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In Quest of Mahavir

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Dr. Samit Chowdhury
In hindu mythology “Thursday” or Gurubar [The day dedicated to planet Jupiter] is considered to be an auspicious day in India for travel, any business negotiation or important decision to be undertaken. I being a believer of hindu way of life, I too obey by the mythology as and when possible.
In midst of discussion amongst my colleagues in the Department, I came to know about the presence of an ancient Jain temple situated a hillock about 35 Kms from the Silchar town and 10 Kms from Assam University. The discussion took place in Wednesday but being a follower of Hindu way of life I decided to choose the next day [i.e Thursday] to explore the Jain temple, thereby the pious image of Mahavir Jain, Rishadev and 24 Jain Tirthankar’s suddenly erupted in my mind and thus a strong urge to visit the place and to acquaint myself with one of oldest religion of the world.

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The Opinion of Khasi Men towards the Khatduh

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J. Phinri Kharshiing
Fifty three kms away from the city of Shillong, there is a village known as Saitsohpen which falls under Sohra civil Sub-Division, a place where the culture and traditions followed by the Khasis were being held dearly by both men and women, but as time rolls by these practices are only a formality to maintain and we see that few men are not happy with the practices adopted by our ancestors. Yes I am talking about the matrilineal practice that our society follows where women inherit the ancestral property and men’s position in the family has never been a subject of concern.
When we look at the history, they are two types of wealth, one is the ancestral wealth (Nongtymmen) and the other is the self acquired wealth (Nongmei-Nongpa) earn by the parents, where only the khatduh or the youngest daughter maintains and custodies the ancestral property and this is accumulated because of the saving of the ancient ancestor in that family womb or clan and it is said that from the ancestral property that particular family can use it as a capital in time of emergency but should replenish in due course.

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Moral values in the Khasi community

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Lari Sara Kharwanlang and Marbabiang Syiemlieh
Moral values are a set of principles or standards which help us evaluate what is right and what is wrong. Usually considered as the roots of good character and in this way an individual shine in the society with his/her strong moral base and character. Moral values reflect the important basis of our society. A society is destined to deteriorate when people start losing morality and do not give importance to ascribed values. Just like a flower is incomplete without its fragrance, and individual is incomplete without having moral values. A plant needs soil, sunlight, water to maintain; similarly, a person needs moral values to sustain himself or herself in the society (Kaur, 2011). 
A good person is one who has moral values and he/she is seen as someone who is positive, cheerful, and respectful and is always ready to help others in need of help. They are also honest, loyal and trustworthy. In addition, they are people who can be depended on and who are able to help or take responsibility for themselves and others when help is required. By having good moral values people can interact with others in a good manner where they would give the respect to others or they would interact by respecting others in a society with a certain level of success. When treating others in a way that assures good manners and dignity we can set an example to others and in this way, others will also treat us the way that we want them to treat us.

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The Unenviable Condition of the Single Mother

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Genevieve Lyngdoh Mawphlang
The single mother is seen everywhere. She is there because of the husband’s death, a divorce, the man just left her, an unplanned pregnancy, or she’s forced to just walk out of a troubled marriage or relationship which has become too unbearable to bear. In some parts of the world, (not in the area where this particular study was conducted), some women choose, in a way, to be single, when they become mother via donor insemination, or through adoption.
 A description has been there: that a single mother is independent – she is in charge. One wishes that the description of the single mother ended there or could continue in that drift. However, that is true only for a miniscule number of single mothers. In general, the life of a single mother is ridden with complexities and problems. The problems are fundamentally familial, emotional and financial with the last being the overriding one, and education of the single mother’s children being scuttled.

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Quality of life and Depression among the retired in Shillong

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Banpynshngain Kharlukhi
The geriatric population in the country is increasing rapidly and therefore there is a need to study more and understand about the quality of life and prevalence of depression among the elderly especially in the context of retirement where not much focus have been attributed Working individuals come to a point where they have to leave their work and transition to a new way of life. Palmore (1971) also stated that there are many good reasons for retirement and some of the key reasons according to him are freedom form one’s work, the freedom of leisure to do the things that the person had longed to do such as traveling the world, pursuing his hobby, being involved for service in the community or simply just taking things easy. Additionally, Retirement offers the benefit of enabling additional time and vitality to go through with relatives.

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