Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Guwahati: Centre Of Bishnupriya Manipuri political structure

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Guwahati has seen sudden surge in its population. It has undergone a complete change in a decade or so, the observation is very visible for those who have witnessed Guwahati in 90s.

The impression of Guwahati on me in the mid-90s is very different than it is today. It has somewhere got lost in the flat culture. However , I have noticed one thing that the population of Bishnupriya Manipuris in the capital city has seen a sudden increase. Today, the state of affair is that : You are a Bishnupriya Manipuri, you cannot ignore your brethren in the lanes of Guwahati.

You jostle to board a bus from ABC bus stop, you will find there are co-passengers who are also struggling with the same spirit to board the bus! You are sitting in a rickety tracker at Ganeshguri, listen carefully, a mother is talking in Bishnupriya Manipuri with her daughter. You distract your attention to their conversation, and you fix your eyes towards a person who is standing at the rear end and framing your mind that the person is Bihari in his look and behavior. You are relishing your taste buds at Hatigarh Chariali at evening with aloo chop or gungni, you will find young boys sputtering Assamese, Bengali and Bishnupriya Manipuri in one breathe. Not enough, you go for shopping at Borbari, not one or two, but grocery-wala, internet wala and couple of shops being manned by your brothers and sisters. In all these circumstances, you will find person with Bishnupriya Manipuri. This is the state of population of Bishnupriya Manipuris in Guwahati.

For those who have spent enough time in Guwahati and Silchar, they will come to the conclusion that Bishnupriya Manipuris are more visible in Guwahati than in Silchar. It seems the young boys have migrated from villages to make Guwahati their second home for employment. It is not only their presence, but people after retirement are setting foot in the capital city. They make Guwahati their most preferred destination to spend their half life.

Places like Bamunimaidan, Panjabari, Hengrabari , Borbari, Dakhingaon, TV Tower, Kahilipara, Maligaon, Bhangagarh, ABC…the list of names is too long…where Bishnupriya Manipuri have a sizable population. If any survey is done to count the places where the migration of Bishnupriya Manipuri is high, it would be none other than Guwahati. And it seems, the population has increased in the city in a decade or so at a astounding figure. There are settled Bishnupriya Manipuri with permanent residence and there is another population in migration, in rent houses.

Bishnupriya Manipuri Power Politics

With such big population, change of ethos and structure in the population is liable, and so is with the power politics. Many factors play a pivotal role to the formation of power center for the community in Guwahati. First, the definite geography of the capital city; since all the Bishnupriya Manipuris are concentrated to Guwahati, the population itself creates its own political power. Second, the mushrooming of the civil societies cum pressure groups in the field of art, culture, empowerment in the city, which also helps Guwahati becoming a power centre. Third, and the most important reason, is the Guwahati (Dispur) being the capital of the state in terms of politics, administration, judiciary, and commerce. Now the million dollar question is: Has Guwahati indeed emerged as a power centre for Bishnupriya Manipuries? Whatever may be the answer, it is sure and final that one cannot ignore the Bishnupriya Manipuris staying in Guwahati. 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Banking with State Bank of India (SBI)

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

We all have some sweet and sour relationship with banks. With banks offering many services, the complexities to understand and appreciate it has gone above the board. The simple looking saving account brings alongwith it a hell lot of activities for a customer that it sometimes become headache for them. And my association with SBI Bank, Guwahati University is one such. I opened my saving account a decade ago, today I fill the account has come under my complete electronic control. A great relief and yahoo moment!

The biggest problem that I encountered with the SBI bank, was to make ritualistic visit to the home branch every time I visit Guwahati for many simple change like -- change of address, nominee change, new ATM, mobile change, internet banking and mobile banking. This simple looking services being offered by the bank, and to avail them has brought unseen scar in my mind. And of course, it has enriched my approach and understanding about banks particularly SBI.

There were moments, when the clerk in the bank had asked me where to click in the banking software! There were also moments, when the clerk affirmed me that my internet banking is ready to work. But when I go home and try to explore internet banking, I find the clerk has played a ruse to clear his table from countless preying customers. There were days, when I was limited to mobile banking, but the transaction rights in the interent banking were not given by the bank.  I could see two mobile numbers occupying my saving account. One mobile number in which I was running mobile banking and getting updates, and another mobile number in the internet banking transaction page. These problems seem simple and easy, but with time and distance, they become complex.

In my years-long experience with SBI Bank. I came to know some facts that would help customers to have sound relationship with the bank.

First, don’t change your mobile number in the SBI bank records. Being one of the primary records in the bank, a change in it might bring problem in case you use mobile or internet banking.

Don’t just rely upon the clerk that they will do their job well. Double-check it. If possible check while you remain in the bank premise. Take your laptop and mobile. It might happen that the clerk responsible for internet and mobile banking is also learning with you at your valuable time and effort.

If you could access intenet banking, download and print forms that I found work better.

Read bank manuals. It helps you to do lot of things with yourself. At least you don’t have to waste your time and energy to generate MMID No. of your account by visiting your bank.

Nonetheless, I found the SBI bank website cool and clear. Its mobile interface is also I like the most.

Hope in the coming days, I will add more services of the bank to my kitty. 

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) before Delhi Election


By RK Rishikesh Sinha

The whole country is reeling under AAP effect ever since the party grabbed seats and made their government in Delhi.  I personally never thought or has a slightest hint that the party will bring a renaissance in the political thought of the Indians.  I failed to read the writings on the walls of purani dilli. However, my wife was quick to sense the AAP tsunami! She not only forcefully persuaded me to become the member of the party. But she tortured me to download the nomination form and print the 10 page application form so that she can place her candidature. Alas! There was a point in the application, that 100 members of the constituency must sign and put their mobile number in the form to support the candidature. There she backtracked (I knew), it is Delhi, nobody know us. Our building people don’t know us. The rest is history. In a lighter note, nobody understands women, so is with politics.

Those days were really painful. After all I have least interest in politics. And my wife updating me with the development taking place in the AAP, it was adding to my pain. My only effort to be ‘political’ was to attain a voter ID, not to vote, but with a motive to use it as a identity card, or residence proof. How I attain the Delhi voter ID card, is altogether a different and obviously interesting topic.  So to say, I mistakenly came to know the mass production of Voter ID card.

Mukherjee Nagar in Delhi has been one of the often visited rendezvous for the AAP leaders including Kejriwal & Co. Why not? The population is young and ignited. Exam aspirants of civil service, SSC, banks make up a sizable population. I have listened Kejriwal addressing the mass at Commercial Complex. I have never witnessed in my lifetime the attendance shown in a small concrete ground just behind the Mukherjee Nagar police station, students falling one above another to have a glimpse of Kejriwal and resonating with his speech. “Kanoon to humne bhi pari hein” is one punch line that I remember from his speech that brought thunderous applause from the audience.

The scenes are so vivid and fresh in my memories, I never thought in my wildest dream. This man will be writing history in the Indian politics. An inch in the ground was not left vacant. Students were seen in the walls, women standing on the motorcycle, rooftops were not even left. This was the craze for Kejriwal.

However, a strategy that was not going down my throat to the plan of AAP to attract comrades, was running of desh bhakti songs in the markets. It was so irritating to me, I don’t know how many times I would have said to my wife, forget to grab seats, the party will die sure before it sprouts in the Indian political arena. I was put wrong. Oh! I forget to write about one of the AAP strategies, that is the road drama. You don’t know when common looking boys and girls start a skit in the midst of crowded markets. It was really fun. Definitely, those people , including me, who were doubtful and carried scornful eyes, will not ignore now. The party, above all the devoted members who showered faith and devotion to the party, has earned the respect of the people. Add my wife.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

KP remembered, KP sanman given away

Jatir Janak Dr KP Sinha was remembered on his 78th birth day at Divyashram, West Kachudharam on January 3, 2014 with a daylong programme including cultural shows.

Poet Brojendra Sinha and fiction writer Prof. Smriti Kumar mesmerized the capacity crowd with their skilful arguments based only on reasons on linguistics relating to the Bishnupriya Manipuri language. While the poet questioned the rationale behind the campaign against the honour “Jatir Janak” given to Dr Sinha by as many as many as five organizations, the fiction writer dared Prof. Birendra Sinha to come clear on his stand that the Bishnupriya Manipuri language has come from Sanskrit via Shouroshreni prakrit and that the people who had accompanied Brabrubahana on his homecoming from Hastina. Prof. Sinha is of the view that the time scale never backs both the stands of the scholar (Prof. Birendra Sinha). He clearly spells out that either any of the two standpoints of the scholar is wrong, or both are wrong. What, according to Dr Sinha, holds water is that both can never be true at the same time.

Dr Sinha made a fervent appeal to the Sanskrit scholar Prof. Birendra Sinha to come clear on this stand before it is too late and put an end to this decade-long debate that out to play spoilsport for the development of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language and literature.

Earlier BMSS general secretary Manikanta spelt out the objectives of the event that started with the paying of floral tribute at the bust erected in the premises of Divyashram.

A journal “Kaliprasad Darshan” published on the occasion was released by poet Brojendra Kumar Sinha. Editor-in-chief of the journal, Ramlal Sinha, explained the objectives of the journal.

Kiron Raj, student leader Samir Sinha, BMDC EM Gopidas Sinha, fiction writer Indra Kumar Sinha, litterateur Manas Sinha, NBMSU president Rajkumar Anil Krishna and others spoke on the occasion.
Apart from the cultural presentation by a notpala, two songs of Dr KP Sinha presented by Renubala Sinha pushed the event to a certain height.                

Binoy Sinha, a youth who had looked after Dr Sinha at the fag-end of his life, too kept the audience spellbound with a song that he had learned from none other than Dr Sinha.

The event got its weight when the organizers gave away Dr KP Sinha awards to as many as five persons who excelled in their respective fields. They are poet Brojendra Kumar Sinha, litterateur Birendra Sinha, Aswini Kumar Sinha, Oja Surya Mani Sinha and Gokul Sena Sinha.

The BMSS also conferred the Nritya Samrat award on Nrityacharya Senarik Rajkumar.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Dr. Krishnadas Sinha Sastri awarded Dr. Ambedkar Fellowship National Award-2013

Dr. Krishnadas Sinha Sastri, a senior civil service officer of Tripura holding the post of Commissioner of Departmental Inquiries under General Administration (Administration Reforms) Department , Govt. of Tripura has been awarded Dr. Ambedkar Fellowship National Award-2013 on 12th Dec, 2013 in Delhi by the Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi in 29th National Conference of Dalit Writers. The said conference was held at Panchsheel Ashram, Jharoda village near Burari by pass, Ring Road, Delhi-84, where writers, scholars and social workers were honoured by Dr. Ambedkar National/ International Awards for their upliftment work of downtrodden . Dr. Sinha was awarded the aforesaid National Fellowship Award in recognition of his research type of literary work and promoting social and cultural empathetic services of the backward people like Bishnupriya Manipuri and other downtrodden community. He was selected for such national award in 2012 but he could not attend on account of his pre-occupied administrative works.
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