Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Saturday Joydev evening in New Delhi

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It was Saturday evening in New Delhi, over 150 Bishnupriya Manipuri people from all across the city assembled under one roof with one mission - to participate in the Joydev. Ashwini Sinha and Col. Bijoy Sinha brought the Delhi Mercury up, by making the Joydev hot. Youngsters and oldie-goldies alike swing hard to the Joydev music.

Ashwini Sinha


Photo: Amit Singha



Ashwini Sinha
Photo: Amit Singha

Ashwini Sinha
Photo: Amit Singha


Col. Bijoy Sinha


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Thursday, 25 June 2009

Kaang Memories

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Each and every celebration titillates the past experiences we all had and it brings forth the golden moments of our life. Ranjit Sinha, BN Sinha, Rebati Mohan Sinha all went down the memory lane and shared their experiences.


BN Sinha, New Delhi

The most cherished and memorable moment of Rath (kang) for me was when I had been to Patherkandi, my maternal uncle's place,Tangalokei, Khalopar to be specific, decades back. There was a congregation of seven raths / kangs of seven villages in a same field. And each kang was pulled by both ladies and gents together wearing spectacular attire of different colors in order to be identified by their uniform. Those few hours in the field was amazing, the euphoria among people was unimagianble. And the Joydev which took place in the evening at the village malthep was simply rocking.

I am sure no other place on this earth celebrates joyous Kang/ Rath yatra than the Bishnupriya Manipuri villages situated on the bank of
Longai River.


Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

Throwing of fruit by the priest in the air, youngsters from different areas all dipped with muds fighting and cajoling with each other to catch the pieces of the fruit - are some of the grainy moments still etched in my mind.

Ranjit Sinha, New Delhi

For me the best Rath Yaatra takes place at Khaalopar Loya, my vilage. One can see around the smiling faces of the people of our village and from the nearby places. The environment of merriment that they create now makes me nostalgic and emotional. I don’t have words to express. My participation in the village Kaang Pali is still fresh and ever-refreshing.

I salute those people who organises the "Saptha Rath". It is with their sheer effort that we the people remember them and the Kaang festival.

The Goddess dance

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Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Saturday Celebration

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Teachers’ agitation not justified, says Rebati Mohan Sinha

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Activities being carried out by Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers Association and its support organization have stirred the Bishnupriya Manipuri people about the efficacy of the whole exercise that they are carrying out for the release of remuneration of 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri Language teachers. Rebati Mohan Sinha justifies it as a fruitless exercise, and even dangerous.

The self-styled Chief Advisor of Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers Association has clearly stated that 149 language teachers were employed on honorary basis. Here I would like to put forward the meaning of honorary.

1. Honorary is given for honor only, without the usual requirements of duties, privileges, emolument etc.
2. Holding an office or title given as an honor is without payment.
3. It is not legally enforceable, and can't be taken as a duty or an obligation.
4. Honorary is conferred in recognition of service rendered without the prerequisites or obligation, unpaid, voluntary.

Hence,

(1) The Government is not "oblized" to meet the demand of remuneration of teachers.
(2) Gauhati High Court has given clear ruling that the Government is not bound to regularise these 149 teachers, instead it can give only age relaxation once they (teacher) qualifies interviews.

In this case, will it be justified to go for 501 hours road/rail blockade?

Here, I fail to understand: first, why did they call off the hunger strike? Second, if the Education Minister is not available on 18th June, then why they have agreed to meet Secretary, who can not give even a rupee to anybody.

Why should Student Union people forcibly snatch the files/papers from Secretary of Teacher Association? Is this the leadership quality shown in a meeting? Bishnupriya manipuri people have lost faith in such leadership. If they proceed for blockade they may not have the support that they are looking forward to from the people.

They have no fund to mobilize manpower from one place to another as a result, they will go for door-to-door collection without any account given.

The best part to play is constant negotiation with the Government. It is to be reminded that people have not forgotten the nightmare of Kolkolighat Rail-blockade, where a poor parent lost Sudeshna.

Those who called themselves leaders, went underground, some surrendered instead of intensifying the movement at that crucial moment. So far there is no FIR lodged against those trigger-happy police force.


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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Delhi Kechuri Pali at Shree Shiv Mandir Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Andrews Ganj on June 27

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Bishnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samiti (Delhi & NCR) has welcomed Bishnupriya Manipuri people residing in Delhi and NCR to participate in the celebration of Kechuri Pali at Shree Shiv Mandir Sanatan Dharam Sabha, August Kranti Marg, Andrews Ganj, on June 27, 2009.

Make the Pali a dazzling event to remember. Come, wearing our traditional Bishnupriya Manipuri attire.

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Monday, 22 June 2009

Teachers to stage 501 hours road and rail blockade in Barak Valley next month

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GUWAHATI, June 21: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association has attacked the State Government’s lackadaisical attitude towards the development of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language and the community as a whole. At a joint press conference today in Guwahati by the Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association, the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students Union and the Bishnupriya Manipuri Gana Sangram Parishad, all the organizations criticized the Government for not paying any heed to their long standing demands.

Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association chief advisor Gopidas Sinha said that in 2001, the State Government had appointed 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers in L.P. schools in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts on honorary basis. "We have been demanding that the 149 posts should be regularized but our demand has always fallen into the deaf years of the Government," said Sinha.

Sinha said that on June 5 the Association had staged an indefinite hunger strike infront of the Silchar District Commissioner’s office. The strike was supported by other Bishnupriya Manipuri organizations and that compelled the Government to sit up and take notice. He added that the Asom Education (Elementary) Department Secretary had called the Association for a discussion on June 18 and after the discussion the Sectretary had assured the representatives of the Association that the Asom Education Minister would have a discussion with them soon.

Sinha however claimed that the Government had taken no step to fulfil their demand of regularizing the 149 posts. The Association is therefore left with no other option but to start an agitation against the Government. Sinha said that if within seven days the posts were not regularized, the Association would stage a 501 hours road and rail blockade in Barak Valley next month.

MLA of Patherkandi, Kartik Sen Sinha, while addressing the media persons, lamented the fact that in its two terms, the Gogoi Government had failed to take any step for the development of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language. He added that he would be raising this issue in the Budjet session of the Assembly.

The MLA also said that till some days ago there were differences within the Association. In fact Samarendra Sinha had drifted away from the Association and started a new Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers’ association. But he took the initiative yesterday to resolve the differences between the two groups and unite them." We are a minority community and if we fight amongst ourselves the Government will never take us seriously. Rather we should all unite and raise one voice that will echo in the corridors of power," said Kartik Sen Sinha.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (June 22, 2009)


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Let us be the first

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The series of first-of-its-kind original and inspiring writings published in the bishnupriyamanipuri.org on the life and time of Bimal Sinha by Karunamay Singha, has not only increased our understanding about the true leader of the soil among ourselves and to the whole world to take notice, it has pushed coming writers to go for intensive and extensive research who will be working on him.

Here is an article devoted to him, published "first" by the Frontline magazine, April 11-24, 1998. The article “A Brief Profile of Bimal Sinha” published here on October 8, 2007, is the re-write of the Frontline article.





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A Minister killed in Tripura

The killing of Tripura Health Minister Bimal Sinha by the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura is a reflection of the seriousness of the terrorist threat in the northeastern region.

KALYAN CHAUDHURI

ON March 31, Tripura's Health and Urban Development Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Bimal Sinha and his younger brother Bidyut Sinha were gunned down by the militants of the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT).

The Minister and his brother walked into a trap set by the NLFT. The extremists had offered to release the Minister's adopted brother Bikram Sinha, a contractor of Kamalpur whom they had abducted, and had asked the Minister to come without his guards to a place near Avanga on the Ambassa-Kamalpur road in north Tripura. Accordingly, Bimal Sinha left his car and security personnel behind at Avanga and, along with Bidyut Sinha and a local Congress(I) leader, walked towards the Dhalai river. About 20 NLFT militants who were waiting on the river bank opened fire on the Minister and his brother from close range. The two died on the spot. The security personnel rushed to the spot but it was too late.

Bikram Sinha was kidnapped on February 9, before the elections to the State Assembly in which the CPI(M) was returned to power. Official sources said that there had been no demand for ransom. Bikram Sinha was not a member of the CPI(M).

A statement issued by the State Secretariat of the CPI(M) said that 49-year-old Bimal Sinha was a victim of a "deep-seated" conspiracy. 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; he was elected to the Assembly consecutively for five times from Kamalpur. (In the recent Assembly elections, he campaigned against a poll boycott call given by the militants and went on to win in Kamalpur.) Bimal Sinha was known to have had strained relations with a Congress(I) leader in Kamalpur who is alleged to have links with the NLFT. CPI(M) sources said that Bikram Sinha may have been kidnapped so that the militants could get at Bimal Sinha.

Bimal Sinha entered politics during the students' movement in 1967-68. As a general secretary of a college union that was controlled by the Students Federation of India (SFI), he came in contact with Marxist leader Nripen Chakraborty, who shaped his views and groomed him politically. A member of the CPI(M) since 1970, Bimal Sinha became a member of the party's State Committee in 1978. He later became Deputy Speaker and then Speaker of the Assembly. A poet and 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.

In 1984, when Bimal Sinha was Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, militants of the Tripura National Volunteers (TNV) attempted to ambush his vehicle near the Baramura hill range.

In the past six years, Bimal Sinha, who was vice-president of the State unit of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), had attempted to organise mass resistance against militancy in areas inhabited by tribal people. The TNV later renounced violence and joined mainstream politics to participate in elections as an ally of the Congress(I).

Bimal Sinha had on several occasions been cautioned by the security forces against venturing into areas where the militants operated, but he continued to move around in those areas as part of his efforts to organise the tribal people. He helped secure the release of senior CPI(M) leaders in Kamalpur, including Ranjit Ghose, who had been kidnapped by the NLFT in October last year. While he was negotiating with the extremists to secure Ghose's release, Bimal Sinha was targeted again. Ghose was released after 10 days in captivity.

In his attempt to secure Bikram Sinha's release, Bimal Sinha contacted some overground collaborators of the NLFT, including a few local Congress(I) leaders. Reports published in the CPI(M)'s Bengali-language newspapers Ganashakti (from Calcutta) and Desher Katha (from Agartala) alleged that some local Congress(I) leaders were directly involved in the conspiracy to kill Bimal Sinha. The reports named a few Congress(I) functionaries in this regard.

AT 10 a.m. on March 31, Bidyut Sinha, a schoolteacher, informed Bimal Sinha over the telephone that a local Congress(I) leader had told him to go to the Samthung crossing across the Dhalai to secure Bikram Sinha's release. Bimal Sinha and Bidyut Sinha rushed to Avanga. There they went to the house of a Congress(I) activist who is alleged to have links with the NLFT. The Minister and his brother were told that Bikram Sinha was waiting on the bank of the Dhalai but that they should proceed there without security personnel. Accordingly, Bimal Sinha directed his bodyguards to stay back. The local Congress(I) leader accompanied the two to the river bank, where Bimal Sinha met two armed NLFT militants. He asked them about Bikram Sinha's whereabouts and was told that he was in the jungles across the river. Sensing trouble, Bimal Sinha refused to go further. As he turned back, about 20 militants who had been hiding in the bushes opened fire. As Bidyut Sinha fell dead, the Minister tried to take cover - in vain.

Police sources said that about a week before he was killed, Bimal Sinha had sent the local Congress(I) leader Rs.1.7 lakhs to be paid to the NLFT as ransom for the release of Bikram Sinha.

THE NLFT was formed in 1991 under the leadership of Dhananjay Reang. The outfit was blacklisted after it carried out a series of violent attacks on non-tribal people. Reang was ousted following a revolt in 1994. In recent months, the NLFT stepped up attacks on unarmed non-tribal people; in this it appears to have joined the ranks of the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), another banned organisation which targets non-tribal people.

The fact that an armed bunch of people could strike with impunity at a State Minister is a reflection of the seriousness of the terrorist threat in parts of the northeastern region. the kidnapping of MLAs or the relatives of prominent politicians by insurgents has become common in Tripura. There have been counter-insurgency operations but these have not had much success, as the few offensives by militants after the recent elections showed. On March 20, the ATTF gunned down Major Santosh Pravakar and Naik Khot Shivajee Tukaram in an ambush. Two days later the NLFT killed six jawans of the Tripura State Rifles at Dhoopcherra in Khowai subdivision.

A 24-hour Statewide bandh was called on April 1 to protest against the killing of Bimal Sinha. It evoked a total response.

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.
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers’ association hails political leaders

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GUWAHATI, June 11: Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers’ Association secretary Samarendra Sinha welcomed the State Education Minister Gautam Bora for assuring to fulfil their long pending demand to regularize the Bisnupriya Manipuri teachers’ posts. The association also hailed Patharkandi constituency MLA Kartik Sena Sinha for his consecutive helps in times of its difficulty and later expressed its gratitude to MLA Sambabu Singh Mollah of Ratabari constituency for helping the association in official works regarding the regularization of the teachers’ posts, stated a press release.

The association also extended its welcome to Elementary Education Department commissioner and secretary AB Md Eunus (IAS), under secretary AB Ahmed and Asom Government Elementary Department deputy secretary Gopinath Baruah for their immense help in the process of regularizing the posts of Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers’.

The association further alleged that some miscreants are trying to hamper the regularization works of the teachers and therefore it appealed to the authorities concerned to take proper steps against the culprits and to look after their demands as soon as possible.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (June 11, 2009)

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Friday, 19 June 2009
Nothing concrete came out from the Teacher’s meeting with the Assam Gov

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Saturday, 20 June 2009

How I learnt Hindi?

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Personal Jottings
In my last visit to Baromuni I found the whole family of Bina Didi had left for US. She was my first and memorable Hindi Teacher.

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

In my case, my command over Hindi has always put me in a different league while I was in school, in college and even in job, though with a tinge of conceived and un-conceived reasons. It was due to prevailing common perception that people from northeastern states are not “good” in Hindi. In school I was told many times, “Rishi, tere baton se lagta nahin, tu northeast ka he.” And I took this complement with pride.

And in my initial college days in Guwahati, the complement turned to curse, overnight. We Hindi-speaking bunch of students were like fish out of water and were least approached by juniors. A Great slap slammed on all of us! Our participation in the college activities were nil as we were not able to understand (forget converse) in the Assamese language. The conversation stagnancy resumed till we were burdened with studies in the third year and we carried the batch “SENIORS”.

We the Hindi-speaking group started acclimatizing the new environment, say re-learning, with the Route Numbers of Guwahati buses. “Oh! The Assamese numerical ‘1’ is similar to Hindi ‘1’, and even ‘2’ is…,” were our bizarre and amusing reactions amongst us.

Hindi came to my rescue in cutting the ice of my first job in a satellite channel at Guwahati. The experience in the television channel ironed out any deficiency left in the language. The sound engineering played with the language increased my confidence by many notches.

Life is rolling fast and sweet moments have started diminishing, the role played by Bina Didi of Baromuni, her parents came new next to our mother’s house, in the formative days of my pre-school learning, teaching me letters, words and sentences of Hindi, is something that I will say has made a solid base of my career and in my life.

In my last visit to Baromuni I found the whole family of Bina Didi had left for US. She was my first and memorable Hindi Teacher.

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Newly elected Mahasabha Executive Members given oath on May 24 at Silchar

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The combined oath taking ceremony of the newly elected executive members of the Mahasabha, and its Sahitya and Sanskriti Parishad, took place in the holy name of Radha Madhavjiu on May 24, 2009 at the Community Hall, Srila Bhubeneswar Sadhutakur Sevashram, Tarapur, Silchar, Assam.

The ceremony was performed by Sri Prangopal Mukherjee, the Gaddishwar of Ghaghrapar. He administered the oath of allegiance to Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha, the elected President of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM). The President in turn administered the oath of confidence to all other executive committee members and the office-bearers of Sahitya and Sanskriti Parishad.


Central Committee Mahasabha

President:
  • Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha (Silchar)

Working Presidents:

  • Chandrakanta Sinha (Silchar) Sahitya, Sanskriti, Andolan Parishad, Legal affairs
  • Sundar Mukherjee (Tripura), Development Council & Finance & Organization
  • Rebati Mohan Sinha (Mumbai), Organization outside N.E & Finance
  • Padmasen Sinha (Bangladesh), Organization Bangladesh & Finance
  • Hemkanti Sinha, Research & Analytics and Development Council

Vice Presidents:

  • Sandya Banerjee Sinha (Silchar), Social Reforms & Andolan Parishad
  • Krishnaballav Sinha (Meherpur), Radhamadhavjew & Social Development
  • Pulin Behari Sinha (Baromuni), Economic Development & Employment
  • Rajendra Sinha (Bikrampur), Religion Social Affairs
  • Manikumar Sinha (Kalain), Sri Sri Radhamadhavjiu, Org and Finance
  • Matikanta Sinha (Dudpur, Natural Calamities & Emergency)
  • Paritosh Sinha (Tripura),7 Point Demands & org in Tripura
  • Ramusena Sinha (Puna), Finance & org outside NE.
  • Haripodo Sinha (Tripura), Finance
  • Haridas Sinha (Tripura), Social Affairs in Tripura.
  • Anil Sinha (Diphu), Organization of Assam & Manipur
  • Badal Sinha, Organization of Barak Valley
  • Srikanta Sinha (Tripura), Education

Secretary General:

Uday Sinha (Silchar)

General Secretaries:

  • Dr Sushanta Sinha (Tripura), Organization & Deputation etc.
  • Dr Prabat Sinha (Silchar), Research & Analytic Development Council & Student affairs
  • Dr Nirmalya Sinha (Delhi), Organization and Finance.
  • Krishnadas Sinha, Andolan Parishad, Social Welfare and org.

Secretaries:

  • Santilal Sinha (Pratapgarh), Organization, Student affairs.
  • Nirmal Kumar Sinha (Meherpur), Andolan Parishad.& Students Affairs.
  • Sushil Sinha (Bangladesh), Org & Literally affairs.
  • Bagindra Sinha (Jatrapur), Communication & Org.
  • Premananda Sinha ( Dullavchara),Cultural affairs
  • Ramani Sinha (Kalain), Social Affairs & Org.
  • Samarjit Sinha (Guwahati), Org of Brahmaputra Valley & Finance.
  • Henryy Sinha (Delhi), Student Youth Affairs & Publicity
  • Subhal Sinha (Tripura), Organization in Tripura .
  • Rakesh Sinha. (Manipur), Organization Of Manipur.
  • Binoy Sinha, Organization of Barak Valley.
  • Shyamananda Sinha. (Ahur), Social Affairs & Andolan Parishad, Tripura.
  • Donomani Sinha, (Agartala), Org.


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Friday, 19 June 2009

Nothing concrete came out from the Teacher’s meeting with the Assam Gov

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A meeting that would have created a significant impact on the life of 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers, held between the representatives of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association and its support-organizations, with the Assam Government, it has not seen any improvement on the ground.

The meeting took place on June 18, 2009, in Dispur, Assam.

Discussions held between the Secretary to the Government of Assam, Elementary Education Department, and the representatives, it was stated that since the release of payments of 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers is related to the decision of the Cabinet, a next round of meeting with the Education Minister, Government of Assam, Gautam Bora, is required.

“Meeting with the Education Minister will be held soon and it will be on getting approval of the finance,” said Gopidas Sinha, Chief Adviser, Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association.
Gautam Bora failed to meet with the representatives of the organisations due to ill health, Gopidas Sinha said.
The meeting was attended by Subal Sinha, Chairman, Gana Sangram Parishad; Gopidas Sinha, Chief Adviser, Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association; Anil Rajkumar, President, Bishnupriya Manipuri Student Union; Harikanta Sinha, Advisor, Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association; Gurudas Sinha, Social Worker; Rita Sinha, President, Bishnupriya Manipuri Women’s Association, Mahendra Sinha, General Secretary, Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association.


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Mahasabha gave nod to create national Fund

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Bishnupriya Manipuri people residing all over India can now contribute to the Mahasabha Fund. The decision to extend the geographical reach of the fund by Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) was taken in a meeting held in Silchar, Assam, on May 25, 2009.

Earlier contribution to Mahasabha Fund was limited to Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and other north-eastern states where Bishnupriya Manipuri are residing. With the passing of the resolution it would facilitate Bishnupriya Manipuri people living in other States of India to contribute to the Fund of the decade-old socio-cultural body.

A 25-member Committee under the Presidentship of Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha (Silchar) has been formed to chalk out the procedures and means to strengthen the Fund.

Most members of this committee had stressed the enrolment drive of Annual/ Life membership should be carried out with renewed vigor. The Annual and Life membership fees were fixed at Rs.10 and Rs.1000/- respectively. All members present felt a strong need to make the NBMM stronger for which the organs of the Mahasabha like Student Union, Women’s Organization, Ex. Servicemen’s Forum, Andolan Parishad, Reformation Cell need be strengthened.

Other members who are on the Committee are:

1. Rebati Mohan Sinha, Deputy Chairman,(Mumbai)
2. Ramisena Sinha (Pune) Member
3. C.K.Sinha, Member,(Silchar)
4. Dr Nirmalya Sinha (New Delhi) Member
5. Nilkanta Sinha, (Tripura)
6. Jyotiprakash Sinha
7. Uday Sinha(Silchar)
8. Prabhat Sinha.(Silchar)
9. Sabyasachi Sinha
10. Kulendra Sinha
11. Dalim Sinha
12. Brojomohan Sinha, Agartala
13. Dr Lakhikanta Sinha, (Agartala
14. Dr Indrajit Sinha, (Agartala)
15. Sarajit Sinha, (Agartala)
16. Krishnadas Sinha (Dilip) (Kailasahar)
17. Rana Sinha, (Kanchanbari)
18. Madan Sinha, (Kamalpur)
19. Subhash Sinha, (Kamalpur)
20. Babaidhani Sinha,( Ahur)
21. Sri Anil Sinha ( Gautam) (Diphu)
22. Debasish Sinha, (Singla)
23. Lalit Sinha. (Singla)
24. Satyen Sinha, Convener, (Guwahati)


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Kang Puja on June 24 at Range Hill, Pune

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Mumbai and Pune-based Bishnupriya Manipuri residents will be celebrating together the Kaang Puja on June 24, 2009, at Range Hill, Pune. The decision to organize the puja collectively was given a green signal in a meeting held at Chembur, Mumbai, on June 13, 2009.

It was also decided that a Pali would be organized at Radha Madhavjiu Mandir at Radhakunda, Mathura, supported by Bishnupriya Manipuris based in Delhi and Mumbai.


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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Litmus test for Google

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi



Three search engines – Google, Yahoo! and MSN – rule the roost in the domain of online “search”. Google’s dominance, which accounts for more than 60 per cent, makes it monotheism for million of online users who believe that there is only one search engine called “Google”.

But the Google Gorilla is facing new danger, with the launch of Microsoft’s new search engine: bing.com. Microsoft move to have a space for itself in the search engine world came after its failed attempt to buy Yahoo!

Is Google worried? Will Microsoft be able to show its offline power in online? – are some of the questions rounding up in the web world.

Bing.com is not the first search engine pitching in the “search” canvass. Before that many attempts had been made. Their launch was hyped to the hilt, but in due course of time these search engines failed to show their sheen, and were not able to meet at par the Google experience.

One is Cuil (pronounced as Cool), developed by former employees of Google, Anna Patterson and Russell Power. The much anticipated fear that Cuil will destabilize Google, even failed to come half-way. Forget, becoming the second Google.

In Cuil, the bishnupriyamanipuri.com doesn’t show up. So someone using Cuil search engine, don’t expect that it will throw up the whole repository of the site.

The mantra for success for any search engine is multi-fold. One of the key factors on which search engine’s sink or swim goes with the experience of the users. If it failed to comes up with intelligent, correct, reliable, and efficient answers, than with bulging cost of operation the search engine itself goes out of search.



However, in the past weeks another search engine had its launch. The search engine WolframAlpha answers a particular type of user’s query. “Enter your question or calculation, and WolframAlpha uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of data to compute the answer; based on a new kind of knowledge-based computing,” claims the search engine.

Enter “Bishnupriya Manipuri”, you will see a difference from what you are accustomed to look at in Google search. WolframAlpha comes up with facts and figures about the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. That was not there in Google experience.

To the question, is Google’s dominance in the online search in danger? No, firstly because Google is an export of Silicon Valley; secondly, it is a manifestation of American citizen belief that, for all their recent travails, their fate still lies in their own hands [Economist]. Fourth is again being an American product: tradition of close relations between universities and industry. Last, its most secretive algorithm curry that makes all the difference from other search engines.

Yes, Google dominance will diminish in the coming years. Reasons: In countries like Russia and South Korea, Google is not the first option people look at. The Russian search engine market is dominated by Baidu, and in South Korea, it is Naver. Secondly, Microsoft clout in software with its Office suit is ubiquitous and well-known. Probability of success goes high when it is product of Microsoft, after all.


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Bishnupriyamanipuri.com is venturing to new web frontiers

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

If you have visited the bishnupriyamanipuri.com typing “Bishnupriya Manipuri” in the search engine, there are 79 people who have come here by the word “santosh kumar singha”; 40 people with “guru bipin singha” and “ranita”; “kartik sena sinha” by 3 people, according to statistics from the period between January 1, 2009 and June 16, 2009.

So, what these statistics say? Besides “Bishnupriya Manipuri”, words or say persons “santosh kumar singha”, “guru bipin singha” and “ranita” were searched more in the Internet; inquisitiveness of the people brought them here in the bishnupriyamanipuri.com.

All total 1459 words brought hordes of people to this site. So it is not only “Bishnupriya Manipuri” word that will make you reach here, there are thousands words that have been bringing similar number of people on this site.

To add to it, it is amazing that all total 736 pages were viewed 12,260 times, during the same period! The best non-Bishnupriya Manipuri articles which drew large number of viewers are: We salute Mumbai attack martyrs [75 people read the article], Social Networking site [60 people read the article]

The above views received by these non-Bishnupriya Manipuri articles need special mention. First, it is not an easy job to make people read in the Internet on these topics where you have got big brothers. But people have read, at least one person devoted his or her valuable time. The writers’ job is done. Second, they have been able to create credibility. These people who have come to read these articles have gone to read other articles on the same topic. The article Outsourcing Employees: Wake Up! by Prabal Atreya bagged 35 eyeballs at that time when recession was on air; and millions and trillions of web content were published. His article gave feel-good to 35 people!

Going little bit deeper, the period between January 1, 2009 and June 16, 57.73 per cent people visited the site using Internet Explorer, Firefox by 1529 and Chrome by 1,047. All total 15 browsers were used for 6,944 visits.

The same period the site saw a dip of 3 per cent in conformity with web trends. However, if you think you and your friends are the one who fall on this site by default. It is not true, 54.38 per cent of new visits by non-regular viewers always make the site refreshing and invigorating. The site has drawn 45.62 per cent of returning visitor; they are the people who visit regularly.

The combination of 54.38 per cent of new visits and 45.62 per cent of returning visits is a healthy proposition to any site. The retention by 45.62 per cent of its original readers and at the same time becoming one-stop platform for 54.38 per cent to new readers opens up new frontier for the site. Conclusion: the site is not constant, it is moving with new readers and at the same time retaining the core value and purpose for which it was built.

One more conclusion that the site throws up convincingly is that people love to read success stories. They love stories related to betterment of people; they don’t heed to stories which are malign in nature. Example: The news story on Gautam Sinha to attend MTech classes in IIT Delhi, at a very short period has come in the top 5 articles here in the site.



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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Nishant Sinha & Gitendriya Sinha tops in KV Kailashahar

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Two Bishnupriya Manipuri students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kailashahar, North Tripura, have come out with flying colours in the Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) examination 2008.

Nishant Sinha came second securing 73 per cent among the students who appeared in the Class XII examination from the school. And from the same school, Gitendriya Sinha with 84.8 per cent came in the list of top – 5 students who excelled in the Class X examination.

It is not the first time that students of the school Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kailashahar, North Tripura, have showed their mark, in 1997, Papiya Sinha, a Bishnupriya Manipuri, of Class XI got 3rd position in regional level Science Exhibition 2007 and she attended National Level at K.V. IIT Kharagpur.

However, the examination results of students from Rudra Singh Higher Secondary School at Kailasahar, Tripura, have not been satisfactory. In the Class XII examination, 21 students in second division; and in Class X 19 students in second division, were able to clear the state board examination.



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Saturday, 13 June 2009

Kang Pali faces rough weather

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In a meeting held at Manglapuri, New Delhi on June 7, 2009 the attendees discussed array of topics from stationery, to land, to finalization of venue, to the logistics related to the organizing the Kang Pali, to be held on June 25, 2009.

The meeting was participated by Bishnupriya Manipuri people from Manglapuri, Sagarpur, Shyam Vihar, CR Park, Gurgaon and from other areas of Delhi.

No consensus was built on finalizing the nitty-gritty involved with the organizing the Kang Pali. Participants preferred organizing the puja at their pocket areas.

Problems have cropped up with the content of the receipt books, letter heads, due to which donation-drive can’t be carried out. With the prevailing sentiments there is less probability that the puja could take place on time, and on a grand scale.

Failure of celebrating the puja collectively by the Bishnupriya Manipuri residents of Delhi and NCR region will douse the spirit and confidence of the people on the Samity.

What is your say - Kang Puja should be organised or not?

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Ph.D degree awarded to Probhat Kumar Sinha

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Probhat Kumar Sinha

The Assam University, Silchar awarded Ph.D degree to Probhat Kumar Sinha, H.O.D. Political Science Deptt., R.M.College, Silchar, District: Cachar, Assam for his doctoral thesis “Evolution of Socio Political Consciousness among Bishnupriya Manipuris of Assam since 20th Century”, a depth study on Bishnupriya Manipuris, a linguistic fraternity of Assam and N.E. Region of India under the guidance of Dr. Tanmoy Bhattacharjee, Professor of Assam University, Silchar.

He also prosecuted research study on the topic “Women Empowerment of a Backward Community – A case study of Bishnupriya Manipuris in Barak Valley”, financed by the University Grants Commission NE Region, Guwahati with the amount of Rs.60,000/- (Sixty Thousand) only and submitted this thesis in 2007.

Now he is involved in research study on the topic “Social Philosophy of Gokulananda Geetiswami, Harbinger of Social Consciousness of the Bishnupriya Manipuris in relevance with the philosophy of Kalaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha”, undertaking a Minor Research Project from the University Grants Commission NE Region, Guwahati with the Scholarship of Rs.1,10,000/- (One Lakh Ten Thousand) only.

Besides these he contributes articles on various issues of this linguistic fraternity in newspapers & journals of different languages such as Bishnupriya Manipuri, Bengali & English and presents seminar papers relating to this linguistic community in National as well as International seminars.


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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Is Ministry of External Affairs listening?

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

Are you applying for a new Passport, don’t believe on the Booklet that comes with the Passport Application Form. This is what Verification Officials sitting at the respective Passport Office will make you feel. For a moment they will make you wonder - are you illiterate who have not been able to decipher the simple text: statements of running bank account.

This is one among the documents that is required to furnish your present proof of residence. You go taking the bank statements of your private bank, it will not be entertained; they will ask for nationalized bank statement.

And if you ask for an explanation, you will receive a parrot-answer: Don’t interpret it to your wish. After your application being rejected, if you question up the so-called higher – up officials, don’t expect a miraculous solution from them. They will again give the same often-repeated answer.

Not satisfied! If you show them up the Verification Certificate which you have got signed by persons mentioned in the Application Form cum Booklet. They will not heed to the prestige and power the person concerned wield in Government. They do not understand that the person who is putting up a stamp of approval by providing his signature and Government’s Identity Card is also risking his life.

The question is not about accepting and rejecting Application Form from eager applicants. The question is about the Booklet which mentions do’s and don’t while filling in the complex Application Form.

Where the Booklet goes to the extent of clarifying where to put comma and fullstop, how the exhaustive Booklet remain silent on this key document. Can’t they add a word “nationalized” in “statements of running (nationalised) bank account”?

Interestingly, if you question about adding the word “nationalised” in the Booklet. So that applicants come prepare with their documents. The answer that you will receive is: ask the government to change the text.

Is Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, listening?

If you have faced similar experience of rejection, do share here.


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Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Teachers called off their hunger strike; meeting on June 18 with Government

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The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language teachers have called off their indefinite hunger strike on June 6, 2009. The decision to withdraw the protest has come after the Assam Government gave nod to meet with them on June 18, 2009 in Dispur, Assam.

The stay on the protest is temporary and it will be resumed if the Assam Government doesn’t meet the longstanding demands of the 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers who sat on strike on June 5, 2009 in Silchar, Assam, said Anil Rajkumar, President, Bishnupriya Manipuri Student Union.

Hunger strike which ran for two days in the precincts of the DC Office, Silchar, Assam, two persons got critically serious and they had to be given immediate medical assistance. The names of the teachers are Subodh Sinha from Singhari and Namita Rajkumari. Subodh Sinha teaches in the Merwah LP School, Chencoorie, and Namita Rajkumari in the Tikarbasti LP School, Silchar.

The Assam Government should follow its own decision on releasing the remuneration of the 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers, said Prabir Rajkumar of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association.


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Sunday, 7 June 2009

Engineers are meeting to give a face-lift to Yatri Nivas

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A Technical Sub-committee under the aegis of ‘Yatri Nivas Nirman Committee’ of Shri Shri Radha Madhavjiu Mandir, Radhahakunda, Mathura, UP, is scheduled to be formed in a meeting to be held at VIP Road, Kolkata on 2nd/3rd July 2009. It was felt in Maligaon Adhibeshan, Guwahati, held in March, that a complete face-lift is required to the Mandir Complex.

Therefore, it was decided to invite renowned engineers from various quarters to have their expertise on the construction of the Yatri Nivas and its adjoining areas of the Mandir Complex.

The meeting would discuss on various specifications of Architectural requirements to the Complex.

After the completion of the meeting, the team would proceed to Nabadwip on 4th July to inspect the Mandir Complex and to see the lay out of the Yatri Nivas specially, at Radha Gobinda Mandir.

On 8th July the team would proceed to Radhakunda, Mathura to attend the final meeting with the members of the Central Committee of Shri Shri Radha Madhavjiu Seva Parichalan Samiti.

The following engineers will arrive on 30th June onwards in Kolkata for the preliminary meeting.

Shri Kajal Kanti Sinha
Addl. Chief Engineer (Civil) Rtd (Tripura)
from New Delhi

Shri Braja Kishore Sinha
Rtd. Chief Engineer (Civil Engineer)
From Kolkata

Dr Ashok Sinha
Prof. Civil Engineer, NIT, Silchar

Shri Bishwajit Sinha
Mechanical Engineer
New Delhi

Shri Rebati Mohan Sinha,
Rtd. Naval Architecture
from Mumbai

Shri Bijit Kr. Sinha
Mechanical Engineer
From Kolkata
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9 Years of Hope

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi
The 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers were slogging in the decrepit Government schools for complete nine years with one wish that one day their job will be permanent and they will be receiving remuneration to their services. What we will call – is it not a mockery in broad day-light with the lives of 149 teachers and their dependents?

The financial and psychological toll that these teachers had to undergo year after year is beyond one guess and imagination. The child who was in class I in 2001 is now a teenager and is getting ready for the matriculation examination; is it not an irony that the same teacher who had taught this child, his life didn’t move an inch. His life has been brought to a screeching grinding halt.

It not only put a pause to the professional and personal advancement of the person, but it ceases the lives of many people: his wife, children and his old parents. The lives of all the dependents were put on stake.

A simple arithmetic calculates the figure to over 600 people (considering a family is consists of 4 members) whose life has been put to backburner. They haven’t seen growth, what “growth” means to them. They were nowhere in the race of growth. For them growth was a burden. That they knew very well the burden, one day, if not got a support from the government and the civil society, they will perish.

The plight of these teachers who went to teach the Bishnupriya Manipuri language in the primary schools of the states in the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi, were abstained from the basic source of their sustenance since 2001.

The message that comes out from this episode is that the survival of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language, spoken by a minority community which has its presence in the three districts of Assam, is indeed in stake and it may, sooner or later if not taken steps, might appear in the list of endangered language of India like the Lepcha language of Sikkim is.

The Government of Assam has failed to support and enrich a language spoken by a minority population in the state. The act of negligence to the development and preservation of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language is contrary to the universal belief that a child ability to absorb facts and information increases when the primary medium of instruction is in its mother tongue.

But this hasn’t been practiced in this case.

How one could expect with the unsympathetic approach of the state government that people will take up the noble profession of teaching? Definitely they will abstain from taking up the teaching profession. This will not only have a cascading affect on the language but it will bring into edge the identity of the whole community. It will create ‘identity-crisis’ amongst the members of the affected community.

Unfortunately this has been taking place in the community. If it is not stemmed there is an imminent danger lurking ahead that a generation will come with out any basic knowledge of their language, culture and custom.

In the same breathe a fact that calls for urgent attention and pondering is: the type of education children of the 149 teachers would have received. These aggrieved teachers couldn’t have thought of giving proper education to them. Alas! The future that is lying ahead for these children is gloomy and uncertain. They can’t even think of standing to the future challenges that they had to face. Forget the condition health of these children.

However, things become more serious when one considers the man-hour loss of these 149 teachers for 9 years. Take this: If a take-home salary of a teacher is meager Rs. 5000 INR per month, in 9 years it amounts to Rs. 8, 04, 60,000 INR! This figure comes considering the revision of the salary didn’t take place in the 9 years. What a great loss for us and for the whole community?

Now with the costs and man-power loss involved in this period, one question that has to be answered urgently: Is it worth carrying the cost for another unimaginable time period? A definite answer has to come very soon.

Else the teachers would again resume their duties with a hollow hope that one day they will start receiving their dues from the government. Things will go on and on.

If you or your relatives have been affected by the non-payment of the dues, do comment.
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Saturday, 6 June 2009

Delhi Nagarik Samity meets in New Delhi on June 7 to discuss itinerary of Kang Pali

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The Bishnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samity, Delhi and NCR, has convened a meeting on June 7 tomorrow at Manglapuri, New Delhi, to chalk out a plan to organize the Kang Pali in the capital city.

The Bishnupriya Manipuri residents living in the Delhi and NCR region have been requested to participate and cooperate in the preparation of the itinerary of the Kang Pali. The meeting would commence at 3pm at Manglapuri, New Delhi.

The Kang Pali is on July 25, 2009.

For more information regarding venue and change of timings, please contact: Jishnu Sinha, at 9910463339.


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Lessons that Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers can teach!

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We must celebrate our misery! 96 months of existence with no salaries is by no means a meek achievement. Thanks to an incredible display of efficiency by our administrators!


Henryy Sinha, New Delhi
Editor, bishnupriyamanipuri.org

No please don’t call them a bunch of jokers. Not fair. You must understand the last eight years was a recce executed by our super efficient administrators, a preparation to survive the recession in 2009. This was meant to be case study for the welfare of global economy.

The Bishnupriya Manipuris teachers and in fact, all the teachers of the world regardless of caste, creed and sex, must thank this state administration for making them a part of this prestigious project called Misery. At last, some perks come from being soft targets!

Tell me, who would ever give such an opportunity to Bishnupriya Manipuris? Eight long years of extensive, in-depth practice of poverty, injustice and shit for a noble global cause.

Now don’t rage with anger. For God’s sake see the silver lining around this eight year old gloomy cloud. See what the administrators have given us. Experience to survive recession. Skills to survive poverty. Motivational strategies to live with zero finance for a decade. Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers are now equipped with exclusive management skills that can put an IIM or a Harvard graduate to shocking shame.
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Can you freaking expect an IIM graduate to manage himself for eight long years with zero finance? No amount of sophisticated, state of the art campus training can teach him that. Now the credit for this goes to our state administrators whom you called a bunch of miserable jokers a few minutes ago. How cruel! Why just management graduates? The Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers can now conduct workshops for leading corporate houses, global financial experts, Prime Ministers with financial backgrounds, the Editor of the Wall Street Journal to give in-depth training and insights into how to lead misery free lives with no money, no salary for eight long years. And yes, no money would be charged for the workshops. After all, the state administrators have a reputation to live up to.
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And the Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers better safeguard this reputation. For eight long years they have been trained to never ask for money. Never expect to get paid. To ban prosperity. To enjoy the sight as your children suffer the hunger. A fee charge might spoil that hard earned reputation of our beloved bunch of jokers. Apologies! State administrators.

The potential contribution of the Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers may not end with just the management graduates or the corporates. The Medical world too can milk the bleeding cows. The teachers can be subjected to state sponsored research by the world’s best scientists on unique digestive systems that can survive a decade of malnutrition. NASA can also step in and look into possibilities of sending the lucky 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers up on space as an experiment to study if life in space is possible with scarce food or no food; just in case the earth faces a global food shortage in a few years as it is facing recession now. The Bishnupriya Manipuris teachers must anticipate and prepare the world to face any potential calamity fall upon it and persist for 96 long months. Perhaps even more.

It’s a privileged moral responsibility that this administration has thrust upon these Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers to teach the world a few hard lessons.

But yes, with no salaries.

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Friday, 5 June 2009

Braving rain, over 100 teachers sat today on strike in Silchar

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Over 100 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers sat on a hunger strike today morning braving rain at the Deputy Commissioner Office, Silchar, said President of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association, Prabir Rajkumar when he was contacted.

At 4 pm, representatives from Bishnupriya Manipuri Students Association, Bishnupriya Manipuri Gana Sangram Parishad and Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association held meeting with Gautam Ganguli, Deputy Commissioner, Cachar at his office.

In the meeting, Gautam Ganguli urged the representatives to called off their strike in keeping in view that the budget is going to be tabled soon in the State Assembly. But the offer was rejected, said Prabir Rajkumar.

Unless and until officially any communication is not sent, the hunger strike of the Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers will not be stopped and it will be carried out as usual, said the President of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association.

The Bishnupriy Manipuri teachers from Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts of Assam participated in the strike.

The meeting was attended by Prabir Rajkumar of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association, Samir Sinha of Bishnupriya Manipuri Gana Sangram Parishad, and Anil Rajkumar, Bishnupriya Manipuri Students Association.
The 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri Language teachers have not received any remuneration since 2001 from the Government of Assam.


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Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers’ body lauds Govt initiative

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GUWAHATI, June 4 – The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers’ Association while thanking the State Government for backing their cause, has at the same time warned a section that has been working covertly to ruin their objectives to maintain a safe distance or face the consequences, a press release stated. Having convened an emergent meet at Patherkandi in Karimganj district recently, the Association urged the so-called miscreants to refrain from defeating the just cause of the teachers’ body.

Further, the Association has urged well-wishers not to be misled by false propaganda generated by the rival group.

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune (June 5, 2009)


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At last we had a news copy published in 1999 describing the language row

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It is exactly after 10 years, we have been able to keep our hand on an online copy of The Indian Express published on June 4, 1999, which carried the news item describing the row the Assam government had with the Manipur government over using the word “Manipuri”.

Through this article, let us go past and salute those people and organization whose relentless effort and struggle defended our identity.

Friday, June 4, 1999

Manipur, Assam in row over language

SAMUDRA GUPTA KASHYAP

GUWAHATI, JUNE 3: Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has invited more trouble by recognising the Bishnupriya language as ``Bishnupriya Manipuri''. This has led to strong resentment being express by Manipuris in the state and in Manipur.
The situation has come to such a pass that the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad of Assam has threatened to launch an agitation and the Manipur Government has gone to the extent of drawing the attention of the Centre. It has urged it to press Mahanta to drop the suffix Manipuri from the term.

The Assam Government had only last month announced its decision to recognise Bishnupriya Manipuri as a language of instruction at the primary level, following a long-standing demand of the Bishnupriya community of the state.The Manipur Chief Minister has criticised the Assam Government's decision, asserting that the Bishnupriya community was not part of the Manipuri community and that Manipuri and Bishnupriya were two distinct and separate linguistic groups.

While Manipuri belongedto the Tibeto-Burman family of languages, the Bishnupriya language was part of the Indo-Aryan linguistic group, he said.Putting up this argument, the Manipur Chief Minister has also said that while his government and community had no objection to the Assam Government recognising Bishnupriya as a language of instruction, the suffix manipur should be immediately.

Copyright © 1999 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Small But Beautiful

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Hope and Despair



By Sonika Rajkumari, New Delhi

After 5 months I am back just to share some of my little experiences with you again as I have always been writing about my experiences here so far. First of all I am not able to absorb the fact that we have got a l.o.o..o..ng and boring 3 months holidays from our college. I get faint whenever I think about it! So I thought lets get back to one of my part- time hobby (which is sometimes boring) that is writing.

This is about my wonderful experience during NOSPLAN (National Organization Of Students Of Planning) held for 4 days from 17th to 20th January in this year hosted by SPA (School Of Planning And Architecture), Delhi. Before I start I would like to mention names of my classmates as it is going to come again and again in this long article (my article is more like a long novel, but sorry I can’t help it). These names are Rajeev, Rayees, Jack, Ansu, Mithun, and Rashid who are Malayalam (mallu’s) students, Reshma is a Telegu, Anannya from Assam, Anuja and Amber from UP.

In the starting of 2nd SEM we went to Delhi for 10 days in the month of January to attend NOSPLAN and then we had classes in SPA Delhi. During these 4 days of NOSPLAN, the 2nd day is one of my favorite days of my life. Something unpredictable and startling happened that day which was beyond my dreams.

Many colleges like CEPT Ahmedabad, GNDU Amritsar, JNTU Hyderabad, SPA Bhopal, MANIT Bhopal, SPA Delhi including our college SPA Vijayawada and others attended NOSPLAN. The accommodation of all these colleges was arranged at Nizamuddin and Maharani Bagh.

The 1st day started with the introduction and small casual games. On 2nd day we had games after breakfast followed by Delhi-Darshan after lunch and then singing and dancing competition at 10p.m.

Reshma was pretty much excited given the dance competition between the colleges. She came to me with the idea of dancing and wanted me to teach her the steps. I have no problem on dancing but I need someone who can teach me steps as I can’t create dancing- steps of my own.

Our college was attending the NOSPLAN first time so we had no idea what actually is going to take place. It was difficult to take a decision to perform a day before the competition, particularly when the name of the college is in stake. We hadn’t got anyone in our class who dances well plus there were less time to practice with no proper costumes like other students of the colleges had.

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I thought it would be great fun if our college performs (though we could get 1st or 2nd from the last) but it would be a complete masti if we dance so that later we don't remorse, regretting we have spent time watching other colleges performence.
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In that case we can’t even scream our college name as there is a lot of fun in screaming and getting attention to the college in crowd. So we decided to practice. On 17th I hold a night there in Nizamuddin lodge. We got ready with laptops and a little open space in which we can at least move. We decided to perform on the last Para of the song ‘Hum hain rahi pyar ke, phir milengey chaltey chaltey’ from the movie ‘Rab ne bana di Jodi’ after selecting many songs. As already no one in our batch is a great dancer so we were searching for that kind of songs from which it would become easy for us to catch steps directly from the video of the song itself. We decided to fuse our song ‘hum hain rahi…’ with Rajeev’s and Anannya’s classical dance.

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I was first catching steps from video then I was teaching to Reshma and Ansu. Their body is not at all flexible; they were dancing as if they had hidden something under their arms.
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But I was ok with that as they wanted to dance and I was trying my best to teach them steps in much easier way. On another room Rajeev was practicing with Anannya. Later Ansu threw her hands up, she was not able to catch the steps at all, and she was rather doing a western dance in a classical way.

We needed dance partner for this song so I approached Rayees as Reshma’s partner and Rashid beside me. I was about to run away from that place as soon as they started dancing. They danced so stiffly and it was horribe. Rashid was not at all able to dance, so I thought better to set him free. Rayees at least know the ‘D’ of dance. No one was ready to dance they were not at all interested plus they wanted to sleep as it was 1 at night. In the middle of the practice I used to drag Rayees down from the bed whenever he runs away into the bed.

I was not able to find any dance partner for me who can at least knows the D of dance rest I was ready to handle. Then someone suggested Amber’s name. I went to his room he was sleeping peacefully. I woke him up and dragged him down on to the floor. As usually he was also not interested and said he didn’t know how to dance so better leave him. I knew if I teach him steps he could catch it easily so I forced him. Reluctantly he had to come and I started teaching steps to both of them. They were persistently pleading to let them sleep.

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I knew they might have been cursing me from inside but I was too strict at that point of time. We wrapped up at 3a.m., these three hours from 12 to 3a.m was not actually practice session but it was an hour in which we only learned steps.
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These two fellows who were dancing half-heartedly had forgotten all the steps next morning I didn’t know who had brain-washed their mind. We all had forgotten the steps what we had learned the last night. We needed time to practice just to recall all the steps plus there were two new members Anuja and Jack whom I had to teach dancing steps of the song. We were not at all expecting great performance from ourselves, as we hadn’t got any costumes which would be nearly relevant to the dress of Rani Mukherjee and Shah Rukh’s in the song.

Next day after breakfast we had some funny games between the colleges which were followed by Delhi-Darshan after lunch. My classmates were too excited about visiting places in Delhi as they were from the different part of the country and didn’t want to miss the chance to see Delhi. They dropped the idea of dancing considering that other colleges were far better than us from every aspect.

Here I stop my first part of my experience.
My second article would be answering the following questions:

Was my indefatigable effort to make my college presence in the NOSPLAN successful?
Do my friends buy my idea of dancing than their wish to visit Delhi?


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