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Taciturn Attitude, Discrimination and Districts Creation

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Wanshan B Khardewsaw
The taciturn attitude of the people, more particularly the indigenous tribe has but bequeath us this bleakly disconcerted situation, which is without doubt inevitable, but at the same time can equally be catastrophic. Feeling of discrimination by people belonging to different regions and different backgrounds of the state has all along been very much presence and felt, but are not suffice to warn or alarm  the (so called) much enlightened leaders of the state, as they are only used to their high falutin way of information and broadcasting.
This feeling of discrimination has now reached to the district level, with the crestfallen atmosphere that is now prevailing particularly in West Khasi Hills District, which again is the bi-product of the derisive action or decision of this government which has not less than ridiculed and make the people of this particular district felt frivolous and secondary.
West Garo Hills District to which Ampati Civil Sub-Division belongs has a geographical area of 3714 Km2, East Garo Hills to which Resubelpara belongs has 2585 Km2 and Jaintia Hills District to which Khliehriat Sub-Division belongs has a geographical area of 3819 Km2. Whereas West Khasi Hills District has a geographical area of 5249 Km2 which is not only the largest District in the state, but is double or close to double when compared to other districts of the state in terms of geographical area. It will not be exaggerating if we were told that people of this largest district of the state has to travel to not less than 200 or even 250 Kilometres just to visit their district headquarter for as simple a thing as renewal of licence or for application and collection of Caste Certificates and similar kind of things.
It is also rather sad to say that this is not the first time that West Khasi Hills District was sidelined by the state government. Public bus services, government colleges, vocational training institutions, health care facilities, and the list goes on where plenty of facilities and services that were quite obvious with any modern society, but practically absent in this particular district.

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The leader who surfaced from India’s darkest times

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A Book Review by Dr. Hamlet Bareh N. Kynta, Prominent Historian of the North-East

Dr. Hamlet B.N. Kynta
Sardar Vallabhai Patel was a unique and wonderful public personage equipped with the starting qualities of head,  heart and tenets of leadership at the critical period when India won her freedom. It formed one of the great events which marked the closing of the British regime and commencement of the new age of Independent from  August 15, 1947.
Vallabhai Patel thus had given his fully dedicated life towards the attainment of India’s Independence equally,  exerting himself against odds and hazards which handicapped him, along with the team of the most dedicated and brilliant figures via Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Ambedkar, Deshmukh and many others. One of the noted admirers of Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhai was influenced largely by the latter in taking full courage upkeeping also the principle of non-violence and fighting constitutionally towards the attainments of Independence in the magnitude of his exertions.
I, Hamlet, agree with Prabha Chopra in this review and recall that Vallabhai Patel started to step up to the place of the illustrious leader even at the bloom of his youth, after he presided over the Congress Youth conference at Kolkata as early as 1914.
The information provided by Prabha Chopra is certainly authentic and most acceptable because she depends on the efficacious archival sources which are the most genuine ones.

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Prestige more worth than mere money

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Lapdiang h. Dympep
A well-known writer once wrote, “Without safety those higher activities of mankind which make up civilization would not go on. The inventor cannot invent, the scientist can’t find out and the artist can’t  make beautiful things. Hence, order and safety although they are not themselves civilization are things without which civilization would be impossible”-  C.E. M Joad, “Our own civilization”
Hence, order and safety is our fundamental right like the most basic right- “Right to life.”
The Law was brought into existence, with the purpose to safeguard and to protect us from being exploited and to settle our daily life disputes between us and any other person. Hence, Law has taken the place of might with right. The Law protects us from ‘robbery’ and ‘violence’ and punishes the wrong-doers.  In other words, we are what we are because of the Law and we are Safe and Secure because of the Law- Aren’t we?
Looking at the present scenario of our matrilineal society- It is a shame to see that girls and women are still ill- treated and their everyday social and moral issues are often turned a blind eye on.
The State Government’s new order to compensate rape and human trafficking victims with an amount  of Rs. 50,000 under the Meghalaya Victim Compensation Scheme is just another way of saying “Yes, come do your evil deeds and we your government (yours truly chosen by you) would clean up your mess and you Rapist and Child Molesters, your worries are reduced!”
Is this what it takes to settle rape cases and child molestation? Is this why we say, ‘Shillong is a Christian state’? Is this morally justified? You- our policy makers, Is this how you brand your image and the entire administration of our state? Are we simply going to accept the fate or are we going to fight against it?
“Better to be Safe than Sorry”- shouldn’t we be thinking of this beautiful proverb and act on it or are we simply going to accept this cold bitter fate that could happen to me, you, to your wife, child, niece, nephew or anyone of us?

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Auspicious Day Holi

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Binod Kumar
Holi  is auspicious festival which signifies the Indian culture. It is a beautiful occasion to forget mutual ill feelings and to express feelings of sympathy and co-operation; is a sacrificial fire wherein oblation of evil tendencies and vices is offered. It is a festival of unleashing the joy, divinity, humility, simplicity and the joy of spontaneity hidden within.
We have been celebrating this festival of Holi since ancient times. Lord Shiva had burnt cupid on this day and Holika who had a boon to remain unburnt even in fire took Prahlad endowed with “Bhakti” succeeded in singing the song of immorality – meaning thereby that he was not affected by blazing fire on account of his innocent devotion. Thus this festival gives the message that the righteous persons should not fear the Tamasik (evil) person howsoever mighty and powerful he may be. The noble persons may seem to be little ones like Prahlad, still they should march forward taking refuge in God.
This festival of Holi is meant for arousing the cheer hidden within you. People keep dogs and cats as pets to obtain pleasure from them and in consequence they invite the harmful effects of the bacteria in their life. The T-Gondi bacteria found in the stomach of cats harm the mentally weak persons and also the pregnant woman and small children. Man takes refuge in cats, dogs, pan masala, liquor, meats, clubs and others in order to somehow find joy. The festival of Holi says no to this.
These pious festivals of Indian culture and the ways to celebrate them do not only enhance the cheer of mind but also improve the bodily health and import divine knowledge to the intellect.
During summer, we get direct sunlight on our skin thereby the heat in the body increases. It is possible that with increase in body-heat, there may be increase in anger and one may also feel dejection. Thus to enhance the tolerance to heat and protect the body from the adverse effects of the sharp sunlight, natural colors of flowers are collected on the day of Holi and sprinkled on one another.

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Citizen Charter: Empowering the Masses

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Ronald Evans Lyngdoh and Ronald Thabah
Basics Services that are supposed to be provided and services that one gets are at times mere topics of discussion that most of us would love to see it becoming  a reality in our state. Navigating the complex bureaucracy in search for the basic services is a daunting task for most common men that many of them have at times resorted to middle men to decipher how things works and gets it done, what one is supposed to be provided to them by the respective departments set up for that tasks. For instance applying for a ration card or a driving license is a difficult task for many Indians, the asymmetry in information is in fact the main causes of corruption at the lower level. Ordinary citizens lacking basic information at times are force to employ middlemen or dalals as they have few other options since they want or have to get the work  done.
If citizens are equipped with basic knowledge they will be easily be able to demand these   basic services as part of their rights to get services from the various departments. Here the citizens charter can come into play and ensure citizens get theirs right to demand services and in a time-bound manner. Therefore we can say that a citizens charter is a document that outlines services delivery standard in a time bound frame. According to the Department of Administrative Reform and Public Grievances (DARPG), a citizen charter is an understanding between the ordinary citizens and the service providers which outlines the quality and quantity a citizen can expect to receive in exchange for taxes or fees.

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