Monday, 8 October 2007

A brief profile of Bimal Sinha

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

It came as a tragic news for all Bishnupriya Manipuri people in Tripura, as well as in the neighbouring state of Assam, when the then Health and Urban Development Minister Bimal Sinha and his younger brother Bidyut Sinha were gunned down by the militants of the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT).

His killing immediately created a voidness, a voidness that cannot be filled up in the whatever Bishnupriya Manipuria community political aspiration it has. The Frontline on Apr. 11 - 24, 1998 wrote: "He had apparently been targeted because he was popular among the tribal people of Kamalpur and had organised them to resist the NLFT's campaign of violence."

Of his messiah like stature that Bimal Sinha came to the citadel of Tripura politics not once but five times as a elected member from the Kamalpur tribal belt. He started his political career as a general secretary of a college union that was controlled by the Students Federation of India (SFI).

His political acumen was polished and given shape and groomed when he came in contact with Marxist leader Nripen Chakraborty, a member of the CPI(M) since 1970. He was one of the founders of the Communist movement in Tripura. He along with the late Dasrath Deb, laid the foundations of a strong Communist movement in the State. He died on Dec 26, 2004. [Communist Party of India (Marxist)article on Nripen Chakraborty]

Bimal Sinha became a member of the party's State Committee in 1978. He later became Deputy Speaker and then Speaker of the Assembly. He was not only living a life of a politician, more than that he was a poet and a novelist. He directed a Kokborok-language film, Longthorai. Based on one of his five novels, the film deals with the life of the tribal people in the Longthorai hills.

Moreover, he will be remembered for bringing the TNV to the mainstream politics. TNV participated in elections as an ally of the Congress(I).

After he was shot dead, the Hindu reported: "A 24-hour Statewide bandh was called on April 1 to protest against the killing of Bimal Sinha. It evoked a total response."

The same national daily also added: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, in a message condemning the killing, said violence had no place in a civilised society. In a message to the Tripura Government, West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu condemned the murder and expressed concern over the rise of secessionist and extremist forces in Tripura.

"Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar requested Union Home Minister L.K. Advani to send adequate security forces to Tripura. It was decided that 22 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force, which were withdrawn from the State last month for election duty in Jammu and Kashmir, would be sent back to the State, quoted the paper.

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Courtesy: Frontline

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