Post Mortem

The independent Nagas

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/1/2020 1:01:00 PM IST

 On economy of Naga society, one expert (of British Era in Naga Hills) wrote, “Economy begins with agriculture and ends with agriculture”. Our forefathers and fathers were hard working, honest and courageous. They cultivated everything or anything needed for family’s consumption. They were self-sufficient. Even the poorest of the poor was self-subsistent. Families with surplus produce shared with their neighbours. It was shame to sell surplus produce when the neighbour was in need. In fact, there was no buyer as everyone cultivated for his family. Nobody begged for food. There was no starvation. They always helped each other. No member of the village was left to the mercy of circumstance. The rich in the village hosted feast of merit for the whole village and even surrounding villages. None was too rich or too poor as to beg. Such was the perfect equilibrium and harmony of the Naga society. Our forefathers and fathers never depended on foreigners to live. They were self-contented. Agriculture gave them sustainable economy. Every aspect of Naga life revolved around agriculture. It gave them great sense of independence. Our forefathers and fathers wanted that age old harmonious life to continue without any foreign interference. They did not want any dilution of our culture by any alien culture. Naga’s socio-political system was of pure democracy. Our forefathers and fathers never envied any foreign culture or system. They wanted the best for their posterity. They cherished agriculture based self-sufficient life to continue for their children. Had there been no foreign invasion and colonization, it was not impossible for our hard working forefathers and fathers to realize that future for today’s generation. Had there been no betrayers and a traitor among Nagas, there was no reason as to why they could not scaled their ambition. 

COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a good lesson that life on earth is nothing more than food and health. Food is the lifeline. Real independence lies in food security. People feared food scarcity as much as they feared the disease. It reminds us of how vulnerable we are without food sufficiency. COVID-19 reminds us of our ancestor’s independent life. It is an opportunity for Nagas to go back that root. Yes, the root of work culture. We need to remove dependent mentality. Let us begin with agriculture. Let us begin with backyard kitchen garden. It is not enough to lament only. We need to act and act wisely as our forefathers and fathers did. God bless Nagaland. KUKNALIM.

Dr. K. Hoshi, Phek Town

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