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Journey through 50 years of Tripura’s first tribal based regional party: TUJS-INPT

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    By Tapas Dey

    June 17, 2017: A crucial occasion in state politics seems to have slipped into posterity without much ado-the completion of fifty years of existence of Tripura’s first tribal based regional party, the Tripura Upajati Juba Samity (TUJS) which was reincarnated as Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) in 2002.

    It was the three eventful days of June 10-12 ,1967 that a major milestone in state politics was set up with the launching of the TUJS in a convention at Kaintya Kobra under Mandai block in then Sadar subdivision.The launching of the new party was attended by none other than legendary Dasharath Deb who attempted to influence the course of the new party and its policies and programmes under his own party, the CPI (M). But the young leaders of TUJS , Shyamacharan Tripura, Drau Kumar Reang, Harinath Debbarma and Bijay Kumar Hrangkhawal proved much cleverer as they kept the party closed to non-tirbals and chalked out a four-point programme for the new party. These included an autonomous district council for tribals, introduction of ‘Kokborok’ as medium of instruction for tribal students, innerline for ADC and alienation of tribal land .

    History of Tripura : Writing, Rewriting and Distorting!

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      By Tapas Dey

      April 20, 2017:  It is an axiom that history is a perennially embattled arena with people harbouring contradictory and conflicting prognostications always trying to rewrite, twist and conveniently rewriting it. This holds specially good for totalitarian ideologies which seek to control every aspect of life, specially the social though process. There are many forms of totalitarianism like fascism, communism , religious fundamentalism and their ilk that do not allow any second or alternative thought or idea to flourish. What happened in the erstwhile Soviet Russia and its satellites in East Europe or in the southeast Asian tiny land of Kambodia is well known and hardly bears recapitulation.

      How Northeast India contributed greatly to the making of Rabindra Nath Tagore!

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        May 10, 2017: Every year in early May, the cultural buzz word in eastern India is the birth anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore, Asia’s firs nobel laureate in the year 1913. So much in the adulation that Tagore’s birth anniversary has become a matter of elaborate rituals for many. Cultural programmes based on Tagore’s writings, mainly the rich collection of his songs are held in our state Tripura. The day passes off elegantly amidst mild festivity but in the process a crucial historical fact is kept in oblivion : it was the erstwhile princely state of Tripura and its magnanimous rulers who contributed largely to making Rabindra Nath who he ultimately became. Tagore had been closely associated with four generations of Tripura kings-Bir Chandra Manikya (1862-1896) , Radhakishore Manikya (1896-1909) , Birendra Kishore Manikya (1909-1923) and Bir Bikam Kishore Manikya (1923-1947). Tagore and his dream institution ‘Viswa Bharati’ had also been beneficiaries of the bounties of Tripura.

        Tagore with Bir Bikram Kishore Deb Manikya

        Bangladesh, CPI (M) and distortion of history– By Tapas Dey

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          April 14, 2017: History has always been a controversial academic discipline subject to manipulation and political use. Nothing illustrates this better than the government of India’s project of sponsoring a comprehensive multi-volume history of the freedom movement titled ‘Towards Freedom’. A group of professional historians with Marxist political affiliation had been entrusted with the responsibility and they sabotaged the onerous task for many years simply because the extremely shady role of the Marxists or Communists could not be brought to light, let alone highlighting their role. A number of volumes have seen the day of light but the work is not yet complete.

          Tripura CM Manik Sarkar is arguably India’s ‘poorest’ Chief Minister

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            IANS | Agartala, Feb 1, 2018:

            Marxist leader Manik Sarkar, who has been guiding the destiny of Tripura for 20 long years, remains arguably India’s poorest Chief Minister, with a paltry Rs 1,520 cash in hand and Rs 2,410 in a bank account.

            In an affidavit submitted prior to Assembly Election 2017 with his nomination papers seeking re-election from his Dhanpur constituency for the February 18 assembly polls, the 69-year-old Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Politburo member declared his assets, including bank balance and immovable assets.

            Tripura’s Royal Manikya Dynasty still holds charm for people!

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              By Tapas Dey | February 16, 2018

              The people of Tripura were possibly in a state of pleasant surprise as they had heard the prime minister Narendra Modi sing eulogies to the state’s last monarch Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya.

              – ” The late Maharaja had done so much for the state and its people by trying to spread education , by designing the city of Agartala by contributing so much to other sectors of life and society but his name is being sought to be erased from memory ; we will not let this happen“, the prime minister had thundered in a huge rally at Sonamura on February 8. It is no wonder because the Marxists the world over believe that history began only with the publication of ‘Communist Manifesto’ in 1848 but what really was a matter of amazement was that the prime minister had done so much facts and figures researched before arriving to address a massive gathering in remote Tripura.

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