That was the best part and the worst part. There’s no doubt about that, is there? The first thing I wanted to do after the blockade was to purify my mind and let the words flow naturally. People are busy adapting to the new standard. In fact, we just need to get back to a normal situation that many people don’t know.

Historically, this period will be remembered not so much for the virus, because it has many precursors, but for revealing the heart of the nation through the tragedies of migrant workers. She will be remembered for exposing society through horror stories about domestic violence. Both are largely disobedient and polite as useless flies.

In times like these, a man goes back to his roots. In Hashi’s book Ethics and Etiquette there are two aspects: Even if you worship God with folded hands, it is useless if you are not honest and kind. Of course compassion and kindness are not taboos, not even for an atheist or an agnostic. Somewhere along the way we have lost an important facet of humanity: our consciousness. Animals have instincts; we were gifted with consciousness. It seems that another word in the dictionary is meaningless and superfluous. I hope that after the pandemic, when we are healed and recovered internally, our consciousness will return. It is necessary for our survival. We must cleanse the dirt and unite with the divinity within us, otherwise we are doomed to damnation.

Author Bijoya Sawain
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In our local religion, Niam Hashi, drinking tea is one of the most important commandments. The Board of Directors (Knowing Man – Knowing God), which to me means that you can use the divinity in you and in the people around you to understand the divinity of the afterlife and connect with God.

I stopped watching TV after a terrible show about domestic violence. In fact, every time I watch television it seems like a dark tunnel with no hope or light at the end, so I always turn away. In the programme the women express their powerlessness, because denouncing violence would mean that the authorities would take action that would make the husband even more violent. They stoically declared that their parents traditionally couldn’t take them back. So where did they go? They were not sufficiently educated or qualified to find a job and feed themselves and their children. They cried, their eyes were in unforgettable puddles of despair. It broke my heart.

In the traditional Hasai society there are three types of marriage ceremonies. The most common is the Hawaiian lamdoh. Here, after the rituals and blessings, the couple’s uncles and two priests hold a formal dialogue. These include provisions for marital difficulties. Problems must first be brought to the attention of the elders, who will then try to give advice and achieve reconciliation. If the marriage is still sad, a divorce is recommended and the formalities are taken care of by the elders. Divorce is also allowed on the basis of the absence of a child, at the request of the couple. It is important to note that if there is violence in word and deed and there is no repentance or remedy, the elders will advise the couple to end the covenant. This is a common phenomenon in tribal society among those of us who still profess the culture and religion of indigenous peoples, as well as among many of us who have converted to a different faith. Divorce is certainly not encouraged, but it is not an extension of a relationship that has no meaning or significance.

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While I am sitting here, on the empty campus of my school, the storm has just subsided and there is silence on the sparkling treetops, a silent companion. While I enjoy this silence, I wonder what the children are waiting for us. Teacher Arun Kapoor notes that there are five areas of student development: Cerebral, emotional, physical, social and spiritual. (I would like to add that it is a matter of ethics). The danger is that the focus is now exclusively on technology-based learning outcomes, to the detriment of other key areas of student development. That’s exactly what I was afraid of. I hope this is a temporary phase for the children.

The board with the motto of my school, which I carefully worked out 25 years ago, looks at me: It’s always good to know that.

I will wait in hope and prayer. I hope the world will heal, just like our flora and fauna. Have a nice day.

Bijoya Savian is a translator and writer and lives in Shillong and Dehradun. His work is dedicated to the life and culture of the Hasya community in northeast India. The teachings of the elders, myths, legends and folk tales of Hasi and About the One God are three of the many books Hasi has translated into English and recently published the book Shadow People: A novel and two stories about a talking tiger. The book has been selected for the Rabindranath Tagore 2020 Literary Prize.feel books pvt ltd,speaking tiger,tiger books pvt ltd,founder of speaking tiger,books on tigers in india,tiger publishing