Sunday, December 30, 2012

12 Unforgettable Happenings for Mising People in 2012

Happy and prosperous new year 2013!
1. Mising Agom Kébang Biennial Conference at Jonai: The Mising Agom Kebang (MAK) 20th biennial conference took off as a warm-up event at Jonai, the nerve centre of Mising nationalism, in the month of January down to the yearend. The MAK biennial conference recorded more than 30 books releases in single-day and surplus budget in account. It is believed organizational student politics rammed in the election of new leadership of Agom Kebang for the first time.
2. Tezpur University’s Jonai Campus Announcement: Among all other news for the educated class of Misings, Tezpur University’s campus announcement at Jonai delighted many. The happening story as of now, the exact place for construction of extended campus has not found soil to build. Push and pull over location within Jonai!
3. Two-day Ali-Aye Lígang Festival in Khanapara, Guwahati: The Ali-Aye Ligang festival with two-day programs became the centre of attraction of ethnic Mising culture and taste in the gateway of North East India. Besides, the Assam chief minister gracing the mega event, the festival received unprecedented media coverage, both from regional as well as national media including “The Hindu”.
4. Grinding Halt to NHPC’s Subansiri Hydro Power Project: People’s movement brought about standstill to the construction of biggest ever hydropower dam in India. The Subansiri river, locally known as Obonori Ane ( Mother Obonori), is one of the most beloved rivers of ethnic Mising people. Halt to construction of mega dam project bring respite to the people for time being, so far as now.
5. Mising Youth Festival at Gogamukh: The youth festival held in Gogamukh commemorating music legend Bhupen Hazarika saw huge participation of youths in the administrative and political seat of Mising Autonomou Council (MAC). The MYF witnessed revival of Mising cultures and traditions among the youth in the society, held after 6-years gap.
6. ST issue of indigenous Mising people of Arunachal Pradesh: The issue of recognizing Misings of Arunachal Pradesh as Scheduled Tribe under the Indian Constitution became one of the most debated and discussed issue online among the youths. With internet giving limitless platform for voices to heard, new generation Misings re-defined their nationality with compassionate clamor for equity and justice for their brethren of Arunachal, cutting across political boundaries.
7. Horrible Witch-hunting Tales of Mising Lands: The horrendous and gruesome killings of three from a family in lower Majuli, inhumane neck-deep torture of woman in Dhakua and harassment of woman in Anpum were one of saddest stories that tell-tale the afflicting civilization of society. Gender atrocities and social evils in Mising society were uncovered in twenty first century with these happenings that put middle class people to ‘shame’.
8. Doom of the Liberal Democratic Council of Misingland (LDCM): The little-known armed outfit LDCM formed by disgruntled Mising nationalist youths witnessed doom after the arrest of chairperson in Tezpur this year. Many Mising youth’s imagination of being an armed revolutionary for a cause met with tragic-end!
9. Bedolong dyke breach at Sisimukh: Worst ever flood waves hit Misings in recent times. Beginning from Bedolong in Sisimukh of Dhemaji district, we witnessed three seasons of flood that devastated the people’s economies, lives and properties in rural areas. Water-engineering skills to control flood is a distant dream of government as far as big bucks are kept pouring into sacks for constructing unreliable embankments.
10. Mass Exodus of Mising youths along with NE people from Indian cities: More than 30,000 Mising youths, mostly unskilled workers, who dreamt of making their lives prosperous have had to return because of ethnic conflict and violence in Bodoland autonomous region in Assam. North East people packed off for fear of reprisals from religious minorities in South and West Indian cities. Government attributed the causes to rumors, Pakistan and technology, who knows the truth and plight of youths in North East? Who wants to join an armed outfit?
11. Sahitya Akademi’s Bhasa Samman to Agom Migang Tabu Taid: The country’s top literary body Sahitya Akademi honoured a doyen of Mising language for the first time. “Agom Migang” Tabu Taid was first to get Bhasa Samman award for his contribution to Mising language and literature. His edited biggest ever volume of Mising dictionary in post colonial India --“Mising Gompir Kumsung” --captured the eye of linguists and scholars, so was the honour bestowed upon him.
12. Shilpagram Special Convention on MAC election: The national student organization of Misings, the TMPK, for the first time attempted to resolve crisis in the Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) by holding consultations with leaders and representatives of Mising organizations and political parties. These efforts led to the formation of United Mising Forum (UMF) to press the government for MAC election. The deadlocked Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) may open its door with united middle class fight in time but “mango people” (For Misings, it must be “ke: di tani”!) impression as corrupted agency must be ward-off! 
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