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2011

November -  28

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MATRIX-2011” to celebrate the power of words gets underway

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: MATRIX – 2011, the two day literary event” organized by the North East Writers Forum (NEWF) got underway at state Banquet hall here today .

Writer and research scholar Arup Kr. Dutta, NEWF President and author of the Brahmaputra: Tracing the course of the Tsanpo-Brahmaputra, speaking to the gathering said that the objective of the literary meet “is to celebrate the power of words”.

Arunachal Pradesh has the richest oral tradition, he said while urging for efforts “not to allow the traditions to die”. He also said that concepts of books will evolve over the years in this electronic times but “the power of words will never change” adding that “creative imagination is at the heart of human civilization”.

Noted Assamese Writer Y. D. Thongchi said that the current literary scenario of the state is at nascent stage adding Arunachal Pradesh literary society was formed to encourage the budding writers besides providing a common platform for writers of the state.

Earlier, NEWF Vice President Mamang Dai, welcoming the NE writers shared her many thoughts on the world of creative writing and the kind of writing coming out of NE region. “We write because we care, recording the realities of life, Dai said adding that “we must have the courage for our words”. She further acknowledged the friendship and encouragement of NEW Forum and its role in projecting the culture and tradition of the region.

Planning & Finance and PWD Minister Chowna Mein who inaugurated the event said that literature is the mirror of society through which knowledge, history, culture is preserved through ages.

Mein said that the Arunachal Pradesh is particular and the North Eastern region in general is rich in oral literature tradition and stressed for its translation, documentation, while assuring that the state Govt. is committed in supporting efforts for preserving indigenous manuscripts, documentation of folk lores, and oral literature in the direction to preserve our rich cultural heritage. He added that our native languages face threat of extinction due to globalization

The present trend of literature movement in the state started by Late Lummer Dai, an eminent writer and being carried forward by Sahitya Akademy Awardee Y. D. Thongchi, Padma Shree Mamang Dai must be sustained, he said.

DGP Kanwaljeet  Deol said that through their creative writings on various subject matters and issues including  culture & tradition and raising voices, writers play the vital roles of helping the people of the N.E region appreciate their own culture and tradition and the great cultural mosaic of NE and also illuminate North East to the world.

An avid reader himself, Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandary, Setong Sena said that we must encourage reading culture and love for books among the younger generation. Arunachal Pradesh also needs to produce more writers and write with imagination from our own prospective. He also called for projecting the rich culture, people and places of Arunachal Pradesh to the outside world.

Chairman APPSC Ligu Tacho, former APPSC Chairman Rinchin Dorjee, Prof. Tamo Mibang, were among other present on the occasion.

Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki, in a message addressed to the literary icons participating in the meet, hoped that the two day conclave would be a path  breaking experience  for budding writers, poets, media persons and artist of AP. “Let this be a celebration of creativity and window to the outside world into the flourishing literary arena of the North East”, he said. (DIPR)

 

Arunachal continues winning spree

Menu wins 3 Br, Tagru 1

National Weightlifting

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Soram Hitler Tagru taking part in Junior Men’s category won a Bronze while Meno Tajo bagged three in 48th Men and 24th Women Jr National Championship being held at Nirjuli near here today.

Tagru  won the Bronze in Clean & Jerk by lifting 223 kg in Junior Men’s 62 kg category while Menu bagged three Bronze one each in Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total Lift in Junior Women’s 48 kg category..

Soram won three Silver medals in Youth category three day ago.

Arunachal Pradesh has so far notched up 20 medals, including 6 Gold, 7 Silver as many Bronze in the on-going Championships.

The Gold in Junior Men’s 62 kg category went to Achyutananda Saho of Orissa.  Saho, who created new national record by lifting 102 kg in Snatch in Youth category,  lifted a total of 234 kg (104kg+ 130 kg). It is pertinent to mention here that both Saho and Tagru had won Gold and Silver respectively in the recently held Commonwealth Youth Weightlifting Championship held at Cape Town, South Africa.

The Silver medal in this category went to Manivannan of Puducherry.

Rameshwar Nayak of Orissa also bagged a Gold in Clean & Jerk (130kg) and a Bronze in Total Lift (228kg) in this category and Nishanth ES of Kerala bagged a bronze in Snatch by lifting 100kg.

The Gold and Silver medals in Junior Men’s 56 kg category went to Sushant Saho of Orissa and Y Shiva Kumar of Andhra Pradesh respectively.

Taba Kojum of Arunachal Pradesh, who bagged 3 Gold in Youth Boys 69 kg category, would be seen in action tomorrow.

Results :

Junior (Men) 56 kg:-

1 Sushant Sahu (Orissa) – 3 Gold medals by lifting 97 kg in Snatch, 125 kg in Clean & Jerk and 222 kg in Total.

2. Y. Shiva Kumar (Andhra Pradesh) – 2 Silver medals by lifting 120 kg in Clean & Jerk and 211 kg in Total.

3. Apurba Chetia (Assam) – 2 medals by lifting 94 kg (Silver) in Snatch and 209 kg (Bronze) in Total.

4.Karthik M.S. (Kerala) – 2 Bronze medals by lifting 92 kg in Snatch & 115 kg in Clean & Jerk.

Junior (Men) 62 kg:-

1. Achyutananda Sahu (Orissa) – 3 medals by lifting 104 kg (Gold) in Snatch, 130 kg (Silver) in Clean & Jerk and 234 kg (Gold) in Total.

2. S. Manivannan (Puducherry) – 2 medals by lifting 104 kg (Silver) in Snatch & 229 kg (Silver) in Total.

3. Sorom Hitlar Tagru (Arunachal Pradesh) – 1 Bronze medal in Clean & Jerk by lifting 223 kg.

4. Nishanth E.S. (Kerala) – 1 Bronze medal in Snatch by lifting 101 kg.

5. Kameshwar Nayak (Orissa) – 2 medals by lifting 131 kg (Gold) in Clean & Jerk and 228 kg (Bronze) in Total.

Junior (Women) 48 kg:

1. Archana Gupta (Uttar Pradesh) – 3 Gold medals by lifting 68 kg in Snatch, 87 kg in Clean & Jerk and 155 kg in Total.

2. S. Mirabai Chanu (Manipur) – 3 Silver medals by lifting 66 kg in Snatch, 85 kg in Clean & Jerk and 151 kg in Total.

3. Menu Tajo (Arunachal Pradesh) – 3 Bronze medals by lifting 60 kg in Snatch, 81 kg in Clean & Jerk and 141 kg in Total.

Junior (Women) 53 kg:-

1. M. Santoshi (Andhra Pradesh) – 3 Gold medals by lifting 67 kg in Snatch, 89 kg in Clean & Jerk and 156 kg in Total.

2. K. Venkata Lakshmi (Andhra Pradesh) – 3 Silver medals by lifting 66 kg in Snatch, 84 kg in Clean & Jerk and 150 kg in Total.

3. Kh. Bidyabati Chanu (Manipur) – 3 Bronze medals by lifting 63 kg in Snatch, 80 kg in Clean & Jerk and 143 kg in Total.

 

IWF to promote weightlifting in Arunachal

M Doley

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Highly impressed by the performance of the  Arunachalee weightlifters at the on-going National Championship here, Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) general secretary Sahadev Yadav has assured IWF’s all support to promote the sport in Arunachal Pradesh in big a way.

Addressing the inaugural function of the 48th Men and 24th Women Junior National Weightlifting Championship here today, Yadav said he was convinced of the huge potential of the state in terms of weightlifting development in particular.

Echoing his president Birendra Kumar Baishya, who said Arunachal would produce Olympian in weightlifting within 2016, Yadav opined that the state could make a big stride in sports sector if the players are groomed properly.

He was also overwhelmed at the number of audience in the on-going championship.

“In fact the people of Arunachal Pradesh has turned the National Weightlifting Championship into ‘IPL’, he said in lighter vein while making comparison between the two sports in terms of popularity.  “There are so many sports other than the so called ‘rich men’s’ sports like cricket, lawn tennis, golf etc. to choose from, Yadav said while adding that IWF will extend support to its state body so that players coming from rural areas and economically poor background could take up less expensive weightlifting.

In the meantime, Yadav warned all the weightlifters to abstain from the use of all banned substances saying that if someone is found guilty of doping, IWF would not let him/her go unpunished.

Meanwhile, Yadav heaped praise on Organizing Committee for conducting the event smoothly.

“This is one of the best organized events ever,” he opined saying that organizing a National event is not an easy task.

Earlier, chief guest of the function PWD Minister Chowna Mein gave importance on organizing such event regularly in the state which not only motivate upcoming sportspersons take up sports seriously but also help build national integrity.

“This is just a beginning,” he said while conveying the message of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s commitment to help organize such big event in the state in future too.

Later, he declared the Men and Women (Junior) category of the event open.

Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA) president Abraham K Techi thanked the IWF for reposing faith on his association to shoulder the task. He also thanked the State Govt. led by Nabam Tuki without whose help the event could not have been conducted so smoothly.

General Secretary (AWA) Daniel Teli also spoke on the occasion.

 

Pie In The Sky

Tom Simai

From the period of ‘Third Year Plan’, when the first 'Government Degree College' was established to the ‘Eleventh Year Plan’ that indicates the addition of 09 more colleges (excluding private colleges) - the process of expanding the ‘institutes of higher education' in our state has been phenomenal. Thanks to its expansion policy, today, our infant state can boast of 06 private colleges (Don Bosco College, Jully, St Claret College, Ziro, Doying Gumin College, Pasighat, North-Eastern Homeopathic College, Itanagar, St Francis De Sales College, Aalo and St Thomas Institute of Legal Studies, Itanagar) and 10 Government Colleges (GC) - Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, Rangfrah GC, Changlang, Wangcha Rajkumar GC, Deomali, Dera Natung GC, Itanagar, Indira Gandhi GC, Tezu, GC, Bomdila, DPGC, Kamki, GC, Yachuli, GC, Seppa and GC, Nyapin.

 

So far, from the 10 GC's only 05 - JNC Pasighat, IGGC Tezu, DNGC Itanagar, GC Bomdila and DPGC Kamki has been ‘assessed and accredited’ under National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Established in 1994, NAAC functions under University Grant Commission (UGC) of India and is entrusted with the responsibility of ‘Assessment and Accreditation’ of College and Universities of the country for maintaining quality education.

Here I must add, though I’m not questioning the credibility of NAAC but how do I satisfy my layman inquisitiveness? Like all, I'm also baffled, with acute shortage of teaching staffs, how can an institute impart and sustain quality education?

By the way, it’ll be erroneous on our part, if we credit the phenomenal mount of GC's to some exemplary efforts. An extensive analyzation will transform our optimistic perception as well as subdue the euphoric accomplishments as all our GC’s internally suffers from terminal ailments - fund frailty and negligence. Due to it, all the GC’s are deprived of minimum infrastructure like classroom, hostels (boys & girls), staffs quarters etc. Many still functions in hired or borrowed buildings and regrettably, not one but all of them are experiencing tremendous paucity of teaching and other basic amenities.

Though, JNC Pasighat is bestowed with all the required infrastructures but a nagging trepidation still exists. Being the oldest, the infrastructures are too fragile and deteriorating. Alarmingly, the possibility of its collapsed has risen to optimum due to the non-maintenance factor. If this is how we compliment our oldest and most reputed institute for its timeless and tireless services than I wonder, what will become of the nascent institutes that are struggling to survive ever since they came to existence?

Apparently, the proliferation of GC's is not because of salubrious economy or diligent planning but it’s a result of hasty political decision intended to grab some fame. Otherwise, why the 'generosity,' even after knowing the 'financial limitation' of our state? Right this moment, the wrath of that hasty political decision is being endured by the future generation enrolled in those ‘ill-fated’ institutes. Now the question lingers - Who will initiate the reform process to tackle the problems that have piled up due to that 'mindless generosity'?

Freaky initiative, as per the government evaluation (DAP 2009-10 | 4.123 | Pg 86), the minimum pre-requisite recurring and non-recurring budget for starting GC’s in two districts amounted up to Rs 163 lakhs and Rs 1500 lakhs respectively. Amusingly, creating a sort of record, on 16 November 2008, the cabinet approved to start these two colleges with a proposed nominal fund of Rs 10 lakhs each. Wow! Isn’t it an incredible feat - possessing Mercedes Benz at the cost of Maruti 800?

Perplexed, I brood over, why the squandering of ‘Centre’s Charities’

and the needless expansion of GC's when the budget restrict us from such extravagance? I presume, the best option was to meliorate the existing one rather than lining up of ‘ill-fated’ institutes. Of course, being optimistic like ‘will-find-a-way-later’ is appreciable but being too optimistic that too at the cost of posterity, defies all logics.

Elsewhere, higher education means nurturing a better posterity. Over here, we are just doing the opposite - grooming a grieving generation.

Initially, the campus reflects our guarded dreams, strengthening the fragile hopes. When we inch towards it, verity strikes, dwarfing the expectation that was towering high before entering the campus. It saddens me most because at the end of all this, it’s their 'degree-in-suffering' that will accompany them, while marching towards the unknown future.

In such backdrop, it is absolute insanity to anticipate the intensification of intellectual’s or the rise of a literate generation. Unfortunately, it’s not only education sector that is flawed but entire department under the aegis of state government is botched up. It’s not their fault; it’s the consequence of our borrowed economy.

Being a 'state of special category', our state is wholly dependent on ‘Central Assistance’ for plan investment as the prospect of internal mobilization of resources are limited in view of low tax base. Our economy is characterized by continuous stringent financial situation signified by a meager level of state’s own resources co-existing with colossal level of borrowing.

Which means, the flow of ‘Centre’s fund’ is mandatory for our economic growth? It’s a sad reality that we are a starveling state and without the ‘Centre’s Aids’ our very existence is ‘questionable’. With borrowed economy and burdened existence, the promises of prosperity and realization of dreams is like - pie in the sky. (The writer can be contacted at simaitom@gmail.com)

 

Papum Pare’s hidden stories

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: The Papum Pare district under which state capital Itanagar comes is often regarded as the most developed by rest of the state. Majority of Arunachalees envy Papum Pare district with the belief that it gets maximum attention being near to state capital.

However the story is quite different. There are many villages in Papum Pare district which do not have road and electricity connectivity till date just like many other villages of Arunachal. One such area is Tarasso circle which is barely 2 hours journey from state capital. Often it is in news for boundary skirmishes with neighbouring state Assam. The village does not have proper road connectivity and most of the time people have to use Assam road, which makes them vulnerable from harassment in the hand of anti-social elements of neighbouring state.

To reach Tarasso circle, one has to pass through many small rivers and during monsoon season life becomes tough for the villagers. The lone government secondary school, Tarasso, is struggling to survive.   The girl’s hostel, teacher quarters and classrooms are in pathetic condition. There are no hostel facilities for boys which had forced some of them to construct small hut nearby school for living. If area like Tarasso which is hardly only hour drive away from state capital is in such pathetic condition, then what must be condition of villages at interior Arunachal?  

 

Expedite construction of Civil Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly: Mein

ITANAGAR, Nov 27:  Chowna Mein, who is the PWD Minister besides holding the portfolios of Finance and Planning, along with PWD Parliamentary Secretary T. Norbu Thongdok and senior engineers of the department made a site visit to the under-construction Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat Building and the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Building yesterday.

It may be mentioned here that urgency for early completion of the two projects was asserted during the first ever meeting of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki with top bureaucrats and technocrats of the state on November 25 last.

Tuki while expressing satisfaction at the pace of construction of the Secretariat bulding has, however, pointed out the slow pace of the construction of other important buildings of the State Legislative Assembly. Mein and Thongdok, during their spot visit to both the sites, nodded in agreement with the Chief Minister’s observations. They expressed satisfaction on the progress and quality of work of the state Secretariat and directed the site engineers to expedite the work to achieve the completion date without fail.       

However, PWD Capital Division-A Executive Engineer Tage Taki, who accompanied the visiting dignitaries and officials, today informed that both the Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary were not happy with the progress and pace of construction of the Assembly building. Expressing concern over its slow progress they specifically directed the construction agency to expedite the work by enhancing manpower, machineries and other construction equipments. They categorically asserted the need for acceleration in work by the concerned agency.

 

Pema underscore the need to publicize tourism potentials

ABC good will ride to Bhutan

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Pema Khandu, Minister Tourism and RWD flagged off the Arunachal Bullet Club (ABC)’s goodwill rally from Arunachal to Bhutan via Guwahati and Shillong titled “Land of Rising Sun meets the Land of Dragons” this morning in Itanagar.  Altogether, 12 riders from the State are participating in the ride. The ABC riders will enter Bhutan from Phuntsoling where they will be received and joined by the Bhutan Dragons Motorcycle Club (BDMC) to Thimpu, Paro, Trongsa, Mongar and Samdrup Jongkhar towns of the Himalayan kingdom.  In his address to the riders, Pema Khandu, who is also the Chief Patron of this ride, expressed his happiness over the initiatives taken by the ABC for organizing the rally. “Such rally will definitely act as a catalyst in furthering the traditional relationship between the people of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh” said Pema.

The people of Arunachal Pradesh are deeply grateful to the Government of Bhutan for extending valuable assistance during the search of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu’s chopper, the young minister said as he requested the ABC members to extend their heartfelt gratitude to His Majesty the King of Bhutan for all the support on behalf of the people of the State.

While handing over AP Tourism brochures to the riders, Pema said he was hopeful that the rally will popularize adventure tourism and will promote the immense tourism potential of the State to the outside world.

“Arunachal Pradesh is a treasure house for lovers of adventure tourism and your humble effort through this rally will contribute positively in providing a window to it” hoped Pema.

Day before, Pema visited Jotte village near Itanagar and inspected the ongoing Tourism infrastructure Project there. Departmental Engineers alongwith local ASM Nabam Radhe and others present on the site showed him around. Later, Pema explained to the locals about the importance of the project and expressed the need for finishing the projects at an early date for larger interest of the people of the area. (CM Cell)

 

Dirang mobile FPS could be emulated in rest of Arunachal

Correspondent

DIRANG, Nov 27: To ensure delivery of PDS items at door step of villagers of Darbu and Rahung villages under Dirang circle, the 4th mobile fair price shop of Dirang LAMPS was launched at 9th mile today by Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering in presence of Thembang Block ZPM Jam Tsering, circle officers and other public leaders and officers of Dirang.

 Mobile fair price shops have been already operationalized at Senge, Nyokmadung, Mandalaphudung and Khelong villages. Its effectiveness and usefulness in bringing the essential PDS items at doorsteps of the local people is being appreciated widely. The idea behind this exercise is to ensure delivery of essential PDS items at right prices and quantity to inhabitants of remote and far-flung areas directly through LAMPS.

Speaking on the occasion, ZPM Jam Tsering informed that through this mobile FPS about 250 families of Rahung and Darbu villlages would be benefited in collecting their monthly AAY, BPL, APL Rice and Sugar without any hassle. He appreciated the efforts of MLA, administrative officers and the management of Dirang LAMPS in continuing with the pursuit of providing fruits of PDS to each and every village of Dirang and Thembang blocks.   

Bomdila RD Project Director D. Riba said that the idea of mobile FPS was an innovative one which could be emulated and adopted in other places of the state also for equitable and fair distribution of PDS items in remote locations.

Public leaders Sange Tsering and Dirang LAMPS Chairman Yeshi Tsewang assured to help the villagers in preparation of their ration cards to ensure 100% coverage which was supported by Dirang circle officer L. W Bapu, who assured that the same would be soon issued to all eligible villagers.

Dirang LAMPS Managing Director M P Prathapan informed that all far flung villages under Dirang and Thembang circles would also be soon covered with mobile FPS in a phased manner in tune with the vision of the local MLA to ensure easy availability of PDS items at the doorsteps of people. He also thanked all public leaders, administrative officers of the circle and villagers for extending their whole hearted support for the successful introduction of the programme.

 

Agoi Wangsa memorial volleyball premier league

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: First Late Sepoy Agoi Wangsa memorial volleyball premier league commenced at Longding stadium on Nov 25. A total of 19 teams from the far flung Wancho region are participating in the event. The event is aimed at inculcating a sense of sportsmanship among the tribal Wanchos of Arunachal Pradesh as well as send a message of importance of sports in our lives.

The event  organised by local army unit at Longding was a inaugurated by Col AP Agarwal, CO in presence of widow of late Sepoy Agoi Wangsa, Shaurya Chakra(posthumous).

Sepoy Agoi Wangsa is a local hero of Longding who had laid down his life in 1999 while serving with 3 Assam Regiment and was awarded Shaurya Chakra posthumously. There is a lot of excitement among the local populace for the event and is likely to be one of the most memorable events in this area, said a press release. As a part of winning hearts and minds of locals, this Army unit has earlier organised a number of events for locals including weekly movie shows in far flung areas, provision of basic amenities, and assistance to schools.

The Unit had also provided medical aid to people of Chanu and Ojakho village struck by cerebral malaria and saved number of lives.

 

‘Ban on Tobacco advertisement’

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Raising alarm on alleged rampant selling of tobacco in and around Capital Complex and other parts of the state, Orphan Trust Society (OTS) today appealed to the various organizations and unions to impose ban on tobacco selling and advertisement in the state saying that it was detrimental to young boys and girls.

 

Union calls for lasting solution

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Condemning the recent eviction drive allegedly carried out by Assam Forest department officials at Tarasso circle of Papum Pare district, All Papum Poma Students Union today called upon the state government to take measure for a lasting solution to the issue with its Assam counterpart. The Union further opined that unless authority take concrete steps such incident would recur in days to come.

 

Release arrear: AASSATA

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) Kurung Kumey Unit pleaded the state government to release the April- September arrear due to teachers. The Association lamented that despite their dedication and punctuality, the state government has failed to recognize it. It further questioned the government’s feeble stand on enhancement of SSA Teachers salary, claiming that authority has not been able to pay according to its pledge.

 

Council rejects Forum demand

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Reacting to a demand made by All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum seeking Governor’s intervention to remove Atum Welly from Tuki ministry for his alleged involvement in illegal appointment, All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC) today threw its weight behind the minister and rejected the demand of organization saying if it has enough evidence it may approach the court rather than lobbying in media to tarnish the minister’s image.

 

Society seeks development package

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Drawing the state government’s attention towards Tali circle under Kurung Kumey district, Arunachal Pradesh Common Cause Society today sought special development package exclusively for Tali circle to bring the circle at par with others in terms of development.  It further lamented that despite completion of 50 years as circle headquarter, Tali still remains inaccessible and is one of the most neglected places in the state.

 

Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Drivers Association observed its 12th foundation day at Indira Gandhi Park in a befitting manner. Altogether 200 drivers across the state participated in the prog., the release said.

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Renewal energy and scope

 

Taking Charge: Case studies of decentralised renewable energy projects in India in 2010 released by Greenpeace asserts the fact that renewable energy holds the key to India’s energy future.

The report is a documentation of 10 successful case studies from across the country on how communities, civil society and individuals have used decentralised renewable energy to energise and empower their lives.

The report revolves around the social empowerment brought about by successful uptake of decentralised renewable energy by communities, individuals and civil society. While the report also provides details of how this empowerment was brought about, a more precise and concise form gives the technical details of the case studies.

Taking Charge is about stories of communities, which have adopted renewable energy across regions. In Bihar, Husk Power Systems provides electricity to over 100,000 people using rice husk, which was essentially a waste product in the villages. In Tamil Nadu, Odanthurai panchayat has invested in wind turbines to provide better energy and public services for its citizens.

Each of these renewable energy projects has worked because they are tailored to fit the local needs and conditions.

The report is a reference that India has the opportunity to build its future energy infrastructure in a way that provides for the needs of the energy-deprived population in a just and sustainable manner. The current coal based energy systems are not only a disaster for the planet but also do not serve the needs of India. The time for an Energy Revolution is now, and decentralised renewable energy is at its core.

Renewable energy has replaced mainstream traditional large scale energy sources in many parts of the country. Policy makers can start working on this seriously and come up with a comprehensive and empowering programme to tap renewable energy.

 

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Don’t ignore the vital link

Dear Editor,

Recently, I happened to cross the suspension Bridge at Chandernagar Police Colony, Itanagar.

The aforesaid bridge is very significant not only for the residents of both banks of the river but also for other visitors. It is lying in poor condition. Many wooden planks are worn out or lying loose. And there are many big gaps in the floor.

Hundreds of pedestrians including children use the bridge for their various purposes every day. So, the upkeep of the vital link cannot be ignored.

In the interest of safety of the users, I request the authorities concerned to arrange repair of the Hanging Bridge at the earliest possible.

Yours

K. Riba

Naharlagun, (on email)

 

 

Don't compromise

Dear Editor,

Does the anonymity of living a luxurious life come at a price of one's pride? Or is it merely a convenient excuse to carry on living?

Well, we have to feed our children and family, please our friends and satisfy ourselves. We must not worry about people getting into corruption, bribery, cheating, fraud etc. If years of upbringing cannot come to use now, it never will. Because life is all about learning and living off what’s learned.

It is important to succeed in one's own eyes than to live up to someone's expectations. Compromises are also a part of life, but they make us cross a line that starts to disappear the first time we cross it, until one day it disappears altogether. Then wrong becomes right and lies seem like the truth; everything becomes just a matter of interpretation because truth loses its best quality - its simplicity. That's when we should look in the mirror and see if we recognize ourselves as the person we wanted to become. That is the day we'll know if we will sleep well or keep awake the rest of our nights, talking to our conscience'.

We take life so seriously. But at the end the Crorepati gets buried next to the street sweeper. We all end up as dust. Connecting with the end is a brilliant practice to keep ourselves focused on what’s most important. Before it’s too late. Our Arunachal needs more light.

Yours

Tana Abson

Itanagar, (on email)

 

 

Hindi is not the national language of India

Dear Editor,

Of late I have been following the Hindi tug of war between many good writers. I write this in response to the letter “We allowed them” by Gumpi dated Nov 25. The critic is definitely true to the extend when he/she says ‘It is our demerit that we allow others to swallow our own native languages’.

But I totally decline to accept Hindi being the national language of India.

Schedule VIII (Article 343 to Article 351) of the Indian constitution is the one that deals with the provision of language. Article 343 of the constitution clearly specifies that Hindi in Devanagari script is the ‘official language’ of India. Later on English was added as official language under the Official Language Act, 1963, but nowhere is it mentioned as the ‘National language’. In fact, there is no concept of National language in India and hopefully what the writer intended was the ‘official language’.

With respect, this is a reckless mix up – and of course the writer stands corrected.

I assert Hindi is not the national language of India.

Yours,

Darung Kaling

JNU, New Delhi, (on email)

 

 

Hindi-isation of India has crossed all limits of decency

Dear Editor,

No congratulation is enough for Diganta Sonowal for his brilliant letter "Don't impose Hindi" published on Nov 23.  

Rightly has he stated that Assamese and other ethnic languages of the state should be taught in the Kendriya Vidyalays and Army schools set up by the Central Government in Assam. It is a matter of utmost shame that in the KVs and Central schools of non-Hindi speaking states also, Hindi is compulsorily taught at the expense of the local languages of the concerned region. Thus it is atrociously witnessed that while the Hindi-speaking students can afford the luxury of learning their own tongue in the said Vidyalays and schools located at Assam, West Bengal or Orissa; the respective sons of the soil --- Assamese, Bengalis or Oriyas --- are deprived of their own tongue in their very own backyard! Is India a colony of cowbelt or are the Hindi-speakers the "Rajas" of India that their tongue get royal treatment in this multi-lingual democratic country? Are the "nationalist" authorities aware of the basic fact that by treating  the languages of the non-Hindi speakers( who form more than 60% of the Indian population) as inferior to Hindi, they are posing a direct assault on the very foundation of the Constitution and democracy itself? When will the Hindi-zealots come to the realisation that by trying to "integrate" the country through Hindi, they are merely sowing the seeds of fragmentation of India? Which self-respecting community will tolerate the marginalisation of its own mother tongue in its own land? Which honourable community will meekly surrender to the barbaric Hindi imperialism that is being cold-bloodedly unleashed upon the non-Hindi speaking population?

The operation of Hindi-isation of India has simply crossed all limits of decency. Just today while I was commuting in a local train in Kolkata, a Railway Department poster has come to my notice. On the inner wall of the compartment, the poster has been pasted by the Department depicting the Railway network of Kolkata and its suburbs. But the names of the stations exhibited in the map are solely in Hindi! By virtue of which moral, democratic or Constitutional authority has the Railways dared to consign the language of the soil --- Bengali --- into oblivion right in the soil of West Bengal and instead preferred to describe the map in the language of the cowbelt? Are the authorities trying to state that to live in India, the non-Hindi speakers will have to learn and understand Hindi, that too by trampling their respective mother tongues under the feet?

It is high time the self-respecting lot among the non-Hindi speakers make it absolutely clear to the Hindi-fanatics that just like the equality of all religions that is practiced in India, equality of all languages should also be compulsorily practiced. The right of Hindi over India is not a bit more than Punjabi- Marathi- Tamil- Bengali- Assamese or Dogri- Konkani- Tulu- Santhali-Kokbarak. Again I extend my heartiest greetings to Sonowal for showing Hindi its rightful place ie Benaras and Patna and advising the Hindi-speakers that they are free to learn their language for themselves. Now, please put an end to this philistine mentality of robbing others of their respective mother tongues and imposing an alien language upon them. We just don't want to "enlighten" our souls by learning the language of Bihar-UP-Rajasthan.

'Live and Let Live' is the policy of all civilized societies. You can go all-out in promoting  Hindi in Lucknow, Jaipur and Faridabad; but let the Assamese, Bengali, Kannada and Apatani-Nyishi-Adi etc. flourish in Guwahati, Kolkata, Bangalore and Itanagar respectively. But please refrain from reducing the great colourful mosaic of heterogeneous culture of India into a cesspool of paan-paraag, khaini and that disgusting Bollywood.

Yours

Kajal Chatterjee

Kolkata,  (on email)

 

 

 

Disgrace for tribal

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the letter 'A victim of an accident', published in your Reader’s Forum on Nov 25.    

I was very embarrassed after reading the grievance of a non-tribal residing in Itanagar.

In fact it was really shameful for the  tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh.

I empathize with the non-tribal family who has lost their son and on behalf of our tribal community; I want to convey my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

Being a tribal myself such incidences really sadden people like us. In fact such incidence brings disgrace to our entire tribal community of Arunachal Pradesh. Our local people should bear in their mind that for any accident, there is a law which decides.

Yours,

Kailng

Naharlagun , (on email)

 

 

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