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Namami Brahmaputra

Namami Brahmaputra

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  6 April 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Namami Brahmaputra

I could not fully support the Namami Brahmaputra festival because I see no point in organizing such a big-budget cultural festival in the me of worshipping Brahmaputra. To worship Brahmaputra, we could have just arranged the Puja, inviting priests from other states or from Assam itself. After offering Puja, we should have just started our work to clean Brahmaputra and develop its banks. Along with that we should also take initiatives for improvement of the living condition of the people living on the banks of the river besides developing agriculture, tourism etc. But as we have not started our work, people from around the globe who might be attracted towards its beauty as a result of organizing this festival, will still see a bad picture of this mighty river, when they will visit. So, I think only after cleaning it, we should have showcased the river by organizing big cultural festivals like mami Brahmaputra. Moreover, instead of showing other culture, we should give priority to our own culture like Borgeet, Lokgeet, Xattriya, Bihu and other tribal cultures of Assam. It would have been great, if our culture would have been presented in its pristine form mingling the ideas of modern as well as traditiol artistes. Then, I think our ‘pitri’ river Brahmaputra and the culture of Assam would have prospered and flourished like anything.

Bidisha Sharma,

Melachakar, Sivasagar.

Chi’s unnecessary reactions to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Aruchal

Chi invaded Tibet in 1959 under the Chairman Moa Zedong. When Chi invaded Tibet in 1959, the Dalai Lama- legitimate head of Tibet- was forced to leave his country. Before the Chi’s invasion in Tibet,the Dalai Lama held negotiations with Chinese officials on Tibetan self-rule with little success. In 1959, he fled Tibet for exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. The government of India headed by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru allowed Dalai Lama to take a refuge in India. Along with Dalai Lama many Tibetans escaped to India. Since then, the people of Tibet have been in confrontation with the Chinese government and its people. Many Tibetans accuse the Chinese of suppressing Tibetan culture, freedom of expression and worship. They are particularly resentful of efforts to supplant their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama with the Chinese rule.Further; migration of a large number of Han Chinese migrants to Tibet has caused resentment among the local population. In fact, Tibet was an independent kingdom for many centuries, and as such, Chi has no role in Tibet. Chi’s view is always different from that of the people Tibet. Chi says that Tibet has officially been a part of the Chinese tion since the mid-13th Century, so it has an authority rule Tibet. The Chinese government treats the Dalai Lama, who fled Chi in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, as a violent separatist. The main demand of the Dalai Lama is genuine autonomy for Tibet.

Chi considers the Dalai Lama a separatist and a political trouble maker. Chi has always been watching the daily activities of the Dalai Lama. The proposed visit of the Dalai Lama to India’s Aruchal Pradesh has been opposed by the Chinese government. Even Chi has objected to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Aruchal Pradesh,the Indian government has allowed the Dalai Lama to visit the state. Again, Chi has termed India’s Aruchal Pradesh as a disputed region and it says that Aruchal Pradesh is a part of Tibet. Necessarily, Chi’s view on the status of Aruchal Pradesh is without a reason and hence it is fit to be ignored. Aruchal Pradesh has been a part of India for centuries and it will continue to be a part of India in future too. In fact Aruchal Pradesh was never a part of Tibet and Chi’s claim over it is totally unjustified. As far as the Chi’s Tibet policy is concerned, it should attend to the aspirations of the Tibetan people. At least, Chi should make Tibet an autonomous region in order that the people of Tibet could govern themselves without any intervention from the government of Chi.

Maheswar Deka,


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