Fitting tribute was paid today to Prof. N. Sanajaoba on his 5th death anniversary. A memorial function was held today at Oja Sanajaoba Memorial Complex, Lairikyengbam Leikai Imphal.
RK Manisana, Retd. Chief Justice Gawhati High Court, Withoubou Newmai Editor, the Eastern Mirror and Fonder Editor, Newmai News Network, Dr. Thathang Vaiphei, Asst. Prof. CSSEIP, MU and Prof. K. Ibo Rept. of Pol. Science MU graced the occasion as Chief-Guest, Guest of Honour and President respectively.
With the family of extreme poverty and frequent change of haven, he began taking his primary education at the L.P Moirang Hanuba (Mayang Imphal) and at his tender age of two and half; he was brought back at Naorem Leikai, the origin of his family. With often lapses in his education, his father took him some months to a house of one teacher at Heirok and he was again taken back to Naorem Leikai where he continued his study at the Naorem Leikai Boy’s L.P. School. His beloved mother left him for heavenly abode when he was only three years old. Selling off all the family estate, his father took him away from place to place to earning their livelihood. They took shelters to places like Tumukhong, Wangoi, Moirang Puren, Nongren, and Lamlai etc. doing whatever available works to meet their minimum needs. Cladding on sorry rags, devouring the available foods, starving of play and education and unknowing of what and where to the next of life Oja passed on his childhood with cruelty of life. One pleasing aspect is that the life of Pro. Sanajaoba who was born and brought up from such a miserable foundation was shining as iconoclast
of the 21st century as a model academic and intellectual who taught the millions the truth of ugly life of the bird in the golden cage and the truism of meaningful life of the independent birds which freely taste the bests of all aspects of life.
Living like a vagrant in his pretty young age, Oja Sanajaoba was finally taken for his nearly permanent settlement at Khurai Lamlong where he was given education at Lomlong High School now upgraded to the Lamlong Higher Secondary School from class VI upto class X which was completed in 1961. There Oja had a new mother to his father and also he had a lovely sister named Rejiya who in most time played and slept on his back. A pathetic memory is still lingering in the minds of many persons to whom the story was told that many a time tears rolled down from his eyes for eyes for often missing the first period of his school while attending his sister Rejiya. The reason was that both his father and 2nd mother went out, as chowkidars of two schools, the Lamlong High School and the Lamlong Girls School to ring the opening bells leaving the crying Rejiya whom he had to attend till coming back any one of the parents. Think what would be the feeling of an inquisitive student who had been compelled to miss the opening periods of his school for which he was often scolded and that too in another situation without enough exercise books, papers and pencils etc.
Prof. Sanajaoba Naoriya was indeed the path finder to resolve to most of the critical problems and challenges that the society have come across in his time and for any kind of possible problematic issues which might appear on our way. He has systematically patched up the gap of role to be played by intellectuals most of whom today seem simply passing parrot fashioned even without dealing with any concerned situation. In fact, the common saying that the intellectuals are the architect of the modern society was exemplified by the undaunted academic activities of Oja Sanajaoba.
People’s Rights of Self-Determination as guaranteed by International Laws and its relevancy towards his motherland, International status of Kangleipak (Manipur); political Economy of Manipur; post governance of 1949 which just out armed conflict situation; Ethnicity-36 communities of Manipur and legal philosophy and international Humanitarian Laws, Micro states-all their critical studies were the areas of interest of Oja’s discourses.