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Naro Pongen  :  Jun/18/2017 06:43:PM
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Who does not recall a time sitting on grandpa’s lap and listening to stories of adventures which only he could have spiced up to make it sound captivating. Grandparents are naturally more indulgent towards their grandchildren than their own. Even the sternest grandfather’s face lights up when he spots one of his grandchild. It is like as if all the worries of the world melt away and is replaced by the sheer bliss of being there for them. Here, we have selected few grandfathers who share their own experiences as father and also about the joys of being a grandfather.
Yashitsungba Aier
Often we have heard of inspiring rags to riches stories. Here is one such story of a man who has proved beyond doubt that there is no substitute to hard work in order to achieve success in life. He is Yashitsungba Ao, the well known businessman and above all, a humble Philanthropist, the man behind ZION Hospital & Research Centre and EDEN Medical Center. 
One may assume that he must be someone born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he is a self-made man from a humble beginning. He was born in April 1927. His parents were Takanungba and Longrinaro. Of the five siblings, he was the youngest. Today, he is the only one surviving and still going strong. For a man who knew nothing but hard work, God took serious note of it and decided to bless him. 
But before blessings poured in, he had to go through harsh life realities which only strengthened him to face life’s challenges and in course of time, carved a niche not only for himself and his family but today he has built a legacy that is serving the entire people of Nagaland. His father died when he was still a toddler and so he does not have anything to recollect about his father; even his mother passed away when he was just about ten years. He studied at Impur Mission School and while he was in class 6 their school building burnt down and had to discontinue school. His teacher who took him under her care saw that he was not the brightest student but when it was about manual work, hard work was something where he put all of his heart and mind. He recollects, as a young boy, how he used to dig earth the whole day for 50 Paisa. The journey in his making of a businessman began when he first got a contract worth Rs 2/- to crush stones. Today, he has achieved what many can only dream. Seated casually in his office chamber, a single glance in his face is all one needs to confirm that he is living a fulfilled life. As a testament to it, he says that he has no regrets in life. “I have succeeded in all my endeavors.” Indeed, he has already left an indelible mark in history. 
He has the traits of a strong father who knows the importance of being independent. As his children recollects, “Our father never imposed anything on us and gave us the full freedom to make our own decisions. He always encouraged hard work and never to give up till the goal is achieved.” “The best thing about our father is that he is humility personified.” Imbibing a sense of independence in his children was very important because he had gone through a lot of struggles as an orphan himself and there was no one to give him guidance.
Today, he has built a healing legacy and places his trust on his children and grandchildren to carry forward the good work he is doing for the people of Nagaland. “I just want to say this to my children and grandchildren to be good stewards and be ambassadors of social change.” He is very affectionate towards his grandchildren and he also wants all his grandchildren to become medical doctors and carry on the legacy of healing.   
He has the true heart of a missionary and a calling for social cause which is attested by his involvement in the affairs of the society. He is indeed a philanthropist with a simple yet profound philosophy of hard work. Even at 90, he doesn’t seem to get tired of working. He even washes his own clothes and the best part is, he gets restless when there is nothing to do. This is a serious lesson which Nagas should learn from him.
T. Kikon
T. Kikon, grandfather to ten grandchildren (7 girls and 3 boys) was a politician by profession until 2008 when he had given up active as well as party politics. In his long and chequered political career, Kikon has gone through various kinds of experiences. There had been times when he had to run for his life; times when he could hardly put the bread on the table to feed the family and times when the going was smooth. There were also humiliating times when he had lost in elections and was steeped in debts. 
T. Kikon had been one of the 42 Interim Body Members (IBM) prior to statehood from 1961 to 63 and former minister, whose call to duty was carried out with zeal and commitment. Having lived through 83 years of life, he has seen the various ups and downs which had made him into a more God fearing person. During his busy life, Kikon has managed to bring out three books (Two in Lotha dialect and one in English). The books written in Lotha dwell on the political administration of Lothas, Lotha villages and the book in English speaks about the early Lotha pioneers. Apart from that, Kikon had also initiated the formation of Kyong Academy in 1993 and became its first president until Rev. Dr. Father Abraham Lotha of Lakhuti village took over as president on May 23, 2014. Kikon elaborated that Kyong Academy was for the Lotha generations of scholars and intellectuals as well as for the common public. Therefore, an intellectual/anthropologist of influence like Rev. Dr. Abraham Lotha taking over the charge was truly a blessing for the academy and community. The academy is for the purpose of propagating the literature and culture of Lothas. Most of the Lotha books being used in schools have been brought out by the Kyong Academy. 
T. Kikon is the son of late Asemo Kikon of Yimpang village and late Yimono Ezung (Yonchujo village), who were ordinary farmers. Kikon studied in the village school, ME school Wokha and matriculated from Wokha high school. He was blessed to have been able to acquire his BA from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong despite the poor economic background of his parents. He was always fond of literature and is now currently working on his autobiography (English), as well as collection of funny anecdotes about Lotha community during the earlier days (Lotha). He loves photography, writing, gardening when time permits and travelling. He has seven children (2 boys and 5 girls) and he has this to say about being a father and grandfather, “In the kind of profession that I had in the past, there was hardly any time for me to spend with my children. I truly regret that I failed to give bonding time to my children when they were in their formative years of growing up.” Kikon regrets that he did not try hard enough to be there when his children needed him. 
As a father and a grandfather, his advice to all fathers is to give utmost importance to the well-being of their children and to be in close proximity with them in every stage of their growth especially in their formative years so that their life is neither deprived nor wasted. 
After achieving success or failure in the career that destiny had thrown his way, Kikon says that, “All the success and failures do not mean anything much now because I have lost the greatest gift of experiencing the real joys of being a father. I say this, because I now see my sons and daughters bonding with their children and being there for them”. He was mostly away on tours and busy with state affairs and did not have the quality time for family outing or even to attend the children’s functions like parents day, sports day etc. He had left most of the responsibility of bringing up the children to his wife. He recalls with nostalgia about his sons and daughters bringing home little trophies to show him but he had paid scant attention then. Some of those little trophies won by his children in their growing years are still standing in the showcase at his homes in Kohima and Wokha.  When the topic shifted to his grandchildren, Kikon smiled with indulgence and his face lit up as he chatted animatedly about them. He says that bringing a life into the world and nurturing that life into manhood/womanhood is the greatest task that God had entrusted to mankind. At the same time, Kikon says that one must realize this and then only can a better society be achieved. When he was not too busy with work or on tours, he would always join the family for evening prayers. During these occasions, he would inculcate in his children to be humble, serve the people, to be prayerful and to lead a good life. He says that if his life and political career had not been a see-saw then perhaps, he might never have learnt to keep God always in the forefront. He would want to see his grandchildren putting God first above all else and for that, they need to be taught from a young age. He hopes to spend more time with his grandchildren and to pray together. 
He says a prayer every night naming all his children and those of his grandchildren without omitting out a single one. He does not have wealth and fortune to leave behind for them but he says that “Wealth is in what you do and how well you do it in your own small way.” His hope is high for his grandchildren and he prays that they become successful and good human beings.  He is grateful to God for having given him seven children and ten grandchildren, where not a single member has been taken away from him so far. He believes that God will continue to cherish and preserve the lives of his beloved ones. Above all, Kikon concludes by saying, “Every grandfather has a big responsibility and that is to pray for the welfare of the grandchildren and be there to guide them whenever required.”
Rongsen Shilu Jamir
Rongsen Shilu Jamir (A.k.a R. S. Jamir) is a retired Inspector General of Police (IGP) and has spent most of his life serving with dedication in the police force of Nagaland. The only son of late Aomeren Jamir and late Pangjunglemla, R.S Jamir was born on February 8, 1932 in Longjang village, Mokokchung district. His grandfather was the first GB of the village nominated by British administration in view of the vastness of the village. Rongsen Shilu Jamir, matriculated from Kohima Government High School, passed intermediate in Science from Cotton College, Gauhati and graduated in Arts from B. Baruah College, Gauhati in 1960. The turbulent political situation at that time in Naga area forced him to stay back and proceed with LLB classes, but he could not finish the full course in law. Meanwhile, he served as superintendent in Lewis Memorial Hostel, Gauhati during 1962-63. He got an offer to go to the USA but did not accept. RS Jamir joined the police service under Nagaland government in June 1964 as deputy superintendent of police. Elevated to the senior scale in 1968, he was promoted to the post of Deputy Inspector General of Police in 1979. He was awarded president’s police medal for meritorious service in 1981. RS Jamir was selected to Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1986. On January 23, 1987, he was appointed as Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nagaland.   
Rongsen Shilu Jamir has ardent interest in literature and he likes Shakespeare, he also loves painting and playing golf. He is married to Purlemla and they have been blessed with 5 daughters, 2 sons and 10 grand children. On the occasion of Father’s Day, R. S. Jamir has this to say to all his grandchildren, “I wish you happy, happy, days! You will have some bad days, yes. They are important so you can appreciate the good ones. There will be disappointments; I know you will be able to handle them. I pray you learn about humility”.
With many years of dedicated service behind him and the responsibility attached to being in service, R. S. Jamir gives this gem of advice to his grandchildren because he believes that they will make a success of their lives in the future. He does not really care for fame and fortune but rather his grandchildren should have humility and live by Christian ethics. He tells them to “Please always let an outsider feel inside, and always, always be kind. I hope you learn that honesty is the best policy, and that doing a hard day’s work will always make you feel better. Be a loyal friend, one people can count on and trust.  I hope you put all of these wonderful things you possess, to make yourself and the world around you a better place to live in. Please pray to God whenever you are in doubt or scared, He will always be there by your side, trust me”.

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