BASARTOR BIBHINNA DIBOSH. my 5th book. Published by Panchajanya, Panbazar, Guwahati. First Published: September 2012. Second Edition: August 2013

SAHITYAR new book. It is a collection of some literary essays and two interviews,published by Bristi, Guwahati-1.Chief distributor: B R Book Stall, Panbazar, Ghy-1.
Khanindra Kr Deka

Work Experience

March 2013 to Present
Working as the Input Editor of Prag News, the first ever private news channel of Northest.
March 2012 to February 2013
Working at Frontier Telivision as senior Sub Editor.
December 2011 to March 2012
Working as the Sr Sub Editor for Ajir Asom, an Assamese daily, published from Sentinel group, Guwahati.
December 2010 to November 2011
Associate Editor of a bilingual business magazine BUSINESS ASSAM published by Assam Chamber Of Commerce.
January 2009 to December 2010
Working for Satsori, a socio-cultural magazine, published from Sadin- Pratidin group, Guwahati, as its Assistant Editor.
July 2006 to December 2008
Working as the Sr Sub Editor for Asomiya Khabar, an Assamese daily, published from Frontier Publications Pvt. Ltd, Guwahati
December, 2004 to June, 2006
Working as the Sub Editor for Ajir Dainik Batori, an Assamese daily, published from HKS Publications Pvt. Ltd, Guwahati
April, 2003 to December, 2004
Working as the Sub Editor for Dainik Janasadharan, an Assamese daily, published from Janasdharan Printing & Publications Pvt. Ltd, Guwahati

Freelance Journalist

Carried interviews and literary as well as cultural reportings for Asomiya Pratidin, Sadin, Amar Asom and Dainik Asom. Various news items were carried in front page

Worked as a translator for the Assam Academic Centre, Guwahati

So many feature and news items, interviews have published in various periodicalslike Prantik, Nandini, Bismoi, Dainik Agradoot etc.

Television Journalism as the host of the programme Kabitar Gadhuli for NE HI-FI in as many as five episodes which were attended by prolific figure viz. Harekrishna Deka, Sananta Tanti, Anupama Basumatari, Lutfa Hanum Selima Begum and Kushal Dutta

Radio Journalism (i) as the script writer in the programme Ajir Prasanga & Sahitya Chora for All India Radio, Guwahati for last few years.
(ii) as the script writer for comissoned programme of A.I.R in non fiction category
(iii) as a contributor to various literary and cultural programme for city based FM Radio like 91.9 Radio OO LaLa and 92.7 Big FM

Publications:1.EI MAHANAGOR, a collection of sketches from city life, published by Sabhyata, Guwahati
2.SAMANWOYOR RUPKAR, a felicition volume of Rong Bong Terang, the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha. (co-edited with Pabitra Bora), published by Dihun, Guwahati
3. SAHITYAR ANUSANGA, a collection of literary critical essays and interviews,published by Bristi, Panbazar, Guwahati.

Other Experiences:
1. Perticipated in the National Executive meet of National Union of Journalist (India) held in Bangaluru, on 14-16 February, 2010
2.Edited the souvenir of 1st CineASA international film festival,Guwahati. of the editor of NORTH EAST YEAR BOOK, published by Assam Academic Centre
4. Editing experience of a career magazine as the Assistant Editor for Mahekia Keriyar Guide from September2004 to February 2005
5. Working for Assamese Encyclopedea as the Chief Assistant of Sankhipta Asomiya Biswakosh, compiled by Shantanu Koushik Baruah and published by Jyoti Prakashan, Panbazar, Guwahati.
6. Interviewed so many people including some prolific names of Assam like Late Lakhyadhar Choudhury (ex President, Asom Sahitya Sabha), Late Sarat Ch Sinha (ex Chief Minister, Assam), Late Golap Borbora (ex Chief Minister, Assam), Homen Borgohain (author, ex President of Asom Sahitya Sabha), Birendra Nath Dutta (ex President of Asom Sahitya Sabha), Late Keshab Mahanta (poet, lyricist), Nalinidhar Bhattacharya (Sahitya Academy Awardee poet, author), Radhika Mohan Bhagawati (veteran journalist) etc.

Embrace us,Diphu

Khanindra Kumar Deka

A strain of the Lun Barim calls from the hills

All the green of the world
Hides there it seems

We say – Diphu Diphu
Love us, embrace us

On your hills, in the crevices
Our dreams live for us

The many colours of our vibrant lives
Are alive within you

The turbulent waters of a hilly stream
Flow down into our valley

Our river Luit enfolds it in its bosom.

(Lun Barim: Karbi folksong; Luit: Brahmaputra)

translated from Assamese by Uddipana Goswami

Guns And Proses

Books by Assamese militants writing from the front tell a different story of the insurgency, says ARUNI KASHYAP

Illustration : samia singh
Chandrakanta Zubaan
220 pp; Rs 295

AFTER THE harrowing Assam agitation of the 1980s, as a generation of young intellectuals took up arms with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), highschool student Uddipana Goswami wrote fiery poems supporting the organisation — while brutal counter-insurgency operations rocked Assam during the early 1990s. In 2009, Uddipana published a collection of poems that critique her early romanticism, We Called the River Red: Poems from a Violent Homeland. During her high-school years, Uddipana confesses, she was smitten by Udipto Hazarika — an ULFA rebel whose poems caught the imagination of her generation. Following in Udipto’s tradition, many more militant-poets have emerged, writing on the extremes of their experience and reporting from the frontlines of insurgency.

Take ULFA publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary (alias Megan Kachari), whose collection of poems, Melodies and Guns (UBS Publishers, 2006), generated immense interest on its release at the 2006 Frankfurt Book Fair. Poet and scholar Indira Goswami, who edited the volume, says, “Books by Megan and other Assamese militants give me a sense of the frustration that still burns in the hearts of a whole generation. The matured style and controlled language tells me that these are people who have been writing from a young age, but have only started to publish now.”

In contrast to Kachari, in a Guwahati jail since 2003 and now out on bail, most of these books are written by former rebels who have surrendered. Samudra Gogoi’s nostalgic A Former ULFA Member’s Memoirs (Students’ Stores, 2008) is critical, but empathetic, towards the organisation and his involvement in the outfit. Set in Bhutan, Roktim Sharma’s Boranga Yan — The Forest Song (Cambridge India, 2006) talks about life in ULFA base camps before ‘Operation All Clear’ in 2003, when Bhutanese and Indian forces overpowered the guerillas. The Fire of Aauling (Basu Publishers, 2007) by Anurag Mahanta, another former militant, brings us the harrowing tale of life in ‘No Man’s Land’, sandwiched between the India-Myanmar border. He depicts the plight of locals who don’t belong to either nation and are tortured by their armies hunting for militants.

These books wouldn’t ever be banned, since they’re more political and less propaganda. They project the lived experience of a generation of students, sportsmen, poets, writers, singers, dancers, brothers and sons. “It is a wrong assumption that there would be aesthetic compromise. I would believe Anurag [Mahanta] was a writer first, and then became a revolutionary,” says author Apuraba Sharma, who serialised Mahanta’s novel in the Assamese daily Ajir Asom. Author Hiren Gohain agrees, saying, “It is very significant, raw, first-hand experience. These are books that can’t ever be written by Assamese middle-class writers who sit at home.” Reportage from ground zero is the essence of their work.

“We can’t ignore these books,” stresses Khanindra Kumar Deka, assistant editor of the Assamese monthly Satsori: “They mirror the most crucial aspect of Assam’s complex history told through the stories of familiar people. The State tells us they are bloodthirsty terrorists and murderers, but their books tell a different story. “They make better writers than militants.” Uddipana says, “If they had seriously pursued writing, you never know — we could have had another kind of revolution.