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After Assam, now Manipur gaining footing in celluloid world

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

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 claims 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.
Manipur is known to the outside world as one of the most disturbed states in the North East. The banning of Hindi movies and songs has forced ouster of non – indigenous tribals, which has cast a bad light on the state. However, the youth with so much potential did not restrict themselves to the live theatre which is extremely popular in Manipur, and one of the modes of entertainment.

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Fresh protest for Railway Project in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

North Eastern regions are fighting tooth and nail from the centre for completion of respective Railway projects. The Central government approved an additional Rs 400 crore to complete three rail projects in North Eastern region before March 2014. The three critical rail projects are the Harmati-Naharlagun project to provide the first rail connectivity to Arunachal Pradesh; the Dudhnoi-Mehdipathar project to connect Meghalaya; and the Rangapura-North Lakhimpur gauge conversion project.
But NGOs in Meghalaya continue to oppose the railway project, especially in Khasi-Jaintia hills. In a fresh stir opposing the proposed Lanka-Sutnga Railway Line in Jaintia Hills, the NGOs in East Jaintia Hills district (EJH) have lambasted MP from Shillong Parliamentary Constituency, Vincent H Pala’s for his ‘apparent’ support to the project. These NGOs, which include KSU-JHDU, AJYWO-CGB, FKJGP-JHDU and HNYF-ER, contended that until stringent laws are passed and implemented to protect the interest of the indigenous people from overflowing of illegal migrants and foreigners they will never give a green signal to the government on any railway line project in Jaintia Hills.

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Assam Police vandalizing school kitchen in Ri-Bhoi will hamper talk

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In yet another unprovoked action arousing unnecessary suspicion on seriousness of Assam Government to solve the decades old interstate border disputes with Meghalaya was when Assam Police on July 20, 2013, vandalized the kitchen shed of a lower primary school at Sabuda village, under Raid Nongtung in Ri-Bhoi district. The action not only created panic, it forced the affected victims who have filed an FIR along the masses to doubt on the motive of the counterpart to solve the border dispute. On the other hand, the Chief Minister or the Chief Secretary level talks are also not making any headway.

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Have political agendas for Meghalaya changed its course in time

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Like the morning newspapers that lost their dawn on August 15, 1947, left with nothing to write after aggressively supporting the Quit India Movement; on achieving Independence, the newspapers found themselves with no story line to follow. Similarly, the demand for Hills State in Meghalaya was achieved on January 21, 1972, the Regional Political parties spearheading the movement grasped the opportunity without proper demarcation of interstate boundary, hence one of the oldest Regional Political party - Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) continues to demand for speedy solution to end the age-old boundary dispute with neighboring Assam besides effective mechanism to counter unregulated influx in the state.   
It takes great courage for HSPDP to state that Inner Line Permit (ILP) is not a solution to the problem but is only part of the mechanisms to check unregulated influx, as the party workers have been sending their representative in the person of Hoping Stone Lyngdoh for 11 consecutive times to Meghalaya Legislative Assembly with the demand for separate Garo and Khasi- Jaintia states, also demanding for early solution to Meghalaya- Assam border disputes.  

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Uncertain Glory lies ahead for children of India

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The government policy on Women and Child Welfares look good on paper, in ground reality our children are left to the mercy of the Creator. Bihar’s tragedy is one such omission. The government can easily escape from the blunder as the very same social atrocities against children are heart breaking. According to a keen observer, the saddest part of it is that the cruelness towards the children is done in most cases by their own parents. Such ignorance of the individual parents is paving ways for the government to have a free hand, to manipulate the schemes for child welfare, unnoticed by the masses hence lack accountability.

This contemporary world of gadgets has further turned our children more vulnerable from both the unknown world outside and predator within the family, who are mistaken as their protectors. There are instances where the present career oriented societies are totally lost in the mad race for power and wealth; unknowingly handing lethal weapons (modern gadgets) which have murdered the human feelings of their children, thinking to replace them (parents) as compensations for not being able to spend time with them (Children).

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