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Gandhiji and Non violence movement in modern India

Posted in September 2012

Thomas Lim

Come October, the month of festive season for Hindu, more so it is remembered world wide as Gandhi Jayanti. The Champion of Non-violence movement and Satyagraha translated as “insistence on truth”. While the Supreme Court now was compelled to ban bandh and any other form of non violence movement leading to the total shutdown of the city and paralyzing the governance. 
This year as we observed the 143rd Birth anniversary of Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, is remembered more as one of the National Holiday here in India, while The United Nations General Assembly announced on June 15, 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that October 2nd will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence, paying rich tribute to his Non- violence while demanding Independence of India through Quit India movement, and of course his Salt Satyagraha.
Every October 2, here in India, liquor and meat are neither sold nor consumed in his honour.
Bapu as he was lovingly called, is remember by the Youth and the children through Munna Bhai – a Bollywood film directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, with Sanjay Dutt in the lead role.
Gandhi crusade for Harijan (child of God), a term used by him for Dalits, as he tried to eradicate the practice of Untouchables here in India, have been one of his contribution to the contemporary India.

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Sale of correction fluid banned in Meghalaya

Posted in September 2012

Thomas Lim

Keeping in view of high risk involved by sniffing if correction fluids as well as bottled thinners of any chemical composition, both for ink erasing purposes as well as for use as nail polish removers and similar other purposes is banned in the state of Meghalaya announced Director of Health Services. Many youths in the state are addicted to sniffing the same for getting intoxicating effects.
It is as easy as that by announcing banning of such substances, there is no mention again who will execute the order and keep vigilance on the sale of the same in the state. This might have the similar faith as that of banning smoking in public since October 2, 2008. This is not the only nuisance in Meghalaya, sniffing of other adhesive is also rampant in the state; however there are also other irritation practice in the society also.
In Meghalaya consumption of Areca Nut- popularly known as “Kwai” is consider to be customary, never taken as bad in the tribal family. Only the educational institution banned chewing of Kwai within the premises. While in any gathering, be it private or official absent of “Kwai” is considering incomplete Menu or hospitality.

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Meghalaya Tourism Industries lacks inclusiveness

Posted in September 2012

Thomas Lim

Along with the rest of the world, Meghalaya too has observed World Tourism Day on September 27 with fun fare, food delights and cultural programme. As usual, People With Disabilities (PWDs) was totally neglected in spite of the demand of inclusive of this section in the tourism industries. Even though this year Badhte Kadam theme is “Inclusiveness” the state government did not pay any heed on any occasion including the World Tourism Day.
It may be recalled that Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma did unveil the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) – Schemes recently, but without any concrete plan for executing the same, as many deserving candidate of PWDs did applied for the schemes, the concerned offices have no clue or what so ever how to implement it.  
A sensitizing workshop for the promotion of Tourism is underway in the state of Meghalaya; about 25 candidates are participating in a month long workshop, including a candidate with disabilities. No inclusiveness is being provided for this workshop, the participating candidate needs to be physically carried to the venue daily. How does one expect the proper inclusiveness in the tourism industries in Meghalaya with such attitude?

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UDP- Congress marriage of connivances breaking down

Posted in September 2012

Thomas Lim

As anticipated, it will be a history re-plays of ugly divorce between the Regional party- United Democratic Party (UDP) with Indian National Congress at the last leg of the Assembly tenure. It is required before seeking the mandates of the public, and it is required so that the blame game for the failure of governance can be shifted to the other party. A Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government, headed by Dr Mukul M Sangma is under the scrutiny by none other than their main coalition partner, where the leaders of UDP are being pressurized to withdraw their support to MUA.
The war between the Working President of UDP, Paul Lyngdoh, former Urban Affairs Minister with the incumbent Urban Affairs Minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh over the Kyndai Lad beautification projects is exposing the rivalry between both political parties, who are forced to continue in the government as coalition partners. It will not reach to any constructive decision, but the hidden agenda will surely be exposed sooner or later.
Then comes the reservation of the UDP over the press statement made by detained GNLA Chief Champion R Sangma instructing his carder to support Congress in the upcoming Assembly Election 2013. Although Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee Chief, Dr D D Lapang specifically said that Congress party at no stage has entered into any understanding with the militant outfit to support the party in the upcoming Assembly election, yet the Central Executive Committee meeting of the UDP stressed on their affirmation the nexus between the GNLA and section of the Congress members.

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Truckers to abide by Supreme Court’s Order

Posted in September 2012

Thomas Lim

Nongalbibra Coal Merchants Association (NCMA), Nongalbibra-Dobu Coal Truck Owners’ Association (NDCTOA), Nokma Welfare Association and all Coal Dealers have resolved to comply with the orders of the Supreme Court (SC), all the Trucks will carry only 9 MT and march till Dainadubi on NH-62". In return the members urged upon the government to keeps its promises to remove all the illegal toll gates.
Such protest could be termed as one of the most democratic protest, after being crushed to the ground by the check gates due to its illegal collection.
If the Truck associations could restore to such democratic form of protest for the benefit of the masses, it has also brought in discipline, especially the truck owners and drivers. If all the vehicle owners and drivers take the similar action on how to be obedient to the Judiciary, and abide by the Law, the National Highway was free from congestion.
The resolution to just carry 9MT, being the prescribe order, also means the owners and truckers are abiding the Law. The frequent breakdown of main nerves system of the state- transpiration, should take some pointer from the owners and truckers members as how to abide the Law. This will immediately cut down on road accident, traffic jam and smooth flow of vehicle in the state.

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