Janghaolun Haokip

Janghaolun Haokip

Janghaolun Haokip, a resident of Kholep Village, P.O –Motbung, Kangpokpi District, Manipur -795107  is a regular contributor of articles to Imphal Times. He completed his B.A (Psychology) Delhi University, Delhi and is currently pursuing Bachelor of Divinity at Manipur Theological College, Kangpokpi, Manipur. He used to work as a Assistant Teacher in English Literature for two years at MBC Higher Secondary School, Kangpokpi Mission Compound, Kangpokpi.

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We will make it simple, and twisted at the same time, just like how your lives would be from now on. I believe many of you already have a clear insight on what the next giant leap of your life would be like. For those of you who don't, I hope and pray that you soon will. 

The future you're about to live are chapters to be written in your history book. I remember when I was about to be Baptised (For Christians, Baptism signifies a confession of faith), my mother told me that it was to be the start of my Christian life, that everything I do from then will be counted on the judgement day. I believed my mama then, and I also believe the same applies to our career. 

Every course you take now on will decide your fate. So, it is Ideal that you take time to reflect on yourselves and what you really are inside and out. This will help you choose the best for yourselves in what you want to pursue, that depends on what you want your profession to be in life. 

It is rather simple to say as most of us might have had it well figured-out already. But if you happen to be one like me, just jumping round list of courses only to have to opt for what your friends are about to, you really need to go home and really think of what you want to be in life. I'm really excited about politics and social issues but I'm a Science graduate in my Higher Secondary. 

All through my classes, it was all about mental pressures and dull study hours. Science might be exciting, but it wasn't for me and I had to suffered all through it while I could've enjoyed learning politics and social issues. 

Your choice of stream of learning is arguably one of the most important step to success. It must be a subject that interest you, that gives you an inner zeal to go for more until you're physically exhausted. This way, your learning will be more fun and productive in your career prospects. 

Some of my classmates had another crunch. Most of them were brilliant students and were quite okay with the subjects. However, most of them seemed to have suggested me to conclude that their learnings were still a dull experience. Those were victims of the ardors of their parents. There are some of our parents who wants us to fulfil their desires while ours lay waste. 

As much as we love our parents, we need to know that they aren't living our lives and that it is only ours to live. If you love History, go with it, don't go for Commerce for your parents. It's only important that you do your best and it's less important to try to always be the best for people we care. 

It's not a failure after all and your parents only needs patience until they see you so happy doing what you love. 

Like we said before, THINK, take time to reflect on yourselves. The leap you're about to take it is giant. It's not just wearing a different uniform and switching styles, it's about what you will be in the future. Most of peoples failures are hastiness and unreasoning in taking decisions. 

Your results are your certificates to educational maturity. It is therefore commendable that you are likewise responsible for your future and the life you will live. It is simple to study hard and get good grades. What is hard is to do a simple study and get good grades. 

Both are possible and it all depends on your foresight and hence your choice. However, this isn't saying that choosing right is getting half-way to success, it's just about the acceleration of your start. And remember there is no substitute to hard-work, not even choosing right. 

The importance of knowledge today is too much a peril to undermine. It is like an Identity-Card to access the world everywhere without which you are just an unwelcomed guest or either welcomed only to serve the educated. It is the sole ticket to live and we are all otherwise just survivors fighting for a loaf of bread. 

Education has more or less become the new morality of humankind, without which you are more likely to be constantly threatened by the society of your own race. It is awful, yet it is to live that we must understand the importance of knowledge. Nevertheless, our intellect tends to be founded on our knowledge base. Hence it is not wrong to say that knowledge and intellect are also the art behind affection that we all desire. 

Be it an Art or a Science or an Athletic or a Servicemen, it is knowledge that will be one's fortune in his/her life. 

What do you do? 

Start setting a goal if you haven't yet got one. Start dreaming of all the good things knowledge can bring you. Imagine a life without knowledge if you must. I bet when you see -it will all be worth it. And the goals you set will drive you; your dreams will motivate you and your imaginations will inspire you. You have to remember, it sometimes is logic when the physique stops working. 

And also remember to set your minds right and surround yourself with positive people, most preferably a caring and an exemplary person. The ideal kind of emotional mindset you shall have must advisably be strictly limited to your parents and friends alone; the opposite sex are positive and as well negative you might find it hard to distinguish and end up in a pit of discouragement and eventually failure. 

Respect moral values, most of all, respect yourself and others and as well your commitments too. The respect you have today will be your reward tomorrow. 

I'm aware I'm telling you things everybody else must've told you so. However, under any circumstances, your freedom of choice will always be well respected. Just remember that you're no more in high school. You'll have more freedom and more fun if you intend to. But otherwise, note that the books are going to get thicker and the chapters will be harder to understand. 

The Five hours of daily study might no longer be sufficient to understand as much as you do your High School lessons. Your struggles and efforts are likely to double. 

But you've learnt the art of struggling and achieving that I hope you'll treasure; periodically remind yourself of it. Everything can be done in it's way to do it. Success has courses and no shortcuts. Regardless of what we want to be, it always is necessary to keep one simple rule in mind, "There is always hope for the soul that dreams and work for it". 

Nothing can hold you back from the things you really set your mind to. 

Always remember, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. 

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 18:40

Smartphones and Stresses

By : Janghaolun Haokip

Today, the best way to hush a baby is to hand them a smartphone. You need to play a video they like and hand them the device to make them stop crying. For instance, our little girl would always demand that we play ‘The Finger Family Song’  otherwise she would start all her dramas. 
Smartphones undeniably have a massive impact on our world today, especially on the younger generation. Even before completing their high school we start getting them smartphones where they can access the world at their fingertips. Within a short span of time, these children start being obsessed with their smartphones, to the point where they literally almost make it a part of themselves.
While the younger teenagers are simply onto videos that they entertain themselves with, the bigger problem is with the younger adults (late teens to early twenties) who are onto various social media platforms that are often taking them away from reality which in most cases proves to be extremely defective in the long run. It is to be reckoned that for these younger adults, it is the time when they experience significant changes both physically and mentally and hence are always in search of ways to be ably adapted to these changes that are often stressful and highly anxious for them, and given that situation they somehow learn to rely on drugs and social media.
Simon Sinek, one of the leading life coaches today says that using smartphones and engaging in social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter releases a chemical called Dopamine which is the exact same chemical that makes us feel good when we smoke, drink, or gamble. This means that like intoxicants, social media platforms are also highly addictive as it is evident from young people using it to help them cope with the stress and anxiety of adolescence. It is the same reason why we are so obsessed with checking the number of engagements in our social media. In other words, our lives become wholly or partially determined by social media.
Unfortunately, this becomes hardwired in our brain for the rest of our lives that when we suffer significant stress we do not turn to a person but we turn to drugs or social media or both. As we grow older, we don’t know how to form deep meaningful relationships because we have never practiced the skill set, and worse we don’t have the coping mechanisms to deal with stress. Social media becomes an escape that offers temporary reliefs. But what about the long run?
It is true that people who spend more time on Facebook suffer higher rates of depression than people who spend less time on Facebook. This is because we miserably fail to cope with the reality of our changing stages of life. Instead of facing the real problems that we have and learning the coping strategies we need, we tend to run away from our problems and always try to find an escape in other things such as social media and drugs. Like mentioned before, this badly affects our lives that when we are faced with reality, the only thing that is left for us becomes depression and anxiety.
Many youths today are addicted to social media. A bigger concern is that we want to show the world who we want to be but that which we cannot be because we are wasting our time on social media futilely hoping that it will provide a shortcut to happiness. But, on the other hand, happiness has to be earned. Contentment has to be earned. Everything worth in life has to be earned and there are no things as shortcuts. If you take a shortcut to happiness, your happiness will be short-cut. It simply wouldn’t last like the saying goes ‘Everything worth takes times.’
The younger generation has to understand this today that they need to find a balance no matter how tempting social media is and how dull their studies are. There is nothing wrong with social media, the problem is the imbalance. Don’t be on your phone when you are sitting with your friends. If you are in a meeting, don’t constantly look at your phone as if you are about to win a lottery. Stop checking your phone every other time inside the church. Otherwise you are already addicted and that’s a really bad sign for your future.
We need to face the stresses now somehow, otherwise the more we run from them, the bigger and more destructive they become. Keep away your smartphones today and deal with your stresses like a real person. Give yourself some time to really think and not to really distract yourselves. All you have to do is simply let the first things first and follow the rules of life. Life will just be fine then.

Thursday, 13 May 2021 18:49

Are the Kukis refugees in Manipur?

By: Janghaolun Haokip

 

Lately, Manipur has undergone severe communal tension that arose between the Meeiteis and the Kukis, the two largest communities in Manipur. The Kukis have been incessantly called as ‘refugees’ and ‘foreigners’ by a section of the Meeiteis, who are also hastily followed by some other rather insignificant groups with vested interests. In fact, over time, the Kukis have faced this malignant discrimination of being termed as refugees and foreigners in their own ancestral land which has come to an intolerable point. This article seeks to act as a reminder for the already written facts of various history books and the oral traditions of the great and respectable fathers of the Kukis.

Who are refugees?

The term ‘Refugee’ in international law and its legal definition as laid down in the United Nations “1951 Convention” and its 1967 Protocol means “A person who owing to well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”. 

This definition clearly states that, ‘refugees’ are those who are outside the country of his nationality. It also asserts and evinces the fact that, ‘refugees’ are those who are seeking protection in a certain country outside of their own. Moreover, in the words of Dr. Lamtinthang, a renowned social activist, there is no point to draw who is indigenous or non-indigenous in the current Indian context. Once you are recorded in government registry through various bonafide certification or identification, or through any Constitutional Scheduled you are accepted and treated as citizens of Independent India. 

The Kukis of Manipur

Albeit being contemptuously termed today as refugees and foreigners, the Kukis of Manipur have an irrefutable originality to the land that they today settle in that is corroborated by their intimate connection to the land. The Kukis today identify themselves with their land and consider it to be an integral part of themselves that is extensively demonstrated in their traditional way of life.

In fact, it is for this reason -to defend their ancestral land and freedom -that the Kukis stood against the mighty British Imperial power in the Anglo-Kuki War (1917-1919), which according to writer Donn Morgan Kipgen was the “longest, largest, costliest military operation in the whole of India since the India’s first War of Independence, 1857.” It has also been recorded that after the Treaty of Yandabo, 1826, there were periodic Kuki raids on British subjects in between 1845 to 1851. In fact, according to historians, the Kuki resistance against the British already started in the 18th century when the Kukis attacked British subjects in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. In the “Great Kuki Invasion of Tipperah” in the 1860s, 15 villages were burnt and around 185 British subjects were killed. Had it not been their love for their land and freedom, and the pride they hold with it, the Kukis would have readily complied with the demands of the Britishers like the people around them. Instead they dared to stand against the cannons of the Colonisers with their traditional rifles known as ‘Thih-nang”.

It is to be particularly noted that prior to the British occupation of India, the Kukis were living in their own independent country and have occupied extensive regions that includes parts of modern day states of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and extending into neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Myanmar. They were brave and powerful people who were ably administered by their chiefs. They have cordial relationships with the Meeiteis who were settling in the valleys, and there are several instances where the Kuki Chiefs stood up for the Meeitei Kings as a friendly gesture. Oral traditions of the Kukis have also narrated the Kaccha Nagas, another community in Manipur, as friendly and submissive neighbours who were looking up to the Kukis as superiors and have worked their fields and lands.

Why Refugees?

At one look, it is baffling why the Kukis are termed as refugees and foreigners in their own ancestral land and the historical fact of their glorious past. However, if one cares to look at the recent political build-up in Manipur, this is not at all surprising because it is ostensible that this is simply a propaganda to mislead the people using the majoritarian force and influence. These vested interest groups are calling the Kukis as Refugees with a delusion that it may help them establish the right to encroach into tribal lands and hence occupy lands which were never theirs. These groups are fighting tooth and nail in order to legitimise illegal occupation of lands while undermining the glorious past of the Kukis and the tribal autonomy and land rights enshrined in the constitution of India. 

Furthermore, these groups are supporting the government with their majority influence, and demanding the government to establish laws where they can fulfil their ill-fated aspirations. They have used religious appeal as an outer colouring to disguise the play of communal interests. Otherwise, can they display any evidence of the Kukis as refugees? In other words, should they refuse the fact that the very people they call refugees today were the one who never left them to fend for themselves but have assisted them in several ways they can? When the Manipuri Kings themselves took permission from the Kuki Chiefs in their visits to the hills as a show of respect, should the present day Manipuris not be obliged of the same respect and strive for harmonious Ching-tam relationship? 

It is implicit then that the Kukis are only termed as ‘refugees’ and ‘foreigners’ simply to promote narrow communal interests and not on lines that are historically proven and rationally arguable. These obscene terms are results of ill-fed ideologies that are predominantly inclined towards communal hatred and enmity. The government on their part also does not play enough roles, while they know that it is wholly against the constitution of India, they choose to do little with the hate-speeches that have been propagated on social media and therefore seem to stand indirectly in support of this obscene term.

Conclusion

It is utterly insensible and outrageous when the Kukis today are called as refugees and foreigners simply to promote one’s communal interests. Moreover, the term ‘refugees’ or ‘foreigners’ accorded to a bonafide citizen is an outright challenge to the government and the very foundation of our country of Unity in Diversity. It is anti-constitutional at its best. The Meeiteis and other vested interest groups should refrain from promoting narrow communal interests at the cost of peace and tranquility that may but greatly hinder the development and obstruct the future prospects of the state. Rather, we should come together to seek to promote societal welfare and harmony so that everyone, irrespective of religion and community origin, may well live without any fear of being harmed or the necessity to go through chaotic times just for the sake of delusions of racial superiority.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ essentially is the basis and the foundational event for the Christian faith. It signifies the victory of Jesus over sin and the reconciliation of human beings to God through Jesus Christ. It is also the basis of Christian hope that they would one day be resurrected like Jesus and ascends into the kingdom of God for eternity. According to the New Testament, the resurrection is the triumphant cry that God indeed did come to visit his creation and conquered the power of sin and death.
“I will rise again after three days”, Jesus had said to his disciples before his death on the cross. On the third day of his crucifixion, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb where Jesus was laid. They wanted to know if what Jesus said is true and he indeed had risen again. Then suddenly there was a great earthquake, and an angel of the Lord appeared like lightning in front of them. Seeing that, the guards panicked and became like dead men. The angel of the Lord then said to the women, “Do not be afraid, I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised, as he said”. They went in to see the tomb, and lo! The tomb was empty. Jesus indeed had risen again!
The high priest and the Pharisees also have heard that Jesus would rise again on the third day. They were afraid because if Jesus really would rise again, people will mock them and even stone them to death, for they were the enemies of Jesus. So they went to Pilate and seek his permission to guard the tomb. They alleged that His disciples and followers would steal the corpse and lie that he actually had risen like he had promised. Pilate agreed, and so they went, sealed and guarded the tomb. However, on the third day, after they witnessed the strange appearance of the angel in the tomb, the guards went back into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. The priests didn’t want to make the story known to the people so they devised a plan to bribe the guards for a false testimony, directing that the guards must say, “His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.”
The guards did give the false testimony that which there are people who still believe in it even today. But the Son of God couldn’t be contained. Jesus appeared to his disciples who were filled with terror and amazement. Even though they believed in Jesus, they never had seen a man who had predicted his death and his resurrection and it all comes true. Jesus stayed with the disciples until his ascension to heaven. He taught them about the world and directed them. The most significant event after Jesus’ resurrection was the commissioning of his disciples. Jesus appeared to his eleven disciples, and told them, “Go into the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation, the one who believes will be saved, but the ones who do not believed will be condemned”. The disciples listened to him, and in around A.D. 52, St. Thomas, the apostle, came to India which became the beginning of Indian Christianity.
Without the resurrection, Jesus would have been just another “prophet hopeful” who died a tragic peasant death in Jerusalem. Jesus would be an imposter like the high priest and the Pharisees alleged him to be –working with the devil and deceiving the people –a blasphemer who does not fear the wrath of God. Without the resurrection, Christianity would have no meaning and it will just be another myth of the great myths of the world. But the prophecies were fulfilled, and Christ was who he said he was –the son of God sent on earth as a sacrifice to save the world –Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead.
Easter Sunday is a day of great joy for the Christians all over the world. It is celebrated as a day of the fulfilment of the purpose of the coming of Christ –the saving of the world from its sin. In resurrection, Jesus had conquered sin, and in him, the sins of the world are forgiven and those who believe in Jesus are granted eternal life in heaven. That is why it says in John 3:16 –for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have an eternal life.
Wishing you all a joyous Easter Sunday, and may the saving grace of God rise in you as Jesus rose from the dead.

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