Friday, 24 August 2012

Supreme Court Verdict on Bishnupriya "Manipuri"

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B N Sinha, New Delhi

In the year 1989, in a joint meeting of NBMM, BMSS and Samaj Sanstha Guwahati held at Bhakatpur malthep, it was decided to take up the issue of Manipuri suffix to fight against the case filed by Manipur Govt against the use of the word “Manipuri” by us after the word "Bishnupriya".

(Find the original documents of the Supreme Court of India decision on Bishnupriya Manipuri identity)

Kh Nobin Singha, the advocate from Imphal Bar was representing the Manipur Govt. 

Three representatives from each Bishnupriya Manipuri group were selected to take up the case on behalf of the community. They appointed Advocate Sukumar Sinha of Silchar to file objection to lower court in district court. 

In the same year, the case got transferred to Gauhati High Court where for Bishnupriya Manipuri community the advocate who fought in Gauhati High Court was Dr Niloy Dutta whose assistance was Adv Bishwadev Sinha from Halflong. 

As per the court "Ejahar" it was signed by the then President of Sahitya Sabha. 

The Govt of Manipur challenged the HC verdict in Supreme Court, the case was fought by Mr Nikhil Ranjan Choudhury, Lawyer chamber no 22, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi the then brother of Rajya Sabha MP Mr Nipati Ranjan Choudhury of Karimganj Assam. 

The hearing dates in SC are as follows : 


  • Ist Hearing : 18/8/99, 
  • IInd Hearing: 17/9/99, 
  • IIIrd Hearing: 13/7/2000, 
  • IVth Hearing: 10/8/2000, 
  • Vth Hearing: 27/8/2000 
  • VIth Hearing: 6/12/2005, 
  • VIIth Hearing: 8/3/2006 

In the respective case in SC, the Coram were: Hon. Justice S P Kurdeker and Hon Justice R P Sethi. 

Advocates Mr S K Agnihotri and Mr S Biswajit were from petitioner’s end and from respondents end the advocates were Mr N R Choudhury and Mr Somnath Mukherjee. The section code of verdict by SC was : Sec XIV in Civil Affiliated jurisdiction for special leave to appeal Civil no 8862/1999.

If you are not able to view the slideshow below, click Supreme Court Verdict on Bishnupriya "Manipuri"


Bishnupriya Manipuris welcome telecast of their programmes with a rider

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From our Special Correspondent
SILCHAR, Aug 23: Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students’ Union (NBMSU) and Bishnupriya Manipuri Ganasangram Parishad (BMGP) have welcomed the Door Darshan’s decision to beam music and cultural programmes of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community along with programmes of other ethnic communities.

However, the telecast, as pointed out by deputy director of programme, Northeast, shall be occasional only. It has been clarified that after examining the demand for introduction of Bishnupriya Manipuri programmes in DDK and AIR, Guwahati and Silchar, the ministry of information and broadcasting has not found it possible to telecast spoken word programmes in 
Bishnupriya Manipuri language/dialect on a regular basis at this stage.

The officials clarified that in view of the relatively low population of Bishnupriya Manipuri language community in the primary coverage areas of the two kendras and the already tight programme slots, the decision for regular telecast can not be possible.

The ministry quoted census reports of 1971, 1981,1991 and 2001 that the population of Bishnupriya Manipuri community does not justify it. The community has a total population of 77, 545 only as per the census report of 2001. Against the total population of 2,66,55,528, Bishnupriya Manipuri community comprises 0.29 per cent only.

However, NBMSU and BMGP contested the figure of 2001. They pointed out that in 1975 the Government of India agreed in principle to introduce programmes in Bishnupriya Manipuri for 15 minutes in AIR Silchar and Guwahati without considering the population figure. In their meeting with the minister of State for information and broadcasting, C M Jatua, on September 29,2009, it was clearly stated by him that his ministry needed the clearance from the Government of Assam regarding their nomenclature and population figure to introduce programmes.

Both the organizations pointed out that the Government of Assam gave clearance about the nomenclature and consented to introduce Bishnupriya Manipuri programmes in AIR and DDK of Silchar and Guwahati.

In the meantime, a central consultative committee for conducting music and cultural programmes as well as two separate consultative cells for Silchar and Guwahati has been formed to decide the modalities for selection of programmes and their smooth conduct in respect of the telecast of programmes.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

Link used: 
http://www.sentinelassam.com/cachar/story.php?sec=2&subsec=12&id=129224&dtP=2012-08-24&ppr=1

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Learning from the master Guru Bipin Singh

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For any artist, his art is his religion. Contribution of Guru Bipin Singh in the field of Manipuri dance has trespassed the limitation of time and space.  

On the occasion of Guru Bipin Singh’s birth anniversary, here are some of the published excerpts by exponents of Manipuri dance.

Priti Patel:

 

I am from a conservative Gujarati family in Calcutta. My grandfather, Umed Bhai Patel, however, was very progressive. He wanted his grandchildren to be well-versed in the fineries of life. When I was 10, he invited Guru Bipin Singh to train us at home in Manipuri dance. Guruji was a passionate teacher and I started to love my art. Read more Tryst withtradition (The Telegraph; June 12, 2011)

Sharmila Bandyopadhyay:

 

Guru Bipin Singh is a rare combination of a dancer, choreographer, scholar and a teacher. For over the last 50 years he had dedicated himself to the task of exploring and revealing the classical elements of Manipuri dancing in order to preserve, promote and propagate the art form in its pristine purity… His genius for creating and innovating dance compositions and choreography had given him a rightful place among the choreographers of Indian dance. Read more Guru Bipin Singh:Popularising Manipuri Dance (The Daily Star; August 23, 2007)

Tamanna Rahman:


In 1993, I travelled all the way to Kolkata to specialise in Manipuri with Guru Bipin Singh, the legendary Manipuri dancer. The whole teaching and learning belonged to the traditional system where we all had to stay at the guru's house to learn the art. I spent learning at the Manipuri Narthanalaya from the year 1993 to 1997. His wife, Guru Kalavati Devi, was also a teacher there. Read more Dance to my tunes! (The Daily Star; February 18, 2004)

Warda Rihab: 


My salute always goes to the father of Manipuri dance guru Bipin Singh, whose extensive research took ritualistic Manipuri dance to a classical dance form. Read more Dedicated Dancer Warda Rahib (The New Age)


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Guru Nileshwar Mukherjee, Guru Senarik Rajkumar, Guru Chandrakanta Singha, Guru Nilmadhab Mukherjee, Guru Haricharan Singha, Bibhaboti Devi, Kalabati Devi, Preeti Patel and Tamanna Rahman are some of the famous Manipuri dancers.
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Monday, 20 August 2012

New Bishnupriya Manipuri web entries

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RK Rishikesh Sinha


In the Internet domain, visitors are going to 'see' more websites on different subjects related to Bishnupriya Manipuri. Though all are in a budding stage, here is a quick glance of these websites.


The domain would be catering to Bishnupriya Manipuri poetry, story, history and features. It is still in womb.

It is web version of the BMDF’s magazine Firaal.

It will be catering to Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur.

It is still to take a shape. The website would be catering to Sahid Sudeshna Sinha.

Bisarei

All these websites and many have become the part of Bisarei,the Bishnupriya Manipuri search engine. Since its launch, the response of the visitors has not been up to the mark.

What is the web status of Bisarei? Over 40 per cent of the visitors out of total visitors didn’t make any search in Bisarei. They come and go. And those who made search, their search quality were not good. People searched “munihada”, “hamallakuri”, these are some of the search queries!

Bisarok

Bisarok since its inception has been welcomed by people all across the globe. It has indexed over 50 lakh web pages. And it is doing its primary role – to make people search. A web ‘search’ property devoted to Assam has enthused people of the State to create similar search domains. Bisarok is going to have a long journey to its destination.

Bishnupriya Manipuri Online Digest

This is a monthly medium-friendly version of Bishnupriya Manipuri Online. So far it has come out with June and July 2012 issues (previous months issues will soon come up).

Google “Bishnupriya Manipuri Online Digest”.

Its primary purpose is to cater academicians, journalists, policymakers or anybody who wishes to get monthly updates of contents that comes up in Bishnupriya Manipuri Online. It has been positioned in web to cater to this section of people.

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http://nungkoopi.com/
http://firaal.com/
http://srisribhubaneswarsadhuthakur.com/
http://sahidsudeshna.com/
https://sites.google.com/site/bisarei/
https://sites.google.com/site/assamsearchenginebisarok/

Saturday, 18 August 2012

NTSE Exam 2013 for Class 10

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National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) 2013 has been announced by NCERT. Students studying in Class 10 can apply for the scholarship. Students who clear the NTSE gets scholarship of Rs 500 per month from Class 11 onwards, except for PhD.



  • Last Date for Submission of Application Form : 31 August 2012
  • Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands : 17 November 2012
  • Examination in All other States and Union Territories : 18 November 2012
  • Examination in All States and Union Territories : 12 May 2013 (Sunday)
NTSE Exam is conducted in two Stages - Stage I and Stage II. Stage I is held at State level. Stage II in national level. 

NTSE Syllabus

NTSE Stage I/II syllabus

(a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and 
(b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Bishnupriya Manipuri bodies to continue crusade against corruption

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From our Special Correspondent 

SILCHAR, August 13: Various Bishnupriya Manipuri bodies under the aegis of Bishnupriya Manipuri Unemployed Youths’ Association at a meeting held recently in the auditorium of Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur Sevaashram here resolved to carry on crusade against the irregularities and anomalies in Development Council. It is to be recollected that persistent demands for probe into the complaints of general public against the corruption in Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council have been raised as articulated by Gopidas Sinha, member of State Linguistic Minority Development Board and a well known social worker, and his threat to undertake fast unto death if no investigation was caused by the department of welfare of plain tribes and backward classes, Government of Assam. 

Altogether 10 Bishnupriya Manipuri Organizations which included the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students’ Union, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Gana Sangram Parishad, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Women Organization, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Ex-Servicemen Organisation, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Xahitya Xabha, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Samaj Sangstha, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Andolan Parishad, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Krishak Sangstha, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Un-Employed Youths Association came out in support of the move of Gopidas Sinha and expressed their satisfaction at the decision taken by Rajib Lochan Pegu, Minister of WPT and BC, for initiating an inquiry commission to investigate all the cases of corruption against the Development Council and to initiate action against those found guilty. These bodies also demanded dissolution of the present interim committee of the Development Council. 

It was expected at the meeting that the Minister Rajib Lochan Pegu after receiving the report of the inquiry commission would take immediate steps to reconstitute the committee of the Development Council democratically so that it was evenly and proportionately represented by taking maximum number of members in consistent with the provisions. It was also hoped by the office bearers and members that the inquiry commission would submit its report within the stipulated period of 3 months as directed by the Minister. The people of the community are now eagerly looking forward to see the formation of a new committee which will maintain transparency and be accountable as well as responsive and responsible. The joint meeting was presided over by Chandra Kanta Sinha, working president of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

LinkUsed:http://www.sentinelassam.com/cachar/story.php?sec=2&subsec=12&id=128178&dtP=2012-08-14&ppr=1

Saturday, 11 August 2012

How to run a language community blog?

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How to
RK Rishikesh Sinha

For those readers, who have wrongly dropped at this blog. Don’t leave, especially if you are going to create a web niche that doesn’t exist in web before. My experience might be helpful to you in your blogging endeavour.

For those readers, who wish to run a blog/website specifically on a language community, like this blog, read this post. It might be helpful to you.

These are the lessons that I learnt while running this blog since 2007. When I started I didn’t have anything in my mind. I was too young to involve into community activities, especially associated with news and views with dangerous ramification.

Blank slate

Your mind should be clear like a blank slate. When you begin you shouldn’t have any notions whether it is good or bad, prejudices, inner motives, or any parochial views. Since you are going into an uncharted territory, your mind should be open and wide. If you have any, burn them. It will drain your energy and you will not be able to see through many mirages. Give your blog the supreme status to fill your mind and soul, and not through any source - oral, grapevines, whispers…

Choose your Location wisely

From where will you be running the blog? This is a very important question. A location will play a major role in the running of the blog. If your location is near to source, usually it is considered “the best”. But it has got some problems that will arise in future. You will be facing lot of possible interference hence there will be no independency.

And if it is away from the source, there is nothing to disappoint about that you cannot run the blog. There is a blessing in disguise. You get no interference. Your neighbours and surrounding doesn’t affect you. You maintain a blank state of mind. You focus on your work, than getting involved into pull-and-push dynamics.
It is again upto your style of working.

Maintain anonymity

Your name will sail and sell. So, don’t put your picture-perfect photo anywhere. Guard your privacy. You are not a star or icon. You are just another person who will only observe in natural state.

Create a natural team

Since you are going into a zero-profit blogging activity, try to create soon a team of good natural writers who connects well with the readers and doesn’t charge their effort and time. Respect their efforts and time. You don’t have anything to give them in return except your true feelings.

Database marketing (writing)

From the first day, equip your blog with all possible statistical tools. Dive deep into the numbers. Analysis and monitor readers’ activities inside and outside your blog, try to find the linkage between data that is being created inside your blog and outside it. This will facilitate to create content which readers wish to read. Also you get early signals. 60 percent of content could be created based on these numbers.

Create an ecosystem

Try to create an ecosystem where people not only write for the blog but anywhere in web or print. Try to publish articles in local media which is near to the source population, so that the news piece could appear in the blog. This will encourage organization to go near the media, and subsequently the blog could be run on auto-pilot.

Controversy or No-Controversy

Controversies are like porn. You love it, but you hate to share it. This applies same with blog. Try to publish no-controversy pieces.  Since, you are running a blog with ‘search’ element which could be referenced in future. Abstain from it.

Comments

Don’t get disturb with no-comments of readers. Initially, the pouring of comments will seize you. Sooner the better, avoid getting addicted to comments. Successful blogs/websites have nil comments.

Read

Read and read. If possible read books from various disciplines. I would suggest, read standard books in political science, history, sociology. If you don’t read, you will be in a confused state. And somewhere in the long run you will lose interest in the blog or any activity that you will be witnessing. Only your reading will firmly anchor you to the blog.

Balance of visitors

Maintain a balance of one-time visitors and regular visitors. This will always keep the blog fresh. Since the regular visitors gets blind eye to your blog soon, the one-time visitors will maraud your blog.

Understand message

Many times, you will encounter news pieces which don’t have any impact outside your blog, but if it is carried in the blog might create problems and flare up emotions. So, before you push the publish button. Understand the message correctly.  Don’t publish it.

Passion

The most important stuff, you must be full of passion not only for the blog, but for the whole niche. You must be genuinely passionate to slog on it for years. How to check it, whether you are really full of passion or not? Will you work on the blog for years – with no name, fame and money. If yes, you can. Rest you cannot.

Leave the blog

Like all good things must come to an end, your website or blog also has a definite time period. Though I have not brought this blog to an end, I believe, when you will leave the blog for good, tell your readers. So that they don’t waste time and harbor any expectation of any update. Write a good post, thanking everybody for the beautiful journey.

Armoury

Your blog should be armed to teeth. You should be able to fire all the weapons that are in your armoury. Exploit all the web tools. This will stretch your blog to the maximum to target readers. 

Hope the lessons that I have learnt will be helpful to you. 

Friday, 10 August 2012

Bishnupriya Manipuris and Eighth Schedule

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RK Rishikesh Sinha

In Guwahati, on November 05, 2003, a new committee named Bishnupriya Manipuri Language EighthSchedule Demand Committee was formed with Pratap Sinha as the chairman and P.C. Sinha as the adviser. This is probably the first and the last web media record where Bishnupriya Manipuris were seen associating themselves with the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. (the news clip with URL is given at the bottom of the article)

Every speech community wishes/struggles to add its language in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. The language included in the List gets preference in every sphere – educational, cultural, governance, literature and in other domains. The languages in this List are recognized as “Scheduled Languages”.  And those not specified in this List are termed as “Non-Scheduled Languages”.  And Bishnupriya Manipuri language is a Non-Scheduled Language.

What is Eighth Schedule?


The Eight Schedule was added in the Constitution in 1950. The languages specified in the list get formal and Constitutional recognition and receives priority favour from the Government of India. In the beginning, there were only 14 languages, and Assamese from Northeast India was one among them.

Present Status


According to Census of India 2001, there are 22 languages. From the Northeast India, there are only three languages – Assamese, Bodo, and Manipuri (Manipuri includes Meithei). Today, demands for the inclusion of languages have increased. As reported by Press Information Bureau on March 27, 2012, Government of India has received two more languages from Northeast India – Mizo and Tenyidi (Nagaland). The demand for the inclusion in this list today stands at 33.

Debate


There are no criteria laid down in the Constitution for inclusion of languages in the Eighth Schedule.

To consider that majority speech is taken for consideration. It is not. Take Sanskrit, it is spoken by mere 49,736 speakers, still it occupy in the list since its functional transparency is high in the context of Hinduism.

To the question, is there any requirement to have a native state to be included in the list? If it is so, the list would have been long, that would have included all the official languages of States in India. Sindhis don’t have a native state, still it occupies the list. 

Bishnupriya Manipuri Language


So, with the records that are appearing in the media, (if we believe) we can conclude that we have been maintaining silence for more than a decade. There has been no serious discourse in relation to it. Has it fallen down from our collective intelligence? Or it is the other way round; the Eighth Schedule is not of importance to us. Or there has been tectonic shift in our priorities in relation to our language? 

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Archive 

The Telegraph

November 05, 2003 

A new organisation, Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Eighth Schedule Demand Committee, was formed recently. Pratap Sinha is the chairman and P.C. Sinha is the adviser to the organisation.
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Glory to Krishna

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Pranati Sinha


Today is Krishna Janmashtami. The auspicious Day will be celebrated all across the world. Krishna has countless devotees as Krishna transcends all religion and culture. He has set His own religion; a religion of bliss, a religion that emanates from happiness.

As a child, I had always witnessed grand celebration of this particular day every year in our house. Though we had brought up in Defence colonies and always dwelt in defence quarters, never felt the lack of celebrations for any reason. The Naam Kirtan in Janmashtami was the most awaited moment for me. The music of dhol, nagara and taal unified with rhythmic clapping used to captivate every nerve of the body and enthralled devotees singing Krishna hymns with all their heart and soul would leave you enchanted for the whole Life. My friends would come and equally participate in clapping though they wouldn’t grasp anything more than the word Krishna or Govind Jai Jai. The Prasad which was purely of fruit, black chickpeas and green gram was also no doubt unusual for them but they used to relish it heartily with desire to have more. These were the moments I still yearn for today.

Time has changed but my enchantment with Krishna still persists. Krishna, the God; Krishna, the greatest philosopher; Krishna, the undefeatable warrior; Krishna, the makhanchor, the love of gopis and the sakha of gwalas; but Krishna worth more than mere understanding of His exploits. What I know about Krishna? The question never bothered me but how much am I into Him (the God I worship daily) bothers me. How much am I a true devotee is what disturbs me. And I think least of us genuinely follow Krishna. Krishna has always been posed as a mystifying God because He has been connected with Bhagwad Gita, and at the same time denounced by many for they couldn’t understand His maya and the secret behind raasleelas.

Notwithstanding, Krishna taught us a life of acceptance; a life to be lived in its totality. Krishna had never renounced life. He never escaped the reality of time. The instances in Krishna’s life have demonstrated the message of devotion, the highest form of love. Love or devotion sees no boundaries. I wonder how many of us are really following Krishna and His ideals. Are we really worthy to call ourselves followers of Krishna when we encourage prejudice on the basis of many conditions?

Krishna had supported war to uphold Dharma. Krishna explains Dharma for Arjuna as the advancement towards one’s spiritual growth and personal duty. To reach one’s own self-nature is the only religion. Krishna has emphasized svadharma which means self-religion. That is one should not deviate from the real and the pure being inside all of us. To understand Krishna, all we need is submission to His glory. Jai Sri Krishna.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

India in London Olympics 2012

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Children Corner
Biswajeet Deka
Class 8, Don Bosco School, Guwahati, Assam


London Olympics 2012 opened with a grand ceremony of 21st century technology and fireworks. The ceremony which held on 27the July displayed the first short film which showed the Queen Elizabeth II with British actor Daniel Craig, the latest of James Bond in Hollywood. Continued for over 225 minutes, the ceremony was a long show represented the best of Britain’s past, present and future.

The opening ceremony of London Olympic Games was witnessed by the estimated TV viewers of three billion across the world and almost 80, 000 audiences present in the Olympic stadium. The programme was broadcast by ESPN and STAR SPORTS.

The main attraction of the ceremony was the use of 70,799 audience pixels, the small panels with 9 LED pixels controlled by a central computer to create amazing images and dramatically colourful effects. Lighting of the cauldron by seven young athletes was another mesmerizing moment of the show. 204 nations had participated in the march past and Indian contingent led by wrestler Sushil Kumar was one among them.

The Indian contingent is consisted of 83 athletes to compete in 13 different sports. It is the largest contingent ever sent to an Olympic Games. So far, India has won 4 medals including a silver and 3 bronze. Gagan Narang won a bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event. Vijay Kumar won a silver medal in men's 25 m rapid fire pistol. In addition, Saina Nehwal won a bronze medal in women's singles in badminton. Nehwal has become the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics. She is also the second Indian woman to win a medal after Karnam Malleswari in 2000. Mery Kom brought India its fourth medal by winning a Bronze in the Women's flyweight category in Boxing. She is the third Indian woman to win a medal in the Olympics. Further, Irfan Kolothum Thodi creates new national record in 20 km walk with time of 1:20:21.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Woman in man's rage

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Personal Jottings
RK Rishikesh Sinha

Since immemorial time, a woman has been the image of culture and custom of one’s society. She observes all the cultural societal norms. Subsequently, she has always been the subject of discussion, analysis, and study. Recent incidents related to women are not new but the upsurge of hue and cry does claims genuine concern for the lesser half from men too.   

Notwithstanding, society has also been playing its role since the beginning of human civilization. But it could not be observed as negative, prejudiced or derogatory but certainly it has founded few conceptions, beliefs related to women, which have taken a drastic form now in this modern era. 

A major component of discussion and debates about women are related to dress. It is through dress a woman speaks about the class, society that she belongs. And non-adherence of rules is subject to scrutiny on her. Here I recollect an incident while I was in school. One day, our class teacher, who was an old Kashmiri lady, instructed me to call a particular girl from a group of girls who were returning from the morning assembly. As soon as I brought her to our class, the teacher scolded her in front of the whole class for wearing above-knee skirt. Though, it was a passing incident for me, I remembered it. As I have said in the beginning dress speaks a lot. Her father was a high-rank Army officer, a ‘class’ of its own, especially in defence.

Not enough, the same teacher once in her visit to our house commented, “Do women in Assam wear such dresses”; I immediately retorted, “Madam, I have never seen women in Assam wearing ‘this’ particular dress”. I learnt her observation came after watching a song from the Caravan movie that was coming in TV. Today, I think, how people make wild guesses and start believing about ‘other’ culture just watching mere dress of an actress. And in this present time, we are indeed living in a movie-like world. We watch a girl who is not in conformity with our prejudiced eyes, and we start making assumptions after assumptions, later we don’t know when these turns into beliefs.

That day I was in conversation with a familiar friend in my locality. Suddenly his topic changed to women or girls from Northeast India. The change in topic came when we both saw a girl from Northeast India wearing ‘western’ dress passed across us. She was looking extremely elegant. He said sarcastically, “‘See, the girl is uncomfortable in her dress and high-heeled sandal; still she is walking’. ‘They are ‘western’ in culture, isn’t’?” I amused thinking what on earth gave him the impression that the girl is feeling uncomfortable in her attire. I didn’t say anything to his talent of reading people. However, that day to kill my time with complete black-out everywhere, I commented on his ‘western’ perception about the girl’s dress. I said, “No, they are not ‘western’, they follow Indian culture”. Not amused by my answer, he stopped the conversation without uttering a word and soon left.

The girl went to her own way, but she gave lot of messages to be manufactured by the observers and onlookers; ironically all the messages are being interpreted according to one’s social and cultural milieu.We can’t deny that we are living in a paternalistic society where man decides the shape of the society without any consent of his other half. He can’t face sharing of same space with women.

The struggle on space between both the sexes comes down even into public places. Few men forget while travelling in buses and metros they have to abide by certain laws. In Delhi Metro rail, the first boggie is reserved for women. Some travellers knowingly or unknowingly occupy the reserved space there. When confronted by women, these men take it into their big ego and they erupt like volcano.  Tongue-tied in English, these men finding their machismo been hurt go berserk and roar, ‘angrej chale gaye, angreji chor gaye!’And some travellers are too smart to raise women issues in public transport system. One day while travelling from Chowri Bazaar Metro Station (the deepest metro station in the Delhi metro network), I witnessed a middle-aged man seeing a woman entering into the overcrowded boggie started saying ‘sarkar ne mahilao ko bahut adhikar diye hein, jinka mahilaye galat istemal kar rahi hein.’

Talking about the Guwahati incident and the attack on a ruling Congress legislator from Barkhola Assembly constituency in Barak valley, I somewhere consider it was pre-planned, and was minutely detailed in newsroom, the way they wanted to see it to happen.

Keeping aside the role of media for a moment, one thing that surprised all of us is the social acceptability of violence on women. In these two incidents, 5-6 persons were not involved, a mass of people were directly or indirectly were perpetrating the violence. It cannot be just said that these acts were based on patriarchy or machismo; rather it has got something to do with the power structure of our society. And those on the high echelon of power or the so-called elites don’t want to upset the power alignment. 

image link: http://idesigniphone.net/wallpapers/51375.jpg

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Corruption charges against BMDC to be probed

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From our Special Correspondent 

SILCHAR, July 29: All the charges of corruptions, anomalies and irregularities as labelled against Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council would be investigated by Dr Ajij Ahmed, IAS, divisional commissioner of Hills and Barak Valley and Hills Area Development Commissioner. This was communicated to Gopidas Sinha, member, Assam State Linguistic Minorities Development Board and social worker and chief advisor of Bishnupriya Manipuri Krishak Sangstha and Bishnupriya Manipuri Unemployed Youths Association, by RK Das, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam, Welfare of Plains Tribes and Backward Classes. This order for investigation was issued vide official memo no. TAD/BC/590/2012/58 dated July 27 on the directive of Rajiv Lochan Pegu, Minister of WPT and BC, Government of Assam. 

Dr Ajij Ahmed is to submit the report within three months of investigation to the department of WPT and BC, as advised by RK Das. It is to be recorded that eight social organizations under the banner of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha have been relentlessly campaigning and carrying on agitations under the leadership of Gopidas Sinha for causing the probe. Gopidas Sinha had decided to go for indefinite hunger strike at the last gate of Dispur when the monsoon session of the State Assembly was to begin. The Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had to intervene and a bilateral meeting was arranged between the members of Bishnupriya Manipuri bodies and Rajiv Lochan Pegu, Minister of WPT and BC on July 14 in which the decision to investigate the allegations of corruptions was taken.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

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Gopidas to fast unto death

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SILCHAR, July 3: Gopidas Sinha, a member of Assam State Linguistic Minorities Development Board and a renowned social worker, submitted a memorandum addressed to the Minister of Welfare of Plains Tribes and Backward Classes, through Deputy Commissioner on Monday, reiterating his decision to sit on a fast unto death from July 16 before the Assam Legislative Assembly if his charter of demands are not fulfilled.


His charter of demands included the immediate dissolution of the interim committee of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) by July 15 on the grounds of irregularities and corruption in utilization of government sanctioned fund of Rs 2 crore 60 lakh during the financial year of 2010-11 and 2011-12, action against the guilty persons involved in the corruption and formation of new committee unanimously by the people of the community. 

Gopidas Sinha alleged that the process of the interim committee for the BMDC was quite irregular as he aid that the members of the council were not nominated by the community people with unanimous opinion. He further said that the irregular process of nominating members and issue of notification was done at the behest of Kartiksena Sinha, former MLA of Patharkhandi with malafide intention of getting the benefit of the post of the chairman of the committee. According to Sinha, the irregularly formed committee has been involved in a large scale anomalies and financial corruption led by Kartik Sena Sinha in the utilization of government funds.  

He also pointed out that large scale anomalies were also found in the distribution of auto-rickshaws and sewing machines as some affluent families got the benefit of the scheme, which was granted for the unemployed youths of the Bishnupriya community. He added to say that this irregularity was done with a malafied intention of collecting money amounting Rs 30,000 to 40,000 from each of the beneficiary of auto-rickshaws. 

Gopidas Sinha decried the role of Kartik Sena Sinha as a chairman and said that the former MLA of Patharkhandi has been deceiving the community people and government as well by misusing his power and authority as the chairman of BMDC. As per the information provided by the RTI Act, Kartik Sena Sinha was not a duly elected or nominated chairman of the council, Gopidas added. 

Moreover, he alleged that many fake clubs and self help groups were there on the list showing disbursement of financial assistance from the BMDC. “As per the government procedure, only registered clubs are provided government financial assistance, but most of the clubs in the list are not in existence in registration with societies Act. Most of the SHGs are formed overnight by the office bearers of BMDC”, he said. 

In the memorandum, Gopinath Sinha mentioned that he would start his fast unto death programme from July 16 during the Assembly session in the event of non-fulfillment of his demands.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

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Saturday, 4 August 2012

PAYING A GLOWING TRIBUTE TO TRADITION

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Saturday , July 14 , 2012
Sharmila Basu Thakur 


Indian classical dance believes in parampara. Imparting training through rigorous practice to nurture and propagate the art form is the essence of Indian classical dance. There are few institutions which understand this responsibility. Manipuri Nartanashram is an old institution with a vision of imparting systematic training in the art of Manipuri dance. Founded by Gauri Datta, a senior disciple of Guru Bipin Singh, this institution has been working dedicatedly for a long time.To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore,the institution, in association with Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, organized Rabindra Pranati at Rabindra Sadan under the able guidance of Gauri Datta. Tagore’s dance drama, Chitrangada, was staged as a part of this celebration. Datta believes in straight and simple presentations which reflect her strong conviction in the strength of her acquired art form. Much is happening today in the name of experimental choreography which, sometimes, ruins the purity of classical dance. Chitrangada, based on traditional Manipuri dance, had the usual format; yet it managed to touch the heart with its simplicity and honesty. This production was an earnest approach to the classical dance form. Suranjana Ghatak as Chitrangada was elegant and impressive. She has learnt the Manipuri dance form with care and sincerity. She looked more convincing and spontaneous in portraying the character of surupa Chitrangada than that of her kurupa self. Soft and supple movements of the dance style went well with the character of surupa. She excelled in lasya, but her tandava failed to impress. The transition from kurupa to surupa Chitrangada was done through a simple yet significant choreography. In a dance drama, the role of the group dancers is very important. Their perfect presence holds together the entire performance. Synchronized movements and choreographic patterns proved the dancers’ vigorous practice and skill. Sudipta Srivastav, Chitralekha Ray, Paramita Makhal, Rupa Chowdhury, Adrija Audhya, Poulami Bhoumik, Priyanka Biswas and Gouri Datta took part in the group performance.Though Arjuna has nothing much to do in Chitrangada, Debaldev Jana, a disciple of Guru Kalamandalam V. R. Venkitt and Preetha Venkitt, showed promise and had good stage presence. Arkaroop Sinha from Santiniketan portrayed the role of Madan. The entire performance was accompanied by old recorded music in which the songs were rendered by Roma Mondal (kurupa Chitrangada), Pramita Mullick (surupa Chitrangada), Abhirup Guhathakurta (Arjuna) and Agnibha Bandyapadhyay (Madan). The Manipuri dance and music were choreographed and composed by Guru Bipin Singh. Partha and Gouri Ghosh did the narration in their inimitable style. The lighting was designed by Uttiya Jana.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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BMDC promises ex-armymen of Rs10 lakh

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Post Bureau, Guwahati (May 28): The floating of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Ex-Servicemen Association (NBMESA) with Rajkumar Chandrakanta Sinha as its president, Brajendra Sinha as vice-president, Lal Mohan Sinha as general secretary, Aswini Kumar Sinha as office secretary and Satyabrata Sinha as organising secretary and 22 executive members was made formal through a day-long opening ceremony at Silpgram on Sunday. Besides cultural programmes, the occasion was addressed by Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council ( BMDC) chairman Kartik Sena Sinha, who is also the adviser of NBMESA, and Col (retd) Bijoy Sinha. The BMDC chairman promised a grant of Rs10 L to the NBMESA in this fiscal for setting up industries to make it a vibrant association that can absorb their members, wards, non-member ex-servicemen and others in the community, besides contributing to the economy.

Courtesy: Seven Sisters Post

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CAPF Assistant Commandant (AC) Exam 2012

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UPSC Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination 2012


The Union Public Service Commission UPSC will hold recruitment of Assistant Commandants (AC) in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) viz. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
  • Total Vacancies: 401
  • Age : Minimum 20 years, Maximum 25 years on 1 August 2012
  • Educational Qualification: Graduation
  • Last date of application submission: 27 August 2012
  • Written Exam Date : 11 November 2012
For more information, visit UPSC CPF AC Exam 2012
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Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) November Exam 2012

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi, will conduct Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) November Exam 2012 for the appointment of teachers in Classes I-VIII. 
  • Date of written exam: 18 November 2012
  • Last date of submission of application: 31 August 2012
For more information, visit CTET Exam 2012 November
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Friday, 3 August 2012

Report on Linguistic Minorities presented to Salman Khurshid

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27-July, 2012 15:09 IST

Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities Presents the 48th Report on Linguistic Minorities to Shri Salman Khurshid


Salman Khurshid, Minister for Minority Affairs
Salman Khurshid,
Minister for Minority Affairs
 
Dr. Nandlal Jotwani, Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities presented the 48th Report of the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities to Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister for Minority Affairs, here today at Paryavaran Bhawan in the presence of Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Dr. Surajit Mitra, Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, and other senior officers of the Ministry. The Report will now be presented to the President of India, who then causes the Report to be laid in both the Houses of the Parliament. 

The 48th Report covers the period from July 2010 to June 2011 and critically reviews the status of implementation of the Scheme of Safeguards for the linguistic minorities in all the States and Union Territories of the country vis-à-vis Action Taken Report on the 47th Report received from the State Governments/UT Administrations/Union Ministries. The Report contains recommendations to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the Safeguards provided to the linguistic minorities spread all over the country so as to ensure level playing field, equal opportunities, inclusive growth and development of the country. 

The Commissioner Linguistic Minorities is the Constitutional Authority appointed under Article 350-B of the Constitution of India, which empowers it to investigate all matters pertaining to the Constitutional and the nationally agreed safeguards provided to the linguistic minorities. 

The Scheme of the Safeguards for the linguistic minorities includes the provision for instruction through mother tongue at the primary stage of education; teaching of minority languages at the secondary stage of education; registration of language preference of the linguistic minority pupils to facilitate inter-school adjustments; provision for text-books and teachers in minority languages; translation and publication of rules, regulations and notices, etc. in minority languages where their speakers constitute 15% or more of the district/ tehsil population; declaration of minority languages as additional Official language in districts, where their speakers constitute 60% or more of the district population; receipt of, and reply to representations for redress of grievances in minority languages; use of minority languages in recruitment tests to the State Services; setting up of proper machinery for effective implementation of the safeguards for the linguistic minorities at the State and District levels; issue of publicity material in minority languages detailing the Safeguards available to the linguistic minorities, etc.

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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Predicament of India's Linguistic minority

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News & Views
RK Rishikesh Sinha




The 21st century has brought people of minority speaking community to think, compare, and analyze their community in terms of many modern parameters, and consequently they are moulding themselves to their individual choices and preferences. They are impatient and fearful for being from minority community in the midst of many pull and push of the modern time. In nutshell, people are questioning and they are making their own conclusions. And they are finding their own ways to preserve their unique socio-cultural and linguistic identity.

But why people raise questions on their community? Why so much scrutiny about the community they belong to? Is it mere curiosity? Or it is a pre-planned question being implanted decades ago by our socio-politico surroundings?

Self-doubt, low esteem about ones identity should not arise. In contrast, there should not be any eulogizing about ones community either. The state of the people should be such that there must not be any comparison and analyzing oneself; but the developments that took place long back in the Indian history is working as stimuli to ponder over it. Blame not the person, but the subsisting ecosystem.

The very term “majority” and “minority” to label a community is a misnomer and it is a fantastic invention of the independent India. One should not be so much consumed of these two concepts and start looking down themselves and praise others.

The majority language and minority language was not in the British-ruled India. It came all after independence. Things got complicated after the reorganisation of states on the basis of language in 1956 to begin with 14 States and six Centrally-administered territories. States were formed on the linguistic lines of the majority communities. This development created a division of the majority-speaking community and the minority-speaking community. Henceforth, the majority speaking community started enjoying all the powers in the new setup. And those who were left behind were minorities.

Another development that made matter worse was the setting up of Public Service Commisions in respective states that made compulsory proficiency in one majority language. Here, the minority found themselves in a state of seclusion. They have to inculcate the language which is not their own to climb the success ladder. Some of the minority-language speakers resisted, some created wall for their defence, and some got mixed up.

Where the majority-speaking language were increasing the functional load (their usage) in education, administration, media, public spaces (hospitals, transport), and science and technology; the minority-speaking language got cocooned to be used only in homes.

Today, these chain of developments have pushed the speakers of minority language to develop low self-esteem (and ask questions) in respect to their own identity in terms of their language and culture, and to their own existence. This is the truth of 21st century India, there is India of majority languages, and there is another India of minority languages. Since these two categories are actually political setup which has lately taken the shape of a social setup which is divisive and regressive in nature. The foundation of majority/minority language hierarchies is not a natural process; ironically, it has been constructed historically and politically. Therefore, minorities should confront it politically rather than judging with social eyes to their roots. 

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Protest outside Dispur assembly complex

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TNN Jul 17, 2012, 12.24AM IST

Several organizations representing Bishnupriya Manipuris of Assam under the banner of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha staged a demonstration, demanding allotment of more funds for the community's development council. 

Courtesy: Times of India

India’s Top 6 Bilingual Minority Speakers; Bishnupriya Manipuri is 6th in India and 2nd in NE India

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RK Rishikesh Sinha

Bishnupriya Manipuri language speakers hold the sixth position in India and second in Northeast India after Deori language speakers to know two or more languages. In a list of 96 non-scheduled languages of India, Coorgi / Kodagu language speakers top the list with 86.46 per cent knowing two or more languages. This was stated in a paper published byParis-based Evalautions and Language resources Distribution Agency (ELDA) on the basis of 1991 census.

If you are not able be see the below table, click India Top 6 Bilingual Minority Speakers


Coorgi / Kodagu Speakers

According to 2001 Census of India, Coorgi / Kodagu Speakers are mostly concentrated in Karnataka with 164,403 persons. They top the list knowing two or more languages.

Tulu language Speakers

With native state Karnataka, Tulu speakers are in sizable population in Karnataka (1,495,273 persons, 2001 Census),   Kerala (122,995), and Maharashtra (99,729). 68.89 per cent of Tulu speakers know two or more languages.

Deori language Speakers

Mostly concentrated in Assam (23,366 persons; 2001 Census) and Arunachal Pradesh (4,504 persons; 2001 census), Deori language speakers (68.83) top the list in Northeast to know two or more languages.

Sherpa Language Speakers

According to 2001 Census, 13,922 Sherpas are in Sikkim. Out of 16,105 (1991 Census) Sherpas, 10,979 know two or more languages.

Lahauli Language Speakers

The 2001 Census depicts 20,339 persons of Lahauli language in Himachal Pradesh. 67.85 per cent of persons have command over two or more languages.

Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Speakers

Mostly concentrated in Assam and Tripura, Bishnupriya Manipuri language speakers know two or more languages. The 2001 Census of India states there are 53,812 Bishnupriya Manipuri persons in Assam and 21,716 persons in Tripura. However, the apex body of the community, the Mahasabha puts the figure 2.95 lakh in Assam alone. 

In the Indian scenario, there has been paradigm shift unlike the 19th and the 20th century where multilingualism was taken as a ‘problem’; however in the 21st century the multilingual population is considered as an asset for language and social development, the paper states.


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  3. http://bishnupriyamanipuri.blogspot.in/2009/07/mahasabha-census-indicates-416-lakh.html
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