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When I see this, I feel that they are not that unaware children. We can encourage them, we can teach them and we can cultivate them. But it is funny that every time when I go there I have to remind them to place their slippers systematically.
But I hope one day this will be become tnatural. Now, most of them have got to the point where they place their slippers systematically. So, I feel that I can do it. I can improve some parts of their life.
Dr. Akum Longchari is the editor of The Morung Express and has been involved with the people's movements in the areas of human rights, justice, peace, and reconciliation. He also engages actively with the Forum for Naga Reconciliation and is associated with the online community journal, the Naga Republic.
The following is an excerpt from a conversation with Dr Rakhee Kalita Moral.
Dr Imsuchila Kichu is an Assistant Professor of English at Cotton University, Assam. The following is an excerpt from a piece penned by her reflecting upon Naga women and society from the perspective of an insider who has lived away from her community.
In January 2019 at the Togo-Benin Border, our first contact, the taxi driver showed us the boundaries when we were approaching Anehoe, the Togo Township, that shares border with Hilla Kodji/ Benin.
Giving healthy food awareness to the school children in Taungthaman village
This is what Monalisa Chankija had to say when we asked her how she views women's freedom in Naga society:
Taungthman village through the minds of young children
During our field trip to the Togo/Benin boder, we asked the shopkeeper at the Chop bar (local eatery) if she had heard of the Eco before?
“It seemed that the whole city had turned into a huge market.”
On every street corner various food outlets compete for customers with other types of businesses. Most places have very rudimentary facilities.
"Some have simple tables set out in the open, others stay in the sun while others, like breakfast sellers, join sheets together to make a sort of voting booth in a corner of the street"
For some vendors the entire preparation chain is a very serious matter, and therefore personal, especially for reasons related to Muslim (halal) precepts:
The rice in the photo is known as "Namar catsa" or " Caca". It looks strange from its name to its colour. According to the farmers, the rice used to be eaten by the Kings and the senior citizens because it is nutritious. The interviewee shared, "it made up complete balanced nutrition for the sick or weak. But now most of our people don't have much knowledge concerning with that kind of paddy ( including me). Today that kind of rice is not grown widely".
Pipariya, as pointed by a number of early settlers of the town, shares its’ initial history with a section of railway line that was laid out during the colonial rule to connect the cities of Bombay (present-day Mumbai) and Calcutta (present-day Kolkata).
Bruno to vendor: Are you a Moor?
Vendor: “I am a Pulaar (ethnic group from Senegal) sir, and I am from Lao Air. You can't read? It's nevertheless well written on my beautiful stove! - - aere lao cité baratal fouta toro. ... I know this way of preparing meat better than the Moors. It is a job, like any other, that does not belong to any ethnic group."
This is a play song from Kokrajar, Assam, India. Elders enact this with the children. The rough translation of the song is:
Rice cook … cook… cook…
Curry cook … cook… cook
Will you eat … will you eat … will you eat?
Keep for dinner also okay?
Lets go to plant rice now
Let’s make alli now
Let’s break alli
Let’s plant plant
Now let’s go to catch crabs from the holes
No way this side…no way that side… what about this side jogo…jogo…jogo!
Let's build this up together
Let's build this together
The Kokrajhar workshop on rice revealed how urbanization and ‘modern’ non-agricultural lifestyle is putting pressure on the practice of rice cultivation. The space for transmitting indigenous knowledge system is shrinking and rice as a site of knowledge and meaning is being challenged, though it continues to be the main staple in the region. With growing number of younger people migrating to urban areas looking for job opportunities and the gradual spread of urbanization process, the biggest challenge is how to sustain productivitity.
I interviewed one of the weavers about the customer preferences in the design of luntaya acheik .
I want to weave this design (as shown in the pictures) but I don’t do it. I don’t weave this design because the customers don’t like it. If I make it then I will have to sell it at a discount. But some customers from abroad often order older or traditional designs like this.
Lemon is a fruit and a small shrub that grows 5 to 10 meters high. It has many benefits, culinary and therapeutic. I like to squeeze a lemon daily when I take tea. On my visit to Leiden, The Netherlands, I bought a lemon at a Saturday Market – one lemon for one Euro - in July 2019.
“A lemon for one Euro” - It was a high price but it made me think about the two different worlds – one in the south, Mali, where I live and a developing region, and the other in the north- the developed region.
Simi Mariya Thomas, Research Scholar, MIDS, selected a photograph from the exhibition, Ambedkar Nagar- Near Kakkan Bridge, Chennai, to write her story for the session on Reading/Writing/Re-writing/Telling/Re-telling using prompts, 20 December 2019.
Superwomen of Chennai always surprise and excite me. They design their life in a manner in which they are fully involved into some sort of activities around the clock.