[Assam] IN ASSAM DOGS AND PUPPIES ARE KILLED FOR THEIR SKIN AND MEAT
mridul_mb at yahoo.com
Mon May 21 02:54:40 PDT 2007
14/15 years back, one day, while I was dining at College of Vety. Sciences mess, Khanapara as a guest, few naga students were also dining with us. In addition to, the food provided by the hostel, these naga students were eating some black colored (thekera like thing) things in their plate. On enquiry, they said, that's dog's meat, which is put in a bamboo 'sunga' and kept above in the ceiling above the 'juixaal' for 2/3 years and final finished product is that black thing.
Manoj Das <dasmk2k at gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks Himendrada, we'll do our bit.
BTW Sashanka is VET working in NGO sector at Delhi.
On 5/21/07, Himendra Thakur <hthakur at comcast.net> wrote: Dear Manoj,
During my 4 year stay in Nagaland, I became close to my Naga friends, and I came to know that "kukur-pitha" was a lie --- it continues to be a lie today.
It is a lie similar to what you see in the movie "INDIANA JONES" by George Lucas where Indians were shown as people who eat live snakes.
From time immemorial, people hurl ethnic slurs to demean others and glorify the self. India is full of this kind of ethnic slurs. These are the root of India's disunity and weakness. Very often, movies were used to spread ethnic insults. I remember a movie (by a Marathi producer) CHACHA CHOUDHARY that was directed against Gujarati and South Indians. An exception was Uday Shankar's KALPANA where he protested against stereotyping people. Mahatma Gandhi was always against any ethnic slur. His article "Lovely Assam" will shine like a gem forever.
Our goal is to build a strong India for which we need complete extirpation of ethnic smearing. If the report is true, the interview at India TV by Sushri Maneka Gandhi adds up to betrayal of India. Her irresponsibility is paramount because she is a Member of Parliament, a member of BJP and a prominent national leader.
This is a very serious matter. Because of their hereditary features, people from Assam are already facing many problems in Delhi where they are identified with derogatory remarks such as "chepta", etc. For the sake of future generations of the Assamese, the slur hurled by Sushri Maneka Gandhi must be nipped at the bud. This is as serious as the "Grouping" that was stopped by Gopinath Bordoloi in 1946, earning an international reputation of stubbornness.
As a Life-Member and Patron of "Assam Association of Delhi", I propose action in the following sequence:
(1) Assam Association of Delhi should take leadership in confronting the irresponsible, anti-national and divisive lies of Sushri Maneka Gandhi
(2) Before taking any action, Sushri Maneka Gandhi should be notified to explain, within 15 days, about the truth of the report.
(3) On expiry of 15 days, a PIL case should be filed on charges of anti-India activities against Sushri Maneka Gandhi and India TV under the provisions of the Constitution of India.
(4) One thousand effigies of Maneka Gandhi should be burned all over Assam within a month.
(5) Demands should be made to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to condemn Maneka Gandhi.
(6) Demand should be made to BJP to expel Maneka Gandhi from BJP, failing which, rallies should the held all over Assam and Delhi against BJP leadership.
It is a high time Assam should once again take a strong stand. Please let me know your opinion.
I have facts about the lack of credibility of Sushri Maneka Gandhi, which I'll send to you after the 15 day notice mentioned above.
With the best wishes,
PS: For some reason not known to me, my membership at assamnet has been cancelled. Please post my letter whichever way you think the best.
----- Original Message -----
From: Manoj Das
To: cmahanta at charter.net
Cc: Dr. Sashanka ; Ram Sarangapani ; NorthEastIndia ; neglectedindia at yahoogroups.com ; assam at assamnet.org
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2007 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Assam] IN ASSAM DOGS AND PUPPIES ARE KILLED FOR THEIR SKIN AND MEAT
It's 'kukur pitha'. But only eaten in Nagaland. Himendrada, with long years of service in Nagaland will be able to through some light and put the record straight.
On 5/20/07, cmahanta at charter.net < cmahanta at charter.net> wrote:
Let us not be coy about this ancient cultural trait of our people and let the good doctor know about his query, without doubt a truly altruistic and generous gesture to bring a little respite to the sufferings of our canine comrades.
Dr. Sashanka, as you know, we are ashamed of our ancient pursuit of this delectable culinary gem. That is why my esteemed colleague Ram is beating around the bush, not telling you like it is. The truth, doctor, is that it is as Assamese a custom as Bihu dancing, til-pitha khwa ( eating sesame and juggery stuffed rice flour cakes), sunga-saul khowa ( rice cooked in green bamboo tubes over an open fire), eating 'bwnda-kesu-bhaji' ( deep-fried giant earthworms, each 9" to a foot long" -- an ancient source of high quality protein, about 95% of its body mass--compare that to about 15% beef being protein), juit-pwra xaamuk ( barbequed snails--another high quality protein source), fermented fish curry ( small fish buried in wet ground, wrapped in banana leaves and generously spiced up with'bih-jolokiya'--literally poison pepper, the world's hottest pepper and blackish clay dug up from water buffalo wallows in flooded rice paddies, usually shaded by bamboo groves). Those are only
some of our unique culinary heritage.
Anyway, to make a long story short, this delectable doggie treat is eaten all over Assam, in poor houses and rich, modern Assamese families as well as forest dwelling savages, who only wear slivers of dried banana leaves to cover their shame, and that too only under the most piercing gaze of outsiders.
You will do a great service to civilizing our people left behind by the times, if you visit Assam, and write an expose'. I hope you will let Menoka Aideu ( Lady Menaka) and her animal rights group know all about this sordid practice, with a request to bring it to the notice of the civilzed world. And most of all , your service will be remembered by dog-loving Indians whose legacy goes back to Yudhisthir whose companion never parted company even when crossing the river Boitorini, deep down in the nether-world.
With the best of wishes, I remain a despondent Assamese:
Chandan Mahanta USA
---- Ram Sarangapani < assamrs at gmail.com> wrote:
> At one time, atleast , this "dish was was (popularly) called 'kukur pitha'
> and we were told it does happen in certain places. While it is possible for
> Menaka Gandhi to say something like this, I think, this kind of story still
> has legs is because of its strangeness.
> Another thing to think about is also about the Assam in those days was a
> larger, bigger Assam.
> To answer your question, 'yes', I would say most older netters at least
> thought it happened is a certain place. PC (and lack of any
> proof) prevents us from assigning this practice to a particular place.
> On 5/20/07, Dr. Sashanka < sashanka_2000 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > Does anyone have any idea where exactly the following cruelty happens in
> > ASSAM???
> > *"IN ASSAM DOGS AND PUPPIES ARE KILLED FOR THEIR SKIN AND MEAT.(A TRUE
> > STATEMENT).THEY ARE KEPT HUNGRY FOR 5 DAYS THEN ON THE SIXTH DAY FEED ALOT
> > OF RICE AND DAL AND AS SOON AS THE INNOCENT ANIMAL FINISHES THE MEAL
> > ,BECAUSE HE'S HUNGRY FOR 5 DAYS,IN A ROW,**
> > THE BUTCHER TEARS OPEN THE STOMACH OF THE DOG,WHILE THE DOG BEING FULLY
> > ALIVE,THEN ITS KILLED AND EATEN AND ITS SKIN GIVEN FOR LEATHER GOODS.IT<http://goods.it/>HAPPENS DAILY OVER THERE,(AS SAID BY
> > MS.MANEKA GANDHI,A WELL KNOWN ANIMAL RIGHTS ATIVIST,ON AN INTERVIEW,WITH
> > INDIA T.V.)"*
> > * *
> > The link where I found this
> > http://www.petadishoom.com/boards/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1706ឹ
> > Its horrible if really happens in ASSAM and if not then is this a right
> > message to the world??????????
> > Sashanka
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