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An open letter to Chief Minister on ‘illegal appointments’ in govt departments

An open letter to Mr Conrad Sangma,
Hon’ ble Chief Minister,
Government of Meghalaya.

Dt: Shillong, July 24, 2018: 

Subject: Rampant Illegal appointments in various Departments and Corporations of the State Government of Meghalaya.


With reference to subject mentioned above, I am noting with deep concern the frustration caused by Governments, both previously and maybe now too, as frequently, complaints come pouring in regarding rampant illegal appointments, posts not officially filled up, bonded students waiting for their turns which may never come and this, I say, is a criminal conspiracy to deprive deserving youth of their chances to work and serve the State.

OPINION | Greater Garoland: A present illogical mirage – Why we should know? — By Mayborn Lyngdoh

By MAYBORN LYNGDOH R | July 08, 2018

It was a dark day – on the 31st May, 2018, Shillong witnessed a wave of uncertainty in Sweepers Lane, Motphran. While the city was crippled with protests and demands over the arrests of the criminals that mobbed the three young boys in a bus and a roar of relocation of the sweepers from the lane echoed every nook and corner of the city; at the heart of the country, June 4, 2018 the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) and Garo students Union, Mothers’ Union, the two NGOs from Garo inhabited areas and traditional Nokmas (custodians of the land) along with over a hundred volunteers staged a dharna and took out a rally on Parliament street, New Delhi chanting “We want Garoland State” to press the central Government, demanding a separate state “Garoland” or “Greater Garoland”..

If analysed –

The Meghalaya Population Census Data 2011 reads that,Meghalaya has a total population of 29.67 Lakhs, of which male and female are 1,491,832 and 1,475,057 respectively.

Laying a spotlight focus on Garo Hills population, we have –

West Garo Hills on the other hand had a population of 643,291 of which male and female were 324,159 and 319,132 respectively.

East Garo Hills had population of 317,917 of which male and female were 161,223 and 156,694 respectively.

South Garo Hills had population of 142,334 of which male and female were 73,170 and 69,164 respectively.

Based on the above statistics East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and Ri-Bhoi District, districts that does not fall under Garo Hills have a surplus of 1,863,347 or 18.63 lakhs number of people.

As per the job reservation policy framed under Clause 4 of Article 16 of the Constitution of India that was passed through a resolution by the State government way back in the year 1972 – 40% reservation goes to the Khynriam, Pnar, Bhoi and War tribes while 20% goes to the non-tribal community while a whopping 40% goes to the Garo tribes alone. Based on the above statistical census the Garo population are enjoying a huge privilege.  It is clearly overlapping!

At the surface level “Garoland” is going to benefit not only the indigenous Garo tribes but more to the indigenous Khasi tribes (Khynriam, Pnar, Bhoi and War). How?!

Schemes will no longer be shared. The tug of war of where the office of the MBOSE should be located or where the different departments and Government offices or maybe a particular Skill Development scheme should go to which District will no longer be a matter to be debated.

Further, the percentage of state quotas and reservation in Government offices and other such prevailing problems will finally find solace. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

If critically analysed –

The chairman of the GHSMC, Nikman Marak led the gathering with a pledge to continue with their struggle until their demand is fulfilled –

“Our people’s demand for a Garo state is more than a century old. It began during the period of the first Garo statesman (L) Sonaram Sangma in the 19th century. We have confidence in the Constitution of India and urge upon the legislators from the state and centre to listen to the voice of the Garo people,” said Nikman Marak.

The GHSMC along with the Garo National Council (GNC), a regional political party – said that their demand was on the linguistic lines of the States Reorganisations Act, 1956.”Constitution has given a fundamental right under Article 29 (1) that those having a distinct language, script or culture can preserve the same,” the committee stated in the memorandum, which was also submitted to President Ram Nath Kovind and home minister Rajnath Singh, among others.

States like Bihar, Orissa, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya were formed based on the same grounds. The Garo people have every right to demand a separate state, however what is illogical and gluttony is theAchik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) map of 2006. KSU South West Khasi Hills District president, Forward Nongrem said, “We objected as the map submitted by the ANVC shows many areas such as Borsora, Nongjri and Nonghyllam among others in South West Khasi Hills falling under the Garoland state.”

KSU president of Ri-Bhoi District, Ferdinand Kharkamni said, “We support and honour the demand for Greater Garoland but we would oppose if even one inch of land in Ri-Bhoi goes to Greater Garoland.”

He also highlighted that areas such as Khanapara, Jorabat, Byrnihat and 15th Mile that fall under the jurisdiction of Hima Mylliem features under the Greater Garoland map. He also urged the authorities of Raid Marwet, Hima Mylliem and KHADC to take the matter seriously. (TST)

I accede with the words of Forward Nongrem, “We have no opposition to their demand for Greater Garoland but we are making it very clear that there should not be any encroachment in the areas falling under the district …not even an inch”.

If the GHMSC and all the other NGO(s) from Garo Hills claim their territorial right based on the Article 29(1), then their claim to all the afore debated areas is absurd, unreasonable, irrelevant, irrational, implausible and preposterous. By default these areas under the Article 29 (1) should and must fall under Meghalaya, not only because of their legal and authentic nomenclature that screams out loud to bear and spew a Khasi name, but the dominant ancestors, predecessors and contemporaries inhabited are Khasis. The very question of imploring should not be entertained.

Constitutionally, your very claim to these areas stands violation of the article of which you wrest your case, Article 29 (1).

I can see the bigger picture my dear comrades. Your intention of claiming these lands is not driven by patriotic comradeship because these Khasi populated areas are naturally rich and resourceful that can boost Garoland, should it be a dream come true.

Greater Garoland is a bad idea if psychoanalyzed –

Greater Garoland is a bad idea of the hour especially when the territorial stretch is terror stricken and unsteady. This will greatly damage the Garo population.

With all due respect, Garo Hills is witnessing the battle of the two Sangma Families, each trying to outdo the other. We have a father successfully launching a daughter while a sacrificial sister vacates her seat to make way for the brother. Pure geniuses of a political affair that can be disastrous to the state of Meghalaya and the Garo people. .

It should also be taken into account that our Chief Minister has already mooted the work-permit for Bangladeshi Nationals, and God forbid should Garoland be a dream come true and the work-permit in tune, the Garos of Garo Hills will be left homeless and prejudiced in their own land by aliens of another state that will infiltrate from Bangladesh to become full-fledged Indian citizens by default, or by way of some opportunistic megalomaniacs, hungry for power.

Tripura is a classic example of how the tribal population are now left at the mercy of the non-triadic. Meghalaya recorded the highest decennial population growth rate at 27.82 percent from among all the seven North-eastern states (now eight), as per the Provisional report of census 2011 but according to statistics the Garo population is growing much slower than that of the rest of the state of Meghalaya. Brothers and sisters, you will be devoured by the migrating and dispersing population.

And last, with reference to the map, Garoland is not very far away from Bangladesh. Garo Hills is bounded in the south by Mymensing district and a part of Rangpur district of Bangladesh.

A short-sighted jingoistic adrenaline rush might impale our dear future Garo brothers and sisters a stigma of an eternal regret. Let us not commit the mistakes of our fathers and forefathers.

Dear brethren, are you ready to sacrifice your future generation for your present perception?!

DISCLAIMER- The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of TNT- The Northeast Today. Assumptions made within the analysis are not reflective of the position of TNT- The Northeast Today

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OPINION: Why usage of term – ethnic cleansing is ‘foolish’ in context of May 31 incident

By Cherry kordor kharshiing

Shillong, June 25, 2018: 

Over the past three weeks many have voiced their thoughts and reflections on the clashes which erupted on 31st May 2018 at Sweeper’s Lane, Shillong. Some have even questioned where is the voice of the academia in all of this?

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. 


Aiborlang Andrew Chyne

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


Shillong violence reflects tribals’ narrow-mindedness, REALLY?

Shillong, June 12, 2018: 

OPINION | By Dr. Batskhem Myrboh

The recent protest possibly started by the hawkers mostly women, who depend their livelihood in and around Iewduh, which is the most important market place in the State against the assault meted out on some Khasi boys allegedly by some residents of the adjoining sweepers’ colony, turned violent to the extent that curfew was being promulgated in the city of Shillong.

Welcome to the era of Digital Violence – Rumours-filled week wreaks havoc in Northeast

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie

Shillong, June 09, 2018: 

Where are we heading? What has happened to humanity? What has happened to sanity?

The brutal lynching of two Guwahati youths by an angry mob in Karbi Anglong, on suspicions of being children lifters, has left many in a state of shock and disgust. As disheartening as this news can come to many, the fact remains “We are still living in a dark world inhabited by demons in the flesh, heartless, senseless and shameless.”

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