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Mary Kom from Assam? Thank You Sirjee!

Posted by Rojit on August 8, 2012

Being a Manipuri and despite not much of a news follower, yet yesterday was a day to remember for reasons weird world has to salute it! The simple yet funny thing goes something like this – The great Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tweeted ‘out of joy’ that Mary Kom (a manipuri woman boxer) has assured a medal in London Olympics and she, a mother of two, is from ASSAM!!

Now this tweet was made at 2:01 am, 7th August which of course was unknown to many. Thanks to media and twitter world, the news came spreading and everyone including ‘mainland’ Indians as well as Manipuris were shocked. Hundreds of messages, facebook updates, tweets, blogs started pouring in commenting or rather mocking at this poor General knowledge shown by sucha great personality of India.

There are plenty of things to ponder over. First and foremost is the simple fact that I can feel the anger and disappointment shown by my fellow manipuris. This little tweet was just another to the list of reasons Manipuris feel totally alienated from India. If a well educated personaily, not to forget the KBC anchoring part, doesn’t know where Mary Kom is, and yet holding the Olympic torch in front of everyone representing this great nation then, something’s seriously wrong with Amitabh Sir and ever worse for the ranks and files who have no idea about the NorthEast.

Manipuris are proud people and this mistake can’t be easily tolerated and that too after a series of many incidents that somehow always have their punchline – India don’t care about Manipur!

I just have these following questions in my mind after yesterday’s incident.

1) Does it really matter to a great Indian like Senior Bachchan who is supporting India in this Olympics to actually know where Mary Kom is?

*Did you, yourself,(as an Indian) know where Vijender, Sushil Kumar, Abhinav Bindra, Saina Nehwal, Deepika are from? If you didn’t know that, does it really matter at all being a sports-lover? Coz I don’t. They are all Indians who love playing their games and on the path, make this country proud.

2) If you were that pissed off at Mr. bachchan’s tweet, did you actually ask yourself the full name of Mary Kom? Did you really know it by heart the full name? Coz seriously, I didn’t know. Now also, I don’t have a clue. I believe Mary Kom is a brand that will sell by itself and shall always make this small state of ours and this country proud.

3) Finally would Mary Kom herself be so angry with Mr. Bachchan for falsely mentioning her state’s name as Assam? She is such a humble human being. I believe she’ll be infact elated to hear a great personality mention her name.

This post of mine will have lots of points, various people across different states would laugh at my shallow thinking. But I’m happy with the series of things that happened yesterday. If Mr. Amitabh had mentioned Mary Kom’s state’s name correctly, many people who have now known where she is, might have not known. It’s very important to also know that Bachhan himself corrected his tweet within 5 minutes saying how sorry he was. That again shows his world of simplicity. Plus, his blog in tumblr contains a full length paragraph showing appreciation and happiness with how Mary Kom has achieved her feats. It’s heart whelming to learn people, like himself does care about a Manipuri like Mary Kom.

Btw, he again tweeted Vijender’s name wrongly which he rectified again. He’s really getting old, fellas ๐Ÿ™‚

Where will we ever stop of this uncanny knack of mocking at someone’s mistakes? When will we ever stop of mixing sports, films and politics!? When will we ever stop hating each other!

As Russel Peters in one of his acts said, ” Indians can never be terrorists! Coz terrorists hate Americans and we Indian hate ourselves!”

Wishing the best of luck to MC Mary Kom for her match. Go for GOLD!!!

And congrats for winning a medal for India. And thank you Amitabh Sir as well.


3 Responses to “Mary Kom from Assam? Thank You Sirjee!”

  1. Valentina said

    Seriously, we need to stop feeling discriminated all the time. So much hype over Big B’s tweet of Mary Kom belonging to Assam. Of course his ignorance is a disgrace but its time to call it quits and draw a line to this gimmick. Even I dont know which state Sachin Tendulkar belongs to…we are Indians first and we really need to stop thinking that we are being discriminated at every stand!! Kapningba ama yaowe eikhoi Manipuri macha gi wakhal se…… ๐Ÿ˜›

    Well written!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rojit said

      Haha..thanks Valentina. Finally found another one who has similar thoughts. Kappurabane eikhoidi swaida ๐Ÿ˜› Thankooo once again!

  2. James said

    A little late to see but without discrediting what you have said, I would never put any message through “social media” if I didnt confirm the facts. If I dont know what Mary Kom’s mother’s name is I wont put it as simple as that. I would assume her mother name to be “memthoi” or something else and put it in the internet. Yes its true it doesnt need not be dragged on not its not because its a simple issue but because he apologized and corrected it. Being a frequent user we ought to know what a beast social media is. Its not me and you having a casual talk anymore.

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