The Beautiful Lady Martha Fades away

It is indeed incredible but we have to accept the fact; one of the most beautiful ladies passed away on 24th March 09 morning without any sicknesss due to BP stroke only.

Her name is Late P. Martha Pao from Liyai village, Senpati District Manipur. She was a senior Lecturer in Don Bosco College, Maram, Manipur, a well known college in Manipur. She is a scholarly person, a promising lady who wants to work for the welfare of the society. The Naga people in particular to Poumai people have lost one of the most beautiful ladies in their society.

Please pray that her soul may rest in peace with our heavenly father and her bereaved family members may be consoled by our loving God.

The Beautiful Lady Martha Fades away

When are you coming back Miss Martha?
Your parents, friends and students are waiting you
What shall I compare you my dear friend?
You appeared like the morning dews and disappeared
Astonishing and touching every one’s heart
It is incredible – your loved ones are waiting you

Your beautiful dreams to be a faithful wife and mom
All your unfinished dreams – who will carry on now?
You had left unfulfilled many dreams for our people
And now not one can fulfill your dreams for our people
My people have copious of expectations more from you
Why not you share all the dreams before you left us?

You left us joyfully to dwell with our heavenly father
But your sudden leaving us made us numb and speechless
Not one expect your sudden departure from us
Your parents, siblings, friends and students are sobbing
We have lost one of the most beautiful ladies in our society
Oh! It is incredible for me till I see your beautiful grave

“The Girl from Yesterday” – the song by Eagle is with us
As we play the song – we’ll reminiscence your favorite song
But listening to your favorite song can’t console our sobbing
Your simplicity, honesty and industrious nature is incomparable
You have the patient to listen, understand and forgive others
It is still an abstruse for us why you’ve to leave us so soon

A scholarly person like you is rare in our society
You’ve imparted the knowledge and wisdom to your students
And today many students are following your immortal foot steps
Unexpectedly you left but your immortal good deeds will remain
Why not even a single word for your loved ones before you leave?
Your untimely departure is incredible and astounds everyone

(Dedicated to Miss Late P. Martha Pao, who left for her heavenly abode prematurely on 24th March 2009. She was a senior Lecturer in Don Bosco College, Maram Center, Senapati District, Manipur)

By: R.B. Thohe Pou, Pune

“Life is short in this world; take every opportunity to keep good friendship, forgive and contribute something memorable for the welfare of our society” -Thohe

My First Impression Still Remain Afresh

(This is not a Poem; it is just written for easy reading)

 

My first impression still remain afresh

And I keep dreaming and dreaming the same

I’ll keep dreaming even if it becomes a dream

When I first saw your write-up in G.J. Souvenir

I said, “I want to meet and talk to her”

Then I went through again the same article

When I first come to know you in Orkut

The SAME NAME strikes my mind

Suddenly my curiosity was boosted

I said, “If you are the same girl”

I want to talk and meet you since ‘05

Coming to know that you are the same person

Am happy like his dad meeting his prodigal son

It was a dream for me when I first chat with you

And I was excited to chat and meet you online

Sometime I might have disturbed phoning you

But I believe you understand me as a your friend

I trust & consider you as one of my good friends

I may want to talk to you every day

But you don’t have enough time to talk with…

To talk and meet you was my dream as you know

But you may have different dreams and plans

And I’d respect your different dreams and plans

Human beings have many dreams and plans

Unless we have same dream and plan

We may landed to different planet happily or sadly

To some people just knowing their names is enough

But I want to know more than just your name

I want to know you more and more about you

The more I come to know about you

The more I want to know you more

The more I talk to you

The more I want to talk to you

The more I see your picture

The more I want to see more

The more I hear your voice

The more I want to hear more

But I may be one of your least bother friends

Anyway I’m privilege to be one of your friends

Still you don’t know much about my dreams

But I want to assure that you won’t be regretted

For knowing more & keeping me as your friend

I respect the others’ views

I respect the woman’s rights

I respect others’ interest in life

I do understand what others need

I respect others and care for them

I have many interests in your work

I want to help and work together with you

 I also need someone like you to help me

If you understand my dreams and hopes

I would be one the happiest man on earth

And I keep dreaming to work together with

There are many beautiful creation of God

But I find you one of the most beautiful one

What I keep dreaming and hoping for

May come true; that is what I do believe

My dream may come true or may not come true

But I won’t regret for what I’m dreaming now

I know that it is worth dreaming and hoping for

Sometime, I said, “Come to your sense”

But I said, “I know what I’m dreaming for”

I may dream and dream but it I’ve not the key

From the time I came to know and talked to you

I keep looking for the chance to talk to you

I keep looking for the chance to meet you

Sometime the more I try to talk to you

The more you get less time to talk with…

The last chance to meet in last summer was lost

Now winter has set in but busy with works again

You know all my dream and hopes

But I’m still waiting you to share your dreams

I’ll keep dreaming and waiting for…

For it is worth to dream and hope in life

I’m not just dreaming some ephemeral material

But the ultimate one that will remain green forever

And this is the reason I keep praying to God

It would be worth dreaming you & waiting His time

 

                                      (From: Thohe, 30th Nov. 2008)

 

 

The Evergreen Beautiful Tree

Once I travelled through the highland
I notice the beautiful woodland from a distance
As I travelled through the woodland
With beautiful songs the birds welcome everyone
I assume to be a new dignitary guest in the forestland
I keep travelling through the woodland
In summer all those green trees look alike from a distance
Some leaves are broad and others are pointed
I found uncountable beautiful trees
But all the trees shed their leaves in winter –
Except a beautiful green tree I saw from a distance
Through the woodland I continue to travel to find the tree
But on the way I lost the way as I go deep inside the forest
Took a deep breath, I came out from that thick forest
And tried to locate again the green tree from a distance
Many times I have tried to spot that particular green tree
But still I’m on my way to reach in that particular tree
From a distance the evergreen tree looks very beautiful
I wish to go again to find the exact location of the tree
And tie that tree with a rope as a sign of reservation
Whenever I visited that forestland and see the tree
I pondered what if that green tree also dries up someday
Will I find another green tree in all the seasons?
I frequently travelled to have glance of that beautiful tree
I also wish many times that beautiful tree grows in my garden
I find contentment seeing that beautiful tree in all the seasons
I wish to buy that forestland; I wish to fence that forestland
And protect from wild animals and others from cutting down
Will I revisit the beautiful woodland if that green dries up?
I wish to find that tree and reserve for me
But what if I cannot locate that particular valuable tree?
Will I have more energy to travel through the woodland?
I consider that green tree as valuable tree in the woodland
From a distance I also saw the birds perching on the tree
But the bird perching on the tree reveals a good sign only
I’m still watching from a distance and studying the tree
It is my hope that someday I’ll be able to reach that tree
When the other trees shed their leaves in winter
That tree continue to remain green, tall and unique
Many people might have seen that tall and beautiful tree
And regarded as a valuable tree for a noble purpose
I wish to cut the tree and build a beautiful wooden house
And my beautiful house may become home sweet home

The Naga: Clash of Ideology and Principle (Part II)

Today we see another clash of ideology and principle when the NSCN-U was formed by Sumi group to bring unification and reconciliation in Nagalim. Why the NSCN-U was formed is the main question that asked today by many Naga thinkers and other Naga leaders. Does the NSCN-U was formed because of the NSCN-IM cannot bring unification of the Naga people in Nagalim? Why the NSCN-U leaders didn’t work under the leadership of NSCN-IM and bring Naga unification and reconciliation with their present ideology and principle instead of breaking away from NSCN-IM? Did they communicate their ideologies and principle and aspirations to bring Naga unification with the NSCN-IM leaders? What was the reaction and response of the NSCN-IM leaders about the unification of different factions and Naga civil society? How far the NSCN-IM and K have been mobilising the Naga people to bring unification of Naga people besides accusing and killing each other? Today, which Naga faction has the highest mobilising power to bring unification in Nagalim? Do we really need unification and reconciliation before the final verdict comes from the present Indo-Naga political talk? What will happen if there is no unification of Naga faction? Who will lead the Naga people and who will be assassinated after the final decision comes from Indo-Naga political talk? If there is not reconciliation and unity amongst different factions, I perceive only bloods flowing in Nagalim once the Naga received right to self-determination or whatever rights may receive from Indian government.

It may be bitter for some Naga people to accept the ideology and principle of the NSCN-U to unite and bring reconciliation. But any Naga leader or layman who loves the Naga unity and reconciliation should be happy to accept such kind of ideology and principle. Indeed the ideology and principle of the NSCN-U is quite appreciable when it comes to unification and reconciliation of the Naga people. However any group which is formed by a single tribe or a few tribes cannot or will be difficult to embrace the whole Naga society, eg. the Tangkhul and Sumi dominated leaders in NSCN-IM earlier failed to embrace the whole Naga society; the same goes to Khaplang group. So let’s think of a faction dominated by a single tribe or all the main posts come under a single tribe. However some of the thinkers and leaders who are for the unity and reconciliation may have different views – it may does not matter whether the Tangkhul, Ao, Angami, Sumi, Mao, Poumai or any other tribe lead the Naga community when they are capable to mobilise and bring unity and reconciliation the Naga people. Now the question arises – are the NSCN-IM and K leaders incapable to mobilise and bring unity and reconciliation the Naga people?

Today the Nagas in this cross-road add more problems as so called the National leaders having their own ideologies, principles and pride. Today fratricidal policy may be another ideology and principle by some factions but should we accept such kind of ideology and principle? What is their main ideology and principle behind killing amongst the Nagas? I doubt that fratricidal will bring prosperity and earn dignity in our society. Is it impossible to solve the factional problem amicably without killing each other? Today if you are given a chance to choose, what would be your option to choose – whether to get rights to self-determination without peace, development and bloodshed or live a harmonious life with unity and peace in Nagalim without rights to self-determination? How many Naga people would love to live in Nagalim with the present rate of killing, extortion, fratricide and hatred amongst the factional group? I am afraid that if the present rate of fratricidal and problem resume in Nagalim, there may be many Nagas who would love to choose the latter option leaving the dream and aspiration of the NNC. Whatever it may be Nagalim is our birthplace (Home sweet Home) and every one of us may prefer to live in Nagalim having the basic modern amenities than living outside the Nagalim with luxurious modern amenities.

In the last Naga Hoho meeting in Peren (Nagaland State), Dr. Wati rightly said that the Naga resist having self-examination. Not only resisting to self-examination, we are also now started to resist learning and adopting the good culture of the Naga. There are now five factions – 2 NNCs and 3 NSCNs in Nagalim and it will be difficult to avoid incidental killing when they meet incidentally but ambushing and killing the other groups bring only dishonour to their group because Naga want peace and unity in Nagalim. The civilian may not speak out for fear of the gun and ex-communication but every remark or deed is engraved in their heart, which cannot be washed by the blood of the dead men during the factional killing. Our Naga forefather adopted and strictly followed the similar principle of the Christian to live with integrity and dignity. However, we are losing our own principle and trying to adopt the alien culture and principles. Many Nagas are proud to be called as Naga in different cities in India and abroad but it is disgraceful to be called as a Naga when it comes to barbaric factional killing – which seem reviving the antique culture of Naga headhunting with modern weapons.

Some of the characteristics or principles of the Nagas can be observed as – the Nagas love freedom, independence and strongly resist to others domination – may be by their own people or others. “It is one of the Naga characters that they are deeply averse to dictatorship imposition since the Nagas love to live an independent life since time immemorial. Even today – every Naga village is an independent village and they love to live in that way. Naga cannot be dominated and impose by any self-style rule. Nagas are peace loving people and they are more predisposing with the people who threaten and want to dominate” (Thohe: 2006). When this culture or principle of the Naga is disturbed, there is clash of their principle with others, which leads to violence and bloodshed. Not all the world political leaders have the same ideology and principle but understanding and respecting the differences for common good could help to exist peacefully as a global village. Today, unless our leaders realise the problem of understanding the differences – the problem in Nagalim may continue to exist till they realise or retire from their service for the people.

The Naga history shows how the Naga entire villages were almost destroyed and the women were raped; men were tortured and beaten up to death by the Indian Army. Many Nagas joined in underground out of anger to take revenge, while others joined to fight for their own rights. What will happen to your brother and sister today if you threaten, torture and kill them? In this crucial transitional stage, we need to apply our old principle and ideology, which our forefather enjoyed in bringing prosperity and living a life of integrity and dignity. We also need to ponder more seriously about our past history, present and future development. We need to have unity and peace with integrity and dignity otherwise having economic development, intellectuality; independence etc will not serve the purpose of our dream as a Naga. There is not any problem which is too difficult to solve amicably but the pride, unforgiving heart and faithless in God create the problem to accept one another. Many times our leaders know what is good and bad but their unforgiving nature adds more problems to the prevailing problem. Unless our leaders realise that all our Naga problems can be solved amicably and open their hearts to forgive and accept one another – the present problem and disunity will continue to widen.

Our Naga leaders may have different ideology and principle but we need to understand our differences and come to reconciliation table so that the present Indo-Naga political peace talks can be progressed with ease. The Naga GBs and DBs forum and Forum of Naga Reconciliation (FNR) are indeed doing a laudable job. The recent reconciliation football match in Dimapur is another fruitful sign of reconciliation. We may be having different ideology and principle but the ideology and principle to have non-violence, Naga unity and reconciliation should not be compromised with our different ideology and principle. It is our Naga inspiration and dream to have rights to self-determination but we should also not compromise the unity of the Naga people for the sake of struggling to get the right to self-determination. We may be fighting to get the right to self-determination but snubbing the Naga Unity and Reconciliation would bring fruitless and bitter consequences. Anybody who is pretending to fight for the right of the Nagas without considering the Unity of the Naga people is only another traitor who will destroy the Naga society.

Today who would like to join in NSCN and be killed by his own brothers and sisters? Is it worth to be killed by your own brother and sister? For some factions – it may be a pride to kill his own Naga brothers and sisters but any nationalist or sensible person would condemn such kind of fratricide. Indeed it would be worth to die for the Naga people and kill by others and many Naga people are ready to die for the Naga people waiting for unity and reconciliation in Nagalim. I firmly believe that non-violence and reconciliation of the Naga faction would definitely help to bring our Naga dream and aspiration. The Naga unity and reconciliation would also speed up the present Indo-Naga peace talks with the government of India and we need to give full support to the Forum of Nagaland Reconciliation.

It is indeed appreciable that all the Naga faction leaders are gradually coming to understand each other their differences and praying for reconciliation. All the Naga faction leaders also need to know their own capabilities and weakness then there will be not clash of ideology and principle while carrying out their duty and sacrifice for the Naga Nation. Once they know their own capabilities and weaknesses with sincerity, it will be easier to accept others and come to reconciliation table. We know that a concrete building is not built by a single large stone and all those Naga factions having better strength should also accept the others with sincerity and prayer. It is also worth fighting to get the right to self-determination when we work together in one spirit and I personally believe that many young Naga intellectual and the entire Naga would love to participate more actively in solving the present Indo-Naga political problems once the reconciliation of the Naga faction is successful and there is peace and unity in Nagalim. We know, “Unity is Strength” and that is exactly the present FNR understands and doing practically. I personally appreciate the work of the FNR under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Wati Aier also all those Naga faction leaders who are trying to compromise their differences, forget and forgive their past misunderstanding. With our human strength and reasoning it may be difficult to forget and forgive one another but it is possible with our living God- Jesus Christ. Amen (To be concluded).

Dr. Thohe Pou