E-Pao! Essay - Pari Imom Samu Pangalbasa

Pari Imom Samu Pangalbasa

By: Ringo Pebam *

"Pari imom samu pangalbasa
Napam lamdam khambi mei-houre
Chalakle meiri-se laouna khongna
Khomlen mikap thoulo ne
Khambi meikal hourou-ne

Ngakhi-do chahi cha kaya
Napam lamdam nungshiba
Soikhi-ba yekna-ba kaya
Hendem tha-na soibagum
Kourabara yoibu you-henba
Komlen mikap thoulo-ne
Khambi meikal hourou-ne

Pukei thanna thamlamba
Langei pana leihouba
*Nongma nongma mayeng tarakle*
*Charei phimal shetlak-le*
Khomlen mikap thoulo-ne
Khambi meikal hourou-ne

Dawn of every 27th August, we woke up to the above thought provoking, pin-pricking song, played loud in the loud speakers (Ďmaayeepí as it used to be call) at Pishum Chingamacha.

Oinam Nabakumar, Laishram Chaobhan, Nongmeikapam Pramodini and Waikhom Nilamani, who sacrificed their lives during the August 27, 1965 agitation against the artificial scarcity of rice in Manipur, are *remembered*.

Today all is not well in Manipur and its the common man who suffers the most. It's true that many are sad and frustrated not to see Manipur growing in positive direction. But can we give up saying "Manipur dudi-oiraroi-dabane, kanna-raroi-dabane."?

Picture Courtesy : TSE
How are we going to change a land of brave hearts into a land of doers?

Are we going to keep thinking about what we should be doing or do something what we have been thinking? Are we still going to simply keep shrugging our shoulders and blame the system - full of flaws, or shall we start doing things we can without waiting for the system to improve?

The truth is - thinking can happen from an armchair, doing must happen on our feet. Thinking must be a great way of starting, but doing is the only way to get things done.

Let's face it - we never really get caught in a traffic jam? We are the traffic jam!

This must change, and it's possible if some of us dare to be the changed. Letís stop basking in the glorious past or day dreaming about the great future. Let's start by dominating today and domination starts with ďDOĒ.

Dear people of Manipur, letís start doing whatever we can in ways small or big. You have got the ideas, you have got the urge, all that you have to do now is to stand up and do. Donít be scared, when you donít see the way, just keep walking, the way will come.

Hey you, Donít be afraid, Don't you give up,
It's not so bad, There's still a chance for us.
Hey you, Just be yourself, Don't be so shy, There's reasons why it's hard
Keep it together, You'll make it alright,
Poets and prophets, Would envy what you do, This could be good.
Hey you, you have got a choice, one day it will make sense.
Hey you.

Inspirations, lyrics and words from:
ďPari Imom Samu PangalbasaĒ, it can be downloaded from

* Ringo Pebam, who is based in Bangalore, writes regularly to He can be contacted at ringo_pebam(at)yahoo(dot)com . This article was webcasted on August 27, 2007.

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