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Oust illegal immigrants? Solve educated unemployed problem???

The recent stunning gang rape case has indeed galvanized the people into an outlandish reaction. The magnitude of people’s reaction is never the same as before, for they voice against the gruesome act vehemently and condemn it intensely. In a bizarre note, following the aftermath of the incident, the illegal immigrants are tagged as ‘time bomb’, which can explode at any time. A couple of days ago, a lengthy article appeared in the Morung Daily, wherein, many young guys shared their views for a better atmosphere. In fact, some want the illegal immigrants ousted without delay. Many are of the view that Nagas lack ‘dignity of labour’, and therefore should step forward and take up humble jobs. According to the UNDP report brought by AI Ngullie on February 12, 2012, the Government sector is still the biggest employer. The fastest growing sectors are dominated by non-Nagas. So, where are we searching job? Are the so called educated unemployed rejected? Should we continue to criticize the Government for creating insufficient jobs? Can everyone get Government job?  What is meant by employment? Let us reason together!

A lecturer once said, “The phrase, educated unemployed is very confusing”. In fact, we have a very narrow understanding of employment. Many consider Government job holders as employed and others as unemployed. Those who work in private sectors, especially the youth, often express their discontentment over the misconception of ‘employment’ by the common people. Thousands of students pass Matric, Pre-University and Graduation exams every year. Definitely, all cannot get Government jobs and everyone does not or should not aspire to become Government servant. Today, the world is so competitive that, only the best are fit to be in certain fields. It becomes extremely difficult to get a job. It is no wonder that, today, thousands of engineers do not get job. Recently, in the well known Magazine, ‘India Today’, we come across that, a man who had ‘doctoral degree’ become a rickshaw puller.  His qualification might be high – his job might be humble – yet, he was employed.  Today, many people who do humble jobs in towns and cities, such as selling fish, vegetables etc. are done by many educated men and women who speak good English. Should we consider them as unemployed? I don’t think so. Since Government works cannot fit all, every individual look for job in different areas. But, my question is, if a person is educated, can everyone finds place to work and earn for livelihood? I can’t say boldly, yes. However, I feel that, many are left hopeless due to their apathy and lack of determination, especially the Nagas. Indeed, problem of unemployment does not hit only India or Nagaland, it also strike the great Nations of America and Europe. USA President Barrack Obama’s reputation was greatly defamed due to unemployment problem, albeit it is improved much recently. In Madrid, on May 21, 2011, Spanish youth, furious over soaring unemployment, unleashed a massive movement of the ‘indignados’ (the angry ones). There were mass uprisings in Arab world and in the Euro-American zone last year. So, we cannot say straightforwardly that a person who is educated but is unable to find a work is feeble or frail. But, I learn that we are too dependent.

It is crystal clear that we lack ‘dignity of labour’. Recently, many shared their ideas in the News Papers that we have to humble down and take up simple jobs. Nonetheless, to speak out and push others to do is easy, but to really do is difficult. For example, the educated youth underline dignity of labour, but if we are asked by our parents to carry some vegetables in a ‘local-made-basket’ and cross bazaar or market, many of us will say NO. A young guy would prefer to maintain his ‘dignity of life’ by not carrying a basket of vegetables in the market. Shyness unnecessarily gets the better of us.  Undeniably, in this area, something is terribly wrong with our society today.  Many of us who cannot do simple jobs will have many good and sweet suggestions for others. But those who really work won’t speak much, but just show in their actions. It is high time to reason and analyze, what is impeding us to have dignity of labour. Let me share some of my thoughts! It’s not wrong to dream big or have high aims and expectations, but I feel that we dream too big in a wrong way. I mean, mostly, our dreams and actions are not proportional. To be more lucid, let me put this way, we dream big without putting enough efforts to accomplish what we really desire. Consequently, when we fail to attain something what we aimed, we are left in helpless and difficult condition. Though we fail in one thing, there are still other options, yet we are reluctant to venture into those areas because it becomes too small and insignificant for us. The words we uttered boldly about future, and the ways of life we have shown to others, ultimately kill the willingness of our heart to undertake a simple and humble job. This is one reason for lacking dignity of labour in our lives. At times, by God’s grace, some persons really humble down and start to do simple and humble jobs, but discouragement befalls them. The simple reason is that, the deceiving majority mass that have big aims and hopes look at them with big and different eyes as if they are uncivilized and low class people. Sometimes, people even speak to them sardonically. So, instead of appreciating and lifting them up, we awfully debase their works and status. This is one of the reasons many still find hard to come out from their skewed sense of civilized life.

Another failure in our society is lack of idea and shrewdness in doing business. For example, in my home-town, majority of the consumers purchase things from the plain people who come from Bihar, UP, West Bengal and other States. The problem is that, many Nagas sell things at costly price. Of course, some don’t, but people want discount, so their things are not purchased. In one way, it is our failure sometimes to perceive how our people do business and how plain people do business. We keep on hunting for ‘tempting discount’. When the plain people sell things, they will say the price very high but reduce a lot later. So, we are easily attracted and pulled by their cunningness. Hence, the business of the Nagas gradually dies down. This is a kind of invitation for more plain people from other states. If the plain dwellers in our land say, business is very lucrative over here, the locals don’t purchase from their own people, definitely, many more people will flock to our land.

Who will bring change in our society? In this post-modern world, where there is cut-throat completion, who will give job to everyone? Who will solve the illegal immigrants’ problem? Is it not in our hand? Let me throw few suggestions to you. Firstly, we should posses in us the ‘will’ to do. It is extremely important for everyone to have ‘will’ to do. Once, a man after completing his MSW in TISS, Mumbai, went to a college and applied for a lecturer post. The Principal told him that there was no more sit. But he was very much willing to join, so he told the principal, “Sir, I’ll bring sit from home.” By hearing that, the principal was profoundly impressed and took him.  Another man went to Jorhat to pursue theology, but unfortunately, he didn’t get through in the entrance test. Despite of his failure in the test, he was determined to stay and study. So, he just kept his things on the corridor and sat down. He was ready to sleep even on the corridor if allowed. The principal, by seeing his intense desire and enthusiasm to study theology, at last, willingly admitted him. Here, I’m not trying to convince and persuade you to do like them, but I want to say that having a strong will to do is imperative. Secondly, we should know our status and work according to it. We should not dream big if we cannot work hard. And we should not dream small if we can do or achieve. Appreciating and praising our people who are taking up simple and humble jobs is the need of the hour. ‘By appreciating a person who takes up a humble job, we indirectly create many jobs’, for it would be a source of inspiration for many. We should support, co-operate, suggest, advice and lift them up.  One good thing we can learn from the State of Mizoram is that, most of the native dwellers purchase things from the locals. Hence, automatically, the business of the non-locals dies down gradually. Therefore, the non-locals are evicted not by the Mizos, but by their own ‘conscience’. Ironically, in our mind, we dislike non-locals staying in our land, but we encourage them to stay through our actions. If we build up unity, humble down, work hard and co-operate one another, illegal immigrants will slowly disappear. They would even tell others not to come to our land. Lastly, we should ignore the concept that only Government servants are only employed. A person is employed is his or her own work. If all the educated people expect Government to give them jobs, money-machine will be exhausted, bank will not have holiday and our brain will become like iron. However, I’m not trying to lift acclaim and lift the Government high. It is obvious that, comparing with many other States, North Eastern States lag behind in creating jobs.  Today, if our own people are willing to do your work, call them, treat them well and thank them. Dignity of labour can come through encouragement, appreciation and thanksgiving. If you want others to change, instead of talking or speaking a lot, ‘show’ them! Let us remember, thinking and speaking is easy, but ‘doing’ is extremely difficult! If, by seeing someone doing simple job, you would look with different eyes and undermine them, don’t even look at them or talk to them! Today, many cry out and protest due to unemployment.

Nonetheless, astonishingly, many jobs are left vacant many a time in different places, even in America. One simple reason could be our reluctance to do humble jobs. Another reason could be ‘lack of skill’, in spite of rich knowledge. So, humility and skill is indispensable here. It is of utmost importance for students to bear in mind that jobs that are not in Government sectors are also employment. All the students should not aspire to become Government servants. Teachers ought to instill in the minds of the students that all cannot get Government job, and therefore enthuse and challenge them to take up different professions. We should admit ourselves that we directly and indirectly invite the outsiders to come and live in our land. If we evict them instantly, can we manage to all the works by ourselves? I’m sure, if we forcefully and viciously try to oust them immediately at once, the stronger oppositions could from our own community. But, by joining our hands together, we can do it peacefully and bring drastic change. “Many a times, we reckon, problem lies with others, but the real problem is with us.”
Liba Hopeson, Baptist Theological College
Pfutsero, Nagaland

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