While many people from North East India keeps complaining about lack of knowledge by ‘mainland Indians’ about states, culture and North East India, but a prestigious book like Manorama YearBook 2013 has come out with wrong and distorted information about Assam. As it is pointed out by Mr. Suresh Ranjan Goduka, famous for his Jeevan Magazine.
According to his Facebook status update, the wrong information are as follows:-
“States of India: Asom: Culture: (a) Dances: Rongali Bihu, Bohag Bihu, Magh Bihu, Kongali; (b) Festivals: Baisakhi. (p.558, Manorama Yearbook 2013)”
What I re-learnt is: Rongali Bihu & Bohag Bihu are different and both are only Dances! Magh Bihu is another Dance! The 4th dance is Kongali! Assam’s festival, and the only one, is Baisakhi!
He adds other errors in the same publication:-
“Rongali Bihu & Bohag Bihu are different and both are only Dances! Magh Bihu is another Dance! The 4th dance is Kongali! Assam’s festival, and the only one, is Baisakhi! Our language is known as Asomese and Ramling is one of the six chief languages of Assam.
There are some other errors as well. Like Guwahati and Dispur are different towns; there is a railway station in Dispur and not Guwahati. Bhutan & Bangladesh are neighbouring States (not countries). Etc.
While Mr. Goduka had written to editors of Manoram Year Book 2013 and has asked them to rectify the error and awaiting response.
It is really shameful that a prestigious publication like Manorama Yearbook has printed such wrong information about Assam. We all request Manorama Yearbook to rectify the errors .