Sunday, 4 March 2012

"March" Bishnupriya Manipuri

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Recognition of Bishnupriya Manipuri language by Supreme Court of India; martyrdom of Tripura's Health and Urban Development Minister Bimal Sinha and Sudeshna Sinha; and the declaration of Manipuris as tribals. What do all these events have in common? Call it sheer coincidence, the month of March is associated with all  these events. And these are those events which have changed the destiny of the community and gave a new path to tread upon. To begin with

# March 8, 2006
Supreme Court of India
Definitely, March 8, 2006 is a historic day for Bishnupriya Manipuris. It is on this day that Supreme Court of India “put an end to the controversy surrounding the identity of the Bishnupriyas”. The long and bitter battle on the identity crisis was given a permanent period. Read more Supreme Court recognised Bishnupriya Manipuri language

# March 16, 1996

Sudeshna Sinha
Sudeshna Sinha laid down her life on March 16, 1996 for the demand of Bishnupriya Manipuri language.

# March 25, 2010

The Assam Government declared the establishment of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC). A classic example of political emancipation to a community, the formation of BMDC added a new chapter to the Bishnupriya Manipuri history. Read more Development Council for Bishnupriya Manipuris Formed

# March 31, 1998
Late Bimal Sinha 
Tripura's Health and Urban Development Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Bimal Sinha and his younger brother Bidyut Sinha were gunned down by the militants of the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT). On February 8, 2012, Tripura opposition demanded publication of KM Yusuf Commission's report on the assassination of Bimal Sinha.

# March 31, 1932
British Government’s Franchise Committee released a notification on March 31, 1932 wherein they held Manipuris are tribal. As destiny would have it, it is again in March 2006, the Supreme of India recognised the language of Bishnupriya Manipuris. Read more A Brief History of Mahasabha

Image courtesy: Late Bimal Sinha []
Image courtesy: Sudeshna Sinha
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