It is better late than never, after a long struggle, finally Meghalaya got its institute of North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy (NEIAH), with its permanent campus located near NEIGHRIMS at Mawdiangdiang, Shillong. Union Minister of State Independent Charge, Ministry of AYUSH Shripad Yessa Naik on December 21, 2016 dedicated the institute to the state and also took the privilege of declaring the commencement of the academic session 2016-2017 both under graduate teaching programme of Ayurveda and Homeopathy.
Naik emphasized on the need to preserve and promote knowledge of traditional healers from the North East region. He stressed on the important to take this knowledge and use it in our modern system of medicine. The Central Government is trying to take and make it scientifically validated based on ethno botanical and scientific research with practical suitability for clinical practices as was informed by the Minister.
Pope Francis presented a unique assignment to young people of Italian Catholic Action, whom he received in an audience on December 19, 2016 for an exchange of Christmas greetings, a task for the holidays and beyond: to talk with and listen to their grandparents. He also told them to spread the great Joy of Jesus’ birth, adding that joy multiplies by sharing it, so also Peace which every individual deserves and to make these contagious.
The Pontiff understanding well how the generation gap still persists in the so called Information Technology savvy world, where the aged are being shunted and some confined to the Old Aged Homes abroad, and here in India to the small room in the house as the career oriented society is too busy chasing dreams and has no time for the aged.
While the young minds, being pampered by the latest gadgets, as their parents have no time to take care of them, also doubled up with swanky cars and hefty sums of pocket money to compensate for time have been turned into ‘emotionless’ citizens.
The recent controversies relating to a Guest House situated at Rilbong involved in trafficking of a minor girl aged 14 allegedly for prostitution is not a unique case, it hit the main headlines because the guest house is owned by the son of the incumbent State Home Minister, H Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh. (His son Nathaniel Osbert Rymmai failed to win the just concluded bye-election to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council.) Otherwise, the District Administration is having sleepless nights to curb all such anti-social activities taking place in the now thriving business of hospitality and service industries in Meghalaya.
One of the most inhuman activities is definitely the forceful pushing of innocent lives into forced labour or human trafficking. Although it is one of the oldest crimes being committed across the world, what is worrisome is the sudden rise of kidnappings of young girls and theft cases in Meghalaya lately. But if the general masses show apathy towards these crimes, the anti-social elements will surely take advantage of the situation.
The annotation of the contemporary generation that designer buildings and interiors, branded furniture, modernized gadgets and luxury cars are the trademark of accomplishment, besides the infrastructure and living standards aping the west are considered as a status symbol. However, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant stressed the need to incorporate art and culture into the Smart Cities project to make them great and better.
Kant made the observation during the event organised by FICCI on December 19, 2016, that while urbanising cities, it is important that we create cities which have cultural institutions, where artists can bring life to the cities, stimulate our inspiration and provide a better quality of life.
Every election was considered as the mandate of the masses in the democratic structure, where the winner takes it all and the losers have to concede after the declaration of results, reflecting the consent of the electorate. The result of the bye-polls to seven seats in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) held on December 13, 2016, was considered as the prelude to the 2018 State Assembly General Election. The verdict is loud and clear that the ruling Congress in the state needs to work harder and that coalition government is to last for some more time. At the same time the saffron party still has an uphill task in Meghalaya.
The ruling leader of the People’s Democratic Forum (PDF) coalition led by suspended Congress legislator and KHADC Chief Pynshngaiñ N Syiem has further strengthened its position in the Council as the alliance party managed to capture 2 seats of the Congress, 2 seats were won by United Democratic Party (UDP) and one went to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The opposition managed to win back two seats by Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP).