Print

Kejriwal’s regime in Delhi lasted just 49 days, now eying National Role

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As expected, Aam Admi Pary (AAP) who stormed the national capital and trounced Congress to form the minority government in Delhi will fall soon. Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, resigned following a tumultuous day in the state assembly where combined Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators defeated his party’s attempt to introduce its most ambitious Jan Lokpal bill. As soon as he introduced the bill amid din in the Assembly, but aggressive Congress and the BJP leaders became strange bedfellows to force Speaker M.S. Dhir to go for voting.
In the voting, 42 members voted against the introduction of the bill, while only 27 MLAs - all AAP leaders - voted for it. Delhi assembly has a total strength of 70. Kejriwal staged a Walk Out understanding his government has been rejected.
Even prior to the fall of his 49 – day government, Kejriwal in various tones has pitched for the National Role stating it is the demand of the masses. Knowing well APP’s aim in entering politics is not to come to power; they have entered politics to change the current corrupt and self-serving system of politics forever. It is too early to make any assessment in fulfilling the aspiration of the masses. While the Political Pundits termed his government to have issued more threats than governance.
The newly formed Political outfit – AAP on November 2012, however did manage to change the outlook of political scenarios across the nation. As soon as he was invited to form the government by Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Kejriwal asked the two parties to clear their stand on 18 issues it listed in letters to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP Chief Rajnath Singh.

FaceBook  Twitter  
Print

Pepper spray in Lok Sabha puts democracy at stake

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Just two months back, Members of Parliament paid homage to the martyrs of December 13, 2001, terror attack on Parliament on its 12th Anniversary of the horrifying Black Day. Nine people, including eight security personnel, were killed in the attack on Parliament. The sacrifice of the National Heroes who gave up their lives to protect the Parliament House and its Members was humiliated by none other than the Parliamentarians themselves on February 13, 2014, as Andhra Pradesh MP while opposing to Telangana used pepper spray in the Lok Sabha, triggering unprecedented clashes and leaving 16 MPs suspended for turning parliament into a House of Shame.

FaceBook  Twitter  
Print

Meghalaya remains aloof to rail connectivity reflected in rail budget

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya is all set to be listed in the Map of Railways, as per the assurance made by the Union Railway Minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, while presenting the interim Rail Budget on February 12, 2014, being his first as the Rail Minister and the last stroke of the 15th Lok Sabha for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government. He said despite the resource constraints, the targets for the current fiscal were fully achieved, with some 2,207 km of new lines, adding two more Northeastern states will be on the country’s railroad map this fiscal — Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya will be connected, besides this, 72 new trains will be introduce. However, the announcement failed to create any spark for the citizen of Meghalaya, who have opted to remain aloof over the announcement. 

FaceBook  Twitter  
Print

Educators should be encouraged for publication and research

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Taking a cue from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, who is advocating for revamping of education system, has stressed on more research and publication works from the teachers rather than depending on textbooks written by others, more so the foreign authors. On the contrary, standards of education system in Meghalaya is in decline, overshadowed by various anomalies from tampering of marks for the appointment of Lower Primary teachers to the recent appointment of teachers for the premier school of Meghalaya  government.
Education scams in Meghalaya have been so frequent that the general masses have turned immune to any fraud relating to education system here. Be it the mushrooming of colleges and universities just to make quick money, appointment of teachers’ right from Lower Primary section to University through political patronage, even the recent question papers leakage in the newly introduced Class Nine Board examination in Shillong, conducted by Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) did not witness any protest or concern from parents or the public.

FaceBook  Twitter  
Print

Enough is enough said Nagaland public while ransacking the office of NSCN-IM

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Once most feared name - Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) formed in the late 1970s under the leadership of Isak Chishi Swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and Khaplang. Is now facing the crisis, as public are demanding that the NSCN-IM vacate the Shepoumaramth Regional office in Senapati district headquarter. NSCN was the fall out of the Naga National Council (NNC) of Angami Zapu Phizo, which also came to be known as the Shillong Accord. NSCN started an underground Naga Federal government having both Civil and Military wings. It again split into two factions in the late 1980s: the NSCN (I-M) and the NSCN (K).
About three decades old militant outfits of Nagaland claimed to be fighting the causes of the general public. But the incident occurred on February 8, 2014, where furious mob ransacked the regional office of the NSCN-IM at Shepoumaramth pulled out the furniture like sofa sets, chairs, tables, kitchen utensils, mattresses and blankets, the angry public latter set on fire the goods in full public view.

FaceBook  Twitter