ITANAGAR, Feb 06: The 13th session of fifth state legislative assembly will be held
on March 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10th next.
SUMA meets CM and submits joint memorandum
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: Confirming the age old saying valid that ‘team effort is the best
effort’, in a major accomplishment, various students’ and youth organizations from
both states came to an agreement that economic blockade against Arunachal by Assam
will be lifted today for a period of one month. The decision was made after a joint
meeting of unions from both states at Gohpur, Assam on February 5 last. The joint
meeting at Gohpur was attended by Students' Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA), All
Nyishi Students Union (ANSU), Arunachal Law Students' Union (ALSU), All Papum Pare
District Youth Association (APPDYA), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP),
All Assam Gurkha Student Union (AAGSU), Assam Minorities Students Union (AMSU), All
Adivasi Student Association of Assam (AASAA), All Assam Tea Tribes Students' Association
During the meeting, they adopted certain joint resolution and drafted memorandum
which are to be submitted to both Assam and Arunachal chief ministers. Meanwhile,
the SUMA president Biring Tabing today submitted the joint memorandum by the student
and youth organizations of both the state to Chief Minister M Nabam Tuki in his office.
In the memorandum the unions and the organizations of both the states demanded a
thorough inquiry of the entire episode of Tarasso and Chaulduwa incidents and that
the cases be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) immediately
including the incident that happened on February 4 last at Borjharani-Behali, Assam.
Other points in the memorandum are, immediate tracing of the missing person of Tarasso-
Chaulduwa incident aftermath, immediate compensation to the victim which has been
killed as well as seriously injured, including the victim of February 4 last incident
at Borjharani-Behali, Assam, and to immediately solve the standing boundary dispute
by both the state governments as soon as possible. SUMA further informed that if
their grievances are not met, both states’ organizations will go for agitation and,
even reaching upto Delhi. In response, Chief Minister assured to fulfill every demand
as mentioned according to the joint memorandum. Political Secretary to CM Bamang
Tago was also present in the meeting.
NE students march, demand anti-racism law
NEW DELHI, Feb 06: Scores of Northeast students today marched towards Parliament
from Jantar Mantar, demanding an anti-racism law in wake of the death of Arunachal
Pradesh student Nido Tania after being allegedly beaten up by some shopkeepers in
South Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area.
As the students tried to walk towards Parliament, police stopped them at Parliament
Street police station after which the protestors courted arrest. "We want that a
strong anti-racism law be enacted by Parliament for the country so that not just
people from the Northeast but anybody who faces any kind of discrimination anywhere
in India get justice," a protester said.
19-year-old Tania died last week after he was allegedly beaten up by some shopkeepers
following an altercation sparked by their taunts on his hairstyle.
ACS writes to Kejriwal
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: The Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has written letter to the New
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanding death sentence to those responsible
for the death of the young boy Nido Tania.
In its letter, apprising of the situation that people from the North Eastern region
face in Delhi on the basis of their looks, it asked him to direct the public prosecutor
taking up the case of late Nido Tania to seek capital punishment, death sentence,
for the culprits responsible for his death.
Rally on sanitation and health held
ROING, Feb 06: The District Water & Sanitation Committee under PHE & WS Department,
Lower Dibang, Roing organised a School Rally on drinking water, sanitation and health
at Mayu Secondary School, Roing under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan on February 4 last.
The Rally was participated by teachers and students.
On the occasion, Er. S Pertin, EE, PHED-Cum-Member Secretary, DWSC,Lower Dibang Valley,
Roing briefed about the linkage between drinking water, Sanitation, Hygiene and
Health. He informed that more than 80% of dead and illness are caused due to water-borne
and sanitary related diseases like Dysentery, Diarrhoea, Typhoid, Cholera, Malaria,
Dengue, Tetanus, Plague etc. He appealed the gathering to keep their surrounding
and drinking water clean and hygienic.
B Saring, Headmaster Mayu Secondary School and Er PP Singh, JE, PHED, Roing. Also
spoke on the occasion.
Later, a poem on “Proper Hands Washing” was recited by Anon Wangsu, DIPRO
EK orgs seek CM intervention
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: With the wave of repercussion of Tarasso incident catches East
Kameng district, the East Kameng Social Welfare & Culture Organization (EKSWCO) and
All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) sought Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s intervention
in taking up preventive measures in the district.
A team of members from both organizations, led by EKSWCO chairman Dr Tachi Taku along
with AEKSU president Karbia Sonam and EKSWCO chief advisor Katung Waghe today called
on the chief minister at his office and submitted six points memorandum while briefing
the current vulnerable situation of the district.
The organizations demanded for immediate deployment of paramilitary forces at affected
areas in the district such as Seijosa, Dissing Passo and Nomara claiming that the
repercussion could possibly take place in these areas. It also sought financial assistance
and relief to Ratan Bagang, who is currently battling for life at Guwahati after
being assaulted at Longi in Assam. Further they also sought deployment of sufficient
medical staffs to the district saying many places are facing epidemic like situation.
Both organizations also stressed on maintenance of Seppa-to Doimukh road terming
it as only life line under present situation.
It also sought extra allocation of fund for protection works at Pakke point in Chayang
Tajo road and allocation of fund for the construction of internal road in government
DPDTC distributes relief materials to Fire Victims
AALO, Feb 06: Donyi Polo Dere Trust Committee, Aalo headed by its President Pakjum
Ete along with executive members visited the fire accident site at Gemo Tali village
recently and distributed Blankets, pots, buckets mugs and essential utensils to each
household of the fire victims. DIPRO
Preliminary meeting for Lok-Sabha election held
SEPPA, Feb 06: The DC cum DEO East Kameng Tarin Dakpe had taken a preliminary round
of meeting with administrative officers and police for preparatory works and conduct
of Lok-Sabha Election 2014 at DC’s Chamber, Seppa yesterday.DC directed the administrative
officers to be fully prepared in every aspects of the conduct of ensuing Lok Sabha
Election and sincerely discharge their duties as per election conduct and rules.
SP, Apang Tamut also shared past experiences and suggested on various for successful
conduct of election. Elaborated discussion and action plan were made on status of
polling station, transportation plan, law and order, security arrangement, training
of polling personal etc. There were 43,000 plus voters with 167 polling stations
over five assembly constituency in East Kameng District. DIPRO
DA gives directives to close wine shops after 5 PM.
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: The Capital Complex District Administration today gave directives
to all wine shops, bars, beer-bars and club owners to close their shop after 5PM.
It directed them not to sell and serve liquor after mentioned time. The directives
came in the view of prevailing law and order situation in the Capital Complex, DA
added. It also notified that staging dharnas and organizing rallies at Raj Bhawan,
CM Bungalow, DC Office has been prohibited and the Tennis Court ground IG Park is
temporarily identified as site for procession and dharnas in the Capital Complex.
Further DA directed the people to remove building construction materials, such as
rod, cements, bamboos and boulders from the National Highway saying that it makes
road congested and difficult for many pedestrians. The district administration said
that defaulter will be strictly viewed as the appropriate law.
Staff of education department conducts social service
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: In view of the coming statehood day and in order to give a new
look to the Education Department of Arunachal Pradesh, today a social service was
conducted by the staff and officer of Education Department under the leadership of
its new Secretary R K Mishra.
During the social service, participants cleaned all the choked channels, gathered
all the plastics and litters and burned it. Each and every corner of the surrounding
was cleaned. Dr Joram Begi Director Higher and Technical education welcoming the
new secretary said that with his coming a new era in the education sector is expected.
The new secretary RK Mishra said that he expect wholehearted cooperation from all
quarter. He said that with team effort without any ego, education department can
achieve new heights in all sector. The programme was attended by the directors including
Tapang Taloh, B Yirang, deputy SPD Likha Sampu, deputy secretary SC Debnath, Likha
Tejji under secretary education and all the officers and staffs of Education department.
Society distributes fruits to patient
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: The Halo Society, a NGO of ex-VKV students distributed supplementary
nutritional packets and fruits in the wards of the Arunachal Pradesh State Hospital
Naharlagun today. The noble step was initiated by the society in presence of Special
Secretary Health & Family Affairs Dr. Joram Beda who is also chief patron of the
society and Dr. K Nishing Director Health Service and Dr RD Khrimey.
State govt. gears up to tackle any eventuality
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: Even as the week-long economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh
has been reportedly lifted today, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki issued specific directives
to senior officers to end the agonies of Arunachalees stranded in different parts
of the country. According to the press release issued by Chief Minister’s Office,
a 150-strong team of Arunachalees, who took part in Republic Day celebration in New
Delhi, was provided with food and lodging facilities under the care of deputy resident
commissioners at Delhi and Guwahati. The team’s return is being worked out by the
Planning and Tourism Secretary Sonam Chombay and Art & Culture Director Mamata Riba
are deputed at Guwahati to coordinate the crisis management, while State Transport
GM Abu Tayeng based at Dibrugarh is looking after those stranded in eastern part
to transport them to Itanagar.
In all 104 students studying at Shillong have been sent back to their respective
schools and colleges with escort, while 80 boxers who took part in the maiden State
Level Boxing championship at Khonsa have returned here this evening. Helicopter passenger
sorties have been increased three times and every day about 66 passengers are being
ferried from Guwahati in Pawan Hans and Indian Air Force helicopters. The Government
is also in touch with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence for further
increasing the sorties. In tune with the urgent need, the Capital Complex district
administration has set up helplines under the direct supervision of Deputy Commissioner
Mige Kamki. These mobile numbers are 9436068124 (Judicial SDP A C Boruah) and 9436046333
(EAC M Padung). Meanwhile, the CMO has released Rs 1 lakh as interim relief for
Ratan Bagang, who is undergoing treatment at Guwahati Medical College after being
critically injured by miscreants in Assam yesterday. Guwhati DRC has been directed
to attend the patient and keep the CMO constantly posted. The Assam government, meanwhile,
has announced to bear all medical expenses of the young boy at the request of Arunachal
Pradesh government. Discussion in all levels between the two states to normalize
the situation is being held.
Governor and CM attends the seminar organized by ITBP
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: Arunachal Pradesh governor Lt. Gen (retd) Nirbhay Sharma has exhorted
the ITBP to win the confidence of local people to ensure effective border management.
Inaugurating a seminar on the topic “Synergy among various agencies -critical for
development and effective border management” organized by ITBP at Banquet Hall here
today, the Governor said that the security agencies have to win the confidence of
these people as they know the terrain and their people, they can be of great help
in identifying intruders and other anti-national elements, as also be a force multiplier
during hostilities/ war.
Praising the ITBP for organizing the seminar, the governor hoped that this seminar
will certainly help in developing better mechanism in ensuring development. Lt Gen
Sharma further said that this seminar will provide us an excellent opportunity to
understand, analyze, and discuss, the importance of development in the frontier areas
and effective border management in the Arunachal Pradesh. Indo Tibetan Border Police
Force, which was raised in 1962 has completed 51 glorious years in the service of
the Nation. The Units of the force were inducted in the North East region in 2004
and today, eight battalions have been deployed in Arunachal Pradesh along the Sino
Indian international border. Many of the border habitations require multiple days
of foot-march to reach. It has therefore been the consistent policy of the State
and Central Government to provide basic administrative and civic services to the
residents of these habitations so that they do not migrate to better developed areas,
leaving these strategic border areas un-populated. It can only be done, when we ensure
that development reaches to these areas. For that the Central Government, State Government,
District Administration and Security agencies must work as a team and create basic
infrastructure for health care, education and other socio economic necessities, the
Addressing the concluding function of seminar, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki highlighted
the rising internal and external security threats confronting the nation vis-à-vis
the planned development of the other side of the 1080 km border in China. He called
for synergic efforts by the state and central governments along with all security
forces engaged in the state to ensure the safety of the border as well the people
Tuki informed that after taking stock of the ground realities and harsh living condition
of most of the border areas he visited during the last two years he had appraised
the defence and home ministers stressing the need for expeditious development of
minimum basic necessities along the border. Patrolling in the snow-fed high altitude
mountainous region was not possible without adequate footpaths, porter tracks and
suspension bridges, he said, and called for doubling the funds under the border area
development programmes to meet the vast gap.
The state government and forces guarding the border should be provided with adequate
number of helicopters till the communication was developed besides surveillance facilities
for securing the border, the CM said.
As our people in these areas are living in harshest conditions devoid of basics necessities
of life and the Army and para-military forces, like ITBP, Assam Riffles and SSB manning
these borders by somehow managing with their limited resources, the state government
has attached top priority to strategic development, particularly to reverse the de-population
of border areas.
Over 60% population of remote Pip-Sorang in Kurung Kumey has migrated; he said to
drive home his point for reversing the trend.
The chief minister also highlighted numerous central initiatives to improve road
and air connectivity which would take few years but would serve as a boon for this
sensitive border state.
Pointing out that outside contractors would find it difficult to take up border projects;
he suggested engaging efficient local contractors for timely completion and to improve
the public-forces relation.
Appreciating the Army and Air Force for conducting recruitment rallies in different
parts of the state, the CM said the endeavour did not yield the desired result as
the local youth could not qualify for various reasons. He suggested for a policy
to engage the retired security personnel for conducting pre-recruitment training
for the locals to get recruited as they would prove to be best suited in the border
areas. He also suggested recruitment rallies in border areas like Tawang, Anini,
Tuting, Mechuka etc for providing opportunities to the local youths.
The border infrastructures being created should be treated as national requirement
instead of for the forces, NEC member M P Bezbaruah said and stressed on synergy,
critical and effective border development in the hostile region. The development
criteria for other parts of the country cannot be applied to Arunachal Pradesh, he
said, and advocated making all ongoing airports and bridges functional for making
communication thorough. The Itanagar-Lilabari-Tezpur should be developed as an air
hub for facilitating speedy air communication, he added.
Bezbaruah also suggested improving social infrastructure to motivate the forces to
work in border areas and the people to not migrate.
While giving a genesis of the threadbare discussions on various critical areas during
the technical sessions and the advice of the state governor, ITBP Director General
Subhas Goswami hoped that the recommendations of the seminar would leapfrog state’s
border development to a desired level. He also suggested a cell under the chief secretary
for monitoring all projects. ITBG IG R K Saini also spoke on the occasion.
The programme was attended by senior officers of Indian Army, ITBP, SSB, IAF, BRO,
CPWD etc. Major general Sunil Srivastava, GOC 56 division, KK Maheswari, DG, Arunachal
Pradesh Police and Arun Choudhary, DG, SSB were also present.
Late Nido Tania, a symbol to fight
racism in India
India seemed awoke bit late from its slumber to acquaint “racism” when there is hullabaloo
over the term created by students from North-East India in its own backyard, whereas
year’s back same India was shouting from the rooftop to the world community against
racial attack on Indians in Australia.
It takes five days for Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi to express his solidarity
and give assurances to aggrieved family and agitating students at Jantar Mantar.
Six days for New-Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the champion of taking the
issues to streets, to deliver promissory note speech, although it was mostly focusing
on his newly found-theory of full-control over Delhi Police. The BJP prime ministerial
hopeful Narendra Modi better known as “Modified” set the tone by condemning the racial
killing from the grand podium of Meerut during BJP’s rally. Since then there has
been heated debate over issue in the Parliament led by leader of opposition Sushma
Sawaraj and later it found full rhythm.
“Shame on you….India! We had to lost our beloved brother late Nido Tania to wake
you up on racism” shouted by an angry protester marching towards the Parliament house
from Jantar Mantar( their base camp) demanding to enact racial discrimination law
Nido Tania, better be called, “Martyr of racial discrimination”, who was allegedly
thrashed to death by Shopkeepers at Lajpath Nagar New-Delhi on 29 January 2014 for
reacting against racial slur and has become symbolic figure to fight against racism
in India. Thanks to the national media for making it national issue in pursuit of
justice to slain young boy from Arunachal.
For many North-East youths who have been to India’s national capital in search of
better education and greener pasture, late Tania is new hope for the entire region
to fight against racism and get rid of day to day racial and abusive comments by
casual passerby. The people from the region are outraged over the alleged ill-treatment
meted out to them and abusive comments such as Nepali, Chinky, Chowmin and Chinese
being thrown at them at their work places, schools, colleges, universities and in
streets by the fellow mainland Indians. They don’t want to be mocked and laughed
at their physical features anymore rather want to make fellow Indians to realize
that they too are Indians.
Perhaps their angst was inexplicable till 29th January, however now it exploded with
intensity of national anger over racism though many of Indian bigwigs are reluctant
to accept the incident as racial attack rather they termed it as usual altercation.“We
are being outcast and exiled in own country and our own land” said a student from
The top politicians of the country may be looking for extra-miles in their political
course while taking cue on Nido Tania’s issue, as they formed beeline to console
the protesting students. Many of the protesters also questioned the manner in which
Rahul and Kejriwal made their entry to join the sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar as
they both were at helm of affairs in terms of governance. But their solidarity to
the people of region itself is morale boosting and has drawn more national media
attention to the incident. Though Rahul & Kejriwal were quick in their actions
by passing the bucks on one another, the demand for justice of late Tania has already
found the rhythm as many of fellow countrymen also joined in chorus and is demanding
vociferously to enact anti-racial discrimination law.
“We don’t want to be only consoled nor need their lip services, we want culprits
to be booked and awarded exemplary punishment and enact strong anti-racial discrimination
law,” said aggrieved friend of late Tania.
Along with anti-racial discrimination law, NE people are clamouring equal place in
the history of country as they claimed that the region’s history has been totally
left out in the country schools syllabus. They are also demanding for guaranteed
unalienable rights of freedom, liberty and equality.
The manacles of segregation and chains of discrimination in United States could only
able to unshackle after Martin Luther King Jr delivered a historic “I have a dream”
speech. Similarly late Nido Tania has become a symbolic figure to fight against racism
in India. He gave his precious today for our better tomorrow! This message he wanted
his fellow brethrens from the region to carry when they go home. On the other hand
his friends, sisters and brothers of eight sisters stand bolder with firm oath to
continue the fight till justice is delivered and anti-racial law enacted. With a
vow they firmly asserted the fight is just beginning. Now all eyes are on India to
walk to new life and freedom, on Tania’s name. Can we NE people now start dreaming?
Economic blockade lifted due to efforts of AAPSU and AASU says NESO Adviser
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: The North East Students Organization (NESO) adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya
informed that economic blockade against Arunachal has been lifted for the period
of one month. Crediting effort of All Assam Students Union (AASU) and All Arunachal
Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU), NESO Adviser stated that it is due to the tireless
efforts of premier student organizations of two state the economic blockade could
“AAPSU and AASU will continue to hold dialogue to maintain age old relation between
two peace loving neighbours. Today a meeting was held at Biswanath Chariali, where
representatives of NESO, AASU and various other student organizations attended. The
meeting held under the guidance of Sonitpur district administration, decided to lift
blockade keeping in view the good relation shared by two states. In the meanwhile,
we appeal both Congress ruled states of Assam and Arunachal government to find solution
to the imbroglio,” said Samujjal. He further added, “It is duty of Assam government
to ensure that people of Arunachal feel safe and secure in Assam. Similarly Arunachal
government should give justice to Bihali victim. The two state governments should
create healthy atmosphere so that people of Arunachal and Assam continue to live
peacefully.” He also informed that on 10th February AASU and AAPSU under the guidance
of NESO will hold peace meeting at AASU office, Guwahati in this regard. Strongly
condemning the barbaric attack on young Arunachalee boy Ratan Bagang by unknown miscreants
at Longi in Assam, he urged local administration to give justice to young boy. “Such
act is not acceptable at all. But we would like to inform our Arunachalee brother
and sister that, injured victim was saved by Assam police and Assamese citizen. Some
of the local Assamese citizen escorted him till he was brought to Guwahati Medical
College. The members of NESO, AASU and All Assam Gorkha Students Union immediately
went to GMC and meet senior hospital authorities. We asked GMC authorities to provide
best treatment so that young boy recovers at the earliest,” said Samujjal. Meanwhile
AAPSU President Kamta Lapung expressed grateful to NESO Adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya
for his relentless effort in ensuing lifting of economic blockade against Arunachal.
“We remember contribution of every individual and civil society organizations of
both Assam and Arunachal who worked tirelessly to broker peace. Especially the role
of All Papum Pare District Students Union and All Papum Poma Students Union is really
appreciable. After bilateral meeting with AASU at Guwahati, we will conduct joint
visit of affected area to speak to the villager and get actual information. We will
continue to work with AASU and strengthened the relation with our Assam brothers,”
said Kamta Lapung. He also appealed to Arunachal government to give proper compensation
to Ratan Bagang and stated that AAPSU will fight for his justice. Meanwhile AAPSU
lead by its General Secretary Biru Nasi helped more than 400 stranded students to
leave Arunachal by using Lakhimpur-Dibrugarh route. NESO Coordinator Pritam Sonam
also informed that apex student organizations of North East have appealed to all
the parliamentarians to pass anti-racial law in present session of parliament.
AAPSU lead by its finance secretary Suraj Tayam will organize protest march on 12th
February starting from Legi complex to Rajbhawan seeking justice for Nido Tania.
PPA stages massive rally, demands white papers and justice for NidoTania
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: The People’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) today took out massive rally
demanding justice for Nido Tania, a victim of racial attack who was brutally killed
at New-Delhi on 29th January last. PPA also demanded early lifting of economic blockade
against Arunachal, white papers on hydro power & dams, current financial status of
state government, prevailing law and order situation and unaccounted private universities.
Hundreds of people voluntarily participated in the rally. The rally started from
RK Mission helipad ground and culminated at Raj Bhawan helipad. Addressing the huge
gathering PPA working President Nikh Kamin informed participants about objective
of the protest rally. Kamin also added that party is demanding for devolution of
power to Panchayat Raj Institution. He further asserted that PPA is an alternative
party to fight for its own people’s right unlike Congress who he alleged of plundering
the state. PPA new member Jalley Sonam called upon the youths to shoulder the responsibilities
for change Arunachal. He called upon youths to choose right leaders from own state,
instead of choosing Rahul and Modi to change the state. “Now time has come we should
ponder over the future of our state” Sonam said. Taking dig at people representatives
of the state, Sonam questioned why MPs of Arunachal took so long to raise the racial
attack and economic blockade issues in Delhi.
He also castigated few self style leaders of Assam based organization that resorted
economic blockade, he termed them anti-national element saying the no individual
has right to called blockade on particular state.
Alleging the state government has gone of signing MoUs and MoAs discreetly with various
power developers, PPA general secretary Gumjum Haider said that the state government
cannot keep on signing MoUs and MoAs without disclosing its own people. “Congress
Govt is meant for picnic and rally” remarked Haider. The PPA general secretary further
vehemently condemned at Delhi Police for allegedly taking money from late Tania.
He said that centre and Delhi government should ensure the safety of every North-easterner
living in the city.
Other PPA leaders present during the rally were Naksang Tsering, Toko Sheetal, and
CM assures young student delegate of strong action in Nido Tania case
RGUSU takes out protest rally
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: Nido Tania symbolises the causes of North East people and his sacrifice
has brought never seen before national momentum against racism, said Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki and Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy and few MLAs today.
Addressing a group of youth who have conscientiously taken up the cause of Tania
in the conference hall of CM’s bungalow here, Tuki enlisted the steps taken by him
right from the moment of receipt of the unfortunate news on January 29 last and has
been constantly monitoring since then despite in shock and mourning his unfortunate
death, who was the young son of MLA Nido Paivtra and Arunachal Pradesh Social Welfare
Board chairperson Marina Nido, both dear colleagues.
The group without any affiliation what so ever which had organised a candlelight
rally to demand justice for Tania from Akashdeep Complex to CM’s bungalow last evening,
highlighted the reforms needed for mainstreaming the NE people with their mainland
counterparts and suggested steps to the CM to move the Centre to achieve the goal.
The steps to safeguard future of the NE people and end racism against them included
death penalty for Tania’s murders, enactment of anti-racial law, setting up of a
special cell for NE students in Delhi, inclusion of history and culture of NE in
national textbooks, inclusion of Arunachal in national anthem, setting up of higher
institutes of education, particularly engineering and medial in Arunachal, conducting
seminar in different parts of the country to bring mass awareness on NE, particularly
Enlisting steps taken to end racism, Tuki termed Tania, a family member, a symbol
of NE causes and said: “We would ensure that an independent agency conducts the probe,
the guilty are brought to book soon and a strong anti-racial law is enacted. I along
with the MP have repeatedly spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson
Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Sushil Ku Shinde and AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi
which gave the momentum to the issue. All sections of people and political parties
throughout the nation have joined the demand for an anti-racial law. Tania’s sacrifice
has given strength to our cause and this is the opportune moment to ensure he becomes
immortal by taking the issue to its logical conclusion.”
Memorials for those who have sacrificed their lives for Arunachal, including Tania
would be built, Tuki announced, adding that the January 29 Tarasso incident occurred
simultaneously which has to the tackled with utmost care.
Referring to the decades-long inter-state boundary problem cropped up since NEFA
days, Tuki said that his initiatives expedited the process for the Supreme Court-constituted
single man Local Boundary Commission to submit its preliminary report which according
to media report was favourable to Arunachal.
“Assam and Arunachal are sisterly states and we cannot survive without Assam,”
Tuki said and hinted his numerous steps to find a lasting solution to the boundary
row and lift the economic blockade at the earliest.
Realising problem of the land-locked Arunachal, “I have urged the Centre to open
road connectivity through Bhutan (Tasigaon-Bleting-Lumla), West Bengal (Bhairabkund-Chicken
Neck) and South East Asia (Jairampur-Pangsau Pass-Kunming) to end Arunachal’s dependence,”
“I have been constantly working with my Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi to get the
economic blockade lifted but some anti-social elements, particularly the involvement
of CPI (ML) had complicated the issue. But, I sincerely appeal to every Arunachalee
to not act emotionally on both issues lest things go out of our hand,” Tuki said
without mincing any words.
“We the lawmakers led by the CM joined the last rites of Tania. We still are in deep
shock but are working for our cause. Tania, who always spent his holidays with my
family in Delhi, has been made a sacrificial lamb but I’m confident that his sacrifice
would bring solace and end racism against the NE people,” an emotionally charged
Though Delhi Police have arrested three to four persons, but we have demanded a fast
track court to try the case for the guilty including the cops to be awarded exemplary
punishment. Even today Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi led a delegation to meet Rahul
Gandhi on the issue,” the MP disclosed.
Giving a genesis of racism against Arunachalees, PWD Parliamentary Secretary T Norbu
Thongdok said besides the isolated location, geographical barrier, unique features
and life styles, the NE tribals carry with them their fierce independent attitude
which obstructs them from assimilating with their mainland counterparts.
“When Tania has turned the voice of our cause, we have to realise the truth and propagate
ourselves in right perspective for the rest of India to accept us. Let us forward
one step for other to emulate. We have to decide conscientiously steps to bring national
awareness about us,” he added. Once the Nido couple returns from their native village
Tamen, a group of MLAs led by the CM would go to Delhi on February 9 to ensure that
our demands are met, Power (Electrical) Parliamentary Secretary Gojen Gadi said.
Lawmakers Thangwang Wangham & Kimsi Sidisow, IPR secretary Dani Salu and political
secretary to CM Bamang Tago were also present. This evening a candle march was organized
by the Rajiv Gandhi University Students' Union (RGUSU) to condole the death of Lt.
Nido Tania. The university family with all the students, staffs, administration,
faculty members, research scholars’ residents and teachers and students of Govt.
higher sec. school Doimukh marched against racial discrimination. The RGUSU condemned
the incident and appealed for the highest punishment for such heinous crime. The
people of Arunachal Pradesh and Northeast have always been subjected to racial discrimination
in the mainland. Are these the price one should pay for having mongoloid features?
The people from the mainland should change their attitude and their outlook.
In the condolence message Dr. RK Singh, President of Teachers' Association RGU consoled
the family of Nido Tania and expressed sadness over the brutal murder of the boy.
He stated that, "If this is the price for a facial feature and colour of skin or
dress. This is the high time to fight against such inhuman activities in a democratic
country like India"
Abhishek Yadav faculty of Hindi Department and former Vice-President in Jawarharlal
Nehru University briefed that students from NE state often faces discrimination because
of physical feature. While condemning it he said that we should continue the fight
until and unless the people change their concept of Indians of other states.
Joining the protest against the racial attack and justice for Lt. Nido Tania, RGUSU
also appealed the higher authority of the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh for
early solution of Tarrasso incident and lift the road blockade. The Students are
the sufferers as many of the students who are supposed to reach back for their academic
session have been gravely affected.
Assam-Arunachal border peace committee formed in Balijan
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: In view of the tensions arising out of the January 29 incident
along the Arunachal-Assam boundary near Tarasso in Papum Pare district, a team of
delegates comprising of members of All Papum Pare District Students’ Union and All
Papum Poma Students’ Union along with the local Gaon Buras and other Panchayat members
convened a meeting with various Assam-based organizations at Balijan today.
After much discussion and debate with members from All Assam Students’ Union, All
Assam Minority Students’ Union, All Assam Adivasi Students’ Union, police, ITBP personnels
and Panchayati Raj members from both states, it was decided to form the Arunachal-Assam
Interstate Border Peace Committee to ensure that such incidents do not flare up again.
The committee will be headed by Helem ASM Sumit Tanti with Vice-president Tana Tath,
general secretary T G Taba and joint secretaries Arhlague Ahmed and M Basar. They
will work together in cohesion to maintain peace along the border areas and to avoid
any further recurrences of such incident. The members from both the states shall
be in constant touch with each other. The committee has asked people of the area
to contact them in case of any misunderstandings that may arise along the border.
It was also decided in the meeting that the team will conduct a field survey soon
to get a clearer picture of ground realities. The members also appealed to the public
at large to refrain from spreading rumours of violent incidents without ascertaining
1st company of SDRF ready to serve state
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: The one company of State Disaster Response Force of Arunachal Pradesh
yesterday completed their disaster management training in the premises of 1st AAP
BN Chimpu, Itanagar. The 1st National Disaster Response Force based at Guwahati,
under the guidance of National Disaster Management Authority imparted training to
SDRF members of the state. The raising of SDRF in Arunachal Pradesh has been long
due after the enactment of National Disaster Management Act in 2005. This initiative
is first step of Arunachal Pradesh to develop self sustaining disaster response mechanism
at the state level to reduce casualty in times of mishap and disasters. The persistent
persuasion, guidance and endeavors of K M Singh, Member of National Disaster Management
Authority has enabled the state to achieve its milestone by raising SDRF. The state
of Arunachal Pradesh is vulnerable to various disasters i.e. flash flood, cloud burst,
landslide and earthquake as it falls in seismic zone-V. Most of the time districts
like Dibang Valley, Anjaw, West Siang, and Upper Siang remains cut off due to heavy
rainfall and frequent landslide. SDRF will be instrumental in initial response and
at the recovery phase by reaching to inaccessible areas and assisting people who
fall prey to various natural and man-made disasters.
Police department of Arunachal Pradesh for the last few months has played an active
role in allocating the manpower and procurement of disaster management equipment
so that the state response force could be functional. Under the guidance of NDMA
and with the help of 1st NDRF, training infrastructure was developed at Chimpu location
to facilitate the trainees. The commandant 1st BN AAP and his team have put in extra
hard work to make SDRF training a success.
The newly raised SDRF were imparted intensive training for four weeks in each batch
by the master trainers of 1st NDRF. The trainees were given first hand exposure of
disciplines like medical first response, collapsed structure search & rescue, fire
fighting, flood & water rescue, psycho-social care of disaster victims, dead -body
& carcass management. They were imparted practical training on each subject and practiced
with latest disaster response equipments.
After the completion of training, Tojo Karga Commandant 1st AAP stated, "SDRF is
an important chain in managing disasters at state level. The effective and accountable
response of SDRF can instill confidence in the local population. SDRF can also play
its vital role in generating mass awareness and imparting training down to village
level when there are no operational engagements." The best trainees out of the two
disaster management course will also undergo Trainers' training (ToT) to develop
the pool of trainers to impart Disaster Management training to all the stake holders
of Arunachal Pradesh. Yesterday during closing ceremony of training S K Sastri, second-in-command
of 1st NDRF stated, “Initial training is just the initiation, SDRF must develop a
culture of training and practices round the clock and take part in mock drills and
exercises to develop accountable and effective response mechanism.”
NES asks Assam & Arunachal govt. to intervene, says trade route to China and Myanmar
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has called upon the governments
of Assam and Arunachal to come up with solution for peaceful coexistence following
economic blockade imposed against Arunachal after the incident at Tarasso.
In a press conference, NES president Bengia Tolum, while demanding independent organizations
to investigate into the matter, preferably the CBI or SIT under direct supervision
of Guwahati High Court, said that by imposing economic blockade, the organizations
in Assam are not only taking law in their hands but it is also complete violation
of human rights.
According to official sources from Assam, economic blockade has been lifted however
there are still reports of some random organizations picking on Arunachalee people.
“We have always lived in peaceful co-existence with our neighbouring states but not
with empty stomach. And it has not even been proved that Arunachalee people were
involved in the killing,” he said while hinting at the Ministry of Home Affairs claim
that NDFB might have a hand in the killing of January 29 at Tarasso.
“If this is not stopped, we will be compelled to seek the help of human rights organization”,
Coming down heavily on the state government for announcing ex-gratia for the deceased
of Tarasso incident, Tolum charged, “What message does the Arunachal government wants
to give by announcing the ex-gratia. Is it an acceptance for the crime when the local
people of the area are denying the charges?”
“If at all the ex-gratia has to be paid, pay ex-gratia to the boy Nido Tania who
was killed in the heart of New Delhi. Pay compensation to the boy Ratan Bagang who
was brutalized by miscreants at Longi village in Assam on February 4 and to those
people whose houses were evicted by the forest officials of Assam in Tarasso,” he
Reacting to the biased news reports being carried by some of the Assam based electronic
media’s, he suggested that the Arunachal government should write to the regulating
authority for the inflammatory news reports that some of the Assam based media houses
He said, “Assam media is trying to infuse anger into the people of Assam against
Expressing frustration over the Central government’s stoic silence over the whole
issue, he said, “The entire population of the country India also includes the people
of Arunachal. They should intervene into the case.”
Saying that organizations in Assam have time and again imposed blockades against
Arunachal, he called on Arunachal government to pursue the government at the Centre
to open up trade route with China and Myanmar.
The NES lastly called on people from Assam living in Arunachal to form committees
and have a talk with the agitating organizations for early lifting of the blockade.
Dist level CM’s Trophy tournament held
ITANAGAR, Feb 06: Papum Pare district level rounds of the Chief Minister’s Trophy
tournament for football and volleyball (both men and women) concluded at Sangay Lhaden
Sports Academy (SLSA) complex, Chimpu near here today.
Doimukh and Sagalee constituencies were the winners in football men’s and women’s
category respectively while in volleyball Sagalee and Doimukh constituencies were
the winners in men and women’s category respectively.
Nguri Abin of Doimukh constituency and Nabam Natang of Sagalee constituency were
adjudged the best men and woman football players respectively.
Techi Tayo of Sagalee constituency and Tasar Yanium of Doimukh Constituency were
declared as best man and woman volleyball players respectively.
The complete result:
Football Women Winner: Sagalee Constituency; Football Women Runners up: Doimukh Constituency;
Football Men Winner: Doimukh Constituency; Football Men Runners up: Sagalee Constituency;
Volleyball Women Winner: Doimukh Constituency; Volleyball Women Runners up: Sagalee
Constituency; Volleyball Men Winner: Sagalee Constituency; Volleyball Men Runners
up: Doimukh Constituency; Best Player Football (Men): Nguri Abin, Doimukh Constituency;
Best Player Football (Women): Nabam Natang, Sagalee Constituency; Best Player Volleyball
(Men): Techi Tayo, Sagalee Constituency; Best Player Volleyball (Women): Tasar Yanium,
The killing of Nido Tania in the capital has once again shaken us deeply with anguished
and anger, not so long ago Dana Sangma a student of MBA from Meghalaya committed
suicide at Delhi due to alleged discrimination meted out to her by the university
authorities for whatever reasons. Another precious life lost and who could be the
next is an uncomfortable question that haunts us. There have been numerous cases
of racial discrimination and insults melted out on northeast youths in almost all
the metro cities in the country, whether it is in the campus, work place or in the
market place maybe just because we happened to be different from them. Many of our
students from the region continue to face such humiliations and some of them have
succumbed to this kind of behavior. It is high time to broaden the perspective and
find ways and means to put an end to this kind of attacks whether you want to call
it racial discrimination or mainstream chauvinism.
As we witness spontaneous outpouring of protest and resentment across the northeastern
states. It is saddening to hear many of our students helplessly reinforcing the
stereotype ‘we are also Indians’. One wonders whether we need a certificate to consider
ourselves as Indians or are we at someone’s mercy to be an Indian. The answer is
simply no, and that is what exactly one important lesson that Nido Tania has taught
us, that he wouldn’t budge to such racial abuse and insults rather he had the guts
to fight back which many wouldn’t have done. Though he is no more but his courage
will always be remembered. We need to send out a strong message that we are indeed
different from them in our culture, life style, food habits and physical appearance
and that does not necessarily make us less Indian. They must learn to accept and
respect the difference for that is how we represent the pluralistic character and
nature of India. Ignorance, arrogance, chauvinism or racial discrimination this kind
of behavior is unacceptable and need to be fought at all levels by every right thinking
citizens of this country.
As we demand for justice let’s also realize that no amount of strong condemnation
or punishment of the guilty alone will not help suffice this problem. We need to
think of a broader long term practical solutions to address this issue. One of the
ways perhaps, is for our government to provide more educational institutions such
as good schools and colleges with professional and technical courses in the region
so that our students don’t have to go out to places where they are not respected
or welcome. This in fact will also save the huge amount of capital that goes out
of our coffer. Universities in the region can also play an important role by introducing
more courses and creating more seats so that even the average students are not left
out. The problem with our education system is that we have become so obsessed with
competition and merit because of which many of the average students go out of the
region to seek admission elsewhere and they end up paying huge donation for seats.
Let’s not forget the greatest challenge for a teacher is to educate and equip the
dullest student. Merit alone is fine in a country where there is equal ability and
accessibility to quality education but not in a country like India where huge disparities
exist within our social structure.
Another prospect that could be given a serious thought is to create scope and opportunity
for our students to pursue their higher education in neighboring Southeast Asian
countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Korea and even China. These countries have
much better universities and would provide them better atmosphere to learn and explore
besides there is strong cultural homogeneity that exist in these countries where
our students can easily assimilate and feel much safer and homely. To prove this
point take the classic example of many of youngsters of the northeast today are influence
by Korean movies and music. We can notice many boys and girls imitating the hairstyle
and dresses of Korean stars. The Ministry of Development of Northeast region can
play an important role not only in facilitating this proposal but also by providing
scholarship and educational loan facilities for our students to study in these countries
rather than building separate hostel for northeast students in the Delhi or Bangalore
which might only isolate them from others. Perhaps this initiative can also help
push the so called Look East Policy into action from being a mere paper policy and
in the long run yield better results not only in terms of sharing knowledge and ideas,
it can open up avenues in commerce and business as well as employment opportunities
for our youths. Moreover this can also help in building and sharing better cultural
ties and relation with our immediate neighboring countries.
The government has always been too obsessed with national security at our cause,
for how long can we keep ourselves closed? Good leadership is also about taking
a well calculated risk, the problem with our regional political leaders and policy
makers is that, they are so weak to take any major decision, instead at a drop of
a hat they run to Delhi for solution; no doubt this is also one of the reason why
every state government in the region is bulldogged by anybody in the name of some
over-ground or underground organization. Let this incident be a wake up called for
our all of us. Time has come to fight back but in a more creative and practical manner.
A small anecdote to end with, a student from Manipur was once warned by the hostel
warden in one of the premier university in Delhi, to stop burning dry fermented fish
(locally known as ngari) in the campus because it smells bad to others. The student
simply asked the warden, sir please define what is bad smell? If I am satisfied with
your definition I will definitely stop burning. The warden left speechless.
Dr Kh. Kabi
Some things to remember when you are in alien land
I graduated from Maharashtra few years ago. Numerous junior students from Arunachal
will travel to different parts of the country for the first time in the months after
March. Out of concern for their safety, I take the liberty to present them guidelines
on surviving racist attacks.
Racism is real. Make sure you are well-connected to members of the Arunachalee student
community active in the city where you intend to study. Far away from home our Arunachalee
and NE student communities are family and true support. Though second or first AC
are not guaranteed ‘racism free zones’ while traveling in train, in comparison they
are safer. Avoid the general coaches. Once there in the city, acquaint yourself with
the cultural traits, customs, and mannerisms of the locals. Look, listen, understand
and learn how they approach another person, begin and end a conversation, how they
change their body language in specific settings such as in company of elders, senior
citizens, women, etc. Respect their language, traditions, the way they are. Don’t
lose your temper and throw back a challenge when the brute mocks or taunts you. There
is a high probability of such person being a registered criminal. Never initiate
arguments with strangers. In a crowded country of more than a billion you meet every
imaginable mentality; bad people, good people, racists, bullies, pundits, communists,
elitists, eunuchs and what not. Appreciate diversity, ignore the stupidity, and move
on with humility. My personal understanding is that an average Arunachalee student
comes from a background of fewer means and materials. Unlike scions of the so-called
elites, he/she cannot bypass third rate localities or be airborne each time she travels.
Adapt to the immediate environment, focus on the goal you left Arunachal for, develop
from new experiences, and remember that ‘what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.’
The world outside the proverbial well may appear wild but the rewards are hidden
in the struggle. For now, we can hope and pray that our troll giants start beating
their puffed out chests at others for a change, scare away the blockade like they
do domestic dissenters. In solidarity,
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Style is personal choice
Considering the “Nido Tania” murder case, I think one of the major reasons along
with “Racism” is been attributed to something called “STYLE.” The conflict between
Late Tania and shopkeeper started when later mocked about his hair colour in Lajpat
Nagar, Delhi. Recalling an incident, I too had faced a similar kind of problem while
pursuing my Master degree in JNU, Delhi.
Conversely, style I believe is personal, why do people have to have a problem on
Eventually, I have met people with weird and creepy sense of styles, the way they
put in themselves.
Here word like creepy or weird is denoted by my sight and not necessarily everyone.
I didn’t like the sense of wearing Salwar with sport shoes, I didn’t like the sense
of wearing Dhotis like those of miniskirts, pulling it way to short and I didn’t
like the big guys wearing Superman T- Shirts. Though my eyes didn’t find favour,
I don’t like to make any comment on them because I knew it’s all personal.
We clearly know the fact that while shaping the nation after partition of India or
the creation of Pakistan, critic believed that such a diversity could not remain
for long as India was seen with different Cultures, Languages, Religion and in particular-
‘PEOPLE.’ Are we giving boost to these beliefs??? Let’s falsify it together. Why
don’t you come to my house and taste rice with samboo shoots? Why wasn’t I invited
to your house to have Daal with Chapati together? Diversity is the greatest richness
of India, let’s preserve it.
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Delay in Rafale fighter jet acquisition, a major concern
What could be termed as major setback, defense minister AK Anthony today told that
deal to buy Rafale fighter jet can only be possible in the next financial year as
ministry is left with no money left. New Delhi had picked the Rafale fighters for
exclusive negotiations in January 2012 and had been expected to finalise the deal,
estimated at $15 billion, by the end of March. India is in the midst of a $100 billion
defence modernization programme to replace Soviet-era planes and tanks to narrow
the gap with China, with which it fought a war in 1962. A border dispute lingers
and Indian Air force is deeply worried with depleting fleet of ageing fighter jets.
The air force believes that further delay in acquisition of Rafale jet will severely
affect the fleet strength of the force. The defence upgrade programme has moved slowly
like other major projects under the current government and is partly because of Antony's
insistence on transparency and integrity in the defence procurement process, long
dogged by allegations of kickbacks. Last month, Antony's office cancelled a $560
million euro deal with AgustaWestland for 12 helicopters after allegations were made
that bribes had been paid to middlemen to secure the contract. With neighbors like
China and Pakistan upping hostility against India, can it afford more delay in major