Letters to the Editor

Complacency of the Khasis

Editor, We the Khasi people are complacent and self-satisfied with our standing in society. We don’t have the desire to learn more or to achieve more. I can take the example of my own college and university life. When I would want to go to the library, my friends would say, “Now you’re trying to be an intellectual. Come go with us to the [Full Article...]

Functions of a rapporteur

Editor, Recently, a number of news items have appeared in a section of the Press regarding my role as Special Rapporteur for the North-East in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). From these news items, it appears that the reporters filing their stories are not aware of the functions of the Special Rapporteur. Owing to this, the public as well as some NGOs seem [Full Article...]

MLA cum MDC – the spirit of the law please!

Editor, A controversy has erupted in Khasi Hills. It is created by the eight MLAs cum MDCs in Khasi and Jaintia Hills (plus two in Garo Hills) who enjoy double pay and perks as dual law-makers. Demands have been made for their disqualification as members of the Legislative Assembly as they were elected in spite being already members of the District Council. They have [Full Article...]

Minister’s bizarre explanation

Editor, Apropos the news items relating to the job scams in the Soil and Water Conservation Department, it is to be expected that government officials would continue to commit such irregularities with impunity because of Government apathy. We have read enough about circulars or instructions being issued by the government from time to time to its employees such as those relating to maintaining punctuality [Full Article...]

Minister’s bizarre explanation

Editor, Apropos the news items  relating  to the job scams  in the Soil and Water Conservation Department, it is to be expected that  government officials  would continue to commit such irregularities  with   impunity because of Government apathy. We have read enough about   circulars  or instructions  being issued   by the government from time to time to its employees such as those  relating to maintaining  punctuality [Full Article...]

Rich pressure groups and unaccounted wealth

Editor, I agree with the points made in the letter by Clifton Lyngdoh “Pressure Groups are not NGOs” (ST July 21 2014). There is a fine line between agitation and calculated anarchy which pressure groups have crossed from time to time. I sometimes wonder why we call them by the respectable name of “pressure group” when they are vested interest groups. Anyone of average [Full Article...]

Pressure groups are not NGOs

Editor, The terms “Pressure Group” and “NGO” are interchangeable in the Meghalaya context. Most people use the term “NGO” to refer to political bodies like KSU, HNYF, FKJGP and others. Pressure groups do not mind this. It suits their purpose to be branded as NGOs. This provides them with a selfless, dedicated-to-society aura which they capitalize upon to the fullest extent. In reality, they [Full Article...]

Unfair allegations

Editor, Apropos the news item “NPP youth wing rues absence of gazetted officers” published in your esteemed daily dated July 10, 2014, the allegations by the NPP Youth Wing of South Garo Hills District Committee on the absence of gazetted officers in the district headquarters does not directly concern me  However, the allegation brought by Mr Satto R.  Marak, Ex-MLA of Baghmara Constituency that [Full Article...]