Sunday, 29 December 2013

Bishnupriya Manipuri language 'corpus'

Bishnupriya Manipuri language needs rigorous, divergent scientific study to improve our understanding towards it. As a matter of fact, to this little-known language, a computional study which is a first-of-its-kind scientific approach thus exploring the language has been made in a paper pubished by Nayan Jyoti Kalita, Navanath Saharia, and Smriti Kumar Sinha, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Tezpur University.

The paper titled ‘Towards the development of a Bishnupriya Manipuri Corpus’, the team has developed a ‘corpus’ of approximately 1 lakh Bishnupriya Manipuri words and 10, 196 sentences. A corpus is a building block upon which a researcher make computional processing of a language. However, morphological and etymological study has been done by Dr. K.P Sinha. The first of its kind in the direction of computational liguistic perspective to the Bishnupriya Manipuri language, the paper highlights an interesting morphological feature with word formation of the language from the Tibeto-Burman Meitei roots. 

Bishnupriya Manipuri video album ‘Deina’

The Bishnupriya Manipuri video album ‘Deina’ was recently released by CK Production. With seven sweet songs sung by Sandhya Sinha, lyrics and tune by Chandrakanta Sinha, the album is one more addition to the Bishnupriya Manipuri music.

Bipul Sinha and Bimal Bora have choreographed the artists - Druba, Rubi, Bindu, Prince Pranjal, Amrita, Chandrika, Ila, Nabanita, Dipika, and Sukrim Sinha - in the album.

Subhendu Sinha has done videography in the album, Sunil Sinha and Rajib Sinha as production controller. For more information, contact: 94353 77384, 09591 81457.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Socio Cultural Society of Bishnupriya Manipuri formed in Tripura

An organization named “Socio Cultural Society of Bishnupriya Manipuri” has been formed by the population of Bishnupriya Manipuri community residing in Agartala Municipality Area. The society is duly registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

The society with Gopi Sinha as President, Maj. Prafulla Kr. Sinha (Retd) Secretary, Apurba Sinha Treasurer has been formed with the aim to protect, preserve, nurture and flourish the rich socio-cultural heritage of Bishnupriya Manipuri.

The objectives behind the formation of the organisation are:
(a) To protect the original history, material evidences and information of heritage and socio-cultural value of Bishnupriya Manipuri.
(b) To preserve the socio-cultural heritage of the community including the language of Bishnupriya Manipuri.
(c) To nurture and develop the socio-cultural activities by regular practice, generating more interest through awareness and motivation.
(d) To flourish the rich heritage and socio-cultural activities of Bishnupriya Manipuri by organizing programmes at State, National and International level.
(e) Certification of the existing expert personalities of the community in different disciplines, in recognition to their knowledge in Manipuri dance, song, music and other allied fields, in consultation with the appropriate authorities and their rehabilitation.
(f) Arrange training and standardization of knowledge in various disciplines of Bishnupriya Manipuri including dance, song, music and other allied activities
of the community, in consultation / collaboration with Government / Semi-Government or private institutes of repute nature on the field.
(g) To organize competitions on issues associated with the community.
(h) To introduce certification along with prizes / incentives for distinction on any field relating to socio-cultural development of the community.
(i) To make provision for a library to preserve the important documents, and books of Bishnupriya Manipuri along with a reading room.
(j) Organize Workshop on :
Mridanga Badan(Dakula)
Manipuri Song(Ishalpa)
Making Dresses of Raash (Pallei)
Hand Weaving (Lahing/ Langau/ Inafi)
Handloom Weaving (Gamsa/ inafi)
Handicraft (Tapu Making etc)
Manipuri Dance for boys and girls etc.
(k) To mediate and liaise with the State and Central Government for extending various schemes to promote the socio-cultural, and literary status of Bishnupriya Manipuri.
(l) To organize functions of Bishnupriya Manipuri in co-ordination with other communities during various occasions at State and National level.
(m) Establish electronic Library / Record room for available songs, films, and other activities of important nature etc.
(n) To set up Dress Bank of Bishnupriya Manipuri and its outlets, to distribute the same to the needy, for cultural activities.
(o) To procure & establish stocks of Mridanga and other musical instruments of Bishnupriya Manipuri and distribute to the poor and deserving artists.
(p) To encourage formation of teams voluntarily, for socio-cultural activities of Bishnupriya Manipuri.
(q) To raise fund for carrying out the activities through subscriptions and contributions, donations and grants from individuals, Institutions, Governmental and Non-Governmental Agencies and others.
(r) To raise loans for carrying out its activities from Individuals, Institutions, Banks, Financial Institutions, Governmental and Non-Governmental Agencies, Corporate, Business Homes, and others on suitable term and condition.
(s) To purchase, acquire, build, sell, manage, and otherwise deal with any movable and immovable property for earning income for the society in furtherance of the aim and objects of the society.
(t) To set up other required institutions for carrying out the aim and objects of the society.
(u) To maintain the Society to be totally non-political social society.
(v) To seek advise / suggestions / assistance / co-operations from other such societies and vice versa to achieve the aim and objects.
(w) To undertake any activity incidental to or related to the above activities.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers get relief

From our Special Correspondent
SILCHAR, September 18: 85 Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers of various schools in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts, who were not receiving their salaries for the last 27 months since the very date of their joining, have at last been relieved. On the sustained persuasion of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language LP Teachers’ Association, these unfortunate teachers could get their salary in arrears at the fixed rate of Rs 1,800 only per month. After completion of their junior basic training, the Association has been assured by the education authorities concerned that the teachers would get their full salary and other benefits. 

At a general conference of the Association held here recently presided over by its president Prabir Rajkumar, one of the resolutions adopted, the teachers expressed their gratitude to Gopidas Sinha, chief–advisor, for his constant persuasion of their cases and release of the salary of 27 months. Another resolution unanimously endorsed the proposal that Gopidas Sinha should be taken as a member of the proposed Assam Vidhan Parishad as representative of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. The general conference at the same time constituted afresh the central committee with 13 members along with the district committees of Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar.

Courtesy: Sentinel

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Bishnupriya Manipuri and its Mahasabha

Rebati Mohan Sinha

All of us criticise at one time or other; but there are some BM people who criticise, regardless of what they know or not. Criticising has become a way of life for them ; they cannot stop cribbing , wherever they are , whatever they are doing, or whatever happening to them, they keep on criticising ! Those who criticise constantly, do not wish to take responsibility for themselves and their actions. When we complain and criticise constantly , we are inviting negativity into our lives. 

In a democracy, criticism is welcome against institutions, like Mahasabha, by individuals and representatives as that gives a fillip to the self corrective process. The very fact that NGOs like Mahasabha, aspire to improve the lives of the poor, means that they have committed themselves in some manner to perform activities on behalf of others, their ability to accomplish what is expected out of them. Such organisations are, therefore, not free of critiques, expectations or input from those whom they serve, and receive legitimacy, funding and interaction.

How and why did this state of Mahasabha's affairs come about and what does it say about us , both as a polity and as individuals? The basic ethos of BM Society is harmony; but it is  scarce. To me , the BM Society is represented by a few  motley groups of individuals who don't really speak for the vast majority. They are vocal and forceful but have been romanticising supremacy, which could be dangerous. We are cowards, and just prefer to debate within the confines of our meetings only; but  never evaluate. 

There is a deficit of ethics in the present dual committees of NBMM . There has been erosion of BM people's faith in Mahasabha. Their confidence in present committees, specifically office bearers, has declined. BM people trust in both president ship, new and old, has collapsed. The integrity among the office bearers is being questioned. The administration is at its lowest ebb. The situation is too bad for the BM community. There is too much at stake for too many in such a situation.

At the rate at which we are going, we  are heading  straight for the chaos and inevitable doom. This is precisely why we need to have a committee that isn't afraid to do something drastic enough to prevent our society from reaching that point of no return.

Merely calling ourselves BM will not change the way we feel about our society. A larger change has to come from education and inculcating a basic love for our fellow society man.

LIC Creative Writing Competition : Ritwick in Top 5

Ritwick Sinha, a student of Class-VII of Don Bosco Sr. Sec. School, Guwahati, participated in the CREATIVE WRITING Competition held on 07.09.2013 organized by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LICI), Guwahati Division on the occasion of 57th anniversary of Life Insurance Corporation of India and was included in the top-five for his splendid performance. He was awarded with a Certificate of Honour and a Trophy.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Time to make a new beginning

By Rebati Mohan Sinha

This morning, while returning home from morning walk, I happened to meet a group of Muslim brethren of our housing society, who were coming out of the lift , wearing smile in their faces, wishing me 'Eid Mubarak', which I immediately reciprocated and asked myself, is it a spiritual socialisation? They would exchange gifts, met their neighbours and eat and drink together. These interactive activities continue the whole day.

What is the purpose of this interaction? The purpose is to share one's thoughts with others, to share  the wisdom gained during the festive days. These activities, or spiritual socialisation, are not meant to last just for a day. This culture must be continued for the full year, only to be renewed during the next festival; but how far it is possible ? We are just trying to safeguard our social custom and traditions. We have sent satellites into space and achieved a global presence in the field of IT. Despite this , our mindset remains anchored in social prejudices and superstitions more in keeping with the 12th century than 21 century.

The way of living, eating, wearing, singing, dancing and talking is all part of a culture. The culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by a human being as a member of a society. The culture is not inherited biologically; but learnt socially by a human. And it is not an inborn tendency. It doesn't exist in isolation, neither it is an individual phenomenon. It is a product of society. It originates and develops through social interaction. It is shared by the society. No one can acquire culture without association with other human beings.

Today, our society stagnates under the dark shadows of thousand fingers pointing at one another, shouting about what should be done, how it should be done and who should do it? We don't want any more finger-pointers. We have enough. We just need  a few who will put up their hands and say, 'I will'. Our aim should be at doing away with blame games and getting into action instead. Having said that,  why shouldn't we  follow it in a good spirit?

Circumstances change with the time. Today is different from yesterday, and tomorrow also will not be the same. What our children imbibe as values, depends on what we demonstrate as role models. Despite information overload  and peer pressure, children still look up to parents as their role models.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

My loving parents by Ritwick Sinha


What makes my mother special

The dearest person for me in this world is my mother. She is the soul of our home. My mother is special because she does not lose her temper, and is sympathetic. She is very kind, helpful and above all, she loves me like an angel, serves me like a nurse, and cares for me a lot. My mom always advises me to concentrate on my studies, and improve my behaviour. She helps me with my homework, especially when it comes to languages like Assamese and Hindi. I am lucky to have such a loving and affectionate mother. I am really proud of her.

Ritwick Sinha, Class-VII,
Don Bosco Sr. Sec. School, Guwahati.
Published : Planet Young, The Assam Tribune, June 6, 2013

My loving father

Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year, to express our heartfelt love and gratitude towards our fathers. We celebrate Father’s Day by gifting them cards, flowers and other gift items. On the occasion of this special day, I am going to write a few lines on my father, to pay my respects.

My father is the head of the family. He is a role model for me. He is very kind, helpful and above all, he loves me and cares about me a lot. He is greatly dedicated to us. My father thinks about me every moment. He is always there for me, whenever I am in any difficulty. He is a noble person. He believes in simple living and high thinking. He always supports and defends us. If my father sees anybody in trouble, he is always ready to help them. My father always advises me to study well, and improve my handwriting. He helps me to do my homework, especially when it comes to subjects like Mathematics and Computer Science. He plays football, cricket and many other games with me.  He is very special for me. I love my father for all that he does for our family. My father feels proud of my achievements, and I am really proud of my father.

Ritwick Sinha, Class-VII,
Don Bosco Sr. Sec. School, Guwahati.
Published : Planet Young, The Assam Tribune, June 13, 2013


15 Aug. 2013 Deepak Singha: Sri Kalasena Singha, Dullavchera, District Karimganj, a prominent literarian of Bishnupriya Manipuri Society has been awarded as Sahitya Pensioner by Assam Govt. on the eve of Independence Day. He is a social activist and active member of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM). At present, he is the advisor of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parisad.  He has wrote so many kabyas, nataks viz., Manjuri, Achin Pahiya, Baroya, Adalat, Erai Raja Sani Mantri, Gokul Kirtani etc.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Silcharé OBC hostel'go ona thokta? Part II

Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Sewashramé OBC hostel ago ona thok,  ehan kii ami Bishnupriya Manipuri é cheyarta? (Part II) Read Part I
By Rebati Mohan Sinha

Q. OBC hostel pradeshé pradeshé Kendriya Sarkar'e kia derta?

Ans. The scheme aims at providing hostel facilities to students belonging to socially and educationally backward classes, especially from rural areas to enable   them to pursue secondary and higher education.

Q. Who are eligible for accommodation in the hostel?
Ans. Students whose castes are included in Central/State/UT list of OBC and who do not belong to creamy layer.
Q. What is the funding pattern under the scheme of construction of hostel for OBC Boys and Girls?
Ans. Under the scheme following funding pattern has been envisaged :
(b) State Govt. in North East 10% share and 90% Central share for construction of OBC hostels.

The sharing pattern applies to the cost as approved at the time of sanction of Central Assistance. Central Govt. will not bear any extra cost due to any subsequent  escalation and such extra cost will have to be borne entirely by the recipient Agency ie State Govt.

Responsibility of implementing Agencies(States) by way of Maintenance and Management of hostels :(i) The entire expenditure on procurement of land, staffing(warden, cooks and chowkidar etc) and other maintenance(including building) and day to day expenditure shall be borne by the implementing agency's(State's) concern.

BMDC'r Chaiman giroke Face Booké sadasya'r onek prashnor jobab dite gia gireke maateseta :

Q. 1. Ashram'e shilanyas'r folok'got OBC hostel for Boys and Girls lekhani'r karon?
A.    Central Scheme ehan OBC hostelórka, BM hostel'gorka na'goi.
Q.2. Ebaka'te kihan korani?
A. Name board'hanat( folok'han)naang'han bodlani oitoi, tobe Sarkar'r niyom onujayee( as per Govt. norms)               
Q.3. Sarkar'r niyom-kanoon'te kisade'ta?( what is the Govt.s norm?)
A.    Board'hanat( folok'hanat) naag'han na'bodlei'lou choltoi.( Ans. irrelivent)                
Q.4. Kiyate Ashram'hanar folok'han bagia nua'kore BM hostel for Boys and Girls  likhani ose?
A    Uttor'han ebakau na'pasi.(The answer is still awaited)
Q.5. Assam'r Tinsukiar, Guwahatir OBC hostel'r thikana documenté hoba'kore ikora aase, Ashram'r belai kia neita?
A. Silchar bullei choltoi.( Ashram'r naang'han peya thana thok nei?)
Chairman giroké Face booké ehanóu elan koresil, OBC hostel egor kuno kaamé BMDC nei :
a) hostel'gor drawing'han Govt'r'han.
b) hostel'go honkoranir bhar'hanóu Govt'r Housing Board'rang.
c)  Building'r contract'hanóu sakaré issue korese..
d) Work Order'han issue koresetaú Housing Boardé.

BMDC'rang obosyo Work commencement'r Order'r copy ahan  dena ose bulia hunlaang.(only for information)

Sewashram'r rupa prai 50 lakh'r B'han committeeé Assam Sarkaróre hostel'gorka dite,  sarkar'r kuno documenté(dolil) naang'han peyaú neióni, ehante kii kothahan?

'Rupa 2.49 kutir prakalpa ahan Ashram'r chouhadda'gor bhitore oya jitega, committee'r dwayitto neoni! BM samaj kisade  yakortaita, nijor uthané aya manué kaam koria jitega ami kittáhan maate nuartangai? Orthat contractor'goi jehan mon ouhan koria gelegaóu maatil adhikar committee'rang neióitoi.

BMDC'r e'scheme ehan ananir sujuk Assam Govt're dia Bishnupriya Manipurir, bishesh koria Sewashram'r kihan labh'han oilta? BMDC'r Chaiman'goi BM samajé ania ahese 2.49 koti rupa Ashram committee'r manue deklata? Kendriya Sarkaré Shilanyas'r porei nei-nei bulleóu prai 2 koti taka building'r nirman kam'rka Assam Sarkaróre dia thaibo!   

(Manner of release of central Assistance- Construction of Hostel building in one instalment) ie Assam Govt. has received total amount for construction at a one go.

Samaj'r manu, bishesh koria BMDC'r  koi'goi rupa eta dekh'lago? Mor epeit karem koria matani orta, Rupai daang'r han na'goi, scheme ahan sushtha'bhabé complete onaóuhan daangor'han.

Loiói'tega Sewashram'r podadhikari're prashna ahan …Sewashram e'prakalpa éhanor'ka B'han dia ki'bhabé labhaban oitoita?

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Meingal Scholarship 2013 announced

Meingal has invited application from meritorious Bishnupriya Manipuri students who passed the HSLC exam 2013.
courtesy: The Assam Tribune [20 July 2013]

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Silcharé OBC hostel'go ona thokta?

Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Sewashram, Silcharé OBC hostel'go ona thok, ehan kii ami Bishnupriya Manipurié  cheyarta? - Part I
By Rebati Mohan Sinha

Dharmik pratisthan ahanat OBC hostelágo hongoni koti'han jukti jukta? Baro samajé ehanou harpani thok, prai 10 bosor oil BM hostel aago Sewashram'r chouhadda'gor bhitoré hongoyaú aaher. Kendriya mantri, Sri Santosh Mohan Deb giroke shilanyas koria , loge onudan áhanóu desil bulia hunesilang, MP Sri karnendu Purkayastha girokéu rupa paisa'lo paang'lak koresil, loge baro amar samaj'r bishishta manué, bishesh koria Dr. Hariprasad Sinha giroké ebakaóu sahajya koria jarga.

Ami ehanóu hunesi, bortoman Ashram committee, samaj'r bishishta manurelo ghothon ose'han, bishesh koria president baro sadharon sampadok, samaj'r gojor thakor manu bulia parichito, taaile'te, nishchay sanbidhan'hanóu maania choltai orthat Sewashramé girls hostel ona thok'nei, ehanóu pakoré thaiba; er'badastho goto 30 Aprilé, Mantri, MP baro MLA habiye shilanyas koresi ÓBC hostel'gor naang'han FOLOK'got bodleya "BM hostel for Boys and Girls" likhani ose bulia Ashram committee'r Sadharan Sampadhak giroké Face Booké ullekh korese, emon kii folok'han'r photo'ahan BMDFé peitangai ehan'r pratishrutióu dese.

Sewahsram Committee'r ere je karya-kolap, samaje onokyota ahan deha dese bulia khoboré peyar. Sarkari bhabe utsav'r ayojan ahan koria OBC hostel'gor shilanyas oya gesega folok ougóre jodi Central/Assam Govt'r notice na'peya bodlani or , ehan nishchay be-aaini kaam'han(criminal offence) bulia matani yakorer. Je committee haane OBC hostel'go okk bulia NOC desi outai kisade, e'paribartan ehan aane partarata?

Ashramé already BM hostel aago hongóya aaite, OBC hostel agor prayojaniota samajé peirak kisade aherta? Prastab ehan kisade committee'rang phouóil'gata? Karyabahi committee nishchoy ehanór upore alap-alochana ahan'te kore thaiba. Habitto dangór chintar bishay'han oil'tai OBC hostel egor'ka Ashram'r 'B'tukra ahan Assam kisade dena ose? Daan babot na Govt'rang besani osilta  ? Hudda NOC ahan issue koria committeeé B'han onyo'r naagé dia nuarer. Karon, Central Govt'r aainé maater'tai….Ägencies (i) Eligible for assistance under the scheme and (ii) having clear title and possession over the land where the hostel is to be constructed, will submit the proposal in the prescribed format as under…" Taaile aami mone'kore pariar'nai, Assam Govt. taar naangé title'han peya orthat (i) the documentary evidence of land avilability ,plot number and plot area(B kotihan), (II) Site plan peya  OBC hostel'gor ka Kendrita Sarkar'orang dorkhasto korese, phole Department of WPT and BC scheme'hanóre  ania Ashramé shilanyasóu oya gelga; kintuman prashna áhan tha'gelga, ouhan oiltai, nehaat NOC (amar kuno apotti nei, bulia) ahan dia manu agore ba sanstha ahanóre, emonki sarkaróre, nei-nei bulleú 5/6 katha'r B ahan, Ashram Committeeé dia parerta? Silcharé jehan'r daam ajikar market rateé prai 50 lakh'.

Ehanou huniar, Ashram committeeé prachar korer, je 2.49 koti takar OBC hostel ego'r scheme ehan BMDCé anese, kintuman Assam Govt'e scheme hanorka apply korte BMDC'r  kuno ullekh na'korese, emonki Sewashramé B han dese buliaú kuno'peitou ullekh nei.( Ref. Centrally sponsored scheme of construction of hostel for OBC boys and girls)
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