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Mild tremor shakes Assam

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake jolted Assam on Wednesday. But the people in the north eastern state, mostly, failed to feel it. According to a seismological Centre, originated in Nagaon, the tremor jolted the central parts of the state at 1. 15 midnight.

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Eerie silence in blast-hit Patgaon

23 Dec 2014 - 5:51pm | Hantigiri Narzary

An eerie silence prevails in Patgaon a day after three explosions rocked Kokrajhar district leaving three injured. People, mostly, in the blast-hit areas have preferred to keep themselves inside their homes fearing more explosions on Tuesday. Security forces are in these areas have been patrolling on the roads to thwart further explosion attempts. Checking of the Kokrajhar bound vehicles have been intensified on the streets. Army, police and para military forces are continuing operation to nab the culprits involved in the triple blast. Meanwhile, condemnation is pouring in from all sides. The various organizations---political and non political alike have condemned the incident and demand strict measures to curb these. These include the All Bodo Students Union(ABSU),All Bodo Women Welfare Federation(ABWWF),BPF and BPPF. BTC executive member and BPF leader Mono Kumar Brahma visited Patgaon and took stock of the situation on Tuesday. Talking to Assam Times, Brahma demanded strong measures to deal with the anti-social activities were common people have to bear the brunt. ABSU president Promod Boro alleged lack of tight security which was why that miscreants exploded the grenades. He demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants and their exemplary punishment. BPPF president Rabiram Narzary called it unfortunate and blamed utter security mismanagement for the explosions. ABWWF leaders also demanded strong measures against the miscreants.

University: to become one with the universe

19 Feb 2016 - 6:29pm | Ma Prem Naina

Man has been conditioned down the centuries for goals, purposes and meanings, a goal-oriented ideology. All ideologies are goal-oriented. Because of these ideologies one cannot allow oneself to relax in the moment. The goading for achieving something continuously runs in the back of the mind. The whole education system is a strategy of poisoning the individual’s consciousness; a strategy of driving one crazy after goals and creating ambition. Ambition is neurosis. But this has been done for so long that it has become part and parcel of the human mind.

Every university can become a place, not only to teach geography, history and other subjects; but to teach something very essential: meditation, love, the art of living, the art of being human.

Each university can become a temple of wisdom which is not yet. It is called a university but it is not a university, because it is not universal. The meaning of the word “University” is to become one with the universe.  But on the contrary  universities are teaching strengthening of the ego; which is against the universe.

Osho points out that universities should be completely free of all politics, all religions, but they should teach you the basic arts of being human - which has not been done up to now. That's why there are so many atrocities, so many inhuman acts against human beings.

Education is the process of liberation, but it has not been actualized anywhere in the world. All that we learn in this world serves as a means of getting the better of one another. It is a plan for conflicts in life. The universities have become a reflection of our aggression; armed with its weapons we can compete and exploit others more efficiently, can harass others more systematically and commit crimes lawfully. This may result in winning over others, but we will never be wise. Universities should remain centers of learning and wisdom.

To keep education pure, without politics because politics is poison; is the real challenge. Our present universities are just imitations of the West. Nalanda and Takshashila were different, they were Eastern universities. In Nalanda only Buddhist philosophy was taught but he training was not simply verbal, not scriptural, not just knowing about what Buddhist philosophy is. The training was in Buddhist yoga. The student would follow verbal instruction, and then, simultaneously, he would go deeper and deeper and deeper into meditation. Unless meditation and verbal training grow simultaneously, the whole growth process becomes futile.

Osho says, Universities should be teaching latest discoveries, the latest literature, poetry, the latest in everything. What they are doing is thirty years, forty years old. It takes time for people to become well known, but the universities should be sensitive enough: each year there are new novels, new music, new dances, that should become part of the curriculum. Universities have to remain always up to date, not lagging behind the world.

Our schools, our colleges, our universities, the whole culture, the whole pattern of civilization, teach our heads. We have lost contact with the inner guide. Everyone is born with that inner guide but it is not allowed to work, to function. It is almost paralyzed, but it can be revived.

Universities should make one innocent and virtuous, but on the contrary it is teaching cleverness and cunningness. The more clever one is, the better he will be in the struggle of life. One can gain much wealth, prestige, power, if he calculating but if innocent, he will be nowhere in this competitive world. This is the problem: in this competitive world he may not be anywhere, but in that non-competitive world of nirvana, if one is innocent, he will be somewhere. But here we forget that we are part of the universe and the misery is we have chosen this world to be our goal.

Old eastern universities differed completely, their orientation was totally different. Nalanda, Takshila did not teach calculation or cleverness. They taught innocence.

The universities should teach and prepare the students in a broader sense, give them certain qualities. Then will come the day when the country will have people who are well-educated, cultured, with the highest level of consciousness. If this is possible then we will have, for the first time, something that is really human - giving dignity to humanity, integrity to individuals.

Veteran Journalist H N Barua Memorial Lecture

1 Sep 2008 - 8:09pm | Nanda Kirati Dewan
Delivering the Harendra Nath Barua memorial lecture on the occasion of the 21st death anniversary of the stalwart, Dr D Borah the speaker of the event said that as Assamese nationalism was founded on language, people of all faith, language and race have become a part of this nationalism. Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah, Suprintendant, Jorhat Medical College and a renown academician also an acclaimed writer asserted that the root of Assamese nationalism was language on which the sentiments of the people has survived and flourished.

H N Baruah Memorial Trust organized the lecture at Kumar Bhaskar Natya Mandir, Uzan Bazar Nationalism cannot be seen in lines of religion and mother tongue alone if so migrators of pre-1970s from East Bengal now Bangladesh and Greater Nepal which has become a part of India would be dubbed as foreigners. After the Assamese,Tea Workers of Gardens, Bengalis of East Bengal, Nepali (now Gorkhas) of then Greater Nepal heads the list of Assamese speakers in Assam which has given strength to the Assamese Nationalism.

Elaborately speaking on Assamese-speaking people, Dr Borah said that amongst the 300 important languages of the world, Assamese language occupied the 57th position. He said that the number of people considered the main speakers of the Assamese language stood at 1.56 crore, the number of people that have accepted the language as their second language stood between 80 lakh to one crore and those that have accepted the language as their third language, their number was between 2.5 to three lakh.

Dr Borah said that the sum of all speakers, the total number of Assamese speakers was 2.67 crore. "All these people who can speak Assamese are the pillars of the nation and Assamese nationalis on this root," added the academician.

He cautioned the present media against all unfortunate odd incidents and applaud the role of media in growth of Nationalism ethics and upliftment of language.

The memorial function was presided over by veteran journalist Radhika Mohan Bhagawati. He was felicitated by the trust and several other organisaton and family members of H N Barua on the occasion for completing 50 years in the field of journalism.

The function was attended by many dignified citizens including noted critic Nalinidhar Bhattacharya. Poets, Senior Journalists and literates demanded Govt. of Assam to confer Barua for prestigious Bharat Ratna posthumously or endorse an award in the field of Journalism after his name.