New Delhi: The NSCN-IM may be trying hard to get a separate Constitution and a flag for Nagaland, but e-commerce giant Flipkart went a step ahead and ‘granted’ the state independence. In a faux pas earlier this week, the e-retail company told a customer from Nagaland that it does not provide services “outside India”.
The customer had written to Flipkart on its Facebook page, asking why it was not delivering items to Nagaland. In response, Flipkart wrote: “Sorry to hear that. We appreciate your interest in shopping with us. However, sellers do not provide our services outside India.”
While the firm deleted the reply, many had by then taken screenshots that went viral on social media.
Wow! Flipkart has granted independence to Nagaland.. pic.twitter.com/uCbgddtJTm
— Rajeev Bhattacharyya (@rajkbhat) October 8, 2020
Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma, the royal scion of Tripura and chief of The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA), called the incident “shocking”.
— Pradyot_Tripura (@PradyotManikya) October 8, 2020
He also said, “When a national brand like Flipkart responds like this, it shows at times we need a separate flag or a different law in the Constitution.”
Noted Naga musician Alobo Naga took to Facebook and thanked Flipkart “for predicting our future & giving us freedom too soon…”
By Thursday evening, Flipkart not only apologised, but also started services in the state. “We are extremely sorry about the inadvertent error earlier. We strive to ensure serviceability across the nation, including regions in Nagaland. We are happy to connect with you and provide currently available options…” the company posted on Facebook.
Manipur footballer becomes first Indian to enter The Guardian’s ‘Next Generation’ list
A 17-year-old central defender from Manipur, Bikash Yumnam, has become the first Indian to enter The Guardian’s annual ‘Next Generation’ list — a selection of 60 of the best young footballers from across the world.
“Composed on the ball, a great reader of the game, and capable of excellent, fast, long throw-ins, the teenager has already been earmarked for a quick progression to the full international side,” The Guardian wrote about Yumnam.
Yumnam, who is from Lilong Chajing, a town in the Imphal West district of Manipur, had come into the international spotlight recently through a 40-second Instagram clip that showcased his talent for long throws. Among those who had commented on the video was Liverpool’s throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark.
On his inclusion in The Guardian‘s list, the Punjab FC player said, “I’m both happy and surprised but I’m also realistic. I’m still at the start of my career. There’s still a very long way for me to go. They aren’t saying I’ve reached the top level, they only say I have the potential to get to the top level.”
The Indian Football Team also congratulated the young footballer.
Congratulations to Bikash Yumnam for being selected in the @guardian's prestigious 'Next Generation 2020' list 👏
The defender has represented India at various age-group levels & the Indian Arrows in the Hero I-League 🇮🇳🏆
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 8, 2020
Unicef & DIET provide ‘self-learning’ books in Assam to tide over learning gaps amid pandemic
The District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) in Assam’s Titabar town, along with Unicef, has been providing home learning material to children who do not have access to online education, which has become necessary during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The learning material is divided into three categories — for Classes 1 and 2, Classes 3 to 5 and Classes 6 to 8.
“The USP of the materials is that they [children] can learn without the help of teachers. The books have been developed under the guidance of Uttam Kumar Bordoloi, former principal, DIET, who initiated the Multi Grade Multi Level Teaching Methodology in Jorhat district,” said Krishna Dutta Deka, a senior lecturer at DIET, and coordinator of the DIET-Unicef project.
She also said their target was mainly children from the tea garden community who live in remote and inaccessible areas. “Tea garden managements are lagging behind in providing support to their schools to mitigate the Covid-19 impact on education of the children. This may be due to lack of resources or professional expertise. Moreover, capacity of teachers in tea garden management schools is also a concern in promoting digital platforms,” she noted.
Study traces Assam ethnic group to Himachal Pradesh in 4122 BC
A study conducted by Assamese scholar Madhurjyyamondit Baruah, titled Kalita Jatir Itihaas, has suggested that one of the state’s biggest ethnic groups, the Kalitas, actually originated in Himachal Pradesh in 4122 BC.
Baruah said the “main foundation of the Kalitas in India was in Himachal Pradesh”.
“Alpine Kalitas migrated from Europe and formed the civilization along the Indus river. Then, they moved to Cambos, and thereafter from Cambos to Kullu valley in Himachal. The race was known as Kalita in ancient Assam because of its coming from the Kullu Valley or Kulut dynasty,” he noted. Baruah is the head of the Assamese department at the Krishnaguru Adhyatmik Visvavidyalaya in the state.