TODAY -

Why don't we take a leaf from Beijing

By S. Kunjabihari Singh *

The meticulous Chinese buries deep inside the frozen face, a fire-brand perfectionist determination normally not inherited nor exhibited by many other Communities, the least by the Meiteis, who are often tempted to claim proximity to this member of Mongoloid stock from such considerations like the facial looks, the food habit and the like.

In effect, the Chinese belong to the Classical Mongoloid group while the Meities as also natives of the NE region (except the Assamese), Myanmar etc to the Palae Mongoloid, both being sub-groups of the par ent Mongoloid stock. Historically, culturally and ra cially there may be traces of close relationship.

A poverty-ridden country securing independence only in 1950, through various social and economic reforms have risen to be a super power comparable to the might of be US, largely through sheer scrupulous determination for performance.

For the 2008 Olympiad in Beijing, they kicked off in an 'ultra careful style right from the word "Go" way back in 2001. The tireless effort ultimately culminated into 29th Olympiad-nicknamed the Year of the Dragon, on 8-8-2008, an Olympic heralded as the most spectacular and grand from any conceivable parameter, you may like to name, the world has ever seen.

The Chinese are excessive in their zeal to achieve and perform and in the endeavor, don't leave anything to chance. Perfectionist as they are, they are exceedingly religious and have strong obsession for numerology. They do not, reportedly, have "13th" floor in a sky-scrapper mansion or a hotel, nor have room numbered 13. They avoid this number considering it as "inauspicious".

I read about it way back in 1965 at the time of my final examination in the university. My examination roll number was, how ever 13, I felt dingy about it but there was little that I could do citing the case of China. In any case, I was not a Chinese either. According to the Chinese, '8' in Mandarin is "ba" meaning "prosperity'* and has a triggering craze for "8".

They have a deep faith that this number brings luck and love to life. It wasn't just default but by meticulous design that the date and time were arrived at. Recall the number of times "8" is forced to repeat-opening ceremony slatted for 08hr 08 min 08 sec on 08-08-2008. Right after securing rights for hosting the greatest extravaganza of sports, the organisers were anonymous in fixing the time, the date all with the most auspicious number "8".

The craze for this magic number only in creased over the period and it is reported that the Chinese authority had to make special arrangement for registration of couples tying the wedding-knot, on this day by opening new on-line service to avoid accumulation and congestions in the various registration offices across the country. Nearly 16,500 couples tied the marriage-knot in Beijing on this day.

Apparently the Chinese pay scrupulous attention to any thing, however painstaking arid rigorous they might be. The sole objective is to accomplish with impeccable level of precision, touching every minute detail of every conceivable aspect, however insignificant-looking they might be.

What is commendahle is this superb, sense of stickler for perfection, manifestation of which is visible in the various preparations in the run up to the greatest extravaganza of sports. Look at the quantum of effort put and energy spent apart from the enormous funds on the production of an item, on glimpses of the history, of China, on the opening day on the 8th.

Zhang Yimou, the art Director had to put three solid years of creative energy and painstaking effort to project 50,000 years of Chinese history condensed into a 50-min show. Also recall the element of selective care they have rendered in areas of hygiene, manners and decency that includes dress protocol, food menus in the public restaurants.

Reportedly, they have generally advised the natives to go slow on garlic, perhaps in consideration of its pungent smell the point is the element of consciousness this community is concerned about when it comes to hosting international congregation where they are keen to unfold a concoction of technological wonders and cultural depth.

Then again the general banning of dog meat in restaurants, their advice to come out after properly cleaning mouth and reaching even the areas of dress code like instructions to put on best to roll up shirts, to avoid leather and transparent skirt in public places. They have even pulled off DVD malls apprehensive of indulging in piracy of CD/DVDs.

The amount of extra-care they have taken care of special training of a large fleet of multi-language hospitality girls put up in the various hotels, public places, sports centres; the general instructions to hone up capability to express English properly are all positive steps people often tend to ignore. All these are indicative of their utmost con cern of the inner urge for perfection in matters generally brushed of, as matters of lesser importance.

We may also have a feel of the enormous effort for creating new benchmarks in organisation of the general ambience starting from traffic ban under a two-month plan when half of Beijing's 3.3 million vehicles had been pulled off road at least one day in a week easing congestion and reducing pollution. All vehicles with the registration number ending either in an even or odd number would be required to either keep off or on road on a particular day of the week.

What is remarkable about is the stiff regulation imposed by the Beijing Municipal Government fixing a fine of US$14 - roughly around Rs 550/-, for any violator and the citizens failing in line without a question. They had set aside over 250 km of road-ways for the exclusive use of certified Olympic vehicles to move from hotels to venues and game villages.

Ordering offices to stagger work schedules, opening of public offices one hour later than normal are part of the whole exercise to decongest traffic. The adoption of e-net more than before to lessen, physical visits to offices, again to ease traffic is novel. 'Shutting down of polluting factories not only in Beijing but also in neighbouring 5 provinces, closing of heavy work sites re stricting emission by 30% of chemical plants, power sta tions, and foundries; banning of a gigantic 3 lakh heavy industrial trucks beginning 1st July are all glimpses of their sensitivity to the minutest details towards a stage-managed show-case of perfection.

They had planned a near perfect strategy to meet the challenge to ensure production of crystalline air for estimated to 500 of the world's top players. The International Olympic Committee president had warned that outdoor endurance events lasting over an hour would be postponed" if the air quality was poor. They accepted it as a challenge, in good stead.

To further augment air quality, 40 million pots of flower plants had been reportedly put up in and around the city. In addition, they raised a forest cover of select trees in an area twice the size of the city of New York. They ended up investing US $17 million but executed with heads raised high.

Lauded, undoubtedly as the greatest showpiece of extravaganza and lavish, the Chinese have demonstrated that they are a nation not only with, economic might and prosperity; but also have achieved high antennae in sophistication and glamour. These combine with the most stony and deceptive face, can maintain secrets under wrap only to unfold at an opportune time.

They had not opened to the world, the masterpiece in the main Olympic stadium, nicknamed "Bird-Nest", described as a veritable architectural wonder off inter woven steel, until a few days before the inaugural function. This steel-latticed Bird-Nest Stadium, is reported to cost US $42 billion and speaks of the extravaganza and style they are so fond of.

The inaugural function alone was so lavishly organised exhibiting a new benchmark in sophistication and colour and by many accounts applauded as the most spectacular opening ceremony in Olympic history. Around 10,000 select performers exhibited a dazzling spectacle of fireworks, drums and dancers and was acclaimed simply unbelievable.

A whooping US $ 100 million was apportioned for the opening and closing functions alone, again intent on getting their own way of starting the Olympiad in grand Chinese style. They triumphed ultimately.

While we cannot copy the might of this nation, can't we think of adopting some of the spirit of perfectionists they have exibited in abundance?




* S. Kunjabihari Singh wrote this article for The Sangai Express. This article was webcasted on November 08, 2008.

* 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
  • Ningol Chakkouba @Sikkim :: Gallery
  • Songoulun, Lamgousang, Yinmajo: eMing
  • Chakkouba Shopping #2 :: Gallery
  • Hill Tribe and Valley tribe
  • Demand of ST & ensuing recriminations
  • NGOs & rural development in Manipur
  • Ningol Chakkouba at Tulihal COB
  • Condemns murder of scribe in UP
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • Zeliangrong's convention postponed
  • Mary Kom in Assam ring
  • Sports : Year long activity in Manipur
  • Ningol ChakKouba @MBC #1 :: Gallery
  • Houchongba Opening Ceremony :: Gallery
  • Thank God I didn't choose you :: Poem
  • Waking up at night
  • Remembering Jesus: Christian values..
  • Dharna on recognition of NPF Chief Whip
  • Recap of Current Nagaland Political Crisis
  • Legal opinion on NPF whip
  • Ningol Chakkouba celebrated in Manipur
  • Congress 'defectors' left in the lurch
  • 6 Naga groups form body to join peace
  • Nagas still have many years to be mature
  • Prelude to what we need to know 2!!
  • Ningol to her mapam lamdam :: Gallery
  • Chakkouba Fish Mela #1 :: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakkouba Tribute : Flash
  • 'Merger Agreement' and Manipur Question
  • Should fake news be merely brushed away
  • Frozen street laws & nasty people..
  • Resolution of CEC, NPF : Oct 20
  • Concern over meeting btn China, NE ultra
  • Materialistic interpretation of Chakkouba
  • Of power and the powerful
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2018 : Download it
  • Chakkouba Shopping #1 :: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba : A message
  • 2 novel TB drugs move into human studies
  • Japan & its myriad culture from my eye
  • Cry of a Dying River- 5 :: Poem
  • Thanksgiving for first Naga woman pilot
  • Manipuri film nominated for APSA, Brisbane
  • NPF whip - the plain truth
  • Subterfuge & money cannot buy the law
  • Pearls of wisdom from Dalai Lama
  • Resisting Partisanship
  • Mera Men Tongba :: Gallery
  • Liberation War And Merger : Part 1
  • Diwaligi Ahingdo :: Wari
  • Exploding cyber crime in India
  • Manipur National Day- 18 October 1948
  • Greetings on Diwali & Ningol Chakkouba
  • TSA DJ Theme Song , DJ icon audition
  • Meghalaya Venue & Daywise Lineup
  • Tasked to monitor talk: Koijam-Himalay
  • Looking beyond the tough words
  • Rejoinder to deserted NPF Group Longleng
  • CM honors U-17 WC Footballers :: Gallery
  • I don't want to die before I am dead : Poem
  • Is the 'Fear for Qur'an' Being Traded ?
  • MUTA Series 4 : Who supports Whom?
  • What ails Manipur ?
  • Old Age pension Scheme details uploaded
  • Increased privilege for responsibility
  • Culturals @ Mera Houchongba #1 :: Gallery
  • Seven Years Devastation: Book Review
  • Matos bhai & our FIFA boys "bravo"
  • Trafficking vis-a-vis Domestic Work
  • An open letter to Chief Minister
  • DG Assam Rifles calls on Chief Minister
  • Nagaland press firm against intimidation
  • No Aadhaar, No Mid-day Meal stand
  • The good, the bad and the ugly
  • Footballer: U-17 World Cup :: Gallery
  • Kwak Tanba #3 :: Gallery
  • Night Plaza: Outlook of a developing Manipur
  • Biased national media
  • Agri-volatic: boosting agricultural income
  • Natural skin glow for Diwali
  • Eleven LPG refills in 4 months !
  • 'No change in territorial boundary of States'
  • MaiOn (scenes) #1 :: eRang
  • Tune out within dark
  • Loktak: Storm brain before blasting barrage
  • Gojilove : Now In Manipur
  • Fighting a losing battle
  • A Poem for My Wife :: Poem
  • October 15 retrospection
  • E Sonamani: Jnangarima Manad Alankaran
  • 11th Mega Marathon Manipur #5 :: Gallery
  • Langbal Keithel @ Kangjeibung #4 :: Gallery
  • Geo-politics & Skill Devlp in Act East Policy
  • Wildlife Week: Working together for wildlife
  • Letter to ATSUM (Reply to rebuttal)
  • A rebuttal to "Imprudence of ATSUM"
  • Don't sleep with minor wife ruling: Rapist
  • Awaited expectation
  • Journey of Amur falcon #2
  • Irabot Day - March Past #2 :: Gallery
  • Buddha's Metta & Karuna #2
  • Hei-kak: An aquatic cash crop in Manipur
  • Flood prevention and mitigation
  • Unearthing gems: Northeast Diva 2016-17
  • Nagaland Whip issue hearing in the court
  • Film screenings on NE held in Estonia
  • Of Leikhom Leinang & Uphul Waiphul: NH-2
  • March: Mera Houchongba #2:: Gallery
  • AMAND Pune: Annual Cultural #2:: Gallery
  • Langol Tourist Watch Tower #7 :: 360 ° View
  • .. end AIDS by 2030: Are we on track ?
  • Career in Tourism - Part 2
  • Which one should precede- ILPS or ST ?
  • Comedian Audition during Night Plaza
  • Seizure of Dried Fish Grenet (Tirkiya)
  • LPG diversion: Non-local in subscribers list
  • For a little bit more
  • Pot Lannaba: Houchongba #1 :: Gallery
  • Crowd @ World Tourism Day :: Gallery
  • Moreh PWD complex controlled by militants
  • FIFA U-17 : A milestone for NE football
  • Post submergence impacts of Mapithel dam
  • Cry of a Dying River - 4 :: Poem
  • Program on World Mental Health Day
  • Out but not down :: Needed : A strong Cong
  • Redefining 'Manipuri'
  • Imphal Evenings- Night plaza #2 :: Gallery
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Kh Ninthoinganba
  • Keithel Lairembi Ima #3 :: Gallery
  • Observation of World Mental Health Day
  • Ruskin Bonding - VI
  • Life - A Bubble :: Poem
  • Mapung fana chathari
  • Surgical Closure of 'Hole in the Heart'
  • Inferred or in B/W? Integrity Vs integration
  • Imphal is changing but traffic a menace
  • Kwak Tanba #2 :: Gallery
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Thounaojam Jeakson
  • Langbal Keithel @ Kangjeibung #3 :: Gallery
  • NE Fashion Week @ Dimapur:: Gallery
  • Journey towards Breaking the Shackles
  • The Man Who Saw Tomorrow :: Poem
  • Free Medical Camp at Lilong
  • From Nobap to World Cup: Magnificent 8
  • Journey of Amur falcon #1
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Nongdamba Naorem
  • Lamyanba Irabot- Birth Anniv #2:: Gallery
  • 11th Mega Marathon Manipur #4 :: Gallery
  • FIFA U-17: US won but we were lauded more
  • Imprudence of ATSUM
  • Tonsuring the nature
  • March: Mera Houchongba #1:: Gallery
  • FIFA U-17 Profile :: Dheeraj Moirangthem
  • AMAND Pune: Annual Cultural #1:: Gallery
  • Research Line : Book release Function
  • 100 Yrs Of Tangkhul Naga Football
  • Make RIMS shining
  • Another NE Youth Missing in the Capital
  • AMAND, Pune : 6th AGM / Annual Cultural
  • Sadar Hills District Demand: News Timeline
  • Nungshibi : Social Networking :: Website
  • Seeking 2 years time: Too early to judge
  • Let Holy books be replaced by Constitution
  • 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
  • Loktak Folklore Museum- for fishing
  • Opening: Imphal Evenings :: Gallery
  • Mayanglambam Gourachandra: Awardee
  • Win the hearts if not the FIFA Cup
  • Cry of a Dying River #3 :: Poem
  • For the 8 football players of Manipur..
  • Article 342 makhada furup amana ST ki list
  • Manipur to set up land bank
  • Hosts India set to make FIFA WC debut
  • ATSUM against ST: Let the experts decide
  • A matter of concern for the future
  • Irabot Day - March Past #1 :: Gallery
  • Bor khoiramba @ Hiyangthang #2 :: Gallery
  • Manipur Have done it again
  • Hingchabi Changba: Possessed/ Exorcism
  • Tourism as career option
  • Hydro Electric Power: A must for Manipur #4
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • Imphal Evenings- Night plaza #1 :: Gallery
  • Keithel Lairembi Ima #2 :: Gallery
  • Doren: 'Theatre of the Earth' wins in Kerala
  • Solo Album Launch of Awarthanga Chiru
  • How Manipur missed internal autonomy..
  • Whispering of Heart :: Peom
  • Kwak Tanba #1 :: Gallery
  • Nitya Raas, Ras Leela Fest #1 :: Gallery
  • 11th Mega Marathon Manipur #3 :: Gallery
  • Manipur Assembly Elections 2017 #2
  • Manipur State League: Table - 1st Oct
  • Lamyanba Irabot- Birth Anniv #1:: Gallery
  • Vanishing pottery craft & Livelihood: Chairen
  • Irabot Day Celebration at New Delhi
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand : Timeline
  • World Tourism Day- Inauguration :: Gallery
  • Research Line : Book Preview
  • Irabot Day Celebration (2017)
  • 'Maniwood' vs 'Haolywood' Football :: Gallery
  • Death Anniv- Bhagyachandra #5 :: Gallery
  • Featured Photo for 2017 #4 :: Gallery
  • Nangna Helli Nungshiba #1 :eRang
  • Manipur Sangai Festival 2016 #6 : Ooba
  • Traditional Ritual @Khurkhul #4 :: Gallery
  • Priyogopal : Senior Film Artist :: eRang
  • Hathei Phanit @Sirarakhong :: Gallery
  • Heitha Leithaba @Kekrupat #2:: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Kang Tournament #2 :: Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • Landscape of Manipur #7: Wallpaper
  • SPONSORED ADS