Bishnupriya Manipuri as a community has always been archive challenged. Generations of Bishnupriya Manipuri youngsters have lived on oral education as far as community information is concerned. Ignorance about our own community, amongst our youngsters widely persists. A genuine systematic effort to educate the Bishnupriya Manipuris in this sphere was shamelessly ignored for decades. We suspect this flaw was even realized.
Why am I a Manipuri?
Where do I come from?
Why did I come from there?
What do we have to say about ourselves?
What do others say about us?
These are some Frequently Asked Questions of a Bishnupriya Manipuri mind.
Honestly no one has really felt the need to answer these questions. No one felt an archive can do wonders to a society, community or a civilization. A recorded document today is historical evidence tomorrow. It’s shocking how the so called intellectuals, leaders, literary figures of our community committed such a blasphemy – the act of nipping knowledge flow right in the bud.
Technicalities: Facts that every Bishnupriya Manipuri should know, understand.
What’s going on between us and Meities?
What are the views of the Meities about us?
What are our views of the Meiteis?
When did the legal struggle begin?
What was the struggle like?
What do the courts have to say about us?
Legally where do we stand as a community?
How and why did the courts stand by us?
What does the Government of Manipur say about us?
Perhaps these questions, not many would be interested to know. Documentary knowledge is always boring in today’s times of ‘infotainment’ where even news channels are nothing but entertainment channels too. However, a Bishnupriya Manipuri cannot afford such ignorance anymore. Especially the youth. The youth must erase this shameful ignorance for once and all. Knowledge is the key word for us. In fact, given the current scenario, knowledge is the only thing for us. Simply wearing a Namsha wont do. Simply speaking the language too is not enough. Till yesterday we had some excuse of not having reference records. Therefore ignorance was a birth right. Today it isn’t.
Bishnupriya Manipuris finally have a reference record
Recently a book called History of Bishnupriya Manipuri Community’s Legal Struggle has been published. It answers probably all the questions cited above. A must for the book shelf of every Bishnupriya Manipuri.
Hope this book brings in a new dawn of valid awareness.
History of Bishnupriya Manipuri Community’s Legal
Struggle for Long 12 Years
THE BISHNUPRIYA MANIPURIS
- The Assam Backward Classes Commission
- The Gauhati High Court
- The Supreme Court of India
- Nikhl Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha
Cost of the book is Rs.300/- only.
The book can be obtained through V.P.P by sending advance of Rs.200/- only by M.O or Bank Draft to be issued in the name of Chandra Kanta Sinha. His phone number is 09435072261
Money can also be sent through Core Banking A/C No. 0472010124184,
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