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Bodo litterateur passes away

Kokrajhar,Jan 17: Noted Bodo litterateur Chittaranjan Mashahary passed away after fighting for the last couple of months on Wednesday.  He he 76 when he died at his Belguri residence in Kokrajhar in the wee hours.


 BTAD areas observed a half holidays on Wednesday to respect the demise of the huge figure.

Sahitya pensioner Chittaranjan Mashahary was hospitalized a few months back. Recently he was  admitted at Siliguri hospital for better treatment following his prolong illness.

Chittaranjan was born at Belguri village in 1945 and started writing from 1962.He authored over 60 Bodo books and novels while contributing a lot towards Bodo literature. Some of his notable works include Jujaini Or (1962), Gwrwnthini Unao (1970), Phulmati (1983), Sarmistha (1985), Daokani Baha (1987),Pwimal Mijink,Call Girl,Banashri,Sujata,Dukhuni Lwithw Barwi,Bari Konani Bibar etc.

Besides being awarded Sahitya Pension from the Assam government for his remarkable literary achievements, he was also honored with Pramad Chandra Brahma Literary Award from BTC in 2014 and Sameswari Literary Award from Bodo Sahitya Sabha.


  A funeral rally along with his body was carried out in Kokrajhar beginning from Belguri village,Banargaon,ABSU office in Kokrajhar,Dotma,Serfanguri, Serfanguri and ended at his residence where well wishers, students union members paid last respect. Later,cremated at Belguri village crematorium by the evening.

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Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt ) in Jail

1 Aug 2007 - 5:57am | Rituparna Goswami Pande
Cine star Sanjay Dutt popularly known as Munna bhai was sentenced to six years of rigorous imprisonment for the 1993 serial blasts case by a special court in Mumbai on July 31. The curtains came down on the 13 year long trial with a sobbing Sanju baba pleading for leniency but Judge PD Kode of the TADA court cancelled Dutt’s bail plea citing that his acts were “eminently dangerous” and showed a “high element of criminality”. It is said that Justice delayed is Justice denied and justice was definitely denied to Sanjay Dutt which came a calling thirteen years after his alleged crime of illegally possessing an AK-56. No doubt that possession of Arms is illegal then most of the jails of India should be filled with such criminals such as the self styled “ bahubalis’ and politicians who fire rounds of ammunition in the media glare during private parties defying the law yet walking free. There are thousands of people in India who are hiding an illegal gun or two in their closets. Star crossed Sanjay Dutt became a victim of his own star status for his was a trial that has probably been the most public of all criminal cases. Had he been an ordinary man he might have been given a lighter sentence like his co accused Russi Mulla who was given probation. Mulla was an accomplice in Sanjay’s crime as he had destroyed an illegal weapon on the behest of Dutt. Many a Sanjay fans are disappointed at the “unfair” judgement. It is unfair to punish a man who has admitted to his mistake, has already served 18 months in jail and is turning over a new leaf. Where Judge Kode has himself acknowledged that his crime was “not brutal, cruel, ghastly, inhuman, not anti social, immoral and did not result in any harm to anyone” than why on earth was he handed such a brutal punishment. Why make him a scapegoat just to teach others a lesson. Ours is a country of oxymorons where murderers, rapists, terrorists walk free but many a times innocents fall victim of a blinded justice

Finally, the gram pradhans respect the rights of the people

25 May 2008 - 4:06pm | editor
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However the people's movements conducting the social audit have taken a position that the citizens are given the legal right to conduct a social audit of NREGS related work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). Conducting this social audit doesn't depend upon the support or permission of the BDO. The documents needed to conduct a social audit have already been obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005. Therefore the social audit can be conducted even without the support of pradhans by directly talking to the labourers/ workers and verifying the work done under NREGS on-site. The people have decided to exercise this right and conduct the social audit in Miyaganj.

On fifth day of social audit, the work was paralysed by the ruckus created by the goons sent by pradhans in four gram panchayats, namely – sindhari khurd, makhdoompur shah safi, deepagarhi and mustafabaad. These goons of Pradhans were drunk, and wielded lathis (batons) to terrorise the citizens conducting the social audit. However by evening the resistance withered away and the people could resume the social audit process.

In presence of BDO, it was clarified to the pradhans that the motive of conducting a social audit was not to instigate some action on pradhans but to fully implement all the provisions of the NREGA. The real power in democracy rests with the people and therefore the struggle to safeguard, protect and exercise the rights of people to conduct a social audit, is fundamentally an empowerment process strengthening the rights of the most disadvantaged.

Most of the pradhans have understood the main objectives of the NREGS social audit, and expressing their respect to democracy and the rights of the people, they have assured of their cooperation in the audit.

In gram panchayat Nurulla Nagar, earlier it was reported that the photocopy of the bill shows a purchase of 3000 bricks for Rs 74,481. Today the gram pradhan showed the original receipt and clarified that while doing the photocopy of the bill, the figure of '33,000' was copied as '3,000' because of a folded corner.

Earlier in social audit, gross inadequacies were reported from Gram Panchayat Aaseevan. The complete name of this gram panchayat is Aseevan Lok Man.

The number of local rights campaigners and activists leading this audit is increasing - including Yeshwant Rao and Virendra Singh. Local wing of Bhartiya Kissan Union has also provided full support.

Dr Sandeep Pandey

[Author is a noted social activist, recepient of Ramon Magsaysay Award (2002) for emergent leadership and heads National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) in India]

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17 Apr 2011 - 10:55pm | editor

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Condemning the incident, locals of the area blocked Imphal- Moreh section of National Highway-39 from 10 am to 12 noon as well as to pressurise the authorities to arrest the driver and the truck involved in the incident. However, the blockade on the National Highway section was withdrawn following the driver along with the truck surrendered at Lilong police station, police said.