www.bishnupriyamanipuri.org interviewed the one and only MLA in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community currently. He represents the Patherkandi constituency. Presenting Girok Kartiksena Sinha in conversation with Mr. Sukanta Sinha, who now leads the Guwahati operations of BM Org.
BM Org: Good evening Sir.
Kartiksena Sinha: Good evening. Please be comfortable.
BM Org: Thanks for your time. We know you would be busy, so we’ll make it quick. Please tell us something about yourself.
Kartiksena Sinha: I was born in a remote place called Piplachhara, Karimganj district.
BM Org: When were you born?
Kartiksena Sinha: 12th of October, 1971. I come from a very humble family. I had a very challenging childhood. You know… I wasn’t born with a silver spoon. My village had no electricity and transportation was almost zero. So from the beginning of my life I have slogged extremely hard.
BM Org: And you have achieved a lot. You are just 38.
Kartiksena Sinha: I thank God for that. May be my initial hard days got me here. With hard work, there has been destiny too.
BM Org: How did business happen to you?
Kartiksena Sinha: I guess I had a flair for it. My education was very normal. Just as any other kid. I finished my Matriculation from Loarpoa . I got into Dispur College after that. Soon after college I got into a Sales and Marketing job. That was an eye opener for me. Taught me about life, business, interaction….
BM Org: How long were you into marketing?
Kartiksena Sinha: 4 years.
BM Org: What was next?
Kartiksena Sinha: Then came the turning point of my life. I joined LIC. Life changed after that and not just my career. I developed a broader prospective of life. It injected into me the WILL to dream big. Achieve more. In fact let me tell you, I was the Highest Earning Agent (MDRT), earning Rs. 1.8 crores per year. The highest in India.
BM Org: That’s amazing!!! But why did you get into politics?
Kartiksena Sinha: Social service. I have been poor. I know what a poor man’s life can be. I want to do something for them. Serve them.
BM Org: We can see you are looking at your watch. Let’s come to our customary BMQ round. After that we would disperse.
Kartiksena Sinha: (Laughs) that’s fine and I am sorry. But I have got a meeting. What’s BMQ?
BM Org: Bishnupriya Manipuri Quotient. Name a Bishnupriya Manipuri dish.
Kartiksena Sinha: This is obvious. But it’s Useir Iralpa.
BM Org: Name the first Bishnupriya Manipuri MLA.
Kartiksena Sinha: Girok Geetaswami and Girok Gana Singh
BM Org: Brilliant. That’s the end of this interview Sir. Any message to our readers?
Kartiksena Sinha: Yes. I wish all of you and the entire country a very Happy Republic Day. Let there be love, peace and brotherhood not just in India but the entire world.
BM Org: Thank you very much Sir… thanks a lot for your time.
Kartiksena Sinha: Before you leave, let me add few more words.
Aamaar culture na pahuranir heicha janauri. E adhunik prithibigor bukgot Bishnupriya Manipuri samajar asthitya hanore IT r madyame panglak karanir ka. www.bishnupriyamanipuri.org e je padakhep han nesiga uhanarka thakat janauri baro mi-o tanur lage thaiya paril mahi sahajya karanir wasak karlu'
(I request everyone not to forget our culture. Through IT, let’s lead, nurture and preserve the Bishnupriya Manipuri community and its culture. I congratulate www.bishnupriyamanipuri.org for their magnificent effort. My support to www.bishnupriyamanipuri.org will always be there.
BM Org: Thanks Sir. Happy Republic Day to you too.
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