Sanskrit was the ‘official’ language –the ‘Raj Bhasha’ for several centuries in the North East India reminding us the glorious past of North East India which includes 7 contiguous states viz., Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland , Mizoram and Tripura known as 7 sisters.
North East boundry is strategically important
The entire North East boundry is strategically important. Late Shri Golwalkar Guruji had been consistent in inviting the attention of the then Union Government while emphasizing to be more vigilant towards the Northeast region. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on its own part, had promptly deputed several young ‘Sangh Pracharak’ to the region to serve the strategically sensitive border area in and around 1950 such as late Thakur Ramsingh from Punjab , Madhukar ji Limaye from Maharashtra (-till his demise in November 2015 at the age of 90), Dattaji Shenolikar, Shrikant ji Joshi , Sudhakar Deshpande to name only a few, all of them served the Nation in Assam. We find that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has contributed to the rise of the nationalist awakening , a sense of belonging and awareness over half a century in the region through its unique mantra- the ‘shakha’ in Assam too.
The strategic importance and seriousness is depicted from the statistics as following :
The population figures of the Northeastern States according to the 2011 census are : Assam—3.11 crores, Tripura—36.71 lakhs, Meghalaya—29.64 lakhs, Manipur—27.21 lakhs, Nagaland—19.80 lakhs, Arunachal Pradesh—13.82 lakhs, Sikkim—6.07 lakhs and Mizoram—10.91 lakhs.
North-East region once upon a time was seen as a ‘gateway of commerce and culture which linked India with South East Asia’
The rate of decadal decline of the Hindus in the ‘poorvanchal’, according to a recently published University research paper is : in Assam -3.42%, in Arunachal Pradesh -5.56% , in Meghalaya -1.74%, in Manipur -4.62%, in Mizoram -0.8%, in Nagaland 1.05%, in Tripura -2.22% and Sikkim -3.17%.
As at present the demographic map of Northeastern states excluding Assam has alarmed a rapid variation, which has made the region seriously vulnerable to foreign influences . The latest 2011 census figures including that of 2001 census indicates the presence of several other communities which is on the rise whose growth rate is of the order of 50.06% especially in the recent decades whereas the growth rate of Hindus there has sharply declined to10% suffering an alarming loss in its share of population.
In spite of the various tactics adopted and deployed by the foreign elements in the region to alienate the tribal communities from their roots, there appears to be a reverse trend , that they are slowly reviving their ancient traditions and customs.
North Indian ancient history around Kamrup or Pragjyotishpur( i.e. Guwahati) which had stretched across Tibet, part Bihar, Myanmar,West Bengal and partly Bangladesh is adorned by its makers since ancient and medieval period such as Bhagadatta of the Pandav period Pushya Varman , Gadadhar Singh Swargadeo , Rudra Singh , Kumar Bhaskar Varman , Sukhaphaa , Shrimant Shankar Deo, Shri Madhav Deo , or several centuries earlier great Sanskrit plays like ‘Mudrarakshas’ depicting socio-political history of the region, the great warriors like Veer Chilaray, Lachit Badphukan, Rani Gaidinliu of Nagaland in the recent times, besides Assami dance culture known as Shatriya pioneered by Shrimant Shankar Deo for over several centuries, all these instances are highlights of the rich past of our ‘Poorvanchal’.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh too has continued with this glorious tradition of arousing nation building process through its tradition and ethos of nationalism expressed in its melodious ‘geets’. Randomly identified Jana-Jati languages covered are Bodo , Karbi , Mising, Nyshi , Adi, Khasi , Garo , Galo , Tiwa-Lalung , Saduri , Manipuri , Kop Gorakh , Mizo , Nepali , Coch , Hajong , Rabha , Zemenaga , Dimasa , Apatani , Miji , Mishmi and Monpa. A couple of Hindi songs too are performed by these ‘Jana-Jati’ singers. Over 100 melodious tribal songs are performed melodiously by our ‘jana-jati’ brethren in the ‘Ishanya Symphony ’.
The melodious treat in this MP3 long play CD- ‘Ishanya Album’ , is an humble tribute to remember and resurrect the lost ties with the musical times of immemorial past. the theme of which is the inspiring life of Dr.Hedgewar and Shri Guruji , nationalism, our motherland and glorious cultural past of India i.e.Bharat.
The CD is slated to be released in Guwahati , Assam , on Saturday , the 27th August 2016 at the august hands of Hon’ble Shri Naba Kumar Doley , Minister of State for Cultural Affairs , Government of Assam. The function is organized by the Samskar Bharati, Assam State .It will be attended by prominent personalities in the field of literature and music.