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LETTERS | Teachers are Teachers by default and not by choice — REALLY?

LETTERS | Shillong, Sept 18, 2018: 

Editor,

This would be long, but I feel there is a need to address this proper. A statement by statement response to Partha Pratim Sengupta’s derogatory comment on ‘Teachers’ published by a reputed English Daily on September 4, 2018 ~~

BLOG | Meghalaya: Are people becoming lazy due to traffic in Shillong?

By Priya Paul | April 24, 2018

Shillong’s traffic snarl can leave cars crawling- making it almost faster to walk than drive

Meghalaya being one of the tiny hill state in India has witnessed a surge in the traffic flow over the years. Nothing comforting has come from the Government in solving this menace.

The existing traffic scenario has helped one and all to be lazy, to avoid meetings, to be late for college, etc with the universally accepted reason of “a bad traffic”, which as a matter of fact, is true. The road in Polo Bazar in Shillong is jammed every morning and evening that it has become an inevitable feature of the place.

Have we ever spared some time to think about the monstrous traffic and how easy lives would be if one day the government intervenes and takes an exceptional stand to curb the traffic menace? But that only sounds like a far-fetched dream!


About the contributor: Priya Paul is a student of of St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, Mass Media Dept. and can be reached at priyapaul2712@gmail.com

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Coal mining tragedy: Exposing the “suppressed” truth!

OPINION | SHILLONG | Dec 15, 2018:

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie

When an open secret is revealed!

The Meghalaya government was on Friday left red-faced when it was finally forced to come out of its denial mode and admit that illegal coal mining is taking place in the state.

Sad to say but it takes an unfortunate incident for the government to open its eyes to the glaring truth.

Meghalaya: NPP – Congress workers clash in poll-bound Ampati

From Our Correspondent

Tura, May 24, 2018

As the dates of Ampati elections draws closer, political parties are trying their level best to woo voters in the constituency. But amidst the high voltage campaigning, reports of Party workers of both the National People’s Party (NPP) as well as the Congress being involved in a major scuffle in poll bound Ampati have arrived even as timely intervention from the police led to a control in the amount of damage done.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 pm last night in the village of Betasing under the constituency where over 100 people from both sides started a fight that lasted for some time before the police intervened.

According to sources, the fight may have erupted due to Congress workers stopping a group of NPP workers from campaigning in a village under Betasing which led to frayed tempers and eventually to a fight.

“There was an altercation between the two groups at the site. Our patrol party was on duty and immediately after we saw things erupt, the police intervened. As there were more than a 100 people in the group and one particular person was bearing the brunt of the beatings (Dharkan Sangma of the Congress), we moved in to save him,” said superintendent of police, SWGH, Bobby Momin.

Sangma is also the president of the Ampati Youth Congress.

Rumours of Sangma allegedly being arrested immediately led to another chaos as over 700 Congress workers, including senior leaders, swooping down on the Betasing outpost demanding to know the reason for Sangma’s arrest   .

“He was never arrested. We only picked him from the group as he was being beaten up and needed to be protected,” said Momin on the rumours.

Later NPP workers also reached the Betasing outpost and accusations were hurled at each other.

“There was a huge argument within the outpost which was amicably sorted only at about 1 am this morning. They all went home thereafter,” informed the SP.

Sangma, according to police suffered minor injuries in the scuffle.

OPINION | Assembly Elections 2018: Change only a buzzword

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By Patricia Mukhim

Every political party contesting the assembly election to the three states of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya is speaking about change. Interestingly, even the ruling Congress in Meghalaya, the NPF-BJP combine in Nagaland and the CPI (M) in Tripura are talking of ‘change’ as if that is as easy as changing underwear. Those who look for change should read Ken Blanchard’s book, “Who’s afraid of change?” This book shows how individuals working in the best of organisations resist change until ultimately it takes someone with great moral courage to bite the bullet and bring in the needed attitudinal and institutional transformation. But that takes a lot of energy and time.  Politics is finally about government formation by one group that gets the maximum number of seats in a state or country, but those who are elected often find themselves challenged by the might of a bureaucracy that has developed deep roots in the system and who are the last people to want any change especially the kind of change that will disrupt their comfort zones.

When youths are misguided, Meghalaya boils!

To the Editor, 

The recent unfortunate incident has been disastrous for both peace-loving communities. My empathy is with those families in Umsohsun, Mawkhar, Jaiaw and adjoining areas of Mothphran. The Khasi youths of Shillong never endorse violence, they have been living a life of cheerfulness despite the limited source of earning their livelihood.

All they long for, is a life of equal opportunities. The current scenario of Shillong has been favourable to youths from business-class and a Khasi by nature, he or she relates to people beyond financial transaction.

The word “business-class” doesn’t exist in the Dictionary of Khasis, probably it might be in the blood of some Khasis, who might have grown up as orphans, but we shouldn’t blame them either, because it is circumstances that might have made them as they are. 

In a situation of less-employment opportunities, our youths can be easily misguided by lobby makers. I just can’t forget the year 2000 of Shillong, when insurgency was at its peak. Teenagers were being brain-washed to join the outfits in the name of patriotism.

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Most of these teenagers are from those families, whose sole bread earner of the family is either a Father or a Mother and not both. In case of single Mothers, it is indeed difficult to spend time with her children when she is exhausted from her day’s work, given the nature of unorganized employment that dominates Shillong. By the time she reaches home, she would find her children asleep. If the children are lucky enough to have an eldest sister or brother, they would definitely go to bed without an empty stomach. 

The actual Khasi youths are made to fend for themselves at a very young age especially when they are raised by single parents.

It is not surprising to see Khasi youths being more matured and exemplary in terms of leadership and natural management skills despite the limitations of human nature. The future of our misguided youths is challenging but interesting if they can keep on learning from mistakes.

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They just need to understand that they have an upper hand than most of our educated youths because whatever that we read or learned is nothing but secondary information.

However, when our misguided youths tread their own unknown path, they need to know that they have the primary knowledge that gives them experience with the passage of time. 

Regards,

Aiborlang Andrew Chyne

(Chyne is an Independent Business Development Consultant for Handcrafted Wooden-Furniture Design houses in Delhi.

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