HI! nice to meet you. About my experience in projects promoting integration of disable in laborforce, I invite you to download this pdf file http://www.trustfortheamericas.org/OP%20mail%20eng.pdf you will find out about the POETA program. I stablish one center in Monterrey, for hering impaired. We trained them and rise awareness among companies about the importance to integrate this trained people in their organizations. I hope you find it interesting. It is an initiative from OAS (Organization of American States).
You mean B. K. Roy Burman? Yes. He's a very distinguished man whose contribution to the world of academic is most outstanding and unique!
Election here in North-East is more or less the same as anywhere in India. Claims and counter-claims, manifestos that contains promises of paradise and candidates who appear to be the incarnation of the angels themselves...you know it yourself :) The reaction od the IPs is something that hangs/borders in between hopeless hopes and pathetically hopeful hopes. People fortunately still have the freedom to vote and exercise their franchise but unfortunately do not have the freedom to choose anymore. The more guns, money or other political backings a candidate have, the higher the chance of being 'democratically' elected as the 'peoples' representative. This are the realities about election and IPs here. Like I said, no different from Bihar or elsewhere....And this is the democracy we are living and boasting about. What an irony......
About my reply yesterday, especially the part where I mentioned "The non-indigenous populations (here non-khasi, Jaintia and Garo)..." was a typing error. The non-indigenous populations includes all those IP communities that are not Khasi, Jaintia and Garo, the most dominant and generally also recognised as the original inhabitants of Meghalaya.
I am very glad to answer your query about the situation of indigenous peoples here in North-East India.
The situation here in North-East India with regard to the IPs is something sort of a very complex inter-ethnic competition where, most of the time, it is not the non-indigenous peoples residing in North-east that are the root to the problem but the bickerings among the people themselves (I hope you get the point). The fact of the matter is that there is a high level of competition and strained relations bettwen the myriad ethnic groups where there is high ethnocentrism, regional and community/region centric tendencies- be it development initiatives or political aspects. Yes, while the present situation have come to such a point that everyone is viewing each other with suspicions, distrust and competing among each others for the best chunk of the meat, one cannot also deny the fact that the roots for such strained realities and lack of trust among the people lies with the policy of the government, eg., demarcation of North-east India on ethnic lines that naturally brings about a struggle for supremacy and dominance with its base on ethnicity, autonomy and territory.
With regard to the 6th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, personally I feel that it has been a blessing (Bless Nehru and those who have been instrumental in making this possible) for the IPs of North-East and others in India without which IPs in India would have been far more susceptible and defenceless under the onslaught of development, modernization and globalization that also ironically facilitated the process of assimilation or marginalization of smaller or less-developed communities by larger or more developed communities. However, there is also now a flipside where the same 6th Schedule has been manipulated, not by non-IPs but by IPs themselves in order to maintain or retain their supremacy or control over smaller IP comunities in the area. This is what is happening in Shillong, Meghalaya where the dominant populations have been effectively stopping other IPs from North-East India buying lands or building houses or sometimes even repairing of already existing houses unless they are recognized as one of the Indigenous population or tribes of Meghalaya by the Meghalaya government. The non-indigenous populations (here non-khasi, Jaintia and Garo) has been frequently harrassed by the so-called 'locals' to buy or build houses, sometimes even upto the extent of repairing or extending already existing houses owned by tribals or IPs other than Khasi, Jaintia or Garo through the power of local Chiefs or Village Council/Authorities (or Rong bah Shnong) as given them by the Autonomous District Council rules contained under the 6th Schedule of the India Constitution where local authorities have the power to enact rules or laws as far as their area of operation or habitation is concerned. This practical usage and application of powers or priviledges as per the 6th Schedule by some IP communities in the name of self-preservation or safeguard therefore can and is also the cause of many friction and inhibitors for peace and development between IPs- sometimes even threatening the very existence of some smaller, weaker and lesser-known IPs of North-East India. Checks and measure for such manipulations or practices of the 6th Schedule in the name of preservation or safeguarding of particular IP communities against other IPs is very much needed as these instances often leads to more conflicts, jealousies, distrust and a general dysfunctional sysdrome among IPs that inhibits proper and open communications, mutual trust and understanding.
Many things to share further, but I do hope what I have shared so far suffice for the moment. Hope to hear more from you again.
The conflict situation is improving sometimes and deteriorating most of the times. One can imgaine the plight of those who are orphons, displaced and abused and living in camps with small assistance from government. If interested, I will send you some of the reports on conditions of children living in displaced camps.
Thanks and regards.
re: multiculturalism. My impression is that multiculturalism is just as strong as before, but that populist politicians are becoming stronger, and resistance to multiculturalism more outspoken. Then again I speak mainly from a perspective from the Netherlands and Germany.
if you posed this question while i was on skype , i could have laughed. yaah, its crazy approach. issues of sex boycott can only be practiced by spinsters and bachelors who are otherwise natuarally on boycot perhaps we add divorcees who were the majority of the caucus. by the way the chair is my class rep in my M.A class fully married to a banker...how do you ascertain you boycotted? may be verbally.
from the architects of the call they had targeted the two principals; president and Raila wives to see whether they can starve the guys at least they resolve the political stalemates on behalf of kenyas.
But was a crazy choice. media has it it only made prostitute business go against recession.
After The v Gogh issues (and in fact other incidents) the multicultural culture in The Neth. harsened: borders closed, communities started to act more seperately. however, I do feel that there are many people (especially in the urban areas) who acknowledge that the dutch society needs to accomodate all the people living in our country. The majors of Rotterdam and Amsterdam are doing great work in this respect.
On the other hand; the popularity of mr Wilders is still rising.
Imagine Kenyan women on sex boycott! sounds funny!!!! it is a poweful tool but i think its time our women thought beyond their bedrooms!!!
About the inter tribal conflict in Kenya,it all has something to do with historical injustices and politics.
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