Khasis avoid discussing problems afflicting society

Shillong, Dec 30: Former legislator Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit on Wednesday said that as a community the indigenous Khasi people avoid discussing the crux of the problem affecting its society thereby issues taken up decades back are still lingering on.

“We need to debate the truth (affecting Khasi society), but many times we avoid discussing these issues,” Basaiawmoit said.

He said that the platform ‘Iada ia Ka Ri’ (Protect The Land) started by him earlier this year will take this forward by calling “a spade a spade”.

Basaiawmoit said that whenever there is difference of opinions in the community, such issues are swept under the carpet.

“But every time the cracks keep on resurfacing because we don’t want to address the crux of the matter,” he added.

Basaiawmoit said that it is high time that the Khasis as a community, if they are concerned, will have to accept the fact that they are divided.

The former legislator said that the Khasis has a history of being divided.

He said the platform ‘Iada ia Ka Ri’ (Protect The Land) needs to put out in public domain the present situation of the Khasis as a community and what are its weaknesses.

According to Basaiawmoit people are now living in a liberal world and the Khasi as a community are interacting with the outside world more often.

“We need to look inside what are our weaknesses so that we can improve for the benefit of the future generation,” Basaiawmoit said.

He also informed that the ‘Ïada ïa Ka Ri’ (Protect The Land) movement started by him would restart in 2021 which had to be abruptly halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.