The Maitshaphrang Movement today announced that it is starting a competition for the best ‘Song of Unity’ to try and heal divisions within the Khasi-Jaintia community.
The announcement follows in the wake of controversy regarding the recently launched state anthem, which includes lyrics in standard Khasi, Garo and English but not in other Khasi dialects, such as Pnar.
Maitshaphrang convener Michael Syiem today said that the tribe is being divided by forces from outside as well as from within and this opens the way up for exploitation.
The competition calls for individuals or groups to compose a song of unity comprising any or multiple dialects of Khasi and submit them by March. The winner will receive Rs 30,000.