Post Mortem

Response to CCoRoRP deadline to Government

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/16/2020 12:49:33 PM IST

 I have traveled all over the eastern region & had witnessed the suffering and needs of my people. My travel had taken me to Longleng, Shamator, Chessor, Noklak, Kiphire, Chare and to almost all the villages of Chang. I also had the privilege to travel with my Sumi colleagues to Zunheboto and Sataka, my Ao Colleagues to many Ao villages. There’s huge income disparity & underdevelopment even in the villages. 

History: As we all know the coming of American Baptist Mission not only brought education but also civilization of the western culture to the Nagas. The five tribes as opposed to the reservation, Ao, Angami, Sumi, Lotha & Rengma, are the beneficiaries of the education & western civilization. You are also beneficiaries of all the development that were allocated from the statehood of Nagaland. Education came to us only in the mid nineteenth hundreds. We have over five to six decades of difference in education. 

Do any of you even take a serious look at Nagaland diary? All those that hold the highest office are from these five tribes. The employment from highest to the lowest comes through those officers & their branches. Many jobs that are allocated for eastern tribes are already distributed to the advanced tribes.  Have you even looked at the distance we have to travel to reach the capital? It cost human toll, finances and time even to get a small paperwork done. 

Education: One example of what impact a good school could lift up a tribe or region. St. John’s School, Tuensang, had raised and educated many of the leaders from the eastern tribes. It was the commitment of the nuns and priests from South India Catholic Mission. Other schools, colleges and government departments that were managed and run by we Nagas had greatly failed the students and the people. Most of those employees, teachers, doctors & officers especially during the early years were not from the eastern tribes. Some never set their foot but drew salaries from distance from the comfort of their homes. Those employees failed the students and the people. There were some who dedicated their lives to uplift the eastern Nagas. I appreciate for their sacrificed. 

All the good performing institutions are in your areas. You benefits in every aspect since you have easy access to good schools and colleges. The infrastructures in the eastern areas are very poor. Even if we have buildings, we cannot attract qualified employees. 

Finance: In real estate “location” is the prime market. These five tribes are in the prime location to the state capital and the business hub. It takes few hours to reach the business centre to sell your goods and to reach the Kohima. But for us we have to travel between six to ten hours, in rugged terrain. Sometimes, our travels are hindered by weather. There is no immediate or easy way to sell our goods for living. We cannot return within a day. We have to arrange for accommodation and food. That takes a financial toll. Many times work at the capital cannot be finished within a day. Nepotism is the favorite underground business in every department. We don’t have the connections or the finances to buy the employment. 

Solution: The only option is through reservation for a period of time. The state government need to invest larger share of the state budget to develop the infrastructure of the eastern areas. More help/scholarship should be allocated for the eastern tribes that major in science and technology. 

The state needs to recruit qualified teachers to work in schools and colleges even if that has to bring employees from outside for short period. The leaders of eastern tribes need to unite for the common interests of our people and region. We need to educate ourselves how the system works from New Delhi to Kohima. That means we need to elect responsible, well informed and dedicated politicians if our future generation is to be serve well. 

Asonla Ongbou Chang



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