Thursday, 30 June 2011

BMDC distributed autos and sewing machines

In a ceremony held at Guwahati on 28 June, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) distributed auto rickshaws and sewing machines to unemployed Bishnupriya Manipuri youths and women.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

NBMM unit, Andolan Parishad hit back at Rajkumar, Manab

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 25: The secretary of the Durlabcherra Anchalik Committee of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM), Surajit Sinha, and Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Andolan Parishad (NBMAP) executive member Nirmal Sinha condemned Hareswar Sinha Manab and Rajkumar Sinha for their recent joint statement against Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad’s Assam State committee vice-president Paragjyoti Sinha on the ongoing spat between the NBMM and the newly formed Bishnupriya Manipuri Suraksha Samiti (BMSS).

Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP) secretary Hareswar Sinha Manab and Bishnupriya Manipuri Suraksha Samiti (BMSS) secretary Rajkumar Sinha squarely questioned the extent of knowledge of NBMSP’s Assam State committee vice-president Raja Parag Jyoti Sinha (Shimu) about the power of “mass convention”. They also said that Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) president Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha had no moral right to hold the top NBMM post.

According to Surajit Sinha, the statement made by Paragjyoti Sinha against Anil Singha Gautam (BMSS president) is, in fact, the buzz word in the NBMM. “Anil Singha Gautam and four other executive members of the NBMM and its sister concerns have been suspended by the NBMM at its May 22 central executive committee meeting for their anti-organizational activities,” Surajit Sinha said.

Nirmal Sinha said: “Rajkumar Sinha and Hareswar Sinha Manab have no locus standi to make such comments. The so-called BMSS is nothing but an individual committee that has been formed to protect the interest of a few people with vested interest. The so-called mass convention that formed the BMSS has been declared illegal by the NBMM and other organizations of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.”

Nirmal Sinha further said: “The statement made by Anil Singha Gautam that the powers of the NBMM president have been curtailed is a matter of joke. Sinha Manab and Rajkumar Sinha have become the torchbearers of a suspended NBMM executive member, Singha Gautam.”

Courtesy: The Sentinel

Saturday, 25 June 2011

NBMM hits out at Singha Gautam, says BMSS has no legal footing

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 18: The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) lashed out at Bishnupriya Manipuri Surakha Samiti (BMSS) president Anil Singha Gautam for the latter’s statement given to the media stating that the BMSS had stripped NBMM president Dr Devendra Kumar Sinha of all powers, except convening NBMM sessions, that too, not without consulting the BMSS.

Reacting to the news item published on the June 5, 2011 issue of The Sentinel under the deadline “BMSS strips NBMM president of all powers”, NBMM general secretary Krishnadas Sinha said that the very meeting that had formed the BMSS was not legal as it had no approval of the NBMM, the constitution of which had no provision for convening any “national convention”. Since the convention had no legal footing, the BMSS formed at the convention and the resolutions taken thereof were totally “void ab initio”, Sinha said, and added: “ is also a distressing matter that there is no similarity between the report published and the actual resolutions taken at the so-called convention. In a leaflet that contains the resolutions taken at the convention there is no mention that the powers of the president of the NBMM have been stripped of. The resolutions taken speak about the activities of the NBMM president who has been requested not to interfere directly or indirectly in the affairs of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC)... Anil Singha Gautam, who had sent the report to The Sentinel, didn’t even hesitate to take to falsehood in maligning the image of NBMM president Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha purely out personal vendetta. This is reprehensible, and needs condemnation.”

Sinha further said that for anti-Mahasabha activities, Anil Singha Gautam had been suspended from the Mahasabha, and the irony was that such a “tainted person” had been made the president of the “so-called BMSS”. “A suspended person has no legal basis to say anything about the affairs of the Mahasabha. Singha Gautam is warned not to indulge in anti-Mahasabha activities in the future,” he added.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

Thursday, 23 June 2011

ALMDB has no role to play in BMDC

By Rebati Mohan Sinha

This is Part II of the series "Where Are We Heading Towards?"

The very fact that NGOs aspire to improve the lives of poor people, means, they have committed themselves in some manner to perform activities on behalf of others, their ability to accomplish what is expected and promised is fundamental and necessary to their relationship with others as well as to the community. Such organizations are therefore not free of critiques, expectations or input from those whom they serve, and receive legitimacy, funding and interaction.

The other day, a reliable source at Guwahati, stated that some office bearers led by the president of an organization, were camping in the city to have an audience with a request to Chief Minister of Assam to dismantle the present Gazette notified adhoc committee of BMDC and get the new one constituted instead. Where are we heading towards? In fact it is the present system, built on selfishness, greed and petty egos that result in the terrible alienation a man faces from his fellow beings. This has only worsened in the last decade or so. I would like to further elaborate that any action that gives pain to another through humiliation is horrifying, particularly those who suffer it – what then is the answer to this suffering? I am talking about the recent suspension of office bearers of an organization.

We want to build a society to rid the society of its deep-rooted and widespread ills; but how could it be possible? Every day we get something or other in the BishnupiryaManipuri Online blog, say, the recent news item of Sentinel, “BM Linguistic Minority Development Council presses for Education Welfare of community.” Is there any council existing in our society by this name?

BMDC is the only Gazette notified council, we have in our society, then why did the ordinary member of Assam Linguistic Minority Development Board (ALMDB) states that a chartered of demands submitted to CM on its behalf? The ALMDB is functioning under the WPT & BC department and it is the nodal department for implementation of schemes for welfare of SC/ST and OBC people in the state. It is not understood, how an ALMDB member, not following the protocol submitting the self knitted or woven chartered of demands to CM, which is not having any relevance as far as the functioning of BMDC is concerned. Gopidas could have placed his demand to the meeting of Assam Minority Development Board.

It can be very much mentioned over here that Gopidas’ joy of becoming the member of ALMDB was overshadowed by the declaration of ad hoc committee of BMDC and automatically he became redundant and has gone in to oblivion. How long can one be underground for so long? Presently the ALMDB, I believe, has no role to play as far as the BM development is concerned as the BMDC ad hoc committee is in the helm of affairs. What it had left to him is to make irrelevant press statements, which might, he thought, revive his lost image, but on the contrary is creating doubt, rather misleading the entire Bishnupriya Manipuri society.

‘Dr Sinha has no moral right to hold NBMM chief post’

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 20: In their sharp reaction to the news item published on the June 11, 2011 issue of The Sentinel under the headline “Sahitya Parishad pooh-poohs Singha Gautam”, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP) secretary Hareswar Sinha Manab and Bishnupriya Manipuri Suraksha Samiti (BMSS) secretary Rajkumar Sinha squarely questioned the extent of knowledge of NBMSP’s Assam State committee vice-president Raja Parag Jyoti Sinha (Shimu) about the power of “mass convention”. They also said that Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) president Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha had no moral right to hold the top NBMM post.

Shimu had gone on record saying that “every individual has the right to form/float an organization with like-minded people, but that doesn’t entitle him/her to make irresponsible comments like stripping of the power of the duly elected president of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM), Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha”. Terming Singha Gautam’s outburst as “histrionic’, Shimu had said that the statement made by Singha Gautam “has been an appalling one for the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. The content of the writing, it appears, is penned out of sheer frustration by Singha Gautam.”.

In their reaction, Sinha Manab and Rajkumar Sinha said: “Raja Parag Jyoti (Shimu) is ignorant of the power of mass convention.” They reminded Shimu that the electoral college that had elected Dr Debendra Sinha as the NBMM president comprised the primary members of the Mahasabha. They also held Shimu of being “ungrateful” about the creation of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) and that he was blindly supporting NBMM president Dr Debendra Sinha “without knowing the conspiracy” he had hatched during past three adhivesans (conventions). “Not only that, violating the social decorum, Dr Sinha wants to establish his despotism and monopoly in the society,” they said, and added that Dr Sinha had not been able to construct an office of the NBMM in his consecutive terms. “He and his followers failed to publish the report, circulate the lists of executive committee of the last session and the latest amended copy of the NBMM constitution.”

“Perhaps, Shimu is not aware of the fact that the deliberations of the recent Bishnupriya Manipuri Suraksha Samiti (BMSS) mass convention at Patharkandi in Karimganj district were highlighted by BMSS president Anil Singha Gautam so as to prevent Dr Sinha from putting hurdles in the BMDC affairs and progress of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. “Till today, none of the primary members of the Mahasabha knows the rules and regulations of the NBMM constitution. So, Dr Sinha has no moral right to occupy the chair of the NBMM... Shimu has no base, and he is unknown to most of the primary members of the Mahasabha,” they said.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Bishnupriya Manipuri Council presses for educational welfare of community

Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, June 19: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Linguistic Minority Development Council (BMLMDC), in its charter of demands submitted to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister of Assam, has pressed for initiating steps for the educational welfare and development of linguistic minority students of the community. Briefing mediapersons about the contents of the memorandum, Gopidas Sinha, member, Assam Linguistic Minority Development Board (ALMDB), said that the demand was for preparation and adaptation of Bishnupriya Manipuri language textbooks for class V in LP, ME, high schools and higher secondary schools, inclusion of Bishnupriya Manipuri language as MIL in the curriculum of Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) from the next academic session.

The memorandum was placed for appointment of linguistic minority Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers in the dropped LP Schools in 2001 in the districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi, appointment of one each additional language teacher in the LP schools of Barak Valley with 100 per cent Bishnupriya Manipuri pupils, creation of linguistic minority Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers’ posts for ME schools, high schools, higher secondary schools and government junior colleges in the three districts of Barak Valley and Kamrup, appointment of one each SI of schools in Barak Valley belonging to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

The demands as specified above, pointed out Gopidas Sinha, are not only legitimate but also fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of India. Though Bishnupriya Manipuri was introduced in 2001 in LP schools, its implementation as a natural corollary should have been introduced as MIL in class 12 by 2011.

He said there are more than 100 LP schools in the valley where 100 per cent pupils belong to Bishnupriya Manipuri. He reminded the Education Minister recently announced creation of thousands of new posts of teachers. Their demand was to have some posts for the schools and colleges where Bishnupriya Manipuri is taught as a subject.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

Monday, 20 June 2011

BMNS New Committee Formed

Sashi Kant Sinha
In the General Body Meeting of the Bisnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samiti (BMNS) held on June 19, a new committee has been constituted with Chandra Mohan Sinha as President, Sashi Kant Sinha as Vice President, Jishnu Sinha as General Secretary. There has not been any change in the post of treasurer.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Abinash Sinha scores 91.8 % in Class 12

Abinash Sinha, son of Anupam Sinha, retired Naval Officer, the grand son of Late Prof. Nagendra Sinha of Assam Engineering College (AEC), has secured 91.8% in class 12. Abinash secured 95 % each in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry, in English he got 87%, and in Computer Science 86 per cent.

Rare images of Captain Tara (Krishankant Sinha) and the team of Space City Sigma

Post-1990 generation can't imagine the old India. India looked black and white. Doordarshan was by-default only television channel. Communication was by letters, urgency was shown with Telegram. Sunday wore a festivity look. One may ask what today's grown-up man watched when they were child. The Answer is : The Space City Sigma. And in this programme, Krishankant Sinha aka Captain Tara, was the imaginary ultimate hero for them.

Here are the rare images of that science fiction serial. If your memories are faded, these photographs would refresh it.

Space City Sigma

Captain Tara (standing), Heeri

Heeri and Shakti


Ashok Talwar and Bizeth Banerjee

Thanks to Vinayak Razdan for uploading these photographs.

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The 'Star' Krishankant Sinha of Space City Sigma

Friday, 17 June 2011

Band Baaja Baraat Online

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Google had a tough time to monetize You Tube, a repository of raw videos from amateurs the world over. The Big G “Google” was paying to maintain the service for FREE. It had to tread a tough and grey area to monetize the property.

Time has changed (though long back), in its effort to monetize You Tube and keeping the interest of various stakeholders in balance. Google has started streaming Hindi movies. You Tube Box Office, the name of the You Tube Channel, would be offering Hindi movies. The latest one is 2010 block blaster (Main to ainvayi ainvayi ainvayi ainvayi lut gaya) movie Band Baaja Baraat. Those who haven’t watch the movie, watch it online. Courtesy Google!

The story of Band Baaja Baraat is contemporary and simple, yet it is gripping and entertaining. It is a story about two wedding planners — Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma — how they achieve sweet success. One would find Delhi culture in the movie.

Besides this, in the You Tube Box Office, one would find lot of oldie-goldie Hindi movies. 

Watch out the promo of Band Baaja Baarat in the left or right panel of this blog. Till then, Main to ainvayi ainvayi ainvayi ainvayi lut gaya… Band Baaja Baraat.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Message from Col. Bijoy Sinha(Retd.), Guwahati

I was aghast to hear that one of the self-claimed social worker has filed a case against 16 office bearers including the President of NBMM and also the President of the Sahitya Sabha. It is true and accepted fact that Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha is the sole representative organisation of the Bishnupriya Manipuri commnity. Therefore it is a fact that the President and the office bearers of NBMM are renowned and devoted social workers. The President of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Sabha is also a true and responsible social worker. Surprisingly some of the remaining office bearers of the NBMM and BMSS are silent and have not condemned/protested openly against this injustice done to the society. Is there some malafied intention or some vested interest behind this? Recently there has been a lot of hue and cry on the leadership of NBMM President and his team. Should I assume that those people who are critical of the functioning of the President of NBMM and his team are also a part of this irresponsinble and condemnable act? If not, then why has this act not been strongly opposed? I also strongly suspect that this act has some link to the formation of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council. Is it justifiable to bargain the honour of the social workers of the society in lieu of the petty issue of the BMDC? I think most of the self-claimed social workers are wandering aimlessly without any vision for the community. We must realize that living in a community and working in an organisation for all-round development of the society requires loyalty, integrity and spirit de corps. I wish that good sense will prevail upon the people who have been blinded by their lust for power and will guide them to the path of righteousness.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Tushar Arjun's spellbound performance

Tushar Arjun spells magic in the Sony’s singing reality show X Factor. His performance was well appreciated by music lovers. He sang a philosophical song Main Jahan Rahun from the movie Nameste London.

The 28-year old stage artist from Assam was seen relax and in good composure in his stint. His performance was also admired from netizen. “I really liked the way this difficult song was sung by Tushar Arjun ‘Main jahan rahu’”, said Summer 3 in a discussion forum. In the same forum, debayon commented, “his voice is as fresh as the morning dew and he has great range and clarity, and is blessed with a talented, awesome voice. He is the dark horse, and I expect him to go far in this competition.”

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Dr Kali Prasad Sinha: a tribute

By Dilip Sinha

A prominent academician of the North-East, Prof Kali Prasad Sinha died on June 2 at 5.10 pm at Divyashram, East Kachudharam near Silchar. Prof Sinha was born on January 3, 1937 in a small village called East Kachudharam, Silchar. Well-known all over India and abroad for his sterling contributions to Philosophy, Indology and linguistics, he has more than 30 books published reputed publishers of India. KP Sinha was an exponent of Bishnupriya Manipuri Linguistics. His contribution to Linguistics, Socio-linguistic studies and literature concretised the foundation of Bishnupriya Manipuri language and literature.

He was a student of world famous Linguistic Prof. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee. He did his Ph.D on The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language studies from Jadavpur University and D Litt from Bardhawan University, West Bengal. He started his career as a lecturer in Cachar College, Silchar and subsequently joined as a Reader in the Department of Sanskrit, Gauhati University. Thereafter he joined Tripura University as a Professor and ultimately worked in Assam University, Silchar as a Professor and a Dean. He was a bachelor and devoted his whole life to research. He had a huge personal library, mainly on Philosophy and Indology.

He is credited with writing a complete series of books on Indian Philosophy in Assamese language, which, however, are yet to be published. He established a centre of studies, Divyashram, at East Kachudharam, Silchar.

In his death, the entire Bishnupriya Manipuri community has lost a devoted academician, a social reformer and a visionary. May the Almighty grant eternal peace to his departed soul.

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Where are we heading toward?

By Rebati Mohan Sinha

One group of Bishnupriya Manipuri fighting another desperately seeking to assert their own right to be part of the modern society we talk about. There is no attempt to reach out, resolve issues, and build relationship that can go beyond the feudal structure of the ruled and ruler. We have forgotten that we are one society. We need to work for one and all for future. A future can`t be realized through conflicts; but needs to be nurtured through an understanding of local issues and concern.

Whatever is happening today in the society is because of lack of leadership. A real leader emerges when there is perfect harmony between his ideas and the people`s mood; but at some point, he has to fade away. The leaders, who make desperate attempts to cling to their receding turf, often face humiliation. You are relevant as long as you can keep pace with the changes.

I felt abashed reading news items ‘NBMM suspends five office bearers’, ‘Singha Gautam catches NBMM on wrong foot, warns of action, and ‘BMSS strips NBMM president of all powers’. Ultimately where are we heading toward?

Section B of Art.23 of constitution of NBMM, which deals with ‘disciplinary action against office- bearers, says – “In the case of member of the Central Executive Committee or an office-bearer of any committee (be harmful to Mahasabha), the Central Executive Committee shall take up enquiry and take action.” Some questions may arise:

1. Was there any panel constituted to enquire about the misconduct of persons suspended? If not, could it be declared as suspension null and void?
2. Was there any show-cause notice served on Mr. Biresh Ranjan Sinha, Working President of BMSP? If not, how can he be suspended without hearing him?

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Death condoled

Kali Prasad Sinha

The teachers and students of the Department of Sanskrit, Gauhati University and admirers of Prof KP Sinha held a meeting on June 6 in the Department of Sanskrit and condoled the sad demise of Professor Kali Prasad Sinha, former Professor of the Department of Sanskrit, GU and an eminent Sanskrit scholar of Assam. The teachers and students recalled his contribution and expressed condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to God for the eternal peace of the departed soul, a press release stated.

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune

Sahitya Parishad pooh-poohs Singha Gautam

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 10: Reacting to the news item appeared on the June 4, 2011 issue of The Sentinel under the headline “BMSS strips NBMM president of all powers”, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP), Assam State Committee, vice-president Raja Parag Jyoti Sinha (Shimu) said that “every individual has the right to form/float an organization with like-minded people, but that doesn’t entitle them to make irresponsible comments like stripping of the power of the duly elected president of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Masabha (NBMM), Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha”.

Bishnupriya Manipuri Suraksha Samiti (BMSS) president Anil Singha Gautam went on record saying that the BMSS had “stripped” NBMM president Dr Devendra Kumar Sinha of “all powers”, except convening of NBMM sessions, that too, in consultation with the BMSS. Singha Gautam had also said that the recent BMSS convention at Patharkandi in Karimganj district had expressed its lack of confidence on the leadership of Dr Sinha.

Terming Singha Gautam’s outburst as “histrionic’, Raja Parag Jyoti Sinha said that the statement made by Singha Gautam “has been an appalling one for the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. “The content of the writing, it appears, is penned out of sheer frustration by Singha Gautam” he said, and added: “Singha Gautam is perhaps not aware of the fact that the committee of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) was formed with the blessings of the Government of Assam, only on an ad hoc basis. The decision regarding giving clean chit or curbing power of it totally depends on the Government of Assam.”

Raja Parag Jyoti Sinha further said: “The MBMM never meddled in the formation of the BMDC, and hence the so-called ‘back-door policy by the Mahasabha’ as feared by Singha Gautam is uncalled for. Such a back-door policy was adopted by some dissident leaders (now expelled) of the Mahasbha while forming various committees of the council.” He said that the Mahasabha requested the Bishnupriya Manipuri not to be misled by such “irresponsible” comments from any quarters.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

Friday, 10 June 2011

Cultural maestro

Birjit Rajkumar

Nilmadhab Mukherjee
I have had the privilege of being a disciple of this great artiste – Guru Nilmadhab Mukherjee, who was born to late Aiga Aatal Mukherjee and late Radhika Devi in the year 1920 at village Luwarpuwa, Karimganj district, Assam.

With a firm determination to achieve his goal in life, he proceeded to Manipur on foot in the year 1951. On reaching there, he placed himself under the tutelage of Ojah Gopal Macha in playing the mridanga, and later on, Ojah Lacrangjoa.

With utmost sincerity and devotion, he learnt the art of playing the mridanga in various forms. Within a very short time, he could play ten mridangas at a time, with full synchronisation. Completing his mridanga course, he returned to his native village in the year 1952.

He performed in various districts of Assam, Tripura, Sylhet-Bangladesh, and all over the region.
Again in the year 1955, he went to Manipur and underwent training in Manipuri dance in ovindajee Nartanaloya. During his stay in Manipur, he acquired knowledge from many other gurus.During this period, he was invited to Bombay as a top artiste from Manipur, where he participated in every important function with distinction, and stayed there for four years.

Meanwhile, the All India Music Conference was to be held in Bombay. He participated in this programme with the utmost zeal and skill, and became the topmost artiste of the music conference.

In the meantime, a delegation from Paris came over to Bombay to select artistes from India to participate in the International World Music Conference. With great enthusiasm and demonstrating various artistic skills, especially the Aangnath dance (a creation of his own), he overwhelmed stalwarts like actress Vyjayanthimala, Kathak dance exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj, Gopi Krishan, etc., and was selected for the world meet.

He went to Paris and performed in forty two venues, almost every day, in various forms of dance such as Aangnath dance, Kartal dance, Dasavataar dance, Dolchalan, etc. But alas, his health deteriorated and his absence in the programme became a great cause of concern for the authorities.

After regaining his health, he completed the remaining programmes with utmost felicity. During this period, he performed in many cities abroad such as Brooklyn, Zurich, etc. He also performed his Aangnath dance in an American film titled The Three Headed Cobra. He was also invited to do a television programme in London, in which he was well honoured.

After the International World Music Conference, he returned to Bombay. The Goverment of India honoured him by appointing him as the honorary Principal of Ahmedabad Music College. However, in the year 1958, during his stay in Ahmedabad, he received a telegram carrying the news of the sudden demise of his mother, and had to rush back to his native village.

In the same year, arrangements were going on in full swing to create a friendly atmosphere for the hills and plains Combined Music Conference, which was to be held in Shillong, under the leadership of the then Chief Minister of Assam, Bimala Prasad Chaliha, and Chief Justice Baharul Islam at the Governor House.

For that music conference, a search was going on for a talented artiste from the North East. As a result, he was invited to perform there. His performance left his audience spellbound. After the programme, he wanted to go back to Ahmedabad to resume his duties, but the Chief Minister refused to let him go, telling him that he was a gem of Assam and that he had to stay in Assam. As a result, an academy was established in Shillong in the style of the Manipuri Nartanaloy in 1958. During this period, having got the opportunity, he again went to Manipur and took the Nartan Visharad degree in mridanga, songs, dance and drama, acquiring first division in the year 1960.

In the same year, he was conferred the title Nritayacharya in the first Mahasabha Utsav, which was held in Luwarpuwa. A good singer, he passed the audition test and became a regular singer of the All India Radio from 1961 till 1974.

In 1962, he was appointed the founder artiste in the State Publicity and Cultural Department of Assam. Thereafter, he permanently settled in Guwahati and established the Purbanchal Kalaparishad in the year 1975.

In the year 1986, he was promoted and transferred to Silchar as a manager cum producer in the Cultural Department. During this period, he was bestowed with the title of Mridangacharya, Mridangachuramoni and Barak Ratna.

In the year 1990, he retired from service. Later on, the Government of Assam conferred on him the Silpi Award, and he received the Silpi pension, in addition to his general pension. He was also a good writer. He wrote many books, among which are Nilmadab Geeti, Surar Mingal, etc.
Incredibly, at the age of 90 years, he performed the Aangnath dance for full 30 minutes at Shilpgram, Guwahati, at the invitation of State Education Minister of Tripura, Anil Sarkar, for the Barak Gumuti Festival.

This programme was his last performance. Suffering from diabetes and other age-related ailments, he had a heart attack and passed away on May 27 this year.

Though his presence will be missed, but the glorious achievements in his life will be written in golden letters in the annals of Bishnupriya Manipuri history.

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune

Thursday, 9 June 2011

From the archive: ‘Manipuri’ stays with Bishnupriya

Friday, March 10, 2006

Silchar, March 9: In a landmark judgment yesterday, the Supreme Court has recognised Bishnupriya Manipuri language as a separate entity in the family of Indo-Aryan languages.

A two-bench division of the apex court, comprising Justice Ruma Paul and Justice Dalbir Bhandari, also made it clear that there was nothing wrong if Bishnupriyas continued to use the term ‘Manipuri’ either as a prefix or a suffix to the nomenclature of the Bishnupriyas.

With this verdict, the Supreme Court endorsed Gauhati High Court’s judgment, delivered on April 9, 1999, approving the inclusion of Bishnupriya Manipuri linguistic community in the list of the other backward communities (OBC) in Assam.

The case came to the Supreme Court after the Manipur government and one K. Kumardhan Singh challenged the Gauhati High Court’s verdict, in a bid to assert the identity of the Meiteis as the only Manipuri population. They objected to the use of the term ‘Manipuri’ along with Bishnupriya.

Describing this verdict as “historic”, Debendra Chandra Singh, president of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, the apex body of the five-lakh Bishnupriya Manipuri people in Assam and Tripura, today said it has now put an end to the controversy surrounding the identity of the Bishnupriyas.

The Bishnupriya Manipuri community, which had organised protests since 1955 under the aegis of the mahasabha demanding recognition of their language in Assam, won an important victory when the Assam government in 1999 accepted the Bishnupriya Manipuri language as one of the vernacular languages in primary and middle school stages in the state.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

From the archive: Manipuri govt. questions the validity of Bishnupriyas

Aug 2, 1999 2:27 pm

Manipuri govt. questions the validity of Bishnupriyas as a

This is nothing but racism !

Inclusion of Bishnupriyas in OBC list Manipur Govt moves Supreme Court

NEW DELHI, Aug 1 — Threatened by the recognition of Bishnupriya Manipuris as Other Backward Classes (OBCs) by States of Assam and Tripura and an order of Gauhati High Court, the Manipur Government has moved the Supreme Court detailing the differences between the Bishnupriyas and Manipuris, reports PTI.

The Manipur Government has challenged the decision of the High Court to include Bishnupriya Manipuris in the State list of OBCs saying the Court has given the direction without going into the question whether such a community existed at all.

The petitioner said the decision of the States of Assam and Tripura allowing prefixing or suffixing of the word 'Manipuri' with Bishnupriyas would create a confusion and pose danger to the distinct identity of Manipuri language and the culture of their community. 

It said the Meiteis were of Mongoloid origin and their language Manipuri was of Kuki-Chin group belonging to Tibeto-Burmese family. However, Bishnupriyas were of Aryan origin and had settled in Assam and Tripura after migrating to the north-eastern region, the petitioner said.

While some experts believe that they came from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (now Bengladesh), others believe they came from Rangapatras area in Assam, the Government said in its petition moved through advocate Kh Nobin Singh. The petitioner said, however, the experts were unanimous that “linguistically, historically, ethnically and culturally, the Manipuris are quite different and distinct from the community called Bishnupriya, the former belonging to Mongoloid stock while the latter to Aryan.”

“The recognition of the Bishnupriya community and the language spoken by them by the States of Assam and Tripura as 'Manipuri Bishnupriya' or 'Bishnupriya Manipuri' at the instigation of Bishnupriya community is nothing but infringement of the fundamental rights of the Manipuri community guaranteed under Article 29 of the Constitution as it creates confusion in the distinct identity of the Manipuri language and culture of their community,” the petitioner said. It said the State of Assam had in its 1975 notification on OBCs had included Manipuris clarifying “Manipuri including Manipuri Brahmin and Manipuri Muslim.”

The petitioner said even in the 1991 census, Manipuris and Bishnupriyas continued to be shown as different languages but in 1996 the Assam Government issued a corrigendum notifying that “Manipuri including Bishnupriya Manipuri, Manipuri Brahmin and Manipuri Muslims.”

When this was challenged in the High Court, the latter said it was ill-equipped to decide the dispute which required a study into the origin, history and culture of the two communities but directed inclusion of Bishnupriya Manipuris in the list of OBCs. [Link doesn't work]
Indian Express 

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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

BMWF condoles death of Dr KP Sinha

Courtesy: The Sentinel

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 5: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum (BMWF) condoled the death of Indologist and scholar of repute Dr Kali Prasad Sinha at a meeting at Rehabari in Guwahati today. The condolence meeting that was presided over by BMWF president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha was attended among others by BMWF vice-president Narendra Kumar Sinha, Sanjib Sinha, Ranjita Sinha and others.

Delivering his lecture at the condolence meeting, DILS Sinha took a short trip down the memory lane on his long roller-coaster relationship with Dr KP Sinha. The relationship between the two, according to DILS Sinha, was a blend of affection and respect to each other amid distinct and open differences that they failed to sink. DILS Sinha said that the demise of the great scholar created a void in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

Meanwhile, EMA Socio Welfare Society, Guwahati chairman Sanjib Sinha and secretary Shyam Kishore Sinha also condoled the death of Dr KP Sinha and Mridangacharya-cum-Nrityacharya Nilmadhab Mukherjee. They prayed for the eternal peace of the two greats in the Bishnuriya Manipuri community.

The addya-shraddha of the Mridangacharya will be held at Christian Basti in Guwahati on Monday.

Further reading: 

BMNS, Delhi General Body Meeting

The General Body Meeting of the Bisnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samiti (BMNS) is going to be held at

Venue : K 1/62, C R Park, New Delhi
Date : Sunday, 19th June 2011
Time : 4PM sharp.

Agenda of the meeting:

1.Presentation of consolidated report of last 3 yrs of BMNS functions and accounts by G secy.
2.Feedback from people.
3.Dissolving old committee and formation of a new.
4.Voting for new prime office bearers.

Followed by refreshments.

All Bishnupriya Manipuri people residing in Delhi/NCR are invited to attend the meeting and participate in the election.

For more information contact:

B N Sinha : 9810131539
Sashikanta Sinha: 9911921562

Sunday, 5 June 2011

BMSS ‘strips’ NBMM president of ‘all powers’

Courtesy: The Sentinel

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 3: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Suraksha Samiti (BMSS) that was formed at the national mass convention of the Bishnupriya Manipuris held recently at Patharkandi in Karimganj district has “stripped” Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) president Dr Devendra Sinha of “all powers”. According to BMSS president Anil Singha Gautam, except convening of NBMM sessions, that too, in consultation with the BMSS, Dr Sinha will have no powers as NBMM president forthwith. The BMSS has also set August 15, 2011 as its deadline for the convention of the next NBMM session.

Talking to this reporter from Diphu, Singha Gautam said: “In order to protect the Bishnupriya Manipuri community from the sort of autocracy let loose by Dr Devendra Sinha, the Patharkandi national convention of the community held with advocate Bireswar Sinha, Birendra Kumar Sinha and Mangal Babu Sinha in the presidium formed the BMSS.” The president of the BMSS is Singha Gautam and the general secretary is Krishnabhallab Sinha. The convention, according to Singha Gautam, expressed its lack of confidence on the leadership of Dr Sinha, who has been accused of maligning the image of the NBMM, the premier body of the community. The role being played by Dr Sinha, according to Singha Gautam, is autocratic, demolishing democracy and in violation of the NBMM constitution. “The convention felt that most of the decisions taken by the central committee of the NBMM are manipulated,” Singha Gautam said, and added that the convention warned the NBMM chief not to meddle in the affairs of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) through the “back door”. The convention also warned Dr Sinha of any misadventure to “replace” the list of “BMDC members” before any elections, and said that any such step would not be tolerated by the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

The Patharkandi convention, according to Singha Gautam, congratulated Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for making it to Dispur for the third consecutive term. It hoped that the Bishnupriya Manipuris, a minority community, would remain safe and secured at the hands of Gogoi. The convention also thanked former MLA Kartik Sena Sinha for his contribution to the formation of the BMDC. The convention condoled the death of Nrityacharya Nilmadhab Mukherjee.

Articles that may interest you:

Life History of Pt. Nilmadhab Sinha

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Obituary: Dr KP Sinha

The Assam Tribune

SILCHAR, June 3 – An eminent educationist of Sanskrit in the State, Prof Kali Prasad Sinha passed away yesterday at his East Kachudharam residence on the outskirts of Silchar town. He was 75.

Dr KP Sinha 

Prof Sinha retired from Assam University as head of the Department of Sanskrit. Ealier, he was lecturer of Sanskrit at Gauhati University and then at Tripura University prior to joining Assam University.

He was the first Bishnupriya Manipuri scholar to have been awarded PhD and DLit degrees. A bachelor, Prof Sinha was the general secretary of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha for sometime. He was also associated with the Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Sabha.
Prof Tapodhir Bhattacharjee, Vice Chancellor of Assam University has expressed deep sorrow on his demise. He termed Prof Sinha as not only an educationist, but a great philosopher. Prof Sinha’s contribution to Sanskrit education will always be remembered, he felt.
Prof Sinha’s demise was widely mourned.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Indologist Dr KP Sinha no more

Courtesy: The Sentinel 
By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 2: Dr Kali Prasad Sinha, a septuagenarian Indologist who had over 60 books, including a Bishnupriya Manipuri-English dictionary that is in the press, to his credit, breathed his last at his East Kachudharam residence on the outskirts of Silchar town today. Dr Sinha was the all-time great scholar in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community and one of the front runners in his field in the country. The 76-year-old brahmachari (bachelor) had stints as a professor of Sankrit in Gauhati University, Tripura University and Assam University.

He was 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. He then joined Gauhati University as a Sanskrit lecturer, and then joined Tripura University as a Professor. From Tripura University he had joined Assam University at Silchar as the Head of the Department of Sanskrit. He took retirement from Assam University.

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. Besides Bishnupriya Manipuri books, he had also many Assamese and Sanskrit books. 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.

He leaves behind three brothers, including noted litterateur Shyamakanta Sinha, a daughter (manash kanya), a sister, sister in-laws and nephews. In his interview with The Sentinel Sunday magazine Melange, Dr KP Sinha went on record saying that he failed to write anything about his spiritual guru, Maipak Sadhu, a BA and BT passed sadhu who lived a spiritually enlightened life at the sleepy village, Kachudharam, on the outskirts of Silchar town in south Assam.

Dr Smriti K Sinha, professor and dean of Tezpur University, condoled the death of Dr Sinha. He said that Dr Sinha had laid the foundation of research work in Bishnupriya Manipuri community, and the void created by his death would be difficult to fill.

Further reading:

An interview with Dr KP Sinha by Ramlal Sinha
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