Letters to the Editor

Holistic approach better than populist agenda

Editor, RBSU has objected to hiring of non-tribal workers on grounds of stealing employment away from locals. This appears to be a fine argument on the face of it. Fighting for local causes will always have mass support, as RBSU is all too aware. But let’s also discuss wages, skills and work ethics of local workers. Are unskilled/ semi-skilled local workers willing to put [Full Article...]

A Charade Called NGO

Editor, The issue of NGOs and their scope and nature of operations is a sensitive and subjective subject-matter.  I would like to add to the existing discourse through examination of a phenomenon ‘why NGOs and why not’. Its rational perusal leads to a general inference that they are more of a charade masquerading around with ulterior motives thereby clogging the smooth functioning of the [Full Article...]

Truant department

Editor, The Education Department is involved in a lot of anomalies. Firstly, the Department had advertised for admissions to the 2- year Diploma course in Elementary Education in the DIET through the local newspapers in March 2014. In the advertisement it was not mentioned that the application forms are to be sold to the candidates. Surprisingly the application forms were sold for Rs 5 [Full Article...]

RBSU should share their vision

Editor This letter contains my personal views on the current RBSU Vs. NKC Pvt. Ltd. debate. Bill Syiem in his letter “NGO Threats: Time to call their bluff” (ST Oct 15, 2014) had roundly criticized RBSU for their high-handedness and interference in operational matters of a private company. He blamed local NGOs (including RBSU) for using threats and violence to muscle in on Govt. [Full Article...]

Rejoinder from RBSU

Editor, Apropos the letter to the editor “NGO Threats: Time to call their bluff” (ST Oct 15, 2014) by one Bill Syiem who had criticized the Union on the news item “RBSU warns NKC Pvt. Ltd for sacking local youth”. From the tone and tenor of the letter one can understand the mindset of the person and the fact that he dislikes all the [Full Article...]

Hindutva not a universal creed

Editor, Apropos Jerome Diengdoh’s letter (ST Oct 11,2014), I would like to personally apprise the writer, that the religious majority does not in any way condone the barbaric acts of Right Wing Hindu Groups nor accept their orthodox ideologies. Hence it is improper on the part of the writer to paint the majority Hindus with the same brush. But the words of writer smack [Full Article...]

‘Design flaws’ in NGOs

Editor, The Motphran Bridge analogy, cleverly used by Toki Blah to depict the hopeless state of affairs in state politics, can be extended to portray the current state of political NGOs in Meghalaya. These NGOs too were born with ‘design flaws’ just like the infamous bridge. Most have their roots in student bodies, but have abandoned studious pursuits for a ‘glamorous’ life as NGO/ [Full Article...]

Of inflated political egos

Editor, The game of musical chairs being widely publicised and played at the KHADC between the ARPA trio speaks of political egoism and irresponsible leadership. First it was the sudden resignation of Ardent Basawiamoit as CEM followed by an abrupt walk out by Grace Kharpuri from the very party that campaigned for her as MDC, to an immature and irresponsible resignation by Pyniaid Sing [Full Article...]