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Meghalaya going Manipur ways when it comes to Hindi songs

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The rural areas in Meghalaya are a Non Hindi speaking localities. However, the Hindi Song – I am a disco dancer of Mithun Chakraborty is still in high demand even after about three decades. Every individual easily hums the Hindi songs despite not speaking a single word of Hindi. Independent legislator from 51-South Tura John Leslee K Sangma objecting the use of Hindi Songs in any of the traditional festival, which he felt is unfit for the occasion, and should be curtailed. This sound likes the Red Alert warning as that from Manipur where underground outfits have banned Hindi films and songs. Recently, Assam too had issues as Zubeen Garg, renounced Bollywood singer and composer from Assam, sang Hindi songs during Bihu festival.
North Eastern India is known for its rich cultural heritage, more so for the performing art. Assam alone has galaxy of film directors, singers, actors, actresses and models. Each has set a signature on their rightful claim in Bollywood. Assam also has abundance of Reality Show talents reining in various channels on Television. In recent years, artists from Manipur are gaining firmer footing in celluloid world both in Bollywood, Pune and now even in South India inspite of the ban on Hindi movies in theatres across Manipur by the outlawed outfits.

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ILP Axe falls on tourism sector, autumn festival called off

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) took a drastic step by calling off the Annual Autumn Festival 2013, normally held during the second week of October. It’s Chairman, Robert G Lyngdoh, took the decision after meeting with the stakeholders comprising of shopkeepers, tourist operators, hoteliers, who highlighted that the agitations over the Inner Line Permit (ILP) had hit the tourism industry in the state and hotel business in the capital which has dropped by 70 percent because of the ongoing agitations.
The cancellation of bookings has directly affected the stakeholders who are largely dependent on tourism sector for their livelihoods and were clearly opposed to the idea of implementing the ILP in state.

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Are Meghalaya Legislators well versed with ILP issue

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The first day of the Autumn Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly saw showdown between the Speaker, Abu Taher Mondal, and the members of Opposition- Meghalaya People’s Forum (MPF) as the former rejected the plea for adjournment motion to discuss the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) and subsequent breakdown of Law and Order in state. The dejected Legislators stormed into the well and started thumping the Speaker’s desk demanding the Right to discuss the issues.

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Now pay compensation for calling bandh in Meghalaya, says Mukul

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Thomas Lim

After two and a half years, Meghalaya High Court has approved the State Government’s proposal for setting up a Special Court which will try cases for violating the Supreme Court Order for ban on bandh and strike. The incumbent Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma announced the same with a sign of relief hoping this could prevent further agitational programme in the state.
At present conglomerate of ten NGOs calling themselves as Pro Inner Line Permit had already called five series of Night Road blockades, office picketing and bandh. In Garo Hills too, series of bandh have affected the day to day activities of the districts.

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UPA government kills controversial ordinance after Rahul’s outburst

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Thomas Lim
In spite of the Cabinet nod to the controversial ordinance and the bill that sought to save convicted lawmakers from disqualification, the proposal was axed on Gandhi Jayanti after the recent outburst of the Vice President of AICC - Rahul Gandhi. The cabinet is headed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, yet the uncrowned prince of AICC chose to publicly denounce the ordinance, that too when the Prime Minister was abroad.
The action of Rahul might have huddled the pulse of the masses, which the BJP was trying to garner by opposing the same. But it is considered the victory of Democracy. More than that, the power of the political party over the government; the U- turn by government in the ordinance in this Parliamentary Democracy of India once again proved that political party is more important than Government, because without party there is no Government. It is only through a Strong political party one can achieve a strong Government.

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