[Assam] Fwd: To ---- "Letters to the editor" ---- 'TRIBALS SIDELINED'

Manoj Das dasmk2k at gmail.com
Sat May 5 20:46:35 PDT 2007

ye dil mange more........

On 5/6/07, b.baruah at virgin.net <b.baruah at virgin.net> wrote:
> Tribals Sidelined' appears to be a rather generalised observation. It is
> not a fact that Tarun Gogoi-led government is handled by Brahmins and
> Muslims as there is a sizeable number of tribals in  the Cabinet. If some
> of the Ministers as mentioned are more outstanding than their colleagues,
> thanks for their superior leadership and resourcefulness. It is a fact of
> life that no two persons have the same versatility. Then again the  Cabinet
> system of government is a shared responsibility.
> Many years ago once I made a casual remark in front of an MP in Delhi that
> Government had not done much for the tribal people of Assam. I did not know
> that that particular MP happened to be the Chairman of a committee scheduled
> with the responsibility of looking after the interest of the tribal people.
> I humbled down before the stalwart in no time as facts and figures rolled
> off from his mouth dwelling on  the tremendous achievements in that
> particular sphere. I promised then and there never to put questions to such
> public men without some preparations. Then again one has to be specific.
> The particular family is obviously  in the business of film-making. I
> don't think the mention of their caste is relevant in this context.
> Governments do give grants to deserving applicants who make films,
> documentary or whatever. Producers of  films are like authors of books who
> seek fame. They provide a service of information, education and  entertainment.
> The media cannot shut out themselves from reasonable and informed criticism.
> Self-publicity ought not to be so obvious.
> True, talented tribal women without contacts and money are at a
> disadvantage. It is also a fact that it is an advantage to be married into a
> politically ambitious family. But the latter is a social  issue.
> Bhuban
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