Friday, 31 December 2010

Best of BishnupriyaManipuri Online - 2010

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2010 has been phenomenally awesome for BishnupriyaManipuri Online.

Obviously, most of this success is due to the fantastic Bishnupriya Manipuri community here. That is you.

I feel really fortunate running this blog devoted to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. You constantly inspire and motivate me to learn and share new things. Thank you very much.

It is a wonderful experience to constantly engage and make you read stuffs that are related to us.

In this post, I will share some of the best content on BishnupriyaManipuri Online in year 2010.

Top 5 Posts written in 2010

1. Amar Ela: Bishnupriya Manipuri songs and music - 225 times read

2. The 'Star' Krishankant Sinha of Space City Sigma - 214 times read

3. Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council: Few Pertinent Questions - 211 times read

4. Manipuri Dance - A Spiritual Exercise - 165 times read

5. “BAITAAMIN” – Bishnupriya Manipuri Comedy Film releasing on 3rd October, 2010 - 142 times read

Really Awesome 2010!

1. 11,473 Visits*

2. 22,250 Pageviews*

3. Top 5 countries : India, United States, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Bangladesh

4. Top 5 cities in India : New Delhi (2,239 visits), Guwahati (962 visits), Bangalore (792 visits), Mumbai (618 visits), Calcutta (587 visits)

* Your visit is counted as 1 visit, and if you read 4 articles A, B, C, D. It is counted as 4 pageviews.

Thanks to all the writers, the list is too long so I am not writing, commenters whose comments bring life not only to the post but to the writers as well.

Last not the Least


Readers are the soul of this blog. Happy New Year 2011!

Thursday, 30 December 2010

A peek into Bishnupriya Manipuri literature

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

There is only one literature of India though there are many languages. – Radhakrishnan

Just going through the BMBooks Gallery Online, it brings few of the details to us. The details may be correct or incorrect, since it doesn’t claim exclusivity to the complete Bishnupriya Manipuri literary output and literary scrutiny that is required. An example: Can we come to the conclusion that the year 1925 with the publication of Jagaran to be taken as the beginning of the Bishnupriya Manipuri literature? It may be ‘Yes’, according to the details in the book blog, or ‘No’.

Whatsoever, considering the year 1925* as the historical year to the enrichment of the Bishnupriya Manipuri literature, still we find in comparison to the history of Assamese literature, it is to be noted that ‘the literature of Assam [i.e. Assamese language] influenced in its own way the creative literature of most parts of northeast India’, the Bishnupriya Manipuri literature had an early and impressive beginning. Arunodoi (1846-1870) was the first Assamese news magazine published by the American Missionaries. Jonaki (1892*) is considered to be the renaissance in Assamese literature. Calculate the time gap.

* Wikipedia states the same: “The history of Manipuri literature began in 1925 with the literary magazine Jagaran”.
**According to Wikipedia, it is 1889

The eighties saw beginning of prolific Bishnupriya Manipuri literary activities with the release of 95 books, later 119 books in 1991-2000, and 117 books in 2001-2010 period. We see similar feverish activities in terms of ‘modern’ poetry who wrote poetry in the social and political crisis of that period in northeast India. In Manipur there were poets like Nilakanta, Somorendra, Sri Biren etc. who wrote experimental poetry. They were wide-awake to the violence and social unrest with increasing tension resulting from material culture, corruption and moral breakdown. This trend was evidenced also in Khasi and Tripura (Kokborok) poetry with the writings of K.N Nongkynrih (Khasi) and Chandra Kanta Murasingh (Kokborok).

With respect to Kokborok literature (the 80s saw similar literary activity), Wikipedia states, “In consequence of the education thrust by the 'Tripura Janasiksha Samiti' and the literary organisations many educated Tripuri's became aware of their social obligation, and there has been a speedy flow in Kokborok literary movement and Kokborok was on way to be recognised as having a developed language and literature.”

An English literature student in India is being taught that many of the poets in the northeast India are bi-lingual. They are proficient in English as well as in their mother tongue. And most of them have a Masters Degree in English. We find it probably holds true with Bishnupriya Manipuri authors and writers as well, DILS Lakshmindra Sinha* and Mansi Sinha** hold Masters Degree in English. Lack of data related to authors and writers’ education details hinder to come to any conclusion.

* Visit Writers’ Forum website, he has posted his biography.
** I know her personally.

In the present context, in order to have enriched Bishnupriya Manipuri literature for the future, Sahitya Sabha and recently formed Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum and other literary organisations, have to come out with strategies to catch the imagination of Bishnupriya Manipuri people. Rest who knows, what future holds for us – to the Bishnupriya Manipuri literature. We may have celebrated author like Mamoni Raisom Goswami. [Do read her short story The Empty Chest (translated by Pradipta Borgohain)]

Fun element: To the survey that was related to the buying of a book worth Rs 300 related to Bishnupriya Manipuri topic that would be written by Bishnupriya Manipuri person. Only 3 persons: Bijit Sinha, Tridiv Sinha, Sanjiv Sinha (add me) have agreed to buy!

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Jobs in BSF Communication Wing Dec-2010

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Applications are invited from male Indian citizens for the post of Head Constable (Radio Operators)/ Head Constable (Fitter) and Assistant Sub-Inspector (Radio Mechanic) in BSF Communication wing :

1. Head Constable (Radio Operator) : 377 posts, Pay Band : PB-1 Rs.5200-20200/- Grade Pay Rs.2400, Age : 18 to 23 years

2. Head Constable (Fitter) : 07 posts (Direct-4, Departmental-3), Pay Band : PB-1 Rs.5200-20200/- Grade Pay Rs.2400, Age : 18 to 23 years

3. Assistant Sub-Inspector ( Radio Mechanic) : 50 posts, Pay Band : PB-1 Rs.5200-20200/- Grade Pay Rs.2800, Age : 18 to 25 years

How to Apply : Application in the prescribed format should be sent designated officers as stated in the detailed advertisement on or before 26/02/2011

For more information and application form, please view http://www.bsf.nic.in/recruitment/r291.pdf


Monday, 27 December 2010

My Name is Kartik Sena Sinha

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

My Name Is Kartik Sena Sinha, commonly referred to as MNIKSS, is a NOT a 2010 Bollywood film directed by Karan Johar. Kartik Sena Sinha is a Bishnupriya Manipuri who writes his own story, even directs and produces it. He is an all-in-one person. He is not like Bollywoord actor Rajnikant who cuts a hitting bullet into two pieces and makes a whizz sound with his every action. But he is not lesser than Rajnikant in the real and grumpy world. He is a person who could break and change Newton’s all laws of motion and defy any notions, of any type. And just like Rajnikant.

Before I go ahead describing Kartik Sena Sinha, here is a disclaimer (it has become very necessary) that I don’t know him personally or with any of his associate and am not in touch with him or his comrades physically, verbally, electronically or any form of communication. It is an independent interpretation.

Extra information: Those who have any type of differences with Kartik Sena Sinha shouldn’t read this piece.

Readers of this blog who has read about him from the litany of news clips from the first article published on 28 September 2007 till this one, they might have form a fuzzy image about Kartik Sena Sinha, if not absolute one. 

Here is the quick recap about him that you might have built up in your mind:

1. He is the lone Bishnupriya Manipuri MLA from Patherkandi constituency, Assam.
3. Hardly any Bishnupriya Manipuri occasion takes place without his presence in Assam.
4. His name appears in the PDS scam.
5. He has been instrumental to the reality of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC).
6. There is no criminal case against him.
7. He has a website of his name "kartiksenasinha.com".[the news piece didn't appear here]. 

His meteoritic rise in public life would bamboozle in broad daylight any 21st century Bishnupriya Manipuri boy who wishes to attain everything under the sun, be it – money, power and name – in least possible time. His life has become an inspiration and an embodiment of success. His life runs tangential to the life that we have seen growing – parent’s doctor-engineer mindset for their children, a good well-paying government job, marrying a beautiful girl, complaining Bishnupriya Manipuri community for this and that, and rest life spent in ignominy.

Kartik Sena Sinha’s deep pocket could trigger any Bishnupriya Manipuri budding entrepreneur to get this figure as soon as possible. For this, he doesn’t have to import inspiration from USA, analyzing case studies of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Michael Dell, Sam Walton, Rockefeller, Jeff Bezos, or from India reading the business empire built by Ambanis, Birlas, N. R. Narayana Murthy, and many likes. He brings a ray of hope to a sleepy Bishnupriya Manipuri boy to see the dream that he otherwise get scare even to wish.

He lives the big American Dream here in the jungles of Northeast. He brings the same inspiration and intensity that we otherwise think about America – the American Dream that everything is possible in this New World. Very contrary to the young boys who uploads big American cars and locations in Orkut flaunting what – God knows.

He defies every notion that we are genetically coded: to make simple things complex, and make complex things simpler. The political shrewdness and negotiating skill that he has shown and played in the Rajya Sabha-BMDC affair might falter and weaken bones who is a first-time MLA. But he did it masterfully. Ramlal Sinha correctly describes, “His push at the right moment worked like the click of a cursor that activates a computer set.”

The young boys have lot to learn from this man. No spiritual, no philosophical, metaphysical teachings but raw earthly gyan. We could at least expect that in his period he prepares 10-15 persons likes him (Is it too high?). Before it is too late and we say, "Once upon a time, there was a Kartik Sena Sinha..."

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Bishnu Sena musical soiree enthralls audience

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Courtesy: The Sentinel (December 25)

Special Correspondent
SILCHAR, Dec 25: It was in true sense a grand musical night organized by NGO Bishnu Sena working for the socio cultural development of Bishnupriya Manipuri Society. The packed audience at the Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur Sevashram were deeply moved by the symphony and melody of music presented by artistes from far and near. Among those who took part in the musical night included Sushanta Sinha from Mumbai, Khela Mukherjee from Tripura, Pritee Sinha from Patharkandi, Bithi Sinha from Kalinjar, Naba Mukherjee from Singari, Bijay Sinha from Bhagatpur and others from this town.
The musical programme was organized to mark the emergence of Bishnu Sena. It was graced by Kartik Sena Sinha, MLA and chairman of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council, Ranbir Singh, vice-chairman, Rajiv Rajkumar, chairman of Bishnu Sena, besides Manikanta Sinha, secretary and Raju Sinha, joint secretary.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Will You Buy A Book of Rs 300?

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With the New Year approaching, here is a tough question [since it involves paying] –

Will you cough up minimum Rs 300 to buy a book in English written by these writers?


Let us be optimistic, publishing a book is not a big deal. Here, the question is who are going to read and how many are eager to BUY.

Who knows, some of these writers [whom you choose] might come up with a book on Bishnupriya Manipuri topics. And we all read.

Happy New Year!



Friday, 24 December 2010

LET'S HAVE A TEST DRIVE OF BMDC FIRST

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Views of the readers were sought here on what do they think about BMDC.

Do you think BMDC will be a milestone to meet the aspirations of the people?

Name: Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati [Yes]

BMDC is no doubt formed to promote the advancement & standards of competence of community people through Integrated Rural Development programmes, Community Development Programmes, Educational programs, professional certification and implementation and assessment of all major
development projects. We should never step back to acknowledge and congratulate the activist involved & welcome BMDC achieved after lots of struggles at different levels.

BMDC have to concentrate much on rural development programmes & reforms covering all demanding areas.

Following Steps for BMDC will help in the Community Development Process:-
1. Begin the Process
2. Engage the Community and legitimize the Process
3. Formation of BMDC Organisation Structure
4. Develop a Strategic Vision and Action Plan
5. Seek Feedback and Commitment from the people
6. Publicize the Plans prepared
7. Implement the Plans
8. Evaluate the Overall Effort made
9. Celebrate the Success of each effort
10.Create an Ongoing Development Process

At present, BMDC is undergoing the above Step 3 process - Central Committee is already formed and finalization of District Committees & framing actions plans of BMDC is under process.

When the BMDC is still under construction process, we have to wait and watch till it comes out in it's final shape and give a "TEST DRIVE". TEST DRIVE will help to identify real problems to analyse and offer solutions.

Let BMDC publicize it's Vision & Action Plans, then only it will be possible to FORECAST it's success & failure.

What is the harm to ACCEPT such developments & reforms instead of PROTESTING such changes developing lots of negative opinions due to fear of losing present position, status, power and portfolios in the society?

It will be definitely be a MILESTONE to meet the aspirations of the people if BMDC is able to execute it's actions plans successfully with the maximum support of people AND it will definitely FAIL if people welcome such welfare measure activities with all sorts of negative thoughts and mixing individual CONFLICTS with it.

BEST WISHES TO BMDC
AND
LET'S HAVE A TEST DRIVE OF BMDC FIRST

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Mahasabha is in Crisis

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Disclaimer: I haven’t been persuaded or asked by anyone to take the view mentioned in the article. It is my personal interpretation.

Mahasabha’s roots over half-a-century ago in the crisis of ‘tribe’ identity, now find its own image in crisis. This time the crisis is internal (in the community), contrary to the external forces to which it had fought under the British rule.

This time, it snowballed to such an extent that questions were raised against the Mahasabha’s very validity of its existence. It is not that people revered Mahasabha since its inception. One would find people around them ‘mysteriously’ unhappy anything about that goes with the name of ‘Mahasabha’. It is a hard fact that we all know. It is impossible to keep everybody happy in this world, and Mahasabha is not an exception.

The recent developments in Assam brought Mahasabha to public scrutiny. The effect of the simmering tension has also been felt online. Read Rajkumar Chandrakanta’s comment in the Facebook page of this blog on October 1. He suggested Mahasabha to learn something if it is willing to serve the community in real ground. “Interestingly, these self claimed leaders failed to comply with the SOCIETY REGISTRATION norms till today,” he commented. Adding to Chandrakanta’s comment, once part and parcel of Mahasabha Bhimsen Sinha said people to ‘judge’ the apex body.

Bishnupriya Manipuri population scattered all round the world, miles away from the epicenter where the drama was unfolding, its intensity could be gauged from the fact that a meeting was organized by Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Yuva Parishad in Guwahati on October 18, 2010. Read here

Over fifty people attending the meeting no doubt had voiced the case filed against Mahasabha, but they couldn’t deny the fact that they were not scrutinizing the apex body and the people alike. Office-bearers, pro-Mahasabha, and quasi-Mahasabha members may deny that there is no crisis as such. True, there is as such no crisis. But, such incidents have definitely created a ‘crisis’ in the people’s mind towards the high-profile body, especially for those who respect the body and its spirit.


Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Thanks to BM DC Contributors

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Views of the readers were sought here on what do they think about BMDC.

Do you think BMDC will be a milestone to meet the aspirations of the people?

Name: slakshmindra, Guwahati [Yes]

I would say "yes", of course. It signifies our political entity in a multilingual state which is infested with corruption, extremism and a communal divide.

Name: Jishu/Bangalore [Yes]

Reading the few comments on BM DC, if not anything, I share the apprehension of many here – “…the intended purpose of BM DC may get lost in the din of initial euphoria or the lure of money into its coffers !” However, to be fair, it is definitely a progressive development for the community and one hopes, the rancor among many of the community members do pave its way towards a constructive debate. A debate that looks into a concrete framework for the BM DC with adequate controls so that the whims and fancies of a select group of individuals don’t become the rule. In simple words, the council should be a fine example where opinions of even the opposing parties are allowed to co-exist. I know this may sound a fallacy to many but I would rather advocate this view in this initial “feel good” moment of the council taking shape.

Secondly, as I have observed here, the criticisms seem to be the harshest from the “armchair” variety of critics. Well, there isn’t a bar on the severity of a comment but I think, one should also be cognizant of the people who have actually walked endlessly in the corridors of power meeting power brokers, arranging meetings and so on. Many would agree that this is often a thankless job especially in our community where the dominant mindset is “…I would have done better than my neighbour ..” . The real contributors (and I don’t know who they are at this point?) to this achievement deserve atleast a word of acknowledgement and appreciation from the community.

Thirdly, there is too much of semantics being discussed here. Frankly who cares “…whether BM DC is a milestone or not!”. What one cares is its future and for that, what steps need to be taken. And I don’t see much of the debate along these lines.

I would say "yes", of course. It signifies our political entity in a multilingual state which is infested with corruption, extremism and a communal divide.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

What will be the ultimate structure of BM DC? (Part ix)

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By Rebati Mohan Sinha

People say that the formation of committee of BM DC itself is a milestone for the society; but I disagree on this. Reason being, the way the Assam Government declared the formation of the Committee without mentioning ‘adhoc committee, till the election is held’. I agree with Ramlal Sinha [read the article] that the WPT&BC department does not have any clear cut guide lines to run the councils. And I do agree that only fund and guidelines cannot make a Development Councils worth its name unless there is unity among us.

The meaning ‘Milestone’ is the stones laid on the road-side in an interval to indicate the mileage. The meaning of the mileage usually used for a vehicle, such as, what is the mileage of the car? In case of BM DC, when the car (BM community) is crippled with internal feud, how does milestone matter? Are there any organizations, such as NBMM, Sahitya Sabha, Student Union, Samaj Sanstha etc. having any records of such schools where students (with numbers) are studying Bishnupriya Manipuri language? For that matter, how many families are benefitted by the introduction of the language? There is no account as such to plead that the Bishnupriya Manipuris Sansthas are really working towards that direction.

Ramlal Sinha’s article on BM DC is worth reading, barring few points, say the title ‘The BM DC saga’. As I know, the word ‘saga’ is not suitable for BM DC as it’s meaning suggests ( an ancient story of bravery); but we never sweated for this in any stage, except on political bargain by a single individual. Even Mahasabha never expected that it would come to our lap so soon. Although it is a brainchild of Mahasabha, there was no homework done on BM DC by any organizations during the last seven years. Really it is a fact that no vision document available to BM DC to attain target or achieve goal. There should have been a referendum after 25th March declaration in the floor of the house; but till today there is nothing of that sort happened. I could see, people are just running after the Pied Piper.

Again I would like to remind our community people that the formation of BM DC would be completed once the satellite areas of Bishnupriya Manipuri village councils are notified by the Governor and followed by signing of the MoU between the Assam Government and the Bishnupriya Manipuri organizations, such as NBMM, Sahitya Sabha etc. A Development Council is formed by the village councils, not by the metro cities or district towns. The HQ of BM DC should be within the reach of the majority elected members i.e. within the three districts: Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.

There is a saying, a person’s character is not only judged by the company he keeps, but also by the company he avoids. And the same way our newly formed BM DC committee can be judged. Perhaps we are too obsessed with evil, scandal and smut.

We love to read and hear about corrupt officials and politicians. When a politician’s name wrongly or correctly associated with a scandal, his dirty linen gets washed in public, and the media encouraged by public response goes on and on.
There are times when inflated ego, baseless notion and over-rated views dominate the action of a certain persons. Now can we start a baby step? Admit all wrong doing.

Monday, 20 December 2010

BMDC will fail due to bad 'adjectives'

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Views of the readers were sought here on what do they think about BMDC.

Do you think BMDC will be a milestone to meet the aspirations of the people?

Name: Sukumar Sinha, Silchar. [No]

Because Bishnupriyas [Manipuris] are extremely selfish, cunning, rowdy, non-coperative, egoist, indsicipline and no love for their own society, prone to gaining false fame, propagonda and publicity and lastly being extremely corrupt the intention of creating the BMDC will be failed and the office bearers will resort to blame game at the end. The poor docile will remain hankering for basic needs.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

'Yes' BMDC is a milestone

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Views of the readers were sought here on what do they think about BMDC.

Do you think BMDC will be a milestone to meet the aspirations of the people?

Name : Anonymous, UAE, [Yes]

Its a great achievement for the community to channelize Govt money to develop the culture and economic status at the grass-root level.
But at the same time, there are apprehensions as well......if the money siphoned off to some pockets ....

Name : k m sinha, Dubai / Ghy, UAE, [Can't Say]

Theoritically, it should be "Yes", but practically, we shall have wait and see.  It is too early to comment.  Now, why do I think so?  If intentions are good, then impossible thing can be made possible.  However, I have some reservations about the integrity and intentions of the people on the steering wheel.  

Name : Sanjib Sinha/GUWAHATI [Yes]

Why not? The BMDC must be the milestone to meet the aspirations of the people because no other organisation can speak or work only for BISHNUPRIYA MANIPURI but the BMDC. IT IS MADE For BM AND  WORK ONLY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF BISHNUPRIYA MANIPURI PEOPLE (if properly used or regulated). This coucil is formed by the Govt. only for the welfare of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community not for other community to work THROUGH this council.

Friday, 17 December 2010

BMDC a milestone or not? Survey

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The establishment of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) in Assam has at last became a reality.

Here is a question to the readers to speak about their mind.



Reader's views will be published here

Thursday, 16 December 2010

The BMDC Saga by Ramlal Sinha

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Courtesy: The Sentinel 

The Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Assam is in deed on its way to achieve a milestone with the issuance of the notification on the formation of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC). Despite some hiccups from within the community in the run-up to the formation of the Council, all seems to be heading in the right direction so far, thanks to the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM), considered to be the brain behind the demand for such a council raised way back in 2003, and the lone MLA in the community whose push at the right moment worked like the click of a cursor that activates a computer set.

However, when we look from the pragmatic point of view at the development that has taken place in so far as the formation of the BMDC is concerned, it becomes crystal clear that we have still miles to go to get our demand fulfilled. Elated though at the fast-track course that the demand for the BMDC had to follow so as to keep pace with that of some other ethnic groups in the State that were assured of development councils much before by the State Government, my reaction to the notification issued on the formation of the BMDC is to an extent mixed. However, it can be said with certainty that half the battle for the development council has been won by the community.

Two questions that continue to haunt me on this issue are: Is the BMDC worth the name? If not, will it be ever? The picture behind the scene is such that the Assam Government has no funds for the newly notified development councils, barring that of the Sarania Kacharis and the Gorkas. The development councils of these two communities have funds allocated in the 2010-11 annual Budget of the Government of Assam. Let's think positive. The State Government has the responsibility on its shoulder to make allocation of funds for the just-notified development councils, if not in the Vote-on-Account to be tabled by the outgoing government in March next, then surely in the full-fledged Budget to be announced by the State Government after the 2011 Assembly elections.

The Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes (WPT & BC) department under which the development councils have been formed itself has no clear-cut guidelines on the jurisdiction and areas of operations of the councils. One can be optimistic here again. Since the councils have already been notified, the government is duty-bound to spell out clear-cut jurisdictions and guidelines for the councils to follow.

Only funds and clear-cut guidelines cannot make a development council worth the name unless the very purpose for which it has been formed is served the best. Here comes some precedents of sorts that have been set by the State Government in collusion with those at the helm of affairs in a number of autonomous councils. In some of the autonomous councils, election has not been conducted by the State Government since their inception, and the reason behind this is not far to seek. The State Government may make tall claim on decentralization of power but the ground reality is such that it does not want to give any free play to development councils and gaon panchayats on power and funds. On one pretext or the other, Dispur wants to defer elections to such councils or gaon panchayats even long after the expiry of their stipulated terms only to ensure that the funds meant for the councils remain at its disposal. If the term of any such council expires, the government will go for formation of an ad hoc council in collusion with some corrupt lot among the council members in order to drain out the funds. This is not a difficult task for any government in Assam where the rot is in the very system of governance. There are some communities in the State that have been demanding elections to their autonomous councils whose terms expired long back. The communities had first started their agitation to get their demand for an autonomous council fulfilled, and even after getting the demand met they have to continue their agitation as Dispur bothers the least to hold election to the councils on time.

Even if everything is met, Dispur will turn a troublemaker by punching holes in the community set-up that always has one or the other grey areas. This is a common phenomenon in Assam that when an executive committee of such a council is from the opposition party or parties, Dispur will be on the lookout for one pretext or the other to dissolve the council. This practice serves at least two purposes of Dispur - to get the House in its favour and to be at the helm of affairs of the funds.

Now, if I come to the conclusion that the BMDC is awaited by such a fate, the audience (readers) will have every reason to brand me as a pessimist which I, for obvious reason, do not want to be. What I have portrayed so far in this essay is just one side of the ground reality. On the other side, the major players are the selected few who lead a community from the front. Since ten or more members in a 15-member council like the BMDC are from the community itself, they can enjoy the leverage to turn everything in their disposal in favour of the welfare of the community. This is possible only if the executive members and the Chief Executive Member (CEM) are honest and committed to the development of the community that they represent. However, if any of them or majority of them happen to be unscrupulous, the council may harm the community for years and on since it has been a proven fact that Assam is a fertile ground where most of the political ailments can thrive and become chronic ones with well organized networks to squeeze the State exchequer.

However, it is not impossible to prevent such wrongdoings from happening. Here comes the crucial role to be played by various social organizations like the NBMM, the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students' Union (NBMSU), the Bishnupriya Manipuri Yuba Parishad (BMYP), the Samaj Sanstha and the like, besides an ever vigilant media. Such organizations, for the wellbeing of a community, should strictly maintain their apolitical character. In the event of any leaders of such organizations like to enter active politics the persons concerned should be at the liberty of doing so but only after tendering their resignation as members or leaders of the organizations they belong to.

Does the NBMM, considered to the apex body of the community and the launch-pad of the BMDC, have any vision documents containing goals and targets for the BMDC to achieve? If there is any, it's well and good. If there isn't any, it's too late. The NBMM should race against time to have a well-thought vision so as to make the BMDC propulsion a target-oriented one.

If the Bishnupriya Manipuri is to pay tribute to Gokulananda Gitiswami, it should first set its house in order so as to make it possible to utilize the aid that will keep coming to the BMDC to their fullest extent for the welfare of the community. What else can be more befitting a tribute to the alternative media mogul than translating his dream into a reality, belatedly though?

(On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Gokulananda Gitiswami)

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuris recall alternative media mogul

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Courtesy: The Sentinel (November 27)

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 27: Litteraturs, intellectuals, academicians, politicians, journalists and hundreds of others of the Bishnupriya Manipuri and other communities remembered alternative media mogul Gokulananda Geetiswami on his 115th birthday through a day-long function at Radhamadhab Sebashram at Maligaon in Guwahati on November 26. The function continued till night.

Organized by the Brihattar Guwahati Geetiswami Gokulananda Singha Janma Jayanti Utjapan Samiti (BGGGSJJUS), under the aegis of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum (BMWF), the programme included a seminar on the life and philosophy of Geetiswami Gokulananda Singha.

Geetiswami Gokulananda Singha was born on November 26, 1896 and died on July 10, 1962. During his about 67-year span of life, Geetiswami Gokulananda made many an impossible task in the filed of social awakening and development possible through alternative media since there had been a mainstream media vacuum in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in yestercenturies. The only mainstream media prevalent in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community when Geetiswami Golukananda was active as a writer and as an alternative mediaman were Jagaran that hit the stand in 1925, The Manipuri, Mekhalee in 1938, Kshatriajyoti in 1941, Nuwabeli in 1956, Phagu in 1960. Geetiswami breathed his last in 1962. Some of the writers during this period along with Gokulananda were Haridas Singha, Nabadwip Singha, Babu Chand Singha, Nilomoni Singha, Krishna Kumar Singha, Mahendra Singha and others. Phagu could be termed as a glorious period in the Bishnupriya Manipuri literature when writers like Leikhomsena Singha, Indubala Devi, Gostha Behari Singha, Nanda Kishore Mukherjee, Senarup Singha, Madan Mohan Kukherjee, Sashi Kumar Sinha, Brajendra Sinha, Guru Bipin Singha, Gopinath Sinha, Harekrishna Mukherjee, Geeta Mukherjee, Krishnadhan Singha, Ruhini Rajkumar, Babusai Singha, Birchandra Chattopadhyay of Bangladesh, Gopi Mohan Singha, Champalal Sinha and others.

The youngest among them is Champalal Sinha whose poems were seen in the issues of Phagu when it was published by the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad. Though all these magazines served as the media, due to illiteracy, lack of reading culture and poverty these writers could not reach the non-elite masses of the community. However, Geetiswami successfully broke the barriers of media vacuum with the help of alternative media as a padkirtanist.

The function presided over by Advocate Bimalesh Sinha was attended by Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) Chairman and MLA Kartiksena Sinha as the chief guest, Dr Smriti Kumar Sinha of Tezpur University, poet Mera Thakur, poet (Hindi) KC Jain, journalist Soumen Bharatiya, Hamren SP Pratap Sinha as the guests of honour. They also delivered lectures on the life and philosophy of Gokulananda Geetiswami.

Earlier BMWF president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha delivered the welcome address, while Brihattar Guwahati Geetiswami Gokulananda Singha Janma Jayanti Utjapan Samiti general secretary Narendra Kumar Sinha read out the report of the samiti.

It was followed by a programme to felicitate senior citizens. The function was presided over by Shyamakanta Sinha and poet Sashi Kumar Sinha. It was followed by a cultural nite in which singers Shyam Kumar Sinha, Sandhya Sinha, Debojani Sinha, DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, Barnita Sinha and children under the guidance of dance guru Bibhul Sinha performed.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (Part viii)

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By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

The much-awaited demand for the formation of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) has at last saw the ray of light. But  the general public has been kept in dark, when was the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Assam Government and the NBM Mahasabha, and what are the demands included in it vis-a-vis:

(1) What will be the status of the BM DC?
(2) Where is the Act or by-law to run the council?
(3) What is the tenure of the Council of Members? Is it 3 years or 5 years? Or it is more than that.
(4) What is the Organizational Structure? 

However, we know the fact that the Development Council is a rural-based one, consisting of villages, and not by city or town to say. So, most of the Council of Members should be from the villages.

Let me take the liberty to go bit personal, however it is related to the topic concerned. On my last visit to Guwahati I happened to interact with people interested in Development Council and I got astonished to know that they are anxiously waiting for the fund to come in the 'hands' of Chairman of Parishad! I don’t understand how the allocation of fund would be in the name of Parishad Chairman? That didn't go into my head. 

In my earlier articles I mentioned that the fund allocation is based on population ratio basis and development plans, not otherwise. We should not forget that in the year 2011, the State election is going to be held, and the party in power will do its best by promising anything which may enhance its vote bank. It may claim to build a bridge where there is no river.

We know well, a community cannot be developed merely by the allocation of government fund. If this would have been the case then we wouldn't be living in a poverty-stricken society.  There is no doubt that our ethical and moral standards are at the bottom -- self-interest and self-gratification have become life and blood of our society. In contrary, there are individuals and institutions which are away from the fallacy of the humankind.

The development of a community hinges on the unity among its members; but now it is far away and it is beyond anybody’s reach. We must think now how to steer the society with the help of BM DC and how it become instrumental and meet the aspiration of the people.

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Notification to the development of BMDC


Govt. of Assam
WPT & BC DEPARTMENT

Order by the Governor
Notification
Dated Dispur, the 20th October 2010

No. TAD/BC/491/07/131; The Government of Assam is pleased to
constitute the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council, Assam with following members-
1. Sri Kartik Sena Sinha, MLA Patherkandi Chaiman
2. Sri Banabir Sinha, Silchar Vice Chairman
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10 + 2 Govt. nominated members 

sd/
Jt. Sec.in the Govt. of Assam

Monday, 13 December 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council takes shape

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Courtesy: The Sentinel [December 12, 2010]
Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, Dec 12: Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council has at last taken shape with the inauguration of its office in a rented premises located at National Highway here today by Kartik Sena Singha, MLA of Patharkandi who is also the chairman of the Council for which he has been pressing for after switching over from BJP to Congress.

The Council office was inaugurated in the presence of other office-bearers and distinguished persons. It is to be recalled that on the eve of Rajya Sabha elections, Kartik Sena Singha, Dr Rumi Nath and Shambhu Singh Mala of BJP joined Congress, deserting BJP on their specific demand for development councils for their communities.

Kartik Sena Singha in his brief address said that with the coming into being of the development council, all out efforts would be made for the socio-economic and academic improvement and advancement of Bishnupriya Manipuri community of Barak Valley as a whole by proper utilization of funds to be allocated by the State Government. The Council has been constituted with 12 members, two of them being nominated by the State Government, besides chairman and the vice-chairman.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

A Work in Silence

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“This is a great job which the maker(s) of this site has done, not only for the Bishnupriya Manipuri people but also for the entire community of Vaisnava Bhaktas world-wide.”, commented Sankarara Kinkara in the recently launched book site BMBooksGallery, a repository of Bishnupriya Manipuri related books.

BMBooksGallery has erected one more solid pillar to the edifice of the Bishnupriya Manipuri online building. Something which was mere a wish, a whisper here and there among the intelligentsia, an agenda in society’s gup-shap, has been successfully conceived, presented and delivered – all done quietly without calling a discussion.

The mere thought to assemble books from different periods, scattered all around (note: there is not a particular place to find), digitizing them, and later uploading them one-by-one meticulously, would commit anybody to vomit blood. But this was done.

The beauty of the site is that many writers (and their work) which has gone digitize might not be living (God forbids), and some might not be knowing that the generation next has done something brilliant and has given respect to them and to their work.

The site is a culmination of works done by people – Sunil Kr. Sinha maintaining a library-like collection of Bishnupriya Manipuri books, and Sudhanya Sinha compiling list of books published in the period 1949-2000, and the last Pratibha Sinha taking the insurmountable pain of collecting, scanning, co-ordinating and uploading hundreds of books. The sweet thing about the venture is that it was done benevolently with a cause, in a timeframe, money going out from their own pocket.

However, the sweet pain is worth to its effort since it is ahead of time, many neighbourhood communities doesn’t have such a creation yet. The site would definitely be a cornerstone to the enrichment of the Bishnupriya Manipuri literature. No writers and their work, hope would remain in the dark dusty shelves. It will be crowned showcasing to the whole world.

Monday, 6 December 2010

I sang but failed to conquer

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By Suroshree Sinha, Bangalore

Shri Shadhu Thakur’s 141st Abhirab celebration in Bangalore was planned and put in place with lot of effort. The organizers had painstakingly chosen people to perform, arranged for good food and then made an effort to give away mementos to everyone present.

The puja started on time with few punctual people, exclude me... I was late like a few others but at least I made it. There were many who did not even turn up for the event. The crowd was much less than what was there the last time. Performers arrived late and the entire program schedule went haywire. My program was scheduled at 3.45 p.m., I was relieved that I would at least get some time to practice once before I sang. I have done concerts for the BSF jawans, competitions, charity shows for under-privileged children but never had the chance to sing in our mother tongue. I wanted to be perfect, like the other numerous concerts that I had done earlier. Suddenly, I hear my name called out at 11.30. I was to sing “Right now”… Hubby dearest was nowhere to be seen, Mom on the other hand wanted to hear me sing for the first time, I had to connect the phone to Delhi, Mom-in-law… sitting proudly that her daughter-in-law was to make a mark today, I just froze with anticipation. Believe me, if I say that my mom-in-law has been after me to practice and learn the song properly. I had practiced while cooking, while taking a shower, dusting the house, but I could not make it to the rehearsal where the table player was to assist us.

Well with shaking legs I went up to the stage settled myself down near the harmonium… I looked up, Sapan came up to me and smiled, “Go ahead di... I would accompany you at the harmonium… don’t worry it’s going to be fine”. With a big gasp of air, I breathed out a few words “Girigithani… this is the first time I would be presenting a song in aamar thar, bear with me and if I make any mistake forgive me”. I closed my eyes said a little prayer and off I went. Sapan on the harmonium was immaculate, the table played. I sang with all my heart and soul. I opened my eyes to a clapping crowd, but it was not as buzzing as I am used to hearing. I wanted it to be loud, thundering like everytime, it wasn’t… still I smiled. I picked up my phone… Mom said …"Well done sweetie it was good,”… I climbed down the stairs to my husband… looked at him… “It was good.” Mom-in-law said it was good. I was satisfied that I dint make a blunder. Amitabha Kaku came up to me and said… “you should have held the mike a little closer, the song was nice.” Now that was the reason the clapping was not so loud. I had made a mistake after all. I promised Myself… next time I am going to outdo myself, next time people are going to come up to me to say “hey you did good,” like they always do after every of my concerts. “God give me the strength to perform again for you, but this time it would be better that the last. My voice would reach your ears.”

Sadhuthakur Utsav in Delhi

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Every individual had enjoyed till the last drop. The venue, the stage arrangement, food and catering… all were in perfect up-market style, probably a BM organization can only wish for.

It is the celebration of the Abhirbhab Tithi of SRI SRI BHUBANESHWAR SADHU THAKUR by Bishnupriya Manipuri Nagrik Samiti , Delhi on 7th November. Read more>>

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Sadhuthakur Utsav in Bangalore

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By Jishu Sinha, Bangalore

My first impression as I got to the precincts of the Sri Edneer Mutt at Sri Krishna Temple, the venue where the 141st birth anniversary of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur was celebrated on 21st of November, was “Wonder, this is indeed a fine work put up by the hard working members of the Bangalore Sadhuthakur Utsav 2010 Organizing Committee..” As one would expect, the element of piety, respect and the traditional touch associated with our revered holy saint – Sadhuthakur was very much on display. True to the spirit, the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Bangalore responded in adequate measure which can also be gauged from the participating audience, almost 200 in number.

The celebration was a day-long program which started off early at 8 AM with the ushering of the “GOT” puja of Sadhuthakur presided over by Radhakrishna Aiga and his group. The aarti was a solemnly done and was followed by Prasad bitaran to all the attendees. The host for the day was Sheela Sinha who graciously conducted the cultural events of the day starting off with a well-delivered speech on Sadhuthakur and the relevance of his message to our Bishnupriya Manipuri community. 

Swapan Sinha and his group rendered a beautiful song on Sadhuthakur and to add to the gaiety atmosphere, the kids – Reya, Khushi, Seuli and Krishti presented some beautiful dance forms both in duet and solo format. Along with this, there were many renditions of Bishnupriya Manipuri songs by Sheela Sinha, Dr. Arunava Sinha, Lovely Sinha & Zarina Sinha, Manipuri dance by Sananda & Gautami, laughter show by Ramsingh and a few other fun activities. The bhoojan/bandaara was an elaborate affair and relished by one and all. The day concluded with a Bishnupriya Manipuri Ethnic Dress show by Sharmishtha & group.

However, the main highlight of the day was the unveiling of the Sadhuthakur website www.gobindabari.com which was painstakingly put up by Heera Sinha. For the uninitiated, this website is a dynamic virtual library of information related to our revered Sadhuthakur (requesting all to access this web link online and suggest/provide feedbacks). Thanks to Heera for this fine contribution!

As mementos, the organizers of the Sadhuthakur Utsav 2010 distributed diaries to everyone present in the celebration. The organizing committee of Sadhuthakur Utsav 2010 thanks each and everyone who made the Utsav a grand success.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

80s saw prolific BM literature output

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By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati

Bishnupriya Manipuri literature developed a lot in the last ten decades but in a very slow pace. Serious literary work of the BM language began during the period 1981-1990 onwards. Whatever is the present status of BM literature, it has become possible only because of the contributions and sacrifice of the dedicated authors/poets, who wrote on different subjects of their interests which shows their serious inclination towards literature. Inspite of various hindrances like personal, socio-economic problems, linguistic problem, political etc., the contribution of Bishnupriya Manipuri writers in developing BM literature is commendable. Read the complete article: NEED OF ARCHIVING LITERATURE

Senior Citizens Felicitated in Guwahati

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Twenty-seven senior citizens were felicited as mark of respect for their valuable contribution in preserving and protecting Bishnupriya Manipuri language and culture in the recently Gokulananda Geetiswami birth anniversary held in Guwahati. (see below the names of the persons).

Two books were released in the programme by Chief Guest Mr Kartiksena Sinha - "Liriliri" ( a book of children's poems) by Hareswar Sinha and Ek Dui Tin, a novel by Manihar Sinha. Notable artistes who performed in the programme are Bina Sinha, Sandhya Sinha, Sarojini, Sudebi, Shamkumar, Debjani, Mrinal kanti Sinha (Tabla), Barnali and Master Sourabh (recitation). Bibul sinha presented a group dance of the young artistes. Sishir Sinha recited two poems in a artistic way.

Mr. Madhusudan Sinha, President and Mr. Narendra Kumar Sinha, General Secretary of the Udjapan Committee welcomed the audience and expressed gratefulness for their kind cooperation to make the celebration a grand success.

Mr. Sanjib Sinha thanked the chief guest and other dignitaries present on the occasion - the speakers, the artistes, and all the workers - who made the celebration a grand success. Sanjib had special praise for Retd Capt (Hony) Swapan Sinha, Retd Sub Maj Tamphasena Sinha, Nanigopal Sinha, Mrs. Mayarani Sinha, Sushil Sinha (DGP Office) and other participants from Maligaon area.

List of Senior Citizens -

1. Bakul Sinha(Maligaon)
2. Mayarani Sinha (Maligaon)
3. Amutol Devi Mukherjee (Maligaon)
4. Gunadhar Sinha(Borbari)
5. Githan Devi (Borbari)
6. Gaurishankar Sinha (Khukon) (Borbari)
7. Khitish Sinha (Borbari)
8. Krishnadhan Sinha(Rangtuli) (Kalapahar)
9. Debojit Sinha (Bhangagarh)
10. Binod Sinha (Bhangagarh)
11. Arun Sinha (Dakhingaon)
12. Manindra Sinha (Dakhingaon)
13. Monisena Rajkumar (Khanapara)
14. Kamalesh Sinha (Khanapara)
15. Sanjay Sinha (Khanapara)
16. Basanta Kumar Sinha (Christianbasti)
17. Sashi Kumar Sinha (Christianbasti)
18. Moni Sinha (T V Tower)
19. Nishikanta Sinha (Panjabari)
20. Gobinda Rajkumar (Beltola)
21. Anil Sinha (Kahilipara)
22. Pratap Sinha (Shaktigarh)
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