What is holding back Arunachal’s progress in sports?

M Doley No was the straight forward answer from a top sports administrator of the state, when asked whether Arunachal Pradesh was progressing in games and sports. According to him, sports in the state was not developing or progressing as was expected. It is observed that the sportspersons of the state perform...

Unregulated rent houses, a menacing trend

Amidst growing urbanization, Arunachal is in an infrastructural race; residential and commercial buildings are rapidly springing up everywhere across the state. Be it illegally encroached or legally allotted plots, private structures are coming up at rocket paced speed. Towns like Pasighat, Tezu, Itanagar and Naharlagun are spreading from all corners,...

Who is gaining from Dalai Lama’s visit ?

It was around September last year that news about the proposed visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, to Arunachal Pradesh gathered momentum. Before that, his impending visit to the hilly state had been making news in the national media. Even previous Chief Ministers, including Nabam Tuki...

More cautious approach needed to safeguard tribal people

While racial discrimination against the people of North East, particularly Arunachal Pradesh, has always been a cause for concern, lackadaisical attitude of the Union Tribal Affairs Ministry towards recommendations of the parliamentary panel on tribal women empowerment and to stop human trafficking drew flak. The panel urged the concern ministry...

Overlooked wildfires

A lazy, quiet afternoon at home, and there is a sudden spurt of noise - cracks, snaps and pops -sounds like fireworks close by. A stroll outside to find the source of the noise draws my eyes towards this roaring fire on the hill -a wildfire -my third sighting...

Concretising IG Park

Amidst the maddening chaos of an unplanned town, green IG Park in Itanagar gives some amount of solace. While the nights see a completely different scene with police having to patrol the place looking out for some people who do not necessarily conform to the expected Arunachal societal codes, come...

The silence on suicide

As the government attempts to improve the health scenario of the state by assuring to provide 'quality access to all', with its health schemes, introduction of high-tech machines and hospital upgrades, the question of where mental illness would stand in the list of health sector improvements lingers on. According to...

Unemployment and Arunachal

In the midst of all the discussion about politics, religion, tribe and even nationalism, everybody seems to be neglecting the burning issue of unemployment in Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachalee people are more worried about their tribe, area and clan, but no one speaks a word about the growing unemployment problem, which...

Opium: is forced eradication a solution?

Consumption of 'Bhang' (marijuana) in festivals like Shivratri and 'Holi' of the Hindu community forms main part of the celebration. Sadly, laws making it illegal to possess the drug become low priority during such festivals. Bhang is natural intoxicant made from marijuana leaves and it is taken in different forms,...

Saga of state awards

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The stage is all set for the state awards to be conferred to outstanding individuals on the occasion of Statehood Day. Started in 1972, the awards are handed out based on recommendations and there is no restriction on the numbers. Since 2013, the state awards have been...

State needs to review affordable housing schemes

An affordable home of one's own, be sides food and cloth is the basic need of every individual. Lately, many have cheered Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement to provide subsidy on home loans taken by the urban poor. Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), which focuses on the...

Governors and Arunachal Pradesh

The Raj Bhawan is still waiting for a regular Governor after the exit of controversial J P Rajkhowa. There is no denying that the BJP had fulfilled its so called "Congress Mukt" mission and painted the hot seat in Arunachal Pradesh with saffron colour after a yearlong political melodrama, but...

Trip to Tuting

They say that memorable trips are made on a whim. It appears so, at least in this case. On a whim, I joined an all women team of three from Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University who were on a trip to Upper Siang for a study. We started...

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...
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