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.
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