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Traditional Democracy:

As the essay on Rev. Nichols Roy as a statesman we will try to concentrate on cultural consequences following his political involvement. In once upon a time period the Khasi – Pnars were under a single divine political enclosure of the sixteen huts (Ki Khad Hynriew Trep). Though there were no evidence to identify their place and location there were nevertheless enough account in the oral tradition of the community it was told that the seven huts below sought for the independence from the nine huts above and subsequently led to the removal of the golden ladder and severed all physical contacts. The place where this golden ladder was removed is identified as U Lum Sohpet Bneng (A Naval Heavenly Hill).Though the seven huts below has discontinued with the nine huts above they were nevertheless believed to have been one people under one political authority.

However by the time the East India Company entered into the Khasi Jaińtia area in the early part of the 19th century, they found that the people and areas had been disunited and fragmented into many as 29 independent states.Each state has its own chief, council of ministers, durbar and territorial boundary. They maintained their own independence and integrity.

While each political system was so advanced like most modern form of democracy, it nevertheless lack a common federal system that could have brought them together to a common sense oneness. Added to it was the growing rise of numerous unintelligible dialect, uncommon religious system and even difference in several social elements, like, dresses, food, habits and manners.

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