The Strange Affair of Robin S Ngangom Questions and Answers Marks 5

The Strange Affair of Robin S Ngangom, by Robin S. Ngangom Questions and Answers Marks 5

 

1.Not once can I say wheel / I am the captain / behind this of fire. – Comment with refence to the context.

 

Ans. The referred expression is quoted from the poem, “The Strange Affair of Robin S Ngangom”, by Robin S. Ngangom. Written on the violent military oppressive back gorund of Manipur, the poet clearly expresses by the quted line that he is in control of anything that are happening in his motherland. The opening lines say this and more: “Not once can I say/I am the captain behind this wheel of fire“. Here, “Not once” asserts the idea that the poet is not in control of whatever is happening around him. “Wheel of fire” is a violent image suggesting that the given environment is destructive. In the poem unambiguously, there is also anger: the poet expresses the view that he was destined to be the captain of the ship. In contrast, the second and third stanzas face us with the picture of a commodity he has been reduced to in the contemporary world.

 

Q. 2. As a boy I was made a sheep, now I am enchanted into a goat that the townspeople enjoy driving to the square with a marigold garland between my horns.- Comment with refence to the context.

 

Ans. The referred expression is quoted from the poem, “The Strange Affair of Robin S Ngangom”, by Robin S. Ngangom. The misfortune of the youth of Manipur, being made scapegoat at the alter of national integrity by the politicians of both state and center is meant here.

 

The eight states comprising the North-East region of India, namely Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Sikkim are geographically situated between the mainland India and South-East Asia. The blanket term ‘North Easť, however, elides over the distinct cultural, regional, linguistic, and ritual-religious practices that each of these states observe uphold.

eight states are not just different from the mainland India , but are also disparate from each other, and marked by existerice of differences within the difference. For instance, there are complex divisions within Meghalaya, breaking up into sub-tribes and clans, and each speaking their own language and dialect, as well as practicing their own distinct rituals. This is also true for all the other states that comprise the North-East.

 

Yet , all these states are joined by one common link, of being largely ignored and misunderstood, by the mainland India or anybody who stands outside this mistakenly assumed homogeneous domain. This lack of knowledge and sensitivity in comprehending the North-East as an assortment of people of different ethnic origins gave rise to discontentment among the North-east people leading to political unrest , especially during the 1950s.

In the 1950s, when the statehood was granted to these princely kingdoms, after their integration with the newly independent state of India on 15th October 1949, the processes delineating the state boundaries overlooked their ethnic and cultural specificities. The uniform policies that were formulated and implemented by the Parliament of India, similarly, met with aversion from the North-East. The clashes between the local inhabitants and the government, ever since, are the order of the day in the North-East.

 

0.3. We sowed suspicion in the fields hatred sprang and razed the crops- Comment with refence the fields Hatred to the context.

 

Ans. the referred expression is quoted from the poem, “The Strange Affair of Robin S Ngangom”, by Robin S. Ngangom.

 

 All the North-Eastern states are joined by one common link, of being largely ignored and misunderstood, by the mainland India or anybody who stands outside this mistakenly assumed homogeneous domain. This lack of knowledge and sensitivity in comprehending the North-East as an assortment of people of different ethnic origins gave rise to discontentment among the North-east people leading to political unrest, especially during the 1950s. In the 1950s, when the integration wit ihe newly independent state of India granted to these princely kingdoms, after their integration with the newly independent.

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