[Assam] Profile on Shantikam Hazarika ---by Mitra Kalita

Chan Mahanta cmahanta at charter.net
Thu May 24 12:19:57 PDT 2007

Good to have you back Xourov. Hope you will stay for a while :-).

*** I think the issue has to be looked at in more detail.  Hop[e 
Hazarika will share his thoughts on the assessment.

If I were to look into it, my queries would be:

	Who does this group of  people with that 'dependency culture'  include?

	Does it include ALL who live in Assam? Or does it include 
only those who are
	'ethnic' Assamese?

	If it is the former, then the cause might have environmental bearing.

	If it is the latter it might be cultural/economic /education 

	Also if it includes only the ethnic Assamese, then does it 
encompass ALL economic
		strata?  If yes, that would be difficult to believe. 
Because for those from the
		lowest economic strata, like rural folks, it would 
not be a persuasive
		argument. They do not have the luxury nor the 
wherewithal to go plea for
		a seat at a sought after institution for their 
underage children, much less for
		grown adult children.

	That would leave urban/educated/economically established 
sector in this group.

	That would lead one to inquire if the Indian governmental 
structure, where mai-baap
	who know best, dictate to its grown adult children on what 
they can or cannot do and
	control all their activities with the purse strings, creating 
a permanent set of dependents
	have anything to do with it?

These are only some of the questions that come to mind. There are 
more. It would be nice if Hazarika shared his thoughts and others 
pitched in too.

Finally, if anyone in this list has Mitra's e-mail address or can 
contact her, he/she might consider requesting her to participate in 
the discussion too, if she can; or at least listen in.


At 8:21 AM -0700 5/24/07, xourov pathok wrote:
>A good question.  The last few days I have been looking for 
>barasahoriya bhaona on the net, and that culture did not look 
>dependent.  But put another way, it could mean the Assamese have a 
>strong sense of community, and work best in a community.  The 
>individualist streak is missing, probably.  
>The individualistic streak can only develop in an urban environment, 
>and even Guwahati is just a generation away from its rural moorings. 
>Shantikam Hazarika is probably a pioneering urbanizer, in that sense.
>----- Original Message ----
>From: Chan Mahanta <cmahanta at charter.net>
>To: xourov pathok <xourov at yahoo.com>; assam at assamnet.org
>Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2007 10:21:41 AM
>Subject: Re: [Assam] Profile on Shantikam Hazarika ---by Mitra Kalita
>Re: [Assam] Profile on Shantikam Hazarika ---by Mitra Kali
>That was a fine article by Mitra. Hazarika can take just pride on 
>it.  I saw it earlier. One of Hazarika's comments struck me as 
>>"Here, we don't teach
>>people to stand on their own two feet," he says, rueful again. "I call
>  >it the dependency culture. It is the biggest stumbling block to 
>development out here," he adds.
>*** Question is WHY? Where did it spring from? Is it genetic? Is it 
>acquired? If so from what?
>Perhaps we can dissect it and learn from? Perhaps Hazarika can 
>elaborate on it?
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