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Meghalaya heading towards uncertainty as NGOs demands for ILP implementation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The public meeting held on August 16, 2013, at the state capital in Motphran set August 29 next to Meghalaya government to set in motion the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP), failing which Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) comprising of pressure groups and students’ unions warned of intensive agitation. The state capital has been peaceful for the past few years, except the unrest in Garo Hills, hence the fast pace of development in terms of trade and commerce.
Meghalaya has had a series of unrest due to agitation, due to which not only the developmental works have been hampered, the students communities were the worst affected in terms of completion of syllabus. At present the rest of the nation are very much disturbed due to the fall of India currency, where Rupee depreciated further to Rs 62 per Dollar, and the onion price too are rising like summer mercury. The economists feared that both the Rupee and Onion valuation will soon make century.

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India needs visionary legislators’ more than just courteous politician

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
On the eve of 67th Independence Day, the nation is going through turbulence, be it of rocking high price of onion and vegetables affecting the middle classes house hold, to unrest in Darjeeling, Assam and Meghalaya demanding separate state following the assurance of naming Telangana as the 29th state of India. Food Security Bill is going through rough weather, while citizen from Uttarakhan are fighting back with determination after the ravage caused by Himalayan Tsunami, also the international threats from China and Pakistan, the Parliament on the other hand is debating on the conduct of the parliamentarians to be courteous, polite while in session; none ever spoke of solving the various urgent issues destabilizing the nation.

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GHSMC beckoning all onboard for Garoland while seeking apologies for violence

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In one of the most extraordinary courteous gesture- Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) publicly tendered official apology for the violence in Phulbari due to the bandh call on the eve of Eid celebration, while making it clear that the movement was not against the community but for a separate Garoland. President of GHSMC, Augustine Marak said the mistake was grave and they should have explained to the people about the movement and taken their support. 
Such mature approach will surely win huge support. Unlike any other pressure groups, who first attempt at dividing the societies on cast or religion. The call of GHSMC to jointly demand Garoland will at least unite all section of the societies as one. The societies in Meghalaya have been so fragmented not only based on Tribals and Non Tribals, even the indigenous tribes have been torn apart due to politics and religion.

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AICC has no mood for new state creation in Meghalaya

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Thomas Lim

All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and Meghalaya In – charge Luizinho Faleiro has made it crystal clear that his political party is in no mood to create further states anytime soon. He also justified in saying for creation of a state it needs a lot of deliberation and discussions. The outburst through violence and paralyzing the functioning of the government will never lead to any formation of statehood.
Faleiro was clearing up the cloud in Shillong during his visit. He defended the formation of Telangana as the 29th state in the country as he said the issue has been raised since 1956. In the North Eastern region, besides Darjeeling and Assam, Garo Hills too have various NGOs coming together demanding a separate state. The militant outfits including Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) are fighting for Garoland.

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Garo Hills unrest is unfortunate and premature

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Thomas Lim

Along with rest of the states, Garo Hills too has intensified its demand for statehood, immediately after the announcement to create India’s 29th state- Telangana. It almost came as a relay in Darjeeling for Gorkhaland, the demand has totally paralyzed the life for a week now following an indefinite shutdown called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to press home their demand. Same is the case in Assam demanding for statehood for Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area, Karbi-Anglong and Dima Hasao with 1500 hours bandh.
Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi had reportedly warned the UPA government about the reaction once they announced statehood to Telangana. Keeping the 2014 Lok Sabha General election in mind, UPA might have announced creation of a new state, but the remaining sections seeking statehood have gone all out to oppose the central government till statehood is achieved. This time none is willing to compromise less than a statehood status.

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