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India needs a National Government

The election process for the 16th Lok Sabha in India is going on full swing and by the middle of May 2014, the  complete picture of winning candidates would come out. The reign of the country for the next five years would go in the hands of mostly new faces. As there is a ‘good crop’ of leaders spreading throughout the 29 states and seven Union territories having a number of political parties spread throughout the country facing different administrative, natural and environmental problems, the election results are not likely to go for a single party rule. Speculations are on the air that post poll polarization of political forces may take place just after the final poll results are declared. The time is not far away when the country may think even to go for a National government in the country.

We, Indians, boast very much of our country being the largest democracy in the world. The last tenure of our United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government under the leadership of Congress Party had given bitter experience of ‘misrule’ dividing the people on different issues for their political gains. Our leaders try to rake up communal issues with intention to conceal their own failures to serve the people. The disparity between the rich and poor has reached high due to various scams, high level corruption and uncontrolled price rise of essential commodities. The rich people have become richer and the middle class poor reached the point of starvation. Corruption in the society and administration has reached high and politics became the easiest profession to become rich and wealthy within very short time. The advantage to the politicians engaged in the public services is that they do not require any other qualification, besides the backing of a few powerful politicians.

The country’s constitution which came into force in the year 1950 has gone through a number of amendments during last six decades depending on the ‘sweet will’ of the ruling party from time to time. To get their desires fulfilled of accumulating wealth and property, some of the political leaders have availed the services of corporate houses. Even for contesting elections they collected huge amount from big business houses, providing them an opportunity to increase the prices of their goods. Gradually the prices of even the essential commodities reached beyond the purchasing power of the general people. Even the funds released by the Union and State governments to our legislators for development of their areas do not reach the beneficiaries. Instead it helps growing power and property to their own. It is obviously clear from the statements submitted to the Election Commission by some of the legislators about the growth of their assets during last five years.

Thanks to Respected Anna Hazare, who initiated the movement for a corruption-free administration. His movement awakened the people and a new breed of young people have come forward to accept the challenges. Within a short period of one year a new political party namely, Aam Adami Party (AAP) has emerged on the national sky. Although their leaders have yet to learn and gather experience in the political fields, it is hoped that they may help to bring the good people together in the interest of the people of the country. It is a fact that all the political parties of the country have at least some good people whose voice is not heard in their own party. They can come together in the interest of the people and help forming a national government. 

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Dance Festival at Mahabhairav Temple

1 Mar 2015 - 8:33pm | Abdul Gani

Kalpa, a Society for Promotion of Literature, Art, Culture and Social Harmony, presents the 7th edition of Pragjyoti International Dance Festival (PIDF); an annual classical dance extravaganza to exhibit the wide range of India’s classical dance forms together on one platform to sing in unison and to celebrate the rich heritage of Assam, the six-day classical dance extravaganza will be held at Shraddhanjali Kanan in Guwahati and Mahabhairav Temple in Tezpur from 7th to 11th March, 2015.

The event is an annual feature by Kalpa society held in association with INTACH (India's National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India; District Administration, Sonitpur and Assam Tourism. The programme is co-sponsored by India Tourism, LIC, State Bank of India and Oil India Limited.

Sattriya danseuse Anwesa Mahanta, Festival Director of PIDF says, “Dance has always inspired and connected me to the surrounding both physically and spiritually. It has enabled me to understand the life force and the vital energy behind each existence. With PIDF, showcasing the richness of Indian Dance Traditions by the brightest young stars, we are trying to share that vital energetic force to understand ourselves, our cultural heritage in a better way. Also, to explore the aesthetic synergy of the heritage sites, we offer our respect to these glorious sites through dance and celebrate the divine bond of the tangible and the intangible.”

Rabha Divas observed in Kokrajhar

20 Jun 2017 - 6:11pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau
Rabha community along with various organization paid floral homage to Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha, versatile of the human beings in the state of Assam on his 48th death anniversary in Kokrajhar district on Tuesday

Kokrajhar district administration observed the Rabha Divas at Basic Training Centre in Kokrajhar in befitting manner. 
 The All Rabha Students Union (ARSU)  organized the Rabha Divos at Magurmari in Kokrajhar district. Citizens and Rabha organizations followed Amarsingh Koch, president of Rabha sahitya sabha, Rwtin Lokobok, ARSU leader paid tribute to portrait of Bishnu Prasad Rabha. 

Rajib Brahma, BTC executive member graced as special guest on the occasion.Brahma, in his speech said that Rabha's

contribution towards was endless for the society in the state. 'We must keep alive ideology and philosophy of Kalaguru Rabha to build a healthy society', said Brahma. 

'Bishnu Prasad Rabha had contributed a lot towards uplift of Rabha community as well down trodden communities in the state', said Amarsingh Koch . 

Dr Jibeswar Koch, professor of Dudhnoi College said that Kalaguru had worked for all round development and welfare of backward communities. ' His contribution and dedication are recalled on his Divos as state is observing the day', Koch said. 

Rwtin Lokobok, ARSU leader said that the students union recalled Kalaguru with day long programme scheduled.

Bibekananda Choudhury, Kokrajhar deputy commissioner lighted the lamp to inaugurate the Rabha Divos. He said that Kalaguru was a man of versatile in his life as he had dedicated towards a lot for human beings as a whole. 

Worries of an octogenarian

24 Aug 2016 - 7:56pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

Mahendra Saikia a renowned social worker of Kalaigaon has been sad now a days in his eighties.His dream of a peaceful and corruption free society has been shattered.Very recently he has been awarded with the “Chief Minister’s best Community Action Award for Development /2016” on the occasion of 70th Independence Day.When asked his feelings on receiving the award,Mahendra Saikia just expressed his anguish at present day social degradation.Speaking to this correspondent Saikia said that political promises were made only for power and such promises never materialised.”Political leaders and members of other social organisations lack good education and wisdom”, he regrets.Speaking on unemployment he said that education system had never been a support to students,which compelled youths to move to other states for low salaried jobs.Corruption for easy money also grieves the octogenarian leader. According to him corruption has been like a never ending social menace crossing all limits with so many thousand core scandals under investigating agencies.He advised media and honest people to think positive and inspire honest politicians and officials. Mahendra Saikia loves nature and wildlife much.Even at this age he has been maintaining a spectacular flower garden at his residence at Adarshagaon village in Kalaigaon. Saikia was born on January 14 in 1936 at Duni in Darrang district.Later he moved to Kalaigaon in 1952.He was a follower of Acharjya Vinoba Bhabe and had been following Vinobaji during his tour in Darrang district in 1960.During Chinese aggression in 1962 Saikia offered his service at the call of Freedom Fighters-late Pani Ram Das,Late Bangshidhar Sarma and Late Kamaleswar Sarma helping NEFA evacuees.He has been serving people inthe capacity of president and secretary of so many organisations and institutions in and around Kalaigaon since 1958.New generation people have so much to learn from his tireless crusade against social menaces.