August 29

Rakshabandhan wishes

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Governor and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh have wished the people of the state on the occasion of Rakshabandhan.

May this happy occasion rekindle our resolve to work for safeguarding our sisters, daughters and mothers from all evil eyes, the Governor JP Rajkhowa wished in his message.

The occasion will continue to spread universal love and peace in the world. He hoped that the festive occasion will strengthen the endearing bond among all communities and groups and help all in the collective endeavour to work for the well-being of one and all, he said in a message.

In a message on eve of the age-old Hindu festival, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki emphasised on the greater significance of the bond of love between siblings, which is universal.  "The motto of the simple festival is much bigger, which is the message of universal brotherhood," Tuki observed.

"While our sisters tie rakhi to us with great faith, let us pledge to protect and treat our women at par and maintain brotherhood amongst all communities for peace and progress of all mankind," the Chief Minister added.

He called upon the people to imbibe the real significance of the festival and follow the message of universal brotherhood.


Penalty imposed

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: PIO cum Superintendent Surveyor of Western Zone, PWD, Itanagar Public Information Officer Anand Gautam has been imposed a penalty of Rs, 25000 for deliberately defying the orders of the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission in connection to an appeal made by one Techi Hemu.

In case of his failure to comply with the order, the commission shall invoke section 20 (2) of the Right to Information Act 2005, APIC warned.


NSS training of trainers on gender equity

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Training of trainers on Gender Equity for NSS Programme Officers began at Don Bosco Youth Centre Itanagar on August 28.  

Educationist Dr. Joram Begi exhorted the gathering to give focus on NSS to make the younger generation more vibrant.  He said that it has been decided that NSS and NCC will be introduced as an elective subject in the autonomous colleges in Arunachal Pradesh.  CBSE is also working on this line. He suggested that NSS should be taken as a mass movement for the younger generation in the State.  

Parliamentary Secretary, Education Bamang Felix has underscored the need to utilise science and technology to improve the academic ambience of the State.

"To make our state stronger, we need to provide such types of trainings, he further said.  

Regional Director, NSS, Guwahati Sunil Kumar Basumathary highlighted the aims and objectives of the NSS and its importance for state functionaries. He also appraised that Rajeev Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur is taking proactive role to spread NSS.  

Dr. VN Sharma, SLO, NSS and Fr. Cyriac SDB., Director, DBYC, Itanagar also spoke on the occasion.


Farmers training

HAYULIANG, Aug 28: In all 40 farmers took part in a day-long Krishi Vigyan Kendra Anjaw conducted training on protected cultivation technology through construction of low cost greenhouses, which was held at Tafraliang village on Monday last.

During the training, Soil & Water Conservation Engineering SMS Uday Bhandari, explained the farmers about the importance of protected cultivation technology through construction of greenhouses, right from the site selection, orientation and structural preparation to installation of polythene film. He said that in the prevailing economic condition wherein capital is scarce, low initial investment greenhouses are often favoured. Bamboo wood as a structural member in association with UV stabilised transparent polythene film is a common option selected by greenhouse designers, he said adding that earlier results showed greenhouses as an important tool for high income generation from small holdings, especially in rural areas.

KVK Anjaw farm manager Prasanta Mahanta and Khacha Gam village head also spoke in the training.


Moyong takes over as PAC Chairman

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Speaker has appointed Kaling Moyong as Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) following vacation of office by Nikh Kamin, who has been appointed as Parliamentary Secretary recently.

Moyong after formally taking over as Chairman of the PAC held an informal meeting at his Office Chamber and discussed on various issues relating to committee with M. Lasa, Secretary, K. Habung, Additional Secretary, T. Pertin, Under Secretary, L. Rongrang, Committee Officer and other official and staff, according to a legislative assembly release.

Moyong will attend the Conference of Chairman of PAC being held on September 8-9 in New Delhi organized by Lok Sabha.


TB awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: District Health Society (RNTC), Papum Pare organised a TB awareness programme at VKV, Chimpu yesterday to raise awareness among school children about the disease, what it is and how to prevent its spread.

The team from the District Health Society explained in details the causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tool, treatment and preventive measure.

Around 500 students of the school along with the teaching staff attended the programme.

A similar programme was also organised at Auxallium School & Health Care on August 20.


Residents decry sudden halt in road work

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The residents of Haopolyang Township have appealed to the department concerned for early completion of the construction of (cement concrete) road from Pai Gate to Club road connecting Hill Top road, Ziro.

Expressing disappointment over sudden halt in construction work halfway, the Haopolyang Residents Right Forum - Youth Wing (HRRF-YW), on behalf of general public, met the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner and submitted a memorandum seeking resumption of works at the earliest.

The HRRF-YW, in its memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, stated that sudden halt in construction of road, culverts, drains etc. has turned the whole area in to a veritable hell, causing great inconvenience not only to the residents of the area but also those who use the road.

The construction works remained suspended since July this year for reason best known to the department concerned, the memorandum said.


Awareness prog on HIV, drugs abuse

KHONSA, Aug 28: The two-day awareness camp on HIV/AIDS, drugs abuse, disaster management etc. concluded here today.

Attending the valedictory function today, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha stressed the need of organising such programme from time to time to generate public awareness on such vital issues, like HIV/AIDS, drugs abuse, which have become burning social problems.

Later, the DC interacted with the participating students.

Earlier, in the programme, resource person Gulley Sumnyan highlighted on child rights, their protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

Senya Lowang, a law student, also threw light on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences stating how children and parents can fight against the offenders of the law.

Dr. Palash Rakshit, SMO spoke on drugs abuse and HIV/AIDS and how to protect and avoid themselves from such bad habits and HIV. He said that staying away from multiple sexual relationships is the only to avoid HIV/AIDS.

DDMO P Duggong explained on disaster management and preparedness, do and don'ts during and after fire disasters, like earthquake, landslide, flood etc.

Pubi Lombi, DDSE, Khonsa also spoke on the occasion.

Students, teachers, PRIs leaders and department functionaries attended the programme. DIPRO


Science exhibition organized

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Students of VKV Kuporijo from Class V to X exhibited a total of 20 models during a school-level science exhibition organised by the Science department of VKV Kuporijo in the school here today.  

Addressing the students on the occasion as special guest, Govt. College Daporijo principal Dr. Vijay Raji exhorted the need to keep scientific temperament alive among the students and advised them to remain dedicated in their quest of knowledge for a bright future.  

Over 400 students apart from teaching staff and parents attended the exhibition.


Union for CCTV and Biometric installation

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The All Kurung Kumey District Students' Union (AKKDSU) has demanded installation of CCTVs in all the HoD offices at Koloriang and biometric system to check attendance of the staffs.

In its letter to the Kurung Kumey DC, it has also demanded immediate repair and renovation of Koloriang township.


Arunachal Idol from Sept 1

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The Arunachal Idol 2015 will begin from Sept 1 next and will be held across nine district headquarters apart from Itanagar where the finale will be held.


Teacher dead

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Assistant Teacher of Govt Middle School, Jara Jotam Toko Taling passed away at Army hospital, New Delhi on August 26 last. He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.

Offering condolences to the bereaved family members, the Arunachal Teachers' Association (ATA) Lower Subansiri unit prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.



While referring to the seventh paragraph of the news item under the headline "Cong MLAs defend Budget" published in this daily on July 21 wherein Chongkham MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Env & Forest) C.T. Mein was quoted as saying "Wakro area in Namsai district," it was clarified that Mein had never mentioned  of Wakro in Namsai district. In fact he said, "In my Namsai and in Namsai district and in my Wakro, people are going after tea like anything." This was clarified by the PS to Mein in a release.



While referring to the news item under the headline "Secretary not impressed with dept performance"  published in this daily on August 28, the Rural Development director Bokar Basar in a rejoinder  today clarified that  RD and PR  secretary/commissioner Indra Mallo never said or meant anyway that she was "not impressed with the performance" of the department. Rather she reviewed the performance of the CSSs and at the end she had the impression that non-release of fund on time was hindering the implementation of CSSs of RD & PR in the state. She also advised the DRDAs/BDOs to ensure that those who applied for jobs under MGNREGA be given jobs under stipulated time.


News Impact

Likabali police recover cache of explosives and arms

[ Taba Ajum ]

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Likabali police today recovered a huge cache of explosives and live cartridges from a Tata Sumo during a routine police checking at Likabali police check gate. The Sumo was on its way to Silapathar (Assam) from Aalo. Police has arrested one person in this regard while another person managed to flee from the spot. The items seized include 7 packets of powergel explosives, 8 detonators, 7 safety fuses, one 12 Bore SBBL gun, 5 round live cartridges of SBBL gun, one Nokia handset along with 2 sim cards, a cheque book issued from SBI Ranka branch, Sikkim and Purus Jeevan Capsules.

Police on duty apprehended one Iter Ori who was carrying the seized items along with his accomplish Kemba Kami who managed to escape to a nearby jungle on the pretext of going for urine. Both of them hail from Bogdo village under West Siang district.

Police has launched a massive manhunt to arrest the absconder under the supervision of SDPO Likabali Dr. DW Thongon and OC Likabali. Further a case has been registered at Likabali police station vide LKB PS Case No. 26/2015 u/s 9B(1)(b) of the Explosives Act 1884 R/W Section 5(a) of the Explosive substances Act 1908 R/W Section 25(1B)(a) of Arms Act and investigation is being carried out.

"Preliminary investigation reveals that the duo procured the explosives from one Johny Tatin of Mori village under Rumgong ADC circle by paying Rs 40,000. Upon interrogation, Iter Ori revealed that the explosives were being transported to Sikkim to be delivered to a person named Binod. Further interrogation is going on to unearth the exact purpose of the transportation of these explosives," shared Dr. DW Thongon, SDPO Likabali. Meanwhile West Siang SP Mari Riba has congratulated Likabali police team for the seizure of explosives and arrest of one person.



Kra Daadi cut off

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Massive landslides have occurred at various places under Yangte, Chambang and Palin circles due to continuous heavy rainfall.

Kra Daadi Deputy Commissioner, Habung Donyi, directed all the administrative officers to be on alert and monitor any natural calamity at their respective areas and send reports accordingly. Further, he directed the PWD department to restore the blocked road immediately.

Takar Rava, Circle Officer, Yangte informed that in several places in Yangte Circle, the road links have been washed away.

300 meters of PWD road between Yangte-Tali have been washed away near Ania Koyer Village cutting off Yangte from rest of the world on Aug 26. Meanwhile, the Circle Officer has directed the PWD to make a safe porter track at the block point for immediate restoration of communication. Further, he reported damage of many agriculture and horticulture crops.

ZPM Yangte, Tarh Monika has appealed to the government for immediate relief and early restoration of roads.

There are reports of many landslides at Palin town alongside various town roads and PWD labourers are engaged for restoration works.

Chambang Circle too is cut off from rest of world due to landslides and heavy rainfall. DIPRO



Another culvert at Papu Nallah to ease traffic

[ Appu Gapak ]

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: For the umpteenth time today, the already traffic harassed denizens of Capital city were forced to drive one way from Papu Nalah. However the reason this time was the extension work that was going on in one of the bailey bridges set up at the block point and not the usual breaking of the bridge. The road was opened later in the evening.

"Additional channel was being added to one of the bailey bridges in advance, so the traffic had to be stopped for some time", informed AE Highway Debia Takam.

According to the engineer, the 8 meters concrete culvert bridge at the block point will take two more months to complete.

"The construction will take around one month, but we have to wait for the curing process also which will take additional 28 days. Only after the curing process is over, the culvert will be open for vehicular movement," he said.

The AE divulged that another 7 meters concrete culvert bridge will be built along the hill side after the completion of the current ongoing work.

"Only after constructing the 7 meters culvert, the two lane full width highway will be complete", he said adding that it cannot be constructed now as it will hamper the already breached road.

In the meantime, while the construction of the culvert is on, the people of Capital Complex have no other way but to bear the brunt of Nature's fury.



Over 1 lakh fingerlings released in Kiile and Panyor rivers

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: Over one lakh fingerlings were released in Kiile and Panyor rivers by Fisheries Department of Lower Subansiri district recently under its "River Ranching Programme/Scheme".

Fingerlings in Kiile River in Ziro were released through ZPM Niitii, Hong Tilling Sambyo in presence of panchayat leaders, general public and officials of fishery department.

District Fishery Development Officer (DFDO) Pani Odyssey, who was present on the occasion, appealed to the general public to protect and preserve the released fingerlings, especially the indigenous species. He advised the Panchayat leaders of the areas to monitor and check fishing using illegal methods like blasting, bleaching etc. She also suggested the people not to fish or disturb aquatic life, especially during breeding season from May to September.  

The number of some indigenous fish species with religious importance, which were found in abundant in the rivers, are gradually declining, she said, and urged all to make collective efforts to conserve and protect them.

Fingerlings, like Mahseer, Indian Major Carp, Exotic Carps etc were released.  Yazali Anchal Chairperson Nabam Piju released the fingerlings in Panyor River on the same day. Public, panchayat leaders and officials of DFDO Ziro were present on the occasion.



Allegations misleading: EE

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: While referring to the news items published in this daily on July 12 and August 27 alleging irregularities and fund mismanagement in the execution of water supply scheme at Debing village, the Pasighat PHE & WS Division Executive Engineer today said that allegations are purely fabricated and misleading. The allegation regarding the quality of RCC work for water supply structure at the said village and it's easy washout by the monsoon is a lie since every structure is still intact in spite of heavy downpour since March 2015, the EE said in a statement.

So far the selection of the site is concerned, the diversion of structure (headwork) for tapping water was carried out after a long search of suitable source. The Sarkut portion as mentioned in the news was rejected on technical ground, since the source at Sarkut in particular was unsuitable for tapping water. Moreover, the selection of site for this water supply was done in consultation with PRI leaders as per the guidelines of Ministry for Rural Development (RD) for the better selection and execution of the work, the statement further clarified.

The statement said that on the contrary to the allegation, the Debing Panchayat led by its PRI leaders and HGB have appreciated the work. In fact the PRI leaders had approached the District Administration to clarify their stand and applauded the constructions, the EE said while making available to the press a copy of the letter written to DC by PRI leaders and a HGB.

It further said that due to repeated pleading from the local panchayat and for the benefit of the people, the department had constructed an additional tapping source which is nearby the WTP (Water Treatment Plan) so as to provide additional sustained water supply to the village and which was carried out without any scope in the working estimate.

"Few rumour mongers who are projecting themselves as the voice of the village  are misguiding and disrupting the tranquility of peace in the village by way of press media on the completed project (Water Supply Scheme to Debing Village) to the interest best known to them," the statement added.



Siram and Khosla visit schools, take part in massive plantation drive

PASIGHAT, Aug 28: Advisor to Chief Minister, Bosiram Siram along with Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla, DDSE Obuk Panor, ZPC Kaling Dai, PMC Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk, host of officers and leaders today visited Mirbuk and Yagrung government secondary schools.   They interacted with teachers and students and took part in massive plantation drive.

While interacting with the faculties in schools, Siram said that well-maintained and attractive learning environments could assist in raising educational standards. He advised the teaching community to maintain dedication, punctuality and sincerity. For brighter future of the students, they must have good relations with the local officers, leaders and SMC members and conduct development meeting time to time. "Times are changing and  expectations of the parents are higher," Siram said while admitting that there were issues with challenges.  But those  issues could be dealt with by tactful dealings and inculcating progressive mindset, he hoped.  Siram also delivered lectures on global warming and importance of massive plantation drives.

DC Isha Khosla giving priority to education said there was no shortcut to success in life without education and students must be sincere, dedicated to achieve good academic result. Khosla expressed satisfaction over the cleanliness of schools surroundings and motivated the students to keep their surroundings green and clean by undertaking plantation of trees. She urged the teaching fraternity to serve the state with zeal and courage. Teacher-student relationships shape students' morale and emotional development. Beyond bookish knowledge, it could teach students to behave morally high by instilling in them virtues and standards, a clear sense of right and wrong, stated the DC. She shared some preventive measures to control dengue and also gave some health tips to make the district free from all diseases. "It is a pride moment for Pasighat that the union government has selected the town to develop as Smart City. We all have to contribute our best services to make the mission successful," she said. DIPRO



BJP hits back at Congress

ITANAGAR, Aug 28: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal unit today hit back at ruling Congress party and its frontal wing for coming to the rescue of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki over Guwahati High Court's directive for CBI enquiry in a 10 year old corruption case. In a release, BJP spokesperson Techi Necha alleged that Congress party is giving concocted press statements after the acting Chief Justice K. Sreedhar Rao inflicted graft charges on Chief Minister for awarding of contract works to his kith and kins without floating tender during his stint as the Minister for PWD & UD.

The saffron party urged Congress and its frontal wings to advice Chief Minister to resign on moral ground in the wake of the High Court directive.  BJP also alleged that the ruling party has leveled unsubstantiated allegation against State BJP Unit president Tai Tagak and Tamiyo Taga leader of opposition respectively. "Rampant corruption, nepotism and favouritism are prevailing in the entire system of the governance under the present ruling Congress government led by Nabam Tuki. The system of governance and administration of the state has been completely dismembered.

The SIT and SIC have charge  sheeted several sitting ruling Congress MLAs and Ministers along with the high ranking officials, which includes the Secretaries and Deputy Commissioners under the infamous multi crore PDS scam. But these tainted public representatives and officials are allowed to hold the public office by breaching the propriety of the office," the BJP stated. Questioning the move to approach Supreme Court, party questioned why Congress is scared to face CBI probe if indeed the Chief Minister is clean.


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Support villagers living along LOC

The continuous ceasefire violation along the line of control by Pakistani security forces has made life miserable for the people living along the international boundary. In the last one year people of Jammu & Kashmir has suffered a lot due to ceasefire violation. Many innocent lives are being lost and hundreds of villagers are getting displaced. Today three civilians were killed and seventeen others injured in R.S.Pura sector along the Indo-Pak international border in Jammu district. Pakistani forces indulged in heavy mortar shelling and firing.

The BSF troops guarding the border gave befitting reply to the Pak shelling and the heavy exchanges from both sides lasted till around 10 am this morning. Dozens of villages and equal number of forward border outposts have been affected by the Pak shelling. It is clear that Pakistani forces are deliberately targeting the civilian areas which have triggered panic among the people. The response of Indian government is not adequate enough. Besides giving tough response to Pak forces, the government should find out means to protect the lives of villagers living along the LOC. The affected villagers should be adequately compensated for the loss. Pakistan should also understand that violence will not lead to any conclusion and dialogue is the only means to resolve the outstanding issues. Both India and Pakistan should create congenial atmosphere, so that dialogue process can resume at the earliest.





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Let it be a model polytechnic

Dear Editor,

Apropos to the earlier press release “Establish Polytechnic” as published on dated 13th August 2015 edition of this daily, I would like to add few relevant points to the implementing agency that, the people of Sippi area extends thankfulness to the concerned authority and Land Feasibility Survey team of Government of Arunachal Pradesh. And I would like the implementing agency to establish the Polytechnic at the earliest based on the recent survey report.

But, while studying survey report certain criteria should not be left out like road communication, power supply, water supply, telephone service, proximity to towns, easy access to libraries and stationeries, study environment, easy access to health care services etc.

Based on the above criteria, I would like to draw at your notice that Ngudar (Sippi) is located at 12 km from the District HQ Daporijo with all weather road connectivity and is along proposed two lane defence road. It has perennial fresh water sources, with its own power house at Batam just 2 kilometers away from the proposed site; it has its own satellite tower (GSM Mobile Service) for internet access and telecommunication connectivity.

Since this area has so many education institutions therefore it is an educational hub of the district thus it promotes study environment and competitions among the students thus quality education can be achieved. The area has plenty of raw materials like boulders, sand, gravel beside stone crashers already installed near the proposed site and bamboos etc, available for the construction of the required infrastructure.

But, it is the prerogative of the concern authority to select the suitable site for the Institution based on their study report. However, it is expected from the higher authorities that they would not compromise Education for anything else. This institution would be a permanent asset of the Upper Subansiri district so it should be decided in such a way that the institution doesn’t lie defunct after it is established. 

It is a technical institution which should have better infrastructure so that poorest of the poor student can acquire professional courses who otherwise would have gone to other state to pursue various diploma courses and spend huge money. 

The institution can be established anywhere within the district but the concern authority should stick to the prescribed guidelines to avoid legal complicacies in future.


Tayom Mothu (Rocky)

ZPM, Sigin-I, 7-Daporijo



Revamping quality education scenario is a distant dream

Dear Editor,

Even though the Govt. Of Arunachal Pradesh and both the Education Directorates are striving hard to revamp and upgrade the quality of education in Arunachal Pradesh, it seems that it will remain a distant dream until and unless we work harder, as per my experience in 25 years of continuous service in different schools and location.

The problems in primary schools are that the school starts at 0900 hrs but the actual classes begin at 0930 hrs. And the same school serves MDM at 1130 to 12 hrs. As such the school runs for three or less than three hours in which children are taught for up to 3 periods a day. As such the children are deprived of their valuable periods and subjects. The BEO’s/ CRCC’s who are to look after these problems, keeps mum as if all are going smooth. The teachers who are discharging their duties silently and in remote corners of Arunachal never come to lime light and are never been recognised or awarded with Teachers Award.

The Middle Schools are too not sailing smoothly. Shortage of teachers, infrastructure like teachers’ quarter, class rooms and furniture have always been there. Future aspects and feasibility of up gradation of Primary school to Middle School were not taken into before up gradation for which there is low enrolment in Middle schools or are defunct due to lack of teachers.

In Secondary and Higher secondary schools, even though classes are functioning , there is acute shortage of subject teachers. Due to availing of CCL (child care leave) many schools have lost valuable sessions.  Till today no Vice Principal and Headmaster is seen taking their classes even for a period even though they have to take 18 periods a week as allotted.  The non-posting of clerks in Secondary Schools is also hindrance to proper working of school activity especially in CBSE Affiliated secondary schools.

The trained Graduate teachers, as I have observed, having the B.Ed qualification, but are never bothered to teach as per their B.Ed training procedure. As such the requirement of

B.Ed qualification for promotion to Junior Teacher is not only baseless but also valueless.

As for an example a TGT with B.Ed. degree does not know what is an Anecdotal record and a teachers diary.

Here, I want to express my views, if these points can help for revamping a better and quality education for Arunachal children.

1. All the Primary Schools be instructed to run up to 1400 hrs every day.

2. Feasibility of up gradation of primary schools to Middle school may be taken into account.

3. The CRCC’s be attached to HSS or Secondary Schools and allot 2 or 3 periods a day.

4. Sufficient LDC/UDC be posted in all Secondary and Hr. Sec. Schools.

5. The Vice Principal and Headmasters be asked to take allotted periods as per the norms.

6. The various funds may be disbursed to schools before re- opening of schools after summer vacation so that headmasters can plan the expenditure beforehand. It will also help maintain RTE in true sense.

7. The MDM menu be prepared in DDSE level and the schools be asked to maintain strictly. The children are fed up with served porridge (khichdi) and seen reluctant to take ( Kichdi)  any more.

8. Text books be supplied to schools before Summer vacation.

9. Regular and timely payment of salaries of SSA, RMSA and KGV school teachers.


Nomni Pertin

Government Secondary School, Kongsa





Gentleman and cricket

Dear Editor,

The “pundits”, media and the sponsors can zealously project Sachin Tendulkar as “God”; but the fact remains that when Sachin Tendulkar averaged 53.78 in Test cricket, the comparatively unsung Sri Lankan has bowed out with an outstanding average of  57.4 ! Not to forget that while Tendulkar religiously used to fail in crucial junctures, succumb meekly when it mattered the most and rarely had played a significant role in Indian wins; Kumar Sangakkara played like a Tiger in critical situations throughout his glorious career and had helped the team to win or save a Test on innumerable occasions. Just by the yardstick of batting average itself, Sangakkara has proved himself to be more successful and superior than Tendulkar. And who can forget his skills as high grade wicket-keeper also? Thus as a cricketer, Sangakkara merits a much higher pedestal than the Indian superstar.

But unlike India, Sri Lanka is not a large cricketing market that can be exploited to the full by the commercial enterprises to make a quick buck. This is the very reason why Sangakkara did not get his due praise and appreciation despite his extraordinary feats. But true cricket admirers, irrespective of their nationalities, are in awe of the talent and skills of him and feel privileged to have watched the game of the great named Kumar Sangakkara. 

Moreover unlike certain “superstars” who prefer/preferred to linger in the team, despite being an absolute liability, by banking on past record, glamour and influence; Sangakkara has voluntarily yielded place to new immediately after he witnessed a bit of dip in form. We all should learn from Sangakkara what accountability and selflessness are all about. Not to forget the gentle behaviour of Sangakkara on the field. What a contrast to certain “brave” cricketers who try to prove their aggression through verbal abuses and obscene gestures towards opponents! 

Indeed no thanks is enough for Kumar Sangakkara for providing pure entertainment in cricketing field and also for being a role model as far as an ideal human being is concerned. 

Lastly, Hats off to the Sri Lankan soil which keeps on presenting us the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya or Kumar Sangakkara — all epitomes of gentleness, politeness, greatness and civility and selflessness. 


Kajal Chatterjee




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