Public Distribution System minus the public

In a state like Arunachal where agricultural produce is minimal, there is an overwhelming dependence on subsidised rice and other essential items provided by the centre through Public Distribution System (PDS). While people who are dependent on PDS, either have to satisfy their hunger with just two meals a day...

Disaster unprepared

For the longest time, the state have been discussing about disaster management and preparedness. Forget about management, we are just not prepared to face any natural calamity. For a change, we can't blame the government for all things that go wrong but it is fair to say that government...

Amenities and education

Crores of rupees have been announced for a school in Naharlagun by the Chief Minister, leaving almost all the educational institutions envious and teachers, students and administrators scratching their heads in bewilderment. The buzz is that someone in the School Management Committee is close to a BJP leader, instrumental in...

Red Tapism in Abundance

India is notorious for red tapism. Many programs and projects have come to a standstill because of rigid take by decision-making bodies. The reality as well as reputation is so widespread that Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the Japanese Prime Minister, last year that "There will be red carpet...

Never ending flip-flops

Sept last year, Governor J P Rajkhowa wrote a letter to the Prime Minister regarding the proposed Green Field Airport at Hollongi near Itanagar. The letter was filled with complaints at the futility of Governor's effort for a transparent site selection and land acquisition in order to avoid "unnecessary...

Roads and durable monsoon

Roads are indicator of development agenda of any state. Thankfully, for Arunachal, particularly, the PWD, expectations of the people are less since we are satisfied with few hundred kilometers of miserable roads, not worthy to be called roads. As long as bike or a sumo can plod through, we...

Crowded political field, many cheer leaders

After months of political instability because of Congress infighting, with BJP and Raj Bhavan as cheerleaders, derailing the development process in the state, the new govt led by Chief Minister Kalikho Pul owes it to the people of Arunachal by putting the welfare of the state on the topmost...

Hope for a welcome change

Finally, after much political uncertainty, Arunachal has a new government, though it remains to be seen what is in store for the people of the state, as the Supreme Court is yet to give its final verdict on the political mess and the role of the Governor, which led...

Conflicting number games and tribal identity

While a constitutional bench of the Supreme Court is debating on political crisis in the state, on the evening of Republic Day, the President of India decided that Arunachal Pradesh indeed needed to be brought under Centre’s rule. Not surprisingly, fed up with political uncertainty, many people of the state,...

Where will you go?

13/ January / 2016 They say childhood are the best days in one’s life but for some it is the most traumatic. Some face hunger, physical and mental abuse, neglect that result in lifetime of insecurity. And then there are some who are left to die. Many of us read about...

A season of hope and conviction

30/December/2015 There is something very mystical about the year end with festivity in the air. Even though the dusts cloud our eyes, there is a certain amount of positivity as families and friends plan their New Year get together. While some of us may have to deal with personal struggles,...

Chaos and the keys

When Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J P Rajkhowa had issued orders advancing the session of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Jan 14-18, 2016 to Dec 16-18, he probably did not realize that he would not only land himself in a soup but provoke a political drama and utter...

Winter sun

(25, November, 2015) The cool winter evening breeze is calming after bout of humid summer which was followed by heavy rains and destruction. New paddy has already arrived and so has oranges adding to the riot of colours in the vegetable markets in the warmer parts of the state. But...

Individuals and power centers

(21, October, 2015) During VC Pandey’s Governorship, the state witnessed a typical political drama, in August 2004 when the power shifted to Gegong Apang from Mukut Mithi, in a very classic Arunachalee style. Overnight MLAs changed loyalties. There were rumours of horse-trading and MLAs being kept in captive in a...

Indigenous and refugees: uncertain times ahead

(14, October, 2015) In its September 17 judgment on Chakma Hajong refugees, the Supreme Court, out of nowhere, quotes from the Pauranic Hindu legends to establish the “integral link” of the state of Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of the country “since ancient times”. Yours truly was left wondering why...

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Garbage and Our Dying Rivers

(09, September, 2015) While launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a national Clean India Campaign on Gandhi Jayanti last year at Rajghat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen sweeping the road. The image captured the imagination of millions, including Arunachal. For the next few weeks, this daily was inundated with pictures...

Roads that take us home

(02, September, 2015) The other day yours truly got ticketed for wrong parking by the Chief Estate Office near a health clinic on a busy and crowded road in Itanagar. Though deeply embarrassed, it gave some amount of satisfaction that laws are being implemented in the town known for its bad...

Urban chaos and Smart Cities

(26, August, 2015) Even before he was elected the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi had put bringing back black money allegedly stacked in Swiss Banks and building 100 Smart Cities in the country high on his agenda. Among the two, selection of Smart Cities is on the roll. In few...

Where have our engineers gone ?

(19, August, 2015) The Engineering departments in the state should consider themselves extremely fortunate that people of Arunachal never ask them uncomfortable questions. The day people start asking questions, these departments will have to come up with rather very good excuses, because physical achievements are close to nil. But than...

An accord veiled in secrecy

(12, August, 2015) The recent "peace accord" between the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) led by Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah and Govt of India, termed historic by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been welcomed with caution. Details/clauses of the accord have not been made public as...

Last Night A Star Dropped From The Sky

(29, July, 2015) Last evening at around 8, a fellow journalist from Delhi asked whether the news about President APJ Abdul Kalam’s passing was true. Must be another hoax, I responded reminded of an earlier instance when the president himself had to clarify that he was well and alive. But sadly,...

Haunted Borders

(01, July, 2015) It does not say very much for our state’s destiny seemingly cursed as we were, made to be born with border disputes on both the national and international border. The recent events at Radhaso in Papum Pare and the persistent, almost parrot like Chinese claims on our...

Questionable status of higher education

(17, June, 2015) For a long time, many people have been raising questions about quality education, rather the lack of it in Arunachal. But most individuals and organisations have been quiet on the topic. Perhaps too many stakes are involved in speaking out. So the revelation by Dr Nani Bath,...

Resurgence of NSCN (K)

(10, June, 2015)   The resurgence of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (K) in North East has brought in a wave of violent attacks in Arunachal, Nagaland and Manipur. Since walking out of ceasefire agreement after fourteen years in March this year, the Khaplang faction of the NSCN led by the...

Beefing it up

(03, June, 2015) Scores have died due to heat wave in the country and with rain belying Met department’s prediction, there seems to be no respite from heat in many parts of India including the national Capital. Killer heat that has claimed more than 2000 has been relegated to the corner...

A horror named AFSPA

(15, April, 2015) It appears that it was not only the common people who were shocked with centre's sudden decision to impose the dreaded Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act to 12 districts bordering Assam. The centre managed to shock the Chief Minister of the Congress-ruled state as well who seems...

Dependent yet extravagant

(08, April, 2015) Arunachal is a poor, dependent yet extravagant state so there is bound to be financial problems. For quite some time now, the state has been dealing with staggering debt, cuts in welfare schemes, non payment of contractors and government employees on time. Clearly, the state and its...

An eye for an eye

(11, March 2015) The recent murder of a man, an alleged rapist by thousands of people in Dimapur has made headline news across the world. Many of us were left horrified at the deliverance of quick "justice" by the mob, very akin to ISIS way of execution. The man, an...

A visit to ponder on

(25, February 2015) It’s not every day that a Chief Minister is left squirming in his chair by the guest who he personally invited. The tormentor was the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who thundered, “pai pai ka hisaab dena hoga” at IG Park, while addressing a massive crowd on the occasion...

Power of protests

(04, February 2015) The government's decision to install Pre-Paid Energy Meters and Automated Remote Metering (AMR) in Itanagar have been met with protests and more protests, with consumers out in street objecting to the proposal. Almost every sector entrance is adorned with a banner opposing the installation in Itanagar forcing...
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