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...

The border and wandering mind

(04. December.2013) It was indeed a big relief to hear from the President of India that “Since Arunachal Pradesh has common borders with three countries; the development of border areas is also vital and must receive our utmost attention". Other than massive militarization, there really has been no improvement in road...

The Silence of decay

(04. September .2013) Everyone watched in horror as the Delhi Paramedic gang rape case unfolded last year. The unthinkable violence inflicted on the young lady numbed everyone and the country erupted in protest forcing tougher laws against rapists. Many had hoped that with tougher laws, situation would change for better. It...

Way of life

(05. June .2013) Itanagar witnessed yet another death. The sheer brutality was numbing. One is left wondering how the family of Late Bomjen Gapak must be coping with this mindless violence. As one battles anger, there are many questions that come to mind. A young man was brutally murdered and another...

Democracy at the grassroots?

(29. May .2013) As expected, the people have given a clear mandate to the ruling party in the recently concluded elections of the three tier Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs). PRIs are made up of wonderful mishmash of people from different backgrounds. But more often than not, most people who are elected-selected...

Let’s talk

(05. Dec.2012) SSA teachers in the state are on an indefinite pen-down/tool down strike demanding regularisation of services at one go of some 550 teachers recruited in 2003. The government, on the other hand has threatened to impose ‘No work, No pay’. Confrontation is inevitable as both seem reluctant to...

Amidst lawlessness

(28. Nov.2012) The recent arrest made in the Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank robbery case and nabbing of assaulters of Echo of Arunachal journalist has come as a relief to the people of the state capital who are helplessly witnessing the gradual break down in law and order. While most cases go...

Green Pioneers in A Garbage City

(13. Sep.2012) The stench along one part of the normally used National Highway connecting Itanagar via Holongi acts as a prelude to the dirt that welcomes visitors to state capital of Arunachal. Urban Development department responsible for the upkeep of the township dumps the waste along this high-traffic route; ironically very...

Coming Back To What?

(08. Aug.2012) How does one begin? By saying many thanks to uncountable well wishers and friends whose prayers have stood by me and my family in the time since that evening of 15 July, or by screaming out loud in anger and frustration? One thing is for sure; life will never...

Summer woes of a town

(04. July.2012) Capital Town of Arunachal is not a very nice place to live in any more. Unplanned growth, earth cutting at every possible inch encouraged by the blind administration, bad roads, erratic power and water supply and sky high prices of vegetables are just few examples that are adding...

A conversation

(28. Mar .2012) There was a time when many of us sympathised with the cause of the Naga freedom movement. Unwittingly, we even gave space to the factions of NSCN to operate in our state. Though these organisations continue to operate in our state, the time has come for us...

We Didn’t Start The Fire

(21. Mar .2012) Due apologies to Billy Joel for this line from his 1989 release of the same name, but perhaps no other song carries more meaning for residents of capital complex presently. In the last week we have seen the forest fires that burnt on tirelessly as the state...

A blanket state?

(14. Mar .2012) Winter seems to have passed us as the heat and rains are setting in. Yet we in Arunachal seem to be wrapped up in blankets of many kinds as we move to the financial year ending on Mar 31. First there was the much discussed gift of blankets...

The politics of power

(04. Jan .2012) Apart from the Chinese interest in Arunachal, one thing that has kept us in news is humongous amount of Hydro electric projects (HEPs), ranging from few Kilowatts to thousands of Megawatts. With some 132 projects amounting to more than 28000 MW, Arunachal has been projected as answer...

The need to fix responsibilities

(28. Dec .2011) In October alone, 21 people lost their lives and numerous others were left maimed for life following collapse of two bridges in the state. On October 2, six people were washed away when a wire rope suspension bridge over Tawang Chu connecting Gyamdong village collapsed. According to reports,...

A fabled land !

(21. Dec .2011) Tongam Rina In absence of strong media and civil society organizations and other supervisory bodies in the state, things go unnoticed, unreported and many of us do get away with lot of things. A very good example is the fees levied for obtaining information under RTI Act. Rs 10...

Arunachal and its boundaries

(30. Nov .2011) [ Tongam Rina There is a beautiful saying that “you can’t see politi-cal borders from space”. But the tragedy is that it’s confined to space and perhaps with changing technology the saying would soon be a thing of the past. For long, we have lived amidst disputes along the...

Extended wait

(23. Nov .2011) Amidst unparalleled violence and high drama, Nabam Tuki took charge as the seventh Chief Minister of Arunachal on Nov 1. After two long weeks, his ministry was formed. However, the wait is not over yet as even after completion of 22 days; Arunachal unfortunately is yet to see...

Congress versus Congress

(05. Oct .2011) The joke making the rounds in the state capital is that one has to go through AICC in order to get in touch with the Congress legislators from Arunachal. The joke is not devoid of truth. The power struggle within the party is so overwhelming that everyone is...

The state of affairs

(14. Sept .2011) After the death of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu the state particularly the Capital Region has witnessed many incidences which have pained many of us. Some instances could have been avoided had there been some kind of proper communication channel and respect for common people. But with...

Disaster and management

(27. July .2011) The perennial flash flood and landslide causes large scale destruction in the state during monsoon season almost every year. This year too, the story is repeating itself and citizens in many parts of the state are already facing the consequences. With onset of monsoon, the Capital Region too...

RTI Act and Arunachal

(22. June .2011) During a government sponsored workshop on Right to Information Act for Public Information Officers and Assistant Public information officers, the participants were almost unanimous in their opinion that the Act interfered with their work and disturbed the pace of development and was being used as a tool...

A comment and our rapport

(25. May .2011) Many were taken aback when a Delhi based journalist declared that Nyishis do not share good rapport with other tribes of Arunachal. One can’t help but admit that some people have in them the capacity to come up with such sweeping generalizations. After initial anger and disbelief...

Unexplained Realities

(04. May .2011) For some reason, it appears that India and Pakistan inexplicably share the same fate-if we see the sequence of events in the last one week. The United States of America (‘God Bless America!’) came and virtually over-shadowed Pakistani forces and annihilated perhaps modern world’s most wanted figure, while...

When even pain fails to move us

(27. Apr .2011) Apart from near misses mid air, India’s aviation history is filled with stories of tragedies that could have been avoided. With liberalisation of economy, the aviation Industry in India took a major leap. Every year more than forty million Indians take the air route, aided by the low...

Can we dare to dream?

(13. Apr .2011) There are two images that I will carry in my heart for a long time of the visit to Roing as part of the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) peace initiative. Two young men, one a mere school boy, sharing their stories of how they suffered during...

This coin has three sides

(06. Apr .2011) Regional parties foraying into Arunachal territory is not new. More recently, we have five MLAs representing Trinamool Congress, which is basically a Bengal based party. Politicians in the state have not really cared much about parties as long as it gave them a platform to represent themselves...
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