Do police need policing?

The recent alleged involvement of two Indian Reserve Battalion personnel in two different crimes raise a million questions in the minds of people, one of which is, how reliable and trusted are our law keepers. It may sound scary, but it sends shivers down our spines when men in uniforms...

Likha Yaja; breaking the glass ceiling

When a woman engages in a job that has been identified as a “man’s job” by the society for ages, she often ends up putting more efforts to prove her critiques wrong and show that no work asks a person its gender. Similar is the story of 36-year-old Likha Yaja...

Separate time zones

Chief Minister Pema Khandu in an interview with Hindustan Times spoke on the need for a separate time zone for the region to improve work efficiency and save electricity. "We get up as early as 4 am… Several daylight hours are wasted as government offices open only at 10 AM...

When no one raises a question

On June 14, when a villager was killed and eight other men injured in Kongsa village under Namtok Circle of Changlang district by the Assam Rifles, allegedly mistaking them to be ultras, the army was quick to release an official statement on the incident claiming that a civilian was...

Hollow political promises and lack of accountability

Politicians of Arunachal are the luckiest lot who never have to give report card of their performance. For some strange reason, people of Arunachal never bother to hold their politicians accountable for their poor performance. There are sections of Arunachalees who are totally dependent on politicians for livelihood and...

An indirect ban

After demonetization, imposition of nationwide ban on sale of cattle for slaughter, including cow, of course, is the major decision taken by the Central Government, ruled by the Hindu Nationalist Party. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules states, "No person shall bring a cattle to an...

Arunachal education system in shamble

Arunachal Pradesh's crashing performance in All India Seniors School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) 2017 with 43.44 pass percentage has ignited a debate, at least among concerned citizens on existing 'education policy' of both the center and the state. Going by the appalling pass percentage, it would be easier to conclude,...

Ignoring the essentials

When Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highway, Nitin Gadkari arrived in January this year, he announced that funds would be sanctioned for the remaining stretch of Itanagar-Banderdewa 4-lane project and, also declared four new state highways, along with assurances that the Centre would spend Rs 50, 000 crores...

Reduce the gap, come closer to the people

The symposium on hydro power in Arunachal Pradesh, which was organized by the Arunachal Press Club on May 14 has given an idea on how the power developers, particularly, the state government is ambitious to go with its plan to harness the hydro potentials in the state, while the...

Friendship with Army and the land

After 1962 Indo-China war, where India faced a humiliating defeat, the first step the Indian Army did was build up massive presence across the state making Arunachal one of the most militarized zones in the entire country. And unlike other states of the region, where people had to and continue...

Arunachal rolling downhill towards a cashless economy

Arunachal Pradesh is truly witnessing a cashless economy as Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped it would when he dropped the demonetization bomb on the country on 8 November, 2016. When the Government of India launched its Digital India programme on 1 July, 2015, the citizens of the country had little...

Undermining the state highway

The central government's declaration to upgrade the 44 kilometre long Margherita-Changlang State Highway road as National Highway has been much appreciated by the people of the eastern-most part of the state. On January 15, 2017, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari during his visit to the state...

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...
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