Rebirth of Jodha Chandra Sanasam in Manipuri literature

Surjitkumar Loitam
There is no doubt to say that Jodha Chandra Sanasam (1944-2021) was born twice in Manipuri literature. He wroteIn fact it was not less than four years to bring out such a historic seminar. It was a great mission of long struggle facing several troubles and hardships to organise it successfully.
Somebody may comment that the organisation of any seminar is not a difficult one and any expert will contribute spontaneously their seminar papers as and when they are engaged. This is  their view about the nature of the present day seminar. However in view of practical experiences, I wish them free from such troubles which we suffered a lot. There was also a case to be considered unavoidably that it was the discretion of the learned scholars and respectable experts to accept or reject our request. Although there was the acceptance of the engagement, we are bound at the first stroke to face the trial of success or failure. It was always difficult to find the finished writings at the appointed time of our engagement. It might be their inability to keep the assurance in time due to their personal engagement. Then we were compelled to make a fresh engagement, even then it was hardship to avail the positive result, and then we remained waiting for another date of appointment, again we failed to obtain our objective. Thus we tried to communicate with the respectable expert not less than four times, but he had expressed straight, ‘Don’t take me otherwise, it would not possible for me to accept your engagement, I suggest to engage another one.’
The expressions of the experts were different but the pain given by their wordings were same to some extent. We were facing such a number of incidents. Whenever there was a long gap of communication, we found some expert who said, ‘I thought of the fact that you did not take up your programme or otherwise your programme was over, as for me, I took no step for preparation accordingly.’
Therefore, it is not an easy thing to collect articles from the writers concerned, in view of their whims and caprices. But we were never disheartened. We used to press them humbly again and again to obtain their articles.
In the case of financial problem, we were free from anxiety to some extent, because we were hopeful of our close friends and gentlemen to show their good gesture in our favour. Inspite of difficult experiences along our ceaseless journey, we found such opportune times that there were several respectable scholars and literary figures who were responsive to our approach to keep their commitment at the right time. In such circumstances, I can say that only those who had practical and personal experiences could understand the reality of my struggle.
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