TODAY -

They deform their forms
to create all the beauteous
forms in the world

Louriyam Bebica *

Taj Mahal, Agra, India - 2007
Taj Mahal, Agra, India - 2007



One evening I was rushing to ASTC, Tezpur on my way back from Guwahati. The regular schedule for the university bus (from ASTC to university) is 7.30 at the evening. Looking at my watch, I ran towards the bus stand. The watch was running as fast as she can and my legs were trying to win over her. I saw the bus crawling out from a far distance.

-"Sh*t" . I muttered and ran there in hope that the driver might see my effort and pity me for a little stop. Unluckily my trial went in vain. Looking at that moving bus, bending down to reach my knees for support , I released out a long breath .

-"Excuse me. Are you going to Tezpur university?". A tall, fair lady of middle age, asked me, standing in front of me. I lift up my face to look at her. She seems to be from a well-to-do family. Her complexion, her garments and the brightly long colour nails on her hands - everything bespoken of her background.

-" Yes ma'am . " I meekly replied her.

-" I saw you running for that bus. I'm also going there, just come with me."

-"No . No ma'am. It's ok. I will go by an auto".

-"Oh! No you should never do that. It is already late. You can never trust them."

You should see how firm she was while giving that statement. She enlarged her eyes, shaking her head, showing me with a degree of certainty. She insisted so forcefully that I ended up getting on her car . On the way, I came to know that she worked as a Lecturer in a college. She came to visit her son who is studying in Computer Science. Her talk was the only wave that broke the silence of 45 minutes journey on her car. I requested her to drop me at our university gate assuring her that I will walk till my hostel from the gate.

-" You can't walk alone. If you really want to walk, I will accompany you. In that way I will get more time to know about you too. Driver you drive ahead.... Ah! What's your hostel " Turning back, she seems to realize that she did not know my hostel nor my name yet. In fact, she asked nothing about me rather telling me about herself.

-"Ma'am it's ok". I was perplexed. I frankly didn't understand why she was so insistent to drop me off. After some yards, we reached our University's Cafeteria. All of sudden she spoke out so loudly in an irritating manner, pointing her first finger

-"See, see that's why I don't want you to walk alone." My eye balls were moving at every possible corner to catch where her finger fall

-"Ma'am?" I saw nothing than those workers who are at the site of construction. So I gave an expression that speaks of the vacuum state of my mind.

-"Can't you see them ? " She asked me with an unsatisfied tone.

- "Ma'am are you talking of those workers? '' She made me more dilemma.

-" Yes, some days back this place was a safe place. Now with this constructions, with lots of 'Outsiders' .. you are no longer safe" . I didn't dare to listen to her any longer. Her statement was so annoying to me. I just moved inside the hostel. I was angry at her. I tried to analyse her ways as being mean and selfish. Because they were toiling day and night to create the beauty of this campus.

When I lay down on my bed, I repented my rudeness. I realized I can't blame her squarely for her attitude. She is the product of certain society . She perceived the world as she has been conditioned to do . We are living in the society where toppers are consider human and losers and failures are just an OBJECT. Teachers want to teach to those student who are toppers, company hunts for the one who is a topper, sport clubs sees none other than top players . So it's a room only for toppers , and where failure and poor people have no space in this room.

If you top you live , if you fail you become an object as no one care about your existence. We have been taught since our childhood that the Taj Mahal , the pride of India was built by Shah Jahan. But did he really build it ? Shah Jahan or the workers? History tell us that 20,000 workers were subjected to inhuman labour for 22 years to have this beautiful structure - the seventh wonder of the world "Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal"

Wow , it sounds so great that someone built a wonderful monument in name of his love that generation to generation will remember. We are taught of its beauty and its thinker but not a single word is mention on how those 20000 workers toiled to death over 21 years just to bring the thinker's idea into reality. Its beauty was in the mercy of those worker not in hand of Shah Jahan and his architects only.

People are busy appreciating its beauty that none talk of the pain, those labours went through in that period to make this beauty. In fact, no one mention or remember any one's name out of those 20000 workers . Isn't it amazing? Keeping the fact on mind that we (human being) hate being mysterious and try to find out every hidden thing. Even Evolution could not hide from us that question the power of God.

We are the path finder if we wish to find. We also ignore if we wish to. This system of ignoring has been going on for so long that we made ourselves just a mere object like those stones unspeakable and unmovable.

We can have another example. The Great Wall of China. Uncountable number of workers were death in other to build the wall. It is said that some of them were buried in the wall. The general study gave possible reasons for this
A. Save funeral expense.
B. Safe building materials as bones are good natural materials and friendly to environment.
C. To fertilize the wall to make the roots of plants go deep to protect the foundation.
D. The wall can intimidate the avenging spirit of those who died for building the wall. .

They toiled when they were alive worse than animal. They toiled till they die to keep that beauty. It is painful to learn that they were used even after death. Their soul-less bodies were used to add 'taste' of that beauty. They were the only one who toil and toil but got nothing than pain. People say of "no pain no gain". What do you think is it applicable in their lives? For them "no gain only pain".

I'm not denying on the 'IDEA CREATORS' but I also want to question its dependency on those PHYSICAL CREATORS. Any creation , any artefact embodies two kind of labour - physical and mental. Unless there is a mental effort to create the design, physical labour alone cannot create a bridge; but unless it is shaped by physical labour a bridge will remain only a drawing on a piece of paper.

Now the question is what is the exact relation between these two categories of labours? Are they completely separate from each other? Why do we always tend to see mental labour as superior to physical labour? Do we have any objective criteria to prove that the former is indeed superior than the later? Can there exist any IDEA - the very foundation of mental labour - without any physical labour or physical interaction with the material world? It seems obvious that the basis of all our mental labour is physical efforts. Yet, we, the so called educated people, tend to look down upon physical labour and those who practice it. It would have been so wonderful if we recognised the contribution from both sides.

Every beauty that this world claimed - Paris Tower, Great Wall of China , Tajmahal etc has many men behind that brought it into a possibility. The only difference is that we recognised only those powerful men and ignored those helpless fellows.

She told me that I m not safe because those workers were inside the campus. They work throughout the day when the heat is at a maximum, that time - we people will think ten times to get out of room even with an umbrella! They work during night time when the moon has dim its light and we need hundred tube-lights to walk on that smooth road. Once the construction is over he wont be allowed to set his feet into it. Its weird to think that he was alienated from his own creation once his creation is over. Roland Barthes's Death of the Author might bring subjectivity to readers. But I dont know if this alienation of creator from his creation does bring any kind of subjectivity or justice?

People often said it is because of language, but I dont think so. Because it is with the help of language I'm able to think of this inseparable relation between them. If it is not language, there must be another agencies, more fundamental than language, which are responsible for creating such partial views. So what are these Agencies?

I didn't know that I had dozed off with all these questions whirling in my head. When I got up in the morning, I had missed my morning tea.

My Sir often said "every beauty that was created on this world is the outcome of those WORKERS's unseen & unrecognised pain and POWERFUL PEOPLE's path to enjoy the appreciation".


* Louriyam Bebica is a frequent contributor to e-pao.net
The writer is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics Dept. at Tezpur University and can be contacted at bebicalouriyam708(at)gmail(dot)com
This article was posted on June 22, 2013.



* 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
  • 2nd Annual Art Exhibition #1 : Gallery
  • Violence in Manipur 2023-2024 : Timeline
  • Chilli Chicken: Film Spotlighting NE in B'lore
  • Committee of Narcotics Anonymous - Imphal
  • The Power of Meditation
  • Oceans as a career choice
  • Getting more and more audacious
  • A test of leadership
  • Education Fair @Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Gifting two seats to Cong
  • Voters empowered democracy
  • Postcards from Meghalaya premieres
  • Milk : Essential nutrient for a healthy body
  • Failing in competitive exam not end of world
  • Delhi : A mere spectator
  • Abandoning Jiribam
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #5
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #2 : Gallery
  • Mainstream in Shoes of Alternative
  • Protect the medicines that protect us
  • Lets take action for our land & our future
  • Democracy and independent media
  • Agenda at work to shut Western Gate
  • Keeping Manipur on the boil
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #34: Download
  • The Enigmatic Journey of 'Laikhutshangbi'
  • Individual and the Social
  • An Ardent Appeal to All Concerns
  • Condemnation of Attack & Govt Inaction
  • The Power of Poppy - 34 :: Poem
  • Scientist of Manipur: Laishram Shanta
  • Alien fishes spotted in Manipur's rivers
  • Training on mushroom at Langthabal
  • Digital avatars or deepfakes ?
  • 7th June is the World Food Safety Day
  • How to prepare for UPSC after 10th ?
  • The Jiri violence
  • Beginning of a new vote culture ?
  • Bimol Akoijam (Cong) wins Inner PC : Gallery
  • BJP, NPF & other NDA pay heavy price
  • Nature is one of greatest blessings of God
  • Plantation drive in Tripura, Assam & Manipur
  • Summer beauty
  • Environment conservation & over-exploitation
  • Is Modi cut out for leading a coalition ?
  • 'Ishanou' Selection @ Cannes #2: Gallery
  • Scholarship for Johnstone Hr Sec students
  • 1st foundation day of Interfaith Forum
  • World Environment Day: Our land, our future
  • Indonesia stronger anti-tobacco measures
  • Navigating a fragile Myanmar: India's policy
  • New breed entering electoral politics
  • The road to formation of new govt
  • International Dance Day #1 : Gallery
  • Matchbox marketing mantra
  • Stop harming nature :: Poem
  • Saving for oneself & the Nation
  • Model United Nations (MUN) conducted
  • Tobacco: Threat to health & environment
  • Candidate from ruling party biting the dust
  • The verdict
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #4
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #3 : Gallery
  • Navigating Remal amidst Manipur conflict
  • We are #GenerationRestoration
  • Intl Day of Innocent Children Victims
  • Apparel Industry Skills & Innovation CoE
  • What's in a cyclone's name ?
  • Ongoing clash, the floods, the losses
  • Exit poll predictions
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #33: Download
  • Evading flood & rethinking urbanization
  • Manipur Flood: Health Advisory
  • Onus on civil bodies to ensure NNPG unity
  • Rats also cause flood
  • Benefits of JEE Main mock tests
  • People have spoken, now the results
  • The fury of Remal
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #1 : Gallery
  • The flood in our Stars
  • The Power of Poppy - 33 :: Poem
  • 'Group of people misrepresented themselves'
  • EV industry and career options
  • Scientist of Manipur: Chandrakant Aribam
  • Candy flavoured traps to hook next Gen
  • Commemorate Naga Plesbicite Day 1951 #2
  • Tobacco affects health & environment too
  • Jio extend validity for Customer in Manipur
  • Students must learn about AI irrespective
  • As vote count day approaches : Floods
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #2 : Gallery
  • Flooded : Sacrifice of Yairipok's Maiden
  • World No Tobacco Day 2024
  • Chandam Rishikanta wins NPC Nat'l C'ship
  • Flood: Helpline numbers for emergency
  • Battling body odour ?
  • Floods : Not entirely natural phenomena
  • PM Modi's purpose
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #1 : Gallery
  • June Calendar for Year 2024 : Tools
  • Flood: Control Rooms & Helpline numbers
  • Economic impact of ongoing conflict
  • Army Recruitment Rally for Manipur
  • Cut deficit, boom likely
  • Are Gods angry ? Wake up call for Manipur
  • Beating of the Retreat #2 : Gallery
  • We did Overcome: Mayhem of Month of May
  • Training on mushroom at Potshagbam
  • Famous female Mathematicians in India
  • Disinformation campaign thengnare
  • Human trafficking puts humanity to shame
  • Sky opens up in all its fury
  • Licypriya meets Italy PM & Pope Francis
  • HSLC (Class X) 2024 : Full Result
  • HSLC 2024 : Important Info & Grading System
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Private Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Aided Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Govt Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Statistical Abstract
  • HSLC 2024 : Comparative Statement
  • Combined Defence Services Exam 2024
  • Good show in Class X exams
  • Downplaying the crisis
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #3
  • Reviving Lamphelpat : Conservation : Gallery
  • Commemorate Naga Plesbicite Day 1951 #1
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Hojai
  • The Power of Poppy - 32 :: Poem
  • Insights from CUET-UG Counselling
  • International Day for Biological Diversity
  • Unseen force at work: Time to unravel it
  • Sheikh Hasina's revelation
  • The Vanishing Meitei Tribe
  • Building career in defence & strategic study
  • Why example of model code of conduct ?
  • Ownership of responsibility
  • Will pressure mount on key players in NE
  • How to save your foot after an accident
  • Children Camp @JNMDA Imphal #3 : Gallery
  • Education Fair @Imphal #1 : Gallery
  • Project Associate @ CSE, Assam Univ
  • Understanding schizophrenia
  • Advancement in Multi Objective Optimization
  • When will women in voter list increase ?
  • Making 2 plus 2 is equal to 5
  • Changing face of drug menace
  • Scientist of Manipur: Jayanta Manoharmayum
  • 25 yrs since Atal Vajpayee visit to RIMS
  • 4 Lakhs donated to support (L) Maipak Family
  • Clarification: Guwahati Meet on Humanitarian
  • Start UPSC prep after 12th for success
  • Tips to avoid melting makeup in summer
  • Giving a big solid push to ST demand
  • Time to come clean
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba: 1 occasion, 2 narratives #3
  • Khongjom Day @Khebaching #2 : Gallery
  • A year of hostilities
  • Licypriya Kangujam to travel to Italy
  • Declining moral standards in public life
  • Healthy democracy with independent media
  • Why endangered species matter to us
  • Significant Guwahati meeting : 1st visible step
  • The Pallel story
  • Aftermath of ferocious hailstorm #2 : Gallery
  • Ukhrul: Climate change grip on water supply
  • Commemoration of World Eld's Deer Day
  • Indo-Naga Talks (From 2012) :: Timeline
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Hiyanglam
  • Dance of democracy, a miracle in making !
  • Learn to look 10/20/30 years hence
  • The zero FIR, zero lesson
  • 'Ishanou' Selection @ Cannes #1: Gallery
  • MOU signed: MTI-HUB & KIIT-TBI & SAbF
  • Lament of the Mourning Choir :: Poem
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Wabagai
  • RSS-BJP fracas
  • Trials for Canoe Slalom World Cup
  • Poser from a villager says it all Kamjong
  • The cover-up effort
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #2
  • Manipuri women in the arena of politics
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Assam
  • Aimee Baruah at red carpet of Cannes
  • National Defence Academy Exam 2024
  • How digital media changed communications
  • Manipur stands scandalised
  • All eyes on UP battle
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #32: Download
  • Riots to a shrine- Ram Mandir of Ayodhya
  • Handle with care. F.R.I.E.N.D.S inside!
  • The Power of Poppy - 31 :: Poem
  • Celebrate the journey !
  • Career counselling : A life guidance tool
  • Scientist of Manipur: Amom Ruhikanta
  • Conspiracy, thy name is Kuki !
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Thounaojam
  • Ket Meth New Album "Ghost Stories"
  • World Hypertension Day
  • International Day of Families
  • Let the rule of law prevail
  • When donation becomes obligatory demand
  • Tourism of Manipur through Gastronomy
  • Beyond Eternity :: Poem
  • Patriarch subjugation on women
  • Celebrate Manipuri Cinema shine at Cannes
  • Training on cultivation of various mushroom
  • Transformative impact of Ayurveda & Yoga
  • War for over a year : Delhi is answerable
  • The logic behind illogical chargesheet
  • Preserving Thang-Ta :: Rare Photos
  • Regarding Human Rights Situation in Manipur
  • World Hypertension Day 2024
  • Article 355 of Constitution of India #3
  • Disinformation campaign touba thengnarey
  • Deeply mourn the demise of Oja Biren Lamba
  • Water Mimosa for sustainable development
  • Publicity drives of educational institutions
  • ED's revolutionary move!!!
  • Malemnganbi Laishram : Science Topper
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2024 #2: Gallery
  • Thokchom Sheityajit : Arts Topper
  • Aiena Naorem : Commerce Topper
  • AISSE 2024 Exam Result- RKM Imphal
  • Gold, new world currency !
  • Milk for hair and skin
  • Of illegal immigrants & the larger picture
  • The missive from Kamjong
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Science Topper
  • HSE 2024 : Subject Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : District Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : Candidates with Highest Marks
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Science Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Arts Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Commerce Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Arts Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Commerce Topper
  • World Bamboo Congress @Taiwan : Gallery
  • Aftermath of ferocious hailstorm #1 : Gallery
  • Radio E-pao: Manipuri Film OST (130+ song)
  • Cheirao-chingkaba @ Chinga : Gallery
  • Nupi Landa Thaunaphabishing : Full Book
  • A ferocious hailstorm @Imphal : Gallery
  • '365 Days of Chin-Kuki Aggression' : Gallery
  • Athoubasingi Numit #2 : Gallery
  • National Science Teacher workshop
  • Scientists of Manipur : Laishram Ladu Singh
  • Id-ul-Fitr @Hatta #2 : Gallery
  • Children Camp @JNMDA Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chak Katpa #2 : Gallery
  • Scientists of Manipur : Laitonjam Warjeet
  • Community seed bank @Umathel : Gallery
  • Scientists of Manipur : Ngangkham Nimai
  • Kenedy Khuman (Singer) : Gallery
  • GHOST of PEACE :: Download Booklet
  • List of Kings of Manipur: 33 - 1984 AD