Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Wall of information

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Recently we witnessed gush of comments and reactions appearing in a Bishnupriya Manipuri group in Facebook. It accumulated over 300 reactions and some of the reactions were indeed excellent and logical. To any online enthusiast, it was a Halley ’s Comet, once in a blue moon occurance to watch the lightning speed, the enthusiasm of the members, and above all the crowd-knowledge that they generate within hours. Very hard to see! But alas! The thread was deleted.

comments revisited

Such incidents have happened earlier in Orkut as well. The whole discussions on some topics were deleted. Had I been the moderator or the owner of the group, I wouldn’t have deleted it. I would have preserved it. Reason being that we moderate the digital assets that are under our control, but hardly we care to tweak any type of myths about us that are flowing in the internet world and in the print. So everytime, we recreate history again and again.

Those who have read and followed Bishnupriya Manipuri blogs created by Ashim Singha and Name Doesnot Matter (before this blog), they might have observed that such negative reactions appearing in the comment section were very common. However, the trend came to nil. So far, this blog didn’t witness any such comments or reactions. Something distasteful reactions appearing in other sites about us were not republished here. Hitherto, those* people who trespassed here were resilient, and affirmed their ignorance about us, the Bishnupriya Manipuris.

We all have witnessed that ignorant people tag us with duplicate, non-Manipuri, lower caste of some community and blah-blah stuffs. To the word ‘duplicate’ — Are we ‘products’ like shampoo, soap, washing machines that could be remanufactured and duplicated? Culture and customs cannot be copied, it could only be assimilated and it takes centuries to assimilate and evolve. Such morons do come often online, and they have to be taught a bit of history, sociology, historiography, political science, and above all manners and respect for humanity.

To conclude, we had many a slip between the cup and the lip, and let it not happen again.
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