Monday, 31 October 2011

Celebration of Janmabarshiki of Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur

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By Bibhulal Sinha

The Janmabarshiki Tithi of Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur was celebrated in Mumbai with great enthusiasm on 30th October 2011. Mumbaites  slogged during day and also put their effort all Saturday night till wee hours of Sunday in an effort to make the celebration a grand success. The decoration team included Sculpturist Manas Sinha, Bapon Sinha and their team.

On this occasion, maximum numbers of Bishnupriya Manipuris of Mumbai gather at one place. They celebrate the Janmabarshiki and also meet and greet each other. Giri-Githanis from all over Mumbai and also from Pune assembled at Utsav hall, Bhayender(East), Mumbai to make the function a colourful one.

The days programme included Moorti Sthapon, Puja and Aaroti, Baishnav Bhojan, Prasad distribution and Bhoogan, Cultural Programme and Sandhya Aaroti.

The cultural programme was started with lightning of the lamp by chief guest Kadambini Devi, welcome speech by Bobby Sinha, life sketch of Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur by Rebati M Sinha. There was standing ovation for registration of Bishnupriya Manipuri Kalyan Samity, Mumbai. Melodious songs were sung by Bhojpuri song fame Indrani Sharma, cultural programme co-ordinator Biju-Sir Sinha, Indrani Sinha, Prithiraj Sinha, Sujit Sinha and Kapalkundala Sinha. The dance performances included a Manipuri Group dance and Assamese Group dance by Mitu, Shyamoli, Guddu, Maya and Sona; Boogi-Woogi fame Ankit Sinha; daughters of Shri Janagati Sinha; and Kapalkundal Sinha. Team Mumbai  felicitated Anupam Sinha for admission of his son Avinash Sinha in IIT, Kharagpur. The cultural programme was beautifully anchored by Gautam Sinha.

Bishnupiya Manipuri Kalyan Samiti, Mumbai thanks all Giri-Githanis and their families who attended the function and also to those who could not make it due to their busy professional pre-occupations for their genuine well-wishes, which only could make the celebration of Janmabarshiki of Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur a grand success.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur remembered in Assam, Tripura

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By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 28: The 142nd birth anniversary of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur was observed Statewide by various mandir committees, cultural centres and socio-religious organizations of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Guwahati, Silchar, Jorhat and elsewhere in Assam and Tripura on Friday.

Two other organizations – Marup (an NGO) and Sri Sri Gobindabari baro Sadhuthakur Mandir at Kalitakuchi in Guwahati will also observe the birth anniversary of the great Vaishnab on October 30 with grand functions.

Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur was a vaishnab who had attained salvation through his rigorous meditation. He was born at Baropoa village in Cachar district in Assam. The village was, however, was named after Sadhuthakur as Bhubaneswar Nagar later.

The birth anniversary was observed since Friday night with an overnight adhibas and concluded this evening at Bishnunagar at Christianbasti in Guwahati by the Manipuri Kristi Kendra, by Radhamadhab Sebashram at Maligaon, at Jorhat by Jagaran and at Silchar by the Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur Mandir Committee and various other organizations. At the function by Manipuri Kristi Kendra, a Bhagwat path by Pandit Nilomoni Sinha and a lively discussion on the life and philosophy of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur were organized. The speakers who took active part at the discussion that was presided over by Radha-Madhab Sebapuja Committee president Sri Syamsundar Sinha, Brindaban, were litterateurs Sushil Kumar Sinha, Col (retd) Bijoy Sinha and Manipuri Kristi Kendra president Sri Manindra Sinha. It was followed by a cultural programme that was taken part by artistes like Bhajan singer Gautam Sinha, singer Ashutosh Sinha, budding talents Rahul Sinha and Bornita Sinha. This a part, drama directed by Rajkumar Sinha was staged.

On October 30 at Rudra Singha Sports Complex at Dispur Last Gate, a day-long function of Marup will be graced by many a prominent personalities like State Fisheries Minister Basanta Das as the chief guest, MLA Rihon Daimari, MLA Emmanuel Mushhaari, IAS Banamali Sinha (Tripura), Barpeta Xatra’s Burha Xatradhikar Sri Bashistha Debsharma, ISKON teacher Karuna Pati Das, Gaudiya Basihnav Sangha vice-president Sri Radha Kanta Das Adhikari, educationists Kumkum Sinha and Hemkanti Sinha, IFS (retd) Manindra Sinha, professor Dr Prabhat Sinha and others.

Prior to that, Marup’s flag will be hoisted by its working president Shyam Das Sinha. Forum inauguration of the NGO will be done by its president Badal Sinha and welcome speech will be delivered by reception committee president Ananda Sinha. Artiests like Khela Mukherjee, Rahul Sinha, Tuntun Sarma, Situ Sinha and others will perform in the grand cultural programme on the occasion.

At the October 30 function at Kalitakuchi, prominent personalities like former MLA Kartik Sena Sinha, educationist Kumkum Sinha, litterateurs DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, Hareswar Sinha Manab, and others will be seen. Noted dance Guru Haricharan Sinha and his students will be seen performing on the stage.

Courtesy: The Sentinel 

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Celebration of 142nd Janma Baisakhi Of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur At Diphu, Karbi Anglong

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By Deepak Singh

142nd Abhirbav Tithi of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur observed at Radha Krishna Sevashram, Krishna Nagar, Diphu with two days programme held on 27th and 28th Oct. 2011 with full of devotion, gaiety in presence of lots of enthusiastic people from Diphu, Bokajan and other adjoining areas.

Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur celebration at Diphu, Karbi Anglong

Programme was started on 27th October morning with Gobardhan Puja. Art competition was held in the memory of Lt. Kamini Devi, organised and donated by Smt. Sabita Sinha, Teacher Kendriya Vidhyalaya, Diphu at 4:00 pm Ghota Sthapan was held, 6 pm in the evening Sabdhya Arati started at 7:00 pm followed by Geeta Path which was performed by Sri Binoy Krishna Sharma of Luarpua, Karimganj. Adhibas was started at 9:30 pm followed byprasad vitaran.

2nd Programme was started with Mangala Arati and Pravat Pheri where lots of devotees from the community took part at 4:30 am. Brief discussion was held on life and teaching of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur. Rasa kirtan was started at 11:00 am which was graced by Sri Bidya Sing Engleng, Hon’ble MLA, Diphu as chief guest and Smt. Kuntila Ronghangpi Hon’ble E.M Karbi Anglong Autonomus Council, Diphu as guest of honour. They were felicitated with traditional way of lei chandan, Khutei and Talaphuti. They were greeted by Sri Amiyo Sinha, President of Utjapan Committee and Sri Putul Sinha, President of Mandir Committee on behalf of entire Bishnupriya People of Diphu. Sri Babananda Sinha outline regarding life history of Sri Sri Sadhu Thakur, Hon’ble MLA and EM giving away the prizes to the winner of Art Competition.

Rasa Kirtan at Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur celebration at Diphu

Hon’ble EM of KAAC as guest of honour promises for all-round help for development of the society in particularly referred for development of approach road. As chief guest, Hon’ble MLA assured the gathering for taking up development of Mandav as well as approach road by this financial year. It was followed by having of Prasad by all devotees who attended the programme. Lastly Dharma Sabha was held at 4:30 pm followed by ending ceremony. President, General Secretary and other active members on behalf of Utjapan Committee cordially tender their humble appreciation to all the esteem devotees directly, indirectly help for cause which make the programme grand success.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Celebration of Janma Barshiki of Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur in Mumbai

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Bishnupriya Manipuri Kalyan Samiti, Mumbai is celebrating Janma Barshiki of Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur on Sunday, 30th October, 2011 in Mumbai.

The Janma Barshiki will be celebrated at Utsav Hall, Mother Mary Junior College Building, Kausturi Park, Navgar Road, Bhayender (East), Mumbai. The ceremony will be started with Puja & Aaroti, followed by Bhojon Kirton, speech on Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur, Prasad bitoron and bhojon, cultural programme and ending with Sandhya Aaroti.

Bishnupriya Manipuri Kalyan Samiti, Mumbai requests Bishnupriya Manipuri Giri-Githanis and their families from Mumbai and all over the country to attend the celebration and make it a grand success.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

142nd Aabirbhav Tithi Mahotsav of Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur in Bangalore

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With the rest of India, Bishnupriya Manipuris in Bangalore are celebrating 142nd Aabirbhav Tithi Mahotsav of Param Bhagabat Shree Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur on Tuesday, 1st November, 2011.

Celebration will start from 9.00 am at the venue Sri Krishna Temple, 1st Cross, Koramangala - 5th Block, Near Jyothi Nivas College, Bangalore – 560095. It will be marked with puja, speeches on Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur, bhog, and cultural programmes.

Courtesy: Bishnupriya Manipuri Online Page [Facebook]

Janma Jayanti of Geetiswami Gokulananda in Guwahati on 27th Nov

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By Col. Bijoy Sinha, Guwahati

Geetiswami Gokulananda Janma Jayanti Udjapan Committee of Guwahati, Assam, is going to celebrate the 115th Birth Anniversary (Janma Jayanti) of Geetiswami Gokulananda on 27th November, 2011 (Sunday) at Shilpagram Auditorium (near Kalakhetra), Panjabari, Guwahati. Like every year, the udjapan committee will be observing the day commemorating the life and contribution of Gokulananda Geetiswami, the noted poet, playwright and social reformer of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

On the occasion, the main attractions will be the ‘Speech session’ by different speakers in memory of the contribution of the great soul, award function viz., the 'Geetiswami Award-2011' to a social activist for his/her life time achievement in the field of social service and other specified fields, felicitation of meritorious students, ‘NINGOR KHUTTOL’ (Gift of Honour) to be awarded by DILS Association and at last the cultural programme. The three awardees of ‘NINGOR KHUTTOL’ for the year 2011 as announced by DILS Debojyoti Sinha on behalf of DILS Association are – Uttam Kumar Singha, originally from Tilakpur 
(Bhanugach) of Bangladesh; at present staying at New York, America; RK Rishikesh Sinha, Delhi and Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati for their commendable services and dedication in popularizing the Bishnupriya Manipuri society, culture, literary and various current affairs through the internet media.

The Udjapon committee, Guwahati invites all Bishnupriya Manipuri masses from every corner of the country to make the celebration a grand success by attending the programme. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Diwali means rejoice in Atman

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Diwali Greetings
Diwali has always been my favourite festival since my childhood. It has always made me excited with its sparkling lights, decorated homes, noisy fire crackers and varieties of sweets. The whole illuminated environment makes me happy. My mother says I was born on Choti Diwali. So, I make the connection easily with it.

I remember how my mother used to make different sweets by her own hands and how my father used to bring firecrackers especially for me. How I used to blast bombs, rockets and fire crackers, I was least fearful being a girl… At night, we used to distribute sweets to all our neighbours, some of whom we never talked with, but there was a feeling of fellow being. It was so much fun, so much warmth, so much togetherness.

Today, those days have passed and life has changed but the festival still comes with its light, brightness and noise. Now when I see kids along with their friends filled with happiness and all their spirit blast firecrackers and make noise in jest, I feel like joining them and do all kinds of excitement, jumping, shouting with joy. This festival makes elderly people rejoice like kids. Yes, it is true, in every man there is a child.

We all know the story behind Diwali and the essence of its celebration but we never realize its essence, never tried to live it, never rejoice in our inner self, never tried to understand the Atman inside all of us. Every festival like Diwali, Holi, Durga Puja teaches us to eliminate the evil inside us, remove our vices and inculcate the virtues, and that should be the ultimate aim of human life. We humans have created a world of darkness, a world of lies, a world of hatred but the legends behind all these festivals show us the victory over evil and celebration of goodness and all pervading truth.

Diwali comes once in a year but we can make our lives a daily celebration by making it blissful, by celebrating every moment of it in love, compassion and liveliness.

Image : lovesmss.com

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Abirbhav Tithi on Oct 30, Delhi

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Bishnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samiti (BMNS), Delhi, is celebrating 142nd Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Abirbhav Tithi on October 30, 2011 at C.R Park, New Delhi.

The complete address is:

Bipin Paul Trust
A-81, C.R Park
New Delhi - 110019

Map location of Bipin Paul Trust, CR Park

Bishnupriya Manipuri people staying in Delhi and NCR region are cordially invited in the celebration.  

Saturday, 22 October 2011

“What will I be doing ten years from now?”

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Every child has a dream to become successful in life. I want to become an Aeronautical Engineer and a Grandmaster in chess. After ten long years, I shall probably be in the third year of the Aeronautical Engineering course. After completing my course, I want to invent many new things that will help people in different ways. I would also raise India’s hopes in chess by winning many international tournaments. I shall also try my best to arouse popular interest in the game. With the blessings of the Almighty and my parents, I hope I will be able to fulfil my dreams.

Ritwick Sinha, Class-V,
Don Bosco School, Guwahati.

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune (20 October 2011)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

BishnupriyaManipuri Online opens Group in Facebook

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Readers, at the outset, let me thanks everybody who have been with this blog since its inception, and to those who have recently joined. My heartfelt thanks also go to countless readers who have spent few minutes to stop at this blog and took something from here.

There has been a massive spurt of information and creativity from our people recently. That has never been seen before. On September 16, 2007, this blog was created. Since then, the blog has come a long way in its journey. And it has set many milestones and garnered love and respect from all of you.

Unveiling BishnupriyaManipuri Online Group (BMOG) in Facebook

There is no bridge to fill the gap between webosphere (search engines) and social networks. "BishnupriyaManipuri Online Group (BMOG)" was created especially in Facebook so that the gap could be reduced and we give ‘something’ best to the world, and to our coming generation.

A case in point, one of the stories written by Dils Lakshmindra Sinha was well appreciated by 'other' readers in social networks. We observe, the story originated in webosphere, later it went ‘social’ and vice-versa. Like this, there are many Bishnupriya Manipuri-related articles, news, and features that were appreciated and shared in social networks by us and by others.

About the BMOG in Facebook

It is an OPEN, non-moderated group. Its purpose is to share information, give updates, discuss topics, appreciate creativity, spread love and unity. 

Objective: Creating structured, valuable information and catering it to the world. Comments and posts would be added in this blog, thus making ‘content’ search engine friendly. The Group is open for Bishnupriya Manipuri and non- Bishnupriya Manipuri members.

Everybody is invited to become member of this Group. But before that please read the above few lines.


We haven't sent invitation to anybody. It will be a voluntary step. We'll appreciate the initiative. 

Sunday, 16 October 2011

30+ Single Women—Live on!

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By Prabal Atreya, Bangalore

This one is solely intended for the BM reader population although we see it almost everywhere around us. No prizes for guessing the intended audience, and lets leave the upper limit open. Off course others can take a cue out of it as well and form an opinion. And this is generally not for love birds. And not that I’m seeking attention from all 30+ women out there without shying away from my desperate self to get married. I’ve been fortunate to meet quite a few women under this bracket, all so wonderful in their own ways. Some didis, some friends and some real good friends. In fact some of them surprised me with their persona which the latest ‘IT’ girls fail to display and practise. Some are really qualified, intelligent and smart. Some really are the desirable ones, which we BM men see, with jaws and tongues wide open towards women from other communities but not within. And I’m seriously proud of having known them. And sometimes, I do feel for them…I’m sorry to all my known friends, if at all anyone’s reading this, I know that you don’t need anyone’s empathy. But then, I’m sure you’d understand where I’m coming from.

And in spite of your wonderful candidature, I find it hard to believe and recognise your singlehood. Because when I see you, I find you among the contemporary women and singlehood is hard to accept on your behalf. While we all may contest over the statement that singlehood is cool and can have a life in present times and generations, let us also be honest for once to ourselves and accept that we all need partners, legal or illegal but emotional. While we like Sushmita Sen for her dignified ‘Single Mother’ stand or the ‘Dabangg’ Khan for ‘Being Human’ in spite of being single, they too would not deny the fact that a partner would complete their otherwise accomplished life. True, in spite of the void that you feel around, you stopped thinking about it and converted yourself to work on other wonderful things that people can do, have a larger objective in life beyond success; maybe because you don’t want the devil to force an outage in your beautiful mind. And I have to blame you for your singular self, me (the ALPHA MALE), your family, my family and the community as a whole. Some of you were born ahead of times. Some of you were completely misquoted/represented because of your persona. Some of you had to live life for others, forgetting your own. Some had a bad marriage. For some, family was not responsible enough for you. And many other factors.

I blame you for not having made some minor compromises with life. You should have realised that your ‘Prince Charming’ is not available for now then you could have gone for the ‘Not-so-bad Knight’. I’m sure when you look around, you realise that the Not-so-bads are leading a lovely, healthy and wealthy life with someone who took a smart step ahead of you. I blame you because you paid so much time and effort for your family, you did not think about yourself. And you could have spoken it out with your family, even if no one speaks about it and that does not make you selfish. There’s also this self-obsession and pride that you maintained, not only you, but we all BMs have and surprisingly display within us. A mere adjustment within that space would have made a lot of difference. What if the opposite sex had no-civic sense, you should have taken it up as a challenge and turn things around, there are examples aplenty as well. While many may appreciate your efforts to hold on to your roots by not getting hooked up with someone from another community, I would like to call it as foolishness, and as always I would like to value human beings and it’s relationships more than societal barriers which is not helping you progress and fulfil the very human needs.

I do not like your family as well. Because they just did not do enough for you. Merely understanding you was not good enough because their constant effort to get you settled would not have let you where you are. Because we, the scattered BMs have a challenge to find prospects for each other and but it can never be a reason that we did not find a prospect in 500-700k population. And some of them, sorry to say, were selfish for more reasons than one. And there cannot be a good explanation as to why they could not get you settled. Even an economically downtrodden would find one because we have enough within the same line. I’d not like to deep dive much into this, I understand that it is a very emotional side of yours.

I had a greater role to play in your singular status. My non-civic behaviour made you worry/suspicious a lot about you getting into the marital institution with me. Because of my irresistible showering of love and suddenly leaving you in crossroads led to an emotional crisis that by the time you made up your mind for a second shot, you ran out of time. Because I sounded like ‘The Man’ but I couldn’t take you to my extended family who don’t understand that age is just a number. Because I’m too knowledgeable to understand more than doctor do and discard the relationship citing conceiving issues, behavioural issues due to hormonal changes etc. Because I’m a smart Alex and enjoy your confidence, knowing that you are at the crux of your life and just how badly you’re dependent on me. Because I worry about a tomorrow when you’d no more be interested in pervert thoughts and participate in my fantasies. Because I might be a good person but I worry about a tomorrow without you so why jump into it (unless off course there is a love angle to it). Because I might have slept with multiple women but I I’d always prefer the ‘eternal’ area where trespassing was never allowed.

Yes, my family also had a role to play in this drama. A greater acceptance would have made a lot of difference for sure. But dwelling into it would do no good instead fill your heart and mind with negativity hence cutting it off the track. But yes, this role is as important as the stated above. And so is the community. But why talk about it; we already have enough of it from the gossip mills so I would not like to disturb you further on this.

And by now, I, the occasional blogger, would have garnered enough attention from the vulnerable 30+ readers for being a little humane towards them, which by the way, is not at all the intention. However, notwithstanding the ‘Attention Seeker’ tag, I would still like to continue pouring in such lovey-dovey dosages.

It’s about an observation I have. It’s about a life. It’s about a beautiful heart who finds herself in a situation, wherein, in spite of growing up as mature human being, someone has to long for another’s acceptance just to fulfil social norms. And a thought of living life alone without a shoulder to rest on. Well, men or women, who does not want one. And it is so unfortunate that the society gets so biased in our attitude towards the subject, be it in BM or in the larger India. For all the learned folks who think it’s a passé, please understand the issue still exit within the larger India and BM. While I could be a 50-year old, hardly able to penetrate through a 20 years old girl, keeping her away from the very basic right to have sexual bliss is okay but we can’t think the other way around. And for all the readers, who question my (blogger) stance on the issue, well I’m no different. Given a situation, even I would give my own reasoning — let’s go to a Gynaecologist and then take a call. Or maybe I’d cite family issues and walk my way out. So basically, I’m no different and fall under the larger bracket.

But my failure to take a stand and the impotent self in me does not stop me to understand someone who’s just as human as me, in fact more than me. To tell her that she still needs to look forward to life and a partner. While many may think that keeping fingers crossed leads to greater anxiety and depression so better concentrate on other objectives in life; I would still have a different take on it and would like to believe that a person still have to keep her doors open to fall in love and be loved. She has to love herself to be loved, keep grooming the way she used to. For there might be a better tomorrow, when there’ll be someone to hold your hands, who’s more richer with humanity and science and take a stand alongside you. And then, you also have to do justice with him by being your very best. That life’s been tough on you, but you see, in the process, your experience made you so rich, that now you are a satisfied individual on your own right, taking challenges head-on which many of us, both genders fail in. That you still have a dignified life which many fail to maintain. Let me also add that, today in BM, if you are single and beyond a certain age group, apart from the taboo of ill-effects in future generations, most of the people avoid forming an alliance is because of the greatest persona you possess, the outlook that you have which is unmatched, forget about the chauvinist prospective men that you came along the way and perished.

To all single women above 30, I on behalf of all BMs, in spite of my weak self, would like to wish you all the very best in life. It’s an honest interpretation of what I observed and feel about and are put across with utmost sincerity and respect to your sentiments. And I would still want to add a footer note of an apology in advance if it sounds distasteful or if I fail to do justice, for there could be difference in opinion or improper presentation unknown to me while writing this piece.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

What is the future of our community? (Part II)

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

We are confused about our future as much as we are confused about our past. The prevailing confusion comes visible in various forms especially in the Internet, and the same could be believed easily that is taking place on the ground.

The article is the continuation of Part 1: What is the future of our community?

Why confusion?

Blame the time. Knowledge and information is click away. And there is a saying which states that ignorance is directly proportional to knowledge. So, as much we consume information and knowledge, we are becoming more ignorant.

Anyway.

Coming to the topic — what is the future of our community?

Here I would like to take the privilege to fall upon one sociological theory. Though there are many theories to simplify our understanding that are taking place around ourselves. But this one I especially chose because I could relate to it easily and hope one could.

Disclaimer: The words, the terminology, and the expression are ‘general’ and it doesn’t relate to sociological terms and to their way of treatment. Name of the theory will not be disclosed, but it is a well-known modern theory in Sociology taught in university level. So, there is no harm to absorb the ideas presented in the particular theory. Nevertheless, since this blog is very general (with its topics that are discussed or presented) and in its readership, so it is necessary to cater things in simple terms, in order to stop distortion, mis-interpretation, and to quell the danger of double-meaning. Moreover, this is a theory, so it has ‘hypotheses’ as well as ‘criticisms’. Please don’t ask: How I could use academic theories to understand nitty-gritty of life and that is of a community. I leave it to your intelligence. Hope you come to know the reason behind writing this long Disclaimer!
Here it goes.

The very theory states four conditions that a community or society has to meet to sustain itself. Else, it will be out of the race, there will be a danger lurking upon it. The conditions are:

#(1)Adjustment: As the very word means it is the capacity to communicate or interact with the ‘environment’. We can take the social, political, economic meanings of environment. Here, it means we have to constantly make adjustments to the prevailing conditions. We as a community don’t have such problems. Let us consider it is ‘true’.

#(2) Target set: We have to set targets it may be again social, political, economical and in other spheres and resources. Here we can consider our attainment of ‘identity’ that we got after a long struggle; we can also take here the formation of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) in Assam. And if in future, our present as well as futuristic demands are met, we will sustain. Here, it may be the establishment of BMDC in Tripura or in any other state, or it is the demand of including ourselves in the 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution …and many, that we will put on demand. Let us consider, we are (will be) demanding in nature.

#(3) Harmony: (this is very tough to express and to explain, but still let me try) It is a demand for us to harmonise ourselves with “one” symbol. Generally, it is the language (a symbol) that we all die for, a potent combining factor. Like language, there are many symbols that are associated with a society or with a community. The harmonizing factor could be also mere Bishnupriya Manipuri ‘feelings’! To make it short, we have to constantly try to make ourselves as we are ‘one’. Let us consider, we are ‘one’. (Excuse me, here lies hell lot of confusions among us, this is a challenge, and in future — I consider — it will become a unformidable challenge. Don’t take the literal meaning of ‘one’.)

#(4)Institution : We must build up institutions of knowledge where our values are carried from one generation to the next generation. Here, starting from a family to setting up of museums, to educational institutions, to library, to maltheps, to the extreme take all the Bishnupriya Manipuri-related newspapers, journals, books, web-entities like this one will be included. Here, we should try to preserve the information-rich culture. One will find, most of the advanced communities after attaining all the above three conditions go for this one.

Hence, in my opinion as a follower of this thought process, our 'future' would depend upon meeting these four conditions.

The article is written in good spirit. It is just an effort to channelize our thought and to prompt our youngsters to unravel the events happening around ourselves. Due considerations have been made that it is not immune to comprehension due to double-meaning, and the very format (conversation-style) it has been presented. Let me conclude, this is mere an article, it is not a book, or an encyclopedic treatment to a subject where the very thought could be presented exhaustively.


The End.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

What is the future of our community?

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This question has become a big issue. What is the future of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community?

This was the opening sentence of Litton Sinha from Bangalore. Here is what he wrote in the Contact Us page of this blog on 10 October 2011:

What is the future of our community? I see it ending smoke! I am always eager to give a helping hand for the upliftment and growth of our community but I see low nodes of interest in many youngsters especially those who believe in “Jiyo aur jino do”. Please help…

We all empathy his cry “Help”! It is something that we all are concerned with.

Long back, on 26 May 2009, here in this blog, readers’ concerns were collected to a somewhat similar question: Is Imaar Thar in Danger? 

Here is a quick preview of the readers’ take on this issue (please read all the comments):


The more I think about it, the more I feel myself unfit to write about it. … our Imar Thar is in danger unless we take measures to ensure that our future generations are acquainted with the Bishnupriya Manipuri language… taking a political perspective of our struggle is paramount.


I have a strong feeling that our people are becoming more & more conscious about their identity/culture/language. The participation of many young people shows that.


Language cannot be extinct… even if I live in Delhi, yes I am more comfortable in Hindi or English but mom starts of in Imaar thar and I follow it, can’t that happen in every house hold. Am I correct (I don’t know), but this seems to be a logical and feasible answer.


Our youngsters understand the Bishnupriya Manipuri language. If we make more and more awareness amongst youngster then this will not happen.


The current limitations in the use of our language is that, even though almost every family speaks the language as of today, the children and teenagers aren't fluent in it and often use terms from other languages to complete the message. So, the language is losing it's resources exponentially.


(It is immaterial) You marry other caste or not nowadays parents sentiment is to teach (their sons and daughters) English before Imaar thar.


Bishnupriya Manipuri language is of much antiquity. Historical evidences indicate its existence even prior to the 15th century A.D. The language has not vanished or disappeared even against so many adversaries, constraints, hurdles and ethnic outrage....I'm confident the language may languish but will not perish.


I feel there should be a will to learn. So, we should give our children the education which will culture them, so that they can inculcate the facts of life ahead.


[Imaar Thar] …is in danger among some of the handful Bishnupriya Manipuris living in towns and cities. The number is very small for this moment, but we have to be aware of it, otherwise the number may increase in coming years. We have to motivate these people to respect our mother tongue and speak among themselves including family.


I would say our Imaar Thar is safe in villages but not in cities and metro cities because majority influence is always there and we are minority in cities and metros so we start conversing in the language which the majority people speak. So even at home our people start conversing in the local language of the place where they stay. If every Bishnupriya Manipuri teaches Imaar Thar to their children and at least converse with them, I think, it should be safe.


Because as we know today we are used to the habit of using English, Hindi or Bengali words in place of our own native words. Even I’m used to it. I can’t help it. If today I try to say to some body, "HAICHA THAIL", 34 out of 100 will understand me. So, it is in danger. It is a really a good step towards awakening our eyes. Even I from today will try to use as much as less English or Hindi or Bengali words.


[Yes, Imaar Thar is in danger…]…Coz, our Bishnupriya (Manipuri) people didn't faith each other…to fully co-operate each other.


[Yes, Imaar Thar is in Danger. The reasons are too numerous but am jotting down a few to start off. (1) Lack of pride in our mother tongue & culture except for a concerned few. …(2) …many of us do not take pride in identifying ourselves as manipuris/bangals …we lag far behind other communities in education, money & political power. The only thing left to us, the only thing we can cling to is our identity. Take that away and we become either Bengalis or Biharis( Because of our surname)…(3) …Our Venerable elders ( ahal laman ) fighting amongst themselves in the name of Dola -Doli . This is this is the legacy they will be leaving behind for future generations.


[Yes, Imaar Thar is in danger… Many Bishnupriya Manipuris who are getting highly educated are getting married mostly to Bengalis. It’s a matter of shame instead of marrying within the community we are going outside it. …It’s my advice to all the Bishnupriya Manipuris, keep up the good work and make the community proud with your achievements.


Language dies day by day for two causes (I think). (1). Internal; (2). External
(1). The problem in our society is that we feel "shame" and "fear" to express our religion, thoughts, beliefs, ideas etc. to others and adopts other's thoughts, ideas, beliefs etc. to show up how smart we are!!! …(2). The external problem is the influence of the other culture or the dominating force what we see in Manipur. They have already killed our Ima and Imar Thar. We have to fight like Sudeshna to save the outside influence and the same time be concious in ourselves.


Yes, Imaar Thar is in danger…I have read many Manipuri magazines wrote by different author and have always wondered whether someone came forward to create beautiful images on a blank mirror. But I could not convince myself that this manifesto could be helpful to bring forward our community. According to my lack of understanding, it is better, before we create an image we have to choose a perfect Frame...Find out the actual Leader to come over in this Trap. Coz without perfect leader no one can achieve their goal in the match…I would ever be grateful that I’m Bishnupriya Manipuri.


No. Imaar Thar is not in danger…IMAAR THAR IS ALWAYS AHEAD. SO WE SHOULD LOVE IMAAR THAR. I like it.

The survey held that our language indeed is in danger (63 %).

…to be concluded.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Bishnupriya Manipuris in Globalisation period

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

It’s been decades, we have entered into the period of globalisation and liberalisation. The opening of the economy, the advancement of technology, and the role of MNCs, with its buoyant force have pushed us into a new period i.e., into a new way of ‘life’.

To say that globalisation and liberalisation which has challenged the status of ‘nationhood’ doesn’t have any impact on society especially a small community like Bishnupriya Manipuri, is unthinkable. It definitely spells its effect upon us. For a Bishnupriya Manipuri, the question that arises is: Is liberalisation and globalisation a danger or a boon?

The World is flat

History teaches us, those who (community or society) aligned with the changing time and grabbed opportunities has advanced, and gave a fillip identity to themselves. Today, we identify these communities or societies as modern, strong, and with ‘identity’ of their own. They literally followed the idiom: Make hay while the sun shines.

Yes, we’re living in a very exciting time — flat and boundary-less 21st century. More or less, we all are sailing in the same boat. Competition, challenges, and opportunities are alike. But, how we individually encash it and create collective gain for the society and the community is a million-dollar question. The present generation will never ever get this golden opportunity that has come to our door. Since there is no point in crying over the spilled milk.

Matter of Notion

In the past, it took a generation or more than a generation to witness a societal change. That was the time. But, in the present time of globalisation, our perception about society or the change in the society takes place in years. Decades ago, a Bishnupriya Manipuri person entering into a tea shop owned by a Muslim to quench his cha thirst, used to become the talk of the town. Now, it is no more.

Nevertheless, we cannot survive by ignoring the changing period and we have to accept it. We have to make a way in the midst of these changes. Definitely, while facing these changes our understanding about us will undergo a change, as a community and as an individual. Every individual has to fight his own fight.

Disclaimer: Views are personal.

The article doesn’t touch whether the changes in the globalisation is right or wrong, or good or bad. Also this article doesn’t come with any solution.

Bishnupriya Manipuri camaraderie

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

A place which was once humming with activities of the persons who used to hang out now gives a different look. The place is dead. It gives a dreary look. Those who used to visit the place no more go there. But the place tells many things; it tells us about the people — what they talked about? What were their topics of discussions? Ah! It tells us the time. I am talking about Orkut, the best online hang out place for urban, suave, young Bishnupriya Manipuris few years back.

Going to the islands of Bishnupriya Manipuri ‘communities’ created in Orkut, it was a refreshing moment for me. It was a unique experience. As I flip-flop from one community to another community, I knew I am alone, nobody is looking at me. I am not sharing anything with anybody in my endeavour. I am reading people’s post and comments, what they have left behind in the passage of time. I can see their faces, their inner turmoil, their fun element, and of course their fear! And somewhere I feel nostalgic and remorseful.

Here is the list of Bishnupriya Manipuri communities in Orkut (those with more than 100 members):

# 1. Unmarried Bishnupriya Manipuri (386 members)
Created by Dhiman, created: May 1, 2007
#2. Bishnupriya Manipuris in Delhi
owner: An@m!k@, created:November 25, 2006, members:119
#3. BISHNUPRIYA MANIPURI
owner:swapan sinha, created:February 18, 2007, members:234
#4. bishnupriya manipuri
owner:supra sinha; created:May 13, 2006, members:994
#5. Bishnupriya Manipuri Youth
owner: Dhiraj Sinha, created:January 9, 2008, members:134
#6. Bishnupriya Manipuri
owner: vikash Sinha, created: March 2, 2007, members:107
#7. GANG OF BISHNUPRIYA MANIPURI
owner:U:th cult(u re) *XX**Bleeding A Luxury**XX*, created: December 20, 2007, members:122
# 8. Bishnupriya Manipuri Girls
owner: Shila Singha, April 13, 2007, members:321

I found there were 38 Bishnupriya Manipuri communities created in Orkut. And there has not been any activity by members after 2010.

What they discussed?
One can categorise their conversations into:
#1. Play
Example: Dedicated a beautiful song to the person above ya!; HIT -- or – MISS;
#2. Information sharing
Example: JAM STATION - debut album, Shri Bishnupriya Manipuri Birth Anniversary
#3. Issues and concerns
Examples: Inter caste marriage, Who was Gokulananda? Taare koigoi ningsing aosi?
#4. General (Bishnupriya Manipuri-centered)
Examples: paltoi lovers, Introduce Yourselves With Gotro And Lokei.

In my sailing, what excites me was the creativity of the members who were once greatly involved in the creation of Bishnupriya Manipuri camaraderie, which is an important part in today's time. Now, when we are away from our place and our people.

As I am leaving the place, my heart is heavy and my voice is choked as I know I will never come again, even accidentally. 

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Demand for Barak Valley devp council reiterated

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KARIMGANJ, Sept 30 – In order to create pressure on the Centre and the State Government for formation of Barak Valley Economic Development Council, a meeting of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya -O-Sanskrit Sammelan was recently held at Silchar.
The meeting resolved to organise a mass convention on their demand where representatives from the three district of the valley would participate after the Durga Puja festival. During the peace talks between ULFA and the Centre, the Central Government should look after the interest of Barak Valley, they demanded.

Dr Bhibash Ranjan Chaudhury, president of Silchar town Anchalik Samiti described the dilapidated condition of communication, electricity, unemployment problem and said all these problems made the valley an underdeveloped region. To solve the problems of the valley, the only solution is to form Barak Valley Economic Development Council.

AIUDF MLA Ataur Rehman Majharbhuiya also stressed upon the need for launching an agitation. The meeting was also addressed by Nikhil Cachar, Hairamba Barman, samiti president Birendra Chandra Barman, Barak Valley Manipuri Development Committee leader Kul Chandra Singha, Dimasa Sahitya Parishad leader Sunil Kumar Burman, Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad general secretary Mani Kanta Singh, Barak Valley Gurkha Community leader Bijay Chetri and others. The meeting was presided over by Taimur Raj Chaudhury.

It may be recalled that the demand for creating Barak Valley Economic Development Council was raised at the convention held at Karimganj on September 18, 2005.

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune (30 September 2011)
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