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Bury the word “BM” for Bishnupriya Manipuri

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi We all agree the name of our community is “Bishnupriya Manipuri” and NOT “BM”, “bm” or “B.M”, the style of format that we usually see, writes and comments in this blog. Writers submitting articles here in the blog know how I fall on this word. I comb this word and delete it mercilessly. Understanding – the word is wrong, and it does not exists – came too late to me. Let me confess to all of you. If you have gone down to the blog and had read previous articles, you would have found the abbreviation was used very frequently. But it doesn’t exist now; the abbreviation has been deleted from all the articles in the blog. The exercise was massive, but it was done. If you still find the abbreviation (don’t consider in comments) do send me the link. It will be changed. Allowing the abbreviation to remain in the blog, and its repetitive usage either in writing, reading and in our conversation – time will come we may start believing the name of the community

Sri Sri Bhubeneshwar Sadhu Thakur Delhi celebration video launched online

The love and support the blog has received from all of you is phenomenal. Without your participation the blog wouldn’t have attained the shape what it is today. Perception of the blog - what it is – certainly differs from person to person. For some the blog with its enriching articles relaxes their tensed nerve. And for many it has come as a daily habit to abreast oneself to know in which direction air is blowing. Today with this article the blog – The Bishnupriya Manipuri – would venture into video format of content. So, Bishnupriya Manipuri readers living in all parts of the world can feel more near to their brothers and sisters. The video first of its series (below) was shoot at the 139th birth anniversary of Sri Sri Bhubeneshwar Sadhu Thakur celebrated on 2 November 2008 in Delhi. (The remaining part of the video will soon be uploaded) Watch Video 1 Watch video 2 Read articles on that celebration: November 2, 2008: A special day Sri Sri Bhubeneshwar Sadhu Thakur Utsav 2008

Is it right time for our social organizations to go online?

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi Why our Bishnupriya Manipuri social organisation in Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Silchar are not launching an independent site? – is one question that runs in the minds of many of us.  No doubt, once upon a time there used to exist a site Mahasabha on the internet. But unfortunately, it doesn’t exist now. When it was live, it used to appear in the first page of Google in the search word “Bishnupriya Manipuri”. If someone put me a question - is it the right time to go with an online presence of our social organization? My answer would be “Yes” and also “No”. “Yes”. Because… (1) The site would function as an official site of all the organizations irrespective of area and country. A big achievement in itself! (2) For any issues - regional and international, and developments, the web site would come as a mouthpiece of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. (3) The web site would be in due course of time chronicle the history of the

Let us help each other

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi Two weeks back, I received a call from an insurance agent. Like those who hate to receive calls in office time, I said, “I don’t need policy-wolicy, if possible give me money, avail me money”.  The person at the other end knowing I am not the nut which he can crack, in a polite voice said, “Sir, are you from Assam, are you Manipuri?” Hearing his query, my voice iced and I said “Yes”. He immediately transferred the call to a person. He said, “Are you Manipuri”. “Yes, I am Bishnupriya Manipuri”. “Dada…”. The policy agent came out to be a Bishnupriya Manipuri.  Not wasting his time, I said “Don’t worry, you come to my home but don’t talk to me in office, you drop in my home with all papers and documents”.  He dropped in my home on this Sunday.  Now what is the point of telling all this here in the blog. What I have done on this Sunday? There is a point. First, the 20 something age Bishnupriya Manipuri boy was not in financial terms literate. Second,

Colourful tableau of Assam and Tripura on 26 Jan

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi For many of us, the Republic Day of India might be one more day where we don’t have to drop in to our office, but if we go back to our school days, we remember the day held a very special status. It was marked with festivity all around, people distributing sweets to neighbours and strangers alike.  In those days where Doordarshan was the only television channel beaming the country’s hinterlands, the day was observed with much reverence, family members and neighbours sharing a singleton black and white set. Those days were indeed golden days of our life.  Life was simple and so were our demands. Like the present day, where we see security barricades that pops up in nook and cranny on this day, nothing as such was visible on this day earlier. Fear was nowhere in our psyche and in the environment.  Alas! Time has changed. Now, children don’t enjoy the day. They remain cocooned to the four walls of their home. We don’t take them out. Even we remain in t

Bangladesh Report findings: Bishnupriya Manipuris are bilingual, carry a positive attitude towards their mother tongue

The Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Bangladesh are highly bilingual in the use of Bangla language, they extensively use their mother tongue, and they have a positive approach towards it, reads a report prepared by Amy Kim & Seung Kim for SIL International. Read more … Please subscribe to the blog: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here . Subscribe: Bishnupriya Manipuri

Bishnupriya Manipuri MLA Karthik Sena Sinha is visiting Delhi

Karthik Sena Sinha, a Bishnupriya Manipuri MLA from Patharkandi constituency of Assam is visiting Delhi in this month, and will stay for three days in the national capital, the news is still unconfirmed.  He will board for Delhi on 27 January, 2009. It is still unconfirmed whether his visit to the city is official or personal.  Karthik Sena Sinha won assembly election in the ticket of Bharatiya Janata Party from Patharkandi constituency of Assam. At the time of fighting election he held Cash in hand - Rs 6,00,000.  For more information, read:  Who is this Bishnupriya Manipuri guy Kartik Sena Sinha? Please subscribe to the blog: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here . Subscribe: Bishnupriya Manipuri

Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha to hold 43rd Annual Conference in Tripura from 13-15 Feb 2009

Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha in a communiqué sent to the blog, has stated that the socio-cultural body is going to celebrate its Platinum Jubilee in Tripura. The Platinum Jubilee, which is also its 43rd Annual Conference, will be held for three-days in the Kailasahar district.  Uday Sinha, Secretary General, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha said that the venue decided for the annual conference is: Guldharpur (Bimalnagar), Rudra Singh Higher Secondary School, Kailasahar, Tripura and the dates are 13-14 & 15th February 2009.  The blueprint of the programme will be released in due time, he said.  Please subscribe to the blog: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here . Subscribe: Bishnupriya Manipuri

Bring to book Sangram Singha attackers: Mahasabha demands

Taking a strong note to the abduction and later inflicting physical abuse on the Bishnupriya Manipuri Bangladeshi journalist Sangram Singha by the fundamentalist, the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha has condemned the attack and called for immediate arrest and punishment of the perpetrators to the Government of Bangladesh.  The apex socio-cultural body of Bishnupriya Manipuri people in India and abroad, the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, has urged upon the Government of Bangladesh to protect life and provide security to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community which in terms of language-spoken comes in the minority in the neighbouring country.  The attack on Sangram Singha was taken seriously by media in Bangladesh and was prominently carried out in the print. He is associated with a Slyhet-based Bengali daily ‘The Daily Jugantor’ and also with ‘ETV Sylhet’.  In a communiqué to the blog, Uday Sinha, Secretary General, Nilkhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha stated this.  Read

Let us bury the hatchet

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi Let us bury the hatchet. Let us not bring online world to our offline real world. We all are good people, simplicity is in our blood. We are not complex, we can’t think complex things. We hate complexity.  That is why; the small minority community called the Bishnupriya Manipuri people are being loved by the whole world. Whether it is in India or in Bangladesh, every individual know how we are being welcomed by everyone. We don’t need proof to this fact.  No doubt, we have differences. And we have to accept this. One can’t be autocratic; we live in a democratic world. And the online world is the best example of democracy. This blog is democratic. Everything is visible. Nothing remains hided here.  Past few days when we all were commenting and I wrote flurry of articles with photos, something we have missed: the programme was hijacked by other community. I mean the mainstream media didn’t highlight our programme but their contribution.  Here, as a

Suzuki Aeiga baro Hyundai Aeiga

By Surajit Sinha, New Delhi Its been long time since I have written my controversial column on career (read his article:  Smart Study ). Since then I am looking for a topic to write few lines, with no fish in my kitty. But last night suddenly this thought came into mind, so I thought of pen down it, before the enthusiasm and the concept fade away from me. Well, it’s about malthep dikarat korani, dola-doli . I was born in a village of 100 plus house with 4 malthep, but I always prefer to visit the Gouranga Aeiga's malthep, the US Army General look-alike tough guy. Anyways that is nothing to do with this write-up. As I grow older I started understanding the politics of malthep and other things associated within a typical village. Time went ahead and I moved to Delhi and now I am living here for more than a decade and after securing a stable job, I diverted some time thinking how to sort out this problem. But living in Delhi I can not sell my idea or experiment on finding a way to

You Can't Fool All the People All the Time

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi With the untoward events unfolding in the nearby website, seeing their intention, the blog has been put on high alert. All the doors and windows have been closed and boundaries are being fenced.  The 60-strong photographs of the programme are not in downloadable format. You can’t download it. You can’t share it. You can’t bring the concept of collaboration with your own near and dear ones. Same has been done with other assets of the blog.  And all the enriching contents are being checked whether someone is misusing it or not. I can’t help! The blog is valuable and it has to be protected. The blog is in complete denial mode, now.  As I have told you in one article I don’t have any attachment to the Silchar town but I love my village Mohanpur. Reason! First, people whom I have encountered in my nascent school days were hide-and-seek personality. They used to hide if possible everything. The same was done here recently when an event went unnoticed. And

There is nothing special than watching the Bishnupriya Manipuri dance

For those who are away from their motherland. What on earth can give you peace than sitting on a couch with your all family members and watching a movie/ video of your brothers and sisters? Here is a video that will surely swell your heart with proud of a programme that was held in New Delhi on 18 January, 2008.  So, bring your all near and dear one, prepare a cuppa of tea and push the button (left of Google Video button) here to watch in wide screen. Push the play button and get relax.  Happy viewing!!! Do comment. Please subscribe to the blog: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here . Subscribe: Bishnupriya Manipuri

Bishnupriya Manipuri Dancers cast a scintillating impression on Delhiites

No Words Required to Describe: Scintillating performance by Bishnupriya Manipuri dancers in the recently held programme in New Delhi. Earlier post:  Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Delhi on 18 January 2009 Subscribe: Bishnupriya Manipuri Please subscribe to the blog: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here .

Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Delhi on 18 January 2009

Photo taken from Government site. A tragic example of “concealment of information” was seen when in a cultural programme organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, the strong Bishnupriya Manipuri people living in Delhi were kept in dark about the Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community of Assam on 18 January 2009. “Purvottari: Spirit of the North-East” programme was organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, a premier New – Delhi based resource Centre engaged in research, documentation, publication and dissemination of knowledge of the arts, from January 10, 2009 to January 18, 2009 to highlight the rich tradition, culture of the northeastern states of India.  All the eight northeastern states participated in the week long programme. It is to be mentioned, going by the media report, people in Manipur objected to the Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community in this programme.  “The State Co-ordinator of Indira Gandhi Centre f

Bithi Sinha begged the first position in Golden Voice of Barak competition

Bishnupriya Manipuri girls are coming forward and are proving their mettle. In a recently held mega final competition Golden Voice of Barak programme it was very much visible. Bithi Sinha begged the first position in the closely contested competition. In the same platform, the third position was shared by Manjula Sinha (of Patherkandi, Assam) and Chandrani Sharma.  The mega finale competition was inaugurated by President Mrs Sushmita Dev; Saptaparna Chakroborty of Sa-Re-Ga-Ma fame and well known singer Sivaji Chatterjee were in judges’ chair.  With the success of musical shows on the Indian television, talent hunt shows are widely used to give a platform to singers to showcase their talent. The trend is catching and is being accepted by upcoming singers to bring out their singing talent. Sa-Re-Ga-Ma is one successful musical show running in Zee TV which has produced singers of repute like Shreya Ghosal and Kunal Ghanjawala. Other similar musical programmes on the same format are ru

Definitely, we will take a big leap

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi With the launching of the site bishnupriyamanipuri.org by my friends – BN Sinha, Jyotirmoy Sinha and Henryy Sinha – if there is one person who is eternally happy, it is me. The news of the launch swept me like a fatherly figure. Bit perturbed on the questions – how do they will carry out the job, will they be responsible to the undertaken job, are they equipped enough to manage a site which seems simple from front but it is not - were barrage of emotions consuming me? After all they started their journey of writing from this blog. You know this.  But, at the bottom of the turbulence was lying extreme contentment that the very idea of establishing this blog has started showing. Now, people are discussing, talking, collaborating, and mining information about the community. That’s what the blog wished for - transforming the Bishnupriya Manipuri tag to become a living brand. Also, to trigger in the so-called urban Bishnupriya Manipuri people, who were ju

Match-making made easy, register in manipuri.com

Few days back I stumbled on a site. Something that enchanted me was its URL: manipuri.com . I landed on the home page, I found, it was more appealing and gripping. Reason! It was a matrimonial site devoted to Bishnupriya Manipuri community. With little bit research, I come to know the site is well built, technologically sound, and very ‘user-friendly’. Its user-friendly feature is something that I find the USP of match-making site is. The site Lohong, designed by U Singha, where I have made an account, could assuage the pain of parents who brings down hell and heaven in search of prospective bridegroom and groom. The site given the critical mass of information could become the wherewithal of young boys and girls, and of course who are earning and standing on their own feet! Thanks to the site, Bishnupriya Manipuri living in any part of the world cannot say ‘we urgently need a match-making site’. We can say “Yes, we have Lohong. We have got the platform. Just you have to fill in you

Learn foreign languages; job prospects are good, says Biswajit Sinha

Be different! Be smart! Choose your career where people are not giving attention. And the career, that comes in this bracket, moreover we are genetically programmed, according to Biswajit Sinha, a New Delhi-based businessman-is learning of foreign languages.  Our young boys and girls must explore the opportunities that lie ahead in the job market that are available in the foreign languages, said Biswajit Sinha. He added, the job profile is lucrative, skill-based, with killing exposure. They will be rubbing shoulders with big-shots people in the field of business and politics. Hence it will bring marked change in their perception towards life and the world; consequently to our society, he opined.  After the completion of the course, students can work as a translator/ interpreter, or in the teaching profession. Services of the translator/ interpreter are extensively used in travel agency and also in hotel industry. They may also go for freelancing in the language.  It is to be mention

Bangladesh: Journalist Sangram Singha beaten up by fundamentalist, now in hospital

It seems the newly formed government in Bangladesh under Sheikh Hasina has not been able to nailed down the Islamic fundamentalist in the country, take this – a reputed senior reporter Sangram Singha, a Bishnupriya Manipuri, associated with a Bengali daily ‘The Daily Jugantor’ was abducted, and beaten up mercilessly while he was going to his office in Sylhet.  Sangram Singha who is also associated with ‘ETV Sylhet’ was abducted when he reached at Tibbia College allegedly by cadres of the Moulabadi terrorist group. After taking him in their custody, they washed off their hands on him.  At present he is admitted at Osmania Medical College for treatment. Bishnupriya Manipuri living in Bangladesh and abroad has condemned the attack on the journalist and has demanded to bring the culprits under the book.  The news of the Sangram Singha’s abduction was carried extensively on the front page of newspapers published from Sylhet, Bangladesh.  He was abducted on 9 January 2009 at 7 pm.  It i

Prepaid connections to be banned in Northeast India from Feb 22

From February 22, our brothers in North-eastern part of the country in the state of Assam and Tripura, will not be able to communicate through their mobile, if they are using pre-paid connections. The center is mulling to clamp down on pre-paid connections not only in the north-eastern states but as well as in the state of terrorist-infested Jammu and Kashmir.  Readers in Bangladesh, and to other countries, for them it would come as a bit of General Knowledge-update that in India there exist a cellular divide between the seven-northeastern states and the rest of the country. Pre-paid users from other states of India are not allowed ‘roaming’ facility in the northeastern states. At the same time to avail the cellular facility in Assam and Tripura (include other states) it is a game altogether different. It is very strict.  Now when the country is ushering into a 3G cellular service at the end of the year rolled out by private operators. It has to be seen when this third generation ser

Sagar Pur begs the highest population of Bishnupriya Manipuri living in Delhi

The Sagarpur area in Delhi is one area where the concentration of Bishnupriya Manipuri shows the highest population from all places in the capital of India. The Bishnupriya Manipuris living in Delhi are sprinkled all around the metro city from the posh area of South Extension, CR Park to the less developed areas like Najafgarh.  See the chart. The population of Bishnupriya Manipuri people living in Delhi could be believed the highest among all metros in India, keeping apart the areas in Assam and Tripura. The influx of such a large population of the Bishnupriya Manipuri people is a proof of the meteoric rise of India Inc. and the prospect of job opportunity that the city provides to them. What are the reasons that the Sagarpur got the highest number of Bishnupriya Manipuri living in Delhi?  (1) Friends-bring- friends: This is one reason that worked as catalyst making the area as mini-Bishnupriya Manipuri town. Most of the residents are young boys in early twenties who have broug

Assam-based Chandrakanti Production is releasing video album Purnimar Junak

By Santosh Kumar Singha, Mangalore Under the banner of Assam-based Chandrakanti Production, a new video album "Purnimar Junak" is soon going to hit the market. The Bishnupriya Manipuri video album is directed by Subhendu Sinha from Guwahati, Assam.  Shoot in picturesque location of North-eastern part of India, with its high-quality cinematic standard, melodious song, Preeti Sinha has rendered her voice, and lyrics by Chandrakanti Sinha (Dulobchara, Assam), the video is believed will sync well with the Bishnupriya Manipuri masses.  Choreographed by Sunny Raj and Joli Bora, other members in the team includes - Kamal Sinha (Kailashahar), Biki ( Karimganj), Kishor Mukharjee (DulobChara) and Rahul Sinha (Garorband) as actors; and Rubi (Shillong), Konika ( Kailashahar ), Jeshmin (Guwahati), Rinki (Garorband) , Pinki Sharma & Anita (Dulobchara) as actresses.  For more information, contact +91-9859181457, +91-9435377384 Please subscribe to the blog: receive email. Get

Trio Jyotirmoy Sinha, Brahmanand Sinha and Henryy Sinha launch bishnupriyamanipuri.org

In the constellation of many Web entities that are clogging on the internet landscape, all catering to the niche Bishnupriya Manipuri community, comes another latest entry the bishnupriyamanipuri.org . Why one more addition in the internet world? Jyotirmoy Sinha, who owns the site, states “to de-clot the great Arjun’s blood in our veins and bring to life the proud Bishnupriya Manipuri in all of us.” The bishnupriyamanipuri.org will run on two-word philosophy – Thakat and Belai . Encourage the right. Condemn the wrong. However the biggest trigger that had prompted him to launch the site was the feeling to conquer a space in the cyber world for the Bishnupriya Manipuris. “It is our dream to make the Bishnupriya Manipuris a tech savvy community” states Jyotirmoy Sinha in the site. He has dedicated the site to his parents Mr. Jatindra Kumar Sinha, Mrs. Sefalika Sinha and to the entire Bishnupriya Manipuri community. Brahmanand Sinha, CEO, bishnupriyamanipuri.org, adds “to inculcate the

Bishnupriya Manipuri Kalyan Sangathan, Pune, organises a picnic at NDA, Khadakvasla on Jan 4, 2008

From Digital Gaga The Bishnupriya Manipuri Kalyan Sangathan, Pune, organised a picnic on the eve of New Year in the woods of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, Pune on 4th January 2009. Members from Mumbai reached the picnic spot, before Punities, at 0930 hrs. The entire arrangement was done in the Army fashion i.e. the erection of pandel with shamiana and truck load of furniture. The whole celebration was organised by Col. Nani Kumar Sinha. The Punabasi arrived at around 1030 hrs after a long search of the picnic spot. At around 1100 hrs all the members and their families took their seats in the pandel to observe 1-minute silence for the departed soul of late Advocate Krishna Sinha, father of Srimati Kumkum Sinha, the Deputy Director of Education, Assam. Late Krishna ukil was the pioneer of the construction of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur mandir at his birthplace at Baropua, presently known as Bhubaneswar Nagar. He was a silent social worker, and he left us for heavenl

An Introspection

I consider myself a decent Bishnupriya Manipuri; I speak the language, follow rituals whenever and however possible. My idea of contributing my community was limited to be an ambassador, a representative of my community; do good in what I’m doing. With every recognition comes my identity and then I would be probably introducing myself as a proud Bishnupriya. But the big question is, is that enough?? By Prabal Atreya I am an average person with decent EQ, attitude, geo-politico-socio-cultural awareness (and all such termsJ) and doing so-so in my career blended with motivation. I’ve had pretty decent upbringing and exposure, my parents being rich on their own knowledge base and very active on the social front. They always offered to get me the best of our culture; probably I shied away deep inside. But I’ve got pretty decent amount of resources to expand my horizons overall, to say so. I think I speak my mother language pretty well, understand the rituals and practices, and abide by t

Life History of Pt. Nilmadhab Sinha

Pt.Nilmadhab Sinha was born on 11th February, 1922 to Smt Madalei Devi and Sri Tailen Singha Choudhury, the Zamindar of Shingari & Norsingpur in Cachar District, Assam and Jiribham, now in Manipur. The third child amongst three brothers and a sister, he had always taken keen interest in the cultural gatherings that were an integral part of the Zamindar household. Pt.Nilmadhab Sinha  The artiste in Nilmadhab is born: It was a one-act play performed at a gathering at Tailen Choudhury’s malthep that left a deep impact on Nilmadhab, a boy of eight years then. At a similar gathering then aged nine, he himself got his first chance to perform as Bal-Krishna, in the Falaharini episode in the Udukhal. Overwhelmed with the act, he delivered such dialogues which were never taught to him in the rehearsals. The audience and vaishnavites predicted that evening that the boy would grow up to be a man of values. Once during a Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha at Silchar wherein Sri Arun Chanda (Co