In first woman Indian Idol,joyous state seeks own idol

As Agartala exploded into wild celebrations after local girl Sourabhee Debbarma stormed to victory in the finals of Indian Idol.....

Written by Nadim Siraj | Agartala | Published:March 3, 2009 12:29 am

As Agartala exploded into wild celebrations after local girl Sourabhee Debbarma stormed to victory in the finals of Indian Idol,the Tripura Government is planning to utilise the success story in its fight against insurgency.

A day after the Agartala-born tribal girl became the first female winner in the widely followed national singing competition,Tripura’s Minister for Tribal Affairs,Jitendra Chaudhury,told The Indian Express that the youngster’s success can be used as a plank to persuade disillusioned youth in the state from resorting to insurgency activities.

“Well,now that she’s made Agartala and the whole of Tripura proud,she can be a lesson for many youngsters in this state,” Chaudhury told The Indian Express here,adding: “We will soon see more youngsters taking to singing and vying in singing competitions,and seeing Sourabhee’s success,many youngsters will realize there’s more to life than insurgency. Sourabhee’s story has become an example for many of us,particularly for many tribals who feel sidelined in society for various reasons.”

The buzz surrounding Sourabhee has seen simmering age-old tensions between tribals and non-tribals die down for the time being. And on Tripura’s political map,the Indian Idol effect is surprisingly witnessing the two warring parties — the ruling CPM and the Congress-led Opposition — join hands and celebrate the occasion.

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