FROM OUR Special Correspondent
Silchar, July 25: The foundation stone laying ceremony for Barak Hostel in JNU campus of New Delhi by DoNER Minister, Dr. Jitendra Singh, on Monday has been described as a historic day for Barak Valley. The river Barak that flows from galand to Manipur and then descends down to Barak Valley is the lifeline for the people settled here. With Barak is attached the sentiments and feelings of its 40 lakh people and to me the Hostel after it is no doubt a symbol of the rich culture and heritage of this southern most part of India.
Quite significantly, JNU is the first institution to have the me of Barak for its one of the hostels. It is also significant that all the hostels in the campus are after the mes of different rivers of the country. Barak Hostel when completed will become a milestone and carry the unique cultural and quality traits and its message across the country. Preceding this iuguration of the hostel, Subimal Bhattacharjee, a cyber crime expert from this town, organized a semir in association with his NGO Jookto and in coordition with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) on the theme ‘Barak Valley: Identity and culture of the oasis’. Well known speakers from Barak Valley who included Ajoy Roy, Guru Ganga Singha and Satyajit Basu spoke about the unique culture, tradition and heritage of this valley. On this occasion was present Shakti Sinha, director NMML. Shakti Sinha after the deliberation of the speakers said the unique and inclusive culture of Barak Valley need to be projected in its proper perspective. Sinha appreciated the move of the Modi Government to me the hostel after Barak, whose identity and cultural diversity should be brought into focus. It is relevant to say that after the coming into power NDA led Government at New Delhi, northeast in general after years of neglect, is being brought into limelight. The semir was also the first of its kind on a topic which evinced keen interest among the audiences and their eagerness was well reflected when Barak river and the valley through which it flows down to Bangladesh was focused upon. People of Barak Valley expressed their gratefulness to Subimal Bhattacharjee for organizing the semir in the tiol capital.