PASIGHAT, Mar 11: In what could be termed as shameful act and huge embarrassment
to the local administration, some miscreants vandalized the statues of Father of
the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and architect of modern Arunachal Dying Ering here last
The miscreants damaged the anterior part of the statue of Gandhiji at Gandhi Chowk
here and threw it to a nearby drain while a portion of the Dying Ering statue was
recovered from near Gandhi Chowk.
What is shocking is that the incident took place few meter away from 24X7 police
The miscreants also vandalized as many as nine statues of different god and goddesses
set up near Pasighat IGJ Higher Secondary School. Education Minister Bosiram Siram,
who was camping at Pasighat for the last two weeks, immediately rushed to the spot
this morning and ordered the police and administrators to initiate immediate inquiry
in this regard. He gave them 7 days to apprehend the culprits by any means.
It is as national shame, Siram said and directed Pasighat police and district administration
to act promptly and make all out efforts to apprehend the culprits and give them
exemplary punishment. He also directed the police to intensify patrolling and surveillance
to avert such incidence in future.
“We are repeatedly suggesting the administration to arrange constant police patrolling
during the night hours. But the administration did not listen to us, Siram, who was
visibly annoyed by the incident, said.
Expressing shock and anguish over the incident, Tako Dabii, one of the senior legislators
of the state, urged the administration as well as police to put the best effort to
nab the miscreants at the earliest.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Secretary Tapir Gao, who is camping at
Pasighat today said that the Arunachal Government should take up the matter seriously
and book the culprits under National Security Act.
Terming the incident as “shameful” and “anti-national act,” Gao, who is a native
of East Siang district, criticized the state government for failing to maintain
law and order situation in the state. Such anti-national activities can not be tolerated
in a democratic country like ours, he said.
Echoing Gao, East Siang BJP president Tamat Gamoh urged the administration to ensure
peace and tranquility among the local residents. He also requested the people to
Meanwhile, DC Talem Tapok said that no stone will be left unturned to bring the culprits
to book for the dastardly act. He informed that an FIR has already been lodged and
a magisterial inquiry committee headed by Starlee Jamoh, EAC cum JMFC, formed. Police
suspects involvement of local youths, who are addicted with alcohol and narcotics,
behind the incidents.
Though no arrest has been made so far in this connection, the culprits would be nabbed
within very short period of time, said officer-in-charge of Pasighat Police Station
While reacting to the incident, Pushpendra Kumar, SP Pasighat informed that all intelligence
network have been pressed into services and the department is investigating the matter
seriously and expecting to get some lead very soon.
The attack was harshly condemned by the senior citizens, all political parties, NGOs,
bazaar committee, youth leaders, PRI leaders.
Reacting to the incident, ‘Adi Bane Kebang’ president Okom Yosung said that anti-social
elements are ruling the roost in Pasighat township taking the advantage of administrative
loophole and poor police surveillance. He demanded immediate arrest of the culprits
and exemplary punishment to them.
All Bogong Student’s Union (ABSU) vehemently condemned the act of vandalism by miscreants
and demanded the police to bring the culprits to book and award them exemplary punishment.
“This incident touched the sentiment of the student’s union and the public of Pasighat
as a whole,” ABSU president Anit Tamuk said and sought clarification from the district
administration and Superintendent of Police regarding the incident.
Lok Sabha Eastern Parliamentary segment general secretary Okom Tamuk, while condemning
the incident, called for immediate inquiry and stepping up security in the town.
While condemning the shameful act, East Pasighat Block Congress Committee in a release
said such act of vandalism simply reflects the state of total lawlessness. It squarely
blamed the district administration and Pasighat police for the unfortunate incident.
“The perpetrators of the shameful act should immediately be booked and punished,”
the BCC demanded in a release. (With inputs from DIPRO)
New ‘log drum’ installed at Lapnan
KHONSA, Mar 11: It was a rare occasion for the people of Lapnan village near here
when they were witness to a spectacular ritual called ‘Poh nyu khaam siet’ (installation
of new log drum in the main boys’ dormitory) on March 11 after about 200 years.
There is no living villager in the whole Lapnan village, who had seen the installation
of the old log drum called ‘khaam’ locally which has been replaced today. Some old
timers say that the old log drum in the ‘Poh nyu’ has been used by atleast four
generations. All the members of the dormitory actively participated in the rituals.
Khonsa ZPM, BJP General Secretary Wangman Lowangchha and a host of officers and public
leaders also participated in the once-in-a life time ceremony. It takes four grueling
days to finally install the ‘khaam’ (log drum).
On the first day, all the villagers prepare the log drum in the jungle by making
necessary preparations for pulling it. The next day, the route through which the
log drum would be pulled, is cleared for smooth movement. On the third day, all the
members of the dormitory compulsorily join to participate in pulling the heavy log
drum which is an arduous task. Lots of rituals, drinking, feasting and merry-making
are performed to make the difficult task of pulling the log drum entertaining. On
the final day, the new log drum is installed with rituals and traditional fervour
in which singing and dancing are performed. All the male members gather at a particular
place to partake in the festivities with the new log drum kept in readiness for the
final installation. The women and children also attend the ceremony and participate
in the dance.
During the auspicious occasion when the old log drum is disposed off and the new
one installed, the queen mother, wife of the village chief has a major role to play.
In a ritualistic way she prays and tells the old log drum to go away without any
ill-will and bad feelings and thanks it for supporting the villagers in times of
need. She further tells the old log drum that it was time for her to go and give
way for the new daughter-in law (log drum is treated as the queen of musical instrument).
To the new log drum the queen mother tells, “You have come to occupy the place of
your mother in-law. Take proper care of the village and remain with us with love.
Let no evil befall you and serve the villagers for many years.”
It is worth-mentioning here that the log drum plays an important role in the traditional
system of the Noctes. There are different beats for different occasions like alarm
beat, beats for festive occasion etc. It is kept in the dormitory locally called
‘Poh,’ ‘Paang’ etc. It is probably the largest musical instrument in the world. The
log drum is made of cylindrical hollow tree trunk which can be more than 20-30 metres
long and can weigh several tones. In the past this log drum was a means of communication
among the villagers during festivals, fire accidents, community hunting and attack
by enemies and so on. This log drum is unique and so the Noctes must strive to preserve
it for the posterity.
AAPSU expresses concern over deteriorating law and order
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today expressed serious
concern over deteriorating law and order situation in the state capital.
In a release today, AAPSU president Takam Tatung said the state Capital has witnessed
several cases of arson during last few months which are yet to be solved.
Pointing out the burning down of state transport buses twice in Ganga and complete
razing down of SE Coordination office, PWD, Itanagar in recent past, Tatung said
capital police has failed to make any arrests, who are responsible for such arson
till date. Many criminal cases have rocked state capital in last week, Tatung added.
Citing the recent Nirjuli fire incident wherein the house owner and priest Tamar
Yoka lost his wife and two minor sons, AAPSU also demanded proper enquiry and justice
to the victims’ family.
Expressing concern over reported recovery of 3 dead bodies including that of a 13-year-old
boy Tana Togu from various parts of the capital recently, Tatung urged the authorities
to investigate the cases properly. “AAPSU understands the fact that capital police
is functioning with lot of constraint but this should not be an excuse for them.
We have seen that they have not been able to crack all the major criminals’ cases
which have rocked the state capital”, Tatung said. AAPSU also questioned why the
parliamentary secretary for home is silent on all these cases. At the moment he is
head of home department and should actively pursue capital police to give proper
security to the citizens of capital, Tatung said.
APWWS team visits Charity Home, Oju Mission
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: As part of the International Women’s Day celebration which falls
on March 8, a team of Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) yesterday
visited Mother Teresa’s Charity Home and distributed eatables and other essential
items to the little inmates there. The inmates in the Charity Home are abandoned
The team also met the victims of child and forced marriages and interacted with them
at Oju Mission.
Touched by the many stories of stolen childhood, the team said that all possible
efforts are being made to ensure that cases of child and forced marriages are eradicated
from the state. The visiting team also distributed toiletries to the girls.
Later, the team visited Polo Colony Orphanage and distributed essential items including
school stationeries to the inmates.
The programme was organised in collaboration with the office of Deputy Director (ICDS)
Saaya hold meeting with RHEP project affected people
Forum observes bandh
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The first phase of 12 hours bandh in Possa near (RHEP) called by
the Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project (RHEP) Affected People Forum ended successfully
today. The Forum gave the bandh call in protest against the alleged failure of
the NEEPCO authority to fulfill its demands.
Meanwhile, Yachuli MLA Likha Saaya held an emergency meeting with representatives
of RHEP affected people today to discuss about next phase of bandh call which is
supposed to be held on March 12. After patiently hearing the grievances of project
affected people, Saaya called up NEEPCO HOP and urged them to listen to the problems
of local people.
Further, it was also decided to convene a meeting at RHEP, Yazali on March 13 to
discuss all the problems of project affected people. The meeting will be attended
by representatives of project affected people, local MLA, Lower Subansiri deputy
commissioner, Superintendent of Police, Head of Project, NEEPCO, RHEP and executive
director, NEEPCO Head Office, Shillong.
2 NSCN cadres surrender in Changlang
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Two hard-core cadres of NSCN (K) surrendered before security personnel
at Changlang giving a major boost to the peace building process in the insurgency-affected
Two cadres of the outfit, including a SS Lieutenant laid down their arms in a simple
ceremony conducted at Battalion Headquarters, 4 Assam Rifles (AR), Changlang today.
Both the cadres surrendered two 9 mm pistols along with six live rounds of ammunition,
informed an AR release.
Forest fire in Capital area causes concern
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The forest fire which engulfed the Dariya Hills, nearby jungles
of Doordarshan and Juli village areas this after noon kept the Fire Service personnel
on their toes. Source from Itanagar fire service said that the department has to
engage its personnel in all the areas round the clock to douse the rampaging fire.
The jungle fire is so ravaging that it destroyed all green forests and numerous vegetations.
Meanwhile, expressing concern over the frequent occurrence of forest fire near the
Capital Complex, Itanagar fire service department in a release today appealed to
the denizens not to set the jungle on fire. Further, the department advised the people
to take all preventive measures.
The departmental sources revealed that at least nine cases of forest fire have
been reported so far within the Capital Complex since March 1. Meanwhile, massive
forest fire reportedly broke out near Seijosa in East Kameng district this evening.
The Seijosa people appealed to the administration to take immediate step to douse
Meet resolves to ban hunting of wild animal
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Aarro Welfare Society (AWS), Yingkiong in a joint meeting with
the Gao Burahs of Yingkiong administrative circle, resolved to ban hunting of wild
animals. The meeting also resolved to impose hefty fine on the violators.
A team of volunteers have been formed for patrolling the jungles of the area, AWS
said in a release. It urged the cirlce administrators of the district to issue ban
notice to all the villages as per the resolution adopted.
Dharna, bandh suspended
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: In view of the on going CBSE examination, the Dibang Adi Students
Union (DASU) has temporarily suspended its proposed dharna on March 12 and district
bandh call on March 19.
However, DASU appealed to the Lower Dibang Valley deputy commissioner to solve the
pending cases on construction of the 33 kv line from Mebo to Dambuk before the completion
of CBSE examination, else “the union will be compelled to carry on its democratic
movement after the completion of CBSE examination to fulfill its demand.
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: All Nyishi Youth Association, Kurung Kumey district unit today
reiterated its demand for immediate arrest of main accused in 2.50 crore forgery
case. It also urged the authorities not to grant bail to two arrested accused. Association
further threatened to launch stir if the authority fails to book the main culprit
It is amazing to know that some of our MLAs know nothing about the District Institute
of Education and Training (DIET).
DIET trainees visited some of our MLAs for official works. When we introduced ourselves,
they asked what DIET was all about.
There are seven DIET’s running since 1990’s and it has produced many trained teachers
in the state.
After implementation of RTE Act 2009, the importance of trained teachers has increased.
But the Govt has deprived us from jobs. The Govt. is not giving us that opportunities
which we deserve.
There is hue and cry for quality education in the state. But if the trained teachers
are not given the opportunities to serve, the issue of quality education can not
be addressed. Now it is the time for the people of the state to decide how and where
education scenario is headed.
Litem Eshi (Ori)
The January 23rd announcement of some Rs. 10 crore bonanza for Palin by the Hon'ble
Chief Minister ( 'Tuki Showers Funds on Palin', Jan' 24th) must have gladdened many
a heart. However, one item in the news calls for some serious introspection. This
is in reference to the proposal submitted for the creation of a new district called
"Kera Dadi" to be composed of the two assembly segments of Palin and Tali of the
present Kurung Kumey district and the CM's positive response to it.
Ideally speaking, the creation of administrative divisions ought to be based solely
on merit. And inarguably this was the criterion for the creation of Kurung Kumey
district in 2001. Thus, the demand for bifurcation of the district just a decade
after its creation begs some questions.
First of all, is the administrative machinery and pace of development in the district
so ineffective and lethargic that half its denizens want to dissociate themselves
from it in such a rush? If so, who should shoulder the blame? The political and civil
leadership, as well as the administration have some soul-searching to do.
Secondly, what is the guarantee that smaller districts would work where the larger
ones have failed? If the argument is that the size of the district was an impediment,
let it be said that our districts are among the smallest in the country (area and
population-wise). If the argument is that the area lacks even the most basic infrastructure
(the roadlessness of Tali comes to mind), what difference can 'Kera Dadi' make that
Kurung Kumey was not able to? And keep in mind that a similar demand for 'Upper East
Kameng' district for Bameng and Chayang Tajo assembly segments was fittingly shot
down in the last sitting of the state's legislative assembly. Therefore, why different
yardsticks for two similar demands?
Thirdly, it is a reflection of a state-wide malady: the almost ridiculously easy
and nonchalent manner in which administrative divisions are created. What is forgotten,
in the midst of political accommodation, is that it is one thing to formally sanction
an administrative division and quit another to provide it with the necessary resource
and infrastructure. We all know of circles, EAC divisions, sub-divisions and ADC
divisions which are yet to have their proper chief executive officers or staffs or
the required facilities for the public, for years on end. So, how will the state
provide all of the above for newer districts if it has not been able to do justice
to the districts already existing?
Fourthly, the demand for the new district is also apparently an attempt to circumvent
the limitations of Koloriang as a headquarter (lack of land for infrastructural development
and settlement, distance from the circles etc). Two observations can be made here:
one, in the case of Koloriang, it only serves to remind us of the unplanned and haphazard
manner in which centres of administration are chosen, wherein political manoeuvring
and not the suitability of the land is paramount; and two, the proposed headquarter
of the new district, Jamin, an unconnected plateau, is situated in the south-western
corner of the proposed district, almost as far from Tali and Pip-Sorang as Koloriang
The fifth point of contention I want to make is that the term 'Kera Dadi' (or Kara
Dadi or Kra Dadi) is a common heritage of all Nyishis. It refers to the Great Himalayas
(towering snow-clad peaks to the north of East Kameng and Kurung Kumey) and therefore
should not be used to designate one particular area, especially when that area (the
proposed district) is not contiguous to the Great Himalayas. If not anything, it
will give rise to terminological confusions, similar to the way in which the proposed
'Lower Siang' district does not actually have the Siang flowing through it!
Lastly, I would like to suggest that the state government, the leaders and the people
of the state should give more thought to matters before concrete actions are taken.
Short-cuts and political expediencies can do us more harm than good. What is needed
is an honest assessment of our requirements and a strong will to work. Let those
in the helm of affairs create the necessary infrastructure and provide the necessary
service for the people in circles and sub-divisions, and I am sure demands for more
and more circles, for newer districts, for autonomous councils and for union territories
will not rise. For, these demands are reflections of deprivation and deprivations
will not cease whether we have 18 districts or 30 unless we think clearly and work
Stop bad habit
Youths are regarded as future of the nation and nation builders. But in our state
it is just opposite. Youths are the most destructive factor for the future of the
state. Today we see that young boys and girls are unpredictable and are seen indulging
in drinking alcohol everywhere. They also take hard drink mixing it with Tiranga.
Such bad practices are spreading like wildfire in our state.
Before it worsens, I would like to appeal to all the organizations, media persons,
public, parents and above all Arunachal Govt to take stern action against the youth
who are practicing such bad habit. I also appeal to the state government to issue
directives to the wine shop owners to close their shops during Sundays.
Identity and education
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Jalley Sonam for his effort to pacify
the tension that had arisen for Arunachalee students in Chennai and Bangalore. I
am deeply moved by these unexpected deplorable incidents. One of the strongest foundations
for any successful career is education. However, education systems and resources
vary from state to state. Some states have more sophisticated systems and well-built
resources, but some don’t. This difference forces the students to find the place
where he or she can get the best education in life depending on the affordability.
As far as education systems and resources are concerned South India is considered
to be one of the best places for further studies especially in professional courses.
So the students opt to pursue their studies in south. However, this option seems
to be turning as victimizing ourselves in danger among our fellow citizens. After
hearing couple of these bad incidents that happened to Arunachalee students, even
the students who would prefer to continue their professional education in South India
will have to consider carefully fearing the same case may happen to them.
However, as per my observation South Indians are seemingly ignorant of geographical
location of Arunachal Pradesh. I have come across during course of my staying there
with many South Indians, who have no idea where the state called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’
is! Some would even asked, “Is it in China?” when we told them we are from Arunachal.
So, I feel this may be one of the reasons they look us as strange people.
And because of this strange feeling they are not able to feel that we are citizens
of the same motherland.
I would appeal to those in the authority to do something to familiarize our cultural
values and common citizenship among South Indians.
Ati B. Yobin
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Plight of elderly women
The population of senior citizens has crossed 100 million mark in India. As women
tend to live longer than men, there are 1,600 women per 1,000 men in the age group
Analysis shows that in the upper age groups, the population of older women is increasing
Old age brings myriad problems for women. With families rapidly breaking down into
nuclear ones, older women, especially the poor often face destitution, alienation
and isolation. Due to negligence, lack of awareness, financial support and religious
mindset of women, older women often have to face acute health problems.
Older women, in particular are more vulnerable as they tend to live longer than their
husbands and are often not entitled to claim rights over property and make decisions
in the household.
Schemes for elderly population are many, but most elderly are not aware of how to
benefit from these. Little has been done to educate the elderly on their rights.
Senior citizens are jeopardized as most of their problems stem from family dynamics.
Children begin to neglect their health and financial concerns. In such situations,
it becomes difficult for the old to drag their own children to court and, therefore,
endure abuses and neglect in silence.