Dr. Sylvanus Lamare
Rev. Fr. Sylvanus Sngi Lyngdoh, a priest, a scholar and friend of the sick passed away on 28th May, 2016 at 5.10 am at the age of 96 years. He is popularly known as Fr. Sngi and he was a person who took a number of initiatives for the Khasi society and in particular for the people of Ri Bhoi. His loved for his native place Mawbri and for his region was immense and perhaps what we find today in his writings is the rich philosophy and mythology of Ri Bhoi which through a period of time has entered the Khasi society and may be gradually will enter Khasi literature.
As a Catholic he was committed to his faith; as a religious he was committed to the life he had chosen and gave his optimal time to it as an evangeliser and a pastor who was available when people needed him. In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s he was always seen using public transport and for him that was the time to meet people, instruct them and lead them to God. He was a doctor to the physically sick, also to those who are spiritually ill and a counsellor far excellance. He knew his Catholic faith so deeply that there is no question that cannot be answered by him. He was deeply agitated by the anti conversion bill passed when Shri Morarji Desai was the Prime Minister and he also participated actively in the rally at Malki ground when Christians were persecuted in Arunachal Pradesh.
Dr. Sylvanus Lamare
Some years ago an article on the “Datlawakor” was published in a certain Khasi Daily. Therein certain datlawakoring terms were coined (read carved) out from it name — one can has as many as two to… or a few more terms to add, besides the game’s original and simple presentation — for their applicability and use in playing of this indigenous game traditionally and annually held on the conclusion day of the Jwais’ Beh Dienkhlam. Again, now as addendum to the earlier one this presents a view, albeit not religious on which the ‘Chnonk’ (i.e. the other name from the follower of Niamtre) of Seinraij Jowai, Seinraij Shillong and Sienraij Ummulong might also wont for this game been also a socio -cultural heritage rather of Raij Jowai, to showcase its potential to further tourism in Jowai region on one hand and, perhaps, to opportune it moves beyond of localizing. These aspect have till now had not came to the fore, let alone tapped. Indeed the game was started not for such purposes. Yet, it also seemed like kind of secular if not human expression of their contentment and happiness, following the end of their festival activities: a recreation charged with ones cheerful heart and mind and, with ones playful body and soul that has got hope of ‘mother nature’s blessing’ to have good harvest of foodgrains in the paddy fields during the year.
Mary Joe Frug has argued or in a sense warned, that the postmodern position locating human experience as inescapably within language suggests that feminists should not overlook the constructive function of legal language as a critical frontier for feminist reforms. She further argues that legal rules encode the female body with meanings, and legal discourse then explains and rationalizes these meaning by an appeal to the natural differences between sexes, differences that the rules themselves help to produce.
Dr Kiran Thakur
Food intolerance is the buzzword among the scientific fraternity nowadays with researchers spending considerable time and resources to determine various types of food intolerances and their solutions. Lactose intolerance, one of the most common food intolerances, is estimated to affect about three quarters of the world’s population. As milk and dairy products are used extensively in the food industry, many people are also intolerant to a wide range of foods.
Almost 60 to 70 per cent of people in India are lactose intolerant. The frequency is higher among healthy populations from southern India than from northern India. The lower frequency in the north Indians is apparently due to the fact that they are descendants of the Aryans who have been dairying for long and are known to be lactose tolerant. So, the genetic mixing is responsible for greater lactose tolerance amongst them.
Time -”Kaal”- not for any reason is embodied as the greatest philosophical Hindu virtue as “Mahakaal”. Else, how could one explain the “on the face” mocking list of events to the Indian Republic on its 67th Republic day itself? Fifteen hundred women ready to storm the “Shani” temple in Ahmednagar, challenging ‘who decides what allowed’; an encounter in Kokarnag in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir between security forces and militants; suicide of three students in Tamil Nadu, bringing to fore the issue of “Education institutions as instruments of profit”; with not yet receded debate on declassified files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the list goes on……and on.
Don’t forget the incidental French connection; President of France in attendance-a nation which has emanated the idea of Equality, Fraternity and Justice-if only to remind these values of democracy at the most opportune time. Our preamble to the Constitution too enshrines us as a “Sovereign, Socialist, Secular and a Democratic Republic”; but for their visible functionality rather than structural framework.