Coinciding with the commemoration of fifty years of the historic 19 May the first ever website on the language movement of Barak Valley, unishemay.org was mouse clicked by the noted poetess Anurupa Biswas before a huge gathering in the District Library Auditorium here in Silchar.
The septuagenarian Biswas was visibly moved by emotion as she was recollecting her long cherished dream of the saga of the language martyrs reaching far and wide. ‘This attempt of launching an exclusive website dedicated to the language movement of the Valley’, she said, ‘would be the first step in the right direction of globalizing the protracted fight of our people against all kinds of linguistic aggression’.
In the presence of the editorial team members of the web portal Subhaprasad Nandi Mazumder spoke of the objectives of this venture. The platform of the Sammilito Sangskritik Mancha, an umbrella organization of thirty three cultural groups of Silchar, was used as the launching pad for the website in the evening of 19 May where around four hundred odd strong audiences enjoyed every page of the site projected on the giant screen of the auditorium.
As Amitabha Deb Choudhury, presenter on the occasion, was narrating the subtle nuances of the struggle of the Valley people on various fronts from identity to literature to culture and publishing expressions, the youngest member of the editorial team Arjun Choudhury handed over the memento to Anurupa Biswas as a mark of love and reverence from the website team. Arjun has contributed profusely to the content development of the website with his translating prowess.
Biswajit Das, the Secretary of the Sammilito Sangskritik Mancha, spoke on the occasion when Kabir Hussain, a key member in the techno-team of the site, was navigating through the pages scrolling the annals of geography, history, culture, politics, literature and language movement of Barak Valley. Partha Seal whose camera has done wonders on the site was also present in the programme