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In a Catch 22 situation

Bisnhnupriya Manipuri people residing in Assam are in a catch 22 situation. Reason?

By Rajesh Sinha

Firstly, we have Bengalis neighbours (read Bangladeshi Bengalis) that don't have a much say in the politics of the state. Unfortunately, at the end of the day they are our immediate neighbours; and comparatively enjoy better political and administrative powers than the Brishnupriya Manipuris. Secondly, the community resides in a state of Assam where majority of the people are Assamese. Now, the million dollar question is, where do the community align itself, to the majority Assamese people or to the neighnourhood Bengalis.

The crux of the whole affair is that the Brishnupriya Manipuri
community shares a very cordial relationship to both the communities. The Bishnupriya Manipuri people are very conversant to the cultures and customs of both the Assamese and Bengali communities.

But, having a cordial relationship to both the communities is not the end. The Bishnupriya Manipuri community has to make a place under the sun. This is possible only when the Bishnupriya Manipuri community becomes internally and externally
strong. Nevertheless, there is overall development taking place in the whole community with respect to education, economical upliftment and culture.

To these domains:
education, economical upliftment and culture, Bishnupriya Manipuri people has to come forward and help their brethren. Nobody will come and pick us from the present slumber. For this to happen, at first we must become responsible to the social cause and start contributing what little each of us can do.

This can be done first by bringing ones house to order and later extending it to the neighbours, and than to village club label. Not to mention, it needs a close sync of the olderly people and the younger generation.

Once we become self reliant, then there will be no need to align ourselves to the Bengalis or the Assamese. We will be able to manage ourselves in much better way. Furthermore, we will become a potent power, full of energy and resource.

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  1. Mr. Rajesh...

    It was indeed nice to read such a thoughtful write up of yours. I completely agree on the point u have escalated that BM is in catch 22 situation politically.All responsible BM should religiously contemplate on the issues like academic, political, social and last but not the least the financial reinforcement of the community as a whole.

    Once again a commendable article.. Pl keep the good work on...


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