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Bangladesh: Bishnupriya Manipuri survival at stake!

Posted on: December 22, 2007

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It’s been two hundreds or more years since our forefathers settled here from a beautiful place called Manipur and consequently they had developed a diverse identity for us. The identity of Bishnupriya Manipuri was a result of long historical process and series of struggles. For years we, bishnupriyas, meiteis and pangons are living here with a very close relationship and harmony as manipuris, as a undivided community. Though I take utmost pride of being a Manipuri, life has never been usual like other Bangladeshis here. I suffer the same side with other indigenous tribes living in political boundary of Bangladesh. If you are a non-bengali you are always 2nd class people here. Even if you are Hindu, you are 2nd class Hindu because you belongs to a marginal ethnic group. And I guess that is the same for hundred percent of the people belonging to Manipur or the other North Eastern states of India. As constitutionally the definition of ‘Indian’ or ‘Bangladeshi’ doesn’t include us, this is a price we indigenous tribes are forced to pay for national integrity.

The law of nature is ‘Survival of the fittest’, in a close ecosystem or forest where diverse population occurs; the dominantly populated species will always try to take maximum resources. If the resources are scare then they will try to eliminate the lesser-populated communities, thus extinction occur. This is similar to human being also. But there are so many people still our community who are sadly prone to disease of being copycap Bangalis, their role model has been some typical ‘Bengali Bhadaralok’. What gives me more shock is when educated people suffering from inferiority syndrome and usually try to ignore and hide their identity as a Manipuri. How to make these people realized that “you cant become the son of other mother, as she has her own sons”? How can people forget the endless struggles and sufferings our godly ancestors had gone through to develop a social structure, rules and regulations, economy system, an honest way of living and life leading, a unique dress code, a language to communicate and above all, to establish a proud identity for us?

If we ever tried to trace our roots we would hardly find it in history books. In the past years I have come across enough incidences and accounts that build up this immense anger and disappointment in me and I don’t understand where it will all go. In these years I have understood the importance of bringing our ever neglected history, culture, fine art, language and literature in front of the world. We have to make extra effort to find and preserve our glorious history and culture. Whatever little or more we know should be shared with everyone.

We are lucky to have portals, website and blogs like manipuri.org, pouri.org, bishnupriyamanipuri.blogspot.com etc and we should make the most out of it by contributing articles and other stuffs, which are related to our identity and culture to share it with everyone. I deeply appreciate these endeavors and my special thanks goes to the people responsible for bringing up such a wonderful sites.

Giving more importance to our own culture might seem too fanatical or selfish. One of my friends criticized me for not being interested about Bengali culture and not being stereotyped like wearing Saris and Lungi, listening Rabindra Sangit, talking in fluent Bengali, eating Meats, visiting Loknath baba ashrams or Durgabaris as well. She was shocked when I replied – “do you like to wear a Lahing or Inafi, can you talk Manipuri, do you eat Paltoi and Sinchou, do you bow down to Apokpa?” To that, naturally came, “You indigenous people are very selfish! You just think of your people, your culture, your identity.”

Well if we don’t think about our people or our culture will Superman fly in to save us?

27 Responses to "Bangladesh: Bishnupriya Manipuri survival at stake!"

I appreciate your thinking. Sense of indentity is very important for every endangered minority. Good lack.

never became so emotional after reading anything, as i became today after reading this article..really it touched my heart..it is better we realize this reality the sooner, that no superman is going to come to save our identity,we have to do it ourselves for the sake of our community..thanks a lot for such a wonderful thought being put in words..hats off to you..

Regards and best wishes..Ranita

http://bishnupriyamanipuri.blogspot.com

i am too happy that manipuri peaple are going to developed and one day i would hope to known by all world

very very cool and awsome write up, missing home at last going back in jan for ever. it made eyes moist to think people can love their own race and culture that way… really touching! love.Lila

Sir,

I don’t know how many times I have read this article. Every time I find it is new. Not to mention it highlights the status of manipuris in Bangladesh. I request if you stretch this article bit more with the issues plaguing BM Bangladeshis.

Do visit http://bishnupriyamanipuri.blogspot.com/

It’s nice reading this article.

I personally beleive the new generation are following the path of other communities regardless dressing, eating as well as communicating with near and dear one with different languages. Even when we gathered in a function or celebration many of us ignoring our own mother tounge while speaking which should not be the case. No doubt we are in minority but we should stood by our own culture, it’s our pride. I believe in office and some exceptional cases we can wear different type of costumes, dresses etc. but while attending our own community functions we must wear our own cultural dress, it’s a symbol of love and unity.

In India we have good number of peoples but don’t have a single temple whose infrastructure are superb, emazing etc. which is available in case of others. May be there but in my long years I have never learned about it. If you visit in a village you will find atleast two/three temples which is not a good sign for us because it clearly shows that we don’t have unity among us and it benefitted others.

I beleive if there is one temple in a village all people comes together to enjoy any celebration in the temple, there will be communication development, knowledge development, more love and affection etc., above all we will be more strong and united.

I personally believe to make something possible firstly we should respect each other without any barrier in each and every espect.

Interesting in our culture I don’t find unity among us because we are jealous of others by any means. There are lot of groups, parties among us though we are smaller in numbers but larger in groups for which we can’t achieve our goals.

Anyway again thanks for your nice article and if possible I would like to know how many villages are there in Bangladesh, their names, total numbers of people in approx. and many more through you.

Take care,

PRS

Just great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pakiriya niyam harou lagil, mar sou sumararre eta parorunai lagtoi, tangi harpaka kisade amar apa bopai himpasi baro, kisade somajor dangor ongso ahane amar nijor thar nojor sonsgkritir biruddhe crime kore autara. dadarangto artou esade article cheyar. thakat.

Nice article Ashimda, I am familier with your write ups at Sachalayatan and somewherein blog, Got this link too from sachalayatan, thanks for sharing.

i read this article.sir it was tremendous.sir can i add some important note in my assamese article.acually i want to write about bishnupriya manipuri about their culture ,trdition and their origin.please help me .with kind regards. ajanta buragohain.an assamese writer.

touchy write up. hats off to you………….

Ashim da pakoriya jobor harow oylu.me esade articles niyam para ekoris
RAJIB RAJKUMAR
SILCHAR ASSAM INDIA

It was really nice to read and realise the actual situation in Bangladesh. The threat perception is not from outside, it is from inside our clans and people. Show – off, crab mentality and void vanity is too much in our people. I’ve seen myself that some of our people are very comfortable speaking Bengali even with their Mom and Dad, instead of our language. Even if you talk to them in Manipuri, they will answer you in Bengali. Though you will find this gesture ridiculous, they think that they have maintained their status with the grace of God. LOL.

I visited bangladesh in January this year for the first time.
i visited the village of Tilakpur in Moulvibazar district in Kamalgang.
I made some new friends as a supporter of the Optimists charity I help with the education of some children in Bangladesh.
I would like to return to this village and help develop a fair trade business for the people of Tilokpur.
I am trying to learn more about Manipuri people and learn a little of the Bishnupria languge any advice please

namaska

that so wonderful, Bill. wish you all the best.

any Manipuri people in UK I wish to learn more

Banglasesh or Bishnupriya Manipuri ala nasa baro web ago chaya morta niam para harou lagil ja amar manu India sara-ou prithivir ar-ar desha tha gasiga me aji tanur loga web or madhoyma chana parlu.Thakat.

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DIMA HASAO DISTRICT ASSAM INDIA
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Haflong a Bhubaneswar Saduthakur 126th Abhirvab Trithi Palan korta giya Bishnupriya Manipuri Cultural Programme uhanar podo sou ago jahanor bitora amar akota han dahiya me niyam para harou lagil: tola pado ago chaybang:

I WAS POSTED TO CONTROLLERATE OF INSPECTION ELECTRONICS BANGALORE MARCH 1976 . I INTERACTED WITH A BRAHMIN ABOUT CULTURE OF OUR BM AND SOUTH BRAHMIN HE ASKED ME WHY YOU ARE TAKING FISH BEING AVAISHNAVA THEN I TOLD HIM THAT FISH IS BETTER THAN ONION AND LAWSAN BECAUSE AFTER TAKING ONION AND LAWSAN BAD SMELL WILL COMEOUT THROUGH THE DAY BUT NOT FROM FISH AFTER THEN HE USED TO INTRODUCED ME TO HIS FRIENDS :”SINHA IS VERY ORTHODOX MAN”

Mr. Wilson, you have mistaken these Bishnupriya Manipuris as ‘Manipuri’.If your motive is to find Manipuris,pliz come to Manipur,or be connected with Manipuris,these Bhisnupriya are time and again tryinging to overshadow the ‘unique identity’ of Manipuris in vain for years.These people are Aryan stock-expert in bluff and forgery,and they happen to come to our Manipur(kangleipak) during the riegn of Meitei king Pamheiba which decident king Chandrakriti(charairongba,chandrakriti being hindu name,the foriegn religion being entered during the above said ‘pamheiba’) introduced ‘raslila’ of which these Bishnupriyas are very much proud of!not only culture,tradition they even copied our dresses and at last claim themselve as the real Manipuri!!BUT ALAS!THESE PEOPLE CAN’T DECIEVE ‘BLOOD/GENE OR OUR ANCIENT MEITEI LANGUAGE OR IT’S SCRIPT!PLIZ NOTE DOWN,WE ARE MANGOLOID AND THESE BISNUPRIYAS ARE ARYAN..U WOULD NT FIND MUCH DEFICULTY FINGDING MANIPURIS OR THEIR HISTORY EITHER.

U BISHNUPRIYAS DROP BISHNUPRIYA OR MANIPURI ON FAILING OF WHICH LIVE THE LIFE OF A BASTARD!THATS ALL I CUD WISH FOR UR STRUGGLE.DO U NUTS STILL N REALY THINK U CUD CHALLANGE THE IDENTITIES OF MEITEIS/MANIPURIS??

Sorry Moirangthem, we cannot drop anyone of these words because ”BISHNUPRIYA” is our father and ”MANIPURI” is our mother. We Bishnupriya Manipuris love both our father and mother. We Bishnupriya Manipuris cannot part with our father and mother. Because it will be injustice if we drop ”BISHNUPRIYA” or if we drop ”MANIPURI”.
Proud to be a Bishnupriya Manipuri.

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This piece of article moved me … I am so proud of my Fellow Manipuri. No matter where we are, we will be connected with this strongest bond of Blood being a Manipuri Clan .

Dear Sir I really loved the way you wrote about our trace,, the points you mentioned,, but do you feel that our new generation can save the Bishnupriya manipuri trace…. are we capable … ya we really are capable ,,, but its of no use , until and unless we make a go for its,, just sitting around and doing nothing ,,bothering about others …wont make thing go in the right way..we need the support of our whole trace ,,we got plans but no helping hand ….so the first thing we Bhisnupriya’s should learn is how to help each other..

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