TODAY -

E-Pao! Essay - The Mumbai dreams

The Mumbai Dreams

By: Jacob Shaiza *



'Everything that glitters in Mumbai is not gold', but the financial and the glamour capital of India is phenomenally pulling our girls in big numbers and the rush to Mumbai is a big happening that is gradually growing in number.

The Mumbai dreams is creating waves and visibly everything appears to be going well as hundreds of our girls are finding ready employment with hundreds lining up to be there at the earliest opportunity. The fairer sex of our backward society choosing Mumbai as their job hunting destination is curiously worth giving a glimpse with a new perspective with Tangkhul girls of Ukhrul district as a case story.

Girls of our society with no employment scope migrating to Mumbai and other metros is nothing usual. The only hitch is the danger of being carried away with wrong imitation and false show of lifestyle.

It is true that the never changing economic status and living standard of girls and the changing mindset as brought about by information explosion is driving the girls to assert in their own way and daring to stand equal to boys in the socio-economic standing in the usually male-favoured society.

Showing the way is the job boom in Mumbai and other big cities like Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc. Interestingly, the scenario is there to watch. The streets in Ukhrul town is almost empty of any eligible girls and the glamour has faded to a frustrating extent.

The boys are left high and dry and for them Sunday glamour is no longer worth waiting. But, not to be outdone, the boys are already in Mumbai in big number. But it is the girls who are taking the lead in a more responsible manner.

Ironically, our girls facing an alien culture of Mumbai is the most critical aspect that may throw life haywire. Being gutsy may serve good or bad in their own way. But nothing is to be taken for granted in Mumbai. Immoral imitations is the most vulnerable social lifestyle that one will care to venture at her own risk.

And the glamour of working in Mumbai may only be a deception with no realistic glory of comfort and security. Exploitation of any nature is no new thing in Mumbai and the less educated girls are more prone to fall into any unforeseen traps.

The somewhat educated girls though better equipped with superior asserting approach and outlook are easy prey in another way. The salary offered to them is almost half of the going rate. But given their helplessness with no bargaining assets other than their glamourous Mongoloid looks everything is weighted heavily against them.

But there is no going back home to the land of no opportunity. And the vice of economic exploitation was compelled to be tolerated but with a show of grimace.

In the given situation it might surprise the upright NGOs in Ukhrul about the unprecedented exodus of young Tangkhul girls to Mumbai.

Veronica P Zingkhai, president of Hunphun Shanao Long (Hunphun Women Council) have this to say. "In the face of globalisation of market economy people are swarming to greener pasture for employment. Given the opportunity none would prefer to stay away from home. But compelled by more avenues and earning opportunities, girls of this area are driven to seek their fortune in far away cities like Mumbai, Delhi etc. This is so because the realities and situation of our society at home could not accommodate the interest to channel their potential. Therefore, equipped with some education they venture out to far off places even to the extent of exposing themselves to vulnerable situations".

The parents too are facing dilemma but ultimately sided with the daughter because the parents in their own way are overzealous to break free the socio-economic shackle and therefore, are driven to led their daughters go in search of job. Money and status matters in today's society. Lately, Leishichon Shaiza said to her parents just before leaving for Mumbai.

"Where is the chance of getting job in Manipur. Besides, I wouldn't like myself to be source of financial burden in the pursuit of my studies. I will come back rich and make you happy”.

But for Leishichon, that dream was never to be seen in reality as she was done to death in the most inhuman manner by a man believed to be mentally unbalanced and to return home in a coffin.

Ngakuimi, a friend of Leishichon is employed in JW Marriette Hotel (5 star) in Mumbai, with a salary of Rs 8,000 (inclusive of tips), a pure case of exploitation. She is an undergraduate and is looking forward to travel round the world by joining cruising.

In the changed socio-economic scenario materialistic ambition has reached new height. Restlessness to catch up with the rest of the more privileged class is perhaps one important factor behind this new phenomenon. Closer study of our society indicates dynamics of the tribal society in transition with an accentuated and palpable 'rich-poor divide'.

To drive home the point in the context of our social condition our girls are facing disillusionment and disenchantment as a result of rich-poor divide. The rich are dubiously getting richer and by the theory of relativity the poor poorer. But the poor are seen to be no longer tolerating themselves to lead the life of drudgery.

Making the situation worst our political corruption in the Government and the total apathy of the administration towards any tangible development created no scope for the educated and the semi-educated girls. To uplift their socio-economic status through gainful employment they are compelled to look beyond the border despite having to face economic exploitation and other social vulnerabilities.

It is a crying shame in deed that none of the social busy-bees have any clue as to how many of our girls are at present employed outside in the metros and how they are employed. Though it is understood that most of our girls are employed in hospitality, retail, telecom, TV serial, shipping and cruising it is left for verification on the nature of other engagements.

One fact that indicates something interesting is that none of our girls who landed in Mumbai ever come back dishearten. But seeing is believing and nothing is left for conclusion on the type of job they professed to be working.

The abusive side of city life and the moral precaution need to be considered as a serious subject matter for any social organisation. Workshops and seminars needs to be conducted to bring awareness on harassments faced by our girls and the avoidable life style and employment in Mumbai and other cities. To survive with honour in Mumbai one must learn to live with honour first.

Migration of rural and underprivileged population to urban areas is a universal phenomenon. But since the focus is on the vulnerable fairer sex of our society migrating to big metros it is to be sharply pointed out that it has its own pitfalls.

In such hi-fy places one can be her best friend and her worst enemy.


Jacob Shaiza wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was webcasted on October 13th, 2006.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Sangai Day 1 : Culturals #2 :: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 1 : Culturals #1 :: Gallery
  • Miss Kut #5 :: Gallery
  • Best ever Bond film for children
  • Media Challenge: Glance from hills #2
  • Hard on the hexagon of beehives, Meiteilon..
  • NPF Resolutions of Nov 22, 2017
  • Inaugural Day Sangai Festival :: Gallery
  • Featured Photo for 2017 #5 :: Gallery
  • Kokkhum Festival #2 :: Gallery
  • Seitinmang, Laljangam, Parihal: eMing
  • Khamba Thoibi & Poems on Manipur : Rvw
  • Significance of learning Chinese language
  • JFA condemns Tripura scribe's murder
  • Zeliang calls for NE Tourist Circuit creation
  • Shillong Lajong I-League Squad 2017/18
  • Tourism Potential of Manipur
  • Sangai Run-Marathon @Sendra #1 :: Gallery
  • On Peace Deal & Framework Agreement #1
  • 22nd Winners' Cup (Football) #1 :: Gallery
  • The charge of sisters :: Poem
  • Reorganisation of North Eastern Council #2
  • DAMMS Freshers / Literary Meet 2017
  • (Blank Editorial)
  • Culturals @Mera Houchongba #2 :: Gallery
  • Kang Chingba @ Wangkhei :: Gallery
  • North East Fashion Week #2 :: Gallery
  • Know The Meetei
  • Indo-Naga Peace Process :: Articles
  • Not just the Gateway
  • Use milk for silky smooth skin
  • Mobile Application for Sangai Festival
  • Manipuri Mega Photo Contest Finalist
  • 5 point resolution on Naga Political Issue
  • NE is least favoured tourist destination
  • Final: Hazari/Tombi Polo #1 :: Gallery
  • Sangai Festival 2017- Events Schedule
  • #TB hotspot cannot be on blindspot
  • United Metal 3.0 @Imphal
  • My name is Kom, Mary Kom
  • Swachch Bharath Swasth Bharath
  • Sangai Festival 2017- Online booking site
  • The Killing Fields (2013-17) :: Timeline
  • Mary set on Olympic gold
  • For every causes, there is a reason
  • Moibung Khunou -near khurkhul :: Gallery
  • Miss Kut #4 :: Gallery
  • On the Naga Framework Agreement
  • Media Challenge: Glance from hills #1
  • GIS day at NIT Manipur
  • Pangal Leader Mohammed Hanif Shah
  • NPF questions Speaker convening meet
  • Painting Exhibition by Babli Das (Tripura)
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • Looking out for possible measures
  • Manipur Sangai Festival 2016 #7 : Ooba
  • Cultural Program @ MCA :: Gallery
  • Ningol ChakKouba @MBC #3 :: Gallery
  • Oh dear Daddy, see I a Native Proud: Poem
  • Buddha's metta and karuna #3
  • Narendra Modi will never play Nehru
  • Photo Caption Contest by Whakal.com
  • General Call to All Former NPF Leaders
  • Penguin Readathon & Book Gifting
  • ENNG opposes inclusion of TCL..
  • Report alarm for Arunachal
  • Loktak witness drastic fall in migratory birds
  • Lecture on 'Rohingya Resettlement'
  • 'Weaves of Ching-tam' @London :: Gallery
  • Opening: Jadonang Football #1 :: Gallery
  • Robert's Weaves of valley & hills at London
  • Remembering boy..felled by fake encounter
  • Sangai Photo Awards 2017 : Contest
  • Meeyam meekup nahum singna leibiyu
  • HighWays : Govt. needs seriousness
  • Singcha Wuya Won @Kamjong #4 :: Gallery
  • SDG Consultation: NE :: Gallery
  • North East Fashion Week #1 :: Gallery
  • Distribution Patterns of the Asian Eye
  • Sustainable Development Goal Consultation
  • Wrangle in Mapithel dam: Legal perspective
  • In the Slums of Heaven :: Poem
  • Wreath Laying Ceremony for AR Martyrs
  • Time to take a bow, Robert
  • Create jobs for NE to stop trafficking
  • March: Mera Houchongba #4:: Gallery
  • Sin-Lang Fest @DM College #2 :: Gallery
  • Sangai Festival: Ideas for a change
  • A shadowy dreamer :: Poem
  • Winter - A blessing in disguise for us ...
  • Course in Nanotechnology at NEHU
  • Pamel : Serene Natural Hub, near Lamlai
  • Vacancy at YVU Financial Services, Thoubal
  • System Operators @PR Enterprise, Khurai
  • Just by showing concern will not change..
  • Food Stall @Phayeng #2 :: Gallery
  • The moment :: Poem
  • Board exams decoded
  • 3rd NE Fashion at Itanagar: Day 2
  • Conference : North East in Globalized Era
  • NE-IAS launched to support Startup India
  • Painting Competition on Conservation
  • Ramkung Pamei is new MHJU Chief
  • Priyogopal (Senior Artist)- Photo :: eRang
  • Kabui Dance @Jadonang Football:: Gallery
  • Fashion @NE Festival, Delhi :: Gallery
  • Deviance and Corruption in Kangleipak
  • Applied health research is vital to #endTB
  • 3rd NE Fashion at Itanagar: Day 1
  • Tri-nation Motorcycle Rally reach Imphal
  • Traffic woes continues
  • Kwatha festival #1 :: Gallery
  • Kokkhum Festival #1 :: Gallery
  • Special Rapporteur on Human Rights
  • The threat to balkanize Manipur
  • Cry of a Dying River - 6 :: Poem
  • Biological based integrated Congress grass
  • 3rd Audition of Fagi Unplugged
  • Sadar Hills District Demand: News Timeline
  • Of clean environment
  • Paonam Lily (Archery) Reception :: Gallery
  • North East Fest @ Delhi :: Gallery
  • Girls Football- Nov 4 #2 :: Gallery
  • IBSD, India & VITO, Belgium signed MOU
  • First angioplasty for in-stent restenosis
  • RIST Popular Talk-33: Quantum Hall states
  • Commonwealth alumni event of NE
  • Lecture on The Rohingya Conundrum
  • Tri-National Motorcycle Rally
  • 3rd North East Fashion Week at Itanagar
  • ILP Nov 30 deadline: Why not only for valley
  • Expected changes, do we see ?
  • Festival of Raas Leela #2 :: Gallery
  • Sin-Lang Fest @DM College #1 :: Gallery
  • Hari Uthan- Kang Chingba #2 :: Gallery
  • Code of silence: Concealing gender justice
  • God Rules Over All :: Poem
  • Five day 'Flower Show' at Ukhrul
  • Go birding to honour Bird Man of India
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Uphul Waiphul and Leikhom Leinang
  • A reminder to Central Govt.
  • Ningol Chak-Kouba @Pune :: Gallery
  • Miss Kut #2 :: Gallery
  • Meitei Pictographic Writings :: Book Review
  • Careers related to mental health
  • Beauty & Money for a purpose
  • Human rights infractions in Mapithel Dam
  • AMAND Ningol Chakouba at Pune : Report
  • Chef Required at Kakching
  • NHPC Raising day at Loktak Power Station
  • Of ST demand, ILP, peace talk
  • For elderly people
  • Prof. Nongmaithem Tombi Singh : A Profile
  • Hazari/ Tombi Polo Tournament #2:: Gallery
  • U-17 Footballer honored by Guv :: Gallery
  • Just in favour of nocturnal life
  • Dance of Fire Flies at Autumn :: Poem
  • North East Festival bids farewell
  • Agenda of Govt spelt out at DBC, Maram
  • Nurturing the future
  • Ningol Chak-Kouba @Delhi #2:: Gallery
  • NE Fashion Weekend @Delhi #1 :: Gallery
  • History will not forgive us
  • A girl :: Poem
  • Pre-merger political party struggle
  • JRF wanted at NIT Silchar
  • March: Mera Houchongba #3:: Gallery
  • Girls Football- Nov 4 #1:: Gallery
  • Taxi- raising Air Pollution in Ukhrul
  • Skill development training with MUDA
  • Pui Thangamliu -Photos #1 :: eRang
  • NH7 Weekender [28 October] :: Gallery
  • Surjalal: Fellow of American Physical Society
  • Salesian College Grabs UK Project
  • Prime focus
  • Miss Kut #1 :: Gallery
  • Hari Uthan- Kang Chingba #1 :: Gallery
  • Kangujam Chinglensana (Hockey) feted
  • Chavang Kut @Tengnoupal :: Gallery
  • Sub-Junior Girls Football #2:: Gallery
  • Namsai gets Buddha relic from Thailand
  • Ningol Chak-Kouba @Delhi #1:: Gallery
  • 3rd Ningol Chakouba, Delhi : A Report
  • Dr. Rahejuddin Sheikh : Best Director Award
  • Chothe: Shabu Hong Rein :: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Candle light for Belinda Morse :: Gallery
  • Exhibition of Pottery Crafts #2 :: Gallery
  • Phayeng Cultural programme :: Gallery
  • Khongjom War Memorial #3 :: 360 ° View
  • Ichangi Laidhi #1 :: eRang
  • Ningol Chakkouba by Paomee:: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakkouba @Kolkata :: Gallery
  • Ningol to her mapam lamdam :: Gallery
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2018 : Download it
  • Mera Men Tongba :: Gallery
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Kh Ninthoinganba
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Thounaojam Jeakson
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Nongdamba Naorem
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Dheeraj Moirangthem
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Amarjit Kiyam (Captain)
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Thangjam Boris
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Wangjam Suresh
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Md Shahjahan
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • Landscape of Manipur #7: Wallpaper
  • SPONSORED ADS