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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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