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NSCN-K warns politicians

Amid the confabulation of the Naga peace move, NSCN (K) has asked a section of ministers and MLAs to refrain from forcing them to toe the line of a particular political party. In a recent statement, the outfit alleged that a circle of political leaders have been helping the Centre impose ban on them and put the outfit in a fix.   

According to NSCN-K, the critical juncture where they are perilously confronting two international powers on both ends, choosing to combat the NSCN by these unholy cohorts is extremely unfortunate.


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Follow legal process: Hazarika

9 Sep 2015 - 11:23am | Bg Gogoi

Amid simmering protest over the NDA government’s move for Indian citizenship to the non-Muslim intruders from Bangladesh and Pakistan, veteran journalist and north east expert Sanjay Hazarika said that it cannot be objected if there has been due process of law and adequate checking of individual cases before citizenship is granted.

Talking to Assam Times on Wednesday, Prof. Hazarika, the director of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research with the Jamia Milia Islamia said, “On the issue of religious minorities (Hindus etc) being given refuge in this country, one is not surprised at all by the decision by this Government, given its propensities in such matters.” 

According to the award winning author of The Strangers of the Mist, “it should be underscored that these are persons specifically fleeing religious persecution. What about those facing political persecution? Will the Government also not consider their cases.”

“The classic definition of a refugee is a person who is forced to flee his or her country and is unable to return because of her political or religious beliefs. Today our understanding of refugees has been expanded to include environmental refugees as well, those fleeing their lands because of a natural or human-induced catastrophe such as a famine, drought, flood or earthquake,” said the north east analyst.   

He finds it an interesting issue as neither India or any other nation of South Asia is a signatory to the UN Covenant on Refugees. He observed, “although we host lakhs of them from Tibet, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and even Afghanistan. Pakistan and other parts of the world including Africa.”


Matrilinial society through ages

Matrilinial society through ages
30 Apr 2014 - 12:24am | Ma Prem Naina

Imagine a wedding, when the groom follows the bride to her home to start a new life together.
Imagine a room filled with laughter and joy when a baby girl is born.
Imagine a market, where the cash counters are being managed by women.
Imagine a household, where the youngest daughter of the family inherits the family property and is considered the custodian and preserver of her clan, family and lineage.

In male-dominated Indian society where news of female foeticide is rampant, the small state in the north-eastern part of India, Meghalaya, is an exception. Here, when a baby girl is born, she is ecstatically welcomed with celebration. Meghalaya is recognized to be the only society in India where women are known to play a more important role in the social system than men. All the major tribes – Khasi, Jaintia and Garo follow the matrilineal system.

The Khasi and Jaintia tribesmen follow the traditional matrilineal custom, where the youngest daughter (Khun Khadduh) inherits all the property and acts as the caretaker of aged parents and any unmarried siblings.

However, the mother’s brother, may indirectly control the ancestral property since he is involved in decision making related to property. Yet, the woman has rights over the house and property, indorsed by customs and religious traditions. The children also take their mother’s title.

In the Garo lineage system, the youngest daughter inherits the family property by default, unless another daughter is so named by the parents. She then becomes designated as ‘nokna’ meaning ‘for the house or home’.

Those small primitive societies where God is thought of as a woman have not been able to achieve weapons, destructive methods. They have not been fighting; there have been no wars in a matriarchal society. The fact has to be considered. The man-made society has been doing only one thing, continuously fighting.

Osho, From Death to Deathlessness, Ch 25, Q 1 (excerpt) 

For thousands of years, the people of Meghalaya have traced their descent, inheritance and lineage from mother to daughter.

These people of Meghalaya are a part of maybe the world’s largest surviving matrilineal culture.

With time things are changing in this community too. More recently, a suffragette movement has come up, with men’s rights groups claiming that the matrilineal culture is breeding generations of gents who fall short of their potential, subsequently slipping into alcoholism and drug abuse.

Crime rate is on the rise. According to a recent report, Meghalaya has seen over 800 rape cases in the past decade. The “moral character” is deteriorating and has failed to pick up despite improved literacy rate achieved, which has led to increased crime rate in the state. Between April 2012 and March 2013, rape was the highest reported crime in this state, according to a report published in the India Today magazine. 

That was the original state of humanity: matriarchal. Then society became patriarchal: father became important. And with the father came a thousand and one illnesses. The greatest illness has been private property; it came with father. And the society will suffer from private property until father disappears.

Osho, The Tantra Vision, Vol 1, Ch 10, Q 3 

In an article of The Hindu, Patricia Mukhim, writer, social science researcher and editor of ‘The Shillong Times’, is reported to point out that with changing times, Khasi women’s lot is no better than that of poor women in other parts of India. She adds that in a traditional Khasi society, marriage was not prevalent until Christianity came in: “Co-habitation was the norm. With Christianity, they became man and wife.” So much for so-called civilization.

Former Assam Minister injured in Karol Bagh blast

15 Sep 2008 - 4:33pm | editor
Former Assam Minister Dipen Tanti has been injured in the Delhi bomb blast at Karol Bagh on Saturday but is now out of danger. According to information, Mr Tanti, who was a minister in the erstwhile Asom Gana Parishad ministry, had gone to Karol Bagh along with his wife and a friend for shopping. Tanti, who is currently undergoing treatment at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and doctors attending on him said he was out of danger and would be released in a day or two. He was getting his shoes polished when he heard a loud explosion and initially thought it was a cylinder blast. Later, they realised it was bomb blast and found blood oozing out of his head. He was rushed to the hospital by his wife and friend, who were not injured in the blast.