The people of Garo Hills in Meghalaya gave a clarion call for peace, underlying the need for dialogue to end militancy which has ravaged the once peaceful region. An appeal was made both to the government and the armed rebel outfits to sit across the negotiation table and sort out their differences within a time frame of six months.
A number of intellectuals and other noted personalities such as Rev Father Januarius, Director of Don Bosco College and others stressed on the need for dialogue in order to bring back the misguided youth. Leaders from the non-tribal community led by former GHADC Secretary C B Chetry also took part in the rally.
Protestors further appealed to the Meghalaya government to take strict action for putting an end to all forms of insurgency and illegal acts like kidnappings, extortion and emphasised that the militant groups and armed gangs must also come over ground to lead a normal life.
Highlighting the importance of education and family life, speakers at the rally urged the government to create adequate infrastructure for education, games and sports to keep the youth engaged, and stated, ‘Education is the strongest weapon that can transform society.’