In 2011-2012, a team from Meghalaya AIDS Control Society and a metal band 11th Hour took a road trip. And they discover a Meghalaya, not of the tourist brochure but a land devastated by mining, sexual hypocrisy, economic inequalities.
Carrying back the rice. On the way back we and many of the people carrying back loads of rice were caught in a thunder storm with heavy rain. But the Konyaks ignored the rain and we met people going once more to the fields to bring up new loads. One young woman we knew made four trips in all. (From the field notes of Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf: 1970-08-29)
On the slopes above and below, groups of men and boys and a few girls of Shoupa's family were cutting the rice. The harvesters cut sheaves of rice-stalks and left them on the ground to be picked up by small boys who in turn carried them to the threshing hut. The reapers worked in lines or semi-circles, shouting as they proceeded with surprising speed. The effect was almost that of a machine, and plots of high waving rice-plants were suddenly reduced to bare ground where only the large leaves of taro plants emerged from heaps of cut rice-stalks. (From the field notes of Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, 1970-08-29)
Skull racks. Under the eaves, tied against the wall or resting (53) on shelves are innumerable trophies. To the left there are several rows of enemies' heads, altogether 137, - apparently the largest collection in the area. The origin of most is still known and proudly recounted. (From the field notes of Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Date: 1970-08-26).
Late PM of India Rajiv Gandhi visited the state of Meghalaya to inaugurate the Balphakram National Park on 27th Dec 1987. PM’s visit to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu., PM’s visit to Shantiniketan (W.B.)., PM dedicates Hydro-Electric Project.
Over the last 50 years the government has built 14,000 kilometres of embankments in an attempt to tame the rivers of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Orissa. Despite this massive expenditure, losses due to flooding and the area that is now vulnerable to flooding has increased. 16% of Bihar is now permanently waterlogged, a direct consequence of the construction of embankments.''River Taming Mantras' explores the technological, economic and political rationale that underlies the adoption of such flood control measures. The film argues that because these rivers carry an enormous silt load, they have enormous power. Attempts to control these rivers are unlikely to succeed. On the other hand, the vast sums spent on the building and maintenance of these embankments provides endless opportunities for the siphoning of funds. Ultimately, it is the poor people who suffer - migrating to other states, towns and cities in search of food and shelter.