Year after year, as autumn makes way for the Winter, the streams start drying up, and the regret for not harvesting the rain water is felt, and it will be the same for the years ahead as none will design the mechanism to preserve rainwater for life, but willing to go through the poor hydro electricity supply.
Meghalaya, the beautiful state known to the entire world as the place receiving the world’s heaviest rainfall at Cherrapunjee and now Mawsynram, is getting up to 20 percent less rain every year and is reeling under water shortage. This abode in the clouds is hotter and drier than ever before - and they blame it on global warming.
Man is known for never treasuring gifts received for free. Since the late 1950’s, the Umiam dam was built for multipurpose use with top priority given to hydroelectric power and irrigating fields in the suburbs.
October 31, 2013, marked the end of yet another phase of the months’ long agitational programmes of Pro- Inner Line Permit activists in Meghalaya. It is going for some recess in view of festive season and examinations of both schools and Colleges. The last day of the night road blockade was ineffective, where few vehicles and shops are seen open till late in the evening especially at various Khasi localities in the state capital. It’s more as a mark to say enough is enough to the Night Road Blockade.
The agitational programme of Pro - Inner Line Permit (ILP) activities comprising of 13 NGOs has dragged on for about two months with Night Road Blockades, Office Picketing and Bandh. As the masses are running out of tolerance, the 36 hours Bandh called by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) as a mark of protest against the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Meghalaya was also defied by many who ventured out to witness the Free your Mind musical concert in the heart of the city.
After the onion managed to touch Rs 100 per kg tag, it is the time of yet another common vegetable of the masses – potatoes to have crossed Rs 30 per Kg mark; it is expected to reach Rs 50 per kg soon. It is only the middle class and below poverty line citizens that are feeling the pinched in their monthly budget. The affluent are apathetic to such price hike in almost all the essential commodities. Most astonished is the silence of the politicians, who are busy in mud slashing at each other, while paving ways for self for 2014 Lok Sabha general election, and not trying to solve the immediate problems affecting the masses.
Any educational institution is considered as Temple of knowledge; where the entire premises is believed to be sacred.
Recently, some unidentified miscreants lobbed a crude petrol bomb inside the premises of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, with an intension to set ablaze the parked vehicle for drilling the ground water. Now other unidentified miscreants on Monday morning at about 8:30 am attempted to kidnap a police officer’s son from within the premises of a city College, but the plan was foiled by the quick wits of the boy. Both the incidents have left the citizens dumfounded but none have condemned such an act occurring in the premises of the educational institutions.
The incident of attempted kidnapping took place while the classes were in progress; such easy entry into the college premises does not speak well about the security system in educational institutions in the state. It also means any anti - social activist can have free access to any of the education institutions here. Knowing well the youth is prone to various kinds of intoxicating substances and drugs, which means, any traffickers can easily supply these substances to students directly in the educational institutions itself!
The recent serial blasts claimed five innocent lives and injured more than 70 persons as seven bombs exploded in Patna on Sunday around the ground where BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi without fear held the public meeting an hour after the blast. The nation was engulfed in debate as why the Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde attended Music Launch, Hours after Patna Serial Blasts and wasted 45 minutes in the function, instead of sharing the pain with the people from Patna.
One positive outcome from such debates made the people realize that elected representatives are actually the public representative, self desire and individual priority should take a back seat. Even if Bollywood is revenue spewing wheel, five precious lives lost in Patna should have been the priority of the Union Home Minister, as the Music launch can be postponed if Shinde is a must to be present.