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No Arjunness Will Help


Are We Backward?

Here is the fifth response by Debajyoti Sinha on the survey "Is the Bishnupriya Manipuri a backward community?".

Socially: Yes
Economically: Yes
Politically: Yes
Educationally: Yes
We are under represented in Class I government services: Yes

Views:

I think social backwardness is the product of economic, educational and political backwardness.

Social progress is not measured in terms of one's "Arjunness", how great we were, but by economic, political and educational progress in the present. Sadly, we seem to be a race who dwell in the past.

This sorry state of affairs is further compounded by our disunity, our inertia to change and our utter lack of courage to question prevailing views.

Accepting the present state of affairs and willingness to change ourselves can be the first step in this direction.

Instead of waiting for that sarkari "chakuri", we can try our luck in private jobs or maybe open a small business or maybe farm our lands.

Instead of raising a hue and cry over including Bishnupriya Manipuri as a language to be taught in schools, we can direct our efforts towards providing a good "English medium" education for our children.

Instead of trying to ape the Bengalis/Assamese in whatever they do, we can take pride in our own culture and language ( I dont mean to hurt anyone by my comments. But it really hurts when I see people talking amongst themselves in Sylheti or Hindi or Assamese.)

Instead of meek acceptance, let us have the courage to ask " why ?"


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