Lodi nolaini Kharmin

This is a short interview of Ramendro Phonglo of Lodi village, taken by Monali Longmailai.

This is a short Interview video of Ramendro Phonglo of Lodi village, taken by Monali Longmailai. The interview is mainly based on the History, people, Geography and Economic condition of the people of Lodi village. The village Lodi is situated in a very remote area of  Cachar district of Assam and share its border with Dima Hasao district, the village is very old and it is difficult to trace back the establishment year of the village. At earlier there were 38 houses in the Lodi village but after the Dimasa-Hmar ethnic clash in the year 2003 many people have left the place and migrated to Joypur, Shivasthan and other villages, at present there are only 6 houses in the village who live there on seasonal basis. The people are mainly engaged in farming for living and during summer season they come from Joypur village and stay here for farming in their land  and in winter they come back for harvesting but there are few who permanently lives there with their family for protecting there lands. The village has also suffered a floods in olden times but since several years the people are facing the problem of soil erosion frequently, therefore they have moved their houses to the higher grounds and use the old lands for rearing cows and buffaloes only. Most of the people of Lodi village are now permanently settled at Joypur village and need to live their too for earning and living.  

Cultural Narrative: 

The full line to line translation of the above short interview of Ramendro Phonglo on Lodi village, taken by Monali Longmailai. 

Monali: Ning nini Nolai ni baire ha shainthima ?

Monali: Will you share anything about your village? 

Ramendro: Jing la eraha dongba laokha, ang hajaiba ning duha 54 ruuning ha dong thila bunsi shkang nishing kharaorao bo dongba  bishaba maithai bo jalakha bo bokela ang bo thiphuya thikabo jing hajaiba ning uli jakha duhala. uli jada donglaiba obaha jini nolai ha nothimji nojai jahi dongba duhala bangdaokha bun pore yahon ha Rijing gini maithaitham maithai manai 2003 bo shomai Hmar gundogol jadadase jing erahni phang khaiphlung birphlung jadada Joypur Shivasthan thi hathan ha thaolaibuba orsh thaoka ode nooshi nogin gibin gibin hathani habo thaohika kho oraha orahaning dongladu bushila. Jingla duhala oraha dongba, oraha dongdada se gu duha orahaniphan eraha phaipinlaidada jingla duha eraha Nojidoh damshi jalaidada dong graode. Shairebaila Nokhor jang dongphayaba bo dongphaidu alangphao shairebaila shaojang dongadu, shairebaila gini jang dongdu Hadam danglaba graode duha maishing thinung maithaishi ni hadam shugulaikha ning daokhu daokhlai hereba thangdu hereba phaidu odehe jalaba thikabo duha shoshi jalang beren ha la uli donglaiba thip thip graode erahaning. Shbung thangbala thangtharshoya eraha bo donglaidu dongbala raokhibalai thikabo oraha thangba bangdao bedhe thikala jini oraha noh donghiodu oraha bo shlamaa nagbodu oraha bo gicha kushu  dangma nangbodu odehe jalang thikaning eraha phaipinlaibodu. 

Ramendro: We are living here since a long time, I was born here and now i am 54 years old and our elders also lived here, i will not be able to tell since when were are living here. There were only 38 houses before but now it has increased, In the year 2003, we left and ran from this place during Dimasa-Hmar clash and got settled at Joypur, Shivasthan village but some people gone to other places and now living there. Currently we are living at Joypur village and from there we came here and at present there are around 6 houses at Lodi village where, some are living with their family, some alone and some with one or two of their family members. We live here for farming, once the paddy is done in the winter season then we do up and down but during summer time we mostly live here and even not everyone left this place some among us stays here for protecting our land but we mainly live there  as our home is there too so we need to work at there also. 

Monali: Odehe eraha hadi raobaha flood jadu ? 

Monali ; Is there flood here during rainy season ? 

Ramendro:  Hadi raoba ha flood de jadu jaba de thikabo manang ha de limbane duhade di de  limyago khali di jaophlungba, gaohi gaohi gaotharkha. Ejang gadeh jini hadi hadam bangbi thi eraha girikha duha eraha dongyaba buthu girikha, flood jang gaoshenghi oraha shoshi shophaikha bo 2004 bilaba ek dangkhlaidada ujang thangboka thikabo bo hathan ha jing hadam dangphuyakha bedhe thikhala longthai hajinng jatharkha odeh shamlai shmah dangmah thikala dangjdu muh thikabo uli subida jaya ha grain jatharka jing oraha dangyada  nadi klidu thide mushu misheb kharangdu, mushu misheb kharangba bo ha nangbodu mananglai shbung mayakha dini dakhna la odebani jar jar hadam dongkhala danglaba odehe rogong rogong ha mushu misheb ke bo dengphalaba dong.  Ramendro: When it rains heavily  flood occur here but like before the water does not rise up , now only the land falls by the strong current of the river. We have a lot of paddy and empty land here but due to heavy rain most of our lands are gone and now the river has reached very near to us. In the year 2004 we shifted to other place but we could not continue cultivating crops here anymore as now this particular land is filled with sand and stones but if we want we can do vegetation here but it will be a hard job as the land has totally dried up so, what we do is we leave our cows and buffaloes here because the land is also required for domesticating cows and  buffaloes and like before you don't get people now anymore that's why if everyone have their own land then do farming and rearing of cows and buffaloes in that land.

Monali: Dei. 

Monali: Okay. 




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