Ignorant villagers and fame hunger Indian Army Officers

By: Dr. Thohe Pou

One should appreciate and acknowledge what other people have done for you. A memory stone (monolith) may be erected in memory and honor of her or his contribution or helping the people. It is encouraging and laudable that Indian Army under Military Civil Action (MCA) projects have constructed some of the Soccer play ground in Senapati District, Manipur. Do you think the MCA is actively involved in bringing some infrastructures for the people in Senapati District as the present MLAs and Ministers from Senapati District and the Govt. of Manipur have no much developmental plan for the people?

It is interesting to note that Purul Akutpa village play ground, which was constructed under MCA, is christened after the name Maj. Gen. KK Sinha memorial play ground as he helped to construct the village’s play ground. The Maram Khunou village play ground is named after Brigadier Sharma – the Taphou Phyamai village play ground is also named after Major General Binoy Poonnen.

Why to name after one person when the contribution is or fund are from MCA, public or state Govt.? Naming of a place or anything after the name of the person who helps to do is nothing but shows only selfishness and hunger of fame. Why Tamenglong – Halflong road which was constructed by DC Amstrong Pame is not christened after him? This is very simple. He works for the public and not for his own fame. One may accept the concept of naming a village, place or playground if it is contributed individually and constructed the playground. But it is quite amusing when one uses his or her name using common or public fund. Do you think that in the future all the indigenous name of the place, village, house etc will be named after the name of the person who help to make or contributor? Is this trend of naming a road, play ground or anything after a person is a good sign?

The ground was constructed under Military Civic Action (MCA) and not a single penny will be taken out from the concerned army officer. May be there will be someone who will bring some development in your village and he or she may want to re-name after his or her name. Will you sell your village for the sake of developments? It may be also possible that Senapati DC may bring some development in the District, and he or she may want to re-name after his or her name. Memory stone should be erected and placed it honorably. Credit should be given and we should acknowledge whoever contribute or do for us. But naming after the person who contributed or helped to bring development is little strange, selfish and fame hunger only.

It is interesting that our Naga frontal organisation leaders are re-christening the meiteilon (Manipuri), British (English) and Indian (Hindi) name of the place into Naga indigenous’ name. For example: Tahamzam (Senapati) but simultaneously some people are naming the playground after their name. Why the UNC secretariat complex where the land was contributed by Kalinamai Taphou was not named as Kalinamai Taphou Secretariat Complex for UNC? Why the earlier play grounds which were constructed with the helped of the Indian army were not named after them? Is this naming a play ground after the name of the contributor’s is a new revolution of the modern educated societies who are hungry for fame or this a part of their mission to Indianised in the area? Why naming after an army officer when it was done under MCA?

The Ministers and MLAs in Senapati areas have not contributed much for the development of the people. The same to the frontal Naga organisation leaders have not done much for the people in the district. So, we should acknowledge and grateful to the concerned army officers who have posted in the areas and brought some developments for the public. However, naming the play ground or any project that comes under their department is seems to be too selfish and too much after their own fame. With the present trends of naming anything after the person who contributed or helped to do something, in the future there will be no name left to be christened again except re-christening.

Young vote for development, seniors for Naga settlement

Young vote for development, seniors for Naga settlement
ByOinam Sunil, TNN | Feb 24, 2013, 12.08 AM IST

DIMAPUR: Though it was a bright and sunny day, it looked like as though there was a bandh in commercial hub Dimapur. Streets were deserted and markets shut. But the scene at polling stations was completely different.

Unlike 15 years back when Nagas termed assembly polls as “Indian elections“, there was a mad rush at every polling booth. The rush was almost a throwback to the Seventies and Eighties when people queued up for tickets at cinema halls.

An election is no longer perceived as an exercise “imposed” on the people. It is now viewed as an exercise to decide the fate of the state and its people. “I came to vote for the development of Dimapur-II, which is my constituency. What we need is good roads, better drinking water and uninterrupted supply of power,” said 29-year-old I Imchen at Lengrijan.

He said people came out of their homes early in the morning to cast their votes. Though polling began at 7 am, long queues were seen in front of polling stations from 6 am. Security personnel had a tough time handling the long queue of voters.

It was a chaotic scene at Naharbari as voters pushed their way into the government primary school polling station. There were two queues —– one inside the polling station and the other outside for entering the premises. As the gate opened, a Naga woman volunteer shouted, “Only six can enter at a time!”

She took the help of security personnel to count the heads and allowed only six to stand in the queue.

At the Lengrijan Primary School polling station, an Ak-47 wielding CRPF jawan said, “It is better here. I have just come from Srinagar.”

He added, “I was told there was a lot of trouble in Nagaland. But people are casting their votes peacefully here unlike in Kashmir.”

The older generation said they were voting to find a solution to the decades-long Naga problem. The peace talks are the main issue this election and every party has made it their electoral plank. “Our priority is to solve the Naga political issue so that peace returns to the state,” said 53-year-old Inashe Chishi.

Waiting for his turn to vote at the Dimapur stadium polling station, Chishi explained the need to find a respectable solution to the Naga insurgency problem. “We want the new government to address this issue first and help bring peace and development,” he said.

He was voting in Dimapur-I constituency —— the only general seat in Nagaland where 75 per cent of the electorate were non-Nagas.

Asked about insurgency, young voters said the issue is important to all Nagas, but what is more important to them is development and creation of employment opportunities.

Candidates also knew the changing psyche of Nagas. Supporters of different candidates were seen distributing mineral water bottles to voters standing in long queues under the sun to quench their thirst.