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Resentment among BJP leaders over poll tickets

Growing resentment over tickets to contest the assembly polls early next year threatens to derail BJP's prospect in Assam.

The resentment among the senior leaders came to light when the party's poll management hunkered down in New Delhi on Wednesday to shortlist the candidates.

Presided over by state party president Sarbananda Sonowal the poll management committee met at his official resident failed to shortlist the candidates for most of the candidates only because of the sharp differences among the senior leaders.

According to sources, the Congress MLAs who joined BJP, mostly, are unlikely to be allowed to contest much to the major setback of Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma who was present in the meeting as the convener.

The meeting is believed to have changed the names of many candidates proposed by Siddhartha Bhattacharya during his stint as state party president.

The meeting will again take place in the capital in presence of central leaders including Ram Madhab and Mahendra Singh.         

The senior leaders also discussed the poll strategy as instructed by president Amit Shah.  

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Sanmilita Ganamancha - new political outfit formed

17 May 2010 - 11:45am | sankal

With active initiation by the various Tiwa (Lalung) organisations, mainly by All Tiwa Students Union (ATSU), a new political outfit has come up in Assam with the name and style of Sanmilita Ganamancha.

According to the reports reached here, a conference of various ethnic groups was convened at Morigaon on May 15 last under the aegis of ATSU, which adopted the resolution to give birth the political wing with a view to ensure and safeguard the rights, hopes and aspirations of the local populace living within the Tiwa autonomous council area.

The conference with Rimal Amsih, President of Tiwa Cultural Society, Bhogeswar Teron, President of Karbi Students Union, Khagen Bordoloi, President of Tiwa Yuba Chhatra Parishad and Prahlad Mosrong, President of ATSU in the chair however have stressed the need of all round development of the people irrespective of caste, creed and religion living within the territorial council.

The conference which was attended by the representatives of 25 various organisations, however, through a resolution demanded the State Government to hold the council election on the basis of a genuine voters list. It is worth mentioning that the gazzette notification for the Tiwa, Thengal and Deori autonomous council polls has been issued on wednesday last and the date of poll is slated for June 7 this year.

PC to review BTAD law and order

30 Jul 2012 - 9:22pm | editor

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday is scheduled to review the overall law and order situation in BTAD areas with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Governor JB Patnaik. Chidambaram, who visited some relief camps in Kokrajhar and Chirang has instructed the police, civil and para military heavyweights to spare no pain to provide assistance to the refugees. Chidambaram, who arrived in Guwahati in the morning is scheduled to stay at the Raj Bhawan for the night.

Lecture series on cultural pluralism

29 May 2012 - 8:26pm | editor

The Sanskriti Anveshak forum of Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Guwahati organized a Lecture Series on: Cultural Pluralism: Focus Northeast India. The first talk of the series on the Arunachal Pradesh Perspective was organised on Friday, 25 May, 2012 at 5.30 pm. in the Williamson Magor Auditorium of the Institute at Uzan Bazar, Guwahati. The talk was delivered by Dr. Joram Begi, Director, Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar and Member, Research Advisory Council, VKIC. It was moderated by Prof AC Bhagabati, Honorary Coordinator & Head of the Division, North Eastern Regional Centre, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Member, Research Advisory Council, VKIC.

Dr Joram Begi shared his views on the Pluralistic ethos of Arunachal Pradesh based on his experience of the communities. He said that he would prefer to use the phrase “Unity in Diversity” rather than the word “Cultural Pluralism” as the phrase has different meaning in the West which is not applicable to India.

He began with the genesis of the state of Arunachal Pradesh, of its rich flora and fauna, of the ethnic diversity of more than 26 major communities and 110 sub communities inhabiting the region. He stated that on the basis of socio- religious practices, these communities can be classified into two: those who follow established religions like Buddhism and those who follow the indigenous religion.

He said that both the Hinayana and Mahayana forms of Buddhism are practised amongst the Khampti, Singpho, Monpa, Sherdukpen, etc of Arunachal. Communities such as the Nocte, Tangsa, Wancho, Adi, Aka, etc follow the indigenous religion. that is variously called. It is the worship of the Sun and Moon that is prevalent in other parts of India also. Among them term to denote the Sun and the Moon might be different such as Rangfra, Donyi Polo, Intaya but the meaning is the same, with similar rituals and belief system.

Interestingly, the established religious faiths too have adapted several practices from the indigenous religion for instance offering of locally brewed rice beer during worship in a Buddhist shrine. Not only Buddhists, but Christians are observed to chant traditional mantra at times, replacing the name of the traditional deity with that of Jesus. A person belonging to a particular indigenous community would not hesitate to call a traditional priest belonging to another indigenous community in times of need. An intermingling of faith and people exist which is in tune with the wider spectrum of the Indian pluralistic spirit as the culture is one.

Dr. Begi said the cultural practices unique to Arunachal Pradesh are undergoing rapid changes due to the forces unleashed by the socio- economic changes. He appealed to all to initiate efforts to preserve it and asked the VKIC to organise similar programmes in Arunachal Pradesh to strengthen proper perspective on culture.

In the interactive session many questions were asked. One such question was on Verrier Elwin’s role in preserving Arunachal Pradesh’s way of life and protecting it from outside influence. Dr Begi acknowledged the Elwin’s good intentions but gave his informed opinion that on hindsight the people of Arunachal Pradesh have realized that Elwin’s policy was intended to make Arunachal a zoo or a museum at best. That is why it had failed for it is not through isolation but only through dynamic interaction can there be growth. To another question about Donyipoloism being made a state religion, Dr Begi made it clear that there was no such effort, rather every community – be it Adi, Tangsa, Nocte, Tagin, Aka, Mishmi, Nyishi, Galo, Apatani - is successfully drawing on its own traditional ways of worship and adapting it for continuity in an organised, institutionalized form. There is respect for one another’s way as equally true.

The Moderator of the session Prof. A.C Bhagabati, shared his experiences of Arunachal Pradesh mentioning the great diversity existing in Arunachal Pradesh yet at the same time pluralistic ethos prevalent in Arunachal in the sense, where everyone is allowed to express themselves without fear. He supplemented Dr Joram Begi on the need for the preservation of cultural practices of Arunachal Pradesh, stating that the historical and folklore resources need to be conserved for the good use in future. In a span of a few decades Arunachal Pradesh has undergone socio-economic and other changes that have taken place in the rest of the country over a few millennia, Dr Bhagabati said.

Earlier in the evening, Shri Dipok Kumar Barthakur, Chairman, VKIC welcomed the audience while Shri Rajesh Nair, Kendra Karyakarta introduced the guests.

- Sujatha Nayak
Secretary, Sanskriti Anveshak forum, Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Guwahati