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Ode to my mindset: The Baniya approach

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Writers Column

K.D. Chaturvedi
Aristotelian Parallel
This article is not an insult to the intelligence of the great nation of ours, but an exercise in self catharsis by true reflection of ourselves to us. Before I seem to offend -with the use of the word “Baniya”-which least is my intent, I would like to draw a parallel with the Aristotelian theory of Universals, as in language there are proper names and adjectives.
Proper names apply to “things “or “persons”, each of which is the only thing or person to which name in question applies example the words Napolean and France. On the other hand “cat” and “dog” apply to many different things.
The problem of Universals is the meaning of such words and also of adjectives, such as “white”, “hard” and so on. Superficially, Aristotelian doctrine is plain enough as what is signified by a proper name is a “substance”- a “this”, while what is signified by an adjective, or class name as “cat” is universal- a “such”.

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Renaissance through ‘her’…

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Writers Column

Dr. Rocktotpal Konwarh
She spoke…
He did too, but a mere testimony to silence…
She was mute…
He tried to walk away in pain and penance …
She breathed her last…
To lie on the pyre, He was making a haste …
As the flames consumed her up…
He said: Forgive me! Renaissance shall be ours!!

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Is the Baby Cradle Point enough to reduce child abandonment?

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Roselina Borpatra Gohain
Child abandonment, the practice of giving up interests and claims over one’s offspring in extralegal way with the intent of never again resuming or reasserting them. Today, abandonment of a child leads to a serious crime in many jurisdictions because it can be considered wrong in itself due to the direct harm to the child. There are various causes of child abandonment of which poverty is often a root cause. Another common reason for baby dumping is teenage pregnancies. Pregnant teenagers experience problems during and after child birth due to social and psychological distress.

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Power, Politics and Change

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Anan Ashraf
Attending a workshop on ‘Reporting the north east in the digital age; challenges and opportunities’ held at my university EFLU in collaboration withthe University of Westminster, the reach-out foundation and The North-East Today magazine  attended by academicians and journalists alike belonging to the field, I simmered silently.
Why merely the northeast? We the northeast. We the downtrodden. We the outcast. As one of the participating academicians Shubranshu Choudhury, award winning journalist and founder, CG Net Swara effectively pointed out, in this digital age, geography is history. Why divide the world on the basis of these geographical boundaries? Problems exist everywhere in this world. Merely a clash of intellect that can be resolved by application of the very same intellect.

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Good Governance: Secular, Democratic and Sovereign

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Stijo Sebastian
The culture of a country is known by the governance it exhibits to the people. The ultimate requisite for good governance is a good policy. According to the UNDF (United Nations Development Fund), governance can be deemed good only if it comprises the features of being Participatory, Transparent and Developing. Other factors on which governance depends upon are public perception and performance numbers. In reality leaders have forswore everything that is good for the people but is bad for them. The idea that hasn’t been still deciphered in our democratic structure is the horizontal deployment of good governance technique across states. So setting high targets will help in improving the standards of governance.

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