Z’bto youths join in pothole fishing
Dimapur, July 30 (MExN): Some hundreds of youths in Zunheboto town today descended on some of the most fertile potholes of the town’s roads to “fish” and “farm” as part of the ongoing symbolic protest by members of The Naga Blog, against the deteriorating road conditions in the State.
The symbolic protests by Naga youth – and the very first of its kind in Nagaland – were started by the Facebook group, The Naga Blog, in Dimapur as an expression of resentment against Nagaland government’s apathy to the condition of roads (or the lack of roads perhaps) in the State. The protests have been nicknamed “Mission Potholes.”
According to reports, the response of the Zunheboto public to the creative protest was highly positive and saw several hundreds of Zunheboto youths actively engaged in “fishing,” farming” and ‘paddy planting.’ Reports received here said the response was tremendous as youths both boys and girls alike jostled to “cultivate rice” in Zunheboto town’s sorry roads.
The town is generally believed to have one of sorriest roads in the State equaled only by those in districts such as Mon, Tuensang and Kiphire.
The wave of TNB youths’ symbolic protest is now spreading to capital Kohima and Wokha where youths are already planning a similar activity in their respective towns while one for Mon district is currently in mobilization. Mokokchung – which has a comparatively better road condition, at least in the central areas – is also understood to be mobilizing youths for a take-out there as well.
Members of The Naga Blog were joined by the Green Club and even students of the Government College of Zunheboto. It is understood that some members of the public in town also joined them. The protestors gathered at around 11am at the Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu (SKK) office where placards were prepared and after a short briefing, the young protestors took off for their ‘agricultural’ activity in their potholes and craters.
Photographs of the Zunheboto chapter of the symbolic protest show youngsters ‘angling’ in mock portrayal of having caught fish from the giant, muddy potholes and craters in the middle of the town. Girls can be seen “cultivating rice” in them. Still others more can be seen flinging fishing nets into the potholes. The photographs also show Bullhorn-toting youth leaders expressing what are understood to be words of encouragement to the protestors or narrating jokes at the condition of their roads.
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