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Updated: August 12, 2012 04:07 IST

My sweet memories of Mizos

S. Gurumanickam
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I found the Mizos practise honesty and trust effortlessly. Why don’t we give it a try?

“Sir, Do you know what they’re announcing?” My office driver was asking me excitedly.

“What?” I asked.

It was a beautiful December morning. The sun was at its brightest, yet couldn’t wipe out (didn’t even try) the chill in the air. Christmas celebration was thick in the market.

Mizoram celebrates Christmas not just on December 25 but the whole month. The December market in the second largest city Lunglei in Mizoram wore a festive look to the hilt. People were buying all sorts of things — dress, Chinese gadgets, utensils, tools and whatnot. The whole city seemed to be in the market. It was amid this ordered clutter that the driver was referring to the announcement made over the public address system in Mizo language.

“Sir, they are announcing that someone had purchased a T-shirt, paid for it, but absent-mindedly left it at the shop itself. They are calling that person to come and collect it!”

I stopped in my tracks. What? There’s a limit to being honest. My first thought after I recovered from my surprise was, will it happen in my place?

Central government service is a boon as well as a curse. Boon, because you get to see different places in India free of cost. Curse, because you have to be away from your family. It was 10 years ago that I was posted to Lunglei for a two-year tenure.

There is a lot of misconception about the North-East in many parts of India. That people there are “culture-less tribals, head-hunters, that they eat wild animals,” etc. In short, there is a definite, palpable and unmistakably condescending attitude towards the people of North-East in the mainland. The general apathy and animosity sometimes manifests as hostility we see elsewhere.

Initially, when I was called a mainland Indian I was irked. Why should I be singled out? Are they not Indians? Soon, I realised there’s a Himalayan difference between ‘them’ and ‘us’. I experienced this the day I set my foot on Mizoram.

As I was travelling from Aizawl to Lunglei, which is 235 km down south by a Tata Sumo (the normal travel mode), we stopped by for tea en route. Being the “superior” mainland Indian, I was a little troubled to take tea from a shop run by a tribal. Yet my stomach won out and I grudgingly ventured into the shop. The shopowner, a woman, smiled disarmingly and asked pleasantly, “Kapu, do you want tea?” Tea was only so so. I gave a 10-rupee note and expected the balance amount. She vigorously shook her head. “No change. Do rupyaa!”

I, too, had no change. The driver, a Bengali from Silchar, was impatient back in the car and horned. I felt awkward. Then she smiled and said something in Mizo I couldn’t comprehend. She waved me towards the car. Then it dawned on me: she simply forsook her two rupees, yet she smiled! I never thought a paan-stained-teeth smile could be ever so beautiful.

Today, I could imagine what she might have told me. These people are unpretentious, honest and simple.

My professor friend (a Tamil from Nagercoil), who is settled in Lunglei for more than 20 years, told me that it is common for people to travel to Lunglei with heavy luggage. If they can’t carry them home as they alight from bus, they would simply leave them at a corner, or beside any shop at the bus stop itself. They’d collect them the next day. If they don’t find them there, surely, the nearby shop-keeper would have kept them inside his shop to protect them from rain!

And when you ask for the luggage they will never ask for your identity or to prove yourself. They simply trust you and hand over things. Phew! They implicitly trust others!

I felt ashamed when I remembered an episode back home. I was angry at my wife once. The bus conductor had to give her a four-rupee balance. He gave her four big round coins.

Obviously, no coin was 50 paise size. I was sure at least 4 rupees were there, otherwise more. Yet my wife counted them to ensure that all were one rupee coins. I was upset with my wife’s foolishness. If there were not one rupee coins, then they must be two-rupee coins. In that case, we stood to gain. Doesn’t she know? Why did she count them in front of him? We’d have lost the extra money had he found out. It was sheer stupidity, I had thought. Today, I hang my head in disgrace for being ‘smart’!

The Mizos celebrate Christmas as a society. Everybody contributes money. Vehicles passing through their areas are stopped and occupants, Christians or not, are asked to contribute. Once you donate, they give you a flag (a piece of yellow/green cloth tied on a bamboo stick). If this flag flies on your vehicle, they don’t stop the vehicle again.

My fellow mainland Indians settled there were put off by this Christmas collection. They felt that being Hindus they need not donate money. But they may be subjected to harassment by drunkards. So they came up with an ingenious idea — they simply put up their own flags on their vehicles (jugaad!) without paying money.

While I am not surprised by my compatriots’ ability to fool others, I was touched by the sheer innocence of Mizos who never suspected such behaviour and would smilingly wave us away. Every time my friend laughs victoriously, I would burn inside. Is this the way of civilised people? Does being smart mean the ability to deceive others?

This is not to simply sing paeans to the Mizos. They have their own foibles. Many of them drink or chew guthka. Drug-addiction is rampant. Teenage pregnancy is common. Women, more so spinsters, face harsh treatment from society. Yet. . .

Yet, people-to-people they practise honesty and truthfulness as a trait. They honour their word. Crime is unheard of. It was my experience for 10 years in Mizoram.

My fellow Indians from the mainland have long had a grouse that Mizos haven’t tried to learn Hindi or assimilate with Indians. I differ. Let them be Mizos, be honest and truthful. Let us not corrupt them. Maybe, Mizos too have something to learn from the mainland. Let good things be exchanged. Not guthka or cheatsing.

If someone has to change, I think it is we the mainlanders.

The Mizos simply showed me honesty begins as trust. Trust others implicitly. Where the trust is reciprocated, honesty flourishes. Is it so difficult to practise honesty in everyday life? We don’t need Team Anna to do that. Gandhiji’s example looks tough and difficult to practise. But I found Mizos practise it effortlessly. Why don’t we give it a try?

‘Ka lawm e, oh’, Lunglei (Thank you, Lunglei).

(The writer, an assistant engineer at the DD Kendra, Chennai, can be contacted at sgmnse@yahoo.in)

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Keini pawh kan lawm e Ka Pu. Lunglei is my hometown and this article
sure makes me miss the wonderful people there. Indeed there is a lot of
misconception about the North East and sad to say the media is not
helping much. Articles like this from people who had actually been to
the North East will go a long way in shedding much needed light.

from:  Malsawmtluanga Rivung
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 20:18 IST

Thank you for this article sir.I am pretty impressed with this article.
For moments i wanted to travel to Mizoram and thank the people there for
their generosity. Articles like these would help our Country in
maintaining peace and unity. And now i have become fond of Open page
articles. Thanks to Hindu for publishing this article.

from:  Annamalai.PL
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 19:17 IST

Yes, this article is so right.

from:  Mka Pachuau
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 19:13 IST

Thank you very much Mr. S. Gurumanickam. A very melodious song you sang for us. May God always be with you and your family

from:  Lalruatdika
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 17:51 IST

Sir,we Mizo people always welcome you to visit again Mizoram.It is one of Mizo traditional practice to help others without hoping any reward and to be friendly/good for a guest. Whenever you visit Mizoram,we'll always ready to help you when U need some help.

from:  Thlenga
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 17:32 IST

That was really nice, to appreciate the honesty of other human beings, especially about the
people of NE who are yet recognized by the mainlanders.

from:  Manikandan S
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 17:31 IST

I am really amazed by the way you perceive and see things from a
different angle. Most mainlander's try and see only the dark side of
this tiny little region of India but often forget to consider the
black dot in oneself. This is one of the very reason of the existance
of a crack between the n.e people and the mainlander's. We often
forget that we both (n.e. people and mainlanders) have many good
things to learn from each other; but only see the odd side. I think
it's a really great article. By reading this article I feel that I
should not forget that it takes a great personality and intelligence
to view the brighter side of others, not only the bad things

from:  Sanga
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 17:03 IST

This is realy a great article..i love it!it makes me proud as being a mizos

from:  Kimi bt
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 16:26 IST

Thanks alot sir.I hope and pray that your article would do change the attitudes of our fellow-Indians towards us .Infact minimize and eliminate the misconception,so our country may dwell in peace and unity !

from:  Madini Aineh
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 13:00 IST

Well written, thank you for being the one who explore the inside truth of the people who live in a small isolated hill area who symbolised "LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF"

from:  Isaac
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 12:47 IST

best article i have ever read in my liffe.. PROUD TO BE MIZO

from:  MOITEI CHHANGTE
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 11:54 IST

Dear Mr. Gurumanickam,
Thank you very much for writing this article. The anecdotes given are quite an eye opener for 'mainlander' readers like us. Many of the readers perhaps may never get a chance to visit the Mizoram but this article surely gives us a better introspection into the life of Mizos.

from:  Kamolika
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 10:28 IST

sir we sure do appreciate it.You makes us so proud to be mizo,we never expect this kind of praise and honor but here we get it..may god bless you and your family.very well written,,thank you so so much

from:  chhuanga
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 09:26 IST

I have had the honour to have visited the North East (Shillong)
several times to visit the Mizo family of my future wife. They, and
the other Mizos i have met, are the most honest, trusting, giving,
friendly, caring and open people I have ever met.
I have travelled to many countries around the world and yet only in
the North East of India have I experienced all these traits at the
same time. Here, and only here, amongst the Mizos, do I really feel at
peace. They accept people for who they are inside. You will not find a
homeless Mizo or a beggar on the streets, the Mizo community will not
allow someone to suffer in this way. They will share their last bowl
of rice with a stranger and offer him a bed for the night to rest
before an onward journey and expect nothing in return. That to me
speaks volumes about what type of people they are. Its is not only
mainland India that can learn from the Mizo, the wider world could do
far worse that watch and learn from them.

from:  Steve Bolton
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 03:33 IST

you sir deserve a big round of applause sir... many people speaks against us by observing some mischievous people in their own state but they never visited northeast in their life. I wish people would come here more often and learn about our existence too as an Indian... God bless you sir and may honesty and happiness follows u n your family in the days to come.

from:  Mike haokip
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 01:15 IST

wrote so well thanks

from:  Patea fenngo
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 23:50 IST

Dear sir,

Its been honor to go through your article. its awesome and I am left
with no words to express the gratitudefor the love of Mizoram which is
the 'state of peace and prosperity'.I would just love to say "Thank
you" for highlighting some of the facts that is practiced in Mizoram.
I would love to look forward for your visit again in future.

God bless! Regards to the rest!

from:  Shanti Bikash Chakma
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 23:45 IST

It's sweet to read the good side of the Mizos in reputed paper. If a
good majority of the mainlanders view the North-Easterners as does the
author, most of the hostilities in the North-East will vanish
automatically.

from:  Siama
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 23:42 IST

Sir,
Also being a tribal Indian hailing from the NE India(Assam) i can't resist myself thanking you for such a good article.Honestly, may be I've never heard such a lovely words for NE from anyone originally resident of the mainland India.I would also like to add to your worth mentioning thoughts that we don't need any team Anna or other external influences to be honest and clean.That it is only "I" who can change myself and no other.It's really a great question that why I can't give it a try ? Thank you once again.May Lord bless you and be with you and your family always.

from:  Bidyut Basumatary
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 22:13 IST

The Best ever Article written for NE... Thank you so much SIR!!! Just
LOVED IT :)

from:  Joy Khamrang
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 21:59 IST

Makes me proud to be Mizo.Thank u so much

from:  Chhani Chhangte
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 21:58 IST

An excellent article and this time on a lighter subject but in an important area. Can't wait to visit North East espicially Mizoram.
Kindly increase the frequency of your articles. Such articles will definitely project the positive aspects of North East to the so called main landers and increase the tourism in that area. I am equally afraid that the honesty of the Mizos and their pleasant qualities may get corrupted by the (over)smart mainlanders.
Keep writing Guru.

from:  L.Guru Rajan
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 19:13 IST

I've always wanted to experience the magic of the north-east.. And
this articles gives me one more reason to do so..

And, something else.. Even though the 'mainlanders' usually have very
bad credentials when it comes to treating the people from the north-
east. But believe me, there are lots of people( like me ) who are
absolutely 'Nort-east Indophiles'..

I just love them...They look cute.. Have an amazing sense of style..
And most importantly, I find them very innocent and simple..kudos...

from:  Dileep MP
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 19:05 IST

Mr. S. Gurumanickam, thank you for your 'OPTIMISTIC' view and experience
of Mizoram and the Mizo people. You have succinctly described the
positive character and culture of our people. I wish more of the
'mainlanders' be like you. I too feel proud and grateful that there are
people like you who not only see the goodness and beauty in other's
culture and habits but take the courage and pain to share it with
others. Thank you for this wonderful article.

from:  PPl Hauhnar
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 18:58 IST

Very well written article. Thank you Mr. S. GURUMANICKAM.

from:  Sanga Hmar
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 15:27 IST

S. Gurumanickam for sure reveal what a good man he is himself, noticing the best side of mizoram....chuan a lo dawng sawng tu te in va ti tha m...taxi driver amah phur tu poh kha..

from:  joseph chinzah
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 13:23 IST

Thank you Very Much Mr S.Gurumanickam...It reminds me that When I was Traveling to Outside Mizoram one Man(Very aged man and an Officer) who
had posted In Mizoram for long years Told me the Same thing what you
have written and he also said that "Mizo society is one of the Best
Society in the World", further he told, They are very Cooperate,
friendly, Diligent

from:  Nunpuii Ralte
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 12:52 IST

Nice articles for Mizos. Thanx

from:  B.ch
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 12:07 IST

Sir, your Article has been shared to Different Social Gathering sites like facebook, twitters and others. Your Article is deeply much appreciated by the Mizos. We all thank you for leaving a good prints of the Mizo society as well as day to day cultures among the mainland of india.

from:  Tluangtea
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 11:46 IST

the line that cheating or outsmarting another one is portrayed really well.the tendency of judging someone is based on what kind of person you are and hence the action. Great work on north east literacy drive.

from:  M.lien
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 10:49 IST

Mr. S.Gurumanickam, Kei ni pawh kan lawm e!This is the best reaction I have received from the mainland and I wish that other mainlander will read this article and include us in the main stream of our proud country INDIA, Jai Hind

from:  Peka
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 10:23 IST

makes me prouud to be mizo.. :)

from:  esther
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 10:08 IST

Thanks for your article.I want to say that Lunglei is the largest
District in Mizoram but not the capital of state.

from:  SR.Alfred
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 10:07 IST

Good to hear, praised by outsiders...

from:  Henry Lallawmsangpuia
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 09:16 IST

A well-written article taking right to the northern eastern India and drowning our hearts with some mind-evoking examples and instances.You have defined what is true civilisation and that honesty is not the sole property of the educated and high-classed.It lies in a society when it lies in one's own hearts.But the success of Mizoram lies in their desire for collective good and national harmony.'Backward in appearance doesn't and never means backward in spirituality and thought' proved the Mizos.Hatsoff to you.The true spirit of India not only can be expected in the highly developed cities of India but can be clearly traced out in the known-to-none areas as well.India is ever undiscovered in means of people's thinking and actions.

from:  R.sri Rohith
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 09:15 IST

More than the article itself, the comments of the Mizos reflect their innocense. A little praise can build strong bridges. Hope not in the distant future they will be called Indians and not Mizos.

from:  sree
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 05:52 IST

oh what a wonderful and sweet article. Please do come again someday and always welcome in Mizoram.

from:  Eddie Lalawmpuia
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 04:11 IST

Lovingly said words,and a beautiful article. We, the mainlanders need to know about this part of our country, but there is such a lack of interest in affairs of northeast that sometimes it's difficult to recall the locations of states.More awareness about the culture and affairs of northeast should gain importance in our lives.

from:  Vikram
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 03:51 IST

Such a heart warming article.Hope to visit Mizoram some day.

from:  Uday
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 03:42 IST

I am proud that such people are part of my country. Our government should give more
attention to eastern states.

from:  Ajay Pal
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 02:03 IST

Reminded me my two such tenures in DD's job. India is a world itself. Those Difficult station postings made me ready for projects in Afganistan and Middle East.

from:  Bhati
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 00:57 IST

Love this line

My fellow Indians from the mainland have long had a grouse that Mizos
haven’t tried to learn Hindi or assimilate with Indians. I differ. Let
them be Mizos, be honest and truthful. Let us not corrupt them. Maybe,
Mizos too have something to learn from the mainland. Let good things be
exchanged. Not guthka or cheatsing.

from:  Mnowluck
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 00:36 IST

It's truly an inspiration and moral lesson for every Indian to be learnt for practical honesty in day to day life from the Mizos.

Instead of agitations and dharna by others to be corruption free - citizens in our country would be able to learn to be honest and corruption free if it's taught at home, schools and our villages, towns and cities.

Let's practice it and live corruption free.

from:  Aldrin Roy
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 23:07 IST

Hi Mr. Gurumanickam,
Thank you for your lovely article and wonderful account of my people and my home town, Lunglei. I have been living in the South India since I was 16 years old, 6 years in Hyderabad and almost 8 years now in Bangalore. Though living in big cities require you to take certain considerations and precautions, so as not to put yourself in a vulnerable positions, all in all, my experience with the South Indians have been nothing but wonderful. I have met many honest people, as helpful as my fellow Mizos, many a time. Just last Saturday, my two kids and I were on our way to attend a Birthday party in Koromangala; I was driving and was unable to locate the place where the party was held, though i knew i was pretty close by. I stopped and asked a teenager who was traveling in the opposite direction on a bicycle. He stopped on his track, turned and took us to the location, which was probably at least a 100 meter away. He was such a blessing!

from:  Zonun Ralte
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 23:05 IST

Well written. Nice article. I have fond memories of my visit to Aizawl.

from:  Dr.Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 22:56 IST

"I never thought a paan-stained-teeth smile could be ever so beautiful."
hahahaaa.. i like it


from:  hmar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 22:53 IST

Congratulations to Gurumanickam on his thought-provoking Article on Mizoram
and its people whose daily life is based on the noble characteristics of trust and
honesty which is indeed a matter of great pride to everyone of us. This is in
refreshing contrast to the state of affairs existing in other parts of the land. It is a
great pity that the north-east has not been given adequate attention in the matter of
development and visits by our central Ministers to these parts are very rare. The
media also should give wider coverage to news relating to the north-eastern States
in which the nation are vitally interested.

from:  TSSREENIVASAN
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 22:39 IST

A lawmawm dangdai hle mai aa.. AN rama rinawmna leh dikna an hmuh
ngailoh nasa takin a rawn hmu ve a.. a tha khawp mai..
Thank You MR. S. GURUMANICKAM for expressing your real thoughts about
Mizo and Mizoram.. Hope let there be a time for you to come again in
Mizoram.. We are pleasingly welcome you...
Thank you so much...

from:  Elzeta
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 22:05 IST

Finally some good news article to read. And I am pleasantly surprised by
the number of Mizo readers commenting on this. Would love to visit
Mizoram someday.

from:  Vatsheel
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 21:53 IST

Thank you for using your experiences in Lunglei (my hometown) to preach the sweetness of honesty. Do visit us again!

from:  Muana Chhakchhuak
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 21:50 IST

Greatly written article.. Cant wait to see Mizoram.!!

from:  Akash
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 21:45 IST

Congratulations for writing such a touching article. Very well written indeed. Also, thanks for 'introducing' me to Mizoram. I would love to visit them.

from:  Paraj Shukla
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 21:44 IST

thank you so much sir, for remembering our good deeds though we have many faults too... May God bless you and your family

from:  BECKY
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 21:07 IST

The article is very warm in our ears.. It's really true that you can trust a Mizo anywhere.. no cheap tricks. God Bless

from:  lafikea chenkal
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 20:56 IST

Wonderful Article...
I also had many experiences while i was in Mizoram. They are very honest
and kind people. Everyone should try to imbibe these good things. There
is no need to learn Hindi to be an Indian.

from:  Joe G
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 20:53 IST

Thank you for this wonderful article on Mizoram and its people. I hope to infrastructure and economic development in coming days. But with development will come the traders from 'mainland' and their 'jugaad' ways unfortunately.

from:  Jitendra Dutta
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 20:51 IST

What a wonderful article by Mr Gurumanickam on a sunday morning. Freshens up your spirits with the thought that there are good people and good places still in this crazy world. I take this oppurtunity to thank Hindu for publishing such simple yet beautiful articles.
Having lived in the North East all my life I have come to appreciate certain aspects of the tribal society which we so called "mainstream mainland" Indians should learn from them- as Mr Gurumanickam has mentioned about their simplicity and honesty and I would also like to mention about their civic sense. You wont find people dumping garbage and household waste in the street corners or in the drains-Places like Shillong and Aizwal are really clean. It pains and saddens me when I hear educated yet highly ignorant people living in Delhi or other big cities talk about the NE states as if they are a part of another continent and our fellow tribal brethren as people from pre-historic age living in trees and eating raw meat.

from:  simanta dutta
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 20:42 IST

Mizos are indeed a great people. Their greatness will increase manifold if they could address the longstanding problems of Reang minorities of Mizoram.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 20:32 IST

Just so good to read.. proud to say that is where I grew up.

from:  Alejendro
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 20:08 IST

its the great article!!!!!
come and visit all of us..........its make me proud of mizo.

from:  chda hmar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 19:48 IST

I suggest The Hindu to give more coverage of news / articles and more
elobrately from the entire north east of India , Burma . Thailand ,
Malaysia , Vietnam etc which have close cultural resemblance with India
.

from:  Victor Raj
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 19:47 IST

It's a really cute article reaffirming our faith in honesty and
kindness.I may just like to expand this topic and say that all the
people living in difficult areas,be it Ladakh or Rajasthan or Mizoram
,tend to be more courteous and respectful to each others rights.While
in 'mainland' India where the resources are more and opportunities
even bigger,every one tries to get it's share of 'loot' one way or the
other,people in these places are content and even happy with what they
have got.It just shows us that being honest and trusting others is not
such a foolish thing as branded in our 'mainland' India.It is just a
good lesson to all of of us,especially in metro cities to be kind and
to understand the need of others and help them when required.
Once again congratulations to the writer for writing such a good
article.
And I am looking forward for enjoying the hospitality of the Mizos in
the near future.

from:  Arzoo jain
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 19:17 IST

I have always been fascinated by North East. Can't wait to visit
Mizoram. Thank you for such a honest article.

from:  aarti
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 19:07 IST

you make us so proud to be a Mizo....thank u, thank u...

from:  veni
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 18:23 IST

Very nice and detailed article....

from:  Anuj
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 18:23 IST

Good to know that the rest of India will get to know about other aspects
of Mizoram through this article. Very well written!

from:  Mimi Hrahsel
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 17:59 IST

Being a Mizo and living in Lunglei, it is my pleasure to hear this article. There may be many bad practise here also, but you narrated what you really experienced. Thank You Mr. S. Gurumanickam, we, the Mizo people also will really love you, if you come back. May God be with you and your family.

from:  Remlalmuana
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 17:10 IST

I welcome you in Lunglei. If you have a chance Just come again in
Lunglei. Now travelling from Aizawl to Lunglei is now only 165 km. You
need to spent around 4-5 hours only now. Very good article

from:  RK. Kima
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 17:08 IST

Thank you so much....

from:  Lalthakima
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 16:25 IST

A welcome, heart-warming article!
"Is it so difficult to practise honesty in everyday life?" -
apparently not! It is "normal" for me to see Indians behaving just
like the Mizo people - trusting and caring - when they are outside
India in Europe, USA etc! Why?
Because these countries respect "rule of law" - meaning "no one will
lose out, or be put at a disadvantage, if s/he follows the law and
behaves in a moral/ethical way; and secondly, moral/ethical people are
highly respected in society". Sadly, in today’s “looter takes all”
India, neither of these conditions exist.
Can society be changed by a few people changing their ways, or beating
it into their children in schools? No!!
A long-term, multi-action programme (incl. deterrence though
strong/unambiguous laws effectively implemented without exception;
prevention through systemic changes; restoring moral/ethical values in
society; education; above all by practising, not just preaching) would
help. Any takers???

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 15:46 IST

gurugi it is great hear your experiences in mizoram.practicing the path of honesty in 100% may not be feasible because of lack of patience and compulsions are shown as reasons to escape . but will to practice only refine the system.people with education are behaving with over smart they are not following this honesty path but still common man having fear about god and his punishment and they try to be honest . it is good to hear article from you thanking you sir

from:  chandra sekhar makula
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 15:25 IST

Oh, what a sweet little article! I can't wait to visit Mizoram and meet
these wonderful people. I have always found north-east amazingly
attractive, and this article surely proves that it is not just the land
that is beautiful, it is the people too.

from:  Gayathri
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 15:06 IST

The nicest article i've ever read. The article makes me proud to be a Mizo. Honesty is the best policy!

from:  Kuri
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 14:58 IST

Ziak tha hle mai, Mizoram a awm chhung a alo dawngsawngtu te an fel bawk aniang.

from:  Rosangpuia Ralte
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 14:14 IST

North east - Truly incredible!
Staying in North east for the last five years. Love the hospitality and care of these people. The region needs infrastructure development. Cost of basic amenities is high here due to transportation costs involved. The region will bloom in the coming years.

from:  Abhinay
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 14:11 IST

Nice one. Mizo are the best.

from:  zoliana
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 13:48 IST

This is a very good article as it enlightens us about the people of
Mizoram. Even my dad was posted in Aizawl and he had a lot of good
things to say about the place and the people.

from:  Aakanksha
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 13:47 IST

i like this, "My fellow Indians from the mainland have long had a grouse that Mizos haven’t tried to learn Hindi or assimilate with Indians. I differ. Let them be Mizos, be honest and truthful. Let us not corrupt them. Maybe, Mizos too have something to learn from the mainland. Let good things be exchanged. Not guthka or cheatsing"

from:  C.Ngurnuntluanga
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 13:22 IST

honesty is the best policy

from:  lalruatkima
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 13:16 IST

Thanks for an interesting article. I am a man from lunglei, i really enjoy reading it. Ka lawm e

from:  Sena ngente
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 12:59 IST

Sir,

thanks for making us believe that there are still some good place left with honesty and innocence by which human should greet stranger.

from:  Sumeet
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 12:54 IST

Thank you sir for the wonderful article. Swami Vivekananda said, "Each soul is potentially divine." Every one of us is CAPABLE of being honest and compassionate. If ALL of us, in mainland or in far away Mizoram, start to manifest that, someone from another country would be writing such an article about India...something similar to what Lord Macaulay wrote in 1835,“I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber,..."

from:  Ramya S
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 12:51 IST

Superbly written article..This is another face of one of the
Northeastern state which we as Indians really need to know.An article
which surely will go a long way in integrating the state with mainland
India.

from:  mazami
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 12:27 IST

Keini pawh kan lawm e... Oh! Jaihind!

from:  Jimmy
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 12:18 IST

Mr S. GURUMANICKAM thank you for your interesting article. WCB to
lunglei anytime.... we owe so much to you!

from:  Gilbert Renthlei
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 12:09 IST

Nr. Guru ,

Thanks for the article it was a easy reading one with lots of thoughts hidden to the society we live in.

from:  George
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 11:56 IST

My many heartfelt thanks the author for writing a good article about this part of India. I have no words to express my surprise that such kind of people do exist. I have heard about similar traits in some villages but not in a larger place like a state as a whole. I salute the Mizo people for their truth and honesty. Let's try to emulate.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 11:55 IST

Pu S. GURUMANICKAM, Ka lawm e (Thank You)

from:  Lalzawmsanga Khiangte
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 11:48 IST

Kudos to this article which brings out such subtle things from the NE
region ! Fully agreed with Mr. S. GURUMANICKAM that it's time for a
rethinking.
I think it's truly portrayed that it's time to break the stereotypes
and it's high time we 'educated' Indians from the main-land do some
learning back from these hill tribes :-)

Thanks !

from:  SamWitWiki
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 11:32 IST

Its so great to read this article.I'm glad that someone know mizo culture and I hope many people know our culture in a good way..thanks for all the compliments.Like you said,we have honesty and trust to each other.Mizo are great peolple who can easily adapt wherever they are.We help each other wherever we are.We never neglect others,help the poor,and so much more

from:  R.Zoramsangi
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 11:24 IST

Being a Mizo, it warmed my heart to read this article and I thank Pu S. Gurumanickam for the praise he lavished on us. However, I feel that I should point out that everything is not as rosy as the picture he paints. We have our share of crimes and not everyone is honest, especially those Mizo ethnic tribes coming from outside Mizoram.

from:  David M Thangliana
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 10:50 IST

Wow...what a great message for a mizo like me praising our simplicity,honesty and truthfulness. Thank you so very much Mr S. Gurumanickam. God bless you and yours abundantly!!!

from:  Ziri Hmar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 10:48 IST

I'm Mizo and i'm proud to read this article from our dear Mister. Thanks alot to praise for our society.

from:  Awitea.
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 10:22 IST

Touching piece. Mizos are also highly literate. I believe the literacy
rate is 98% plus. And yes, like any North Easterner, they make good
music. The author is very right in suggesting that this place should
be spared the contaminants from the mainland.
I had a similar incident when I was in Gangtok-1992. In a social
gathering of the high & mighty, there was a raging debate of "what
society has come" and how "the crime rate graph is zooming upwards". A
senior policeman was at pains to explain that they were doing
everything possible to bring the culprits to book. The issue was :
Gangtok didn't have garages, cars were parked on the street; and some
criminals used to let out the air (not puncture) from the tires at
night. Rapes, killings, abductions were unheard of. Shopkeepers will
leave their shops open to take their lunch break. Truly a paradise as
far as honesty was concerned.

from:  Monikut SHarma
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 10:12 IST

Thank you for showing us that at least some people in India still know the meaning
of HONESTY and they can go an extra mile in order to achieve it. It's disheartening to
see almost everybody in India showing trends of dishonesty, either for making
money or just to avoid one's duty.

from:  vinci
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 10:07 IST

I am happy to learn about Mizo's honesty and truthfullness through this article. Thanks Hindu. We are diverse country. Our unity can be sustained and everyone will be assimilate only when we learn and accept others as they are and treat everyone equally without any hegemony. For example, the mainlanders should accept the fact that Hindi is not the only national language (only few mainlanders knew this fact) and should promote all languages equally.

from:  Albedo
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 09:52 IST

Thank you S. GURUMANICKAM for showing mainland Indians some truth about
the culture-less tribals, head-hunters and who eat wild animals!!

from:  Muana Tochhawng
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 09:52 IST

And 'Thank you' to the writer...

from:  Cherry
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 09:40 IST

Nice stuff.. I think the problem in enforcing honesty(when its lost from
culture) is that results/benefits are not visible in short term. So all
the peers of yours who are not following it seem to be getting benefits,
hence discouraging others as well. A somewhat example of Prisoner's
dilemma

from:  Prateek Singhal
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 09:31 IST

how true. the people from NE are very honest unlike the 'mainland' Indians who are manipulative and somehow they are proud of it. they call that being 'smart'.

from:  sonic
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012 at 08:42 IST
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