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Jotted down just like that - lest we forget..
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Lesson from Nishoka
If there is one man that we must thank
besides our great monarch for the development of Pangbang and making
it what it looks like today, it is Mr. Nishoka – the Japan Sahib.
The people of Pangbang in the early eighties were like nomads staying
in huts and fully dependent on natural resources from the forest for
their livelihood. The only agricultural practice that they adopted
were shifting cultivation.
Mr Nishoka's Resident
The arrival of Mr. Nishoka changed all
that. The flat area where there is school at present and known as
Sonamthang used to be covered with thick forests as told by the older
generation. It was him who taught the locals, how to make use of the
fertile land and how to engage and reap the benefits from the labour
of agriculture. He was also said to have used river Manas for
traveling and transporting machineries and other stuff via India.
When I saw the dilapidated house with
plantation of out-of-the-place trees growing in the backyard, I asked
around about the story behind the almost ruin. He stayed by the side
of the river overlooking the project that he was on. The project
being agriculture(-izing) at Sonamthang and teaching people how to
practice agricultural activities.
non native trees
The easy go lucky people, when they
were taught to work and the rapid changes were brought in, they were
obviously frustrated and they thought that the Japan Sahib was here
to punish them and to spoil their happiness. The people in fact had
to undergo many hardships of clearing the land for agriculture and
making terrace for farming which can be seen even today. It must have
been not so tough to sense the growing distaste towards him by the
general public and he was said to have left for other part of Bhutan
after sowing the seeds of development there.
The bridge connecting two sides of the
valley was aptly named as Nishoka bridge. Right next to it a
motor-able bridge is built now, the Nishoka bridge hangs relaxed
adjacent to the massive bridge after having served the purpose for so
Nishoka bridge dwarfed - at the left hand side
If only the people of Pangbang followed
the vision of the impressive man, it would have been different than
what it is today. But then he left his mark there and most of the
people appreciate his effort, in retrospect.
Diligence in work? We must learn from
the Japanese. A Japanese visitors in Thimphu was surprised to see
lots of people thronging near the Trowa Movie theater and asked,
“What are these people doing here?” When it was told that they
have come to watch a movie.
“They don't have work? When do they
work?” Good question. When do we work? The work takes the secondary
Development does not come without
effort – a collective effort. We need to have a visionary leader
(which we already have) and lots of integrity and diligence to ones
own work and put in immense effort to move towards that vision.