Thursday, 11 December 2008

Gokulananda Utsav held at Guwahati on Nov 30

By Rebati Mohan Sinha

Gokulananda Geetiswami Birth Anniversary Celebration Committee of Greater Guwahati extended an invitation in the month of last may in Delhi, where I was leading a delegation of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha. I could not say 'Yes or 'No' to them. 

Again in the month of November representatives came to my house and renewed the request on invitation to attend the celebration on 30th November, 2008. Meantime, we - the Bishnupriya Manipuri people of Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Pune have already decided to contribute some money to bomb blast victims at Guwahati, at this backdrop I agreed to attend the celebration, thinking that I could also be able to hand over the money to needy victims. And prior to departure for Guwahati I tried to contact few people who are known to me so that they can guide me on the way we could in the best way distribute the money.
Blast victim (extreme left)

Our outward journey commenced on 26th November2008 by Tilaknagar Guwahati Express. I had never traveled by this train, it took me to Guwahati after 53 hrs i.e on 28th November at 1 o’clock. Representatives of organizers received me at the station to leave me at Hotel Prag Continental at Pan baazar and in the evening a group of youngster, lead by Shri Shankar Sinha met me in the hotel room and discussed about the Bishnupriya Manipuri bomb blast victims and other organizational matters'. 

And after their departure another group of people lead by Shri Rabi visited me to inquire about our well being and discussed about the impending program. Next day, as per discussion, I requested Mr Sunil Sinha to arrange for a News Conference.

On 29th November we could not visit the victims; Mr. Sunil Sinha had picked me up in the evening from the hotel and took me to a reporters house for a discussion. It was decided that we would be visiting the worst effected area, Hengrabari and hand over the money-enclosed envelops to the affected people and the reporters would be accompanying us.

Next day, on the 30th November, the D day of Gokulananda Utsav, in the morning my wife and along I went to the designated place at Hengrabari, where the reporters were waiting for us.

We visited the number of houses of deceased families till 11.45 a.m, and then left for the celebration at Shilpogram, Panjabari, where the Auditorium is situated.

We were given a warm welcome. The President and General Secretary led us to the sofas kept for the purpose. After the customary leichandan, it was announced that I would be presiding the Alochana Sabha.Really it was a great pleasure to accept the offer. I was led by the President, Abhyarthana Committee to the dais and occupied the chair.

After the Pradeep prajjalon, followed by pushpanjjoli to Geetiswami, formally as a President, I had thrown opened the house for discussion. The auditorium was jam packed. After the thank-giving deliberation I declared to close the meeting.

The cultural program started and I took leave from the organizers for the hotel.

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