Sunday, 30 August 2009

The Last Vaishnava resurgence

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By Karunamay Sinha, Tripura



Conspicuously, one of the few songs with which the Father of the Nation used to bathe his soul regularly is ‘Vaishnava jana to tene kahiye je pir parayi jaane re…’ meaning Vaishnava is he who feels the pain others suffer. Vaishnavism can be said to be the phenomenon that played the most important part in forming the soul of India. Some call it the essence of the Hindu way of life.

Indian cultural traditions, all that we are proud of as Indians today are immeasurably indebted to this phenomenon. Most of the puranas and other priceless gems of Sanskrit literature were restored, recreated and reinstated during the period of the Guptas. Most importantly, a new literary and cultural resurgence gave a firm shape to what we know today as India’s cultural heritage.

It was during this period that the traditionally worshipped deities of the people like Vishnu, Shiva and the mother goddess were given prominence in an area where the Vedic divinities like Brahma, Indra and Varun ruled. In an attempt to assimilate the two classes of deities, they imagined the trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It was this honour given to people’s imaginations that opened the floodgates of a cultural resurgence that was aptly described as the Gupta Renaissence. This Gupta Renaissance, the main foundation of India’s cultural heritage, happened during the reign of Chandragupta II, believed to be the legendary king Vikramaditya. And this Chandragupta II was a Vaishnav.

Thereafter have a look at the cultural resurgence in the South. The Vakatakas, the Chalukyas, the Rastrakutas and the Pallavas during whose periods the most beautiful creations in arts, literature and architecture happened were all under the influence of a liberal mixture of Shaivism and Vaishnavism. I would not be surprised if one says almost all the most valued cultural traditions in India are inspired directly or indirectly by what they call Vaishnavism, Bhagabata Dharma or a kind of Vishnu worshipping religion.

Come to the Vaishnava resurgence in the medieval period. Rajasthan’s cultural traditions got a strong foundation thanks to the Vaishnavite renaissance there. Mira Bai epitomizes this spirit in Rajasthan. Then come to Mithila, Orissa and Bengal.

Come to Assam. Father of the Assamiya nation cemented the cultural as well as literary foundation of Assam. Can you imagine all this to happen without the inspiration drawn from the Vaishnava spirit? However, the last Vaishnava resurgence to happen in India is Manipur. A distinctly perceptible renaissance it was.

Manipur represents the most recent, most modern and arguably the most refined cultural revivalism inspired by Vaishnavism. For it had the luck to reap the benefits of or exploit all the finer points of the Vaishnava movements that had taken place in different parts of the country. Some say it was a direct offshoot of the Vaishnava movement initiated by Lord Chaitanya in Bengal. But this is a half truth.

Vaishnavism of Manipur has many other unexplored sides. There are some who try to give a simplistic historical account of how it happened. Eighteenth century, they say, is the time when the Meitei kings came under the influence of the Vaishnava preachers and all sorts of cultural development happened in Manipur after that. But this explanation leaves many questions unanswered.

One question is, is it not too short a time for a non-Aryan speaking non-Hindu people to develop so sophisticated and so vast a cultural repertoire? Pamhaiba or Garib Newaz initiated the people of Manipur to Ramandi Vaishnavism. His grandson Bhagyachandra was initiated in Gaudiya Vaishnavism. It was in the period spanning 85 years, from 1714 (Pamhaiba’s accession to the throne) to 1799 (end of Bhagyachndra) that the transition of Manipur from a non-Aryan, non-Hindu people to a people with as sophisticated and refined a form of Aryan Hindu culture as classical Manipuri dance and Not Sangkirtan happened.

History also says it was mainly Bhagyachandra who initiated the cultural resurgence in Manipur. Pamhaiba or his sons were not known for such refined tastes. Ironically, Bhagyachandra (1758 -1799) had to spend most of his time outside Manipur. For internal upheavals as well as Burmese invasions repeatedly compelled him to go in exile and seek shelter in neighbouring kingdoms.

No one doubts that Bhagyachandra was the architect of modern Vaishnavite Manipuri society. The very shape of the present-day Manipuri society was given by him. His was a multifaceted talent; a gifted person he was. But it takes stretching one’s imagination to the extremes to believe that he, a person who had throughout his life fought for ensuring a secure grip on his throne, created so robust a cultural tradition, that too among people who had only just come into contact with the Hindu ways. Socio-cultural aspects do not allow us to believe that the edifice of Vaishnavite Manipuri cultural traditions was built up in such a short period of time.

Another question: why is there so much resemblance between Satriya and other cultural traditions of Assam and the cultural traditions of Manipur? There’s one explanation. Bhagyachandra had once taken shelter in Ahom king Rajeshwar Singha’s palace when he was driven out of Manipur. May be his stay in Assam was the clue to Satriya influence on Manipuri. But when we talk of Assam influence on Manipuri culture, attention must be drawn to one fact: it is not merely Satriya influence on classical Manipuri dances; the whole of the Manipuri concept of social life and cultural expression has many intricate, subtle influences of or similarities with the Assam or Kamrupi traditions. The cultural aspects of Koch-Rajbongshis are also traceable in the Manipuri culture.

Did Bhagyachandra whose only concern while he was in Assam was how to rescue his kingdom imbibe all these there? Some basic things about Manipuri Notasongkirtan have nothing to do with the traditions of Gauriya Vaishnavism of Bengal from which, it is said, Manipur learnt the tenets of Vaishnavism or Hinduism.

How come there are influences of Aryan traditions that weren’t in practice even among the Gurus at source? The most baffling question, however, is that of the Vishnu temple of Bishnupur (Bishenpur) Manipur. If Vaishnavism happened in Manipur in the eighteenth century, how does one explain this fifteenth century temple on the soil of Manipur? There’re historians to come up with fanciful explanations. King Kyamba once led a campaign against the king of the Pongs, who, after accepting defeat, showered the Manipur king with gifts, and a Vishnu idol was one among other things of novelty he had presented.

The Manipur king Kyamba built a temple for the idol at a place which thus came to be known as Bishnupur and arranged for its worship. Noticeable point here is: Kyamba himself didn’t embrace Vaishnavism, nor are there accounts of his subjects embracing Vaishnavism during his reign. How come the oldest structure in Manipur was built by a king for a deity neither worshipped by him nor by the noblest section of his subjects?

H.M Bhareh’s epic tome ‘Encyclopedia of North-East India’ brushes the explanation aside saying: ‘It is hard to believe that a non-Hindu king will present to [a] non-Hindu king, an image of Vishnu for worshipping. It is not free from ambiguity to claim that the temple was constructed by Kyamba for Vishnu. However, the materials and architecture of the temple clearly shows that this temple was constructed much earlier than the present available temple….’ Who constructed the temple then? How old is it? Has the department of Archeology conducted tests to ascertain the age of the temple? How old is Vaishnavism in Manipur exactly?

It is time we became more sincere, more sensible in dealing with history. There is scope for research work in the field. Much more needs to be unearthed to ascertain things pertaining to Vaishnavism in Manipur and the famed Manipuri culture.


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  • Tengarar uruke thaya, a poem by Ranjit Sinha

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    Tengarar uruke thaya

    Niam durait te nagoi
    Himalayar uruke jom
    Hongkoraat goi
    Palonir woama te koi
    …Mingal nai aahithom !

    Nungshi khollik hunouri
    Mor imaar thare
    Zinar hopon satkorouri
    Palonir khourang magouri
    Tumarang bare bare

    O mor chouhatpa, loushingpa imaar shou !!


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    Reasons to Celebrate

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    By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

    What is celebration? What is its importance in ones life? Ask this question to any Bishnupriya Manipuri living in Bangalore, UAE, USA, Australia and United Kingdom; they will be able to tell the true meaning of celebration. If not ask this question to a defence personnel who reminisces his past association with the celebration which used to take place in his village of Assam or Tripura. He plans his leave according to festivals.

    They all have a longing to spend a few golden moments of his life with whom he could associate and dissolve in the celebration. But their wish remains a mere wish. Isolation added with meager number of his clan kill their aspiration. They spend the celebration-day like any other day.

    Come to Delhi, after Assam and Tripura, this is the supposedly the only city which registers the highest concentration of Bishnupriya Manipuri people. Celebration of any puja in Delhi be it is Shree Shree Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur’s birth anniversary, has undergone many hit and trial method. And it is still in the same process. Lot of logistics and support goes into organising a celebration which is expected to draw above 450 people.

    The first online article mentioning the Delhi celebration took place here in 2007. (Article: Delhi Bishupriya Manipuri celebrated Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur's Abhirbhab Tithi) The attendance was not voluminous as it was seen in the year 2008. Within one year there has been a marked involvement of Bishnupriya Manipuri people in any celebration.

    First, what prompted the Delhi Bishnupriya Manipuri to celebrate the Shree Shree Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur? Second, what were the factors that went into the sudden surge in the participation?

    There are many reasons that count for celebrating selective puja in Delhi. Besides the population strength of Bishnupriya Manipuri, one primary reason that goes with it - is its concerned Bishnupriya Manipuri volunteers. They have been taking up cudgel organizing such events be it is small or big in the city. They have endeavoured to celebrate any puja together with their own people.

    It is their urge which initiated them to come forward. And who are they? They are the permanently-settled bujons. This is the population who has sown the seed of togetherness amongst us in this alien land. They are the people who have enlivened the culture of celebration, otherwise where is the time for today’s youngsters to give time and energy and to get involved in this lafdas (so-called problems).

    Emergence of the Delhi-NCR Bishnupriya Manipuri Samiti with active Members is cited as another reason for the celebration of pujas in Delhi. To the second question – why there has been a sudden jump in the number of participating Bishnupriya Manipuris in any event. Communication and engagement – are the two reasons for it. The site works as a vehicle of communication. Messages are being transferred at lightning fast. When there is a call to celebrate – who can say “No”.

    So, if Bangolore Bishnupriya Manipuris do not participate in any celebration. They are missing some points like: population strength, devoted bujons, and of course an urge to mingle for a day with your same clan people.

    Bangolore being the second highest concentration of Bishnupriya Manipuri fails to celebrate any event; then there is no point of mentioning those living in Hyderabad and Chennai, UK, Australia and United Kingdom.


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  • Saturday, 29 August 2009

    Gov to launch a 10-point programme for Safeguarding interests of Linguistic Minorities

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    Special Officer-In-charge for Linguistic Minorities (SOLM), Shri Upendera Tripathi, has stressed the need for pursuing more vigorously the Constitutional Safeguards provided to the Linguistic Minorities. This was stated in a press release released by Government of India on August 28, 2009.

    Shri Tripathi announced that a 10-Point Programme is being prepared for helping Linguistic Minorities Safeguard their right to maintain the identity and propagation for their language. He also said that henceforth there will be regular meetings of Nodal Officers and Education Secretaries of States/UTs dealing with the Office of Special Officer Linguistic Minorities.

    Friday, 28 August 2009

    Sounding the Bugle

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    By Karunamay Sinha


    When the Britsh officials, diehard in their attempt to go on with their recruitment drive to raise the Labour Corp, started wooing the lesser known pliable chiefs, the strong-willed chiefs realized the need for quick action. They lost no time and began performing their traditional war-declaration rituals. The Kuki chieftainship had Inpi at the national level where all the chiefs met and discussed matters whenever there was a crisis of national magnitude. By the beginning of the year 1917, Kuki chiefs held a series of conclaves at Chassad, Jampi, Longya, and Khongjang. Chiefs from all parts of Zalengam (Kuki fatherland) took part in the conclave. After a series of discussion, the chiefs announced their steely resolve to rise against the British to protect their Zalengam. They began expressing solidarity by performing Sajam-Lhah, killed mithuns and ate the hearts and the livers of the animal - a symbolism for their commitments coming from the depths of their hearts. Pieces of meat were sent to distant villages to be delivered to the chiefs who could not make it to the Inpi. Then came Thingkho Le Malchapom - the ritual for spreading the message of the imminent war. A fiery hot chilli tied on to a piece of smouldering firewood began touring the Kuki villages. On March 17, 1917, Lhukhomang, the Chief of Chassad and Khotinthang, the Jampi Chief performed Sajam-Lhah. They were quickly followed by Ngullien, Chief of Khuongjang. He was followed by the Piba (clan head) of Singson who later withdrew his clan's support under British pressure.


    Following formations of Kuki warriors, they began working themselves up against the British: Eastern Hills or the Chassad areas were under the command of Lhukhomang (alias Pache), Chief of Chassad. This chief was assisted by chiefs of Bongbal Khulen and Sita. The Chief also sent bullets to the Chiefs of Jampi, Ukha, Songphu, Henglep and Loibol - a token of his wish that they join the fight against the common enemy. He also held strategic discussions with the Chiefs of Lonpi and Jampi. Chengjapao, Chief of Aishan in the North-Eastern Hills or Aishan areas performed traditional war rites, sent token pieces of meat to the neighbouring chiefs, but was unfortunately apprehended by the colonial forces and was released on the condition that he would persuade the chiefs of Jampi and Chassad not to fight against the British. In the Southern Hills i.e. Lonpi areas, Ngulkhup, Chief of Lonpi had the Chiefs of Longya and Maultam as ready allies. This Chief had the first opportunity to taste colonial blood.


    In the first clash with the Kukis here, the British had to turn tail and run helter-skelter leaving behind three bodies of their jawans. It is said, the medical facilities at Imphal were hardly adequate for the soldiers injured in the clash. South-Western Hills or the Henglep areas were under the command of Pakang, Chief of Henglep. The chiefs of Ukha, Nabil, Songphu, Manhlun and Manchong had joined forces with him. He invited about twenty chiefs for an important discussion at Loikhai. Then, after discussion, some warriors who went to the woods to capture a mithun to be slaughtered at the war-rite had an unexpected encounter with British soldiers there. Western hills i.e. Jampi areas were under Khotinthang, a mere youth of a Jampi chief. But he had allies in the chiefs of Laijang, Chongjang, Langkhong and Loibol. War-beads were sent to Pache the Chassad Chief. Besides war-beeds, Pache sent bullets in return to signify his deeper willingness to fight the British.


    Courtesy: The Sentinel (August 23, 2009) Melange

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  • Rifle, poem by Ramlal Sinha

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    Rifle

    By Ramlal Sinha

    “Rat-a-tat-tat
    Boom boom boom,”
    Drum-fire continued
    In riot zones in Karbi Hills
    As if to greet you when you were born.

    Helpless was Terangpi
    At an advanced stage that she was
    On the desperate lookout for a safe site
    Just not to abort you amid the bloodbath,
    Could any woman ever prevent that natural force?

    She had to give birth to you
    Amid the refugee camp inmates
    Who instantly christened you Rifle,
    A befitting name indeed, only when viewed
    From the moment of your arrival on this earth.

    Rifle, will you keep silence,
    And say no to this mayhem, bloodbath?
    Do a legendary Prahlad and preach love;
    Let your sweet voice reverberate in the hills
    And its echo in the horizon and in the globe.

    Be the voice of orphans
    Who’re made to be so in thousands
    By the gun-totting rebels and jawans,
    Tell the world the tales of terror widows
    And the woes that they continue to live with.

    Courtesy: The Sentinel (August 23, 2009) Melange

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  • “The world and Internet are hungry”

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    By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

    Among the many sweet reasons for which Delhi is wooed the world over, the biggest is the array of food delicacies and myriad cuisines that it pans out for food freaks. Whether it is hot sumptuous aalu tikki, lacchedar paratha, butter chicken, or the frosty lassi, to name a few - the city has more to offer than perhaps any other city of the country.

    Born, brought up and living in Nizamuddin East, a historical residential colony by all standards and a Mecca for Mughlai food-lovers, for Ravi V. Chhabra, it came very natural to delve into the food and beverages sector. He worked for India’s first Alcobev magazine called Ambrosia in 2001 and did many path-breaking stories on Indian government’s vexed excise policy, beer companies and about the alcohol trade. In 2005, he decided to occupy a space in the cloud with the launching of www.fnbworld.com.

    Ravi V. Chhabra, who has worked with many international national publications as a full-time journalist like Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, Asian Age and as Editor in many myriad features magazines, the decision to open a website was a natural heart calling. One of his passions is cooking in the kitchen with his children playing the helpers.

    Food and Beverages: fnbworld.com

    The year 2005 was a turning point in his life; he established his own company Right Impact Media Inc. and simultaneously launched the website: fnbworld.com. Right Impact Media Inc. undertakes all communication needs of individuals and corporate as a Public Relations advisory and does complete websites solutions, while the partnering website fnbworld.com, Ravi V. Chhabra said “is an e-zine for features with a bias towards the F&B segment.”

    It offers free segmented information on food, beverages, health and recreation, said Ravi V. Chhabra, “and it is backed by free periodic news alerts and newsletters for subscribed readers and affiliates.”

    The website for its clients comes out with F&B newsletters and mailers, and it undertakes bulk supplies of home-made chocolates and high-end banquet services and is a facilitator for the supplies of select F&B products and services in the NCR via Order Form on its website’s home-page.

    Journalism is not merely news


    Describing what prompted him to start a website which is non news-based, and not in semblance with his journalistic background. Ravi V. Chhabra described, “Journalism is not merely news and journalism cannot be without news”, and there are huge segments in features and its sub-segments too.

    “I have been mainly a features writer and the range has been corporate features, music, personalities and F&B segment,” he said. Our main story and News Grille sections on the website carry news. Our focus is features and reviews. Features entail creative writing. News is mainly factual reportage. Our infrastructure best supports features.

    Is Right Impact Media Inc. bullish?

    Now when the Internet is witnessing rapid changes with respect to technology and imperfection in the revenue model, what is the best model the company is thinking to monetize its Internet-based assets?

    “There is not one revenue model that may apply to all, Ravi V. Chhabra confides. There is the direct advertising revenue model with variations, there is an advertorial model, there is supplies and facilitators model, there is clicks-based model (Google Adsense) and there is the content-driven model. There are many combinations of these that may work in these turbulent times and any company which has its stake in the Internet has to model it out in its own way, he said.

    An ardent music lover, who loves to restore old motorcycles and owns two – a 60’s Czechoslovakian Jawa 250cc and a Polish clone mini-Rajdoot 175cc. He believes technology will change and so will the Internet. It will become more dynamic/interactive, more powerful and will have an enhanced advertising pull in the near future. That portends good time for websites’ revenue. We all know change is the only constant in life! Soon enough, India will all be more ‘internet-driven’. The value of cyber properties will increase with their age, services and viewer data. There is a similarity in the world (with reference to food) and internet – both are necessity and appetite-driven. They are always hungry!

    “So, I am certain with an increase in Internet penetration in India, Right Impact Media Inc. and its affiliate www.raviVchhabra.com will synergize for a win-win in the F&B arena and in the new media and content creation domains.


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  • Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers on Demand

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    By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi


    Very soon the bishnupriyamanipuri.com would be registering over 100 devoted visitors per day, 3000 per month. And rest 3000 new readers from all over the world would be eating out our articles and write-ups. So, on an average 7000 visitors per month the site would be fetching!

    It has never been before that the brand Bishnupriya Manipuri would be circulating its literature produced by our writers and for the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

    People have started knowing us - for good reasons and intentions. They have started seeing the value that we are in the path of creating original niche literature. Soon our Bishnupriya Manipuri writers would be not only known to us but to the whole world. They would be creating a place in the writing sphere with their excellent style of writing, incisive views, and subject topics.

    Let bishnupriyamanipuri.com becomes the first stepping stone for these budding Bishnupriya Manipuri writers. Let them hone their skills and get acquainted with the different style of writing and area of interest.

    Going back in the initial days of the site, I could recall one day a Bishnupriya Manipuri gentleman fumbled and got a knee-jerk reaction seeing the veracity of the write-ups. Definitely he got impressed reading articles that are in English written by Bishnupriya Manipuri writers!

    Now, it boasts off over dozen writers who have showcased their writing skills and area of interest. That’s a success in itself. No doubt there have been constant improvements on the part of the writers in their style of writings. And it does not end here; it will go on improving, and on and on.

    Gestures of our competency come very visible when a company put in stake their name and brand by publishing their press releases and profile here in the site. It came first with the release of a press release related to a site devoted to General Election held in India recently.

    The day might come when other community people start writing here. In this process something which expands our heart with proud, is with the fact that we the Bishnupriya Manipuri, the site bishnupriyamanipuri.com, have not been labeled communal and parochial in its approach and outlook. Since there runs a danger being tagged “communal”, “self-centered”, especially when it is catering to the interest of a particular community.

    Very soon we will have articles taking stand on regional, national and international developments. The articles published will have different colour and tone altogether. We should not remain dumb and deaf which influence us as an Indian, a Bangladesh national. We should have a voice of our own, that is the demand coming from many readers and writers of the site.

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  • Thursday, 27 August 2009

    National Institute of Technology, Agartala, extends reservation benefits to OBC students

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    The benefit of reservation in National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala, has now been extended to students belonging to OBC category. This came with the Union Cabinet’s approval for the implementation of reservation for students belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes situated therein. This was stated in a Press Information Bureau, Government of India, press release today.

    The National Institute of Technology (NIT) located at Jirania in the Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council, Agartala, was unable to extend the benefit of reservation to students belonging to OBC category in view of the non-applicability of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, under Section 4 (a).

    Section 4 (a) of the CEI Act, 2006 provides that the provisions of Section 3 of the Act shall not apply to a Central Educational Institution established in the tribal areas referred to in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.


    Section 3 of the CEI Act, 2006 provides for reservation of seats in Central Educational Institutions, according to which, 15% seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes 7.5% for the Scheduled Tribes and 27% for the Other Backward Classes.

    Several writ petitions were filed in Guwahati High Court, Agartala and High Court, New Delhi challenging applicability of reservation of the SCs and STs in NIT, Agartala while not extending the benefit of reservation to OBCs. There was a popular demand from political parties and public representatives that the benefits of reservation for OBC should be extended to NIT Agartala in view of the substantial population of OBCs in the State.

    A notification was issued with the approval of the President under Paragraph 12AA(c) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India on 13.7.2009 to the effect that provisions of Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act shall apply to Jirania in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council in respect of Central Educational Institutions situated therein namely NIT, Agartala subject to modifications of Section 3, 4 and 6 of the CEI Act, 2006.


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  • Delhi Police seeking license from Puja Organisers

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    The New Delhi-based Bishnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samiti may have to do bit of paper work while organizing the birth anniversary of Shree Shree Bhubeneshwar Sadhu Thakur on October 25 in the city.

    This has come in the light of Delhi Police advertisement published in The Indian Express, New Delhi edition, on August 26, 2009. The attention-seeking advertisement has been carried out keeping in view the festive season which the city would be experiencing with the mela, Ramlila and puja.

    “All (such) gatherings must have proper permission from the concerned authorities,” the advertisement reads. “In order to avoid last minute inconvenience, the application process for obtaining license has been started.”

    On submission of the application form, “clearance will be obtained from the local Police, Traffic Police…Application are available at the reception counter of the Licensing Unit, Defence Colony, New Delhi”.

    The last date of receiving application forms is on September 2, 2009.


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  • Wednesday, 26 August 2009

    Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2009 on September 19

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    The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2009 on Sunday, the September 13, 2009 at 41 Centers all over the country; states a Press Information Bureau press release.

    Admission Certificates to the candidates have been dispatched. Letter of rejection, citing the grounds of rejection have also been issued. If any applicant has not received either the admission Certificates or Rejection Letter, he/she may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos. 011-23381125, 011-2338271 and 011-23098594 during working hours. The candidates can also send FAX messages on Fax No.011-23387310. Detailed venues information in respect of Admitted Candidates is also available at the Union Public Services Commission’s website at http://www.upsc.gov.in.

    The candidates who have not received the Admission Certificates may download the “Venue Information” from the above mentioned website and use it for appearing in the examination. Such candidates are also advised to carry two photographs and proof of identity such as Identity card, Election Identity Card, Driving License etc, otherwise they not be allowed to take the examination.

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  • Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum chalks out its programme

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    By our Staff Reporter

    GUWAHATI, Aug 25: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum, a Guwahati-based body of Bishnupriya Manipuri writers, has chalked out its programme schedule for 2009 at a meeting held at Rehabari in Guwahati on Sunday with forum’s president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha in the chair. The forum has decided to publish a half-yearly journal in September and April every year and a seminar on “Challenges before Minor Languages” in September this year. The meeting was attended, among others, by Jaiprakash Sinha, Narendra Sinha, Depashree Sinha, Prativa Sinha, Ramendu Sinha, Debashis Sinha and Kanchan Baran Sinha.

    Courtesy: The Sentinel (August 26, 2009)

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  • Tuesday, 25 August 2009

    Mahasabha-What it is?

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    By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi


    Love it or loathe it, but you can't ignore it, if there is one institution, extend it to any great personality, with which we could associate and is in our consciousness, it is non other than the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha or simply Mahasabha.

    There is a reason to it. It is one institution which has a history of its own. The fossilized institution has been active and participatory in the travails of time. And we see it, feel it at this present time. That’s a glory in itself.

    Its existence itself tells a story of its inner strength. It has not been dissected, or got broken in the strides of time. Though slowly it has been walking, the institution is alive. That is a victory.

    But this grand old institution is in jeopardy. Any communication mentioning about it goes blank to Bishnupriya Manipuri netizens. Readers of the bishnupriyamanipuri.com are inquisitive to explore what the Mahasabha is.

    Don’t panic! If you are well versed with activities of the Mahasabha and what it is. Think, beside you there is a friend who might be wondering and confused – what Mahasabha is.

    And if you go asking his upbringing, you will find he has hardly been to mainland Silchar, Cachar district or in Tripura. If he has been, he has not been brought to regular discourse of the Mahasabha.

    He might end up saying, “Ooo, my uncle is/ was a Member”. And he might boast off with the association with the “name”. The Mahasabha remains a mere name, a word, and not more than that. He/ she fail to create mental make-up about the socio-cultural body.

    Unfortunately, average readers of the bishnupriyamanipuri.com are comprised of this section. They have been outside, outside of the Mahasabha orbit. For many, it is a political organization; a defunct concept, for the rest.

    And for those who are intelligent, they end up asking – I know it is a socio-cultural organization, but where is the proof of it. There is no communication in terms of newsletter, updates of activities and it doesn’t come visible. He is very near to say that it is a myriad concept which you can feel it, understand it, but can’t express it.

    Yes, it is the expression they are not able to re-express it. This is the constraint of expression in a simple, lucid form that readers of the site are confronted with whenever any article/ write-up that goes with the Mahasabha tag.

    No doubt, they read. But reading doesn’t suffice and communicate the whole message. They fail to understand the message in whole. They interpret the way they understood. So they end up asking logical and illogical questions. To conclude the Mahasabha remains a question – What it is?


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  • IMAAR SREECHARANE, a poem by Ramendu Sinha

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    IMAAR SREECHARANE

    Ramendu Sinha dedicates this poem to his loving mother Late Rashami Sinha


    Imaa katkorlu mor thoi satogi,
    Katkorlu mor rokot Imaar ninge,
    Tabuo jingta kore nuwarlu Imaa.
    Manur mimange nuwarlu tulani,
    Kshama viksha magouri Imaar sreecharane.
    Imaa katkorlu mor thoi satogi,
    Imaa ashai ashai din kateiley
    Asha pura nuwarlu imaar puninge.
    Kshama viksha magouri Imaar sreecharane.
    Imaar ashar hrine buriya thailu,
    Ashar hrin huje nuwarlu.
    Imaa katkorlu mor thoi satogi.
    Janam janame jaram oingga Imaar garva sagare,
    Iho janame nuwarlu purani,
    Poro janame pureing Imaa,
    Ashar sagare jaram oiya.
    Imaa katkorlu mor thoi satogi,
    Katkorlu mor rokot Imaar ninge,
    Tabuo jingta kore nuwarlu Imaa.
    Manur mimange nuwarlu tulani,
    Kshama viksha magouri Imaar sreecharane.


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  • Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum meet held in Guwahati

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    GUWAHATI, Aug 24 – An extended meeting of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum was held at Rehabari today under the chairmanship of Dils Lakshmindra Sinha, a press release stated. A threadbare discussion was held on various issues related to the language, literature and culture of this minor ethnic group in the State. The members reiterated the need for a scientific approach to protect the language from the onslaught of globalisation and popularising the language amongst younger generations. They felt the need for translation of Bishnupriya Manipuri literature into English and Assamese and vice versa.

    The meeting decided to hold a seminar-cum-workshop in the last part of September under the caption, “Challenges before the minor languages”. The meeting further decided to publish a half-yearly journal in September and April every year and drive for membership amongst the young writers.

    Jaiprakash Sinha, Ramlal Sinha, Depashree Sinha, Z Prativa Sinha, Narendra Sinha, Ramendu Sinha, Debashis Sinha and others spoke on the occasion, Kanchan Boron Sinha thanked the chair on behalf of the house, the release added.

    Courtesy: The Assam Tribune (August 25, 2009)

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  • Chatting Made Easy: Digsby

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    By Tridiv Sinha, New Delhi

    There used to be days when people used one messenger to chat with strangers, friends and family online. Online chatting became one of the most popular Internet activities for young and old alike, especially youngsters trying to make online friends instead of social friends.

    The business of chatting has evolved since then. We have many messengers; call it the chatting software, having features of their own. One can send free text messages to any cell phone; enjoy music while chatting with inbuilt radio stations and send files to friends. The existing service providers are so popular that new ones have little or no share of the pie.

    But now we have chatting software which supports almost all the popular messenger services at the same time. Digsby.com is one such software to connect to multiple chatting services at the same time.

    Using Digsby, one can use 7 Instant Message services at the same time, get updates on 4-social networking sites and 5 email ID’s including POP mails.

    This software caters to the three giants of chatting – Yahoo, MSN and Google talk in India. It also covers ICQ, Jabber and Facebook messenger. Just register free on Digsby and add your required IM’s to the software, login with the Digsby ID and password and get connected to all the IM’s at the same time and get updates on your favorite social networking sites and email id’s.

    You can also email your friends from the software with no need to login to your email accounts in a separate browser. If you don’t want to install software as it is in Digsby, you can login to meebo.com and use multiple chatting clients at the same time.

    Life has become so simple, why waste time? Use Digsby.


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  • Sunday, 23 August 2009

    Google around

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    By RK Rishikesh Sinha

    Google Picasa

    If you are among those who have a penchant for photography, personal or professional, than definitely you are facing one problem - management of the photographs shoot at different intervals of time and occasion.

    You don’t find photographs in the array of folders you have created. You scratch to find out the exact photographs that you intend to see. Even if you find after a stretch of time you don’t have a command over it. You can’t email it, edit it, publish it online; you can’t push a button that all the photographs are placed in the cloud.

    But relax; download Google’s Picasa in your computer and you will find it is so easy managing thousands of photographs that are in your PC. It is a must tool for any photographer or image collector.

    Download it, now!


    Google Wiki Search

    Many people still think that they don’t have control over Google search results. Look at the image below, what does the pxylem.blogspot.com is doing here in the “bishnupriya manipuri” search in Google. You search in Google – bishnupriya manipuri, you will not find this.



    Months back Google introduced Wiki Search, through which users can edit the results of Google search results. You can bring down, or bring up any search results as you wish. So, if you don’t want bishnupriyamanipuri.com to appear in the Google search results. You can delete it, bring it down at bottom, as you wish by using the arrow up and arrow down tab which comes adjacent to the URL of the site.

    You can even add your websites/ blogs of your choice through the tab [Add a result] which comes at the bottom of the search results.




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  • Jobs in Delhi: It is not rosy as it was once

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    Jobs and Career

    If you are thinking to land in Delhi for a job, think twice. The job market is not rosy that used to be year back. Crisis in liquidity in economy, banks aversion to push money in the market, had taken a leaf out of the overall sentiments with which young job aspirants flock to the city from all over India.

    Businesses were hard hit in the backdrop of the global recession in India. The impact of the global financial meltdown was visible with business establishment treading cautiously in these testing times.

    The impact has more or less affected each and every sector. So, candidates will have a tough job to cut the ice in their chosen path.

    However, if your dream is to kick start your career from Delhi. Do come with prepared mind. Give a second look at your CV. Polish it with out any grammatical error. Brush up the fundamentals of your subject. The heydays are gone when interviews were lined up to attend.

    And if you are from publishing/ journalistic background, don’t forget to publish your write-ups in online or in print publication. It will definitely help you.

    Some problems that a newcomer could face in Delhi:

    The vastness of the city: Delhi is a metro city but it is also a state. The length and breadth of the city can put you off. The transport system can puzzle you. Be prepared to differentiate between DTC and blue line, and with metro rail link.

    A roof above you: This is a daunting task. It is better before you take up the journey; decide it where you will be putting up yourself. Will you be with your friends or extended family or relatives, or rent a room? Decide it before you leap.

    Heat: The weather of the city is dry and wry. But soon you will be able to acclimatize it. Relax, take the heat with job-hunt.

    Salary negotiation: This is one aspect of the job that may perturb you first. Later you will play game with it. At the present time, take what they give, lest there is strong reason to it.

    Identity Proof: Please, and please bring Identity Proof. Better if you have a Passport. It will help you a alot.

    What you can do:

    Affirm: Before you embark to the city, make sure you have contacted senior professionals of your sector in Delhi who might help.

    Activate: Start uploading your profile in major job portals like naukri.com, monster.com. And don’t forget to optimize it frequently. After all you have to seek the eyeball attention of your employer.

    ATM: Yes, my Dad is an ATM! Come with an ATM card. Don’t rely upon other’s bank account.

    Newspapers: Abreast with job openings published in the newspapers like Times of India and Hindustan Times published from the city.


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  • First pin-point the goal

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    By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

    There are nowadays, so many topics like ‘imaar thar in danger’, ‘road blockade by BMSU & BMSP’, coming in the bishnupriyamanipuri.com.

    We have come a long way to arrive at, where we are today, to able to interact, debate, exchange our views etc. At the same time I am not at all happy because the similar progress is not there in other towns, leave it apart the villages. At the moment it is confined to only Metro Cities. There are progresses, as far as the language and culture is concerned. When I came to Bombay in beginning of nineteen sixties, hardly could I speak in imar thar; but now I can speak, because there are plenty of people who speak in this language in Mumbai today with me. How could people say IMAAR THAR in danger? Any way my point is not to advocate on this subject, but to exchange views.

    Here I would like address one issue where people are not applying their mind before coming up with some topics. You might be aware that our certain Sansthas suddenly come up with irrelevant demands to Central/State Govt. such as (a) an MLA, an MP (Rajyasabha) from our community, a Development council, a Territorial Council and Autonomous Council. Are these justified?

    How could these be decided? Who all are they to decide such non-priority matters of the society? Therefore we must raise our voice to divert their attention for such demands.

    There are of course other important matters pertaining to our society, on which these Sansthas can work; for instance (a)look in to the shortages of teachers of L.P. schools in Bishnupriya Manipuri populated villages in three districts (Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj),(b) to make sure that Bishnupriya Manipuri language is taught in classes. I can bet no one even thinking on this line that these students are the backbone of our society.

    So we want a change in their thinking through this media. I do hope, the day will come when we will start concentrating on core issues that are of prime importance to the over all development of this community.

    I strongly advocate one belief that if we all want to see a prosperous Bishnupriya Manipuri community participation of youngsters is vital and important. They will bring in new concept, new ideas, and new insight in the path of development.

    With good education, one can be more organized and every organization needs good organizers and strategists. So specialization of youngsters can definitely help the Sansthas in various ways.

    There is always room for professionals from different fields as well. At the same time a person should have an urge to serve the society. For social work one has to be very understanding and be extremely focused. One should also work with commitment and honesty, not to be distracted from primary goal. One must constantly aim to make an effort to bring about a positive change in the society. I am a retired person, having a wish of uniting Bishnupriya Manipuri people of different parts of the country in their own localities, the slogan “know your own people around you, then proceed”.


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  • Saturday, 22 August 2009

    Danger of extinction looms over the Bishnupriya Manipuri language in metro cities: Survey

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    The Bishnupriya Manipuri language is not safe, reveals a survey recently conducted among the populace all across the world.

    Sixty-three per cent respondents feel that the language is in danger and it will vanish from the metros. Responses were received from 17 locations all over the world.

    Hira Kumari Singha, conforms to this. She believes, “Imaar Thar is safe in villages but not in cities and metro cities.”

    However, thirty-three per cent respondents were having the opinion that the language is safe and secure in metros and will eventually not out of our spoken language.

    “Language cannot be extinct,” said Suroshree. Shairng the same view Remuna Sinha said, “The language may languish but will not perish.”

    Extinction of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language like any other languages of the world depends upon both internal and external factors, said Mihir Lal Singha.

    Today is Thanksha (Saturday)

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    Unity in Smoke
    Not simple to answer
    Immar Thar han habito hoba
    Influenced by external factor?
    Dwindling Vs Secure

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  • Bishnupriyamanipuri.com to release e-Book

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    bishnupriyamanipuri.com has registered a phenomenal growth of 219. 28 per cent jump in its viewership in the month of July 22-August 21, 2009. In the same duration, it clocks total 4,093 pageviews (the number of times the pages of the site have been visited).

    On August 13, 2009, the number of pageviews totaled the highest 248 pages.

    With the number of articles/ write-ups/ in the bishnupriyamanipuri.com increasing (statistics proves the same), it is hereby requested to readers to suggest their 3 BEST articles published here. After successful compilation of the readers’ choice, the common BEST articles will be published as an e-Book here.

    The e-Book, carrying the best articles, will be FREE to subscribers and to all readers.

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  • Friday, 21 August 2009

    Paritraan, a Bishnupriya Manipuri movie, to be released soon

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    Paritraan, a Bishnupriya Manipuri movie, is slated to be released September-end this year. Produced by L.L Productions, brings forth the social changes the Bishnupriya Manipuri hinterlands are witnessing due to acute unemployment among the youngsters.

    The movie which coalesce the Bishnupriya Manipuri culture and the prevailing socio-economic scenario of the society runs parallel in the story.

    Tushar Sinha of Sa-Re-Ga-Ma Fame, Golden Voice of Barak 2009, Bithi Sinha, and Promila Sinha, have given voice in the movie.

    Story, screenplay and dialogue by Pabhas Kanti Sinha, and lyrics by Pt. Motilal Sinha, Prabhas Kanti Sinha and Hiren Sinha; Paritraan is studded with talents- Vishal Sinha (Delhi), Pinki Sinha (Tinsukia), Ashotosh Sinha ( Robi) of Guwahati, Samarendra Sinha, Kabita Sinha.

    The movie is directed by Hiren Sinha and Kuldip Bora.


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  • The Financial Express highlights contribution of Bishnupriya Manipuri in Wikipedia

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    Ever wondered – what is the status of Bishnupriya Manipuri in www.wikipedia.org? Where do it stands in comparison to the other languages of India? The Financial Express, in an article “Movement of a virtual community” published on August 20, 2009, New Delhi edition, again loudly validates number of articles on the language far exceeds many prominent languages of India.

    The number of articles on Bishnupriya Manipuri in Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia and one of the precious assets ever created in the Internet space, is 23, 416 just lagging behind with Telugu (43,253 number of articles) and Hindi (33, 268), The Financial Express states.

    The same article prominently promulgates that in the list of Indo-Aryan languages of India, the number of articles on Bishnupriya Manipuri it is second to Hindi. And among the northeastern languages, the only language that appears in the article written by Pragati Verma, is Assamese with contribution of 207 articles.

    India ranks among the top five countries using information from Wikipedia.

    The Financial Express runs many editions published from Ahmedabad, Bangolore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.

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    Note: For complete article with the list, from which inferences have been drawn, do read the print version or else on e-paper.

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  • Thursday, 20 August 2009

    Watch Zeitgeist, the movie

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    By Tridiv Sinha, New Delhi


    I would suggest.

    The documentary movie “Zeitgeist” peels off the true picture behind the religions of the world. How common people are deceived to believe lies created by a few elites to rule the world? The German titled documentary goes on to institution behind Wars and Banks.

    The title justifies the content of the hour and half journey through three aspects related to the modulation of ideas of common people by ruthless elites ruling the human civilization.

    The documentary covers three aspects. The first being related to Religions. The opening sentences are impossible to ignore, when it comes to logical thinking. When you try to educate yourself, try to find out where you came from, you’ll see lies all around you. Man often complaint against corrupt Governments and other institutions, but Religions remain untouched. In fact, Religion is at the bottom of the dirt.

    The religious institutions are put up there by the same people who gave us the corrupt education, government and international banking cartels. These people do not care for the welfare of the common people; all they care is the profits which they earn by deceiving people from the truth.

    Some people may ignore the documentary as another film made by some people for terrifying normal people of the world we live in. But, we can’t deny the truth; can we?
    The one-and-half-hour video shows how different religions follow the same concepts over and over again in different generations. From ancient Greek mythology to time of Christ, few people convinced the huge mass of the miracles of one man with special powers so as to make them follow the idol. A good marketing concept I’d say. If you can’t sell your ideas or product, get endorsements from a celebrity. You know what mass thinks. They will listen to the endorser if not you. This is how we got Gods, heroes. The elite people convinced the common man that the figure possesses powers no mortal can possess and thus impose their ideologies on the mass. In a way, this thing was necessary when there was a need of discipline. But to use the concept to rob people their freedom is what I would criticize.

    There are numerous incidences of godly figures around the world having almost the same birth rule, principles and powers. The video showed how the concept of Jesus and many others are copied from the Gods of much older Egyptian civilization. It also described how the do’s and don’ts of most religions are copied from the same.

    The documentary might look anti-American as it also revealed some facts which show it’s involvement in the greatest wars of the 20th and 21st century. This should not come as a shock to the reader’s mind that War is the greatest industry and the most profit making business in the human civilization. War fuels technological developments and vice versa.


    War also generates highest profits for the banking cartels. Sometimes, they get involved in both sides of the war to maximize profits. Such incident was World War 2 when one of America’s biggest banks provided monetary support to America and allied nations whereas they provided loans to Germany’s war industries running the war. At the time of wars, banks increase their rates of interest and thus earn much more profits. The documentary shows how American Govt got involved in wars against the interests of the common people. It was on the interest of the banks that the Govt had to participate in wars.

    With banks comes the last part of the video. Even though only the case of American economy was discussed, I have a strong belief that it holds true for all the economies around the world. The world is run on the basis of Credit to the centralized banks and thus the more we progress, more we earn, more we spend, the more we are increasing our credit levels. I can’t explain the scenario in a detailed way, not being an economist, all I can say is that it’s the banks that are ruling the society today; not our governments.

    Just spend 2 hours of your spare time on this video and you might see the world in a different way.



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  • Is Imaar Thar in Danger

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    With this we have come to the end of the series – Is Imaar Thar in Danger. The initiative drew views and insights from all across the world that Bishnupriya Manipuri people have on this precarious issue.

    Sunil Sinha
    Present Place: United States
    Native Place: Silchar
    Is Imaar Thar in Danger: Yes

    Views: Well, many Bishnupriya Manipuris who are getting highly educated are getting married mostly to Bengalis. It’s a matter of shame instead of marrying within the community we are going outside it. I was born and raised outside Silchar, but when I went to villages, such as Bhatirgram, Khatkhal, I was thrilled and proud to be a Bishnupriya Manipuri.

    The raas leelas performed by our Bishnupriya Manipuri gives a thrilling experience. It’s my advice to all the Bishnupriya Manipuris, keep up the good work and make the community proud with your achievements.

    Mihir Lal Singha
    Present Place: Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Native Place: Choyghoree, Dalua, Adampur, Bhanugach, Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Bangladesh

    Is Imaar Thar in Danger: Yes

    Views:

    Language dies day by day for two causes (I think)

    1. Internal
    2. External

    1. The problem in our society is that we feel "shame" and "fear" to express our religion, thoughts, beliefs, ideas etc. to others and adopts other's thoughts, ideas, beliefs etc. to show up how smart we are!!! Now in Bangladesh like to teach their children Bangla and English instead of Imar Thar. It is funny that the language they teach is Na Bangla, Na Manipuri but something "barbaric"! Like - Ti boli isotgo? They will learn - Tumi bala asoni? instead of - Apni bhalo achen? or Tumi bhalo aso? like other several examples which is horrible.

    Doing so the parents deprive their children from learning Imar Thar and formal Bangla at the same time. On the other hand we the modern guys love to speak among us in Bangla, English and Hindi to show how learned we are. Now we talk over mobile over other language instead of our Imar Thar while talking to our blood. Therefore, day by day Bangla, English, and Hindi is so much practiced that many words from the Other language settled their place in Our Imar Thar and we forget the use of our own language. And its happning day by day in Bangladesh which is realy dangerous. Sometimes I get myself surprised when I do not find words that I use from Imar Thar. If my condition is like this, I wonder what happens to the "unconscious" people. I request all our people to be aware of this problem otherwise we ourselves will be responsible for killing our Imar thar. Does anyone have the solution?

    2. The external problem is the influence of the other culture or the dominating force what we see in Manipur. They have already killed our Ima and Imar Thar. We have to fight like Sudeshna to save the outside influence and the same time be concious in ourselves.

    Jitendra Sinha
    Present Place: Agartala
    Native Place: Kalinjar, Singari (Silchar)
    Is Imaar Thar in Danger: Yes

    Views: I have read many Manipuri magazines wrote by different author and have always wondered whether someone came forward to create beautiful images on a blank mirror. But I could not convince myself that this manifesto could be helpful to bring forward our community. According to my lack of understanding, it is better, before we create an image we have to choose a perfect Frame.

    Meanwhile I had seen many leaders on my way of life who had started the revolution for our Imar Thar but now where they are hiding in the final stage. Whether they haven’t believed himself or forget their idol.

    As per my view in the name of communalism we have always think individually about Shaheed Sudeshna who put to sacrificed her life and death in the name of communalism and have ever done drawn a history in the Bishnupriya Manipuri.
    “If you are Bishnupriya “
    “If you are Bishnupriya Plumber”
    then you can create your own image with wonderful Frame.
    Rise up, Rise up, Rise up Bishnupriya.

    Find out the actual Leader to come over in this Trap. Coz without perfect leader no one can achieve their goal in the match

    I would ever be grateful that I’m Bishnupriya Manipuri.

    Ramen Sinha
    Present Place: Guwahati, Assam
    Native Place: Silchar
    Is Imaar Thar in Danger: No

    Views: IMAAR THAR IS ALWAYS AHEAD. SO WE SHOULD LOVE IMAAR THAR. I like it.

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    Unity in Smoke
    Not simple to answer
    Immar Thar han habito hoba
    Influenced by external factor?
    Dwindling Vs Secure

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    No Quota Benefits For Migrant SC,STs, OBCs: Supreme Court

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    Members of `scheduled castes' (SCs), `scheduled tribes' (STs) and `other backward castes' (OBCs) cannot claim the benefits of reservation if they migrate from one state to another if the `caste' or tribe to which they belong are not recognized as a reserved community in the adopted state, the Supreme Court has ruled.

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  • Wednesday, 19 August 2009

    Bachelor of Bishnupriya Manipuri!

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    RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

    I am going to pass the BBM, the Bachelor of Bishnupriya Manipuri, very soon! It’s been three years, the time that one has to spend to fetch Bachelor degree; I have been grilled, polished days in and days out with the subject Bishnupriya Manipuri. Now in my last phase I find the subject, you can say the topic is very interesting and worth of further intensive study. At least Master degree, than PhD and if everything goes right and correct Professorship on my visiting card!

    First Year of BBM

    The first year started with fun and frolic and with self doubt, questions were there whether I am really interested or have the aptitude to study the subject that very few have tried their hand and head earlier. Of course, everyone starts the first year of their Bachelor degree called the rest year with these emotions.

    New friends come from nowhere, friendship goes deep and thick. You share ideas personal and little bit academic. You try to show off your presence in the midst of unacquainted friends. You request for approvals from other group to chat with someone whom you would like to have a say. Not different from other, I also spent my first year with full fun and masti.

    The topics taught in the first year were very elementary and basic. There were over 50 chapters on Bishnupriya Manipuri language, culture and why to study the subject and the like. Special emphases were given on self memoirs of Bishnupriya Manipuri Greats. These were the chapters I loved it very much since their stories used to give a full preview of the persons writing it.

    Anyway I don’t know when I appeared for the first year exam and passed it. My classmates said, “Rishi you are a good student. Definitely you will get first class in the Degree.” I was still in doubt about my capabilities and for the self discipline required for clearing the Bachelor Degree.

    Second Year of BBM

    The second year was more extensive, I was introduced to many topics like Nabadwip, and thought-analysis of various theories. In my class I found some of my friends used to agree and some completely disagrees with some propositions of Greats. I didn’t openly express my views and thoughts on those theories, since I want to explore the subject more and deep, so I defied many questions bombarded on me from my professors and friends. You can say I remained aloof the whole second year as I was galloped with my own thought process.

    Chapters devoted on why Bishnupriya Manipuris living 30-80 kilometers from Silchar/ Patherkandi are more susceptible to not using the language were more intriguing and interesting. I found the answers given by my friends based on these lessons were funny and I used to enjoy a lot.

    Due to heavy demand for the subject in the market, there was sudden surge in the first year for this subject. Many juniors got admission in the Department. I along with my friends were happy that we are in second year and we are senior to them. No doubt the junior students were also brilliant with shining academic record.

    Very few passed the second year, as my friends who applied for the same subject in other colleges went to pursue there. I missed a lot my friends; hope they are happy in their new adopted college. I remained in the same dingy Department of the college with rinsing roof and creaking wall.

    Third Year of BBM

    I passed the second year. Appearing for the exam I discovered how to study the subject. To be precise I came to know – how to prepare for the exam. I completely jettisoned the idea: exam is all about commit and vomit. I killed the very idea of the exam: it is a three hour/ three weeks/ three months affair. To pass in the third year one has to completely understand the subject, I proposed to myself.

    In the third year I was introduced into inter-disciplinary studies. Use of analytics, statistics, design, modern methods of communication and human resource management, like many subject were taught.

    There were also lessons on economics, politics, the Internet, policies, and bollywood music. Teachers are saying more lessons will be taught. And I am eagerly waiting for the classes.

    I want to share with my friends, now I appear for viva-voce in Bishnupriya Manipuri. The Greats ask many questions which I have not noticed or read. They teach me many basics of the subject, some bark and some humiliate when I failed to answer their questions. But I love them after all they are Great without any degree in the subject!

    I hope I will pass the final exam with flying colours. I am happy to share with all of my friends that I have applied for the dual course in Master and PhD in the same subject. Good news: the department has been allowed to carry out the twin course. So I will remain in the same college and with the same environ that existed three years ago. Now, special series of lectures on 'Is Immar Thar in Danger' is taking place in our department given by many scholars. Do attend in the seminar!

    I have decided that I will not appear for CAT, MAT, XAT or any other competitive examinations.

    One more thing, I am matured now. Now I don’t go for fun and frolic. I am serious with my subject. Another good news: I have build up a good hold over the Department and its workings. Every nook and cranny of the department is open to me. I love the subject and the Department. My wish in my life would be to become a Professor in the same department teaching the same subject to my students.

    I hope you loved my journey that I have traversed in the three years!


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  • Tuesday, 18 August 2009

    Delhi Bishnupriya Manipuris to celebrate birth anniversary of Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur on Oct 25

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    Delhi Bishnupriya Manipuri residents have geared up to celebrate the 139 birth centenary of the Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur. The celebration will tentatively be held on October 25, this was decided in a meeting presided by Dr Nirmalaya Sinha at Manglapuri, New Delhi on August 16, 2009.

    It was decided to fix the fee of Rs 300 per family and Rs 150 per individual.

    Members of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samiti attending the meeting also had discussion on the programme schedule for the day.


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  • Screening at Airport: A ground reality

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    By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

    The treatment meted out to Shah Rukh Khan detained beyond 66 minutes at the US airport is best known to the Airport Authority. These are the security drills that can’t be changed. The point is that every country has its own set of rules. Some are more stringent than the other.

    Here I would like to say that a visitor always has a choice of his own to go or not to go to a particular place that makes him uncomfortable. The United States is known to be scrupulous while screening of the tourist is concerned, especially after 9/11 attack and we are quite aware of this punishing procedure.

    All visitors are subjected to rigorous screening; nobody should feel victimized while going through such painful processes (ordeal). Last year, at Singapore Airport I faced several irrelevant questions for carrying a physiotherapy belt made up of cloth pouch having steal strips in it for leg exercise. However, at Mumbai Airport no security personnel had questioned me, even no one told me to remove my coat; but in Singapore I had to.

    It is time now, our politicians (VVIPs), movie stars and cricketers must wake up to this ground realities. The outside world is neither interested nor impressed by someone’s status. One may be a renowned businessman or a Bollywood Badshah, the officer on duty would not mind telling him to step aside, he is least concerned with his fame or bank balance at back home. He is indifferent about fans waving their hands and asking their autographs. His job is to make sure that the tourist comes out clean.

    Is that so tough to accept? Of course, it is irritating.

    This incident should inspire our Airport Authorities to tighten up immigration process. I don’t appreciate the suggestion of “tit for tat” given by a Central Cabinet Minister. What happened to Shah Rukh Khan is too bad; at the same time, people might think that this may be a sort of publicity stunt.

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  • Sunday, 16 August 2009

    Gov, Banks, auto bodies, PSU, employees: Give wings to your dream house

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    Are you a serving or retired Central Government Employee, or serving employee of Central PSUs, State Governments, Union Territory Administration, Autonomous Bodies, Corporation, Nationalised Banks, you can have your dream dwelling on “no profit-no loss” basis through self-financing schemes.

    Thanks to Central Government Employees Welfare Housing Organisation (CGEWHO), which is an autonomous body of the Government of India, to promote, control and coordinate the development of housing schemes at selected places.

    The “organization is conducting a demand survey to take up housing projects for Central Government employees at Nagpur, Pune, Guwahati, Patna, Raipur, Goa, Chandigarh, Vadodra, Shimla, Jammu, Ranchi, Mysore, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Agra, Allahabad, Dehradun and Siliguri” reads the website.

    Interested! You can visit the organization website for more information: Central Government Employees Welfare Housing Organisation.

    Even you can send the application form, alongwith the relevant payment, at the following address, by 24th Aug 2009.


    Director (Administration)
    'A' Wing, 6th Floor, Janpath Bhawan,
    Janpath, New Delhi – 110001
    Tel: 011-23717249, 23355408
    Email: cgewho@nic.in


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  • SRK and to all ASIANS

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    By Prabal Atreya



    Well…Well…Well. Yet another airport conduct incident. Mr. Shah Rukh Khan being detained in Newark, NJ (USA). The Indian in me got furious for a moment; after all SRK does hold a place in our hearts. And I don’t compare the Badshah with the Shehenshah, both have their own forte. Maybe, as a human, I may tend to do it down the line but surely when SRK turns 60. But that does not mean ‘am putting my CRAZYmeter down for him; for I’ve also grown up with all the Yash Raj banners he was part of, seen the craze in the female fans who came to hold my hands but only to watch SRK do what he does best- Stretch his hands open so wonderfully that almost half the world’s females would get into his already suffocating heart.

    Sir, you almost made me a pimp then! What more, I tried doing the same magic; and got responses like- Honey! I like the way you are! Liar she was, because I never saw the same craze for me! Nevertheless, on a serious note, over the years, I also developed a fan following with him, but more so with his off-screen persona. Very intelligent, spontaneous, and evergreen.

    DETAINED

    And it was disappointing to see him getting detained in a foreign land, where he had run so much for those ‘mouth wide open’ scenes. And he was DETAINED, a step ahead of the frisking episodes in airport that we kept hearing in media off late, the last major being Dr.Kalam’s. Off course the issue was different then, for it was a definite code of conduct by an US airline major, and it did apologize later to the missile man. But yes, for Shah Rukh Khan, my instant reaction was furious. But then, quickly there’s another opinion that suddenly ruled over the fan in me. That’s when the occasional blogger in me woke up all over again; thought I have an opinion about there.

    My immediate quest led me to couple of blogs and reviews about the issue. Good God! It’s not even 12 hours in the incident, and part of the World Wide Web is flooded with Shah Rukh Khan and the issue. By the time my opinion gets its space, there might just be a bandwidth problem whiles you Google for SRK. For all those who missed out, after the detention, SRK’s first immediate reaction was- “They have a problem with my name”. I think that was very pre-mature of him; but I could understand this position, that was the best he could offer to the world media when he just came out in tizzy. I’m sure he would like to change his statement, maybe in a much intelligent way, that justifies his wit and the gravity of the issue. I’ll cover that in the end. Another review talked about Ambika Soni with a ‘Tit for Tat’ statement. Ma’am! I’ve always liked you. But what is this? A loose statement from a learned and senior politician like you? Maybe you could have given a more politically correct answer for now and carried on as an action item in any of those cabinet meetings and implemented in airport vigilance agenda.

    Excuse me!

    More so, when the Elections are just over and you don’t need minority votes for sure. Anyway, I like you. It happens with the best. But I have a few things to tell you. Wait till I reach the end. I drilled down further to other fan reviews. Some idiots said it was a publicity stunt. Excuse me! SRK does not need to do that, your idiotic mind needs rest. Likewise, many more.

    I’m never a great admirer of this nation, its policies but again, I don’t hate it so much like our neighbor as well. There are many a good things in US for the world to like and take lessons from and a definite good amount of reasons to hate as well. And I would not like to be yet another over-confident Indian, who’s on a high and on a US bashing just because of the ‘land of opportunity’ tagline being shifted from the US to India. What is the incident? Why has it happened? Is it just about a name? To start off with, let us for once applaud that Americans do care for their people and their lives. Talk of the least; they make their people feel that that there is good governance, policymaking and implementation around the policies.

    If SRK is not spared

    For an American Internal Security Policymakers, people of America are his priority. He would like to be checking each and every soul that checks into American land given the threats she faces as a nation. Unlike India, which is still vulnerable to aerial, water and land entries. But we are still talking about SRK? Who was been awaited by thousands of fans outside the airport. But for US officials, it might be another action to showcase the larger world, mostly to the nations where SRK is popular, that if SRK is not spared for a check or a suspicion, so would other Khans, and so would the other followers of Islam. And yes, there is a clear target audience against this action. And unfortunately, our very own SRK is the scapegoat this time.

    Unfortunately, because of some of the satanic minds, who spread terror in the name of Islam. And people like Shah Rukh Khan and many other common man has to suffer those suspicious eye sights. Even otherwise, if high profile celebs could involve themselves in drug rackets and mafia, who know there could be a terror hand as well. Such are the times, and such unpredictable things could happen. What they did in this exercise could be a mock drill or a closing-down loopholes exercise. And they meant it to a specific segment, I repeat. What Mr.Shah Rukh Khan could have done better, or many who face similar treatments could do better is by following the routine procedure with utmost sincerity to the law of the land. Huh! I don’t know the experience, is that what my Islamist friend is saying? No, my friend. I care for you. But that does not take away the fact that a subset in your set keeps impacting the world, harming human lives at the highest level. The best way to deal with the larger world, is by being a good example in all the sets and win your friends. You are upset? It’s not just?


    Please

    Hear me out, my Asian/Islamist friend. Please manage yourself in this process for sometime. Until the next big Christian terrorism group comes out. There may be few here and there, but let’s wait for sometime, till we see someone who damages mass scale and magnitude. Trust me; the pointer would shift to Andrew or a Steve rather than a Akhtiar. But until then, you have to be with the larger human race, be a good Samaritan and be a part with the larger world. Because there’s more in the human race than the religion itself. Let me shift the focus to China. I love this country; do business with the country as well. Imagine a Chinese extremist (those who love words, go figure out the Chinese synonym of jihads, I’m not interested), imagine spreading the ill-motives in US and India. All Mongoloids would be vulnerable, right! People from NE India are already facing this, but this time, for a more major concern, life. You never know, even one of our Bishnupriya Manipuris could be detained; Questioned and released. And the victim would turn up to the blog and express his fury- ‘They did not like my face’. Or maybe express his worry about his resemblance with the most wanted terrorist – Hu Jintao from China and that his Sinha surname is false.

    Lesson for all nations- Don’t talk about tit for tat to US policies, maybe we could have a more systematic and stringent check in our boundary lines. Show examples that you are active, very active. A terrorist mind would definitely take time, but more so because of the stringent checks you’ve put in. Jack Welch once said- Copy shamelessly. It applies to all in GE and I am no exception either.

    Lets not sensationalize it, as we can't incorporate in India

    If there is a certain practice that needs attention, could be followed, lets not sensationalize it just because we cannot follow it in our system. We could learn that they could perform and practice their policies in just about everybody. Because it’s their country and their people. And they would do anything to keep their people safe.
    With the SRK episode, maybe they sent the signals across. As for Shah Rukh Khan, the matter is already in the embassy for an explanation. I won’t be surprised if the next thing that comes out would be an apology letter/statement from the US consulate in India to SRK. They can’t even put the Asians residing in US at bay for long, they’ll cover them as well in the apology. Peace would prevail in a couple of days. BUT WILL INDIA EVER LEARN THE LESSON? WOULD THE MINORITY GET A LESSON because this minority tagline shifts its focus every now and then. Will he accept the time and circumstance gracefully; be an example or continue to play hide and seek with the rest of the world. Because there would be someone bound to take your place tomorrow and you’d relax thereafter.


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