Thursday, 27 November 2008

Bishnupriya Manipuri in Mumbai, Kandivli and Mahape, we all are concerned of your safety

Mumbaites, we all are worried. The whole country is in a state of shock.

The day is not as usual day for you and your family. The city woke up with sounds of gunshots and it is still going on. 

The ceaseless, sleepless city has been brought to a halt. 

The whole country is hooked to television sets; news websites and radio whether they are in office, home or while they are traveling. 

Each and every moment that passes by troubles us about your safety. Hope you all are fine. 

Take care.

Do comment.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Mahasabha Central General Assembly reiterates fulfillment of its longstanding demands from Gov

The Central General Assembly of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha held at Khonu Sri Mondop, Japirbond, Hailakandi district of Assam on 22nd and 23rd November 2008 reiterated its fulfillment of the longstanding demands from the Government of Assam, Tripura and the Government of India.

The two-day long meeting started with the unfurling of the golden colour flag of the Mahasabha by the President of the Mahasabha Dr D.K.Sinha. After the hoisting of the flag, chanting of the Joyo Joyo Mahasabha took place. The assembled delegates offered flowers to the Sahid Vedi in honour of martyrs who have sacrificed there life during the great language movement.

The President of the Mahasabha Dr D.K.Sinha, the President of the Sanskriti Parishad, Sri Jogendra Kumar Sinha, the working Presidents Sri Sundar Makherjee, Sri Gopinath Sinha, Sri Chandra Kanta Sinha, Sri Rebati Mohan Sinha working president incharge Western and Eastern India, were all present in the grand occasion.

Sri Subash Sarma President Radhamadhav Committee, the Secretary Gereral Sri Uday Sinha, Sri Rajendra kumar Sinha, Dr Sushanta Sinha, General Secretary, Sri Paritosh Sinha, Vice President Tripura, President Tripura Mahasabha, Sri Nilkanta Sinha, President Sahitya Parishad A.S.C Sri Sushil Sinha and others were duly honoured by the Reception Committee.

After the welcome speech delivered by Sri Subash Sinha, President Reception Committee and Badal Sinha, Secretary, a welcoming song was presented by two Bishnupriya Manipuri girls.

The Secretary General Sri Uday Sinha in his speech laid the prime objective of holding the Central General Assembly and highlighted three years activity reports of the Mahasabha since 42nd General Conference held at Patherkandi in the year 2005.

Similarly secretarial report was also presented by Sri Padma Gopal Sinha, General Secretary of Tripura, Sri Swapan Sinha, General Secretary of Assam, Sri Rajib Sinha General Secretary of Mizoram, Sri Sudanya Sinha, General Secretary Sahitya Parishad A.S.C, Dils Lakhindra Sinha, General Secretary, Sahitya Parishad, Central.

The General Assembly reiterated fulfillment of the longstanding demands of the Mahasabha by Govt. of Assam, Tripura and the Govt. of India at the earliest, otherwise the Mahasabha held they will be bound to resort to mass agitation programme.

It was decided in the Assembly that a delegation of the Mahasabha will move to New Delhi to meet the Ministry of I. & B, Prasar Bharati and the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, for introduction of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Cultural programme in All India Radio and Doordarshan. Inclusion of the Assam Bishnupriya Manipuri Community in the Central OBC list will also be addressed, the Assembly decided.

After long discussion the next 43rd General Session of Mahasabha will be held at Kailasahar, Tripura, it was decided.

The two day long programme was marked with cultural activities by Srimati Bela Sinha of Silchar, Srimati Khela Mukherjee of Tripura, Sri Mihir Sinha of Bakatpur, and Sri Debodutta Sinha of Norsingpur.

Read: Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha Central Executive Meeting to be held at Hailakandi on 22 & 23 Nov

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Tuesday, 25 November 2008

SMS 'Train Guwahati to New Delhi' to 9773300000 to know the train schedule, save the number

SMS ‘Train Guwahati to New Delhi’ to 9-77-33-00000 to know the train schedule from these two destinations. You will NOT be charged any premium rate. Just the SMS rate that your service providers charges. A great saving! 

Wait, it is not that the service will work for these two stations only, you type and sms ‘train destination 1 destination2’ between any two destinations, you will start receiving the trains, their train numbers as well. 

Even you can send your PNR number to know the status to 9-77-33-00000.

These are features from the gamut of services Google India has recently catered to its users. 

I have been experimenting this SMS service rolled out by Google. And I found it works fantastically to this service. Unfortunately, the same service fail to render other add on like ‘define New Delhi’, ‘define Google’. 

When I SMSed ‘define Google’, I didn’t get any response from Google. Is Google India listening!! 

However, when I SMSed ‘news Assam’, within seconds I started receiving latest news relating to Assam. Imagine you are traveling and you are getting latest happening in and around yourself. 

You are receiving train/ flight schedule, news ‘news assam’, translation ‘translate hello in french’, definition ‘define inflation’, PNR status ‘PNR number’.

All GSM/CDMA mobile operator networks are supported (Aircel, Airtel, BPL, BSNL, Idea, Reliance, Spice, Tata, Vodafone). So, don’t worry and SAVE the number in your phonebook 9-77-33-00000.

Incoming messages from Google are not charged. Again!!

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Sunday, 23 November 2008

The Assam Tribune on Nov 23, 2008 publishes an editorial article by RK Rishikesh Sinha

Small and medium enterprises
— RK Rishikesh Sinha
(This article was originally published in the editorial page of The Assam Tribune on November 23, 2008)

The Assam – Vision 2020 reads that the state will have one of the best infrastructures in Asia to facilitate the largest volume of ‘trade’ between India, China, Bangladesh and the ASEAN countries. To envision this, which unfortunately is seen as a distant dream in the state and in the northeastern states in general, it calls for creating a new ‘trade’ ecosystem, where buoyant business environment is given emphasis and it is nurtured.

To meet this objective the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the state must be seen in a different coloured glass. The ubiquitous looking SMEs must be invigorated, taken care of with robust state incentives and initiatives by financial institutions. In short, a new lease of life has to be infused in the state SMEs. The micro, small and medium enterprises are the growth engines and would work as a catalyst to give a shape to this vision.

Here, it is pertinent to mention that in India, the small and medium enterprises constitute a major bulk of the industrial base, almost 50 percent of industrial output and 42 percent of India’s total exports. Likewise, in UK, the SMEs represent 99.9% of the country’s 4.7 million private sector companies, and almost 60% of private sector employment. In China, the sector makes up almost 60 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product; 50 per cent of tax revenues, 68 per cent of exports and creates 75 per cent of new jobs every year.

Worldwide, the sector has been accepted as the engine of economic growth and for promoting equitable development. It constitutes an important segment to the industrial production, exports, employment and creation of an entrepreneurial base of any country. Hence, urgency on the part of the state is required to understand and gauge the potential of the SMEs and support them with adequate credit, funds for technology upgradation and modernisation; modern testing facilities and quality certification laboratories; assistance for better access to domestic and export markets etcetera.

It is unfortunate that the micro (enterprise standing on the infrastructural investment of 25 lakh in manufacturing, and 10 lakh in services), small (built on the investment of 25 lakh-5 crore in manufacturing, and 10 lakh-2 crore in services) and medium (investment up to 10 crore in manufacturing and 5 crore in services), has always remain in the receiving end of any micro and macro economic changes. And Assam SMEs are not the exception to the turbulent market that had changed the history of global finance forever. They have felt the tightening of the economy, bitterly.

Reports are pouring in that banks are not entertaining applications of loans or capital to the SMEs. Not hard to guess the move would have a detrimental effect on the functioning of an enterprise. And with the scaling up of the prices of the raw material, many of them had already winded up or vanished in ignominy. Reasons are many and contagious.

State’s 2511 registered factories and the teeming micro, small enterprises involved in tea, plywood, jute, foodgrains, handlooms and other essential items are the ones that had been hardly hit in the crest and trough of the economy.

In order to fructify in letter and spirit the Assam-Vision 2020, the state must be pro-active in creating an entrepreneur-friendly environment and place its natural resources, geographical, eco-tourism USPs in advantage, by working in tandem with banks and financial institutions. More so, with capacity building steps based on technology and resource management.

However, there are schemes like Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojana (PMRY), Chief Minister's Swaniyojan Yojana (CMSY), Central Assistance to State for Developing Export Infrastructure and other Allied Activities (ASIDE), Scheme for Promotion of Industrialization in North East (SPINE), Food Processing Industries Tenth Plan Schemes and Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) set up by Government of India and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), that the entrepreneurs can avail to leverage their business potential.

To this context, a Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) Fund for North Eastern Region (NER) with an initial corpus of Rs.10 crore has been set up under the CGTMSE scheme. The corpus would be used by SIDBI to co-finance the project of MSEs in North Eastern Region (NER). It has been decided to extend coverage by CGTMSE in respect of the credit facility extended by SIDBI out of the MSE Fund for NER and the co-financing bank.

Moreover, in order to ensure that credit doesn’t come in the working of SMEs, the Reserve Bank of India has directed that 40 per cent of the total advances should go to micro and 20 per cent to small enterprises.

Among many aspects required in the strengthening of the state SMEs, which make up only three percent of the total SME in the country, it is the element of research. Research related to the emerging needs of SMEs and on markets or legislation affecting it.

In conclusion, if the state of Assam wishes to become the trade center, registering the highest volume of trade activities with its neighbouring countries and with the rest of the country, the vibrant and empowered SME sector comes as a panacea, in the fulfillment of the Assam Vision 2020.

The article has also been taken by HT syndication and published in Manufacturing and Business Technology.

Need to create an ocean of information on Bishnupriya Manipuri is urgently required

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi
Whatever ‘sprinkle’ success that the blog has achieved so far is only due to readers. It is due to their participation and support by religiously dropping on this blog day after day (though disappointed many times not finding any new updates), from many slew of recipes, that has worked wonder in the success of the blog.

However, with the increased volume of readers, their queries have also shown a jump. They are searching, believing that the blog would fetch out anything related to their queries, unfortunately are not being addressed. Thus it has become a challenge to quench the readers’ quests.
They are searching ‘ban on mobile in Bishnupriya Manipuri villages’, ‘great personalities of Bishnupriya Manipuri’ etcetera on the blog. The blog fails to deliver anything concrete to these searches.

Hereby I request owners of the Bishnupriya Manipuri websites/ blogs like,,,,, and others

to create a common database so that Bishnupriya Manipuri readers’ quest are addressed instantly at one window.

How the readers will benefit with a common database?
Suppose a reader types ‘bishnupriya manipuri: as a contact language’, in the Google Custom Search button on the left panel of the blog, they will not find anything relevant information to this query, hence their urge to know is killed, consequently it will kill his or her further queries. It is indeed a great loss on the part of the readers and for the blog, hence for the whole Bishnupriya Manipuri online blogs/ websites communities.

If we create a common database, the query would be addressed, in one place, by visiting the website(s) or blog(s). The system will help vice versa, readers searching on those websites/ blogs that are part of the common database henceforth their devoted readers.

What does it mean?

If we create this ocean like database of information, the present online generation as well as the coming generation that will soon join will be able draw information-water without any hindrance from the ocean till internet remains as a primary source of information gathering.

The present scenario

Each and every online entity devoted to our community is the best, the best, I say. They have a signature and aroma of their own. Unfortunately, there are plus and minuses inflicting to all these websites/blogs. Some have articles- I call it pillar-articles, devoted to basics of being a Bishnupriya Manipuri. And some have their own taste.

So, here is my humble request to Ashim Kumar Singha and Uttam Singha and to all those whom I don’t know online to join hands in creating this ocean. Let us do it, for the betterment of the whole community.

Readers! Do comment mentioning what is your view, how do you see in creating the ocean of information?

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Saturday, 22 November 2008

Lack of political will in the fencing of the Indo-Bangla border, says Retd. General SK Sinha


The northeastern part of India is turning into a deadly social and economic cocktail threatening to break out into a communal inferno.

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Srinivas Kumar Sinha and Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

India and Bangladesh are part of Indian subcontinent. In 1971 Bangladesh became an independent country with the strong political as well as military support from India; but since then there have been several issues of dispute and it is increasing day by day and there is no end to it and hardly any Indian citizen knows about the problems faced by N.E. people.

Today, Bangladesh has become home for Islamic terrorist outfits and North-East India’s separatist elements like Ulfa and many terrorist outfits. The demographic challenge from Bangladesh is more serious and greater threat to our National Security. And with this background, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parshad organized a one day seminar on 16th November 2008, to throw a light on Indo-Bangla relationship before and after 1971.

I was quite fortunate enough to be invited in such a national seminar and also lucky enough to be introduced to the former Ambassador of Nepal, Governor of Assam and Jammu & Kashmir, Lt. General SK. Sinha PVSM, Former Director General, BSF Shri E.Ram Mohan, Shri Jaideep Saikia, South East Asia Security Expert, Shri Aravind Inamdar, former Director General of Police, Maharashtra.

I must give a brief on ABVP. Founded in 1948, and registered in 1949 in Delhi. It is a cadre based mass student organization with 1.5 million primary members with a motto of “Knowledge, Character & Unity”. And the National Reconstruction is the life mission of ABVP. They believe that this type of seminar would carefully retrospect the relations and put forth the action plans. On December 17th 2008, ABVP of about 50,000 student body will be organizing a “dharna” at Siliguri (WB) called the ‘chicken neck’ to make that area ‘infiltrator free zone’.

Retd. General SK Sinha inaugurated the 1st session with a key note address: He had made known to the audience that during World War II, as a young Army officer he was in the villages of upper Assam. And in1971 war also, he was in Assam to fight the Pakistan Army.

In 1997 when IK Gujral was Prime Minister, one day he received a phone call from him, saying “Assam is burning, can you come to Delhi tomorrow?’’ He went next day and met PM with Congress (I) treasurer Mr. Sitaram Kesri, who was from Bihar.

The PM told him that for the national interest he should take up the challenging job of Governorship of Assam. He was in Assam for five long years up to 2002, and then he shifted to Jammu& Kashmir as Governor for another five years.

During his tenure as constitutional head of the state, he felt at that time, the centre had done nothing for the state. There were power shortages, crop damage due to flood, no Hydel project. He gave two examples, why there was no refinery at the state? Why should they carry a pipe line from Digboi to Barauni at Bihar?

Rs.2500 crores tea industry was remote controlled by Marwaries from Calcutta. Because of AASU agitation headed by Shri Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, the centre had done something i.e. tea auctioning done at Guwahati, refinery has come up in Assam.

As per the Assam accord, the entire border stretching from Meghalaya to Tripura would have been fenced by barbed wire; but it is yet not been completed because of lack of political will, and as a Governor of J&K he could got it completed in terrain about 700 kms of barbed wire within 1 ½ yrs.

He talked about influx of Muslim population in upper Assam from Maimonsingh district of Bangladesh with the help of Muslim Ministers from centre. People from other states used to tell these Ministers, ‘grow more Muslim, not food’. General told to the audience that once Chief Minister of Assam Mr. Hiteshwar Saikia told to the press in1992 that there were 3 millions of illegal migrations in Assam, immediately he had to withdraw it next day at the behest of his high command at Delhi and declared that there was no illegal migration.

In 2004, the Union Minister of State for Home, Sri Jaswal told the press that there were 1.2 crore illegal migration from Bangladesh in India, the next day Prime Minister, Sri Manmohan Singh called the press and told that the figures given by his Minister was based on hearsay, not on actual. Sri Jaswal later on same day sang the song on his master`s tune.

As we know of the recently concluded National Games at Guwahati, it came in news paper that the Govt. headed by Sri Tarun Gogoi paid crores of rupees to Ulfa to not to disturb the National Games. Now, one question may come up in our minds, where did the money come from? Was it drawn from the treasury or from Delhi? Again we read in news papers in Mumbai after bomb blast, the Chief Minister of the state told the press “We got the information on terrorist attack well in advance; but there was no inter departmental coordination to face the attack.” What could we say about this Govt. headed by him?

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Friday, 21 November 2008

Mrs.Padmaja Sinha releases Hakhan Leichondonor Selpakhan online

By Henryy Sinha, New Delhi

Paralysis. It is becoming astonishingly difficult for me to fix the gaze of my mind on words, in the middle of this wide sea of words that seem to be swimming in frenzy, in a haze, in a glimpse right in the middle of my brain. To baptize the imagination of a human brain, that has the capacity to think something as radical as ‘Hakhan Leichondonor Selpakhan’- is a difficult task.

While witnessing a ballet of two marvelous relationships of a mother and a sister in one magnificent human soul through all these years might have killed the vision in me to peep through the incredible thoughts that soar so high with impossible melody, flying like white doves in a trance, flying, merging with the sky and landing in a world beyond, that’s so beautifully Bishnupriya Manipuri in its essence. Pristine. Divine. Beautiful. 

Mrs. Padmaja Sinha - the womb of these thoughts. I take this opportunity to introduce this magnificent poet, lyricist,writer and creative artist. May I also request you to entertain a confession before I finally draw up the curtains on her work. Yes. I confess, I was initially reluctant to write about this ‘thinker’, as I haven’t being groomed or should I say, allowed, to applaud for myself, applaud for my own blood. Applause I was taught has to implode, not explode.

I feared being biased. A ferocious battle between blood and logic was at play within me, the night I read, ‘Ningshing Ume’ .

To write for this poet, I had to kill the brother of this poet – that’s me. Though I agree the brother has not been killed entirely. Cannot be killed. However as I traveled through the pages, I did become a witness to the challenges of a Bishnupriya Manipuri poet – lost words, rarely used words, sometimes dormant words. But through ‘Ningshing Ume’, Mrs. Padmaja Sinha does show us the amazing landscape that this language has to offer, the vastness that can be explored, need to be explored.

‘Ningshing Ume’ through its refined collage of imagination and poetic expression made me immensely proud as a Bishnupriya Manipuri.

And as a brother it made me a bit humble, a bit proud. 

Mrs. Padmaja Sinha resides in Silchar. She is a house maker and happily married with three kids. She has also written several other books in Bishnupriya Manipuri and in Bengali.

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Thursday, 20 November 2008

Moments of Life, a poem by Raghabendra Sinha

Moments of Life

In the journey of life,
There comes some moments,
Touches deep, the soul and the heart,
Then becomes a sweet moment of life…

When the sun is clear and bright,
And in the midst,
Blows in a pleasant wind with pride,
Then becomes a sweet moment of life…

When the moon is sparkling bright,
And in the midst,
Comes in a naughty cloud lying aside,
Then becomes a sweet moment of life…

When hand in hand walking together,
Thru pleasant and thru cloudy weather,
Someone to part with whom,
Perhaps costs a sigh, a tear,
Then becomes a sweet moment of life…

Sweet Moments! Yet I know,
Someday you and I must part…
But when or how or where we met,
I owe to me a secret yet...

Sweet Moments! We have been long together,
Tis hard to part as you are dear,
I reiterate to you here..
Do we meet to part or part to meet?

Sweet Moments! Say never Good Night to me...
But in some brighter clime,
Bid me always a Good Morning!!

By Raghabendra Sinha

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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Now, Shri Mairang Singh is in the charge of Radha Gobinda Mandir at Nabadwip

We live in a fuzzy world, words like Nabadwip, Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur, no doubt are in our conscious vocabulary. But ask someone what the importance Nabadwip has to our community or what the teachings of Sadhu Thakur are, it would be troubling for many. Here is an attempt by Rebati Mohan Sinha to clear the image.

Mr.Ranjit’s comment, “Who will spread the message of Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur”, on an article ‘Are we aware of the issues related to Bishnupriya Manipuri ’.

For information, the message has already been spread not only in Indian metro cities: Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad but also in Sydney, Adelaide in Australia and New Jersey, USA. They celebrate the birth anniversary of Sadhu Thakur every year.

The founder of Radha Gobinda Mandir at Nabadwip, Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur took birth in 1871, 26th October in a very poor family from a remote village, named Baropua (Bhubaneswar Nagar). He left for heavenly abode on 17th July 1940. Late Tanu Babu Sinha, the first graduate of Bishnupriya Manipuri took over the charge as 2nd sevait of the Radha Gobinda Mandir in the same year. 

Then on his demise (after 3 yrs) late Krishna Kumar Debabarmana became the 3rd sevait in the year 1943 untill up to his death in 1966 (23yrs).Then came his younger brother late Haridas Debabarmana in the same year and stayed up to 1986 (20yrs).

On his death no one from Krishna Kumar Debabarmana’s family was willing to take over, then his disciple(Krishna Kumar’s) Sri Rakhal Das Babaji,(who is at present, the chief adviser) took over the charge and stayed up to 1997 (11yrs) till the member from his family, his nephew, late Jogendra Lal Debabarmana retired and took over the charge. He brought his cousin late Chandi Sinha to assist him.

Late Chandi Sinha became the Mandir administrator to look after day to day work. In those days, a local member of the Mandir Paridarshan Committee, one Kanak Saha was showing his muscle power to these two brothers and they could not do anything to him. And another version was, the cousin of sevait befriended with Kanak Saha and dwindled with the Mandir funds, such as taking out money from Pranami box without giving any account.

Later on, sevait’s cousin Chandi died, sevait became alone, top of that, it was heard that he was suffering from kidney related desease and was always bed ridden in Guwahati. Shri Rakhaldas Babaji and his disciple, the present sevait Shri Mairang Singh temporarily hold the charge of Mandir administration in his absence.

Sevait late Jogendralal Debabarmana was in his death bed, one day he called the present sevait at his bed side and told that his designated successors nominated by his predecessors (all his uncles), were not willing to take over the charge, hence his (Mairang) services were urgently required and with out any delay he should proceed to take charge of Mandir Administration at Nabadwip, which he did and he is continuing now.

Initially he was struggling his way in to the administration encroached by locals, headed by Kanak Saha. He very tactfully tackled the situation, not even caring his very life. He was about to be attacked with acid bottle; but the enemies` attempt was foiled in time. He escaped unhurt. Really his courage was appreciable then. He made sure, the local goon resigned from the Paridarshan Committee.

Whenever we sat for discussion on matters pertaining to Gobindabari, he used to feel very upset for gossip mongers who spread the baseless rumours : “Mandirgo miyange neelaga” across the Bishnupriya Manipuri Parganas.

To prove, ‘the gossip mongers are wrong’, he arranged for a Shishya-Proshishya Mahamilan in year 2005, the first of it’s kind in Gobindabari`s 85 years history. The who-and-who of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Community attended the Sammelan not only from the states of India: Assam, Tripura, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune; but also from Bangladesh. There were minister, IAS, IFS, IRS officers, doctors, engineers, professors and others from our community, along with the local Bengalee Shishya Proshishya attended the Sammelan.

It was a very remarkable gathering, where we could hear the local speakers narrating the never heard stories, related to Sadhu Thakur.

Certain proposals were made in the meeting of Mahamilan at presence of President, Mandir Paridarshan Committee and he had agreed to place in the forthcoming meeting, for approval. One of the approved proposals was the three member Prachaar subcommittee for spreading the Sadhu Thakur`s Vanee, headed by ex – minister Srimati Vijay Lakshmi Sinha, from Tripura.

During last few years, how far is the progress made by the subcommittee in spreading the message of Sadhu Thakur, I may not be able to give an account; but I belong to Sadhu Thaku`s family, and under the guidance of my father, who is a disciple (and nephew) of Sadhu Thakur, spreading the message not only to the metro cities across the country; but also to the few cities of Australia and the USA. And at our home turfs in Assam and Tripura, people are also gradually gearing up for the celebration.

Before I could conclude, I would like to dwell upon some points for the benefit of the present generation. My perception may be wrong; anyway it can be left to the readers. As Sri Ranjit Sinha asked, who will be the guiding force to spread the message, as he could see, nobody is working in that direction?

Still today most of the Bishnupriya Manipuri people residing in villages of Assam Tripura are ignorant of Sadhu Thakur. “WHY”is a big question mark?

As I mentioned at the beginning, the names and their tenure as sevait, also mentioned some of their status. I did not understand why didn’t they try to propagate the teaching of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur beyond Nabadwip?

Some people may not be agreeing with me; but I must say, spade is spade as far as spreading the teaching of Sadhu Thakur is concerned. Anyway let me come to the point, once I had been to Gabinda Mandir in 1973 in an auspicious occasion and asked some people whether they knew the founder’s name, and the reply came in negative. They knew only Gobindabari Mandir, not as Sadhu Thakur’s Mandir. I may be wrong in saying so; but I was bit upset.

Another point I want to put forward: Once we - wife and myself, been to ISKCON Mandir at Juhu, Mumbai in 1974, at that time the present building was not there. There were plenty of photographs of Nabadwip, displayed there and out of which one photograph, my wife could identify as her late brother Krishna Kumar Debabarma, then sevait of Gabindo Mandir.

Now my question is whose photograph should have been there? Sadhu Thakur’s or the sevait’s? There were three sevaits from a village; but they never celebrated birth anniversary of Sadhu Thakur in their village during their tenure. What it meant? Can we say, they were conscious about Prachaar of Sadhu Thakur’s vanee? I have plenty of examples to put forward; but it is not necessary now.

Can we compare Sadhu Thakur with other sevaits? If ‘not’ then, it is my view, his statue shouldn’t be in line with others. His statue should be just opposite, at far end, of the ‘Leifaam’ i.e. near east wall of Naat Mandir.

‘I would like to invite people to join in discussion.’
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Monday, 17 November 2008

Bisnhupriya Manipuris celebrated 'Ras Leela' at the Madhabpur Jora Mandap, Maulvibazar district, Bangladesh

The Manipuri communities living in Madhabpur and Adampur under Kamalganj upazila of Maulvibazar district celebrated their major religious and cultural festival 'Maha Ras Leela' on November 13. Celebrations were held at Manipuri Jora Mandaps in Madhabpur and the Sanatagore Mandap in Adampur.The Bisnhupriya manipuris celebrated 'Ras Leela' at the Madhabpur Jora Mandap and the Meiteis arranged their programme at Sanatagore Mandap, Adampur.

Read: Manipuris in Bangladesh celebrate 166th ‘Ras Leela’ festival

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Shree Krishna Kirtan and Natpala organised at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on 7 Nov

Jyoti Sinha and Shukla Sinha were superb in the roles of Radha and Barayi. Aparna Sinha could have done better as Krishna. The costumes of the protagonists incorporated the traditional Manipuri attire. The dialogue of play was in Bishnupriya Manipuri dialect. Shameer undertook the uphill task of translation. ReadCapturing vignettes from the life of Krishna

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha Central Executive Meeting to be held at Hailakandi on 22 & 23 Nov

Office of the
Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha.
H.Q- Silchar-5.

Dear Members,

As per decision of the last meeting of the Central Executive meeting of the Mahasabha held Silchar. The Central General Assembly of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha will be held on 22nd & 23rd November 2008 at Khanu Srimandop Jaffirbond, Hailakandi District of Assam.

So all the Executive Members of the Mahasabha, Sahitya Parishad, Sanskriti Parishad and Sri Sri Radhamadhav Sevapuja Committee are cordially requested to attend the same to discussion in the following agenda.


22nd November 2008, Saturday, at 2 P. M.

1. Offering tribute to the Sahid Vedi.
2. Confirmation of last proceeding of the Executive meeting of the Mahasabha .
3. Reporting of the activities of the Mahasabha, and departmental committees .
4. Selection of Venue, date of holding of ensuing 43rd General Adhivasion Mahasabha.

23rd November 2008, Sunday, from 9 A.M.

1. To discuss about the fulfillment of outstanding demands of the Mahasabha.
2. Amendment of the Mahasabha Constitution.
3. Mise.

Open session 2.30 P.M.

Uday Sinha. 
Secretary General.
Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha

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Acceptance of this blog has increased steeply, and it is increasing day by day, unexpectedly. This is what the subscription by email statistics shows. The numbers of subscribers getting email from this blog where shows an exponential growth, the number of people viewing the email (that is by opening it) plus the number of clicks on it, is something that is beyond satisfactory, obviously a celebration time for all readers/ subscribers/ visitors.

This is what the statistics shows: an exponential curve.
Sunday, September 16, 2007 to Thursday, November 13, 2008

From Sunday, September 16, 2007 to Thursday, November 13, 2008, the total views on 248 articles sent through emails have been 5137. And 2471 total clicks on 218 items.
The 5 articles that have got more than 100 views are listed below.

It does matter
Jonaki Sinha Plesniak murdered in Poland
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Bishnupriya Manipuri community to be included in Delhi OBC List
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Bishnupriya Manipuri Delhiites must be strong

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Friday, 14 November 2008

First progress meeting on construction of Yatri Nivas Radhakunda,Mathura


By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

In a review meeting held at Radhakunda on the construction of Sri Sri Radha Madhavjiu Mandir on 25th and 26th October 2008, members assembled from Assam, Tripura, Maharashtra and Delhi, unanimously approved changes in the building structure and in its design.

Due to certain deviation from the working drawing/instructions given to site supervisor, the Construction Committee President of Yatri Nivas, was bound to order suspension of work, till the Central Seva Puja Parichalan Samiti representative arrived at the construction site. Accordingly, the General Secretary of Central Seva Puja Parichalan Samiti arrived at the previous night of the meeting.

The meeting started at 1530 hrs was presided by Sri Kajal Kanti Sinha. In a point to point discussion on the letter addressed to Shri R.M.Sinha by the senior consultant, the meeting approved the following changes:

1. Earlier there was a proposal to keep entire ground floor as open space with roof resting on 8 pillars. Due to increase in number of pillars at present, only one third would be kept as open, the remaining space would be converted to rooms.

2. The front ground floor wall will be erected 4`feet away from the front row of the pillars.

3. There will be four self contained rooms on ground floor for yatries. The sanitary system will be running underneath and a safety tank is provided for the purpose.

4. The front unwanted portion of the RCC structure should be dismantled.

5. The location of staircase would be decided in the next meeting.

6. The work on first floor should be completed early, if need be, other parallel activities might be suspended for the time being.

7. The roofs of 1st and 2nd floor would be resting on 08 pillars and it was indicated in the working drawing as well as site plan.

8. The ground floor rooms will have front verandah, the remaining rooms on 1st and 2nd floors, back side verandah, leading to sky walk and stair case.

9. The south wall of Naat mandir, infront of Yatri Nivas has to be renovated along with the new construction to give a face lift on surrounding areas.

10. The committee felt that the supervision on workmanship lacked motivation.

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Thursday, 13 November 2008

Mohanpur becomes first village to connect to this blog

It would have been called a partial failed attempt had this blog been only limited to netizens, who can access this through internet. But it came as a sweet jolt when Google came out with the SMS service in India. And this blog was fast enough to catch with the latest technology and use it for the maximize coverage of its readership.

The blog is far ahead in its technology usage and service that it provides to its devoted readers, be it is in front of email subscription, above 100’s of readers are getting updates from this blog.

Feed – is one section, though its usage is minuscule, gives the readers to read all the contents/ articles in one platform. They don’t have to click and click to read all their favourite articles. Readers not acquainted to Feeds, can go to Google Reader and type “Bishnupriya Manipuri” and start reading in one place, in one window their own blog.

However, all the articles here in this blog are cached and crawled by Google bots. This means not an article is missed by Google web crawler. Hence, readers can just activate – Bishnupriya Manipuri – in Google Alert service, and leave it to Google to do its work. All the articles will come to their email id.

Coming to the free SMS service ran by this blog, a huge digital gap has been filled in. The headline goes to those people, where internet is still seen as something alien, unheard of and computer is not a part of their life cycle.

My cousins and uncles in Mohanpur, Cachar, Assam, if I am not wrong becomes the first people living in village to connect to this blog. When I called them asking are they getting updates about the recent happenings in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, I didn’t say blog or anything technical. Their response, “nyam hoba lagil telling people that Utsav was held at Dilli and Bombay…they ask us how do they come to know this’’.  It was a news for them. This sentence from them was enough to instill in me the confidence the tool is successful and can catapult the existing communication gap that exist in the community.

To avail this facility, what I did? I created a fake Gmail id and followed the steps that are required. Then I called them up asking the code delivered on their mobile and completed the whole steps. The whole exercise  hardly took 5 minutes! That was worth to connect the whole village to this blog.

Here is the list of email ids that are not receiving email alerts from this blog. They have not completed the whole process of subscription. If you are one amongst this, please do subscribe again.

[Many email ids I have deleted].

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Tuesday, 11 November 2008

November 26-celebration of birth anniversary of Geetiswami Gokulananda

Within a month of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur`s janma mahutsav, on last 30th October, Bhishnupriya Manipuris are again getting ready with another janma utsav of late Gokulananda Geetiswami, on 26thNovember 2008 in Assam, Tripura and Bangladesh.

By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

He was born in year 1886, on 26th November in a village called Madhavpur of Bhanugachh in Bhanubil, Bangladesh. He studied up to class 8th standard and could not continue further due to domestic problems; his desire of learning always remained with him for which he was able to set up a primary school at village Ratachhera inTripura after shifting of his residence from Bhanubil in 1925.

Geetiswami Gokulananda was known as a menestral entertainer (bhramyaman gayak);but he was a social reformer, a dramatist, a poet ,a minstrel. His life bears a testimony to all these qualities. He always thought of upliftment of backwardness of his community. Those days there were primary schools in nearby villages; but Bishnupriya Manipuri students were never sent in those schools for fear of loosing their sanctity, once they sat along with non Bishnupriya Manipuris. Our boys went to gurukuls for learning of devotional songs (Ishalpa-Dohar),mridong badan, gold smithy and Sanskrit at tol(school). Such was the trend prevailing in those days. Gokulananda foresaw that without the proper education no society can progress, so he decided to propagate his feeling through his poems and songs ie he set tunes in such a way on his own lyrics and went on singing from village to village, that people there would deeply moved and listened him quietly.

“Ruhi britti moutup koria dhoria thoile nakortoi,
Sotyo treta ruhi haanou koliyuge na choltoi.
Kale kale kalor kotha na hunani nakorer,
Jwigoi bon haan puria aanle kachai mojai nathorer.

It is like…’if we continue follow the age old custom blindly, it will lead us nowhere and the custom of Sotya and Treta yug also will not hold good in koliyug.’ ‘Never defy in gradual change of time, wild fire does not leave anything in the forest whether it is dry or wet.

During his time our Podo kirtonis sang in traditional Brojobuli language, where as Gokulananda started singing kirton in our language utilizing his talent in propagating his ideas to Bishnupriya Manipuri masses. He became so popular among masses with his kind appeal, the young and olds listened to him in spell bound condition. Because of all these qualities Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha in its 1935 session conferred on him the title “Geetiswami.”

He had a great respect for women folk for which he always believed in their dress code while they go in public places. Whenever he saw women being criticized in village market he became very upset ,so he persuaded them not to go for marketing. He wrote for them…..
“Jela eta ki bostuhaan haarnapeitarata, Deshey pondit neita?”
It can be put in this way…..’people do not know of what women substance is, Isn`t there any literate around to know them?’ It means, people never used to give due respect to women folk. He wrote for the women the following lines…

Yuge yuge cheita jelai jingesita
Shoktite Bhobani bidyai Binapani
Dhairiate Dhoroni Bhoktite Brojo gopini
Auter ongsho kala oiya paahurlai nijor shokti
He had written for the people, those were suffering from the complexes i.e. ego.
Nijor ghore nije raja,
Miaange dadee bulani.

The meaning…You think, you are a king at home, and when you are out, people call you dadee. Dadi is a derogatory word used for addressing a lower caste person.
In another poem he exhorted our Bishnupriya Manipuri community to awake and see how far are we behind others. He wrote…
Oggyan aadharorma ghumitai koti,
Utho aaji haabihan jwoleya chei gnyanon bati.

The meaning….How long you remain asleep in the darkness of ignorance, get up and see with light of knowledge. He wrote for ima Bishnupriya…..

Ima ima tor mohima
Kita mattu sougo me
Imar sneho sindhu khudro eka bindu
Hujaanir kaaje bulia,
Deshe deshe giya imar gun gaan geya
Pagolgor sade bulouri.

He was an one-man Army of social reformer, propagating his revolutionary ideas, but most people misunderstood him for whom he wandered from one village to another, singing those songs. Later he was very much disgusted and wrote …..

Kaar kaaje kadourita
Akgoyou haar napeila
Hobaar kaaje maattegate
Aarak ahan ningkorla

Not a single soul understands me for whom I am crying, when I say for their good, they feel otherway. Later he became an elected representative of communist party in 1950 in the then Territorial of Tripura. The great son of mother Bishnupriya died in year 1962 July 10.We have not forgotten his great services rendered to the society.

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Monday, 10 November 2008

Maadoi Gang, Rajar Gang-segmentation of Bishnupriya Manipuri, Why?


By Santosh Kumar Singha, Mangalore
Maadoi Gaang, Rajar Gaang….segmentation of Bishnupriya Manipuri……Why?
I have always been proud of being a Bishnupriya Manipuri and never been hesitating to tell people belonging to other community about the greatness of our culture, beliefs etc. I keep my chest expanded informing other communities that

(1) We don't have segmentation of people in different classes in our community, everybody is given equal status that we don't see in other communities like Bengali and many more.

(2) We don't have dowry system in our culture which signifies how much we give respect to women which we find in Bengali, Marwari, Keralite, hindi bhasis and other communities.

There is other greatness in our culture. But I realized some discrimination among us, made by Rajargaang people on Maadoi's. Large populations of Maadoi’s are living in Tripura and Bangladesh. Their accent in speaking 'EMAR THAR' is bit different than Rajargaang and some of their vocabulary is also different…e.g. they call dhup denar 'TIKI' as 'Babar Gorago' etc. I experienced Rajargaang people making fun of the accent used by Maadoi's. Rajargaang people think that they belong to higher class and Maadoi's in lower class. Although all socio-cultural relation is there, yet some mental barrier is there among them and that is from Rajargaang side, not from Maadoi's. Rajargaang guys still hesitate to marry a Madooi……….Why?

We have handful of population and struggling to get our identity. At this moment, we need unity among us and individual initiatives. But keeping a section of our population apart and not accepting them will reduce our strength and this is nothing but a weakness in our movement.
Our intellectuals who have more knowledge about this segmentation are appreciated to share it.



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Gaurapei, Purijelei take charge


By Henryy Sinha

I sip my coffee while my fear sips me. Fear. Salif Keita’s song ‘Tomorrow’ swims into my ears, while my fear takes a stance asking what’s for us tomorrow. My mind absorbs and observes the world that’s changing.China. India. The Obama Revolution. Sensex. NY Stock Exchange.James Bond. The Australian cricket team. Hollywood. Bollywood.Iron Maiden. Rolling Stones.Space technology.Maharashtra.

In this bizarre motley crew where do we stand as a community? A question that haunts me. And at times - inspires me.

The Sadhu Baba Utsav was a success. To me it was more than that. The Utsav was an occasion of insights. Introspection. Retrospection. Inspection. Correction.

It gave me a sneak preview to some shocking realities. Realities that we all must have seen surely but never imagined they can act as potential speed breakers to a progressive sprint.They are so microscopic, so sporadic, so automatic and so customary in nature that you tend to ignore them. You ignore them. You let them be. Therefore you welcome them. Once you welcome them, you make them a custom. This custom now injects you with a shameful yet venomous poison to ensure an insignificant life and death for you. It decays you. Dements you. Kills you.

This time around we thought about battling this virus. We discovered this virus can be cured. How? Read below. Before that, let me apologize for not mincing words.

Rule 1: ‘The deadly bujon’ - Tackle him

Bujon. A vital word in the life of a well groomed Bishnupriya Manipuri. Few take this word as seriously as you and I do. Proves the refined DNA of our community. However to respect and to accept are two different things. Respect an elder. That’s sacrosanct. But to respect does not mean to blind-accept.

While organizing an event, look out for the fake, weak, spineless bujon. Pardon my words. But this is a fact. This bujon would always be your potential speed-breaker. You have to encounter his deadly one liner – Baha tumi uta haar naupeitarai.Eta bout rohoishor yaari. My question. What is this rohoisho? Is it so high a science that we cannot fathom? We have understood, Lord Krishna’s teachings, Lord Buddha’s teachings? Kintu ere bujon creed etar yaari haar naupeilaang!

Ask him questions.

Ask him to teach you then and there and educate you. If he doesn’t, take him over. As simple as that. Be polite but be firm. You are serving the community not individuals.

Another line. ‘Uhaan naitoi’. Why? Kya naitoi? Ask him. You have a right to know. His is not working for CIA. Decode every myth. But with respect.

Also be careful. During the occasion this bujon would try to snatch the mike from you and then say, ‘Mi kotha akchuti mating’. Post that he would talk about his son’s wife’s uncle’s daughter working with an MNC.

He will then conclude with his contribution to the event. Mostly in Bengali.
He would also ask you to change the programme schedule in between to ensure that his speech is heard by one and all. Hore Krishno!

Fortunately most of the Bujons I have met have been tremendous guiding forces barring a few. Those few need to be tackled with caution.

Do not disrespect, but strategize to tackle this creed of bujon. Respect but tackle.

Rule 2: Spineless leaders. Identify them.

Do not lick his ass if he SINCERELY DOESN’T makes an effort to know the community. Don’t be led by a lamb. Be wary of the person who is ashamed of the community, its language, its customs. He can’t do any good. If such a person is working, then he is working to salvage his image, his identity. He is NOT working for the community but himself. Period.

You don’t need to stay in Fetifaat to understand this community. Staying in Mumbai or Delhi you can understand and serve the community good. Example, Rebati Sinha Girok. He has been working relentlessly for the community, speaking the language, keeping in touch with the people of the community even after spending more then half his life in Mumbai.

If we have to convince and fight with a leader to wear our costume, speak our language on an important occasion of the community, its doomsday for us. If a leader is ashamed of his community, it’s an insult to our intelligence. Replace that guy. Remove him. Period. Get someone who respects, understands and is passionate about this community.

Will not name, but there was a gentleman (a leader) who once remarked, this community is run by drivers and handymen! Heights.He stinks of ignorance.

Scan your leader. Make sure he knows the community. If he doesn’t, see if he is willing to learn about the community. Please for God’s sake, for your sake and our sake don’t just blind-select or blind-elect.

Rule 3:Resources.Get the gaurapeis/purijeleis in place.

Tell them the importance of the event. Tell them how they would benefit. Tell them the importance of their contribution.

Get them thinking. Don’t keep them just to run around. Don’t make them Leisi Machines. Unzip their mouths. Ask them to talk, question, to give their opinions. Groom them as leaders. Make them fearless. Stir his within, he will work from within.

Get the numbers. If you need 10 people make sure you have 20 people. Be sure on the D day atleast 5 wont come. The other 5 would reach late. Keep a good back up.

Brahmananda and me had a wonderful time. We conducted couple of workshops with the Gaurapeis. Through the workshops, their roles were chalked out, a common name for the volunteers was selected through a voting – Changkhol Ami.

The Changkhol Ami team brainstormed how to tackle the people in the venue, the stage, protect the stage, manage the sitting area, make sure people in Bishnupriya Manipuri fichet only got on to the stage, no aliens around the stage, reception of the Chief Guest.They were not just told. Things were discussed and rehearsed and rehearsed and rehearsed at length.

Once you have a team of hardcore dynamic gang, your job’s done.

Rule 4: Get the right people.

Not because he is like my elder brother, but in Brahmananda we had a solid host. In his white feichom and pure Bishnupriya Manipuri words flowing through his microphone, he was like a ‘Dola Nongsha’ (White Lion).

Yes I would call him that! He announced politely but firmly that only people in our fichet and in our clothes would come up on the stage. He is the best Bishnupriya Manipuri host I have ever seen.

Bai the maverick he traveled past midnight to come to the venue for finishing the pending work.
Chondon for rallying his bike day in and day out for work.
Hari for coming to each and every meeting.
Nilkanto for standing up even to the Chief Guest to ensure emar thar is spoken.
Rishi busy with his cell phone the entire night inviting people to the Utsav and of course doing the stuff on the blog for the last 3 months for the Utsav.
Ashok for standing against the bare sun receiving the guests with flowers
Vikram and Jyoti for making those amazing Changkhol Ami batches
Babu for working like a maniac during collection, skipping office
Mahitosh for being the true Bishnupriya Manipuri and coming up with the term Changkhol Ami
Krishnakanto for making sure no aliens hovered around the stage.
Bhim for taking up responsibilities like a real McCoy!
Surajit for silently working in his own way attending meetings, being a lift in collection.
JK, Monika, Monty, Momi for rehearsing with amazing precision in the midst of chaos!
Mihir, Ashu, Bablu and Jayashree for the amazing Sadhu Baba’s painting!!!!

There was a time, someone came and tried to snatch away the microphone (customary!!!) to make a random announcement. As per strategy and the sanctity of the event, that man was denied the microphone.Politely. With a homa.

The homa was our weapon. This weapon convinced people to get onto the stage to wear our feichet and speak in Bishnupriya Manipuri. Nobody dare say the guys were impolite. Things were tackled with tremendous politeness.

Rule 5: Discipline. Get the look right.

This is essentially a Bishnupriya Manipuri event. We were not asking people to wear our feichet and go to a boardroom or a bar. However coming to this occasion with our feichet definitely adds to the sanctity of the event. It’s visual branding. It reminds us of our roots. It reminds us we are amongst our own people. It reflects our responsibility.

The Changkhol Ami team was visually branded strategically for the occasion. Dressed in spotless white dhotis, kurta, our gamsa and namsha, they looked impeccable. They commanded awe and respect in a rare way.

This is not a platform to highlight individual achievements. The day belongs to Sadhu Baba, not you, not me.

No extra irrelevant speech. Although it was tried at least 4 times by a someone (leader) trying to convince, recommend a speech by someone for no definite reason. Our bunch of guys, our host, did not let that happen.

The reason I am writing this article is because it’s high time our youngsters (a talented lot) took more initiative. Your involvement is directly proportional to the development of the community. You can learn from what we have done and what we haven’t. Don’t wait for someone to show you the way. Lead the way man. Lead. You all have done it in this Utsav. You will do it in the future. Blast the dirty politics. Rise above the ego. Rise above a territory. Rise above idiotic snobbery. Sadhu Baba has already blessed you. So, lead. Fearlessly.

Best was how the Chief Guest, Shri Nilmadhab Girok, the disciple of the great Rabindranath Tagore put it that day “Baba mi te tumare (jaathaan) pahuresugo. Aji tumi more jagailai”. That got tears in his eyes and ours as well……



No identity, no existence by Henryy Sinha
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Friday, 7 November 2008

Times of India accepted 'Guru' mistake

The Times of India today in its Delhi edition supplement What’s Hot, has confirmed its mistake of publishing Shri Shri Shri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur as Shri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Guru on its October 31 issue. The premier media group of India - The Times of India – has regretted the error done on their part.

However, the whole exercise done on the part of Henryy Sinha, BN Sinha, Jyotirmoy Sinha and myself, to correct the mistake is something worth mentioning.

It started with Henryy Sinha, composing a strong mail and sending it to the Times of India email id, the same mail was forwarded to many Bishnupriya Manipuri people [few names above mentioned in bcc].

In the forwarded mail, BN Sinha added his own reaction, and he sent it to TOI office marking it to other as well. The same exercise was done on the part of Jyotirmoy Sinha and me.

It ends up with publishing the ‘mistake’ news on this blog. The reaction was so intense that by evening it was confirmed that the media group is publishing the corrigendum.

Though, the Times of India carrying the corrigendum cannot be lauded as an achievement. But the exercise, the method employed, in tune with evolving mass tactic, is something that is appreciable.

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Sri Sri Radha Madhavjiu Mandir got its proper Management Team

By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

1. For oath taking ceremony, the designated members from Assam, Tripura, Delhi and Mumbai started arriving Radha Kund,Mathura, from 24th October onwards. The last party to arrive was from Delhi on 26th Oct 2008 at 1100 hrs.

2. The oath taking ceremony commenced at 1130 hrs under the supervision of Shri Krishna Charan Sinha, the General Secretary of Sri Sri Radha Madhavjiu Seva Puja Parichalan Samiti from Patherkandi, Karimganj, Assam.

3. The following members took the oath at around 1140 hrs:

Sri Kajal Kanti Sinha from Delhi, as President,Mandir Administrtive Committee,Radhakunda,
Sri Rebati Mohan Sinha from Mumbai, as member
Sri Bishwajit Sinha and Sri Mohan Singha Chaudhuri from Delhi, as members and
Sri Krishnakanta Babaji, the Sevait of Radhakunda,as Secretary,.

4. Shri Banamali Sinha, IAS from Tripura could not take oath on that day.

5. The earlier committee could not do any formal hand over, as no proper book keeping was maintained so far. The Sevait even told the meeting that he never took over any thing from any body and also, there were no guidelines which he could follow. Accordingly, a draft proposal on duties of the Mandir Administrative Committee, the Sevait and the Asstt.Sevait was taken up for discussion and passed unanimously.

6. It also emerged that there was no proper system of accounting being followed at Radha Madhavjiu mandir. Therefore the committee advised that the accounting system of Radha Gobinda Mandir, Nabadwip, be followed. All relevant papers in respect of accounts were placed for discussion in the above meeting based on which they were handed over to Sevait for compliance. Shri Krishna Charan Sinha, Secretary, Central Parichalan committee, was requested to follow up the matter within next 5 days prior to his leaving for Guwahati via Delhi.

7. The committee requested the Sevait to follow the above draft proposal and accordingly start preparing the inventories. The Asstt. Sevait who was away to attend some domestic exigency was also urged to help Sevait in completing the job, before the central working committee meeting to be held in the month of December2008.

8. While discussing on miscellaneous items, the following incidents were reported :

Shri Krishnakanta Babaji reported that a party of pilgrimage once came to Yatri Nivas at around midnight and demanded food. When they were refused, the party started humiliating, saying that the Sevait and his helping hands were employees of the Mandir, and they were bound to provide food. The other incident was of a group of 62 non Bishnupriya Manipuri tirtha-yatri led by a B.M. They had food without paying money, taking the advantage of prevailing custom of having one meal free of cost.

9. The Mandir administrative committee President, Shri Kajal Kanti Sinha sited two irregularities as examples; but not as a complaint, which took place in early nineties.
Shri Sinha had got built a room spending Rs.32000/-for yatris ,and the name given was Tripura Nivas; but the Mandir Committee did not recognize him. On the contrary, it was documented on one of his brother in law`s name. As second example, a A plot of land at the east end of the Mandir was bought by the money provided by him; but no where it was mentioned.
10. Shri Rebati Mohan Sinha enquired about the document relating to Mandir land. The Yatri Nivas needs to be registered for which these documents are essential. Shri R.M.Sinha told the committee that the documentation was done in the year 1973-74, during the time of sevait late Radha Raman Sinha of Singari. However the Sevait expressed his ignorance of any documents available at the mandir premises. Shri Krishna Charan Sinha, the General Secretary of the Central Committee also did not know about the said documents.

11. The committee thanked Sevait for his exemplary help rendered to a lady tirtha yatri from Bangladesh. She was seriously ill and fighting for her life. The Sevait helped by way of shifting her to Agra hospital for emergency operation. The patient survived. At the same time Shri Krishna Charan Sinha also deserved accolade for his timely help with money.
12. The meeting ended in a great note. The day`s Bhog Prasad by then was ready for distribution.

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To those absentees in the Delhi Utsav

True, the Delhi Utsav received overwhelming response in terms of attendance, above 300 to 400 Bishnupriya Manipuri people got assembled in the occasion. However, many people didn't turn up for the celebration. 

To the question, why they have not been able to be the part of the celebration, if one spent few moments thinking about them, a list of bizarre and serious reasons do come to ones mind.

Minus those people who intentionally saved their face from the congregation, there would be those unlucky persons of their condition they failed to participate in the celebration. 

The celebration was not only for those who attended the function; it was for the absentees, their families as well. After all, the occasion was the 139 Birth celebration of Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur. As a community we must give a thought to them as well, the reasons behind their absence. 

It should not happen that in the celebration, we have forgotten them. Especially in the metro cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, their absence do ring a bell to anyone's mind. Why not? Since living in these cities, sustenance is a big trouble, a challenge in itself. 

Those faces that were visible in the celebration held last year in Delhi were no more this time. It seems their absence have been balanced by army of new faces. 

Health is one reason, for which many people failed to turned up for the occasion. Their bad health restricted them to celebrate the occasion alone within the four walls of their room. It is not that they have missed us, missing the whole gathering. I would say we all have missed them squarely.

However, there is another section of absentees, the youngsters in particular, about them we must think. Our combined attention must go towards them. They are those, who were not able to subsist themselves in these metro cities. They left these cities; take Delhi because their expectations were not meet. They didn't get jobs of their choice, is one reason. Second, their skill was not at par with the market demand. Third, the new environment didn't suit them, may be counted among reasons for which they had left, leaving us all alone to celebrate the utsav. 

By RK Rishikesh Sinha
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