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Growth is life, stagnancy is death

By Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

Nature loves motion, vibrancy, growth, change; and those not complying with it – dies: Darwin’s law. It applies to all living entities in this world. A person has to change, community has to change, and even a nation has to undergo change, no one is left untouched, to cope with the ever-changing dynamics of the changing world. So is the case with the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. It has to change. But, where did this the so-called change is urgently required?

In the last meeting of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha held in New Delhi, Bishwajeet Sinha talked of this change – a change in the outlook of the organisation. He was talking on the emphasis that has to be given on the economic front of the community, the economic upliftment required among the Bishnupriya Manipuri people.

If it is not addressed soon, the day may come, obviously it will, when the potential of the human resource, its power, will go unutilized and ultimately will be of no use. Things have started changing, the growth in terms of education or economic development is not equitable; it is not being shared with a mass section of the society. There is a section of the society which is scaling the ladder of success; but there is a mass devoid of the basic necessity of life, and are rapidly advancing to penury. For them existence itself is becoming a big struggle. Reasons are many.

Here, the role of the esteemed organisation, the Mahasabha or any socio-cultural organisations, come. They should understand that we are slowly advancing to a big-divide. And if it is not addressed, the division within the community will be drawn on the lines of education, economic well being, and access to resources. Those well-equipped with the resources will go on acquiring more and more resources and hence becoming powerful.

Power, if not equally, must be shared with the maximum of the people. And in today’s knowledge driven society, power lies in the skill enhancement, increasing the standard of knowledge, and a say in the education field. Understanding to the fact that state or central government will not come as a panacea – healing all the pains of the community. We have to come forward by establishing resources for the consumption of the mass populace living in the villages. They have to lease life into the development of the community by increasing entities that help to increase their economic status.

We all know in every village clubs exist acquiring a place under the sun. They must be brought in this economic drive. The resources available in this clubs have to be utilised. And if there is a crunch, the organisation must come forward working hand in hand with the villagers to fulfil it. At least the drive could start from the buying of a computer. It doesn’t cost much if with the contribution of the whole village and of the organisation a computer is bought. By establishing a simple PC with bare necessity, it will definitely assuage the pain and labour students put in the villages. They cover miles to understand Microsoft Office suite and other computer skill.

At the same time clubs can be better used as a library to keep academic books, newspapers and magazines and thus would be working as a knowledge-storehouse and as a resource centre. All these activities if done in participation don’t cost much, but its fruits will come appearing very soon. It will help needy students; it will help to imbibe confidence among the demoralised souls and hence would be inviting advancement to the whole village.

On this account, the proposal put by Kajal Sinha in the same meeting regarding sponsoring meritorious student by the organisation come as an another step that could be taken as a part of economic-education development.

However, to drive this point – unity amongst us is required, is what Rebati Mohan Sinha said in the meeting.

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  1. Sad to inform, Mr.GK Sinha who was once an ADC as well as DC in Morigaon and Cachar district is no more today(expired on 26/06/08). Its a big loss for us and the whole bishnupriya society. Lets all pay homage to Him, may his soul rest in peace.

  2. I thank Ragab Geerok, for timely bringing this sad news.Let me mourn
    on this day.
    Gopen!God knew,you were suffering,He knew, you were in pain, that you will never get well again.He saw the path was getting rough and the journey painful.So He gently closed your weary eyes,and whispered,Peace be thine.
    It broke our heart to lose you but; you did not go alone,for part of us went with you,when God took you home.

    (GK Sinha was a good friend of mine
    and I am going to arrange a condolence meeting at Radha kund,
    Mathura on 8th July,the thirteeth day, ie Shraadhwa day.)

  3. Dear Rishi
    Thank you for mentioning of
    my name while asserting your views on UNITY in your article.
    You have elaborated in a very promt way,and I hope, people will understand the theme very well.The unity is the stepping stone of a way of life.Apart from that if we wish to live a qualitative life, let us at least cultivate :honesty,mercy,
    respect for life,tender regard for every human being,absolute unselfishness,and truthfulness.
    What is needed today is will power and with that these are
    not beyond the reach of any one.
    Treading on the path of these, will definitely lead us to a better today and tomorrow.

  4. You have well quoted that Growth is Life; Stagnancy is Death. But one has to recognize the demarcation between change and growth. Change is growth only when it is for good, for progress and I think BM community is no less progressed with the changing times regarding their education and living standard but the basic change should be in mental outlook. There is immense possibility of growth when one has the clear picture of what is right or wrong. Nice article. Go ahead and try to be a beacon light as you have sagacity and wisdom.


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