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Pappu is now Param Pujya; while Shah- Modi turn more arrogant: Thackeray

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers refuse to hold Narendra Damodardas Modi accountable for the disastrous performance of the party in the December 11, 2018 verdict of five states - Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram, the general public on the other hand have welcome the result stating that this is the warning for the Ruling Central government for the upcoming 2019 General Lok Sabha election.
Meanwhile the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray, while reacting to the verdict stated that Congress President Rahul Gandhi who was referred as ‘Pappu’ by his opponents has now become ‘Param Pujya’ (most revered). He was referring to Congress’ victory in the Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh Assembly elections with thumping majorities a year after Gandhi took over the party as its President. The party has also staked claimed to form the government in Madhya Pradesh with the support from regional parties and Independents.

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Congress voted out of NE but penetrates into the Hindu heartland

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The verdict of five states on December 11, 2018 is considered as the countdown for the 2019 Lok Sabha General Election and has turned out to be a disaster for the Bharatiya Janata Party losing all the five states even though it had given a hard fight in Madhya Pradesh. The propaganda of Bharat Congress -mukt (Congress Free India) however is seemingly making a mark as the grand old party has lost Mizoram which was the only state in the North East region where it was still in power.
The Assembly Election 2018 result were declared for Madhya Pradesh (230 seats), Rajasthan (199 seats), Chhattisgarh (90 seats), Telangana (119 seats) and Mizoram (40 seats) where a new system has been introduced by the Election Commissioner of India, where a certificate is given at every round which had resulted in a long drawn counting of votes process. Madhya Pradesh witnessed a neck-and-neck fight between the Outgoing BJP Government and the Indian National Congress which both polled 42 percent of each.

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Ram Temple in Ayodhya is the only agenda of RSS for 2019 election

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Taking the last dig to pressurize the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government to comply with its Palampur resolution on the Ram temple, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionaries said that there is no other option and the government needs to come forward showing courage for this holy work, ahead of the winter session of Parliament to bring a legislation for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya respecting the public sentiment and take positive steps.
Terming it as one last push, on December 9, 2018 the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)’s Dharma Sabha in Ramlila Maidan, senior RSS functionary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi, while reminding the BJP of its Palampur resolution had passed a resolution that ‘Ram Mandir Wahin Banayenge’ (Ram temple will be there only), They demanded that the time has come to respect that resolution. Without any hesitation, the ruling government should move ahead towards fulfilling their commitment, Joshi said in presence of thousands of Lord Ram devotees, saints and religious gurus.

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Mental illness still a taboo in an information technology savvy world

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Some deficiencies in an individual result in physical disability or mentally illness and is considered a stigma or fear and is surrounded by shame, which isolates people when they need support the most. This is not just confined to the illiterate and backward sections of society as even today which is widely regarded as an age which Information Technology savvy, this behavior is seen across the world.
Under such circumstances, people, especially in India, are scared to reach out for help because they do not want to be judged. The taboo that exists is our biggest challenge at the moment. Mental health is a topic that is rarely discussed and when it is, it is often trivialised. It is important that people, particularly the celebrities, and those in the media, speak out to challenge such practices.

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Guidelines for children’s hostels should make safety mandatory

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The mushrooming of children’s hostels across India, be it privately run or funded by the government, has put the security of the children, particularly girls at risk in the absence of regulations. Keeping in mind the precautionary measures, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on December 5, 2018 said it will be formulating guidelines for children’s hostels which are not registered under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
In view of the directions of the Apex Court, the Ministry is drafting the guidelines which will be applicable to any institution not falling under the categories mentioned in the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act, the guidelines will cover institutions housing children at the request of parents who are unable to take care of them and their education.

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