Land of leaders
(Minimize organisations, Presidents, secys., etc)
Multiplicity of Tribal community based social, political, religious and ‘Thingnoi’ organisations in “our” land has only resulted in further multiplication of leaders and office bearers. A particular township in the state has once been an object of taunt and ridicule for being described by the outside world as “land of presidents”. It would have been enough to have a president each for a tribe or linguistic/dialect community in a particular district, area or township. Now each tribe/linguistic community even in a small area or locality has begun to have different sub- units/branches for the organisation. Hence we have more unit/branch presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, etc. It does not really make sense or serve any real purpose for a small village or a household of less than a hundred in a particular town to form an organistaion’s administrative block having its own set of leaders ranging from president to various “leadership posts”. The fact that there are many tribal and non tribal based organistaions in Churachanpur and Moreh towns is any body’s knowledge. For a bigger town like Churachanpur it is acceptable to have “tribe/community” based organisations but for smaller town like border town of Moreh it does not appear to be a healthy social structure to have many social/student organisation unit/branch there. For instance, the existence of student bodies like GSO, Zillai, ZSP, etc in a small town of Moreh functioning almost parallel to KSO only reflects social and political division in the society.
The case of Sadar Hills is different again. There is only one linguistic/dialect group from “our” community but it does not make the number of civil and student based organistaions. Both Kuki based and Thadou based civil, student and women organizations co exist almost on parallel status though they all attach some kind of allegiance to the common umbrella name Kuki. This is not the case for students and other civil society based organisations in Churachanpur or perhaps even Moreh. KSO or GSO for example here are equivalent bodies in terms of status as separate organisations. Students and working families from “our larger community” in different Indian cities such as Shillong, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc, too are divided on linguistic/dialect line to form their own separate student and social welfare related organisations.
Being democratic, at least outwardly, elections to different social and student bodies from the so called ‘General Headquarters’ (GHQ) to different units/blocks are held periodically and the list of “leaders” are publicised in different medias. One wonders how many “leaders and office functionaries” are really required for a various organisations and their branches/units. Is it also really required to have organisational branches/blocks everywhere? This has only resulted in multiplication of leaders and craze for leadership. Too many leaders with no real leadership quality, charisma and power make many leaders a mockery of themselves and the organisation they represent. It’s time to minimize organisations and leaders before making ourselves a laughing stock of the world.