The Theme for the International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2016 is : “Achieving 17 Goals for the future We Want, which draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities”.
The theme for the year 2016 with interrogative contents is quite significant in pretext of 2007 UNCRPD mandate that marked a “paradigm shift” in attitudes and approaches to view persons with disabilities as “subjects” with rights, rather than as “object” of charity, medical treatment and social protection. The 2007 UNCRPD mandate is the answer to the question raised in the 2016 Theme that has now specified 17 goals to be achieved by 2030 where the persons with disabilities shall be considered as the “subject” with rights who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active member of society.
We live as one in the family
Together in M.LAVI;
We want to be in unity,
To work and serve for humanity.
To serve others is serving God,
Separate we should go not;
Many who need our hands,
Serve on and put no ends.
Let us work with integrity,
This is what for M.LAVI,
Selfishness and pride should set aside;
Be a candle to throw some sight.
Move around this country,
Include them in M.LAVI;
Fight for the cost of visually,
Bring them to prosperity!
This poem, written by the general secretay of the Meghalaya Liberation Association of Visually Impaired (M.LAVI), Elkin Rynniaw has been sent in by M.LAVI on the occassion of the first anniversary of its formation on November 11, 2016.
In this regard, a programme to celebrate this milestone was held at Don Bosco Technical School, Laitumkhrah, Shillong on the said date.
We Indians are intoxicated with the modernity of the West. For us they represent symbol of elite and prosperity while we are drenched in an inferiority complex and complete unawareness of our rich cultural heritage. As Indians emulate the western thoughts and ways of living, the western people successfully have been able to create cultural hegemony which is evident from the fact that Indian markets are flooded with Chinese lights in Deepawali rather than Indian Diyas made of earthenware, Chinese Chicken Manchurian rather than Indian Curry Chicken, Pizza in Dominos and Pizza Hut rather than Indian cuisine. Today how many people are being seen wearing Khadi clothes, dhotis and kurtas? It’s all about fashionable jeans, tops and shorts with foreign brands. The perception is that if the brand is labelled Made in India, it is below quality and rather cheap while if it is imported from abroad it is of advanced quality. There was a time during the freedom struggle where Swadeshi Movement was an economic strategy to boycott foreign goods and revive the indigenous products and today just after 69 years of independence we are again slaves of our own choice.
Dr. Sylvanus Lamare
Rev. Fr. Sylvanus Sngi Lyngdoh, a priest, a scholar and friend of the sick passed away on 28th May, 2016 at 5.10 am at the age of 96 years. He is popularly known as Fr. Sngi and he was a person who took a number of initiatives for the Khasi society and in particular for the people of Ri Bhoi. His loved for his native place Mawbri and for his region was immense and perhaps what we find today in his writings is the rich philosophy and mythology of Ri Bhoi which through a period of time has entered the Khasi society and may be gradually will enter Khasi literature.
As a Catholic he was committed to his faith; as a religious he was committed to the life he had chosen and gave his optimal time to it as an evangeliser and a pastor who was available when people needed him. In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s he was always seen using public transport and for him that was the time to meet people, instruct them and lead them to God. He was a doctor to the physically sick, also to those who are spiritually ill and a counsellor far excellance. He knew his Catholic faith so deeply that there is no question that cannot be answered by him. He was deeply agitated by the anti conversion bill passed when Shri Morarji Desai was the Prime Minister and he also participated actively in the rally at Malki ground when Christians were persecuted in Arunachal Pradesh.
Some years ago an article on the “Datlawakor” was published in a certain Khasi Daily. Therein certain datlawakoring terms were coined (read carved) out from it name — one can has as many as two to… or a few more terms to add, besides the game’s original and simple presentation — for their applicability and use in playing of this indigenous game traditionally and annually held on the conclusion day of the Jwais’ Beh Dienkhlam. Again, now as addendum to the earlier one this presents a view, albeit not religious on which the ‘Chnonk’ (i.e. the other name from the follower of Niamtre) of Seinraij Jowai, Seinraij Shillong and Sienraij Ummulong might also wont for this game been also a socio -cultural heritage rather of Raij Jowai, to showcase its potential to further tourism in Jowai region on one hand and, perhaps, to opportune it moves beyond of localizing. These aspect have till now had not came to the fore, let alone tapped. Indeed the game was started not for such purposes. Yet, it also seemed like kind of secular if not human expression of their contentment and happiness, following the end of their festival activities: a recreation charged with ones cheerful heart and mind and, with ones playful body and soul that has got hope of ‘mother nature’s blessing’ to have good harvest of foodgrains in the paddy fields during the year.