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Power, Politics and Change

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Writers Column

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

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Writers Column

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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Sei Somoy Perie – a nostalgic blood stirring novel

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Rajiv Roy
Award winning Shillong based author, Kalpana Roy’s ‘Sei Somoy Perie’ (Beyond that period) covers a period of Indian independence movement in the then Bengal, which very soon spread over the entire Indian sub-continent. The book received the prestigious Narsingdas Bengali Prize for the best book in Bengali in Arts / Science subject from the University of Delhi in 2014. The central character of the book – published in April, 2012 – is the renowned independent movement activist from this part of the country, Bipin Chandra Pal, who was born in a small village in Sylhet (now in Bangladesh) district of undivided Bengal. The book is primarily a biographical novel on the life this great freedom fighter and his contemporaries – who forms some of the famous people from Sylhet region and other parts of India.

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Holidays boost productivity and efficiency in workforce

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Dr. Samit Chowdhury and Sanchita Paul
A holiday has always been a much needed break away from work, irrespective of the place or nature of work, - a time to revitalize, reinvigorate, relax and unwind the stress that comes with many jobs. Nowadays, organizations are emphasizing on cost restraint initiatives that create new operational efficiencies without hampering their overall productivity. Employers may not be able to provide unlimited vacation days for employees, but they can provide support by encouraging workers to use their vacation days effectively. Breaks from work take many forms, ranging from several days or weeks off of work, as in the case of vacations or sabbaticals, to very short breaks lasting only an hour or less. Just as small breaks improve concentration, long breaks replenish job performance. A report in Business week in 2007 stated that refusing to take time off burns people out and inflict mayhem on productivity and efficiency.

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Religious differences engender division

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Samit Choudhury and Sanchita Paul
Peace is an ideal state which is hard to accomplish if not impossible. In today’s world, the basis of any explicit disagreement or conflict must be understood within the wider context of globalisation. Globalisation may be defined as the process of integration of economies across the world thereby augmenting socio-cultural interactions. With the advent of globalisation events occurring in any part of the world impinge on other parts of the global system – either directly or indirectly. This has significantly enlarged social stress and engendered ruptures along which conflict has materialized. Irrespective of greed, colour, and race, ethnic and religious affiliation, peace has continued to chase the mind of people. According to Oduaran (1996), war, hatred, bitterness, rivalries, carnage, conspiracy and treacherous plots are some of the most conspicuous alternative concept and corollaries to the desirable and soothing concept of peace. Peace is a prerequisite to ensure momentous sustainable development. Even if violence is unavoidable, peace is well thought-out goal for everyone. For peace building, cultural practices are a means of promoting peace, togetherness, love and unity and in creating harmonious relationship.

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