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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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General masses in Meghalaya lack sense on social issues

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The citizens in Meghalaya are known to be socially conscious people. Especially during feast or mourning of the acquaintance, at least a member of the family participation is expected and assumed to be compulsory. Also any aspirant politician steps into the arena of politics via such occasion(s). But when it comes to social issues, the similar crowd seen in the house of feast or mourning gets fragmented. The social responsibilities are considered as the business of others and not self. It is strange how the legislators, Civil Societies, Pressure Groups and others claim to be acting on behalf of the masses.
To begin with, no individual household came out to protest against the supply of contaminated drinking water. Even it has been admitted on the Floor of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly that out of 31 sources for drinking water, 28 are not fit for human consumption. The muddy water with earthworms, human hair and others foreign bodies coming out from water tap, are all considered the business of others and not self.

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Security lapses in Secretariat uncover flaws in recruitment policy

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Main Secretariat has always come to the limelight for easy access. Unlike Assam Secretariat, Dispur, Guwahati, where even the passerby are being observed by the security forces. Here in Meghalaya anyone can walk through the secretariat premises as short cut. After the installation of Access Control System (ACS) since last year, few incidents of displeasure from the NGOs activists came to fore after being prevented to enter the building, this time is none other than the elected member from Chokpot Assembly Constituency, Clifford Marak who was prevented by the Secretariat Security Staff from entering.
The point to ponder here is not about the stringent security measures, or about the Security Staff failing to recognize the Members of NGOs or this time the Legislator, it is more about the performance of the security staff in Meghalaya.
Recently the demand for security in both private offices and homes are high. There are just two private companies who supply such manpower on monthly basis. Home Guard also has such provision on demand.

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