Uncertain educational policy

The abysmal performance by students of Arunachal in the recently declared class 12 exam conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a pointer to the nonexistent educational policy in the state. Of the 2598 students studying in private schools, 1775 passed taking the pass percentage to...

Vigilantism and personal choices

What we eat, wear and who we love and regard should have been a personal choice. But in the society we live in today, eating food of our choice, more specifically meat of our choice is certainly not a personal decision anymore. Instead of doctors telling us, it is...

Stateless refugees and Arunachal

Like it or not, all the Chakma and Hajong refugees currently in Arunachal will get the Indian citizenship sooner or later. Understandably, they have been in India for too long to be denied citizenship and other entitlements. One may refer to the Citizenship Amendment Bill introduced last year, which seeks...

Emerging new class

A gentleman aged about 50, originally from Daporijo and now a resident of Itanagar came to the front office of this daily the other day.  He wanted an advertisement printed, but the department could not accept the matter as he could not produce the original government document to back...

Tawang: indefinite wait for justice

Tawang has taken a long time to heal after the violent 2 May, 2016 police firing that killed Nyima Wangdi, a monk from Tawang Monastery and Tsering Tempa, a newlywed man from Jangda, and injured many more as they protested against the arrest of Lama Lobsang Gyatso, a monk...

A cake called Arunachal

For some community organizations and the state government, Arunachal is like a birthday cake-cut according to the sizes required and be merry. Forget about late comers or the ones who we don’t think are good enough to be on the list of invitees. The select few will have all...

The better of two evils

Pema Khandu government's decision to hand over all the recruitment process of Group B and C employees to Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) have been widely welcomed by many who believe that Commission is more transparent than government departments, if we ignore paper leakages that originate from the...

Arunachal and Pul’s Mere Vichar

Barely six months after former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul died, his much discussed note "Mere Vichar" was made public by the web portal, The Wire. Though there were hundreds of shares on social networking sites, which had made the former Chief Minister a hero, the reaction, otherwise has been...

The festivals for few

Come winter, the state witnesses numerous state sponsored festivals where local alcoholic brews flow like the flooded rivers in monsoon, rendering many unsteady. The state spends some crores on these festivals- Adventure@Mechukha, Buddha Festival, Tawang Festival, Orange Festival of Music and Adventure, Pangsau Pass Winter Festival, partly funded Ziro Festival...

Mankota: a silent village by the Yangsang Chu

Mankota is a beautiful, self sufficient village between Tuting and Singa in Upper Siang near the Indo-China border. No one seems to know the actual distance from Tuting. Its three hours by Tata Sumo, five hours by Mahindra tractor and nine hours by foot. We took the easiest way out...

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...

The wait starts

People of the state woke up to the terrible news of firing at Sangrungwa in East Kameng on August 13 where Arunachal Pradesh Police Service officer DSP Bomto Kamdak was killed. A villager was also killed while another was left seriously injured during the cross fire, as reported between...

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...
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