Post Mortem

Pride and prejudice: Nagaland made

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/16/2019 12:51:43 PM IST

 We Nagas have faced lots of conflicts and have engaged ourselves in so many wars that we might’ve knowingly or unknowingly annihilated our own self- respect and humbleness in the crossfire. With two of the most important qualities lost, we’ve become nothing but apprentices to our own alter ego and pessimistic attitudes. Yes, we are the masters of our own land and it is our liberty to do whatever we feel is right, but this misuse of rights have once again given the opportunity to the outsiders to address us as savages and uncivilized beings even though we resent such attitude, we still behave in a way that we could term ourselves as beasts.

It once occurred to me when I was a pedestrian strolling on the footpath of Dimapur town. There was a non-local man probably in his 40s (he had the looks of a married man) walking in front of me, and in front of him walked a Naga woman with her male accomplice. The path was a narrow stretch surrounded by crowds who were there to purchase goods or were out to catch some air. It was a peaceful two minutes’ walk when the woman in front would look back multiple times gazing fiercely at the non- local man who was in front of me walking. I thought she was bonkers because from what I can see, there was no unruly behavior meted out by the non- local towards her. Then all of a sudden, the lady turned back and accused the person saying, “Keep your hands to yourself” and her male accomplice wasted no time to intervene and started to charge the falsely accused. I was left awestruck because the person accused did absolutely nothing and since he was senile, one could’ve easily pinned him down with a fist. I wanted to back him up, but we all know that we Nagas in all our modesty will try to create this “tribalistic atmosphere” forcing me to leave the falsely accused unattended. 

Did the lady really think she was of utmost beauty? Now don’t get me wrong, she looked ravishing, but what good does it do when her character and her looks doesn’t sum up to an equal standard. What a waste! To me, she was an epitome of “Pride and Prejudice” and like it or not, we all possess one of those qualities or both. Look at ourselves, we cry for freedom without the feelings or desires of oneness. We want to be comfortable without contributing to society while we expect a vibrant future. We wish to attain salvation with no desires to pray and fast. What does that mean? Do we even realize how pathetic we are at times walking in our own shoes and ever felt the need to change? I sure hope this to be an eye opener for all of us because life is just a speck of dust waiting to be blown away and never to be remembered. It doesn’t matter how we begin this journey of life, but what matters most is how it ends. Don’t be the person whose death will make everyone feel sorry, but be the person whose death will leave a lifelong legacy and be remembered forever.

Thotchanmung Jamang, 

Wungram Colony, 

(thot1289@gmail.com)

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