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The city of Shillong has witnessed abrasions during 1979 and in 1992. “We have forgotten all of that. This is not the central thing and it is not important. What is important is that we have again learnt to live together which the biggest strength of this country,” said the Governor. 

By Our Reporter | Shillong, Oct 13, 2018:

Meghalaya Governor Tatagatha Roy on Saturday said that there have been various separatist movements in different parts of India and quite a few in the Northeast, but not a single one of them have succeeded.

“The failure of the separatist movement in India is not because of the deployment of the army or because the law and order problem has been quelled down. The reason of the failure is because it does not get the support from the majority of the community,” Roy said while speaking at the annual Get-Together of Harmony, organised by the Central Puja Committee (CPC) here today.

The Meghalaya Government also pointed out that the people who are leading this separatist movement has come back to the mainstream. According to him, majority of the people in this country want to live together. “We have been united for the last 70 years and we will continue to be united for all times to come,” he stated.

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Roy, however, said that the separatist movement was succeeded in Pakistan adding that this can be witnessed with the separation of East Pakistan from Pakistan and led to the formation of Bangladesh. “The separatist movement also succeeded in some other countries,” Meghalaya Governor added.

Meanwhile, he recalled that the city of Shillong has witnessed abrasions during 1979 and in 1992. “We have forgotten all of that. This is not the central thing and it is not important. What is important is that we have again learnt to live together which the biggest strength of this country,” Meghalaya Governor added.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has stressed on the need to promote peace and harmony in the State. The former Chief Minister, at the same time, has called upon the leaders and citizens to act collectively for the future of the State.

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“We need to create a future which has the right kind of enabling environment for the generation next. We all aspire to have peace, happiness and sense of well-being for the future generations,” Dr Mukul, who is also the leader of Opposition, said.

Stating that since it is a collective desire and collective dream of everyone, he said that it is appropriate to come together in order to create a future which would enable the generation next to have the much needed peace and happiness.

This year, there will be 232 community Durga Puja in Meghalaya and the break up is Khasi Hills Districts (112), Jaintia Hills (11) and Garo Hills (109). In Greater Shillong area, the Community Durga Puja is 64 and the private (family) Durga Puja is 7.

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This year, the CPC will undertake a cleaning drive at immersion ghat, Polo on October 14 and 15 and again on October 20 and 21, immediately after immersion and lastly after immersion of Kali idols.

Drum competition

The CPC’s SK Das memorial drum-beat competition (traditional) will be held on October 18 at 10 am at Puja Pandel of RR Colony, Saradiya Durga Puja Committee of Rynjah. Competitions will be held in individual and group categories. Drum-beaters of different Durga Puja Pandals of Greater Shillong will participate in the competitions.The winning Drum-Beaters (individual & group) will be awarded cash prizes along with medals.

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