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Welcome to Meghalayla!

Bishop Dr. Angam G. Chahong, D.D.

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DESTINY BIBLE MISSION

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To fulfill God's purpose in your life


 PASTOR ANGAM CHAHONG

Angam G. Chahong M.A.,B.D.,M.Th.,DD.,

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The DESTINY BIBLE MISSION is a sincere prayer answered to reach them with the good news of Jesus Christ to the young people and students in Shillong particularly and also other part of North East, India. We are doing this ministry on the basis of daily nurturing and discipline of Biblical value of life and reaching with the message of saving grace of Jesus Christ.

This is our humble effort and contribution by living together, sharing together. We have the burden to fulfill the great commission given by Christ, giving them the true purpose of life, one ultimate destiny of Life. Letting to know our first priorities is for God alone.

The Holy Bible says “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. (Matthew 6:33.NKJV)

God’s priorities should be our first and most important priorities than anything else. We failed to understand the concept of Kingdom of God since the creation of this earth.We failed to obey what God had set for man to take care His kingdom (Genesis).

Jesus came to reconcile our broken relationship with God the Father and He is a way to God. To return to the Kingdom of God is our DESTINY. It is our most important priority in all we do. LIFE itself is our DESTINY.

John 1:4 says Life itself was in Him (Christ), and this life gives light to everyone. Jesus replied, “I am the bread of Life (6:35). And I am the Resurrection and the life (John 11:25).

Knowing our ultimate destination will give us more clearer understanding of the Kingdom of God and knowing that life is not ended here on this earth, it is started from this life. The Kingdom of God will be given to all who truly follow and obey. "Destiny Bible Mission is a Youth Ministry".

We are currently working among students, young people in Shillong. We have a vision to reach out entire region of North East India in near future. We are just a stewardship to His mission to give meaning and purpose of life message.

As the Lloyd John said "Without God we won't, without us He won't.

Let this be our prayer may His Will be done through our humble effort to reach these young people by His message of Forgiveness and Love. All the glory and honor be lifted to Jesus Christ. our Lord and our Savior,

May God Bless you all!

Amen!

Destiny Bible Mission in Meghalaya, India

My Email is destinymission@gmail.com

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FATHER'S DAY AT THE CATHEDRAL

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"Prayer for Ordination" & Short Personal Testimony

From: Angam G. Chahong DESTINY BIBLE MISSION, PO Box .121, GPO Shillong-793001 Meghalaya INDIA. Email: angamgoodboy@yahoo.com Phone# +91 9863065828. Pastor Paul Elder, Cambridge Theological Seminary, USA
Sub: Prayer for Ordination Dear Sir, I, Angam G. Chahong, Founder and President of DESTINY BIBLE MISSION Youth Ministries in North East India - particularly in Shillong - would like to apply/candidate for Ordination by God through Cambridge Theological Seminary, USA. The necessary information of my identification and my faith statement are given below.


Legal Name: Angam G. Chahong Address: DESTINY BIBLE MISSION, PO Box .121, GPO Shillong-793001 Meghalaya INDIA. State & Zip: Meghalaya (India) & 793001 Age: 01.04.1976 (DOB) = 33yrs 2 months Telephone No: +91 9863065828 Denomination: Baptist

Salvation: I was born in a nominal Christian family in 1972 December 26th at Litan Ukhrul, Manipur (my official academic DOB was recorded as on 01.04.1976).I was grown up as a village boy, simple and Honest. I was a good boy when I was little. My neighbors and all village people called me GOODBOY.

This name has been my public name, People know by this name. I thought that if I do good things and live a good life will give me a favor from God another word Salvation. But gradually I was attached with the worldly things. Though I was not so extremely bad person I realized that I have done so many bad and sin against God’s will and also to my fellow being. Gradually God’s spirit makes me to understand that I was wrong.

I have learned and understood by the spirit through studies of God’s Word (Holy Bible) that there is no such thing that small or big Sin in God’s judgment. Sin is sin for Him to judge and condemned. My conscience and understand has changed as I took my water baptism by Pastor (Rev.) James Dale.

I didn't fully understand what I believe, my born-again was not complete at one time, rather it was gradually growing my intimate relationship and knowing Jesus personally, as my Savior and my Lord, day by day, the complete author of my life.

Matthew 11:28-30 spoke me at one time when I needed God desperately. I know I have felled so many times during my journey till today, and I know I have so many weaknesses and prone to fall. But one thing I know, that nothing is greater than God’s Love, and His Forgiveness on the Cross, and Victory over death by His Resurrection on the Third day.

By His Grace and His Love made me to understand through reading and studies God’s Word. Bible taught me to trust and lean on God's power.

I have started my real journey of Church life and my spiritual life from Manipur Baptist Convention – Centre Church, Imphal Manipur India. I was a Choir member of the MBC and attended CBCNEI Youth Conference in the same year at Imphal.

I am indebted to many of my Pastors, Teachers, Professors and friends who are truly mentors for my spiritual journey whom I have learned so many things about purpose of life, that makes me to move and grow everyday. I will abide the will of God which is in the Word of God (The Holy Bible, Old and New Testament as my complete armour and my judgement. Signed by

Angam G. Chahong

Dated: 20th May 2009.

Ordination Credential from Cambridge Theological Seminary, USA


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This is a legal document in the United States of America: a "Letter of Good Standing" for Ministerial Ordination to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This is to certify: Angam G. Chahong, of Shillong, Meghalaya, India, has made proper application; has given personal, signed-testimony to salvation, calling to Ministry of the Gospel by Jesus Christ, and pursuance of education, discipleship and credentials thereunto; has been "duly evaluated" by Cambridge Theological Seminary according to the Holy Scriptures, and has been found to meet spiritual conditions to be "Ordained Minister of the Gospel of Lord Jesus the Christ."

[I] The "Ordained Minister" named above is authorized as follows: to (1) Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, (2) Baptize Converts, (3) Dedicate Children, (4) Anoint with Oil, (5) Offer Communion, (6) Impartation by Laying-on-of-Hands, (7) Receive Offerings, (9) Administer Confirmations, (10) Conduct Funerals, (11) Preach Revivals, (12) Conduct Christian Weddings, (13) Apply for State-License & County Registrant to perform 'State-Recognized Marriages', (14) may be candidate as Deacon (Civil Oversight) as in Acts 6, I Tim 3, and/or (15) candidate for Bishop (Oversight of other Ministers);

[II] ... is authorized to "Sign Legal Documents" of Baptism, Baby Dedication, Confirmation - and "New Birth" Certificates, etc;

[III] ... is authorized to "Apply for a State License" to perform Legal Marriage according to the Laws of the home State and/or Register in County/Municipality;

[IV] ... is authorized to establish a "Local Church", and/or a "Church-Christian-Day-School" - with an "automatic and instantaneous 'Tax-Exempt' Status";

[V] ... is authorized to visit County-&-City Jails, State-&-Federal Prisons for spiritual needs; to character witness in court on behalf of any person so desired, and to submit letters/affidavits to any Judge on behalf of any person, in any case, according to the desire of the Ordained Minister;

[VI] ... is authorized to visit Hospitals, Nursing Homes, etc., at any hour the patient requests - in emergency - according to protocol of establishment visited;

[VII] ... is authorized to "park vehicle in emergency parking" when making emergency visits at emergency room, "IF" the vehicle is properly marked "Clergy", and park in "Special-Parking" at hospitals at all times with marked vehicle; further authorized to conduct "Religious Services" in Hospital Chapels, and use Hospital Office with files of the patients as designated for Fully-Ordained Ministers;

[VIII] ...is authorized to engage in "Spiritual Counseling" according to God's Word, to receive a "proper fee" - if so desiring - with "Right to Client Privacy Privilege" same as Lawyers;

[IX] ...is authorized to use the "title of Reverend and/or wear a clerical color;"

[X] ...is authorized to immediately seek the "Honorary Title Doctor of Divinity"; to seek as experience warrants, the "Earned Title Doctor of Ministry"; if-and-when other ministers are called under his ministry, and/or discipled, trained, and/or guided thereby - "Title of Bishop;"

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Dr. Angam G. Chahong - Longer Personal Testimony

My name is Angam G. Chahong (age 36-Male). I was born in a poor family and was raise in a nominal Christian family, at an extreme remote corner of India, called Litan Sareikhong village. I grew up in this small village until my parents sent me away to Imphal, capital of Manipur State, INDIA, for my studies.



Many people think that I was a good boy when I was little, that’s why everybody called me GOODBOY, which became my nick name to this day. I lived with the philosophy of good work and good life. Believing that, if I do good things and live a good life, God will favor me; in another word He will give me Salvation.

However, as I grow up, gradually I got attach with the worldly things. Though I was not extremely a bad person, I realized that I have done so many bad things and sinned against God’s will, and also to my fellow man. Gradually God’s Spirit convicted me and helped me to understand that I was wrong. I have learned and understand by the work of the Spirit and through the study of God’s Word (Holy Bible), that there is no such thing as small sin and big Sin in God’s eye. Sin is sin for Him, an act to be judged and condemned.

My conscience and understand was changed after my water baptism by Pastor (Rev.) James Dale. I did not fully understand what I believed. My salvation experience was not a onetime event; rather it was gradual process of growing, as my knowledge and relation grows with Jesus, who is my Savior and my lord, the complete author of my life. I was a sinner but now I am a new creature, save by Christ’s blood and Grace. Matthew 11:28-30 has spoken me at one time when I need God desperately.

I know I have fallen so many times during my journey even today, and I know I have so many weaknesses and I am prone to fall. But one thing I know is that, there is nothing greater than God’s Love and His Forgiveness as Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am persuaded that neither life nor death nor angels nor principalities nor powers, not heights not depth nor any other created things can separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Christ has paid the price on the cross; He has victory over death by rising from the grave on the third day, there is no power greater than Him.

By His Grace and His Love, He helped me to understand His Word as I study them. The Bible taught me to trust and lean on God’s power. I started my real journey of church life and my spiritual life from Manipur Baptist Convention – centre church, Imphal, Manipur, India. I was a choir member and I was actively involved in Church activities.

I have seven siblings, (four bothers and three sisters). My mother was not a Christian when she married my father, but she became a Christian after few years after their marriage. We were very poor and there were times when we don’t have food to eat, but my father would tell us not to worry. None of us died because of hunger and cold.

God supplied our needs even though it was just little, something to survive. When I looked back to all those years I feel like crying. But I realize that those sufferings and struggles taught me to understand the struggles of others, and help those who are in need, even for their basis daily needs.

I thank God and praise Him for His providence and for nurturing our faith during those situations. God helped each one of us to keep our faith in Him for everything. I still do not have earthly wealth, material, and riches, but I am rich in my spirit.

I never thought about become a full time minister in Christian Ministry. But God showed me His will for me in the year 1993/94. Since then I surrendered my life for His ministry. I began my ministry journey through teaching ministry at a Christian school run by Namrei Baptist Church in Ukhrul District, Manipur, INDIA. I came across so many failures and mistakes during those years, as well as accomplishments in my life.

Today, I have completed my studies of Master in Philosophy & Religion from Secular University, and B.Th., B.D., M.Th and PhD in theological studies. I believe that learning is a lifelong process; I will continue to study His Word and keep serving in His Vineyard.



I am married to Ms. Varewon Shimray (Awon), the woman whom I love very dearly and trust with all my life, a woman of faith.

She is also in Christian ministry of Operation Mobilization, India Ministry and DOULOS OM International Ministry in Asia, Africa and some part of Europe.

We are blessed by sweet baby daughter ALICIA CHAHONG; she was born on 11 September 2008. At the moment

OUR DAILY MINISTRY


I am actively ministering through the ministries of OM Books Literature Ministry, Tangkhul Baptist Fellowship, Shillong (members are mostly students), and DESTINY BIBLE MISSION Ministry. My main Ministry is through DESTINY BIBLE MISSION; this is a Ministry to our young people and students here in Shillong.

Our goal is to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. OUR VISION is to “Setting an example to the people in speech, in Life, in Love, in Faith and in Purity.”

OUR MISSION is to “Building Biblical value of Life, Growing Christ-centered, and fulfilling God’s Divine Purpose.” It is our desire to make the young people and students understand the concept of God’s Kingdom and to give first priority of their life for God, and then to accomplish their academic dreams and they pursue their dream career.

Our main activities are having daily and weekend Bible study, prayer meetings and out-door ministry. We share the saving Grace of our Lord Jesus’ message to the young people, students and youth in the streets, at Homes and Hostels.

We are doing this as a mobile Bible class/study during weekends. We also distribute Gospel tracks and Christian Literatures. We are also helping financially for those who are not able to bear the cost of their studies

We have some students staying with us and we help them not just spiritually but also financially. Some of them are;



Miss. Lida (BA (History) 2yr at Shillong College &

Mr. Rex (XII-Arts Standard at Raid Laban College).

Miss. L.Deiningling (XI-Sc at Umshyrpi College, Shillong).

We are ministering more than hundreds of young people and students whom DBM Ministry is actively nurturing spiritually, and praying for them. We need your prayer and generous financial support.

Thank you for prayer and willing to support our young people students through Destiny Bible Mission Ministry. Sincerely,

Dr. Angam G. Chahong, D.D.

Founder & President – DESTINY BIBLE MISSION, PO Box.121, GPO Shillong-793001, Meghalaya, INDIA.

Email:destinymission@gmail.com & drchahong@yahoo.com

Testimony from students.



Lida:

My name is Lida, I am student of BA 2nd yrs in Shillong College. I am indeed grateful to Destiny Bible Mission Ministry for helping my spiritual life and also my financial assistant toward my education.

I am blessed by DBM Ministry through daily fellowship and Bible studies. I have a commitment that when I completed my studies and get a job, I will support this ministry financially, of course my sincere prayer support be always. I am thankful to Uncle Angam & Aunty Awon for their love and care.

Deineiling:

I came to shilling to pursue my education; I am studying in Std.XI-Science stream at Umshyrpi College.

The Destiny Bible Mission Ministry help me in many ways as this ministry enrich my spiritual life and also allowing me to stay with them. Uncle Angam and Aunty Awon are taking care of my daily basic need. I am thankful for their service to young people like me. We used to have daily devotion and Bible studies.

Rex:

I came here in Shillong because my home town is not really favour for studies, though my parents are not in the position to support me financially. I came across that Destiny Bible Mission ministry is helping young and students for their basic needs. I approached to them and they allowed me to stay with them.

I am thankful to God for providing such a wonderful support of me financially and nurturing daily basis of fellowship and prayer and Bible studies. I am studying at Raid Laban College.

DESTINY BIBLE MISSION

DESTINY BIBLE MISSION

The DESTINY BIBLE MISSION Ministry is a sincere prayer answered to reach students and young people in Shillong, on the basis of daily nurturing and discipline of Biblical value of life and reaching with the message of saving grace of Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is humble effort and contribution by living together, sharing together. We have the burden to fulfill the great commission given by Christ, Giving them the true purpose of life, one ultimate destiny of Life.

Letting to know our first priorities to God, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. (Matthew 6:33.) God’s priorities should be our first and most important priorities than anything else. We failed to understand the concept of Kingdom of God since the creation of this earth as we failed to obey what God had set for man to take care His kingdom (Genesis 1).

Jesus is our bridge and way back to God. To return to the Kingdom of God is our DESTINY. It is our most important priority in all we do. LIFE itself is our DESTINY. John 1:4 says Life itself was in Him (Christ), and this life gives light to everyone. Jesus replied, “I am the bread of Life (6:35). And I am the Resurrection and the life (John 11:25).

DESTINY on this Earth and beyond this world. Giving the ultimate message of Christ’s Salvation.

DESTINY BIBLE MISSION “To Fulfill God’s purpose for your Life”

OUR VISION “Setting an example to the people in Speech, in Life, in Love, in Faith and in Purity.”

OUR MISSION: “Building Biblical value of Life, Growing Christ- centred, Fulfilling God’s Divine Purpose.”

CORE VALUE OF MISSION:

# Expectation of Spiritual Impact.

# knowing one Ultimate Priority of Life.

# Living an Example and Acceptable life.

# Maintaining an Excellence Discipline.

# Provide Spiritual Resources of God's Word.

# Building & Growing together is our key Activity.

Plans and Target for this Mission

Providing a safety Christ centre Home & Hostel for young and students who are away from home. Building up Biblical value of Life and Character of Christ. Daily basis of nurturing and discipline through fellowship, Devotion, Bible studies and Personal Counseling. Emphasized to Knowing and doing ultimate priority of a student and most importantly a committed believer of Christ in this postmodern society and culture. Setting up Christian Home Library (Christian Literature resources books, electronic, digital and media). Setting up Bible Training Center and Destiny Theological Seminary (Internet/Correspondence Bible Seminary).

Dr.Angam G. Chahong (M.A., B.D., M.Th., DD., Ph.D.)

Founder President – DESTINY BIBLE MISSION

PO Box.121, GPO Shillong-793001, Meghalaya, INDIA.

Email:destinymission@gmail.com & angamgoodboy@yahoo.com Greeting to you in Jesus Name.

How are you and your Ministry? I am doing fine with my family.

I am glad to write this mail to you, I will love to tell a short description of what you have asked last time regarding my ministry journey to JOWAI. Let me precisely highlight my personal life.

I was born in poor and nominal Christian family in an extreme corner of the country (INDIA) called Litan Sareikhong, I was raised up in that small village, my education was started from this small village upto standard VIII (Eight). I came down to Imphal capital (Manipur State, INDIA). I studied there my high school and college. We are seven brothers and sisters (four bothers and three sisters).my mother was not Christian when she married to my father. My mother became Christian after few years. We are very poor so that we came to face such a situation that we don’t have food to eat but my father told us not to worry. No one died because of hungry and cold. God supplied our needs even though it was just little or something to survive. When I looked back all those days I feel like crying for.and also want to say Thanking God and Praising God for His providence and nurturing our faith. God help each one of us to keep our faith in Him Jesus).I am not saying that I have all these wealth in materials richness rather I became more richer in spiritual. God showed me His way in the year 1993/94. I never thought of involving in the Christian Ministry as a full time commitment. Since then I have began my spiritual journey through ministry in teaching in the Christian School run by Church in Ukhrul District, Manipur INDIA. I have come a crossed so many failures and mistakes during those years. As well as so many accomplished in my life. I have completed my Master in Philosophy &Religion from Secular University and B.Th., B.D., M.Th and PhD in theological studies. I believe that learning is life long process; I will continue to do so. And I married to Awon a woman whom I love and trust. More importantly woman of faith.she also involved in the ministry of OM India and DOULOS OM International Ministry in Asia, Africa and some part of Europe.we are blessed by sweet baby daughter ALICIA CHAHONG, she was born on 11 September 2008.

I am actively involved in the ministry of STL OM Books Ministry, Literature ministry, this is the ministry where my sponsor comes and this helps me to survive in the ministry. I know this is just little amount support from this ministry where I am actively involved. I am happy that this little supports me and my family without facing hungry and cold. We have Bookstore here in Shillong as our main office; we are running this bookstore daily. We have all over INDIA HQ at Hyderabad. We have been doing to reach by taking literature from Shillong to the interior part of state, like district HQ and small Town where we organized to hold Mini Book Exhibition and sales. Our vision for this is to reach the people who need all these rich resources of Christian Bibles, Books and others media for Christ. At the same time this help to all who work in the ministry to support our needs.

I am also very actively to reach for Christ through DESTINY BIBLE MISSION as my personal ministry.and also actively involve in the Church ministry through Tangkhul Baptist Fellowship as Elder and Astt.Outreach and Mission Secretary and Shillong Baptist Church as active member through many capacity.

I have a dream of bigger and challenging ministry ahead of me through DESTINY BIBLE MISSION. Please continue to pray for me so that I may be able to fulfill what God wants me to do in the near future.

This is my present daily commitment:

Sunday: Church Ministry (TBF & SBC, Shillong)-Outreach program, Sunday service.

Monday – Saturday : STL OM Books Ministry ( daily maintaining the communication, Accounts and taking care customers and helping by suggestion and talking the needs of the person and recommendation. Visiting the theological colleges and university, institutes and church.

Saturday & Sunday and any holiday day: Destiny Bible Mission Ministry (visiting them, praying and teaching/sharing and counseling

I believe in Living God who can do anything. I need just good patient and trusting His strength and his timing. I really need all the support through your sincere prayer.

I am sending the donation this coming week as I am going t little free time during this week. Thank you once again for all your words of encouragement and support. THANKS

In His Grace,

Angam G. Chahong

DESTINY BIBLE MISSION, PO Box 121 GPO Shillong-793001, Meghalaya, INDIA.

Newsletters

JULY 15 - 02009

Dear Faithful Friend,

Greetings in Jesus name from Destiny Bible Mission, Shillong INDIA.

Let us come and rejoice together for what He had done during the month of June 2009. And let's also ask His direction in everyway we do. We have gone through the joy of blessing and also the joy of suffering.

Let’s praise for his abundance blessing and keeping us in a good health.

Points to be praise. God has provided our need, we are acknowledging His blessing, His Love, His care for us through many situations.

1. The Christian Book Fair at Jowai from 9th -13th June 09. At CNI Church Hall. We were just few peoples gather to dedicated/inauguration of Book Fair by simple prayer.my colleague Mahindra Thapa (staff OM Books), Rev. Bright Terang (Pastor CNI),Mrs. Priya ( Pastor wife), Mr. Lamingshai( College student), and Mr.Darioor and about 25 children were present. It was good responded from the local peoples. We came back to Shillong on 13 June.

2. Most of the student had passed their final exam (also BA/BSc I1st yr,2nd yr.) My niece Sophie got admission of XI at Umshyrpi College in Science stream, Rex started his XII Arts class. Lida also passed her first year BA. Many new students came for their studies here in Shillong. And also all those who went home for vocation and after exam returned to shilling.

3. TBF Shillong Outreach program on 21 June was successfully reached out in three places. I (Angam) got opportunity to shared good news on the topic “Finding God’s purpose in suffering” A good number of people attended at three places.

4. TBF Shillong Committee members Evaluation and fasting program on 28th June ’09. It was a meaningful time of fellowship to evaluate our weak and strong Points and pray for one another.

5. PhD (Biblical Studies) degree was awarded to me by Trinity Institute (USA).It is my honor to hold this degree for Christ Service and His ministry.

6. God’s protection and keeping all of us in the good health without any sickness here in Shillong.and also providing the need of our daily bread, shelter and cloth. Our daughter Alicia is doing well, growing every day without any sickness.

7. SBC new Pastor Rev.Kevi Mero from Kohima had already taking in charge as new Pastor. Prayer Points. Luke 11:9-10, "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.

1. God’s wisdom in every decision we made for this ministry and program.

2. Asking our need of our daily necessaries things. Health, Foods, and Money.

3. Comfort and Hope for those who lost dear one (Awon’s Aunty died in June) and all those who are sick/not well, I have a special prayer to heal and recovering the strength (Dr.Tom ,International Director of UNTC.USA).

4. Pray for my sister ( Mrs. K.Khongsai) who is applying her job in teaching

5. TBF Shillong is searching the right person (Pastor/Chaplain) to take care the flock for full time.

6. DBM is planning to have more engagement to reach out for Christ in the Hostels, rented houses and even in street. Distributing Gospel tracks and books.

7. Praying for small vehicle for DBM, as we need this very much for visiting hostel to hostels/houses at morning, afternoon and night. We are struggling and so much inconvenient to reach many young students as they stay far and different localities.

What a good God we believe, he has been providing our needs everyday. Nothing to be worry and distract our joy from His presence. As the Bible says in Isaiah 46:4 “I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age. I will care for you.”

We are remembering you all in our prayer. Please continue to pray for us and DBM Ministry. Thank you for your partnership in building God kingdom. In Christ Love,

Dr.Angam & Awon Chahong DESTINY BIBLE MISSION, PO Box.121, GPO Shillong-793001, Meghalaya, INDIA.

Prayer Request: India & Homosexuality - July 2009

Dear Friend,

We need to pray more sincerely for our nations, The worldly, political, law maker of the country and responsible leaders are taking us to the wrong way.

The dramatic changed have happened in every countries within this generation. declining the moral value. The law maker and those who are responsible people of the country didn't try to prevent rather they are selling those disease HIV, Use condom rather than they encouraged No Sex outside married.

Even though all different religion and faith condemned such act and legalised of GAY in the country by Delhi High Court that section 377 of the Indian penal code can no longer be used to harass condenting adult gays. The court allow the freedom of marrying the same sex(GAY) in India. Where is our value of life and moral value.sanctity of marriage of man and woman.We cannot judge but we can correct from the wrong an evil act.

We Christian are minority here in India but we christian play a vital role to build good nation from long time, we continue do so. May God help and strengthen the Christian Leaders and all believer of Christ to build this country for Him.

We need to pray for it and condemn in the right way, we love those who are victim.there is a way to love them and correct them.

In Christ,

Angam G. Chahong DESTINY BIBE MISSION,INDIA

JUNE 19 2009

Dear Friend, Greeting in Jesus name. I have come back from ministry program, it was blessing to spreading the spiritual empowerment through Christian literatures and media, nevertheless it was not up to our expectation we hope for. And we had a good time a hard working to settle down all the accounts and report of the ministry program. Thank you for praying for us.

Tomorrow Sunday 21st June, is special Sunday of Father‘s day, we have also a outreach program at 7:30 AM in three places. I am going to speak/share in one of the place. Please do join me and pray for me so that I may able to speak what spirit of God wants me to share. Preparing the topic of suffering “Finding purpose in suffering” John 16:33.

We would love to share one bad news as well as good news. My wife Awon’s Aunty had passed away on 18th June at Ukhrul our home town; she was about 72yrs old. It may bring sadness to all who are related and love one but the good news is we Christian who trust in the lord Jesus has more reward after this life. Please continue to pray for all those who need comfort. We'll writ our ministry monthly news letter in the end of the month. Remembering you all in our sincere prayer.

Thank you

Angam G. & Awon Chahong

Destiny Bible Mission, India.

All about Meghalaya, Dr. Angam's Home

Meghalaya

Country India

District(s) 7

Established 1972-01-21

Capital Shillong

Largest city Shillong

Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary

Chief Minister D. D. Lapang

Legislature (seats) Unicameral (60)

Population

• Density 2,306,069 (23rd)

• 103 /km2 (267 /sq mi)

Language(s) Khasi, Garo,Hindi, English

Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Area 22,720 km2 (8,772 sq mi)

ISO 3166-2 IN-ML

Website meghalaya.nic.in

Seal of Meghalaya

Coordinates: 25°34′N 91°53′E / 25.57°N 91.88°E / 25.57; 91.88

Meghalaya (Hindi: मेघालय, pronounced [meːˈɡʱaːləjə]) is a small state in north-eastern India. The word "Meghalaya" literally means "The Abode of Clouds" in Sanskrit and other Indic languages. Meghalaya is a hilly strip in the eastern part of the country about 300 km long (east-west) and 100 km wide, with a total area of about 8,700 sq mi (22,720 km²).

The population numbered 2,175,000 in 2000. The state is bounded on the north by Assam and by Bangladesh on the south. The capital is Shillong also known as the Scotland of the East, which has a population of 260,000.

About one third of the state is forested. The Meghalaya subtropical forests eco-region encompasses the state; its mountain forests are distinct from the lowland tropical forests to the north and south. The forests of Meghalaya are notable for their biodiversity of mammals, birds, and plants.

Meghalaya was formed by carving out the two districts of the state of Assam: the United Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills, and the Garo Hills on 21 January 1972. Prior to attaining full statehood, Meghalaya was given a semi-autonomous status in 1970.

The Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia tribes each had their own kingdoms, until they came under the British administration in the 19th century. Later, the British incorporated Meghalaya into Assam in 1835. The region enjoyed semi-independent status by virtue of a treaty relationship with the British Crown.

When Bengal was partitioned on 16 October, 1905 by Lord Curzon, Meghalaya became a part of the new province of 'Eastern Bengal and Assam'. However, when the partition was reversed in 1912, Meghalaya became a part of the province of Assam.

On 3 January, 1921 in pursuance of Section 52A of the Government of India Act of 1919, the Governor-General-in-Council declared the areas now in Meghalaya, other than the Khasi States, as "backward tracts". Subsequently however, the Government of India Act of 1935 regrouped the backward tracts into two categories, namely, "excluded" and "partially excluded" areas in place of backward tracts.

At the time of Independence of the country in 1947, the present day Meghalaya constituted two districts of Assam and enjoyed limited autonomy within the state of Assam.

The Assam Reorganisation (Meghalaya) Act, 1969 accorded an autonomous status to the state of Meghalaya. The Act came into effect on April 2 1970, and an Autonomous State of Meghalaya was created within the State of Assam. The Autonomous state had a Legislature in accordance with the Sixth schedule to the Constitution. The Legislature had 37 members.

In 1971, the Parliament passed the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganization) Act, 1971, which conferred full statehood on the Autonomous State of Meghalaya. Meghalaya attained statehood on 21 January 1972, with a Legislative Assembly of its own.

Demographics Population Growth Census Pop. %± 1951 606,000 —

1961 769,000 26.9% 1971 1,012,000 31.6% 1981 1,336,000 32.0% 1991 1,775,000 32.9% 2001 2,319,000 30.6%

Source: Census of India[1]

Tribal people make up the majority of Meghalaya's population. The Khasis are the largest group, followed by the Garos. These were among those known to the British as "hill tribes". Other groups include the Jaintias, the Koch and the Hajong, Dimasa, Hmar, Kuki, Lakhar, Mikir, Rabha and the Nepali.

Meghalaya is one of three states in India to have a Christian majority with 70.3% of the population practicing Christianity [2]; the other two (Nagaland and Mizoram) are also in the north-east of India. Hinduism is the next sizeable faith in the region with 13.3% of the population practicing it. [2] A sizeable minority, 11.5% of the population, follow an ancient Animist philosophy (classified as other on the census). [2] Muslims make up 4.3% of the population. [2]

As per the census of India 2001, the sex ratio in the state was 975 females per thousand males which was far higher than the national average of 933. It has grown steadily from a 1981 level of 954. Traditionally the sex ratio in the rural areas has been higher than that in the urban areas. However, as per the census figures for 2001, the urban sex ratio of 985 was higher than the rural sex ratio of 972. This has often been attributed to the belief that, unlike most other parts of India, there is no special preference for male children in Meghalaya.

Languages

The principal languages in Meghalaya are Khasi, Pnar and Garo with English as the official language of the State. [1]

Khasi is one of the chief languages of Meghalaya. Khasi, which is also spelled Khasia, Khassee, Cossyah and Kyi, is a branch of the Mon-Khmer family of the Austroasiatic stock; and is spoken by about 900,000 people residing in Meghalaya. Many words in the Khasi language are supposed to have been borrowed from Indo-Aryan languages such as Bengali and Assamese. Moreover, the Khasi language had no script of its own in its onset. The Khasi language is believed to be one of the very few surviving dialects of the Mon-khmer family of languages in India today.

Garo language has a close affinity with the Bodo language. Garo, spoken by the majority of the population, is spoken in many dialects such as A'we, Chisak, A'beng, Ganching, Kamrup, A'chick, Dacca and Matchi. Another language at Meghalaya, is the language spoken by the people of the Jaintia hills. This language, as matter of fact, is a variation of the standard Khasi language. The Jaintia language is spoken, along with the Khasi language, by the tribal groups, viz. Khynriam, Bhoi, Pnar and War.

Culture and society

The main tribes in Meghalaya are the Jaintias, the Khasis and the Garos. One of the unique features of the State is that a majority of the tribal population in Meghalaya follows a matrilineal system where lineage and inheritance are traced through women. The Khasi and Jaintia tribesmen follow the traditional matrilineal norm, wherein the "Kha Khadduh" (or the youngest daughter) inherits all the property and acts as the caretaker of aged parents and any unmarried siblings.

However, the male line, particularly the mother’s brother, may indirectly control the ancestral property since he may be involved in important decisions relating to property including its sale and disposal. The tribal people of Meghalaya are therefore a part of what may be the world's largest surviving matrilineal culture. According to India's National Family Health Survey, Meghalaya is the state where parents have shown the least interest to have a male child—73% less than the national average.

Spirituality

According to legend, from the 13th century, a Shivalinga (called "Hatakeswarat") has existed in the Jaintia Hills under the reign of Ranee Singa.[3] Several members of the Jaintia tribe even participate in the Hindu festival of Shivratri (Night of Lord Shiva).[4]

The ancient Meghalayans mixed their spiritual beliefs of Animism and ancestor-worship with Hinduism.[5] In caves, the images of Shiva and Durga are visible.[6]

Geography

The Umiam Lake near Shillong

The State of Meghalaya is also known as the "Meghalaya Plateau". It consists mainly of archean rock formations. These rock formations contain rich deposits of valuable minerals like coal, limestone, uranium and sillimanite. Meghalaya has many rivers. Most of these are rainfed and are therefore seasonal. The important rivers in the Garo Hills Region are Daring, Sanda, Bandra, Bhogai, Dareng, Simsang, Nitai and the Bhupai. In the central and eastern section of the plateau, the important rivers are Umkhri, Digaru, Umiam, Kynchiang (Jadukata), Mawpa, Umiew or Barapani, Myngot and Myntdu. In the southern Khasi Hills Region, these rivers have created deep gorges and several beautiful waterfalls.

The elevation of the plateau ranges between 150 m to 1961 m. The central part of the plateau comprising the Khasi Hills has the highest elevations, followed by the eastern section comprising the Jaintia Hills Region. The highest point in Meghalaya is Shillong Peak, which is also a prominent IAF station in the Khasi Hills overlooking the city of Shillong. It has an altitude of 1961 m. The Garo Hills Region in the western section of the plateau is nearly plain. The highest point in the Garo hills is the Nokrek Peak with an altitude of 1515 m.

Districts Workers outside a coalmine in the Jaintia Hills

Meghalaya currently has 7 districts. These are: East Garo Hills, East Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills, Ri-Bhoi, South Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and the West Khasi Hills.

The East Garo Hills district was formed in 1976 and has a population of 247,555 as per the 2001 census. It covers an area of 2603 square kilometres. The District Headquarters are located at Williamnagar, earlier known as Simsangiri.

The East Khasi Hills district was carved out of the Khasi Hills on 28 October 1976. The district has covers an area of 2,748 square kilometres and has a population of 660,923 as per the 2001 census. The headquarters of East Khasi Hills are located in Shillong.

The Jaintia Hills district was created on 22 February 1972. It has a total geographical area of 3819 square kilometres and a population of 295,692 as per the 2001 census. The district headquarters are located at Jowai. Jaintia Hills district is the largest producer of coal in the state. Coal mines can be seen all over the district.

The Ri-Bhoi district was formed by further division of East Khasi Hills district on 4 June 1992. It has an area of 2448 square kilometres. The total population of the district was 192,795 as per the 2001 census. The district headquarters are located at Nongpoh. It has a hilly terrain and a large part of the area is covered with forests. The Ri-Bhoi district is famous for its pineapples and is the largest producer of pineapples in the state.

The South Garo Hills district came into existence on 18 June 1992 after the division of the West Garo Hills district. The total geographical area of the district is 1850 square kilometres. As per the 2001 census the district has a population of 99,100. The district headquarters are located at Baghmara.

The West Garo Hills district lies in the western part of the state and covers a geographical area of 3714 square kilometres. The population of the district is 515,813 as per the 2001 census. The district headquarters are located at Tura.

The West Khasi Hills district is the largest district in the state with a geographical area of 5247 square kilometres. The district was carved out of Khasi Hills District on 28 October 1976. The district headquarters are located at Nongstoin.

Climate A sign board in Cherrapunji

The climate of Meghalaya is moderate . With average annual rainfall as high as 1200 cm in some areas, Meghalaya is the wettest state of India. The western part of the plateau, comprising the Garo Hills Region with lower elevations, experiences high temperatures for most of the year. The Shillong area, with the highest elevations, experiences generally low temperatures. The maximum temperature in this region rarely goes beyond 28 degrees, whereas winters temperatures of sub-zero degrees are common.

The town of Cherrapunji in the Khasi Hills south of capital Shillong holds the world record for most rain in a calendar month, while the village of Mawsynram, near the town of Cherrapunji, holds the distinction of seeing the heaviest yearly rains. The best time to visit Meghalaya is during the months of March to July. The British and Assam Tea Estate owners would shift here during the summer months to escape the heat of the Indian Plains.

Economy

Meghalaya is predominantly an agrarian economy. Agriculture and allied activities engage nearly two-thirds of the total work force in Meghalaya. However, the contribution of this sector to the State’s NSDP is only about one-third. Agriculture in the state is characterized by low productivity and unsustainable farm practices, giving rise to a high incidence of rural poverty. As a result, despite the large percentage of population engaged in agriculture, the state is still dependent upon imports from other states for most food items such as meat, eggs, food grains etc. Infrastructural constraints have also prevented the economy of the state from growing at a pace commensurate with that of the rest of the country.

Meghalaya is considered to have a rich base of natural resources. These include minerals such as coal, limestone, sillimanite, Kaolin and granite among others. Meghalaya also has a large forest cover, rich biodiversity and numerous water bodies. The low level of industrialization and the relatively poor infrastructure base in the state acts as an impediment to the exploitation of these natural resources in the interest of the state's economy. However, in recent years two large cement manufacturing plants with production capacity more than 900 MTD have come up in Jantia Hills district and several more are in pipeline to utilise the rich deposit of very high quality limestone available in this district. Meghalaya also has much natural beauty and the State government has been trying to exploit this for promoting tourism in the State. However, infrastructural constraints and security concerns have hampered the growth of tourism in the state. View of MCL Cement plant, Thangskai, P.O. Lumshnong, Jaintia Hills

Macro-economic trends

This is a chart of trends in the gross state domestic product of Meghalaya at market prices estimated by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation with figures in millions of Indian Rupees. Year Gross State Domestic Product 1980 2,000 1985 3,930 1990 8,900 1995 19,950 2000 37,280

Meghalaya's gross state domestic product for 2004 is estimated at $1.6 billion in current prices.

Incidence of poverty

Planning Commission, the apex planning body under the Government of India, has estimated the percentage of population below poverty line in Meghalaya at nearly one-third the total population of the state in 2000. The incidence of poverty in rural areas at about 55% is almost double the percentage of poverty in the urban areas.

Agriculture

Nearly 10% of the total geographical area of Meghalaya is under cultivation. Agriculture in the state is characterized by limited use of modern techniques and low productivity. As a result, despite the vast majority of the population engaged in agriculture, the contribution of agricultural production to the state’s GDP is low and most of the population engaged in agriculture remains poor. A substantial portion of the cultivated area is under the traditional shifting agriculture known locally as “Jhum” cultivation.

Food grains are the most important crop in Meghalaya. These are grown in over 1,330 km², nearly 60% of the state’s cultivated area. The production of food grains is over 230 thousand tonnes. Rice is the dominant food grain crop accounting for over 80% of the food grain production in the state. Other important food grain crops are maize, wheat and a few other cereals and pulses.

Oilseeds such as rape and mustard, linseed, soybean, castor and sesame are grown on nearly 100 km². Rape and mustard are the most important oilseeds accounting for well over two-thirds of the oilseed production of nearly 6.5 thousand tonnes.

Fibre crops such as cotton, jute and Mesta had traditionally been among the only cash crops in Meghalaya, grown almost exclusively in Garo Hills. These have been losing popularity in recent years as indicated by their declining yield and area under cultivation.

Climatic conditions in Meghalaya also permit a large variety of horticulture crops including fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices and medicinal plants. These are considered to be higher value crops but traditional values and food security concerns have prevented farmers at large from embracing these crops.

The important fruits currently grown in the state include citrus fruits, pineapple, papaya, banana etc. The mandarin orange grown in Meghalaya is considered to be of very high quality. In addition to this, a large variety of vegetables are grown in the state including cauliflower, cabbage and radish.

Areca nut plantations can be seen all over the state, especially around the road from Guwahati to Shillong. Other plantation crops like tea, coffee and cashew have been introduced lately and are becoming popular. A large variety of spices, flowers, medicinal plants and mushrooms are also grown in the State.

Transportation

The partition of the country has created severe infrastructure constraints for the Northeastern region, with merely 2% of the perimeter of the region adjoining the rest of the country. A narrow strip of land, often called the Siliguri Corridor, or the Chicken's Neck connects the region with the State of West Bengal. Meghalaya is a land locked state with a large number of small settlements in remote areas. Road is the only means of transport within the state. While the capital Shillong is relatively well connected, road connectivity in most other parts of the state is relatively poor.

A significant portion of the roads in the state are still un-metalled. Most of the arrivals into the Meghalaya take place through Guwahati in neighbouring Assam, which is nearly 103 km away. Assam has a major railhead as well as an airport with regular train and air services to the rest of the country. The State still has a large number of old timber bridges.

Meghalaya does not have any railhead. It has a small airport at Umroi, about 40 km from Shillong on the Guwahati-Shillong highway. The small size of the airport does not allow the operations of large aircraft and only small aircraft operate from Kolkata and Agartala, the capital of the neighbouring State of Tripura.

Flora and fauna

As per the State of Forest Report 2003, published by the Forest Survey of India, Meghalaya has a forest cover of 9,496 km², which is 42.34% of the total geographical area of the state. The Meghalayan subtropical forests have been considered among the richest botanical habitats of Asia. These forests receive abundant rainfall and support a vast variety of floral and faunal biodiversity.

A small portion of the forest area in Meghalaya is under what is known as “sacred groves” (see Sacred groves of India). These are small pockets of ancient forest that have been preserved by the communities for hundreds of years due to religious and cultural beliefs. These forests are reserved for religious rituals and generally remain protected from any exploitation. These sacred groves harbour many rare plant and animal species.

The Nokrek biosphere reserve and the Balaphakram National Park, both in the West Garo Hills are considered to be the most biodiversity rich sites in the Meghalaya. In addition, Meghalaya has three Wildlife Sanctuaries. These are the Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary, the Siju Sanctuary and the Bhagmara Sanctuary, which is also the home of the insect eating pitcher plant Nepenthes khasiana.

Due to the diverse climatic and topographic conditions, Meghalayan forests support a vast floral diversity, including a large variety of Parasites and Epiphytes, Succulent plants and Shrubs. Two of the most important tree varieties include: Shorea robusta (sal tree) and Tectona grandis (teak).

Meghalaya is also the home to a large variety of fruits, vegetables, spices and medicinal plants. Meghalayan is also famous for its large variety of orchids – nearly 325 of them. Of these the largest variety is found in Mawsmai, Mawmluh and Sohrarim forests in the Khasi hills.

Meghalaya also has a large variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. The important mammal species include elephants, bear, civets, mongooses, weasels, rodents, gaur, wild buffalo, deer, wild boar and a number of primates. Meghalaya also has a large variety of bats. The limestone caves in Meghalaya, such as the Siju cave are home to some of the rarest bat species.

The prominent bird species in Meghalaya include the Magpie-Robin, the Red-vented Bulbul, the Hill Myna is usually found in pairs or in flocks in the hill forests of Meghalaya, the Large Pied Hornbill and the Great Indian, which is the largest bird in Meghalaya. Other birds include the Peacock Pheasant, the Large Indian Parakeet, the Common Green Pigeon and the Blue Jay. Meghalaya is also home to over 250 species of butterflies, nearly a quarter of all the species found in India.

The common reptile varieties in Meghalaya are lizards, crocodiles and tortoises. Meghalaya also has a number of snakes including the python, the Copperhead, the Green Tree Racer, the Indian Cobra the King Cobra, the Coral Snake and Vipers.

Education

As a part developmental program in north eastern states ministry of human resource development opened seventh Indian Institute of Management in Shillong which is named as Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management.This institute started admissions from the academic year 2008.

Tourism

Earlier, foreign tourists required special permits to enter the areas that now constitute the state of Meghalaya. However, the restrictions were removed in 1955. Meghalaya is considered to be one of the most picturesque states in the country. It has enough tourism content to attract tourists of many different interests.

Tourism content

Meghalaya has some of the thickest surviving forests in the country and therefore constitutes one of the most important ecotourism circuits in the country today. The Meghalayan subtropical forests support a vast variety of flora and fauna. Meghalaya has 2 National Parks and 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Meghalaya also offers many adventure tourism opportunities in the form of mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking and hiking, water sports etc. The state offers several trekking routes some of which also afford and opportunity to encounter some rare animals such as the slow loris, assorted deer and bear. The Umiam Lake has a water sports complex with facilities such as rowboats, paddleboats, sailing boats, cruise-boats, water-scooters and speedboats.

Meghalaya has an estimated 500 natural limestone and sandstone caves spread over the entire state including most of the longest and deepest caves in the sub-continent. Krem Liat Prah is the longest cave and Synrang Pamiang is the deepest cave, both located in the Jaintia Hills. Cavers from United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the US have been visiting Meghalaya for over a decade exploring these caves. Not many of these have however been developed or promoted adequately for major tourist destinations.

Important tourist spots

Cherrapunjee is one of the most popular tourist spots in North East of India. It lies to the south of the capital Shillong. The town is very well known and needs little publicity. A rather scenic, 50 kilometer long road, connects Cherrapunjee with Shillong.

The popular waterfalls in the state are the Elephant Falls, Shadthum Falls, Weinia falls, Bishop Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Langshiang falls and Sweet Falls. The hot springs at Jakrem near Mawsynram are believed to have curative and medicinal properties.

Meghalaya also has many natural and manmade lakes. The Umiam Lake (popularly known as Bara Pani meaning Big water) on the Guwahati-Shillong road is a major tourism attraction for tourist. Meghalaya has several parks; Thangkharang Park, the Eco-park, the Botanical Garden and Lady Hydari Park to name a few. Dawki, which is located at about 96 Kilometres from Shillong is the gateway to Bangladesh and affords a scenic view of some of the tallest mountain ranges in Meghalaya and the Bangladesh border lands.

Problems and constraints

The state has a relatively poor road and communication network. While some of the major circuits such as Shillong-Jowai, Shillong-Tura and Shillong-Sohra are well developed; the internal road networks are rather poor and inadequately maintained. There are few markets outside the state capital Shillong. Banking facilities are also limited and only a few establishments in the state accept credit cards. The Garo Hills region which has some of the most important tourist spots is not well connected with the rest of the state.

Tourism in the North East in general has also suffered on account of years of insurgency and the resulting security concerns. Many governments had in the past issued advisories against traveling to the Northeast of India, worsening the security perception. It may however be mentioned that Meghalaya is perhaps the least affected by insurgency in the Northeast region. The current ground scenario for Shillong is one in which tourists are welcome to come and enjoy the beauty of Meghalaya.

Government and politics

State government

Like most other states in India, Meghalaya has a unicameral legislature. The State Legislative Assembly has 60 members at present. Meghalaya has two representatives in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India; one each from Shillong and Tura. It also has one representative in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament. The ceremonial head of the State is the Governor appointed by the Government of India. However, the real executive powers are held by the Chief Minister.

Meghalaya does not have a high court of its own. The Guwahati High Court has jurisdiction in Meghalaya. A Circuit Bench of the Guwahati High Court has been functioning at Shillong since 1974.

See also

* List of political parties in the state

Autonomous district councils

In order to provide a local self governance machinery to the rural population of the country, provisions were made in the Constitution of India and accordingly the Panchayati Raj institutions were set up. However, on account of the distinct customs and traditions prevailing in erstwhile state of Assam (of which Meghalaya and most of the Northeast was a part), it was felt necessary to have a separate political and administrative structure in Assam. Moreover, some of the tribal communities in the region also had their own traditional political systems and it was felt that Panchayati Raj institutions may come into conflict with these traditional systems.

To provide a simple and inexpensive form of local self governance to the tribal population, the Sixth Schedule was appended to the Constitution on the recommendations of a sub committee formed under the leadership of Gopinath Bordoloi. The Sixth Schedule provided for the constitution of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in certain rural areas of the Northeast including some areas that now fall in Meghalaya.

The Sixth Schedule carries detailed provisions for the constitution and management of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) and laid down the powers of the ADCs. At present Meghalaya has three ADCs, viz., Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Garo Hills Autonomous District Council and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council.

Traditional political institutions

All the three major ethnic tribal groups, namely, the Khasis, Jaintias and the Garos also have their own traditional political institutions that have existed for hundreds of years. These political institutions were fairly well developed and functioned at various tiers, such as the village level, clan level and state level.

In the traditional political system of the Khasis each clan had its own council known as the “Durbar Kur”, which was presided over by the clan headman. The council or the Durbar managed the internal affairs of the clan. Similarly, every village had a local assembly known as the Durban Shnong, i.e. village Durbar or council, which was presided over by the village headman.

These councils or Durbars played an administrative role in issues of common interest, such as sanitation, water supply, health, roads, education and conflict resolution. However, the inter-village issues were dealt with through a political unit comprising adjacent Khasi Villages. This political unit was known as the raid.

The raid had its own council the Raid Durbar, which was presided over by the elected headman known as Basans, Lyngdohs or Sirdars. Above the Raid was a the supreme political authority known as the Syiemship. The Syiemship was the congregation of several raids and was headed an elected chief known as the “Syiem” (or the king). The Syiem ruled the Khasi state through the State Assembly, known as the Durbar Hima. Most of the elections were through adult male suffrage.

The Jaintias also had a three tier political system somewhat similar to the Khasis. The supreme political authority was the Syiem. The second tier of this structure was the congregation of Jaintia villages known as Raids. These were headed by “Dolois”, who were responsible for performing the executive, magisterial, religious and ceremonial functions at the Raid level. At the lowest level were the village headmen. Each administrative tier had its own councils or durbars. Most elections were through adult male suffrage.

In the traditional political system of the Garos a group of Garo villages comprised the A·king. The A·king functioned under the supervision of the Nokmas, which was perhaps the only political and administrative authority in the political institution of the Garos. The Nokma performed both judicial and legislative functions. The Nokmas also congregated to address inter-A·king issues. There were no well-organized councils or durbars among the Garos.

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Facts and figures

* Area: 22,429 km² * Population: 2,175,000 (2000)

o Ethnic groups: + Khasi: 49% + Garo: 34% + Bengali: 2.5% + Nepali: 4% + Shaikh: 2.3% + Koch: 2.8% + Hajong: 1.8%

+ Other: 6.4% o Religion: [7] + Christian: 70.3% + Animist: 11.5% + Hindu: 13.3% + Muslim: 4.3%

* Capital: Shillong (population 260,000)


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