Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Jingta Koro Imar Thar

The Bishnupriya Manipuri language is in fact an eco friendly, cholesterol free language. It does no harm if spoken moderately, at least at home or with fellow Bishnupriya Manipuris. Injecting into the child the habit to speak in Bishnupriya Manipuri should be as crucial as polio vaccination is.

By Henryy Sinha, New Delhi

Grant me the privilege for a constructive crib!

On the 21st December 2008, a Mahila Samiti was formed in New Delhi by the Bishnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samiti, (New Delhi- NCR). Needless to say, it’s a great initiative. Most importantly, an important initiative. But somehow a wicked voice in my head says, this Mahila Samiti might end up as yet another feel good, cosmetic outfit. Sorry for my premonition. I might have just fallen prey to facts. Maybe plain history.

It’s ritualistic to offer ‘privileges’ to a woman with a patronizing tone for the men. Be it America, Afghanistan or Japirbon, the plot remains the same. And this ritual, I bet is very much pronounced in our community as it is in many other communities as well. To admit, we can’t claim male chauvinism is no longer a migraine for us. It very much corrupts the power that lies between our ears. The mind.

Let us confess, as confession leads to correction. Whenever a woman's forum is formed; it is mostly restricted to cuisine consultancy or flower décor! The accent of a women’s forum has been more on operations then crucial strategies or decision making. Women can do more than just cooking in a get-together or plucking flowers to garland the chief guest of a cultural event. I am more then sure about it.

With all sincerity, I believe this Mahila Samiti would not be a stereotype showcase women’s outfit. I believe it would do some serious business. New Delhi, in fact offers a very challenging task for this Samiti. The task to promote the Bishnupriya Manipuri language among the Bishnupriya Manipuris residing in the city.

A simple survey would reveal, the 5-10 families residing in New Delhi for the last 30-40 years, have butchered the growth of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language. Let us confess again. Their children DO NOT SPEAK the language. The buck goes to the parents. It is the parents who have failed in a crucial responsibility. This is a serious issue which needs to be tackled with urgency. It is here where the Mahila Samiti comes in. Women are best to tackle this issue.

This is the Samiti’s biggest challenge. Make sure whenever a Bishnupriya Manipuri child is born in New Delhi, you the Mahila Samiti should go to its parents and educate its parents not to rob the child of it mother’s tongue. Educate the parents to teach their children speak in Bishnupriya Manipuri along with English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Assamese, Japanese, Spanish, Telegu or Burmese. Educate them that it is not UNCOOL to speak in the Bishnupriya Manipuri language in New Delhi or New York.

In fact, this language can be spoken in a place like Café Morrison or a TGIF. Educate them that the Bishnupriya Manipuri language is in fact an eco friendly, cholesterol free language. It does no harm if spoken moderately, at least at home or with fellow Bishnupriya Manipuris. Injecting into the child the habit to speak in Bishnupriya Manipuri should be as crucial as polio vaccination is. Forget about cooking in get-togethers or picnics. Forget about plucking flowers to garland the chief guest. This is your job at hand. This would be the Mahila Samiti’s social service to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. Save the Bishnupriya Manipuri language.

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