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Bishnupriya Manipuri Womein making their mark in all spheres.

The Bishnupriya Manipuri women are giving tough competition to their male counterpart. This fact reveals the status of women in the community. By BN Sinha, New Delhi The social values in India have changed a lot in the last two decades with the change of people’s lifestyle. We are all witnessing a rapid transition of social norms and practices in India, especially in the urban sector. Social values include practicing of the traditional cultures, customs and habits in one hand and adopting the cosmopolitan culture on the other. The sex ratio in employment, education also in other areas like politics etc have significantly plummeted as the ratio is close to unity. Even in case of home making the modern India couples expect equal contribution. However, the rural sector have not witnessed much change as far as escalation of female ratio in developmental sectors is concerned. Our Bishnupriya Manipuri community is also not far behind in all the developments that are taking place. Our w

The Urban Bishnupriya Manipuri Village

It is very sad that now people (read Bishnupriya Manipuri guraipei and purigelai ) don’t assemble in community temples ( Mandaps/ Malthep ) for khechuri paali, kapak pali etc. By BN Sinha, New Delhi More than 80% of the population of India lives in the villages. The post liberalization era leads a major transition in the villages of India, especially the city suburbs. The Bishnupriya Manipuri villages are also not exempted from the effect. ( Photo by Amit Sinha ) If we analyze a Bishnupriya Manipuri village in the suburb of Silchar we will observe that many infrastructural developments have taken place. We can now find wider concrete roads with street lights. There is water supply system in every village from the public health department. Gone are the days when women used to make a queue in the near by pond for water. Petty shops are on the roadsides make an absolute rendezvous for the youths, where there are shops for latest film CD, DVD. Food joints offering noodles and other snack

What are we waiting for?

Have we achieved something substantial in education, employment, health etc to all our Bishnupriya Manipuri brothers? The answer is - of course "Not". Then what our socio-political organisations are doing and are egging on it? Have they been smitten by the "complacency" bug? By BN Sinha, New Delhi Complacency is a very common phenomenon, especially when going is smooth and comfortable. It’s a human characteristic; unfortunately we Indians have been smitten by this bug – again and again. And the community Bishnupriya Manipuri is not an exception. It is a fact - we generally don’t wake up with consolidated aggression to achieve a target until we feel the heat. Coming to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community we also have a lackadaisical, complacent attitude to take things lightly and in the simplest possible way. We cherished with the fact that the Bishnupriya Manipuri is known as peace loving community. But the word “peace loving” can always be criticized and can be

An Inborn thread.....

I felt a pleasant surprise and a peculiar euphoric sense ran over. Immediately I intended to ask them and disclose my identity. But suddenly I decided to stop and hear what more they say.... by BN Sinha, New Delhi Henceforth, I came to Delhi I felt as if every year the winter days are getting more chilled. This year is really an exception. Though the mercury did not drip below 2 degrees yet the cold is unbearable and to attend a meeting early morning 45kms away is a matter one would never wish for. I had to attend an on site meeting at 8.30am at Manesar, Gurgaon, approximately 45kms away from the place I reside. I woke up at 6 in the morning, to make sure to leave home by 7am. It was a foggy January morning. I was driving along NH8 towards Gurgaon. The morning traffic was not so heavy as compared to the daytime traffic. I traveled almost 35kms in just 35mins. Only 10kms more was left and I knew it would take merely 15 more minutes to reach. So, I thought to pamper myself by havi

Adhare Mingaal: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Album

I am crooning " Tor Hobai Hobai … ", the Bishnupriya Manipuri song. Ever since I have watched the video I cannot stop myself jotting down the sequel of emotions that has paved through me. Well, since I am humming the effervescent song, it means the song is well packaged, turning on the cochlea of my ear. The musical piece is just fantastic and mellifluous; perhaps minimally to the standard of music we are accustomed to listening. No problem! Everything related to Bishnupriya Manipuri is pardonable - whether it is the bulging long hair of the actor Biman Sinha or decrepit Senapul that the actress is carrying. The work is simply magnificent and must be applauded. The same applaud must be given to Editor Kuldeep Bora who has brilliantly given the shape to the video. And not to forget, the cameramen Bulbul Rajbongshi, Bado Dutta, and Ritu Bora capturing the essence of the culture and keeping intact the creative aspect. Jaram Oitou Mi .. is another piece in the album " Ad