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Flawed information on State resented

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 20 � It may appear bizarre, but it is in black and white. Assam�s only festival is Baisakhi, Ramling is among its major languages, there is a railway station in Dispur, and Kangali is one of the dance forms; these are information made available in the public domain.

All these are not from any unknown publication prepared by amateurs, but from the Manorama Year Book 2011 that the publishers describe as �the largest selling general knowledge update in over 1000 pages�.

An academic of Gauhati University who had identified the flawed information was aghast that a reputed publication like Manorama could publish materials without any cross checking. �It is apparent that they have failed to do the necessary research, and prepared highly inaccurate information,� he remarked.

He wondered whether information on other States are factual, or contain similar errors, and added that from now onward he would ask his students to be careful while referring to the Year Book.

A reading of the entry on Assam, pages 558-559, reveals a number of slip ups, including information on geography and culture. The Manorama mentions Dispur as one of the railway stations, and Dhuburi and Dhubri as two separate towns. Among the glaring errors is mention of Bhutan as a neighbouring State of Assam along with Meghalaya, Nagaland and others.

Adviser to All Assam Students Union (AASU), Samujjal Bhattacharyya, after learning of the distorted information in a well known publication said that the Assam Government should ban the book, and the publishers should apologise and rectify the mistakes.

The omissions and commissions extend into other areas too. For instance in the paragraph on major religions, there is no mention of Christianity, and in the case of shopping Sulakuchi is the only place that finds a mention.

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Flawed information on State resented

GUWAHATI, April 20 � It may appear bizarre, but it is in black and white. Assam�s only festival is Baisakhi, Ramling is among its major languages, there is a railway station in Dispur, and Kangali is one of the dance forms; these are information made available in the public domain.

All these are not from any unknown publication prepared by amateurs, but from the Manorama Year Book 2011 that the publishers describe as �the largest selling general knowledge update in over 1000 pages�.

An academic of Gauhati University who had identified the flawed information was aghast that a reputed publication like Manorama could publish materials without any cross checking. �It is apparent that they have failed to do the necessary research, and prepared highly inaccurate information,� he remarked.

He wondered whether information on other States are factual, or contain similar errors, and added that from now onward he would ask his students to be careful while referring to the Year Book.

A reading of the entry on Assam, pages 558-559, reveals a number of slip ups, including information on geography and culture. The Manorama mentions Dispur as one of the railway stations, and Dhuburi and Dhubri as two separate towns. Among the glaring errors is mention of Bhutan as a neighbouring State of Assam along with Meghalaya, Nagaland and others.

Adviser to All Assam Students Union (AASU), Samujjal Bhattacharyya, after learning of the distorted information in a well known publication said that the Assam Government should ban the book, and the publishers should apologise and rectify the mistakes.

The omissions and commissions extend into other areas too. For instance in the paragraph on major religions, there is no mention of Christianity, and in the case of shopping Sulakuchi is the only place that finds a mention.

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