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
  • Rally against Mob Lynching #1: Gallery
  • Condemn murder of Neiphretuo Metsie
  • Social lacunae
  • BJP on poll drive at Imphal, Kohima
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #2
  • Felicitation of Sportsperson: Gallery
  • ICJ: Investigation of Extrajudicial Killing
  • Legal profession as career option #2
  • Loktak Down Stream HE Project (2x33MW)
  • Protest against mob lynching at DU
  • Ripples of Music :: Poem
  • Memo submitted to CM over lynching
  • Poems of Peace, Resistance ...
  • Helicopter Schedule for Imphal-Jiri
  • Mirabai recommended for Khel Ratna
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #3: Gallery
  • Manipur State is still winning..
  • Gazetteer of North-East India :: Book
  • Sunfeast Cup Football Tournament
  • Trip down memory lane
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Folk Song :: Poem
  • The Endureres at Dwarka Half Marathon
  • Main accused in cop slaying nabbed
  • Naga talks not confined to Nagaland..
  • Trekking to Dzukou Valley #1 : Gallery
  • Rest in Peace Humanity
  • Ph Banti's artwork 'Trafficking of children'
  • Cry of a Dying River - 45 :: Poem
  • Buddhism is not a religion
  • Jobs at R-Square Design
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Candle Light at DU over lynching
  • Society as a reflection of govt
  • Mobocracy : Shame on Manipur
  • Kuki Black Day @CCpur : Gallery
  • miAoIbgi pNTuH :: Seireng
  • Apikcha, Apaiba, Tinilung :: eMing
  • An opinion on Tharoijam killing
  • How Manipur lost internal autonomy, Kabaw
  • Admission for PhD at Tripura Univ
  • Meefam ST at Nambol, Khangabok
  • Importance of Forest & Environment
  • Deep social divide: Two different folks?
  • Kuki Black Day: Kukis Will never forget
  • R & V Art House's First Art Fest 2018
  • Celebrating International Literacy Day, 2018
  • Born a Kuki, die a Kuki :: Poem
  • History of North East India :: Book
  • Will SimpliciTB make TB treatment simpler
  • Meefam chathaduna ST gi issue..
  • Dipankar Talukdar- Mr Model of World Star
  • System error- who will fix Broken Window
  • Reshuffle Talks : Say No to Yes Me
  • India negotiating vehicle pact with Myanmar
  • Chalwa Village, Kangpokpi #2 : Gallery
  • Thien & its downfall in Zeliangrong #2
  • Is FA a self exposed daylight robbery?
  • Nation Needs Small Farmers
  • Who is programming you ?
  • Bandhs as dissent & survival of laziest
  • Looking for Raju :: Poem
  • The cry of the 2nd class citizen
  • Bharat Bandh in Imphal
  • Tribal body writes to Prez on People Bill
  • Sumi Hoho reaffirms dissociation from NH
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #1
  • Sit-In: Naga Peace Talk #2 : Gallery
  • Naga-Kuki conflict: Search for definitions
  • Mega Marathon Manipur : Download Form
  • Legal profession as career option
  • Guv felicitates 5 JAK RIF for flood relief
  • Stored Anger :: Book Review
  • On stepping into the 20th year of TSE
  • Sept - month which reinstated our courage
  • Krishna Janma @ISKCON #2 : Gallery
  • Empty :: Poem
  • Lets beat littering - plastics pollution
  • NEHU Seminar : Urbanization in India
  • Jobs at JCRE Skill Solutions
  • Declaration of Naga Collective Spirit [Sep 8]
  • Akanba Khongjangidamak Yathokpa Loire
  • Support for STDC from UMA, Assam
  • 'Deplorable power supply in Nagaland'
  • Tryst with destiny - Should we accept ?
  • Stand off at MU : Impact on LS Poll
  • Exploring the enthralling Tuilha Kol
  • Kamesh Salam : Outstanding Green Activist
  • The Valley Of Brahmaputra :: Book
  • Development of road database
  • The inner page story :: Poem
  • Kakching WW-II Memorial Run 2018
  • STDC public meeting at Langathel Keithel
  • CNTC denounces Senapati Declaration'
  • Online help for LGBTQ in three states
  • Army recalibrating its strategy in NE
  • Maibi Jagoi at Sangai Fest : Gallery
  • My poll without prejudice to anyone
  • MEETAC - Mission for streamlining TK
  • Conditions leading to Marxism
  • Heart Camp at Khelakhong, Thoubal
  • Cyber bully: Crime that follows you home
  • Bhupen Hazarika : Tribute at London
  • AEP & Importance of Myanmar & NE
  • Political pandemonium
  • Students central to MU issue
  • Landscape from Koubru #2 : Gallery
  • Leishangthem Robert for Mr. World 2018
  • Oinam Shilla Chanu at Mrs India Earth
  • North-east Frontier Of India :: Book
  • Thien & its downfall in Zeliangrong #1
  • Cry of a Dying River - 44 :: Poem
  • JRF Post at Mizoram University
  • Honours to Bamboo; a ubiquitous gift
  • Case of hunter now being huntedr
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #3 : Gallery
  • Women Empowerment & judicial Activism
  • Narin Chenggum - wild edible mushroom
  • Flying Star at your lips :: Poem
  • Out of the box thinking
  • Call centre fraud: Vicious vishing attack
  • Changing India & its impact on Manipur
  • MU stand off gets uglier
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #4
  • Krishna Janma @Mahabali #1 : Gallery
  • Eastern Frontier of India :: Book Review
  • Remembering Radhakrishnan ..
  • Moments to cherish :: Poem
  • Glimpse of the Buddha's teaching
  • NH7 Weekender Express Editions
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF [05 Sep]
  • Mental equation
  • Are teachers teaching ? Apt, timely poser
  • Sirarakhong Hathei Phanit @Ukhrul : Gallery
  • Sit-In: Naga Peace Talk #1 : Gallery
  • Globalization, Act East Policy & Manipur
  • Review on anthology of Parthajit Borah
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Child Friendly Police Stations proposed
  • ADBU Goes Green with Solar Energy
  • Convocation of Assam Don Bosco
  • Fetal Echocardiography - Seminar held
  • Rejoinder to NPF from NDPP [04 Sep]
  • Manipur climbers felicitated
  • Divide, divert and rule will not work
  • FA, MU crisis : Issues before LS polls
  • Krishna Janma @ISKCON #1 : Gallery
  • Komrem Student Day @Bangalore : Gallery
  • September Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • The Coils of Pakhangba :: Book
  • Physics Program in Don Bosco, Tura
  • Condemns MU VC's vindictive stance
  • 'Policy of India to suppress people'
  • NDPP congratulates Abu Metha
  • Pandey back at MU! Violating spirit of MoA
  • Exhibition @ Art College #2: Gallery
  • AMWJU Sit-In-Protest : Gallery
  • Shri Krishna Janmasthami :: Book
  • Life's heck :: Poem
  • Environment & lung health are vital
  • Innovation for the common man
  • Humanitarian crisis with NRC in Assam
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF [02 Sep]
  • Jangou Rah : eRang Classic
  • The Story of 40 Pineapple Suckers
  • Rebirth of Manipur Human Rights Comm
  • Yumkhaibam Nanao Eramdam Yaourakhre
  • Lecture: Governance & Public Services
  • X-rated poem :: Poem
  • Ningol Chakkouba Celebration in Delhi
  • Baton changes hands at IGAR (South)
  • Rejoinder to NPF from NDPP [01 Sept]
  • A Wake-up call
  • Lok Sabha polls : More crucial for BJP
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #2: Gallery
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #2 : Gallery
  • The World of Kuki People :: Book
  • Effects of the Burning of Meitei Puyas
  • Soil Technician required at MaolKeki
  • Jr. Mr. India 2018, Gyanendra Thokchom
  • Rejoinder to HTC & allies' statement
  • Consensual sex..Does it amount to rape ?
  • Need for all to keep their sanity
  • Thailand's Queen to visit 3 NE States in Nov
  • Hostel for NE students ready in Bengaluru
  • Sanagi Tenawa :: Funga Wari
  • MU: Den of Insurgents or Den of Ideas?
  • Can NRC Update save Assam and NE ?
  • Victim of Enforced Disappearances
  • Admission for Ph.D. at Tripura University
  • Aizawl: Photo Exhibit 'Saaf Niyat Sahi Vikas'
  • IGAR (S) calls on Chief Minister
  • The Game of Frame Work Agreement
  • Cases of excesses : FIRs raining on cops
  • Martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang #1: Gallery
  • Baapjii the Prime Minister that I knew
  • A visit to TNAI, Manipur Branch
  • Physics Program in Don Bosco College
  • Resolution: Right of Human Right Defender
  • Flowering A Xewali :: Poem
  • Condemnable sequence of events at JNU
  • Advancing rights of Human Right Defender
  • Rejoinder to NDPP from NPF
  • Is BJP govt sabotaging trust of people
  • Chronicling the culture of bandh
  • Dolaithabi Dam , Senapati : Gallery
  • Eid-Ul-Adhaa Festival #2 : Gallery
  • Cry of a Dying River - 43 :: Poem
  • Emerging careers in sports #2
  • I was appointed as a Yoga Pracharak..
  • Stop targeting Human Rights Defenders
  • TSA refutes Hill Tribal Council, Moreh
  • Misleading statement made by NPF :: NDP
  • A look on the past and present govt
  • Questioning silence of Cong
  • Chaklam Khongchat Numit #1 : Gallery
  • AKA a beautiful existential crisis
  • Unemployment in 4th Industrial Revolution
  • 47th Nagas Annual Meet at Mumbai
  • Transcending Patriots' Day(s) #4
  • CM meet Ambassador Of Thailand
  • Vajpayeeji full of wit & humour #2
  • The truth unfolded
  • Education : Central to all Make MU shine
  • Sangai Fest: Fashion Show #2 : Gallery
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #3
  • Dr. Jodhachandra Sanasam : Sahitya
  • Transcending Patriots' Day(s) #3
  • Tolloi in Ukhrul District #1 : Gallery
  • Architects announces 1st MADE 2018
  • Expedite FA Rally #2 : Gallery
  • Billie's Book by Ranjeeta Mayanglambam
  • Eid-Ul-Adhaa Festival #1 : Gallery
  • Shougrakpam Bijaya :: A Profile
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Disputed Myanmar Border Pillar : Gallery
  • Robert Naorem @Blr Fashion Week : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #3: Gallery
  • Dzuko valley #4 :: 360 Panorama View
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS