitement.

Next morning…

I woke up early and proceeded to the research cubicle. The MD and all the others were waiting for me. Ryan initiated the transfer process of the warp drive to the Launchpad by pressing a button on the rcm screen, after which two enormous flying robots transferred the warp drive to the institute’s rocket Launchpad. We were to send the warp drive with two humanoid robots for a short journey to Mars. The humanoid robots pressed the launch button on the warp drive’s dashboard and the warp drive was not to be seen. It had shot off so fast that it was not possible for us to see it directly, though we were tracking it on a computer. To our amazement, the warp drive successfully landed on Mars in a mere 150 seconds. We had found out through our calculation that even light rays took 182 seconds to reach Mars from the Earth. The MD pumped his fist in excitement. Tears rolled down Ryan’s eyes as he saw his hard work yield success. The other nine members of our team did a few dance steps. I felt happy, too, as I had the privilege of making a small contribution towards this incredible experiment. This splendid experiment, thus, started a new era of space travel and human communication with the extra-terrestrials.

(ritwicksinha01@gmail.com)

This FICTION was published in The Assam Tribune, Sunday Reading Supplement on 31st July, 2016 and 7th August, 2016.

Monday, 12 September 2016

How to destroy Bishnupriya Manipuris?

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Scared!

Here is the backdrop that prompted me to write on this bizarre idea. It’s been 5-6 months back, while conversing with one of our community member who didn’t know me, he asserted that we as a Bishnupriya Manipuri community “are not….., but we are…..”. I am not revealing since to my knowledge and understanding, even the idea to be given space in writing is amounting to prove that his thought do exist. 

I was excited to the new revelation and was aghast at the same time. I naively asked him, who told this to you about our identity. He immediately called the person who had told him and in front of me he had a conversation with him about our identity. He said the other person have some new proof for his claim. 

I pondered if we have such people at least 1000 in our community to have this thought it is enough to disturb the whole community. Here my interest in the study of Pakistan supported me to understand the psychology behind the thought process of that person. Pakistanis have conspiracy theories for every event! For a moment with my ‘Pakistan’ state of mind, I started in this line of thinking.

To my new acquaintance, it was very easy on my part to make him understand stuff about his surroundings and about his identity. I don’t know whether he understood it or not, but I made him sure that his line of thought will not lead anywhere since it is fundamentally wrong. 

So, here I am. Supposedly if an external agent tries to destroy the community. Here are the few subversion steps that the agent would do. These are the symptoms that we must know and understand. The phases or steps include:

1. Demoralisation:


The demoralization of the community process takes 15-20 years or more time to show results. This is the period one gets educated. In this period, new bizarre ideologies and public opinions are created that are not rooted to the land. Observe your surroundings and even yourself, you will find many thoughts from the field of social science, history, sociology and other disciplines that are not in conformity to our ethos but we have started believing upon it. With little bit of introspection, you yourselves will find the truth.

At this phase, every sphere of one’s life is distorted or tempered---religion, beliefs, education system, social life, cultural ethos, administration, and labour-employee relationship.

People get demoralized with the emergence of new sects, cults, belief system, education that latently assert – superiority/inferiority, social life gets poisoned with deficit of trust, love, care, and respect. 

So where we stand as a community; we will find despite being a Hindu community, we are misled from the path of our Dharma. And our Dharma is entirely rooted in spiritualism, values and righteousness. We are part and parcel of the Sanatana Dharma. Our core Dharmic system is being replaced by western thoughts/ philosophy/ culture etc. Except technology, the West doesn’t have anything to give us.

I am surprised to discover that the foremost unit of the society, the family and even the simple and noble relationships like saas-bahu, nanand-bhabhi, sister-in-laws have been maligned and given a distrustful aspect! As if God has created all these differences. Furthermore, marriage has been turned to mutual benefit scheme based on the principle of utility. Scratch a bit, you will find that these strained relationships are the outcomes of materialistic thought process that are not rooted to our land and culture. They are exported by external agents.

At this stage, if some unknown and camouflaged foreign organization is created with some vested interest that are not under the control of the community people and create a power structure replacing our traditional organizations or parallel to it. The situation would be dangerous. These foreign-sponsored organizations may ostensibly have candy and flossy motto / objective on anything that might blind us in the name of Progress and Development, Economic Upliftment, Education etc. Imagine opposite to Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, there is another foreign-funded institution not being controlled by us! In the same breathe, suppose a foreign funded media outlet focusing on the community, showcasing in the garb of mouthpiece of the Bishnupriya Manipuri voice, is established! The whole environment would be vicious.

The most interesting part of this stage is that there is no punishment. It is not considered CRIME.

2. Destabilisation


Here enters the second stage with people getting far away from the core thread that binds a community. Till then we must not get astounded seeing organizations like Bishnupriya Manipuri Women Human Rights, and other bodies like Bishnupriya Manipuri Conflict Arbitration. Since we have not entered to this phase yet, we can say now, the lens of gender is different for us.

The funniest part is that I have seen ‘conflict arbitration NGOs’ in Delhi. I was amused to find that the jurisdiction of the NGO is on every conceivable human relationship. The NGO is located in an area where there has not been any migration. A closely knit community living for centuries, today for simple arguments between neighbours, the parties had to take refuge to an NGO, even for father/mother-son/daughters skirmishes. I will say the community (or a part of it) is in ICU! God forbids, this must not happen to our community.

At this stage of destablisation, the parties involved are not able to come to terms.

3.Crisis


One can imagine at this stage we will cease to exist as Bishnupriya Manipuris. We have forgotten our Dharma, we are unaware of our personal and social value system; the family system has been poisoned and degraded. To aggravate the situation external agents have blinded us further and we are destroyed.

Conclusion

A Russian scientist once said the reason behind the disappearance of many ancient great civilizations like Harappa, Mohen-jo-daro, Incas, Maya, Egyptian happened when the people of these societies left their religion, and the distinctiveness of their identity. Therefore we have to be rooted in the reality, without being swayed by western intellect and knowledge. We must follow our dharma.

An inclination towards Dharma would definitely be a step in this direction. You do your dharma, let me do my dharma. The question is not ‘How to’ but it is: ‘what is’ my dharma.

If we follow our dharma, we don’t have to pour our lungs out to save Bishnupirya Manipuris.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Congress calls Tripura shutdown seeks CBI probe into leader's killing

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The opposition Congress in Tripura on Wednesday burnt effigies of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, and called for a 24-hour shutdown on April 18 demanding a CBI probe into the assassination of former health minister Bimal Sinha 18 years ago.

"The Congress has called a 24-hour strike on April 18 demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the assassination of Bimal Sinha in 1998 and the resignation of the chief minister," Tripura Congress president Birajit Sinha told reporters.

"Without the CBI inquiry, the real truth would not be revealed.

"As the Yusuf Commission report accused Sarkar, the Congress has no other alternative to raise these demands and launch a massive stir," he said.

Birajit Sinha, a former minister -- who was accompanied by party legislator Gopal Roy and the party's women's wing chief Kalyani Roy -- said the Yusuf Commission report blamed the then Left Front government, Left parties and the chief minister.

"Hence, Sarkar has no morality to remain the chief minister and home minister of the state."
The judicial inquiry commission headed by retired Calcutta High Court Justice M.A. Yusuf submitted its report to the state government in January 2000. It was presented in the assembly on March 23 following a Tripura High Court order.

The commission was formed in 1998 to probe the assassination of Bimal Sinha and his brother by the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura on March 31, 1998, at Kamalpur in northern Tripura.

The ongoing session of the assembly on Monday witnessed bedlam over the assassination.
Commenting on the report, opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman said: "To hush up the real truth, the Left Front government has not cooperated with the inquiry commission. The state government, headed by Chief Minister Sarkar at that time, had rejected the Congress's demand to probe the assassination by the CBI."

According to the Yusuf Commission report, neither the state government nor Tripura Police was responsible for Bimal Sinha's killing. It said he was solely responsible for his and his brother's killing.

Reacting to the Congress's allegations, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee member Bijan Dhar said: "Their allegations are wild and a complete lie. If they have any such evidence, why did they not submit the same before the judicial commission when it sought the views of all concerned during the probe?"

Challenging the Congress, Dhar and party central committee member Gautam Das said that if the Congress failed to prove its charges, its members must resign from the assembly.

Courtesy: The Statesman
30 March, 2016

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Bedlam in Tripura assembly over ex-minister's killing

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The Tripura state assembly on Monday witnessed bedlam over assassination of former Tripura health minister Bimal Sinha and his brother in 1998, with the opposition Congress demanding a fresh probe in it.

The pandemonium started after Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath rejected an adjournment motion moved by opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman. The house had to be adjourned twice due to the uproar in the house.

The adjournment motion sought to discuss the judicial inquiry commission's report on the assassination of the former minister and his brother 18 years ago.

The report of the inquiry commission, headed by Justice (retd) M.A. Yusuf of the Calcutta High Court, submitted before the government in June 2000, was presented in the state assembly on March 23 following the Tripura High Court order.

"To hush up the real truth, the Left Front government has not cooperated with the inquiry commission. The state government, headed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar that time, had rejected the Congress' demand to probe the assassination by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation)," Barman told reporters after the adjournment of the house.

"The Yusuf Commission identified 27 accused relating to the killing, but none was punished so far," he said.

"Surprisingly, the state government filed repeated petitions before the sessions court, the high court and the Supreme Court to let off three heinous criminals who were among the 27 accused. However, all the courts rejected the state government's appeal," he added.

Demanding a fresh inquiry into the former minister's killing, Barman accompanied by former opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath, state party president Birajit Sinha and other leaders alleged that Sinha was killed as he wanted to be the chief minister.

Referring to various comments of the commission, the Congress leader said if the CBI had probed the murder, many things would have been exposed against the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M ) and its leadership.

According to the report of the Yusuf Commission, neither the state government nor Tripura Police was responsible for Sinha's killing. He was solely responsible for his and his brother's killing.

Sinha and his brother were shot dead by proscribed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) on March 31, 1998, at Kamalpur in northern Tripura.

The Commission in its findings said: "Minister (Sinha) used to instruct his security personnel to remain far away from him whenever he went to meet the collaborators of the militants. He never allowed his security and escort personnel to come nearer to him or to accompany him... this he did for the release of his brother Bikram Sinha from the clutches of the militants."

The slain minister's younger brother had been kidnapped by the NLFT weeks before the sensational killings.

The Yusuf Commission was appointed by the Left Front government in 1998 and submitted its report on January 31, 2000.

Following a writ petition filed by advocate Kalyani Roy, who heads the state Congress' women's wing, the Tripura High Court recently asked the state government to publish the report.

March 28, 2016

Tripura tables Sinha murder panel finding,report puts onus on

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Tripura government today submitted the report of the Yusuf Commission into the assassination of former Health Minister Bimal Sinha in the state assembly today. 


"The Commission finds that neither the state government nor the Tripura police was responsible for the assassination of minister Bimal Sinha. The minister was solely responsible for his assassination...," the report claimed. 


Sinha was shot dead by the ultras on March 31, 1998 at Kamalpur subdivision in Dhalai district. 


The Commission in its purported findings claimed, "minister (Sinha) used to instruct his escorts to remain far away from him whenever he went to meet the collaborators of the militants and he never allowed his security and escort personnel to come nearer to him or to accompany him..." 


The report further claimed, "This he did for the release of his brother Bikram Sinha from the clutches of the militants". 


The slain minister's younger brother had been kidnapped by the insurgents of the banned insurgent outfit, National Liberation Front of Tripura. 


The Yusuf Commission was appointed by the Left Front government in 1998 which submitted it's report on Jan 31, 2000, but the government did not publish the report. 


Following a writ petition filed by an advocate in the Tripura High Court, the court recently ordered the government to immediately publish the report and the government contended before court that the report would be tabled in the budget session of the Assembly.

March 24, 2016

Monday, 29 February 2016

11 Lessons to be learned from Pakistan!

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

For us Pakistan as a neighbouring country is headlines of newspaper reports and attention gripping media content. But lately my interest on this country went to such an extent that I watched almost all You Tube videos for weeks without timely food and sleep! To my dismay (and I must accept) that my knowledge about the country was insufficient and bare; I was living in a fool’s dream.

Today after 69 years of its independence, many commentators and think tanks describe the country in our neighbourhood as a ‘failed state’, a ‘toxic jelly state’, and some even go further saying it as a ‘paranoid state’ suffering from paranoia! And not to forget the country is also termed as a ‘terrorist state’.  The adjectives are given by Pakistani intelligentsia, media, foreign specialist on Southeast Asia, and our own journalist fraternity.

As I have said, Pakistan is indeed very interesting. While I was engrossed watching videos after videos, I thought to write about Pakistan. But the question was: what to write? Since everything is available in the Internet. Any possible angle that I would try to give to Pakistan is available in the media. So I came with this topic: Lessons to be learned from Pakistan’s mistakes. Pakistan has done many experiments (insensible) without being wise and practical. So what are the lessons that we Indians must learn from the mistakes of Pakistan.

Lesson No1: Don’t manipulate history in school textbooks

Pakistani establishment has been teaching distorted history to their children and it is still going on since the inception of the country. Take the instance, in their school textbooks it is written that Pakistan won the 1965 war and all the wars against India! Thing are worst, when in the 21st century, we hear Pakistanis are discussing (a) Mohammad Ali Jinnah views on Pakistan, (b) what is Pakistan --- secular, Islamist, a security state. The present generation still harbours anti-Hindu and anti-India sentiments. Even AQ Khan, who masterminded Pakistan nuclear bomb program carry anti-Hindu feelings.

Our take: We must have history that speaks the truth even if it hurts us. So that we can learn and understand better the world we are living today. However, any facts that go into the school textbooks that teach animosity towards religion, communities, languages, historical figures must be strongly objected.

Lesson No2: Disconnect State with religion

Pakistan was the first nation in the world to be created based on Islam! It went further and in the 1970s, the Ahmaddiyas were constitutionally declared non-Muslims! Today the country is in crossroad and it is in the confused state where to go forward.

Our take: The very essence of India, its secular pillar must be strengthened. We the Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and others are one in the eyes of the nation India and we must uphold this uniqueness of India that is ‘unity in diversity’.

Lesson No3: A terrorist is a terrorist.

Pakistan describes people who take up guns by many names –jihadist (liberal jihadist/ Islamic jihadist), mujahidin, Pakistan Taliban, Afghan Taliban etc. who uses the terror tactic to further their ideological and political objective. There is an incident where a security guard kills a Pakistani Governor, and a section of people/party garland him for his act!

Our take: Those who take up violence against the nation are terrorists and they should be dealt hard.

Lesson No4: Stop Vandalizing and Violence

Many Pakistani parties with a drop of a pin call for bandhs, hartals and starts vandalizing shops and infrastructure.

Our take: At this front, we are in common with them. We must not choose or support our leaders who stop national highways, water supply and resort to violence. If it happens we are making our nation ‘Pakistan’. I don’t remember the name of the person who said Pakistan is not a nation; it is a state of mind!  

Lesson No5: Identity crisis

Pakistanis are suffering from deep identity crisis. The identity crisis is in many layers. They speak and write Urdu which is not the language of the land! Imagine a Bengali who is forced to speak Urdu. The result: emergence of Bangladesh as a new nation.

Out take: The Government of India must aggressively facilitate promotion and preservation of all Indian language and culture. So that everyone feels proud not only of his or her culture and language but to be a part of India we know.

Lesson No6: Mistakes, if done. Rectify it urgently

Someone rightly said about the history of Pakistan. It is of BLUNDER-PLUNDER-SURRENDER. The country has made hell lot of mistakes since its inception. And each and every mistake is what they are reaping today. Be it their policy towards USA or it is towards India.

Out take: Though we have our own bunch of mistakes that we did in the process of nation building. And we have not resolved it till today. Kashmir is one. It is an integral part of India, a legal claim. But still so much ears-deafening noise on Kashmir. As a nation we must solve problems on urgent basis that got created in the due course of time.

Lesson No7: Wipe out corruption

The zenith of corruption: Osama Bin Laden was found in Pakistan! The institutions of any state – judiciary, police, army, and many – are corrupt in Pakistan.  Corruption has become a social norm.

Our take: We must weed out that gives oxygen to the virus called ‘corruption’. Corruption must be tamed socially, technologically and other effective means. We are more or less in the same page.

Lesson No8: Be rational, pragmatic, scientific

Rationality of the people in Pakistan went bankrupt when the whole Pakistan – be it media, government, scientists – all went gaga over invention of a car kit through which water can be used to run it. Simply, running a car with water! It was highlighted by everybody even the scientific community took it seriously; imagine it became a topic in the cabinet meeting of the government. 

Our take: we have our own list of social practices and events that are irrational and unscientific. Witch hunting is one and there are many that we must get rid of at the earliest as a nation we progress.

Lesson No9: Embrace Soft Power

Pakistan doesn’t have soft power to showcase in the world map, except International Terrorism (IT)!

Our take: we must explore, experiment and exhibit to the whole world our soft powers. Except Bollywood, cricket, ITeS, yoga and spiritualism, we must have bouquet of soft powers in our arsenal that showcase India, a great nation.

Lesson No10: Invest on the people

Pakistan doesn’t invest on the education of its people. The state of affair of their education system seemed quite immature from my perspective when a newly convert Muslim is allowed to held a talk in an educational institution with a well-known Pakistani scientist, Parvez Hoodbouy. The topic somehow I could digest, but how the ‘foreign entertainer’ was allowed to hold a discussion in the precinct of a university on science. It was something like discussion between a scientist and a magician on Newton’s gravity.

Our take: For any nation, people are both assets and liabilities. India must aspire to create robust educational infrastructure through which visionaries of tomorrow comes out. The government of India and our society must prepare men and women who are capable to take up the challenges of the future.

Lesson No11: Choose leaders wisely

In the history of Pakistan, there is not a single leader who had a vision for the country. Today they not only doubt their Army, but their so-called leaders. They have been facing scarcity of leaders who in their heart's core had a vision about their people.
 
Our take: Well, in our case. There is a mix; after all it is a big country. I would say, the quality of leaders definitely have come down. As a citizen, we must cast our vote wisely.

If any of these mistakes are committed in India, we must get aware. At least, I would be aware.

Besides these, I found hard to digest many facts about Pakistan. I observed that it is a nation of conspiracy. They find conspiracy theories about everything under the sun. They cannot see things, as it is. ‘Sign of ultra intellect’ and no understanding. They think everybody is conspiring to destroy Islam, Muslims, Pakistan, and Pakistanis! A sure sign of paranoia.

Secondly, they feel our Indian Muslims brothers and sisters are in danger, they are being treated badly, and their faith is in danger in the world’s largest secular democratic country called India. This is something that brings my heart out of my mouth. In my existence on this earth, personally I never found that it is true. I pray, Pakistanis to forget about Indian Muslims. They are Indian first. Moreover, Indian Muslims are smarter and intelligent than their Pakistanis counterpart.

Thirdly, their national obsession about Kashmir; I find they are still clinging on the two-nation theory on Kashmir valley. It amuses me to see their psychological drama on Kashmir. I would advice, ‘forget Kashmir, come to reality’. Stop the psychological drama in your brain; it has become pathogenic.

There are many like this.

To conclude, it is true that the world is eyeing on Pakistan with squeezed eyes. However, there are few conscientious, intelligent, and brave people in Pakistan who see the bigger and real picture of their country. They are very brave to say a spade a spade while living in a violent, Kalashnikov culture of Pakistan. Their commentary on their country’s state of affair is excellent, eye-opening and practical. One must watch Pervez Hoodbhoy, a soft-spoken Pakistani nuclear scientist. His commentary and understanding on various topics has impressed me a lot. His one of his discourse inspired me to write this article.

Hassan Nisar, a journalist and columnist is one another personality. He is a must-watch angry Amitabh Bachchan figure with a heavy voice, and no-non sense approach. One would equate him as a strict, aggressive teacher who cannot see or listen something that is wrong.

Tarek Fateh, a Pakistani-born Canadian citizen, a writer and a speaker. I found he is multifaceted, jovial, and serious, and at the same time gives impression of a person in next door. To describe him, he is a Hindu by soul, Muslim by birth, and liberal in outlook. He is anti-Pakistan!

Najam Sethi, a journalist, is another person, I didn’t watch more about him. But he is one among those who puts forth the Pakistan’s history and current affairs accurately and objectively.


Today India is the youngest country. It means the onus is on the youngsters to lead the nation ahead with clarity of thoughts and broader perspective. At the end of this article, I am thinking we have many challenges before India. What today we see, is the result of our founding fathers’ vision.  They thought about the nation above them, but what next. I don’t have any answer. However, here are three videos. Please watch.

India SWOT Analysis Part 1 - Strengths and Weaknesses - Dr. Kiran Bedi with Sadhguru
India SWOT Analysis Part 2 - Opportunities and Threats - Dr. Kiran Bedi with Sadhguru
Bharat: What Makes Us a Nation? - Dr. Kiran Bedi with Sadhguru


Friday, 19 February 2016

Chitrangada felicitates two Bishnupriya Manipuri shooters

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By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 16: Chitrangada, a Bishnupriya Manipuri socio-cultural organization with its head office in Guwahati, today felicitated two Bishnupriya Manipuri shooters –Anjan Singha and Mahendra Kumar Singha – who represented Bangladesh’s contingent in the 12th South Asian Games and came out successful with a silver medal and a bronze medal respectively. While Anjan clinched a silver medal in rifle shooting, Mahendra won a bronze medal in 50-metre pistol shooting.

Conducted by one of the directors of Chitrangada, Ananda Sinha, the function was graced as the chief guest by Bangladesh’s BSSF general secretary Intakhabui Hamid and as the guest of honour by BSSF coach Saiful Alam Choudhury. Other directors of Chitrangada – Parimal Sinha, Ashim Sinha, Babul Sinha and others – felicitated the two shooters and other members of the Bangladesh contingent, including BSSF general secretary and the coach.       

Other members of the Bangladesh contingent, who were felicitated at the function, were bronze medalist Md. Anur Hussain, bronze medalist Md. Gholam Safi Uddin and Sheikh Sahadhat Hussain.  

In their respective speeches, both Hamid and Choudhury and members of the contingent  said that they were mesmerized to see the scenic beauty of Assam. They said that the infrastructure in Assam is much better than that of Bangladesh and that there is no much difference between the dishes of Assam and Bangladesh. They are also very happy at the hospitality they received in Assam.

Others who spoke on the occasion and encouraged the two shooters and other members of the Bangladesh contingent were former Assam SCERT Director Kumkum Singha, Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum president Dils Lakshindra Sinha, writer Prabhas Kanti Sinha and others.

Source : The Sentinel

Manipuri shooters from B'desh seek more ties with 'homely' NE

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Guwahati: Manipuri players in Bangladesh's contingent for the ongoing South Asian Games (SAG) expressed happiness at being in the northeast and called for more sporting events between the region and the neighbouring country.

Shooters Mahendra Kumar Singha and Anjan Singha, both Bishnupriya Manipuris, said such programmes would help the community nurture sporting talent. Belonging to the first generation of players from the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Bangladesh to feature in the national team, both Mahendra and Anjan were full of praise for the Manipuri athletes taking part in the event.

"There should be more sporting events like this, especially between Bangladesh and this part of India. People here and back home are the same. Our food habits, culture and even vehicles and roads are similar. More people-to-people contact will be helpful and eventually it will improve relations between the two countries," Mahendra, who won a bronze in the 50-m pistol team event, told TOI at the Kahilipara shooting range here on Saturday.

"Manipuris in Bangladeshi are very advanced in fields like education, but, in sports, we are a bit behind. We can plan something like an exchange programme with the northeast. This will help us immensely," said Singha, who is attached to the Bangladesh Army.

"There are more than 1.5 lakh Manipuris in Bangladesh. My cousin, Simul Kanti Singha, also took part in SAG in the weightlifting category," he added. The 36-year-old, who has participated in UN peacekeeping missions, said he wanted to improve his score to 580. "If I can do that, I will be able to break into the top ranks in Asia," he added.

"Playing in Guwahati is like playing at home. I've been to India at least four times but being in Guwahati is really special. We never felt that we were away from home. We have been communicating in Bengali with the people here. It's been a great experience," said Anjan.

Divyashram recalls Indologist KP Sinha on birthday eve

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By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 2: At a time when a large number of organizations are agog with activities for the celebrations of the birth anniversary of Indologist KP Sinha on January 3 at as many as five places in Assam, Tripura and Bangladesh, all misty-eyed office-bearers of Dr. Kali Prasad Memorial Divyashram Sanskriti Kendra remembered the philosopher today.

On the eve of the birth anniversary Dr. Sinha, Divyashram Sanskriti Kendra secretary Gopidas Sinha gave a brief account on the oeuvre of the philosopher, linguist, academician and a litterateur – all rolled into one.  Dr. Kali Prasad Memorial Divyashram Sanskriti Kendra, which was set up by none other than Dr. KP Sinha himself, is located at West Kachudharam, post of office Chincoorie on the outskirts of Silchar town.

In a statement issued to the press today, Gopidas Sinha said: “Born on January 3, 1937 at Kachudharam, a sleepy village near Silchar town, KP Sinha did his Ph.D. from Jadavpur University on ‘A Study on the Bishnupriya Manipuri Language’ in 1968 and D. Litt. from Bardhwan University in 1982 on ‘The Concept of Absolute in Indian Philosophy’. It seems to have given all those connected with Divyashram and the country as well a cosy feeling that globetrotting KP Sinha took part in the World Sanskrit Conference in Holland in 1986 and read out his paper ‘Is Shiva a Non-Vedic God’ there. He also read out another paper ‘The Problem of Ishwara in Yoga’ also in the World Sanskrit Conference in 1991 in Italy.”

The secretary of Divyashram further said that apart from his linguistic and literary works, the oeuvre of Dr. Sinha in Philosophy in Sanskrit, English, Assamese and Bengali were of immense value of Oriental Philosophy. Dr. Sinha passed away on June 2, 2011.

Dr. KP Sinha had been a teacher throughout his life in Cachar Collge, Gauhati University, Tripura University and Assam University.  

Source: The Sentinel
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