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.
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