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The changing image of NBMM

By Rebati Mohan Sinha

The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) has come a long way since its inception. It has been constantly working towards the fulfillment of its motto and objectives with which it was founded. The Mahasabha holds long extensive sessions to channelize its work process. 

As a senior member of the Mahasabha, I attended few sessions and observed significant changes, which have taken place over the last five years. The first session I attended was held at village Tinokhal in Patherkandi under Karimganj district in Assam in 2005. The chief objective of the meeting was to discuss the issues related to the collection and expenditure of the revenue. The agenda included various programs (1) to discuss the activities carried out by the Mahasabha during the previous three years; (2) to evaluate the income and the expenditure of the Mahasabha during the period of 2002-2005, (3) to consider the audited memorandum, along with the audited rectification (4) to appoint internal and external auditors (5) to notify matters specially requiring decision, concurrence and sanction of the Adhibeshan and to pass appropriate resolutions there on (5) and to form a new Central Committee for next three years.

The meeting was however overshadowed by the miscellaneous /cultural program. There was hardly any time left to discuss the important issues. There was no separate enclosure for the delegates in the meeting. As a result their voices were not heard properly. The audience took the centre stage and started shouting, which created chaotic scenario. Consequently, discussions were abruptly stopped. Even the formation of committee was postponed for the day. The next day, a prepared list was announced; but the delegates were not content by the way it was presented. 

Nevertheless, another session I attended was recently concluded in village Kailasahar, North Tripura in February 2009. It was well organized and systematic. Before the commencement of 43rd NBMM session, we took the stock of corrective measures on those defective resolutions, which were being taken in 2005 session. In concluded Adhibeshan, the State NBMM committee of Tripura took care of all the management. It arranged a separate venue for the Bishay Nirbachani Sabha comprising delegates of the Mahasabha where audience were not allowed. The names of the candidates were announced and the election took place for the first time in the history of Mahasabha. A separate stage was erected at a venue, far away from the venue of Bishay Nirbachani Sabha, for the Prakashya Sabha, held amidst ten thousand people. There was proper interaction between the delegates and the public. Moreover, the woman wing of Mahasabha was given the rightful place on the dais to share with ongoing session. This is the first time in the history of Mahasabha, the women took part in a man dominated forum. A cultural program was also organized which was participated by national as well as international artists.

As being one of the delegates of the Mahasabha, some questions were thrown at me by the audience. I would like to advice our community people on the basis of the answers I gave to those questions.

NBMM is established for the welfare of our community in particular and for the whole society in broad. It is the responsibility of every Bishnupriya Manipuri to carry out the duties for the upliftment of the community. To develop our language, we should adopt it more and more in our daily use. It is crucial for a regional writer to read other languages and adopt them equally so that he/she could translate the regional literature into other languages in order to expand its accessibility and widen its reach to large number of readers. Making of NBMM is a continuous process which needs unity and solidarity among our people.

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