Skip to content Skip to navigation

Come to Jagiroad, beat cash crunch

At a time when crores of people have been bearing the brunt of demonetization, an annual tribal festival in Morigaon district of Assam seems to have shown an example to beat the cash crunch.

Hosted in Jagiroad by the Tiwa Autonomous Council, the four day long festival takes pride of the age old bartering system of the tribal people of the plains' with their hills counterparts who are coming down in large numbers to join the occasion.

Suren Das, a local resident from Ghogwa area in Morigaon is happy to have participated in the festival.” I am excited indeed. I have seen this festival for the last many years. This time I gave bartered rice powder with dry fish,” said Das. “ Not only that. I have ginger to be exchanged with dry fish,” said the 50 year old Das with a smile.

Equally excited is Biki Bordoloi. Holding three chickens tied in a rope the local resident from Aahotguri is waiting to participate in the cock fights. “I participated in the last three events. This time I have three cocks and I am confident that I will win,” said Biki.

The visitors and tourists are equally delighted to have seen the festival showcasing the age old system. “ I am immensely delighted to have seen the system,” said Ajmir Singh who came from Chapormkh in Nagaon district.

Same sentiment echoes in Rohan Sing Teron. “It is really a wonderful event and  would attend it till my death,” said the local Tiwa youth. The bird fight pulls huge crowd in the sidelines of the event.

Author info

Sanjoy K Kakati's picture

Social activist, journalist from Roha, Assam.

Add new comment

Random Stories

Health camp at Bokakhat

27 Jul 2014 - 10:23pm | Koushik Hazarika
Bokakhat Janamancha organised a free health camp on Japanese encephalitis prevention at Barjuri Majdur Club, Bokakhat on Saturday.

Congress alleges BJP MLAs role in compensation scam

20 Jan 2019 - 6:40pm | AT News
Buoyed by the induction of 2 NPP MLAs and 3 BJP leaders, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has sharpened attack the State government charging a section of minister with embezzling the...

Tenth molester arrested in Guwahati

17 Jul 2012 - 12:35pm | editor
Police on Monday arrested the tenth molester involved in the Guwahati incident. Identified Dipak Dey, he was arrested from Hatigaon. Earlier Deva Das was arrested from Guwahati on Monday night.He was...

Margherita businessman dead in Kolkata

9 Dec 2017 - 8:19pm | Mithun Baruah
MARGHERITA: Prominent citizen and businessman in Margherita Abhay Paul passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata. Paul, who is associated with many local organizations died of cardiac arrest on...

Other Contents by Author

Raju Das, the Nagaon incident accused who deals in tractors in the central Assam district has lost his dealership.  In a letter, the International Tractors Limited has confirmed the action against him saying that the company will always prefer the local sentiments.  Das was the main accused in the entire incidents where his close associates assaulted a group of former ULFA rebels as they were raising funds to feed the flood hit people.
AASU’s 12 hour ultimatum is over. Soobodh Biswas is still on the run 5 days after he incited the violence in Silapothat where a local AASU office was ransacked. The state’s influential student body is on a statewide Satyagraha in protest against the failure to nab the Silapothar culprit. AASU workers in the district and sub divisional headquarters started satyagraha from morning on Friday raising doubts over the sincerity of the government to hold Biswas. AASU served the 12 hour ultimatum to the chief minister on Wednesday.
The protest over the Silapothar incident refused to die down across the state where more and more people have come out demanding immediate arrest of the culprit. AASU workers Raha area of Nagaon district, in large number, blocked the National Highway No 37 on Thursday demanding immediate arrest of Soobodh Biswas.Shouting slogans, hundreds of protestors pledged to carry forward the agitation to deport the illegal settlers irrespective of religion.Talking to Assam Times, local AASU leader Sanjay Kumar Kakoti said that never they would allow the incident to go into oblivion.“We are ready to go to any extent if the government fails to nab Soobodh Biswas, the main culprit behind the attack on...
Amid an escalating tension over the Silapothar incident, hundreds of people spilled into the roads in Nagaon town on Wednesday evening demanding arrest of Soobodh Biswas, the culprit who is on the run.Apart from 600 students, many other local residents also joined the torch rally organized by AASU who shouting slogans against the attack on the local AASU office in Silapothar.“Where is Soobodh Biswas? Why should he be spared? Hold him for exemplery punishment,”said an AASU protestor Mridul Hazarika.The AASU protestors further warned the immigrants to quit Assam irrespective of their religions and slammed to government’s move for citizenship status to the Hindu immigrants.“Forget Hindu,...
The supreme sacrifice of the Assam agitation martyrs was remembered with deep reverence in Raha on Wednesday when the central Assam areas observed the Assam Agitation Martyrs Day.AASU activists in the area thronged the local Swahid Bedi and paid floral tribute to the martyrs in the morning. Local residents along with school and college goers also joined the occasion heaping huge praise for their sacrifice to make the state immigrant free.The occasion assumed significance at a time when the government alleged to have been trying to amend the citizenship Act to roll out red carpets for the Hindu illegal migrants, a process triggering statewide protest.
There seems to be no end of conspiracy to deprive Raha of the proposed AIIMS if the government affidavit before the National Green Tribunal is to be believed. In a desperate attempt to ensure the state of the art hospital in Jalah, the GMDA is trying to draw its master plan afresh where the controversial site in the outskirt go Guwahati might lose the green belt area tag. This would be the best possible way to get the country’s premier hospital in North Guwahati. According to the AAIMS Demand Committee leader Birinchi Bhuyan, the master plan approved in 2007 was prepared by an outside consultancy when VK Pipersenia was revenue secretary. “Now the same Pipersenia finds flaws in it. This is...
Shiv temples in Raha area in Nagaon district are also teeming with many devotees along with many other places on Friday on the occasion of Shivratri. From early in the morning the devotees started making huge queues at the Shiv temple premises to offer puja to the Lord Shiva, the god of death and destruction. Cultural functions are also lined up on the occasion. The puja us set to end on Saturday.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is facing no less ire after the HSLC faux pas where many examination centres received Assamese and social science question papers instead if mathematics. AASU leaders and activists in many places burnt Sarma’s effigy alleging his inability to smoothly conduct the examination at 855 centres. Many AASU activists came out to an open space in Jamunamukh on Monday and burnt Himanta Biswa Sarma’s effigy and blamed it all on him for the bunglings. SEBA and Sarma initially refused to admit the question paper leakage incidents but after chief minister's intervention the examination was rescheduled.
Now its confirm. The proposed AIIMS us not coming up in Jalah in the outskirt of Guwahati reviving no less ray of hope for the people in Raha where it was initially proposed. The Raha AIIMS Demand Committee on Saturday submitted a memorandum before Union health minister JP Nadda urging the government to propose the country’s premier hospital in central Assam. The Union minister accepted the memorandum and assured the committee members of consideration if their demands. The minister recently told Parliament that the government has yet to finalise the site for the proposed hospital in Assam.
Even after one and a half months the schools have not been able to distribute all free text books  among tbe students forcing All Assam Students Union to launch ten hour statewide hunger strike on SaturdayAASU activists in the district and subdivisional headquarters along with the block level are on a 10 hour hunger strike from morning to mount pressure on the government to ensure immediate distribution of textbooks in all primary and high schools.Talking to Assam Times, Raha AASU leader Mridul Hazarika said the education minister must break his silence. “He must take the responsibility. Our students must get free textbook immediately,” said Hazarika.The agitating students said that...