Fallen officers and unanswered questions

Within a span of a month, Arunachal Pradesh Police lost two young promising officers under tragic circumstances. DSP Bomto Kamdak was killed while on the line of duty sending shock waves across the state. Barely a month later, Hano Chatung was found dead, in his police uniform while on his...

Elite and their games

So the inevitable political drama happened with the shifting of loyalty, based on monetary requirement. One can't call it shifting of loyalty as the move was more need based. Yours truly maybe excused for not taking the names of the political parties because after a point when it gets...

Game of wait and watch

The swearing-in ceremony of council of ministers, scheduled for Wednesday has reportedly been postponed hours after invitation cards were dispatched and duty passes issued to media people. Though there is no official communication, the programme has reportedly been postponed following cancellation of trip to Itanagar by Governor Tathagata Roy....

Slippery seasonal politics

Objectivity and honesty is not the hallmark of Arunachal politics. Who would know it better than former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul. Such was the deceit that he had no clue that the plot had changed in a span of seven hours road journey from Guwahati to Itanagar. Of the...

The poor and the PDS

More than 12 years after Domin Loya and Bamang Tago filed a PIL in the Guwahati High Court against state govt and Union of India for corruption in the delivery of food items under Public Distribution System in Arunachal Pradesh, this year in June, former Director of Food and...

Political parties and tribal hospitality

Barely four months after he came to power, it appears that Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has to take the toughest political decision of his life. With central as well as state BJP mounting pressure on him to shift to the party from People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), there seems...

The land we call our home

The Capital administration led by Sandeep Kumar Singh had attempted to demolish few structures constructed on encroached government land in recent times. Predictably, the attempts have not yielded any positive results because the land mafias led mostly by government employees, supported by politicians are stronger than the zeal of...

Lessons from Tawang

Following the May 2 Tawang Police shooting that claimed two lives, Amnesty International has said that State govt must conduct a prompt, impartial and independent criminal investigation. The same demand has been placed by All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union as well as several other organizations from the state and elsewhere....

Tawang: Silenced by violence

People of the state have reacted with shock and disbelief at the May 2 killings in Tawang. It was a despicable propaganda, which was sponsored by the politicians; desperate to have hydro power projects, which the police and the administration lapped up, leading to loss of two precious lives. Along...

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,...
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