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Saturday Joydev evening in New Delhi

It was Saturday evening in New Delhi, over 150 Bishnupriya Manipuri people from all across the city assembled under one roof with one mission - to participate in the Joydev. Ashwini Sinha and Col. Bijoy Sinha brought the Delhi Mercury up, by making the Joydev hot. Youngsters and oldie-goldies alike swing hard to the Joydev music. Ashwini Sinha Photo: Amit Singha Ashwini Sinha Photo: Amit Singha Ashwini Sinha Photo: Amit Singha Col. Bijoy Sinha Photo: Amit Singha

Kaang Memories

Each and every celebration titillates the past experiences we all had and it brings forth the golden moments of our life. Ranjit Sinha, BN Sinha, Rebati Mohan Sinha all went down the memory lane and shared their experiences. BN Sinha, New Delhi The most cherished and memorable moment of Rath (kang) for me was when I had been to Patherkandi, my maternal uncle's place,Tangalokei, Khalopar to be specific, decades back. There was a congregation of seven raths / kangs of seven villages in a same field. And each kang was pulled by both ladies and gents together wearing spectacular attire of different colors in order to be identified by their uniform. Those few hours in the field was amazing, the euphoria among people was unimagianble. And the Joydev which took place in the evening at the village malthep was simply rocking. I am sure no other place on this earth celebrates joyous Kang/ Rath yatra than the Bishnupriya Manipuri villages situated on the bank of Longai River . R

Saturday Celebration

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Teachers’ agitation not justified, says Rebati Mohan Sinha

Activities being carried out by Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers Association and its support organization have stirred the Bishnupriya Manipuri people about the efficacy of the whole exercise that they are carrying out for the release of remuneration of 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri Language teachers. Rebati Mohan Sinha justifies it as a fruitless exercise, and even dangerous. The self-styled Chief Advisor of Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers Association has clearly stated that 149 language teachers were employed on honorary basis. Here I would like to put forward the meaning of honorary. 1. Honorary is given for honor only, without the usual requirements of duties, privileges, emolument etc. 2. Holding an office or title given as an honor is without payment. 3. It is not legally enforceable, and can't be taken as a duty or an obligation. 4. Honorary is conferred in recognition of service rendered without the prerequisites or obligation, unpaid, voluntary. Hence, (1) The Government is not &qu

Delhi Kechuri Pali at Shree Shiv Mandir Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Andrews Ganj on June 27

Bishnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samiti (Delhi & NCR) has welcomed Bishnupriya Manipuri people residing in Delhi and NCR to participate in the celebration of Kechuri Pali at Shree Shiv Mandir Sanatan Dharam Sabha, August Kranti Marg, Andrews Ganj, on June 27, 2009 . Make the Pali a dazzling event to remember. Come, wearing our traditional Bishnupriya Manipuri attire. Please subscribe: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here . Subscribe: The Bishnupriya Manipuri E - World

Teachers to stage 501 hours road and rail blockade in Barak Valley next month

By our Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, June 21: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association has attacked the State Government’s lackadaisical attitude towards the development of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language and the community as a whole. At a joint press conference today in Guwahati by the Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association, the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students Union and the Bishnupriya Manipuri Gana Sangram Parishad, all the organizations criticized the Government for not paying any heed to their long standing demands. Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association chief advisor Gopidas Sinha said that in 2001, the State Government had appointed 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers in L.P. schools in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts on honorary basis. "We have been demanding that the 149 posts should be regularized but our demand has always fallen into the deaf years of the Government," said Sinha. Sinha said that on June 5 the

Let us be the first

The series of first-of-its-kind original and inspiring writings published in the on the life and time of Bimal Sinha by Karunamay Singha, has not only increased our understanding about the true leader of the soil among ourselves and to the whole world to take notice, it has pushed coming writers to go for intensive and extensive research who will be working on him. Here is an article devoted to him, published "first" by the Frontline magazine, April 11-24, 1998. The article “ A Brief Profile of Bimal Sinha ” published here on October 8, 2007, is the re-write of the Frontline article. THE STATES A Minister killed in Tripura The killing of Tripura Health Minister Bimal Sinha by the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura is a reflection of the seriousness of the terrorist threat in the northeastern region. KALYAN CHAUDHURI ON March 31, Tripura's Health and Urban Development Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Bimal Sinha and

Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers’ association hails political leaders

GUWAHATI, June 11: Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers’ Association secretary Samarendra Sinha welcomed the State Education Minister Gautam Bora for assuring to fulfil their long pending demand to regularize the Bisnupriya Manipuri teachers’ posts. The association also hailed Patharkandi constituency MLA Kartik Sena Sinha for his consecutive helps in times of its difficulty and later expressed its gratitude to MLA Sambabu Singh Mollah of Ratabari constituency for helping the association in official works regarding the regularization of the teachers’ posts, stated a press release. The association also extended its welcome to Elementary Education Department commissioner and secretary AB Md Eunus (IAS), under secretary AB Ahmed and Asom Government Elementary Department deputy secretary Gopinath Baruah for their immense help in the process of regularizing the posts of Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers’. The association further alleged that some miscreants are trying to hamper the regulariz

How I learnt Hindi?

Personal Jottings In my last visit to Baromuni I found the whole family of Bina Didi had left for US. She was my first and memorable Hindi Teacher. By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi In my case, my command over Hindi has always put me in a different league while I was in school, in college and even in job, though with a tinge of conceived and un-conceived reasons. It was due to prevailing common perception that people from northeastern states are not “good” in Hindi. In school I was told many times, “ Rishi, tere baton se lagta nahin, tu northeast ka he. ” And I took this complement with pride. And in my initial college days in Guwahati, the complement turned to curse, overnight. We Hindi-speaking bunch of students were like fish out of water and were least approached by juniors. A Great slap slammed on all of us! Our participation in the college activities were nil as we were not able to understand (forget converse) in the Assamese language. The conversation stagnancy resumed till we

Newly elected Mahasabha Executive Members given oath on May 24 at Silchar

News The combined oath taking ceremony of the newly elected executive members of the Mahasabha, and its Sahitya and Sanskriti Parishad, took place in the holy name of Radha Madhavjiu on May 24, 2009 at the Community Hall, Srila Bhubeneswar Sadhutakur Sevashram, Tarapur, Silchar, Assam. The ceremony was performed by Sri Prangopal Mukherjee, the Gaddishwar of Ghaghrapar. He administered the oath of allegiance to Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha, the elected President of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM). The President in turn administered the oath of confidence to all other executive committee members and the office-bearers of Sahitya and Sanskriti Parishad. Central Committee Mahasabha President: Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha (Silchar) Working Presidents: Chandrakanta Sinha (Silchar) Sahitya, Sanskriti, Andolan Parishad, Legal affairs Sundar Mukherjee (Tripura), Development Council & Finance & Organization Rebati Mohan Sinha (Mumba

Nothing concrete came out from the Teacher’s meeting with the Assam Gov

News A meeting that would have created a significant impact on the life of 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers, held between the representatives of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association and its support-organizations, with the Assam Government, it has not seen any improvement on the ground. The meeting took place on June 18, 2009, in Dispur, Assam. Discussions held between the Secretary to the Government of Assam, Elementary Education Department, and the representatives, it was stated that since the release of payments of 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers is related to the decision of the Cabinet, a next round of meeting with the Education Minister, Government of Assam, Gautam Bora, is required. “Meeting with the Education Minister will be held soon and it will be on getting approval of the finance,” said Gopidas Sinha, Chief Adviser, Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association. Gautam Bora failed to meet with the representatives of the organisations due to ill health,

Mahasabha gave nod to create national Fund

News Bishnupriya Manipuri people residing all over India can now contribute to the Mahasabha Fund. The decision to extend the geographical reach of the fund by Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) was taken in a meeting held in Silchar, Assam, on May 25, 2009. Earlier contribution to Mahasabha Fund was limited to Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and other north-eastern states where Bishnupriya Manipuri are residing. With the passing of the resolution it would facilitate Bishnupriya Manipuri people living in other States of India to contribute to the Fund of the decade-old socio-cultural body. A 25-member Committee under the Presidentship of Dr Debendra Kumar Sinha (Silchar) has been formed to chalk out the procedures and means to strengthen the Fund. Most members of this committee had stressed the enrolment drive of Annual/ Life membership should be carried out with renewed vigor. The Annual and Life membership fees were fixed at Rs.10 and Rs.1000/- respectively. All members present

Kang Puja on June 24 at Range Hill, Pune

News Mumbai and Pune-based Bishnupriya Manipuri residents will be celebrating together the Kaang Puja on June 24, 2009, at Range Hill, Pune. The decision to organize the puja collectively was given a green signal in a meeting held at Chembur, Mumbai, on June 13, 2009. It was also decided that a Pali would be organized at Radha Madhavjiu Mandir at Radhakunda, Mathura, supported by Bishnupriya Manipuris based in Delhi and Mumbai. Please subscribe: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here . Subscribe: The Bishnupriya Manipuri E - World

Litmus test for Google

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi Three search engines – Google, Yahoo! and MSN – rule the roost in the domain of online “search”. Google’s dominance, which accounts for more than 60 per cent, makes it monotheism for million of online users who believe that there is only one search engine called “Google”. But the Google Gorilla is facing new danger, with the launch of Microsoft’s new search engine: . Microsoft move to have a space for itself in the search engine world came after its failed attempt to buy Yahoo! Is Google worried? Will Microsoft be able to show its offline power in online? – are some of the questions rounding up in the web world. is not the first search engine pitching in the “search” canvass. Before that many attempts had been made. Their launch was hyped to the hilt, but in due course of time these search engines failed to show their sheen, and were not able to meet at par the Google experience. One is Cuil (pronounced as Cool), developed by former em is venturing to new web frontiers

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi If you have visited the typing “Bishnupriya Manipuri” in the search engine, there are 79 people who have come here by the word “santosh kumar singha”; 40 people with “guru bipin singha” and “ranita”; “kartik sena sinha” by 3 people, according to statistics from the period between January 1, 2009 and June 16, 2009. So, what these statistics say? Besides “Bishnupriya Manipuri”, words or say persons “santosh kumar singha”, “guru bipin singha” and “ranita” were searched more in the Internet; inquisitiveness of the people brought them here in the All total 1459 words brought hordes of people to this site. So it is not only “Bishnupriya Manipuri” word that will make you reach here, there are thousands words that have been bringing similar number of people on this site. To add to it, it is amazing that all total 736 pages were viewed 12,260 times, during the same period! The best non-Bishnupriya Manipuri article

Nishant Sinha & Gitendriya Sinha tops in KV Kailashahar

News Two Bishnupriya Manipuri students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kailashahar, North Tripura, have come out with flying colours in the Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) examination 2008. Nishant Sinha came second securing 73 per cent among the students who appeared in the Class XII examination from the school. And from the same school, Gitendriya Sinha with 84.8 per cent came in the list of top – 5 students who excelled in the Class X examination. It is not the first time that students of the school Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kailashahar, North Tripura, have showed their mark, in 1997, Papiya Sinha, a Bishnupriya Manipuri, of Class XI got 3rd position in regional level Science Exhibition 2007 and she attended National Level at K.V. IIT Kharagpur. However, the examination results of students from Rudra Singh Higher Secondary School at Kailasahar, Tripura, have not been satisfactory. In the Class XII examination, 21 students in second division; and in Class X 19 students in second division,

Kang Pali faces rough weather

News In a meeting held at Manglapuri, New Delhi on June 7, 2009 the attendees discussed array of topics from stationery, to land, to finalization of venue, to the logistics related to the organizing the Kang Pali, to be held on June 25, 2009. The meeting was participated by Bishnupriya Manipuri people from Manglapuri, Sagarpur, Shyam Vihar, CR Park, Gurgaon and from other areas of Delhi. No consensus was built on finalizing the nitty-gritty involved with the organizing the Kang Pali. Participants preferred organizing the puja at their pocket areas. Problems have cropped up with the content of the receipt books, letter heads, due to which donation-drive can’t be carried out. With the prevailing sentiments there is less probability that the puja could take place on time, and on a grand scale. Failure of celebrating the puja collectively by the Bishnupriya Manipuri residents of Delhi and NCR region will douse the spirit and confidence of the people on the Samity. What is your say - Kang P

Ph.D degree awarded to Probhat Kumar Sinha

Probhat Kumar Sinha The Assam University, Silchar awarded Ph.D degree to Probhat Kumar Sinha, H.O.D. Political Science Deptt., R.M.College, Silchar, District: Cachar, Assam for his doctoral thesis “ Evolution of Socio Political Consciousness among Bishnupriya Manipuris of Assam since 20th Century ”, a depth study on Bishnupriya Manipuris, a linguistic fraternity of Assam and N.E. Region of India under the guidance of Dr. Tanmoy Bhattacharjee, Professor of Assam University, Silchar. He also prosecuted research study on the topic “ Women Empowerment of a Backward Community – A case study of Bishnupriya Manipuris in Barak Valley ”, financed by the University Grants Commission NE Region, Guwahati with the amount of Rs.60,000/- (Sixty Thousand) only and submitted this thesis in 2007. Now he is involved in research study on the topic “ Social Philosophy of Gokulananda Geetiswami, Harbinger of Social Consciousness of the Bishnupriya Manipuris in relevance with the philosophy of Kalaguru Bish

Is Ministry of External Affairs listening?

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi Are you applying for a new Passport, don’t believe on the Booklet that comes with the Passport Application Form. This is what Verification Officials sitting at the respective Passport Office will make you feel. For a moment they will make you wonder - are you illiterate who have not been able to decipher the simple text: statements of running bank account. This is one among the documents that is required to furnish your present proof of residence. You go taking the bank statements of your private bank, it will not be entertained; they will ask for nationalized bank statement. And if you ask for an explanation, you will receive a parrot-answer: Don’t interpret it to your wish. After your application being rejected, if you question up the so-called higher – up officials, don’t expect a miraculous solution from them. They will again give the same often-repeated answer. Not satisfied! If you show them up the Verification Certificate which you have got signe

Teachers called off their hunger strike; meeting on June 18 with Government

News The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language teachers have called off their indefinite hunger strike on June 6, 2009. The decision to withdraw the protest has come after the Assam Government gave nod to meet with them on June 18, 2009 in Dispur, Assam. The stay on the protest is temporary and it will be resumed if the Assam Government doesn’t meet the longstanding demands of the 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers who sat on strike on June 5, 2009 in Silchar, Assam, said Anil Rajkumar, President, Bishnupriya Manipuri Student Union. Hunger strike which ran for two days in the precincts of the DC Office, Silchar, Assam, two persons got critically serious and they had to be given immediate medical assistance. The names of the teachers are Subodh Sinha from Singhari and Namita Rajkumari. Subodh Sinha teaches in the Merwah LP School, Chencoorie, and Namita Rajkumari in the Tikarbasti LP School, Silchar. The Assam Government should follow its own decision on releasing the remuneration of the 149 Bis

Engineers are meeting to give a face-lift to Yatri Nivas

News A Technical Sub-committee under the aegis of ‘Yatri Nivas Nirman Committee’ of Shri Shri Radha Madhavjiu Mandir, Radhahakunda, Mathura, UP, is scheduled to be formed in a meeting to be held at VIP Road, Kolkata on 2nd/3rd July 2009. It was felt in Maligaon Adhibeshan, Guwahati, held in March, that a complete face-lift is required to the Mandir Complex. Therefore, it was decided to invite renowned engineers from various quarters to have their expertise on the construction of the Yatri Nivas and its adjoining areas of the Mandir Complex. The meeting would discuss on various specifications of Architectural requirements to the Complex. After the completion of the meeting, the team would proceed to Nabadwip on 4th July to inspect the Mandir Complex and to see the lay out of the Yatri Nivas specially, at Radha Gobinda Mandir. On 8th July the team would proceed to Radhakunda, Mathura to attend the final meeting with the members of the Central Committee of Shri Shri Radha Madhavjiu Seva

9 Years of Hope

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi The 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers were slogging in the decrepit Government schools for complete nine years with one wish that one day their job will be permanent and they will be receiving remuneration to their services. What we will call – is it not a mockery in broad day-light with the lives of 149 teachers and their dependents? The financial and psychological toll that these teachers had to undergo year after year is beyond one guess and imagination. The child who was in class I in 2001 is now a teenager and is getting ready for the matriculation examination; is it not an irony that the same teacher who had taught this child, his life didn’t move an inch. His life has been brought to a screeching grinding halt. It not only put a pause to the professional and personal advancement of the person, but it ceases the lives of many people: his wife, children and his old parents. The lives of all the dependents were put on stake. A simple arithmetic calc

Delhi Nagarik Samity meets in New Delhi on June 7 to discuss itinerary of Kang Pali

The Bishnupriya Manipuri Nagarik Samity, Delhi and NCR, has convened a meeting on June 7 tomorrow at Manglapuri, New Delhi, to chalk out a plan to organize the Kang Pali in the capital city. The Bishnupriya Manipuri residents living in the Delhi and NCR region have been requested to participate and cooperate in the preparation of the itinerary of the Kang Pali . The meeting would commence at 3pm at Manglapuri, New Delhi. The Kang Pali is on July 25, 2009. For more information regarding venue and change of timings, please contact: Jishnu Sinha, at 9910463339. Please subscribe: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here . Subscribe: The Bishnupriya Manipuri E - World

Lessons that Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers can teach!

We must celebrate our misery! 96 months of existence with no salaries is by no means a meek achievement. Thanks to an incredible display of efficiency by our administrators! Henryy Sinha, New Delhi Editor, No please don’t call them a bunch of jokers. Not fair. You must understand the last eight years was a recce executed by our super efficient administrators, a preparation to survive the recession in 2009. This was meant to be case study for the welfare of global economy. The Bishnupriya Manipuris teachers and in fact, all the teachers of the world regardless of caste, creed and sex, must thank this state administration for making them a part of this prestigious project called Misery. At last, some perks come from being soft targets! Tell me, who would ever give such an opportunity to Bishnupriya Manipuris? Eight long years of extensive, in-depth practice of poverty, injustice and shit for a noble global cause. Now don’t rage with anger. For God’s sake see the s

Braving rain, over 100 teachers sat today on strike in Silchar

News Over 100 Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers sat on a hunger strike today morning braving rain at the Deputy Commissioner Office, Silchar, said President of Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association, Prabir Rajkumar when he was contacted. At 4 pm, representatives from Bishnupriya Manipuri Students Association, Bishnupriya Manipuri Gana Sangram Parishad and Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association held meeting with Gautam Ganguli, Deputy Commissioner, Cachar at his office. In the meeting, Gautam Ganguli urged the representatives to called off their strike in keeping in view that the budget is going to be tabled soon in the State Assembly. But the offer was rejected, said Prabir Rajkumar. Unless and until officially any communication is not sent, the hunger strike of the Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers will not be stopped and it will be carried out as usual, said the President of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association. The Bishnupriy Manipuri teachers from

Bishnupriya Manipuri Teachers’ body lauds Govt initiative

GUWAHATI, June 4 – The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers’ Association while thanking the State Government for backing their cause, has at the same time warned a section that has been working covertly to ruin their objectives to maintain a safe distance or face the consequences, a press release stated. Having convened an emergent meet at Patherkandi in Karimganj district recently, the Association urged the so-called miscreants to refrain from defeating the just cause of the teachers’ body. Further, the Association has urged well-wishers not to be misled by false propaganda generated by the rival group. Courtesy: The Assam Tribune (June 5, 2009) Please subscribe: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here . Subscribe: The Bishnupriya Manipuri E - World

At last we had a news copy published in 1999 describing the language row

It is exactly after 10 years, we have been able to keep our hand on an online copy of The Indian Express published on June 4, 1999, which carried the news item describing the row the Assam government had with the Manipur government over using the word “Manipuri”. Through this article, let us go past and salute those people and organization whose relentless effort and struggle defended our identity. Friday, June 4, 1999 Manipur, Assam in row over language SAMUDRA GUPTA KASHYAP GUWAHATI, JUNE 3: Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has invited more trouble by recognising the Bishnupriya language as ``Bishnupriya Manipuri''. This has led to strong resentment being express by Manipuris in the state and in Manipur. The situation has come to such a pass that the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad of Assam has threatened to launch an agitation and the Manipur Government has gone to the extent of drawing the attention of the Centre. It has urged it to press Mahanta to drop the suffix Ma

Small But Beautiful

Hope and Despair By Sonika Rajkumari, New Delhi After 5 months I am back just to share some of my little experiences with you again as I have always been writing about my experiences here so far. First of all I am not able to absorb the fact that we have got a and boring 3 months holidays from our college. I get faint whenever I think about it! So I thought lets get back to one of my part- time hobby (which is sometimes boring) that is writing. This is about my wonderful experience during NOSPLAN (National Organization Of Students Of Planning) held for 4 days from 17th to 20th January in this year hosted by SPA (School Of Planning And Architecture), Delhi. Before I start I would like to mention names of my classmates as it is going to come again and again in this long article (my article is more like a long novel, but sorry I can’t help it). These names are Rajeev, Rayees, Jack, Ansu, Mithun, and Rashid who are Malayalam (mallu’s) students, Reshma is a Telegu, Anannya from