Market election; Realities of taxation and extortion in Longding

Tax collection and extortion are two words that everyone is scared to broach in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts popularly known as TCL. These two words which are synonymous with ultras have become forbidden words. Whoever dares to spell out may face dire ramification. Ironically, neither the successive governments...

Apparent saffronisation imprint on tribal Arunachal amid political upheaval

With the recent merger of Pema Khandu-led People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the saffron party has grabbed the power in Arunachal Pradesh for the second time without winning elections. In 2003, BJP was briefly in power after Congress MLAs merged into BJP. Even though...

A reason to cheer about

"Where are you from?" the often asked question. "From Arunachal Pradesh," I reply. "Arunachal Pradesh?! Is it in India?" the reaction. This is a kind of conversation we all have experienced atleast once. We are often confused for Chinese or Nepali. But, come New Year and this should all be a thing...

Demonetization and Arunachal

Keeping small amounts of money in hands is a habit and culture of our people. They keep them even under the pillow cover and mattress. These small amounts of money kept for miscellaneous expenses come handy during emergencies. However, the "Demonetization"-the word much talked about nowadays-played the spoilsport for...

College awaits early completion of stalled project

The over two decades old existing structures of Rang Frah Government College in Changlang are barely holding up to nature's fury as they have already outlived their expected life. The now dilapidated academic and administrative blocks along with boy's and girl's hostel and staff quarters having bamboo walls, were...

Uncertain politicians and loyalty

The moment results of 2014 parliament and assembly elections started to come, the only thing that came to mind of every Arunachale was how long will it take for Congress MLAs to merge with BJP. In the first one year, Congress MLAs surprised people of state by continuing to...

Let’s Football

Exhilarating crowd, electrifying atmosphere around the stadium has always been associated with the Football. However, such intensity of maddening crowd is not always associated with Arunachal football. Ostensibly, the flight of Arunachal's football never took off. Rather it stayed grounded ever since people learnt to kick the ball.Arunachal Pradesh Football...

The missing salary

The terms 'SSA' and 'salary' have always been synonymous. Notwithstanding continuous flow of funds from the Government of India, the teachers working under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) have always been in the news for being denied their timely salary. And while promises of regular disbursement of salaries have been...

Legalize collection of Paris Polyphylla

Seizure of illegally collected Paris Polyphylla across Arunachal is reported on a regular basis with authorities confiscating the smuggled rhizome every now and then. The period is usually between April to September when this rare but highly valued wild medicinal plant blooms. According to media reports, 50 Kgs of Paris...

Civic sense needed

Unmindful throwing of garbage in public places, chewing of betel nuts and leaves, Pan masala and the nauseating habits of spitting in public places, corners of wall and building are very common in our society. Moreover, messy and stinking public toilets, peeing in the backyard, busy roadside and isolated...

Towards Swachh Arunachal

The Swachh Bharat Mission has turned into people's movement within two years of its launch to make the country clean within 2019 as a befitting tribute to Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. It is delightful to observe that many prominent leaders including the ministers of...

Maintaining state-run colleges

About every district in our state has a government college which is struggling to function because of poor infrastructure facility. It is an undeniable fact that poor college infrastructure has a direct impact on the quality of education it offers to most of the state's students. The state currently...

Political chaos and derailed development

Two year is a long time in a person's life. And when it concerns the development of the state, it is more precious. Ever since BJP led NDA came to power at centre and Congress under the leadership of Nabam Tuki won Arunachal, the state has been witnessing intense...

Sartangs in search of identity

In his early 60s, Chatok Nathongjee, a priest from Jerigaon was seemingly lost in a world of his own, immuned to cacophony around him at Bomdila Festival in 2015. So was his assistant, Geshi Tamu Yamchodung, who seemed at least a decade younger. Animist priests of Sartang tribe, they were...

BJP’s dilemma

After the Supreme Court's devastating verdict in July castigating the Governor J P Rajkhowa for advancing the Legislative session without the consent of the state cabinet, which subsequently led to change of guard in the state, it appears that Centre is in for another dilemma. BJP replaced Nirbhay Sharma, an...

Opportunity for the youths

Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with many talented youths who have already proven their capability in sports and games, film making, art and culture and many other fields even though support from the Government has been lacking. Such talented youths need more support from the Government in terms of infrastructure...

… Arunachal for change

It was past midnight when I got to know about the horrifying incident. It was all over our whatsapp group. Bomto Kamdak, a young APPS officer was killed near Seppa by an absconding criminal on the night of August 13. But it was only in the morning that I realized...

To be an independent Indian

As we celebrate the 70th Independence Day, the idea of being an Indian is tested every day for people from Arunachal Pradesh and similar places. The conventional Indian portrayed in mainstream mass media is almost always either a jolly Sardar, a pious Tamil Brahmin, a skull cap-wearing Muslim with...

Spurious drugs and people’s health

Consumption of spurious drugs may adversely affect the patients' health complicating the disease. In some cases, it may prove fatal. Recently, the Drugs Control Authority had detected large quantities of medicines of Not of Standard Quality (NSQ) after laboratory tests in Arunachal Pradesh. A total of 726 samples - 355 from...

Missing link of humour and a message

As we were growing up in 90s, Arunachal was altogether a different place to live in. Laidback lifestyle and easy going mannerism was the highlight of the bygone era. The present Arunachal is completely different and do not resembles its immediate past. No doubt, with time people and places change...

To find a peaceful solution sans AFSPA

Of late there have been reports of extensive army clampdown on insurgent groups in the districts of Changlang and Tirap. The army has increased its operations against the NSCN (K) and the NSCN (R) resulting in many arrests of cadres in the recent months. Most recent of such an...

Arunachal’s political instability, a BJP connection!

Arunachal Pradesh, a state that often makes headline over reported Chinese incursion or staple visa, has this time around taught the nation a great constitutional lesson on federal structures and limited role of Governor in an parliamentary system of government, with the Supreme Court judgment on July 13 last...

Flourishing business of extortion

After corruption, which cannot be confirmed but seen in all sizes and shapes, extortion is a thriving business in the state. At the receiving end of this blossoming business are mostly engineers of all ranks and business community. Like many other issues, there is rarely a constructive public debate on...

Will he, won’t he?

"Will he, won't he?” has been the million dollar question associated with Chief Minister Kalikho Pul. The question obviously is about his PPA government merging with BJP. It has been a topic of discussion ever since the Pul government was formed on February 19, a day before the 30th statehood...

Beefing about tuitions

One can hardly move around the Capital Complex without noticing the ubiquitous coaching institutes and beef hotels which are in every market lane of name. The signboards are glaring, and are all out in the classifieds. The most visible amongst the institutes is perhaps Nimbus, which is possibly also the...

State needs drastic steps to improve education scenario

There is a sudden hue and cry all at the state over dismal performance by government schools in 10th and 12th CBSE examinations this year. The Government has suspended a Principal and Headmaster of two poorly performing schools holding them responsible for the results of their schools. This year, the state...

Opium menace in state

The state Govt authorities call it opium menace, while the Centre perceives it as potential threat to the national security. At ground level, in absence of any major policy decision to wean the people off opium in affected districts, the situation is rather aggravating. During 2012, less than 400 acres...

Ailing health sector and medical college

Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has given top priority to improve the ailing health sector. As part of the plan, Pul recently announced that proposed medical college will start functioning from academic session 2017 onwards in the Tomo Riba State Hospital (TRSH) campus. The announcement of Chief Minister has naturally...

Alarming rise in road accidents in Arunachal

Over 600 lives lost in past five years While the death and destruction caused by the flood, landslide and fire mishap is a perennial problem for the both Government and people, death toll caused by road accident has increased rapidly in Arunachal Pradesh in the last five years. The year 2016...

Opacity of Chief Minister’s Relief Fund

Chief Minister Kalikho Pul’s recent disbursement of financial assistances to patients in need of major treatments was widely hailed by the patients and their relatives. Recorded data tells, so far 180 people have received financial assistance under Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF) and thousands are on the waiting list....
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