Letters to the Editor

Facts about Shillong seat

Editor, Apropos the news, “Cong set to lose Shillong, MPCC report claims” (ST April 21st 2014) it is a fact that PR Kyndiah held the 1 Shillong Parliamentary Constituency for almost 11 years from 16.2.1998 to 15.4.2009. CK Nayak incorrectly reported that “Congress has rarely lost the Shillong seat.” The fact is that Congress lost in 1996 to an Independent Candidate, Professor George Gilbert [Full Article...]

A Traveller’s Note – II

Editor, Where I come from, we have lost a lot of our trees and hills and rivers to failures of the imagination. And I am afraid for Meghalaya, whose clear streams and forested hills brought tears to my eyes. I could not tell whether they were from the joy of knowing nature still existed in such form, or from a sense of its impending [Full Article...]

Can we take action on garbage?

Editor, One is struck by the dirt and rubbish that is all over the NEHU campus. This is the same sight one sees all over Shillong. Wahumkhrah and other streams stink notwithstanding the Meghalaya Pollution Control Board directives. The famed Golf Links are open air rubbish dumps especially on Sunday evenings. There are no new parks being established and people have to use this [Full Article...]

Can we take action on garbage?

Editor, One is struck by the dirt and rubbish that is all over the NEHU campus. This is the same sight one sees all over Shillong. Wahumkhrah and other streams stink notwithstanding the Meghalaya Pollution Control Board directives. The famed Golf Links are open air rubbish dumps especially on Sunday evenings. There are no new parks being established and people have to use this [Full Article...]

Powerless for ever?

Editor I missed the Copa Del Rey football final match between Real Madrid versus Barcelona FC which was telecast live on TV in the early morning hours of April 17, 2014 . MeECL failed us because the power first went out, followed by two hours of load shedding. I was caught unaware because I must have missed the notice for this load shedding timing, [Full Article...]

Discrimination against the transgendered

Editor, Transgendered people in India are the most secluded, excluded, and marginalised section in society…unfortunately, they are most ridiculed in media too…they made to live in separate communities or locations, they had to resort to petty crimes for survival…there is always a self other hierarchy when from people with defined gender…on and off they suffer from mental and physical violence but to no respite. [Full Article...]

A novel idea

Editor, Chief Electoral Officer P Naik has suggested a good solution to increase the voting turnout in the State. The solution would reduce cost and the hassle of moving men and materials and make things easier for the dance of Indian democracy. The Election Commission of India should explore the idea of CEO, Meghalaya. After all an idea costs 75 paisa and to implement [Full Article...]

A traveller’s note

Editor, I’m part of a small group that has been travelling and trekking (not in a ‘touristy’ way) for over a week, through parts of Meghalaya – some well known, others less known. We find the culture interesting, particularly the ways in which it has maintained a rich natural environment, such as sacred forests and in living with nature in an unexploitative way, more [Full Article...]