Post Mortem

A dobashi of par excellence

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/17/2019 12:05:11 PM IST

 The Dobashi was the first pillar in the governing structure of the Naga Hills during the British Government in the nineteenth century.

The Government appointed the Dobashi for the qualities of character of the man, proficiency in spoken language of Assamese, not for formal education.

The Dobashi was one who carried good reputation and great respect from his people. He was good health and of good built with a keen sense of good sense.

A high native Officer of old was touring the interior areas; the Villagers asked him how long it would take him to become a Dobashi.

Pu Lengjang Kuki of Naga Hills was proficient in Assamese, Angami, Sema and surprisingly understood English. He was a Dobashi par excellence.

Normally, there was one Dobashi from each of the Villages; Lengjang was the Dobashi for all the Kuki Villages of Naga Hills and ultimately he rose to be the Head Dobashi under Deputy Commissioner, Naga Hills, Kohima.

The Kuki-Rebellion of Manipur in 1917-1918 was during the dobashiship of Lengjang Kuki of Naga Hills. The Kuki Villages of Naga Hills did not join the Kuki Rebellion of Manipur.

In the opinion of this Speaker, this very important factor yeasted the destiny of the relationship of the Kuki of Naga Hills and the Naga of Naga HiIls from very early times.

The Kukis of Naga Hills always supported the Naga National Council. It is so to this day. Lengjang Kuki signed the 1929 Naga Club Memorandum to the Simon Commission. This tells a lot about the sagacity and acumen of the Man -Lengjang.

 Man like Lengjang Kuki appears in history only once in seven generations.

Neingusie, Hd. GB of Medziphema Town and this Writer had the honor of attending the unveiling of the Statue of Lengjang Kuki at Ahthibung on 16 of January 2019.

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