๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ž๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‡๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ณ๐จ๐ง: ๐’๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐ ๐ž๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐‘๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ

By Dr. Benjamin Darlong

Mankind has long been constrained by its own horizon, but focusing on the present improves well-being, fosters compassion, and builds relationships. Nevertheless, contemplating the future can also trigger anxiety and stress. It is within this metaphysical realm that individuals, tribes, communities, and nations aspire to excel and prosper, with discussions on identity, cultural heritage, and ethnic dimensions being integral. Global pandemics like Covid-19 accelerate the adoption of new technologies, elevating the minimum knowledge acquisition standards. In this context, the ‘Role of the Indigenous Intellectual Class’ gains significance in envisioning a future beyond our respective horizons.

In recent past, researchers have been predominantly keen in the working of human mind that accelerates the process of deciding between โ€˜receiving immediatelyโ€™ and โ€˜receiving something of greater valueโ€™ at later age. In common cases, mankind allow ourselves to choose โ€˜immediate but smaller onesโ€™ to โ€˜larger but to be delayedโ€™. This, in scientific language, is called โ€˜Delay Discountingโ€™. However, there is no denying the fact that here-in and here-out, perspectives differs from every now and then as human has a processing ability popularly known as โ€˜Prospectionโ€™. One such example (widely known) is the eradication of educational qualification requirement disparity in Recruitment Policy practiced in not-very-long ago. Consequently, disparity in policies like promotion, salary increment and the likes were trimmed down to equity.

At present, the indigenous identity, culture, way of life and ethnicity have attracted and invited researchers alongside interested personnel (through funding and the likes) to delve onto them. Consequently, the results are, at times, satisfactory but vice versa at most. To blur it all the more, the indigenous people (too) are in constant stage of modification, improvisation and adoption of traditions, cultures and age-old practices resulting in obscurity in the drawing the lines of differences. As a consequence, the younger generation are reduced to victim of being continued distance maintainer with the passing of time leading to further modification, improvisation and adoption of the spoken. In fact, the prospect, in one sense, can be assumed to be the analogous. Having said this, one must acknowledge the fact that even when โ€˜invention of traditionโ€™ is a sign of a living community, tribe or nation, the pace at which the phenomenon is being made is to be unrecognizable so as to establish the modification or modifications had been endowed from time immemorial โ€“ which in the present approach is not felt. This may be considered to be both perilous and saving.

The major reason, for common tribesmen and women, to adapt such approach is the persistent individualistic idiosyncrasies of the many socio-cultural organisations implanted within the respective communities and societies. In an attempt to achieve immediate triumph, often, we โ€“ โ€˜the common folkโ€™, adopt cheap modifications and improvisations in folk dances, songs and exhibition of traditional practices. In so doing, the nuances and relativity of the indigenous past is being trampled and over-ridden reducing them to be forgotten and negated with the change of generations. Thence, the questions hover:

Does not our standing i.e. both individually and collectively, being questioned and call-up-for-duty to think as an insider and the intellectuals to trait certain measure to safeguard our indigenousโ€™ intellectual rights and properties. Is it not wise to dive into what lies beyond our respective horizon and decides the course to be taken from here-and-now?

Dr. Benjamin Darlong is Assistant Professor, Department of English, Government Degree College, Sabroom.

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