Who Are We?

Zomi beauties with traditional attires

By--  Nehkhojang Tungdim

We are called Kukis at Kohima,
We are called Chins at Rangoon,
We are called Mizos at Aizawl,
We are called Zomis at Tedim.

We are called Khongsais at Imphal,
We are called Lushais at Shillong,
We are called Laimis at Haka,
We are called Miros at Akyab.

We are called Hmars at Sevon,
We are called Vaipheis at Chongkhozou,
We are called Thadous at Kangpokpi,
We are called Zous at Singngat.

We are called Paites at Hanship,
We are called Gangtes at Saichang,
We are called Simtes at Thanlon,
We are called Raltes at Champhai.

We are called Suktes at Mualbem,
We are called Bietes at Halflong,
We are called Hrangkhols at Agartara,
We are called Lakhers at Saiha.

We are called Pawis at Falam,
We are called Bawms at Chittagong,
We are called Chirus at Langmu Khunou,
We are called Koms at khoirentak.

We are called Chothes at Purum Khullen,
We are called Purums at Purums Likli,
We are called Koirengs at Longa Koireng,
We are called Lamgangs at Thamlapokpi.

We are called Anals at Khullen,
We are called Aimols at Aimol,
We are called Moyons at Komlathabi,
We are called Monsangs at Mongsangpantha.

WE ARE THE SO-CALLED "KUKI-CHIN" TRIBES.
WE ARE ONE AND THE SAME PEOPLE,
WE ARE THE ZOMIS OF ZO RACES,
WE ARE THE ZOMI

Source : Sialkal





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C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

Low Earthquake hit Delhi


Today around 12:35 . Low Earthquake strike Delhi,, and during this time we were inside our office. and our building was shaking a little bit. we ran out. everybody ran out.. but i'm not scare.. Shit who scare of Natural Disaster, every body is here to die one day.. If God want me to die, i can die anytime, if not i will survive the most difficult Path.. what ever. lol

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C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

A taste of North East

Food can be the window to a culture and instantly provide deep insights into the everyday life of the people. It is also a wonderful tool of soft diplomacy, as it effortlessly builds bridges across regions, religions, castes and class lines. These factors, and the reality that not much is either known or been written about the rich cuisine from Northeast India compelled journalist and author Hoihnu Hauzel, who hails from Manipur, to pen ‘The Essential North-East Cookbook’, which offers a variety of wonderful flavours from the region. She has recently brought out the second edition of this guide to “exotic delicacies that are not a part of mainstream Indian fare”. In this one-on-one, Hauzel talks about her passion for food and how it’s just a matter of time before northeast food becomes widely popular. In addition, the author shares two of her favourite recipes.

Q: You’ve been a long-time journalist and columnist. How did your journey as a food writer begin?
A: I developed an interest in exploring and talking about food from the Northeast quite early. I was once asked to give a talk on our regional cuisine on the occasion of International Women’s Day by the All India Radio in Manipur and that led me to go deeper into researching on local foods and food habits. That is when I realised that not only is there very little known about our cuisine but, more importantly, there is no written information available. It sparked off an interest within me and I began to write regularly on our delicacies.

Q: What’s your food philosophy?
A: I see food as a means to bond and also to bridge the regional divide. For me, food is what keeps my relationships and friendships going. I reach out to my friends, who are not from the Northeast, through food. I love to invite them over and cook special meals. I even share ingredients from back home with them. What I have observed over the years is that there is a keen interest to learn more about our food. In fact, I truly believe that food is the most effortless way to understand a people and their culture. When someone is familiar with the food of a particular community, s/he is naturally inclined to gain deeper insights into their life and respect their traditions.

Q: So what is food from the Northeast all about?
A: The dishes from the Northeast are not heavy on oil and spices and yet are delicious. They are perfect for health freaks and weight watchers. We use several locally grown aromatic herbs which makes them exotic. They are light, healthy and easy to prepare. Simplicity, in fact, is the hallmark of the cuisine. The basic components of a meal are steamed or boiled rice, accompanied by a gravy-based meat or fish dish, chutney and washed down with a soup of boiled vegetables.

Yet, while the basics are similar there are differences in the foods consumed and the methods of preparation, based on religion and culture. For instance, the tribes that are not influenced by Hinduism relish meat, while Hindu communities like the Asomiyas of Assam eat fish and mutton, and the Meiteis of Manipur eat fish at the very most. People from the predominantly Christian states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and about 40 per cent of the Manipuris do not have any religious restrictions in their diet.

GALHO (Nagaland)
Rice with vegetable
Ingredients
*     Half cup rice
*     Leaves of one medium-sized cabbage (washed and torn into 1” pieces by hand)
*     5 French beans (trimmed and broken into small pieces by hand)
*     1 tomato (chop)
*     5 large mustard leaves (washed and shredded by hand)
*     1 tbsp ginger (chopped)
*     1 medium-sized onion (chopped)
*     1 tbsp garlic (chopped)
*     3 green chillies (chopped)
Salt to taste
Serves: 7
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Preparation
1.     Wash rice and drain.
2.     Place two-and-a-half cups of water in a pan and bring to boil over high heat.
2.     Add rice, bring to boil again, lower heat, cover pan and simmer till rice is fluffy and soft.
4.     Mix in remaining ingredients, and continue simmering over low heat, stirring occasionally till the vegetables are done.
Serve hot or cold.
Variation: Add either chicken or pork shredded into pieces into the mixture.
(Note: The dish is usually served in the afternoon as a snack. In the old days, it was taken to the fields for lunch by the cultivators. Today, Galho is served as a delicacy in most restaurants in Nagaland)

DOHNEILONG (Meghalaya)
Khasi pork dish cooked with black sesame seeds
Ingredients:
*     1 kg pork
*     4 medium sized onions, sliced
*     2 tbsp garlic paste
*     2 tbsp black sesame seeds
*     A pinch of turmeric powder
*     1 tbsp salt
Preparation:
1.     Wash pork, drain thoroughly and cut into three-inch pieces
2.     Place pork in a cooker over low heat and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly till the fat oozes out.
3.     Remove meat from the cooker and set aside.
4.     Add the remaining ingredients and cook, stirring frequently till the fat separates.
5.     Add the pork and cook for about 5 minutes.
6.     Pour in two cups of water, close the cooker and cook under pressure for 15 minutes.
    Serve hot.  

WOMEN'S FEATURE SERVICE
March 2015
Source ninglunhanghal

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C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

10 Social Skills Essential for Success


Ask anyone in 2015 about essential “social skills” and you will probably get a list back about social media rules, which online social networks are best and the most common ways to build your network. That, however, is NOT what this post is about. We spend so much time fixated on social media that we forget to focus on the more important elements of being “social.” Rewind the clock back just a few short years ago and “social skills” were defined as the set of proper techniques and practices we used to develop relationships with other people.
Social skills, if applied improperly, can lead to social kills.
Very often, business owners, managers, entrepreneurs and C-level people will be so focused on business, they forget about the impact of the proper use of social skills. The results can get ugly and lead to lost business, an irritated customer and failed opportunity. Social skills, if applied improperly, can lead to social kills. Regardless of whether you have 30 years of experience in the business world or are just starting out, make sure you are following the 10 Essential Nice Guy Social Skills (click here to download and print out the infographic for quick reference):
  1. Maintain eye contact. Head up and out of your phone, tablet, iPod or laptop. When I visit my doctor’s office, I have noticed more increasingly as I talk about my history, instead of meeting me with his eyes, he is so focused on taking notes on his PC about my answers, he forgets that I am a part of the conversation. I realize that he is trying to make sure he takes proper notes to document my “history” but a simple glance up from the screen would be nice. Don’t forget, you are dealing with people. Eye contact during conversation is a great social skill to possess.
  2. Use proper body language. It’s not what you say, but how you say it. Non-verbal clues can provide plenty of information and make you appear to be not interested in what someone is communicating. Remain focused and open to communication. Arms folded, legs crossed, body turned away, and so many non-verbal clues are a turn off to others. Watch what you are saying when you are saying nothing at all.
  3. Know the difference between being assertive and being aggressive. It’s ok to share your opinion and to be passionate about what you are discussing, but be careful not to step over the line and project your opinion in a way that makes the person you are communicating with feel like they are wrong. If you are bordering on offensive or insulting, you are heading into the aggressive zone.
  4. Select effective communication channels. There are a variety of ways in which you can communicate with someone. Make sure you are using the proper channel. For example, never have a conflict or present an argument via email or social media. There is no emotion in email and you are opening up a can of worms since emotion, empathy, and feelings are hard to share through a computer. Know when face to face is better than a phone call. Even the improper use of a comma can drastically change the meaning of a sentence. There is a big difference between these two sentences. “Learn how to cut, marinate, and cook friends.” versus, “Learn how to cut, marinate, and cook, friends.”
  5. Flexibility and cooperation are essential social skills. Get rid of the attitude that your way is the right way and the only way. Although you may feel as though your way is the best way, remaining flexible and open to another solution is always a good guideline to follow. Keep in mind that you will need other people in order to get anywhere in life. An open willingness to share ideas with others should also be coupled with a flexible mindset as well.
  6. Accept criticism without being defensive. When presented with an opposing view or when being critiqued, don’t immediately go on the defensive. Listen to what is being said and absorb the information, especially if being presented by someone more experienced than you. Although you may not have asked for the critique, be open to what is being said. Criticism is not easy to hear, especially if it is not warranted, but “Social Skills 101” says to keep your head in the game and listen up and be accepting.
  7. Remain positive at all times. Several chapters in my book, Nice Guys Finish First, provide clear proof between having a positive attitude and being highly successful. The same applies here. Highly social people tend to be very positive as well, making them much more likely to be successful as well. Who wants to be around a negative attitude? Positive people are attractive and are going places in life. Although positive people have their ups and downs in life as well, positive people don’t wallow in self-pity, doubt and negativity.
  8. Be teachable and be a good student. Entrepreneurs are constantly learning. They look for avenues to get things done effectively and efficiently. Be teachable and never stop learning from others. As a part of developing great social skills, being teachable makes you humble, hungry and thirsty for knowledge and keeps you asking questions. Experts love to answer questions about what made them an expert. Ask questions (but don't be annoying), be trainable and be social.
  9. Show respect for others. No matter your position in business or in life, showing respect is the ultimate sign of regard. When you respect someone you are showing you care, admire and honor their position. Never feel as though you are “better” than anyone else or that your experience or knowledge is above others. Staying humble while being mindful is a great social skill to possess.
  10. Be human, after all, it’s what makes you unique. Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Bask in the glory of being you and know that no one can be better at it than you. People like you for you and you do not need to be or act like anyone else. That doesn’t mean you should be brash, arrogant and unwilling to compromise; continue to be flexible, happy and positive. Be the best YOU possible and people will want to be around you and share you with the world.
Get rid of the attitude that your way is the right way and the only way.
The above list of 10 essential social skills may seem like they are common sense, but you would be surprised at the amount of uncommon sense infecting the workplace today. And the nice part about this list is that its reach is far more than in business. Follow these social skills in every aspect of your life and you will discover that success will find you.
writer Doug Sandler


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C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

THE PANGLONG AGREEMENT, 1947





Text of the Agreement signed at Panglong on the 12th February, 1947 by Shan, Kachin and Chin leaders, and by representatives of the Executive Council of the Governor of Burma
A conference having been held at Panglong, attended by certain Members of the Executive Council of the Governor of Burma, all Saohpas and representatives of the Shan States, the Kachin Hills and the Chin Hills, the members of the conference, believing that freedom will be more speedily achieved by the Shans, the Kachins and the Chins by their immediate co-operation with the Interim Burmese Government, have accordingly, and without dissentients, agreed as follows:
(I) A representative of the Hill peoples, selected by the Governor on the recommendation of representatives of the Supreme Council of the United Hill Peoples, shall be appointed a Counsellor to the Governor to deal with the Frontier Areas.
(II) The said Counsellor shall also be appointed a member of the Governor's Executive Council without portfolio, and the subject of Frontier Areas brought within the purview of the Executive Council by constitutional convention as in the case of Defence and External Affairs. The Counsellor for Frontier Areas shall be given executive authority by similar means.
(III) The said Counsellor shall be assisted by two Deputy Counsellors representing races of which he is not a member. While the two Deputy Counsellors should deal in the first instance with the affairs of the respective areas and the Counsellor with all the remaining parts of the Frontier Areas, they should by Constitutional Convention act on the principle of joint responsibility.
(IV) While the Counsellor in his capacity of Member of the Executive Council will be the only representative of the Frontier Areas on the Council, the Deputy Counsellor(s) shall be entitled to attend meetings of the Council when subjects pertaining to the Frontier Areas are discussed.
(V) Though the Governor's Executive Council will be augmented as agreed above, it will not operate in respect of the Frontier Areas in any manner which would deprive any portion of these Areas of the autonomy which it now enjoys in internal administration. Full autonomy in internal administration for the Frontier Areas is accepted in principle.
(VI) Though the question of demarcating and establishing a separate Kachin State within a Unified Burma is one which must be relegated for decision by the Constituent Assembly, it is agreed that such a State is desirable. As first step towards this end, the Counsellor for Frontier Areas and the Deputy Counsellors shall be consulted in the administration of such areas in the Myitkyina and the Bhamo District as are Part 2 Scheduled Areas under the Government of Burma Act of 1935.
(VII) Citizens of the Frontier Areas shall enjoy rights and privileges which are regarded as fundamental in democratic countries.
(VIII) The arrangements accepted in this Agreement are without prejudice to the financial autonomy now vested in the Federated Shan States.
(IX) The arrangements accepted in this Agreement are without prejudice to the financial assistance which the Kachin Hills and the Chin Hills are entitled to receive from the revenues of Burma and the Executive Council will examine with the Frontier Areas Counsellor and Deputy Counsellor(s) the feasibility of adopting for the Kachin Hills and the Chin Hills financial arrangements similar to those between Burma and the Federated Shan States.

SIGNATORIES
For the Shan Committee:
Sawbwas: Tawnpeng, Yawnghwei, North Hsenwi, Laika, Mong Pawn, Hsamonghkam
and representative of Pawnglawng.
Shan people: Tin E, Kya Bu, Sao Yapa Hpa, Htun Myint, Hkun Saw, Hkun Htee
For the Kachin Committee:
Myitkyina: Sinwa Nawng, Zau Rip, Dinra Tang
Bhamo: Zau La, Zau Lawn, Labang Grong
For the Chin Committee:
U Hlur Hmung, U Thawng Za Khup, U Kio Mang
For the Burmese Government: 
Aung San

[This text is taken from pp404-405 of Hugh Tinker's Burma: The Struggle for Independence 1944-1948 (Vol. II) London, HMSO 1984]

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C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam