Italy, Argentina, Sweden and Indonesia will vote and choose their representative to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly this February 27! Well, if you wonder how these countries have voting rights in this hill state in India’s North East, you are in for a surprise. Italy, Argentina, Sweden and Indonesia are the names of voters of Umniuh-Tmar Elaka village under Shella constituency in East Khasi Hills district.
“Many Khasi names have the potential to make you smile but finding hundreds of such names in a small village will result in people guffawing for hours,” Elaka elected chief (Sirdar) Premiere Singh said. He said about 50 per cent of the villagers have a fondness for English words that rhymes good but not knowing exactly what they mean. Hold your breath, Premiere said the best English name is that of a 30 year-old Class XII-passed woman whose mother ‘Sweater’ named her ‘I Have Been Delivered!’ Office items like Table, Globe and Paper, members of the solar system like Venus and Saturn besides Arabian Sea, Pacific and Continent have also been taken.