Sunday, 28 February 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuris moves Assam CM for development council


By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 27: The general assembly of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) that was held at Rudra Singha Stadium playground at Dispur today adopted a slew of resolutions that were submitted to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi through Border Area Development Minister Gautom Roy. The Chief Minister was supposed to grace the occasion as the chief guest, but the he could not attend it due to busy schedule. Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora also attended the general assembly of the Mahasabha.

The demands placed by the Mahasabha before the Chief Minister are immediate setting up of a Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) for all-round development of the community, immediate notification including Bishnupriya Manipuris in the list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) in Assam and in the Central list of OBC in view of the judgement of the Gauhati High Court in C.R. No. 3176 of 1999 that was upheld by the Supreme Court in its judgement delivered on March 8, 2006, immediate introduction of Bishnupriya Manipuri language from class V onwards, immediate appointment of Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers and sub-inspectors of schools for effective supervision of teaching, immediate clearance from the State Government to the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for introduction of Bishnupriya Manipuri programmes in Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) at Guwahati and Silchar, inclusion of Bishnupriya Manipuri representatives in the proposed Assam Legislative Council, grants-in-aid for construction of an auditorium-cum-office and guest houses for the community at Silchar and Guwahati and grants-in-aid to the Nikhil Bishnurpiya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad and Sanskriti Parishad for the development of art, culture and literature of the community.
After receiving the memorandum, Roy said that he would place the demands before the Chief Minister and take up the matter.

Assam Minority Development Board chairman Bijoy Krishna Nath, who was also present at the assembly, told the gathering that the demands raised by the Mahasabha were genuine. He said the State Government should meet the demands of the community without further delay.
Earlier in the day, the general assembly of the Mahasabha began at 10 am since when, besides various other programmes, different regional and district committees and frontal wings of the NBMM like the Sahitya Parishad and Sanskriti Parishad read out their reports on their activities.

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Happy Holi!


Wish a very Happy Holi to your family/ friends/ loved ones 
Happy Holi! 
By Ritwick Sinha, Class III, Senior Secondary School, Guwahati

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Friday, 26 February 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuri Assembly on Feb 27


GUWAHATI, Feb 25: The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, the apex socio-cultural body and the oldest organization of the Bishnupriya Manipuris, along with its allied organizations like the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuris Sahitya Parishad, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sanskriti Parishand, Radhamadhab Sevapuja Committee, will hold a one-day special Central General Assembly on February 27 on Rudra Singha Memorial Sports Complex here.

More than 500 delegates from various countries like the USA, Australia, UK and Bangladesh and from various parts of the country like Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and different parts of the Northeast will take part in the Assembly. Besides discussion on various burning issues confronting society today, there will be a fanfare on literary and cultural programmes. A number of poets, writers and popular artistes from Bangladesh, Tripura, Mumbai and Barak Valley have been invited to the cultural programme to be held on the occasion.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is scheduled to be the chief guest at the Assembly. MP and APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita and ministers in the Assam Government will also attend the Assembly.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (February 25, 2010)

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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Two B Manipuri ojhas, social worker felicitated


From a Staff Reporter

SILCHAR, Feb 15: The Kapaklei-Tanu Smriti Chaturtha Sahitya Sanmelan, 2009-10 felicitated noted Bishupriya Manipuri singers and gurus (kirtanango) Ojha Bijoy Sinha of Silchar and Ojha Gaurogopal Sinha of Bhubaneswar Nagar at east Kachudharam on the outskirts of Silchar town. The Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum, Guwahati, which collaborated with Kapaklei-Tanu Smriti Chaturtha Sahitya Sanmelan in holding the sanmelan, also felicitated Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha’s former president Gopimohan Mukherjee at the programme that concluded with a cultural programme recently.

Due to the absence of ailing Mukherjee, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha’s former president Manoranjan Sinha, who presided over the felicitation programme, received the felicitation comprising a set of angabastra and a citation on his behalf, said president of the organizing committee Champalal Sinha and executive secretary Rasamoy Sinha. The sanmelan that was inaugurated by poet Kanchanbaran Sinha had litterateur Krishna Bhallab Sinha as the president.

A seminar on “Bishnupriya Manipuri Folk Literature” was also held on the occasion with Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha on the chair. Professor Santosh Sinha, litterateur Krishna Bhallab Sinha and writer Karunamay Sinha read out their papers in the seminar. Principal of Ramgopal Academy Manash Sinha and Parimal Sinha also took part in the seminar. DILS Sinha summed up all the papers read out by the speakers and added his own views on the topic.

Noted singers Rajashree, Krishna Chandra, Shyam Kumar, Menaka, Naba Mukherjee and Shrabani mesmerized the audience in the cultural programme.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (February 15, 2010)

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No Arjunness Will Help


Are We Backward?

Here is the fifth response by Debajyoti Sinha on the survey "Is the Bishnupriya Manipuri a backward community?".

Socially: Yes
Economically: Yes
Politically: Yes
Educationally: Yes
We are under represented in Class I government services: Yes


I think social backwardness is the product of economic, educational and political backwardness.

Social progress is not measured in terms of one's "Arjunness", how great we were, but by economic, political and educational progress in the present. Sadly, we seem to be a race who dwell in the past.

This sorry state of affairs is further compounded by our disunity, our inertia to change and our utter lack of courage to question prevailing views.

Accepting the present state of affairs and willingness to change ourselves can be the first step in this direction.

Instead of waiting for that sarkari "chakuri", we can try our luck in private jobs or maybe open a small business or maybe farm our lands.

Instead of raising a hue and cry over including Bishnupriya Manipuri as a language to be taught in schools, we can direct our efforts towards providing a good "English medium" education for our children.

Instead of trying to ape the Bengalis/Assamese in whatever they do, we can take pride in our own culture and language ( I dont mean to hurt anyone by my comments. But it really hurts when I see people talking amongst themselves in Sylheti or Hindi or Assamese.)

Instead of meek acceptance, let us have the courage to ask " why ?"

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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Mingal singer Hrishikesh Sinha

Introducing everyone with a young budding talent from the field of music, Hrishikesh Sinha from Silchar. A singer composer, who, in his small little ways, have been scaling small but steady heights in his career.

By Prabal Atreya, Bangalore

Hrishikesh did his schooling from Oriental High School, Silchar, and graduated from G.C.College, Silchar. During his childhood, he was the favourite child when his seniors would call him for a song in every other gathering. In fact, he started off as a dancer during his school days by participating in various events, singing came at a later stage.

His first big platform came in early 2005, with Khourang, a socio-cultural organisation, which organised a cultural programme, with a brilliant performance. That’s how his motivation and interest towards music, learning guitar, composing etc. began. He was supported through out by his family, particularly by his elder brother, Haridas Sinha, so much that he went on to produce his first ever audio album ‘Mingal’. Mingal was a hit, well accepted by the people. It brought in a fresh voice, particularly, for the young hearts. Post Mingal, he kept into compositions and honing his skill.

The next big thing that happened with him was a workshop, organised by the people of the Kolkata music fraternity. He was close to his Guruji – Joy then, he says. Tollywood music director Somnath Chakroborty recognised him and considered him as a potential for singing in Tollywood. In fact, he’s sung two hits in ‘The Golden Melodies of Som’s Harmony’, a private album, marketed and distributed in West Bengal and North East. On the Tollywood part, discussions and negotiations are still on; we should hear something new and good in the coming days.

In early 2007, New Mark Creators organised a Talent hunt program in NE, and Hrishikesh was the only selected candidate from Silchar. This game him another project ‘Neel Aakash’ in Bengali. In the same year, Doordarshan (NE) launched a massive talent hunt show in the north-east ‘Melody Star’. The competition went live with Hrishikesh performing in it. However, as luck would have it, the competition was shelved off after sometime due to commercial reasons.

The success of Mingal along with all the encouragement lifted Hrishikesh to consider music and singing as a serious career option by now. Leimma Production came up with another project ‘O Meghala’, which involved superior technical support with Sound mixing in Chennai Studios and involved participants from Sa Re Ga Ma.

In 2008, he was auditioned by Doordarshan again and got selected, but this time for live performances in Silchar.

The next big project that’s up in line is ‘HRIDI’, another album. If everything goes as per schedule, it should be releasing by end April’10 and with 5 different languages viz. Bishnupriya Manipuri, Meitei, Bengali, Assamese and Hindi.

He’s also teamed up with Zubeen Garg (of Ya Ali fame) on a Bengali video album ‘Mon Je Chai Shudu Tumare’. Zubeen would also be singing on one of Hrishikesh’s compositions.

‘Bau’, as he is locally known as, Hrishikesh is the youngest sibling among five and lives with her mother. He likes and draws inspiration from Mohammed Rafi, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and Zubeen Garg. He is a trained classical singer. His hobbies include playing guitar, composing songs, net surfing.

We luck Hrishikesh the very best for all his future endeavors.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuri meet in Guwahati on Feb 27


By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 22: The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) will hold its central general Assembly with a day-long programme at Rudra Singha Sports Complex, Dispur on February 27. State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has consented to grace the occasion as the chief guest.

In the run-up to the grand Bishnupriya Manipuri congregation, the reception committee led by MLA Kartik Sena as the president has been holding meetings in various parts of Guwahati since February 14. According to Sushil Kumar Sinha, working president of the reception committee, so far preparatory meetings have been held at Dakshingaon, Pilingkata, TV Tower, Bamunimaidam, Satgaon and Khanapara. Sushil Kumar Sinha further said NBMM president Dr Debendra Sinha will address the general assembly.

Courtesy: The Sentinel [February 23, 2010]
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Sau Seva Samiti plans to build hostels for students

Sau Seva Samiti, an NGO from Kailashahar, celebrated its silver jubilee on February 14, 2010 at the premise of Rudra Sinha Dwadash Shreni Vidyalaya, Goldhapur.

Addressing the audience, Bishnupada Sinha, Secretary, Sau Seva Samiti, highlighted the successful functioning and performance of the NGO during the last 25 years of its existence. He informed that the Sau Seva Samiti is planning to build hostels for students, office building for the NGO, coaching center for students appearing in Joint Entrance and other competitive examinations etc. for which already land have been purchased for the purpose.

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The address of Bishnupada Sinha 1
The address of Bishnupada Sinha 2
The address of Bishnupada Sinha 3

Sau Seva Samiti Silver Jubilee Photo1
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Don't waste time on Bandara

Are We Backward?

Here is the fourth response on the survey "Is the Bishnupriya Manipuri a backward community?". The person has not mentioned his or her name.

Socially: Yes
Economically: Yes
Politically: Yes
Educationally: Yes
We are under represented in Class I government services: No


1. Education Development work.
2. Bishnupriya Manipuri Society should help buildup a technical centre so that student can undergo free training course (Like Mobile, Television, Xerox, A/C, Automobile etc. repearing). [An established Mobile Engineer's income is per day approx-10 to 15 thousand]
3. Don't wastage unnecessary time. (Like "Bandara", People wastage 9 am to 4 pm)
4. Must submit nomination a Bishnupriya Manipuri candidate. vote for him. (For majority area wise)

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Monday, 22 February 2010

Mor Hopon audio album released


Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati

Mor Hopon, a Bishnupriya Manipuri Modern Song audio album produced by S.S.Production, was released on February 21, 2010 at Hengrabari, Guwahati.

The CD was released by Biresh Ranjan Sinha, Working President of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad(Central Committee).

Krishna Kumar Sinha and Leelawati Deka Baruah are producers of the album, lyrics and song is composed by Krishna Kr. Sinha and music arranged by Munidra Baishya.

Shyam Kumar Sinha, Panchona Sinha and Suchitra Sinha are the singers who gave their voice in the album. The CD is recorded at Raj Studio, Guwahati, Zoo Road Tiniali.

The CD is available at the contact Nos.9954236813 and 9859510514.

Readers, a song of the album will be released online here soon!


B Manipuri audio CD released

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 21: Noted litterateur Biresh Ranjan Sinha released an audio CD of Bishnupriya Manipuri songs at a function that was presided over by Raj Kumar Sinha and attended, among others, by Doordarshan script writer Sukhendra Sinha and writer Pratibha Sinha as special guests at City Public School, Hengrabari here today. The audio CD — Mor Hopon — in which noted singers Shyam Kumar, Sichitra, Panchana and Rumi performed, is the first of its kind from SS Production. All the songs were composed by Krishna Kumar Sinha.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (February 22, 2010)

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Reason Backwardness:Lack of Education

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Are we backward?

Here is the third response by S. Sinha from Guwahati on the survey "Is the Bishnupriya Manipuri a backward community?".

Socially: Yes
Economically: Yes
Politically: Yes
Educationally: Yes
We are under represented in Class I government services: Yes


The main reason behind this is due to lack of proper education. Our society is lagging behind in everything since educationally we are very poor. Most of the people of our communinty are not interested in pursuing highger education. Reasons may be poverty but if we are really interested we can solve every problem. Most of us are from villages/rural areas. If we are properly educated we can solve the problem of poverty; we will become more conscious about politics; with this, social sentiment will automatically grow amongst us.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The Game of Bollywood-Created Controversy


By Tridiv Sinha, New Delhi

I have lost my interest in editorials and column writers of newspapers these days. They have become the pawns of propaganda about the Greatness of Democracy. In disguise, they are fooling innocent people from the fact that it is becoming more and more Capitalistic Dictatorship. Isn’t it the responsibility of the press people to make people realize what’s going wrong in the system, instead of advertising the greatness in it?

If we take a look in the entertainment field, take movies for instance; controversies circling around a recent big movie is bound to be a blockbuster hit even if its contents are mediocre if not poor. It seems every movie coming out today with the so-called superstars follow up a huge controversy around it. The big ones in Bollywood have realized that publicity, in normal terms promotions and campaigns are no better than creating a ‘negative publicity’ to market the movie.

So, most of them adopt to include something controversial to ignite a few orthodox people and thus create a larger audience who are hungry for something ‘Wicked’. The biggies in b’wood create ‘masala’ to feed the audiences which are acting as appetizers for the oncoming movie. Aamir Khan starrer ‘3 Idiots’ came up with an almost legal battle between the producers and the author from whose book the movie was allegedly based. Result is the success of the movie and the publicity of the author for his new book without spending much on marketing campaigns. Salman Khan starrer ‘Veer’ came up with its own controversy with Rajputs and an author, who claims his quote was copied in the movie. Result, mediocre success for the movie.

Now, how come another Khan be left out? Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar might have seen the patterns and thus came up with their own stupid controversy. Last time I heard, SRK has some control over Kolkata Knight Riders IPL team. This year, no Pakistani was selected by the IPL teams; which means even KK Riders have no Pak players too. So, what’s the meaning of SRK’s statement that Pak players should be included in IPL? Is there any reasoning on his statement when he didn’t select a player for his team himself? This indicates that he was just trying to create a controversy so that his movie sells. Just before the film’s opening, the usual happened. Someone raised protest to ban his movie. But in the nick of time, govt intervened and thus movie opened to full houses.

Journalists condemned the action of the protesters and declared it another victory of the great Indian democracy. But, just think for yourself. Put your grey matter to use. Who ignited the bomb here? Who is the winner? Who is the loser?

Answer, the biggies of tinsel town have fooled common masses once again to create an image of sympathy and the greatness of fans to rise up to the occasion to support their favorite actors and actresses.

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Monday, 15 February 2010

Nobody in India knows us

Are we backward?

Here is the second response by Dipen Sinha on the survey "Is the Bishnupriya Manipuri a backward community?".

Socially: Yes
Economically: Yes
Politically: Yes
Educationally: Yes
We are under represented in Class I government services: Yes

Views: "In every respect we are backward."

To support my opinion I will say "nobody in India knows us". For example, lets take randomly 1000 educated people and ask them "have you heard the word Bishnupriya Manipuri"? 99 per cent of them will say "No". By going through the above discussion YOU CAN EASILY JUSTIFY MY OPINION. Here I am not taking uneducated people into consideration because they never study newspapers, books and even don't pay attention to news bulletin too.

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

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Saturday, 13 February 2010

Kill Daladaly virus

Are we backward?
Here is the first response by Indra Kumar Sinha from Guwahati on the survey "Is the Bishnupriya Manipuri a backward community?".

Socially: Yes
Economically: Yes
Politically: Yes
Educationally: Yes
We are under represented in Class I government services: Yes

Views: Struggle for our self existance. We should have to develop ourself fit for every front with sincere effort and hard work in the fields of education, jobs, politics, culture and society; even in the field of agriculture as we are a microscopic soceity. We should have to educate and encourage our younger genaration particularly the student community to cope with the rapidly changing world scenerio in the field of technical and electronics etc. ignoring and forgetting the harmful viruses of the soceity i.e. "Daladaly, groupism, jealousy etc. without which it will be very difficult for us to make a place in the competitive fields.

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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Excellent Performance

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Ritwick Sinha, son of Ramendu Sinha and Rina Rani Sinha of Guwahati and a student of Class III, Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Guwahati, has shown excellent performance in the International Assessments for Indian Schools (IAIS), conducted by the University of New South Wales, Australia in the year 2009, in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Computer Skills and Science.

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Monday, 8 February 2010

Let us start an exercise on our history

0 comments which is the primary source of information on the Internet and where volunteers collaboratively work on it, till few days ago didn't mention about the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in the web pages of 'Assam', 'Cachar', 'Hailakandi', and 'Karimganj' districts of Assam, and in the 'Northeast India' page.

It means the global online primary source is not updated and is not providing the complete picture.

Now the question is: Can one draw a correct ‘social’ picture of Assam or Tripura in particular and northeast India in general without mentioning about Bishnupriya Manipuri community?


One is talking about religion and demography in Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj districts of Assam without dropping the name of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, would it be correct?


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Bishnupriya Manipuri in

We have to fine-tune the 'Bishnupriya Manipuri' page and should make it up-to-date, vibrant and correct. Recently, the "Bishnupriya Manipur Society" section was added in the wikipedia page:

Bishnupriya Manipuri Society
Like any Indian family, the Bishnupriya Manipuri society according to the place of residence of newly-wedded husband and wife is patrilocal which means newly married wife leaves her parents’ house and goes to reside with her husband’s parents in their house.
From the point of view of authority in the Bishnupriya Manipuri family, it is patriarchal. The father is the formal head and takes decisions on behalf of the family.

How to update it?

It is a responsible job. Writers are required. Those writers who have knowledge and information on the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. As well as with skill on online writing.

Let us begin with adding the names of the great Bishnupriya Manipuri in the wikipedia page. Unfortunately, there has not been a single entry from the readers on the Great Bishnupriya Manipuri post published here. May be the essence of the communication was missing. It has been changed now.
You can view the The Great Bishnupriya Manipuris survey.

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

An Indologist at par

By Ramlal Sinha

At what seems to be the fag-end of his active and prolific literary life, a guilty conscience continues to haunt Dr KP Sinha (Kali Prasad Sinha), an Indologist who has over 60 books to his credit, for the failure on his part to write anything about his spiritual guru, Maipak Sadhu, a BA and BT passed sadhu who lived a spiritually enlightened life at a sleepy village, Kachudharam, on the outskirts of Silchar town in south Assam. As an eight-year-old lad, KP Sinha took Sri Krishna naam from Maipak Sadhu probably in 1932. The graduate sadhu was also the headmaster of a high school.

This all-time great scholar in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community and one of the front runners in his field in the country as a whole is not satisfied with the works that he has done in Bishnupriya Manipuri language and literature, Assamese and Sanskrit. He is among those who can never satisfy their thirst for literary and research ventures. He still feels that he has done only a minute fraction of what he wanted to do. His is a contribution for which the country, especially the Bishnupriya Manipuris, can never pay him back. Some of his remarkable works in Bishnupriya Manipuri language and literature are the Bishnupriya Manipuri Dictionary now in the press for publication, the Bishnupriya Manipuri grammar and An Etymological Dictionary of Bishnupriya Manipuri. An alumnus of GC College, Silchar, Yadavpur University, Calcutta and Bardwan University, Calcutta, Dr Sinha has 21 books on Indian philosophy alone. He has also translated the full Rasaleela songs into Bishnupriya Manipuri which was only in Bengali and Brajabuli versions earlier. Apart from these, he has nine Assamese books, all on Indian philosophy.

Dr Sinha seems to be at the fag-end of his literary and research life not because of old age but because of ailing health. Afflicted by many diseases, including diabetes, the 76-year-old brahmachari (bachelor) scholar is losing his memory fast.

He is the first and foremost Bishnupriya Manipuri to have been awarded Ph.D and D. Lit degrees. His research paper “A Study on Bishnupriya Manipuri Language” brought him the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Jadavpur University in 1968. His research work on “Absolute in Indian Philosophy” brought him D. Lit degree from Burdwan University, Calcutta, in 1983.
In 1994, his statements and research works that were submitted to the Assam Backward Class Commission played a significant role in the recognition of Bishnurpiya Manipuri nomenclature and inclusion of the community in the OBC list for which the community had to fight a long legal battle that went up to the apex court.

The Indologist and a living legend in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community visited almost every Bishupriya Manipuri village in Assam, Tripura and Bangladesh in order to revive the language, culture and traditional belief of the community that are on the verge of extinction.

On September 27, 2009 (the Navami of Durga Puja) I had a one-to-one with this scholarly person in the rented house of his adopted daughter, Devyani Sinha, at Sorumotoria in Guwahati.
The interview:

Ramlal Sinha (RLS): Sir, did you receive any awards when you had passed the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination with flying colours? (I put this question based on hearsay about his HSLC feat).

Dr Sinha: I was awarded the Bolai Memorial Prize from Tripura. Bolai Singh was a resident of Kailashsahar in Tripura. He had instituted the award in order to make Sanskrit popular among the students. I got the award because I had secured letter marks in Sanskrit. I was lucky enough to meet Bolai Singh in my later life in Tripura.

RLS: Sir, can you give me a brief account of your academic career?
Dr Sinha: I had my graduation from Guru Charan College, Silchar with honours in Sanskrit and MA in Sanskrit from Yadavpur University, Calcutta.

RLS: What about your professional career?
Dr Sinha: Even before the announcement of MA results, I had to join Cachar College, Silchar as a lecturer. After the results were announced, I did research work on Bishnupriya Manipuri Language under the guidance of Dr Sukumar Chatterjee and Dr Suniti Kumar Chatterjee. The research paper was, however, signed by Dr Sukumar Chatterjee alone.
Then I joined Gauhati University as a Sanskrit lecturer, and then joined Tripura University as a Professor. From Tripura University I joined Assam University at Silchar as the Head of the Department of Sanskrit. I took retirement from Assam University.

RLS: Will you give me a brief account of your literary and research works?
Dr Sinha: I can’t memorize all those now. However, I can give you the list of my works that has been prepared by one of my students. (in box)

RLS: When Dr Sinha handed over the list of books, I was simply amazed at its length. So much of research works in one life! I uttered such an exclamation to Mr Rajkumar Sinha who was accompanying me at the interview, and that utterance didn’t escape the notice of the scholarly man.
Dr Sinha: This is just a minute fraction of what I wanted to do. What pains me now is that I haven’t written anything about my spiritual guru. That remains a virgin chapter in so far as my literary works are concerned. I have left that chapter totally unstained. (The scholar had a harrowing time to hold his tears back.)

RLS: I became very curious about this disclosure that was hitherto unknown to me. Who was your gurudev?
Dr Sinha: It was Maipak Sadhu, a highly educated (BA, BT) sadhu at that time when Bishnupriya Manipuri community was very backward in education. He was a very learned sadhu and headmaster of a high school.

RLS: Since when are you in hibernation in so far as literary activities are concerned?
Dr Sinha: Since 1998.

RLS: What, among your literary works, do you think is the most precious contribution to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community?
Dr Sinha: It’s the Bishnupriya Manipuri-English dictionary that is in the press. It will be of immense help for Bishnupriya Manipuri readers and writers.

RLS: What is your memorable incident in your life?
Dr Sinha: It’s the blessing which I received from Swami Sarupananda in Calcutta. Swamiji’s adopted daughter Sangeeta (Mamon) was my classmate, and I came in contact with Swamiji with the help of Sangeeta.

RLS: Is there any reason behind leading a bachelor life?
Dr Sinha: It wasn’t connected to any particular incident. From childhood days, I had a wish to remain a bachelor.


Name of the Book Publisher and Year of Publication
1.Nyaya Darsana-Vimarsah Sanskrit Book Dept, Calcutta, 1980
2.Nairatmyavada - The Buddhist Theory of Not-sel Sanskrit Book Dept, Calcutta, 1980
3. Metaphysics in Sankara-vedanta
(Sankara-Vedante Tattvamimansa)
Viswavidyalaya Prakashan, Varansi, 1982
4. Nyaya Darsana-Vimarsah Varanaseya Samskrita Samsthan, Varanasi, 1983
5. Refexions on India Philosophy Chaukhambha Orientalia, Varanasi, 1985
6. Indian Theories of Creation Chaukhambha Orientalia, Varanasi, 1985
7. The Philosophy of Jainism Punthi Pustak, Calcutta, 1990
8. The Self in Indian Philosophy Punthi Pustak, Calcutta, 1991
9. The Absolute in Indian Philosophy Chaukhambha, Orientalia Varanasi, 1991
10. Thoughts on Tantra and Vaisnavism Punthi Pustak,Calcutta, 1993
11. A Critigue of AC Bhaktivedanta Punthi Pustak, Calcutta, 1997
12. Sri Caitanya’s Vaishanism Punthi Pustak, Calcutta, 1997
13. Ved. Upanisad, Gita Aru Carvak
(In Assamese)
(Ready for Publication)
14. Samakhya Yoga Darsan
(In Assamese)
(Ready for Publication)
15. Mimansa Aru Vedanta Darsan
(In Assamese)
(Ready for Publication)
16. Nyaya Darsan
(In Assamese)
(Ready for Publication)
17. Advaita Vedanta
(In Assamese)
(Ready for Publication)
18. Jaina Darsan
(In Assamese)
(Ready for Publication)
19. Bauddha Darsan
(In Assamese)
(Ready for Publication)
20. Vaisnav Darsan
(In Assamese)
(Ready for Publication)
21. Srimad bhagavad-gita Darsan
(In Assamese)
(Ready for Publication)
22.On the need of Sanskrit (Ready for Publication)

Courtesy:  The Sentinel [February 7, 2010]

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Friday, 5 February 2010

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Bishnupriya Manipuri poets’ meet held


By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 3: Bishnupriya Manipuri writers of Guwahati, including poet and essayists Sashi Kumar Sinha, Narendra Kumar Sinha, Prativa Sinha, Sanjib Sinha and others met in a poet conference convened by litterateur Mrinal Kanti Sinha at Radhamadhab Sebasharam at Maligaon on Sunday. Leading from the front, while Sashi Kumar Sinha read out his philosophical piece “A Moment on this Earth while Moving Round the Universe,” convenor of the meet Mrinal Sinha sang the bandis of his self-composed Hindustani song (Malkosh Raag) in Bishnupriya Manipuri. As usual, the literary meet also witnessed the release of its mouthpiece, Pohar.

Courtesy: The Sentinel [February 4, 2010]

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Revive SSS: B Manipuri literary body to AXX


From a Staff Reporter

SILCHAR, Feb 3: The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP) has appealed to the Axom Xahtya Xabha (AXX) to revive the Sanmilita Sahitya Sabha (SSS) that did a lot to accommodate the literary issues of various ethnic groups of the State when it was in existence.

Speaking as an invited speaker at the sixth special annual session of the AXX at Baithalangso in Karbi Anglong on Monday, NBMSP general secretary DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, while welcoming the inclusion of the Bishnupriya Manipuri in the Minority Development Board, demanded of the State Government to fulfil the long-standing demand of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) for the setting up of a Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council. He also appealed to the AXX to put pressure on the State Government to make the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council a reality. DILS Sinha also appealed to the AXX and the State Government for the setting up of a cultural complex that can accommodate cultures of all ethnic groups of the State. He also requested the State Government to take steps for upgrading Bishnupriya Manipuri language and languages of other ethnic groups of the State from Class VI onwards and complete the process of teacher appointment without further delay.

Courtesy: The Sentinel [Feb 4, 2009]

Monday, 1 February 2010

NBMM President included in the Assam Linguistic Minorities Development Board


Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha, President of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) has been included as one of the members of the Assam Linguistic Minorities Development Board under Welfare of Minority and Development Department, an official notification stated.

The other two members are Prof Gour Babu Singh, Principal Nehru College, Cachar, and Swapan Kar, Noagaon.

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