The Simple Life

What is a simple life? Does it mean ignorance? Does your shabby dress make you a simple life? Or does wearing a good dress make you less simple? Simple life lies both in physical appearance and inner heart. A person may seem to be simple but in his heart – he is not a simple man. A person may appear to be a very complicated and discourteous seeing his dress but he lives a simple life. We cannot say a person living a simple life seeing his dress or appearance. A simple man life can be perceived from his speech and character rather than dress and appearance.
What make him to live a simple life? Is that because of his ignorance or is that because of his lack of knowledge? Is it that because of his unintelligent? Is that because he has inferiority complex? Is it important to live a simple life? What kind of message does he sends out to other through his simple life? Why he loves to live a simple life? What are the others perception or view on him living a simple life? Can he changes his simple life easily? Simple life is a character of a man and he cannot easily change due to some simple reason. He loves the simple life and he lives a simple life. A man living a simple life seems to be weak but he is a man of meek. Many learned men become simpler as they learned more and more; they live a very simple life. He cannot be easily defeated by the past, present and future adversities. He is also shrewd in all his works. It would easier to deceive of a man of showy than to a man that lives a simple life. How many people love this simple life? A simple life seems to be less impressive to many people especially the man of ostentation.

A man with simple life has lots of people around him. It shows that many people appreciate his life. A man with sarcastic attitude cannot embrace many people like a man with simple attitude. There is no man more respected than a man of simple life with high thinking. A man with a simple life can mingle with different kinds of people. Many people want to live a simple life but they cannot live a simple life because of his character and attitude, which made him to be a difference person. A simple life comes from attitude and character of a man. Some people are born with meek character and live a simple life. But there are many people who live a simple life due to inspiration from a man living a simple life. Does a man born in an ordinary family make him to live a simple life? No, never, born in an ordinary or royal family is no a matter to live a simple life; born in an ordinary family is nothing to do with a simple life.

Simple men are born both in an ordinary and royal family. Many people learned to live a simple life born in an ordinary and royal family. A man with simple life can live a simple life also complex life. But a man living and having a showy life is difficult to live a simple life unless there is transformation taken place in his life. A man living a simple life due to some problems in life changes again his simple way of life when the situations changed. But a man living a simple life after receiving inspiration from others may no change his simple ways of life. A learned man living a simple life and a life changed due to inspiration is different from a life that changed due to difficult situation. A life changed due to inspiration from others cannot change easily because he loves such kind of life. But a man’s life changed due to bad or good situation will change his life when the situation is changed.

A man lives a simple life no because of the situations. Situation is no the main asset for man to live a simple life; it is only his desire and love that makes him to live such a simple life. Our wants decide our ways of life. Dress does not make a man’s life simpler or more complicated. A simple life does not lies on dress or physical appearance. It lies in the heart of a man.

@Dr. Thohe Pou

August 2007 (


Dilemma in economic and political self determination

Elijah Chara, Research Scholar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.: 31 Oct. 2014 2:57 AM IST

Contemporary Naga Nationalism is dominated by politics of factionalism and divorce of people (Nagas) and power (NPGs); which makes the independence dream even more dramatic, especially to an outsider (non-Naga) who are ready to confused the ever doubtful Nagas with more doubts in an attempt to shield the Nagas of their desires: and the result being, we fail to think out of the box and we fail to see ourselves standing in our own feet rather than depending on false charities showered to us by the adopted parents (India and Myanmar). I don’t deny that Naga Nationalism is an exhausted demand synonymously linked to Money-Money Bang-Bang: enough researches and surveys here and there are done to understand the path of this nationalism which turn bloody, instead of peace and prosperity; and the sudden awakening among the Nagas who started to question the power of gun and greed for money rather than trying to thwart the system that makes us helpless and dependent, which are the evil roots of blood money floating in the Naga society. Yes, helpless and dependent are the Nagas; because we the contemporary Nagas don’t want to help ourselves, we depend on NPGs to wage war with India and Myanmar to deliver Nagas to the promised Land- Naga Homeland/Nagas Lands/ Nagalim and our unwillingness to start a civil revolution for Independent Naga Homeland rather than depending on these (since 1947) NPGs’ guerilla warfare using gun and bloody negotiations which not only divide the Nagas and create intra-hostilities because they prefer ‘hard cash and power’ over ‘independence’ but has also exhausted Nagas of positivity. Because of total dependence on the NPGs to negotiate with India/Myanmar, Nagas are easy prey both to NPGs, India/Myanmar and unexpected ‘side show’ fear psychosis created by world’s capitalists political economy on the Nagas by diverting Nagas attention from Independence to Darwin’s ‘Survival of the fittest’.

They used to say if Nagas get independence how they will survive because there are no economically viable natural resources in Nagas Lands which can feed the Nagas; and this is one of the main point when India always scare the Naga leaders of Nagas future: without India’s economy Nagas won’t survive a year. But to me, Nagas Lands are rich in resources, resources which can make Nagas prosperous, unless greed overtook us. If there are no economically viable natural resources in Nagas Lands, why is the Govt. of India so adamant over ‘Oil exploration and drilling’ in Wokha, Tamenglong and Peren? Is it that India wants to extract all the oil resources from Nagas Lands when there is still time, and only when the oil is exhausted and oil wealth drained to India that India will think of giving Independence to Nagas? This speculation cannot be ignored considering the day to day statement made by Indians (since our primary school history books) that ‘British came to India, took all the wealth to Britain and gave Independence to India only after all the wealth was drain leaving India in poverty’: so India does not want to part with Nagas because Naga Hills is rich in oil.

The Govt. of Nagaland can be clubbed together as an agent of Govt. of India if it fails to protect Nagas resources and future development by simply obeying New Delhi’s flimsy development packages. Again, Nagas Lands is rich with hydro power, no wonder India is adamant over construction of Tipaimukh Dam (tri junction of Manipur, Mizoram and Assam) and Tamanthi Dam (Myanmar), both of them together will generate more than 2,500 MW power, but will the wealth generated from these power plants ever make the Nagas rich? Now, oil and hydro power are the assets of Nagas which can bring economic development to Nagas: so, how can we say that Nagas Lands are devoid of resources? Did India ever tell to Bhutan ‘your country is poor so merge with India and become rich’! If our nearby country like Bhutan can survive of its own by standing on their feet, why are we Nagas so worried if parting from Indian/Myanmar will makes us poorer. No doubt, the giants (India and Myanmar) are just scaring the Nagas that we will be poorer, in fact, they will be poorer.

Of course, we will be poorer which is the case with every newly independent countries but if we are wise and crafty enough, we can turn the poverty into prosperity: even Nagas dream model countries like Israel and South Korea are never born rich, they are made from scratch and little resources; in fact Nagas Lands has more natural resources than in Israel or South Korea, but the only thing we lack is ‘man power’, because we Nagas are ‘maybe’ too lazy to study, that is why we fail to make use of modern economic tricks. Of course I won’t deny Nagas are hard working and intelligent, but we don’t put much labour for better success that ‘now’, in fact, we tend to keep our books and pens aside once we reach our destination (pass exam or get job or retired). We are bad in economics that explains why most Naga Markets are very expensive and unaffordable: our bad economics is also reflected in the use to ‘gun’ to make money, rather than hard work. A good Naga leader will not think of extracting money from the Nagas, but rather think of how to protect the Natural resources of Nagas so that Nagas will benefit from it and proof to the world that ‘Nagas can do it’, but our good leaders are just like Tantri the Mantri, always hatching plots to make more money: I won’t be surprised if any Naga names appear in Swiss Bank Account holders lists for Black Money.

Considering the political scare that Nagas dream of Independence is impossible, there is nothing in this world that is not possible. Armenia and Moldova, countries much smaller than Nagas Lands declared independence from the USSR, the Super Power; Timor East, a country of about 14,000 Sq. Km (1/4th the size of Nagas Lands) declared independence from Indonesia after decades of fighting. Even Israel a small country of just about 20,000 Sq. Km fought single handedly four countries to safe guard its independence. This brings to the question, is guerrilla warfare enough for the Nagas? No, in fact Guerella warfare brought bad image to the Nagas, terming Naga Armies as Insurgents, Militants and Terrorists. Of course, Marxist type or Leninists type or Maoists type or Che Guevara type revolutions saved many countries, but we must not forget that those countries were already independent before the revolution. Maoist Revolution in China was possible because China was already an independent state, and Communism-Maoism only replaced the existing Chinese Govt,, so was the case in Russia, Cuba, Vietnam and Latin Americas. So, when NNC went to China for help, the Chinese only doctrine them with ‘how to over throw the govt. using violence’ rather than ‘what Nagas must do to gain independence’, because the Mao himself deny Tibetan Independence. Enough of external political ideologies in the Nagas, because none of them are helping us: it is time to develop our own Naga Political Ideology just like the English has their own political philosophy, the Germans their own philosophy: but it is danger for the Nagas to develop their own political ideology because it will be filled with ‘ism’ and ‘hatred’, because of our intra-xenophobism: we always aspire to become classy like the westerns, so it is high time for the Nagas to do away with ‘tribalism/barbarism’ and think like the westerns.

Tribalism is never going to save the Nagas, it is like caste system and purdah system hampering social and political development. Oh, coming back to the political dilemma, it is interesting to note in the Naga society how disunited the Nagas, the people, politicians and NPGs: Nagas as a whole are never united (so much hatred among us), Politicians are lined up to impress New Delhi and Naypyidaw and gain some favours while NPGs are never united but fully united when it comes to ‘tax’ issue, everyone wants their share. Concerning Independence, most Nagas shun away from this independence topic, we assume that the responsibility of Independence is for the NPGs, and only the NGPs should do the movements and revolutions. NPGs are claiming that they are fighting/negotiating for Nagas Independence, while the Nagas themselves are not even willing to stand up and shout ‘we want independence’, or are too scared to do so: let’s turn to Indian history, the Indians never said ‘oh, the responsibility of Independence is Gandhi and his friends, Bhagat Singh and co., and INA, so they will fight for our independence while we live normal life’; but no, the Indians actively participate in the movement: but, what about us? Do we participate? Just feeding the NPGs with money and grumbling does not account to participation, unless we also physically shout and demand: so that world might know that Nagas struggle for Independence is the Nagas demand, not Militants’ demand.

Yes, Independence is a must debatable topic: but I want to hear a Naga talking about independence sans NPG’s role. It is necessary for a civilian revolution, rather than Arms revolution and arms negotiation. I am not against NPGs, but just expressing an alternative movement from the peoples’ side because, Nagas Right to Self Determination should stem from the People, not from the NPGs; and the people should demand their rights, not used the NPGs as a medium: otherwise, where is the Right to Self Determination when they (NPGs) always take decision for us as per their whims. But to start an alternative movement sans NPGs, we Nagas need to develop our own political thoughts and economic principles, where unity, equality and prosperity, rather than tribalism prevails.…/PostMortemDetails.aspx…

Sumis seek end to NSCN (K)- GPRN/NSCN conflict

K.V. Nurumi KOHIMA, OCT 31 (NPN) :Published on 1 Nov. 2014 1:20 AM IST

A breakthrough in the recent NSCN (K)-GPRN/NSCN imbroglio appears to gain headway even as the Sumi Hoho and the Sumi frontal organisations have initiated for release of “confiscated keys” of the house belonging to ‘gen’ Niki Sumi of NSCN (K) at Naharbari, Dimapur.

This initiative came after a serious of meetings held under the aegis of the Sumi Hoho along with its frontal organisations including Western Sumi Hoho (WSH), Sumi Kukami Hoho (SKH), Sumi Totimi Hoho (STH), Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu (SKK) and others with representatives of both NSCN (K) and GPRN/NSCN in the recent past.

These meetings culminated at the headquarters of GPRN/NSCN at Khehoi Camp Friday where the Sumi frontal organisations made a “strong” appeal to the collective leaders of GPRN/NSCN to listen to the “voice” of the people for “peace” and “tranquillity” to prevail between the Naga Political Groups to avoid any possible “outside” interventions towards the Naga political issue.
According to Sumi Hoho sources, the meeting at Khehoi Camp was a day-long marathon meet where Sumi leaders urged upon the collective leadership and top functionaries of GPRN/NSCN to re-consider the case in the “larger interest of the Nagas.”

The source said that the “collective leadership” of the GPRN/NSCN, after threadbare discussions with the Sumi frontal organisation leaders, decided to release the “confiscated property” of ‘gen’ Niki Sumi “unconditionally” and later handed over the keys of the house to the Sumi Hoho who later handed over to the Surumi Community Dimapur in the presence of Sumi Hoho officials and other Sumi frontal organisations.
When contacted Sumi Hoho secretary Vihuto Assumi confirmed the developments and thanked the collective leadership of GPRN/NSCN for “keeping the issue of Nagas in the larger interest.”
He said that the Sumi frontal organizations was in “constant” touch with the NSCN (K) leader and expressed hope that this would be reciprocally responded.

Assumi said that there was heightened tension particularly in Zunheboto and Dimapur district due to the sequence of events that followed the grenade blast at the residence of GPRN/NSCN functionary “allegedly” by NSCN (K) and the tirades thrown against each other through the media between the groups that surfaced thereafter.

It was learned that there were movements of cadres belonging to both the factions within the periphery of the groups’ designated camps recently towards which the Zunheboto Town Youth Organization (ZTYO) has also issued caution against these movements.

It may be mentioned that the issue stood that the NSCN (K) blamed its former leader Kughalu Mulatonu of defecting to GPRN/NSCN with “huge cache” of arms and ammunition and demanded that the arms be returned. On the other hand, Mulatonu had blamed the NSCN (K) of seizing his “bulldozer” and had reportedly evicted ‘gen.’ Niki’s family from his house at Naharbari, Dimapur as “retaliatory measure.”…/State/StateNews.aspx…