Hostels in Metros for Job-seekers from Barak Valley

In view of growing structural unemployment among the youth of Barak Valley region, there is an urgent need to set up youth hostels for job-seekers and start up entrepreneurs from Barak Valley region in different metros like Delhi, Bangaluru , Chennai , Pune and Mumbai. Many of our youth who have acquired skills in various domains do not find opportunity to apply them in Barak Valley which is a case of structural unemployment. As a result they have to flock towards the metros in search of their dream jobs. Most of them belong to low income group families who have to depend on the pensions of their parents. In this scenario , our youth have to struggle a lot to get the basic amenities when they come to the metros in search of their dream jobs or for career development. Many start up entreprenuers from Barak Valley have to come to the metros for marketing purpose but they find it very difficult to stay and carry on their mission. Given this , our MPs and MLAs need to address this situation and earmark a portion of their development funds in setting up or collaborating with private hostels in the metros to provide lodging and fooding facilities to our job-seekers and start up entreprenuers. This need not be totally fee less but may be subsidized by our MPs and MLAs from their development funds which will benefit our youth immensely.

Barak Valley Region Needs An AIIMS

An AIIMS in Barak Valley region will be a legitimate demand as the people suffering from many deadly diseases have to rush to metros like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata in the hope of getting quality treatment. It is unfortunate that this region lacks good and reliable medical facilities and infrastructure. Only few people of middle and high income groups are able to move to the metros for getting treatment. The lower income group and the poor of this region do not have accessibility to quality treatment. Private nursing homes are out of reach of a section of the people of this region. This needs to be urgently addressed by urging upon the government to set up an AIIMS like medical institution in the region for providing quality treatment and care to the people. Our honourable MPS and MLAS may please pass a resolution to this effect and raise the demand through proper channel. Our media also need to take up the issue and highlight on the need for setting up an AIIMS in the region. This will not only cater to the medical needs of the people of this region but will also help the patients from the adjoining states like MIzoram, Manipur and Tripura in getting quality treatment.

War Can Create a Market: Incredible Barak Valley!

Wars are a curse that cause devastation to life and property.Wars need to be denounced at all cost. The story of a war is always one of death and destruction, but some creative things take place during wars. One such creation is the famous market in Silchar of Barak Valley: Fatak Bazar. It is really incredible that this market came into being during the Second World War when the allied forces were marching towards the North East frontiers to take on the axis forces led by Germany.
The Allied army men put up near this market place in barracks made of makeshift tents called ” Fatak” in urdu. As the army stationed in this place, traders gathered nearby to provide necessary products to the army men. Transaction started and even after the army moved out of the place , the market remained there getting the name ” Fatak Bazar”. It is a mega market, providing all types of goods in wholesale as well as retail. The daily transaction in the bazar is in crores. Shopping in Fatak Bazar is a phenomenological experience.

Incredible India, Incredible Barak Valley!

Barak Valleyintine Day: Incredible Celebration of Love !

Call it cultural invasion or cultural assimilation, the internationally celebrated Valentine Day is celebrated with fervour in the valley of peace and love. Love radiates from everybody. There is a tradition of celebrating love in this valley for which it has been easy for the youth of the valley to adopt or assimilate the celebration of Valentine Day. Interestingly, even places and habitats are named after the emotion of love. For example, there is a place called ” Prem Tola” in Silchar. ” Prem” means ” Love” and “Tola” means a point.
What is unique in Valentine Day celebration in the valley is that youths of the valley have given a different hue to it by fusing the celebration with local elements. Exchanging of Valentine cards in Bangla language is a case in point. The handmaid cards have motifs and designs which are influenced by the culture and tradition of the valley.
Compared to other places ,Valentine day is celebrated in the valley in a world class manner with a tinge of indigenous culture in it.

Incredible India, Incredible Barak Valley!

Nauka Daur: Incredible Spectacle!

Barak Valley has its own way of celebrating the joys of life. People in Barak Valley display enthusiasm and vigour in organising mega events which are incredible. Nauka Daur is one such event which is organised in different parts of the valley. This event centres around boats that waft on the river Barak and other tributaries of Barak like Kushiara, Singla, Jiri, Dholai and madura. Nauka Daur is a marathon race of Boats on the river. nauka means boat and daur means race in local language of the valley.Such marathon race of boats are organised as part of celebration of important national events like Republic Day, Independence day etc.

Boatmen congregate on the day of the race and after a short inaugural programme, the Nauka Daur is flagged off . The winner is awarded at the end of the race. People gather in large numbers to witness this kind of mega event in the valley. The nauka Daur or boat marathon race is really a unique event of the valley.

Incredible India, Incredible Barak!

Mahajaal : The Big Catch.

In Barak Valley, everyone eagerly waits for the Mahajaal, the big catch. Barak Valley is a valley of swift flowing perennial rivers. Rivers like Kushiara and Singla , Madura, and Dholai join as tributaries with the river Barak, the ganga of Barak Valley. These rivers are deep and are full of aquatic beings like fish, crabs and other marine animals.

Fishing has evolved in the region more as an art than purely economic activity. Many people practise fishing as a hobby and a leisurely activity in the region. People eagerly wait for the Mahajaal to take place. Mahajaal refers to the activity of putting fishing net across the river stretching the net from one end of the bank to the other. This leads to big catch of varieties of fish that swim towards the net. The fishermen are adept in fixing the net for a big catch.
The event of Mahajaal is never preplanned. It is done by the fishermen without much planning. The event is also not publicised in a very organised way but people come to know of this event almost spontaneously by word of mouth publicity. Fish lovers gather on the river beach to witness this mega event. Once there is a big catch , people instantly buy fish from the fishermen thereby bypassing the middlemen of the fish market. This event has been a part of the culture of the people of Barak Valley from time immemorial.

Incredible India, Incredible Barak Valley!

Barak Valley: The Valley of Laughter

Laughter is what the postmodern world needs and laughter is in plenty in Barak Valley. Much before the Kapil Sharma Show became popular in our country, there was a television program telecast from Silchar Doordarshan by the title of ” Hashte Mana” ( No laughing please). It was a comedy serial depicting the lighter and humorous aspect of the life of the people of Barak Valley. Comedy stage shows are a regular feature in the valley from time immemorial.

The print media is no less trailing. Humourous write ups are a regular feature in the newspapers and little magazines published from the valley. What is unique and appreciable in these laughter shows and write ups is the absence of vulgarity. Literary critics, media critics and others interested in the study of comedy will find this a very remarkable aspect in Barak Valley. This speaks a lot about the culture of the valley.

Incredible India, Incredible Barak Valley!