“The unfortunate batches”
I am writing this with a sense of frustration and concern for those highly educated unemployed youths who are in their late thirties. I know many of them personally and I am aware that they have completed their doctorates and are also NET qualified, but are in total despair and completely lost, with little hope and direction about their future career and livelihood.
These are groups of people who have invested the prime of their life to prepare themselves to become college professors and lecturers. But, at about the time when they are in their thirties and ready with all their certificates and qualified to be employed for such posts, applications and advertisements for all such posts were suspended because of Covid and also because of the roster system that had been entangled with some serious legal issues. By the time things were getting back to normalcy, many vacancies had become available in different colleges all over the state, as many teachers have retired and left their posts vacant for fresh advertisements.
This, together with the setting up of many Model Degree Colleges all over the state and the coming up of new streams to single stream colleges, as per the requirement of NEP and also the fact that many faculties of different colleges are joining NEHU, as the university is filling up more than 100 faculty posts, the number of vacancies have piled up and will be advertised in the near future. With so many vacancies, the chances of getting selected are very high for each candidate, particularly those with doctorate degrees. Unfortunately, these are exactly the people who now realise that they have wasted too much time in getting all these extra degrees, which seem to only make them over-qualified.
I believe the Government does have a valid ground to grant these groups of candidates some sort of condonement so as to allow them to apply and appear for the interviews, and it should certainly do so, as it definitely was not their fault that the advertisements and recruitments process was postponed and halted for about two years. This even as I fear that we may be losing some very good, promising and quality people in the field of higher education in the state.
Deplorable road conditions in Shillong city
I am writing to draw your attention to a growing concern that affects every resident and visitor to our beautiful city – the deplorable condition of roads in Shillong. The state of our roads has deteriorated to a point where it not only hampers daily life but also poses serious safety risks to everyone using them.
The roads of Shillong, once known for their scenic beauty and smooth surfaces, have now become a nightmare to navigate. Potholes and uneven surfaces have become commonplace, leading to frequent accidents, damage to vehicles, and unnecessary delays. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike are at risk due to the hazardous conditions of these roads.
Furthermore, the lack of proper maintenance has resulted in drainage issues during monsoons, causing flooding and waterlogging. This not only inconveniences residents but also affects businesses, schools, and healthcare facilities, disrupting normal life and leads to catastrophe.
It is disheartening to see the state of our roads deteriorate while other aspects of our city progress. We implore the concerned authorities to take immediate action to address this pressing issue. Proper road maintenance, timely repairs, and a long-term plan for road infrastructure development are essential to restore the safety and convenience that the citizens of Shillong deserve.
I urge the municipal authorities and government to allocate sufficient funds and resources to fix the road conditions and improve our city’s overall infrastructure. Moreover, I appeal to fellow citizens to come forward and demand the attention that this issue deserves, by raising their voices collectively.
Shillong has always been a city of pride, culture, and heritage. Let’s work together to ensure that our roads match up to the high standards we hold for our city. It’s time for action, and the time is now.
Mebanrap Kupar Majaw,
Shantiniketan as UNESCO World Heritage
The listing of Shantiniketan as a UNESCO World Heritage site is indeed a matter of satisfaction. However, the present condition of Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan is far from satisfactory. The administration of Vishwa Bharati is unfortunately more interested in creating walls, fences and divisions than to uphold the vision of Tagore. Tagore created Vishwa Bharati as a residential place of learning, “Where the world has not been broken up into fragments/ By narrow domestic walls.”
Moreover, the present Vishwa Bharati administration also tried to undermine another landmark of Shantiniketan, Pratichi by raising deafening noise over a small piece of its land. Pratichi is another place of pilgrimage in Shantiniketan because it is Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s ancestral home where he had been with his family for eight decades.
No vulgar entertainment during Durga Puja
I want to remind our readers through this daily that a lot of criticism was expressed against inappropriate entertainment (including the cases of eve-teasing and violence) during Durga Puja and other important spiritual days like Saraswati Puja, Chhat Puja etc. Since Durga Puja is just round the corner, I urge the Central Puja Committee (CPC) and all Puja organizers in Meghalaya not to host entertainment programmes which are against Sanatan Dharma. Many people from other communities have started believing that vulgarity is part of Hinduism, which is wrong.
The Bhagavad Gita clearly states that seeking external pleasure for sense gratification is irreligious. They are like complete opposites, just as “devil and God,” are. That’s why Hindu scriptures prescribe that during any pujas or auspicious days, devotees should observe strict fasting, only consuming fruits and water and remain away from material indulgences.
So, I kindly request all Durga Puja organizers to include various spiritual activities such as Bhajans and Kirtans in their programs. We should uphold the dignity of Sanatan Dharma and not let people from other religions look down upon it. I humbly request the members of the CPC and all Puja organizers to consider these suggestions. We must set good examples for our younger generation.