[Assam] Grumbling GAME
Alpana B. Sarangapani
absarangapani at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 8 20:50:10 IST 2008
I was in the process of collecting some courage to say the same thing. :)
It was disheartening to read that coming from a person like Uttam.
“In order to make spiritual progress you must be patient like a tree and humble like a blade of grass.”
> Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 08:46:46 -0500> To: uttamborthakur at yahoo.co.in; assam at assamnet.org; swapnilbharali at yahoo.com> From: cmahanta at charter.net> Subject: Re: [Assam] Grumbling GAME> > Unfortunately, you too are indulging in the same superficial and > silly stereotyping.> > Give your sisters/brothers and cousins from Assam SOME credit. They > hardly fit the type you describe. Actually I don't know ANY that > does, even though there might be one here ands there.> > > > > > > > > At 1:58 PM +0530 7/8/08, uttam borthakur wrote:> > >>>>must have set many natives thinking that their so-called 'rich' > >and 'expert> >cousins' are, in fact,capable of casting a magic spell in the > >economic and intellectual> >development of Asom.> >> >> >That is history. This perception has changed with the fall of the > >dollar and the availability of commodities worldwide and increased > >ease of communication. The 'natives' read as middle-class had such > >thoughts earlier, and now their view has undergone a change.( For > >the poor the shine of the dollar never had any meaning as > >such) . There is a joke doing the rounds now: such a cousin who > >visits now a days is restrained from footing the restaurant bill, he > >is showered with gifts of nikes, adidas, raybans, gucci, .... by the > >Indian cousins, he is taken around in airconditioned car of german/ > >us/japanese/korean make, he has to wear the seat-belts too and so he > >goes back dismayed that he could not prove his point that he was > >justified in migrating to a better land!> >> >Uttam Kumar Borthakur> >> >--- On Tue, 8/7/08, kamal deka <kjit.deka at gmail.com> wrote:> >> >From: kamal deka <kjit.deka at gmail.com>> >Subject: [Assam] Grumbling GAME> >To: "A Mailing list for people interested in Assam from around the > >world" <assam at assamnet.org>, swapnilbharali at yahoo.com> >Date: Tuesday, 8 July, 2008, 9:28 AM> >> >The piece written by Swapnil Bharali,although not a scholarly one,can't be> >dismissed as an infantile outburst nor can we brush aside some of his points> >as tripe.> >The annually-held jamboree of the NRA's in Guwahati and frequent descent of> >some NRA's on Asom's soil,flaunting themselves to be '> >experts' ( or> >projecting themselves to be Napoleon of economics ) must have set many> >natives thinking that their so-called 'rich' and 'expert> >cousins' are, in> >fact,capable of casting a magic spell in the economic and intellectual> >development of Asom.I have felt a compulsive urge to demolish this myth.And> >I would do that in a separate piece.> >> >The fact remains that the members of the Asomiya diaspora,living thousands> >of miles away ( looking at their occupational profile and expertise level ),> >will not be able to make any significant dent in the area of Asom's> >economic/intellectual firmament.At the end of the day,it is the native> >Asomiyas who have to look after their own interest.Our coffee-table> >discussion may go on and on but nothing significant/ good will come out of> >it.> >> >In my humble opinion,delivering lectures ( particularly keeping American> >scenario at the backdrop) by some NRA's in Asom or putting out occasional> >statements by the same tribe in regard to Asom,s plight,can be seen as a> >flash in the pan.The Asomiya emigres don't teach their descendants how to> >speak their native language and the same Asomiyas talk of soaking Asomiya '> >nisukoni geet' in salt and vinegar for preservation-----just in case !!! A> >strange lot indeed.> >> >KJ Deka,Sugarland,Texas> >_______________________________________________> >assam mailing list> >assam at assamnet.org> >http://assamnet.org/mailman/listinfo/assam_assamnet.org> >> >> > Best Jokes, Best Friends, Best Food and more. Go to > >http://in.promos.yahoo.com/groups/bestofyahoo/> >_______________________________________________> >assam mailing list> >assam at assamnet.org> >http://assamnet.org/mailman/listinfo/assam_assamnet.org> > > _______________________________________________> assam mailing list> assam at assamnet.org> http://assamnet.org/mailman/listinfo/assam_assamnet.org
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