Sunday, 8 January 2012

Bishnupriya Manipuri Society bursting at its seam

Rebati Mohan Sinha

Playing politics while doing social work is not a vehicle to be used for fulfilling one’s personal ambition. Nowadays, the inflated egos, baseless notions and over-rated views dominate the action of certain persons, especially so-called two maharathies of our Bishnupriya Manipuri society, accusing, rather pointing finger at each other, saying, “He has caused me untold and unbearable pain, agony and misery by continuous and unabated rudeness, disrespectful and insulting behavior towards me.” It is also important that we understand the politics of social responsibility can not be left to the whims and fancy of certain individuals. Experience has shown that people will do a lot for money; in contrast a good leader would do most for a belief. We see this, happening every day all over the world. Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”

Here, there is a story goes about an ancient Indian sage who was called ugly names by a passerby. The sage listened unperturbed till the man ran out of words. Then he asked the man, “If an offering is not accepted, whom it belongs to? The man replied “It belongs to the person who offered it.” The sage said “I refuse to accept your offering (that dirty remark).” and walked away, leaving the man dazed. The sage was internally driven.

We must take criticism graciously then evaluate and if it makes sense accept and implement it; but the people running our Sansthas, like Mahasabha, Sahitya Sabha and Samaj Sanstha refuse to accept it and as a result Bishnupriya Manipuri society is bursting at seam now. They never develop immunity to negative criticism. They forgot to be good listeners, whereas listening shows caring. When you show a caring attitude towards the person, seated in front of you, he feels important. When he feels important, he is more motivated, and more receptive to your ideas. In a democracy, criticism is welcome against institutions by individuals and representatives of institutions as that gives a fillip to the self-corrective process.

On 7th January 2012, a 2-day convention of Bishnupriya Manipuri, called by Suraksha Samiti, took place at Meherpur (Singari), near Silchar. These two Maharathies were supposed to be attending the convention as per their agreement. Here, I would like to remind Bishnupriya Manipuri people that what once shunned is now admired. What we once disapproved are now the ideals of a new society being built up on the premise that whatever makes money is good. Wealth is the new measure of a person’s place in society. Success is measured by earnings now.

Our only MLA did leave BJP and joined Congress, again left Congress then joined the other party to fight the election of his own without taking the Bishnupriya Manipuri society into confidence. Despite his in cohesion, he has made the people believe that there can be life beyond politics. Can we call it an achievement irrespective of the outcome of his last election? However given the polemical nature of his politics and his rapid fire styles it will be difficult for him to sustain his brand for a long time. At the other hand, 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 made desperate attempts to cling to their receding turf, often face humiliation. You are relevant as long as you can keep space with the change. Otherwise, the situation like conventions will take place to thwart further deterioration of society.

Now history is going to repeat itself after 1984 that a new Central Committee of Mahasabha is scheduled to form on 8th January 2012 at the same venue. And that will be the beginning of the end of society’s further growth.
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