ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
Pharmaceutical business records 12.5 pc growth
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Pharmaceutical business in Arunachal Pradesh has recorded annual
growth of 12.5% and there is huge scope of phenomenal growth in this sector in near
future, according to Arunachal Pradesh Chemist and Druggist Association (APCDA).
The encouraging growth in this sector has definitely attracted local Arunachalee
youth to take up this business, the release said.
APCDA stressed the need for further strengthening the Association with proper guidance
of All India Organization of Chemist and Druggist (AIOCD) to meet the future demand,
which was supported by the newly elected president and general secretary Pawan Bagang
and Neelam Sera.
Medical team sought to prevent outbreak of FMD
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Claiming the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Ambam Panchayat
under Pistana Circle of Lower Subansiri district, general secretary of Assembly
Youth Congress Committee, Nabam Sonil said that the disease has already claimed a
large number of Mithun and hundreds of Mithuns are still suffering from the disease.
Sonil appealed the director of the Animal husbandry and veterinary to depute a
team of veterinary doctor with sufficient medicines to prevent the outbreak of FMD.
Block level Cong Seval Dal training camp concludes
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: A week-long block level Congress Seva Dal training at Tezu in
Lohit district came to an end today. The training which kick started on Thursday
was organized by Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal. Speaking in the valedictory
function of training camp, Seva Dal chief organizer Taki Taba urged the Seva Dal
cadres to discharge their duty with sincerity and dedication.
Among others, Sunpura ZPM cum APCC secretary Balansi Thalai, Tezu ZPM Batak Tayeng,
ASM chairperson Gayalo Sirko were present in the valedictory function. Altogether
152 trainees took part in the training.
ORI DAY celebrated
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The 11th Ori Day was celebrated at Yigi-Kaum village, Aalo in West
All Oris from different walks of life congregated in the Ori Linn of Yigi-Kaum village
and paid homage to Ato Ori, the father of all Ori clan. On this day, the nomenclature
of original surname Ori was adopted from Eshi.
Kento Ori, Ex ASM and senior citizen of Ori hoisted the Ori flag. This time, the
flag was flown half half mast and all sports and entertainment activities were cancelled
as a mark of respect of late Kirge Ori, ex MLA.
They also observed two minutes silence for eternal peace of departed soul.
A public meeting was organized wherein all the Ori unanimously adopted a resolution
to rename the present Yigi-Kaum Middile school as Kirge Ori Govt Middle School Yigi
Kaum as a mark of respect to the departed leader of the village.
AMWS conference held
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The two days conference of All Maying Welfare Society (AMWS) was
held at Nho-Koro (Talam-Riktak) recently.
Over 1200 members of the society attended the conference.
The newly elected president and general secretary of the Society appealed to the
Society members to remain united and cooperate with each other in the greater interest
of the society.
Society resents non-construction of collapsed bridge
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The All Tator-Tani Area Welfare Society (ATTAWS) has expressed
strong resentment over non re-construction of the collapsed Tampin Bridge near Riddi
village of the Segi-Gusar circle of Upper Subansiri district.
Alleging negligence by PWD, Dumporijo division to re-construct the bridge that collapsed
three years ago, ATTAWS urged the local MLA Takar Marde to direct the PWD to carry
out the construction work at the earliest.
Claiming that the bridge was an integral part of the ongoing road project from Subansiri
bridge point to Segi CO headquarters, which connects the newly born Segi circle with
district headquarters, ATTWS expressed dismay over reported non-inclusion of the
bridge in the DPR of the ongoing project.
Dr Mishra receives Delhi Ratna Award
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Dr Avinash Kumar Mishra, Chief Resident Commissioner, Arunachal
Bhawan, New Delhi has been conferred with prestigious Delhi Ratna Award for promotion
of National Integration and excellent coordination and valuable service to the people
of Arunachal Pradesh in particular and North Eastern Region in NCR Delhi at large
by the All India Conference of Intellectuals during its 31st Annual Conference held
in India International Centre New Delhi today. A former Governor and Union Minister
Bishma Narayan Singh was the Chief Guest and Harishankar Brahma, Election Commissioner
of India was the Guest of Honour while Kris Shrikant, Former Captain of Indian Cricket
team was the Special Guest on the Dias.
Dr Mishra, 1979 batch IFS officer served in various Districts of Arunachal Pradesh
in different capacities is the father of two sons and a daughter.
Thakur Anukul Chandra remembered
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The 125th birth anniversary of Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra was
celebrated in a grand manner at Vidya Sagar Academy, Barapani Bazaar, Naharlagun
Attending the day-long programme, Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions
Workers Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam extended advanced New Year
greetings to the gathering and exuded hope that the coming year will usher lots of
happiness, peace and harmony for the people of state.
Meanwhile, highlighting on the life of Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra, Sonam said,
“Sri Thakurji’s deep love and compassion for all human being irrespective of caste,
creed, and religion has transformed the lives of many anti-social elements”. Many
well-known personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Fazul Haque etc
were inspired by Thakurji’s divine touch.
He further appealed the organizing committee to invite the local boys and girls
to show their rich culture and tradition which will helpful in inculcating sense
of interest amongst them towards the importance of culture and tradition of our state.
HDOs pledge to work for farmers
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The State Horticulture Development Officers’ Welfare Association
(SHDOWA), in its general conference at Naharlagun yesterday pledged to work for betterment
of farmers to boost the state’s economy through horticulture activities.
The conference attended by HDOs from far-flung and remote areas highlighted various
grievances and problems faced by them at various level and also the pros and cons
of existing Department. They expressed gratitude to the Governor and Chief Minister
for showing their keen interest for development of Horticulture sector in the state
during the just concluded Expo cum Kisan Mela here. The meeting adopted several resolutions
for onward submission to the Horticulture Minister for early action.
Capital bandh postponed
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organisation (AAPYO) have decided to
postpone its proposed 36 hours Capital bandh scheduled to begin from Dec 17 keeping
in view of the on-going semester examinations of RGU and Arunachal Law Academy.
This was informed by the organization in a release today.
Meanwhile, AAPYO appealed to the district administration to release its detained
executive members immediately.
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has unanimously selected Yazali
as the venue for the 6th Nyishi Day cum General Conference cum Silver Jubilee Celebration
from 17th- 22nd April 2013. The house after detailed discussion unanimously approved
Yazali in Lower Subansiri District in view of its accessibility, the historical importance
as a cultural centre and the birth place of Nyishi unification movement, according
to a NES release.
Meanwhile, the NES condoled the untimely demise of Tadar Tarih, Block Development
Officer on Thursday. Death of Tarih is a great loss to the community, it said.
154 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Women take up cudgel against drug abuse
PASIGHAT, Dec 16: In an effort to curb alcohol and drug abuse at Pasighat and other
areas in East Siang district, the Adi Bane Kebang (Woman Wing) on Saturday conducted
a day-long mass awareness meeting at Pasighat Solung ground. The awareness meeting
with theme “Clean East Siang from drugs and alcohol abuse” and “Save precious lives
of the young generation” took serious note of the alarming increase in use of alcohol,
narcotics and other contraband drugs among the young generation. Easy access to country
made foreign liquor and contraband drugs is ruining precious lives of the school
children and the authority concerned is keeping mum over the serious issue, the members
present in the meeting observed.
While explaining the objective of the meet, Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) woman wing secretary
Opak Takuk expressed concern over increasing trend of alcohol and drug abuse, which
is posing a serious threat to the society besides causing frequent road accident.
According to her, the state government is putting priority on establishment of various
institutions but it is not paying any attention on moral building of the students.
She said that inaction of the local administration and alleged silence of the elite
society have compelled the women to rise against the social menace.
The general secretary of district unit ABK Tajing Taki in her address said that the
government is indiscriminately issuing liquor licenses to enrich state coffer. But
by doing so, the government is pushing the society to a bleak future. She urged the
parents and guardians to guide their children properly.
Taking part in the discussion, eminent women of the district, including Yalem Taga
Burang, Benggo Dai Perme, Oyi Gao Darang and others expressed grave concern over
mushrooming of illicit liquor shops both in urban and rural areas. The women activists
stressed on the need to create mass awareness to make the common people on ill-effect
of the alcohol and drugs. They also demanded ban on illegal sale of liquors and narcotics
and other tobacco products in shops/ghumtis. The meeting resolved to constitute a
joint action committee to impose fine against the violators.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rumi Tasung suggested the mothers to be front runner
in curbing the alcohol and drug menace. She laid stress on formation of ‘Parents-Children
Bond’ in order to build up moral charrecter among the young students and urged the
parents to involve their children in literary and cultural activities.
Briefing on the ways of transmission of killer HIV/AIDS virus and other Sexually
Transmitted Diseases, Dr Lalchand Darung emphasized on preventive measures to get
rid of the AIDS. He also discussed on legal implication in case of AIDS patient.
Another resource person, Dr Kabit Ratan explained the impact of alcohol in societies.
Dr Ratan urged the parents to guide the young children in a religious way to prevent
them from taking drugs and alcohol.
Bogong Banggo president Oyem Dai in his address sharply criticized the police and
Excise personnel for failing to check smuggling of the narcotics and other drugs.
According to him an unholy nexus between the police and illicit traders’ cannot be
ruled out. He sought Para military patrolling round the clock at every vulnerable
location to check the illegal activities.
The meeting was attended by traffic police SI Tagom Radeng, who elaborated on the
road safety measures, while senior advocate Toning Pertin told about the penalties
under NDPS Act, 1985, for unpermitted possessing and trading of narcotics and other
Ziro PCFS conferred NCDC Award
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The Ziro Poultry Cooperative Farmers Society Ltd. (ZPCFSL) has
been conferred the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) biennial Award
for Cooperative Excellence-2012 for its excellent performance in the field of poultry
Secretary of the ZPCFSL Bamin Siri had received the Award from President of India
Pranab Mukherjee at a glittering function held at New Delhi on December 8 last.
The award carries cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a memento.
The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives to increase
public awareness and to promote the growth of the cooperatives and the NCDC is celebrating
the International Year of Cooperative -2012 coinciding with its golden jubilee year.
In deed, it is proud moment for ZPCFS, its secretary Bamin Siri, ZPM who toiled very
hard to give a boost to poultry farming in Arunachal. In fact the ZPCFS have created
a niche at national level and earned good reputation for Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, visibly happy Bamin Siri, while extending his deep gratitude to the Govt
of Arunachal Pradesh, department of Cooperation for selecting the Society for such
award, said “We are really encouraged with this prestigious award and we will put
more effort on poultry farming and set example for other farmers and unemployed to
learn from it,” according to an official release.
Spectators get mesmerized as Fraternity Tournament ends in style
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: The high profile Fraternity Tournament played between Joint Director
of Health Services( Doctors’ XI) & Jawaharlal Nehru College (Professors’ XI) comes
to a mesmerising finish on Dec 15th with Professors’ XI winning the Fraternity Trophy
despite some nail biting finish to the games of cricket, volleyball and football.
The tournament that had its humble beginning in the year 2003, has of late been the
most preferred tournament of Pasighat. The professionals of high stature from both
the sides, when clad in colourful semblance of the game, seemed to be the idols for
the upcoming generations. It is also interesting to note that since its inception,
the fraternity trophy has been won by either side for equal number of times which
shows the perfect balance of both the teams in all aspects of the varied games.
Speaking on the concluding ceremony, Dr M Perme, DMO, Pasighat, Dr O. Moyong, Medical
Supdt, Gen. Hospital, Pasighat and S.R.Choudhury, Principal (in-charge), JN College,
Pasighat applauded the great spirit of the players and unanimously emphasized on
the need of such games to bring about a familial bond between the Doctors and the
Professors. They also extended their thanks to Dr K.Lego, JDHS, Pasighat and T.Talom,
Principal, JNC for their keen encouragements and support towards the success of the
Byaling advocates for quality education
DAPORIJO, Dec 16: The 3rd general conference of Tagin Culture Society (TCS), the
apex body of Tagin community, commenced today with Power and Panchayat Raj Minister
Tanga Byaling and local MLA Tapen Siga launching the web site of TCS at Rijo conference
Speaking on the occasion, Byaling explained the importance of quality education for
development of the society. If there is no quality education there will be no progress,
he said while explaining that the students and youths—the future of our society—must
be imparted value based education to lead our society from the front towards development.
He also encouraged the govt. servants and public, especially teaching staff to live
up the expectations of the society by discharging their duty sincerely. He appealed
them not to compromise with the quality of education.
In his address, Siga appealed to all former and present executive body of TCS to
keep up the spirit of working for the society. He also urged every individual member
of the society to bury their selfish interest rather work for greater interest of
the society. He informed that a separate meeting on wearing of Tagin dresses not
only occasionally but also in normal time would be held shortly.
He also informed that there should be a one methology regarding celebration of Si
Donyi festival everywhere and appealed the public to avoid so called term “ Pre Si
Donyi celebration as reportedly celebrated by some student organizations in recent
Taliha MLA Punji Mara explained the importance of society in modern world and urged
the people to promote social harmony, which is the most essential part of the civilized
society. Tapa Dagium, general secretary TCS explained and informed about various
developmental activities carried out by TCS during his tenure through PowerPoint
Komkar Dulom, President TCS, promised that their executive body would be formed
with only the best and capable persons.
The inaugural programme was attended by public, intellectuals and renowned personality
and other dignitaries of Tagin community.
NERIST CSR reviews its activities
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: A meeting on Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) of NERIST
was held at the conference hall of NERIST director on December 14 last.
Presiding over the meeting, NERIST director Prof Dipankar Pal informed that NERIST
provides basic health facilities to all patients of the locality at its health centre
(NHU). The NSS wing of the Institute tries to reach out the different villages on
various issues of health care, cleanliness and awareness on health and hygiene, education
etc from time to time, he said. Pal further said that enhancement of technical education
and human resource development of Arunachal Pradesh in particular and the Northeastern
region in general is the prime objective of the Institute.
Recently a workshop was held on dengue in the Institute for awareness of the people
of the locality. It has proposal to have more such awareness on the chicken guinea,
cholera, malaria etc.
Director further informed that the ladies club of the Institute has started adult
education programme on Saturday and Sunday beside distribution of cloths and other
materials to the needy persons in the area through NGOs. The Institute has taken
up a project of LPG outlet with help of IOC and awaiting for NOC from district administration.
This will help the local people also beside the Neristian. It is also contemplating
to take up the matter of petrol/diesel pump in the campus as per feasibility. At
present there are 3 ATM booths and 2 more are expected to start and there is also
a plan to have food restaurant in the NERIST campus. Speaking on the occasion Capital
DC Sanjay Goel has appreciated the noble gesture of the Institute and assured to
extend help as and when required.
In her address, the Arunachal Times Editor Dr. Audrey Apang enquired about the catchment
area of CSR and offered her help and involvement. She mentioned that about 600 women
have been trained on primary health care by Future Generation Arunachal (FGA) and
they can assist health endeavour of CSR.
Nirjuli ASM T Bani requested for health care service of NERIST doctors at Nirjuli
village at least once in a week.
While appreciating the effort of Institute, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries
general secretary T Nachung assured to extend help as and when needed.
City SP Surender Kumar stressed on the need of maintaining food standard and suggested
water treatment plant and water shed management for better harvesting.
Prof R M Pant, Dean (Acad), NERIST spoke about the activities of NSS for spread
of education in the locality and health care while Prof M Muralidhar- Dean(P&D),NERIST
spoke about use of jatropha for bio-diesel.
It was also decided in the meeting to hold CSR meeting quarterly to review its activities.
A ten-member advisory committee was also constituted with NERIST director Prof.
D. Pal at its chairman.
Prof P P Dabral, Dean (Admin) and Dr. R P Bhattacharjee, Registrar,NERIST were also
present in the meeting.
Dabii inaugurates Yibom Padung Memorial Community Hall
PASIGHAT, Dec 16: Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii has dedicated the newly constructed Yibom
Padung Memorial Community Hall (Dere) to the people of Rotte village of Koyu circle
today. The hall has been constructed by the WRD at the cost of Rs 10 lakh under Dabii’s
Soon after inauguration, Dabii attended a public meeting and greeted the people for
X-Mas and a prosperous new year ahead. Such hall in the area would facilitate the
people of the area in conducting various social programs, ceremonies and function,
he said. Dabii gave additional Rs 6 Lakh for construction of boundary wall of the
hall. ‘I had joined politics with a firm determination and sincere intention to serve
the people’ stated the educationist turned politician Dabii in his address. Appealing
the people to preserve all the government assets as their own, the senior legislator
further asserted that living together in peace and harmony could only bring speedy
development in the area. Pointing out his painstaking efforts, the MLA claimed that
the people in all fronts are enjoying the benefits of the welfare schemes like roads,
schools, PHCs, agriculture, horticulture, water and power supply etc brought by him
in the area. Overcoming the barriers of language, caste, creed or religion, we must
lay strong foundations for national integration, communal harmony, secularism and
technological revolutions in the state strengthening our future generations, stated
the senior Congressman on the occasion.
Dabii stressed the need for students to be hard-working, sincere and disciplined
to achieve success in this age of cut-throat competion. He said teachers are responsible
for shaping futures of millions of youths and therefore they must demonstrate fair
and moral actions in classrooms. The facilitators should assure to impart meaningful,
constructive and value based education for our children, he added.
Nari ADC, EEs of various departments, the Zilla Parishad Chairperson and host of
officers and leaders attended the meeting. DIPRO
Pasighat VTI runs with myriad problems
PASIGHAT, Dec 16: Despite severe fund crunch and shortage of necessary equipments,
the Veterinary Training Institute (VTI) at Pasighat is going ahead with its mission
to reach out the rural people to provide benefits under central-sponsored projects.
Acute shortage of fund for protection and renovation of building of different units
in the office complex has become major impediment of the institute to go ahead with
its agendas and the state government’s indifferent attitude is pushing the institute
to an uncertain future.
The VTI under the state Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary is running
with myriad problems, including infrastructure and other requirements, which is causing
concern among the department officials and the local people as well.
Set up in 1984, the VTI has been functioning in a pathetic state for the last several
years as the state government is not taking any step to provide necessary infrastructure.
The main building with auditorium, library sections are in dilapidated condition.
The cracked walls of the office building and worn-out roof and ceilings are adding
risk for conducting training and other activities therein. Besides the main building
the trainees’ hostel has turned into Bhoot Bungalow as it has not been repaired for
the last many years.
Lack of proper boundary wall around the VTI complex is causing an unsafe condition
on the properties besides encroachment of land allotted for the institute. Illicit
trespass by traders, entry of domestic animals like, cattle, pig into the campus
and stealing of precious item are common phenomenon in the VTI complex.
Talking to this correspondent, the Deputy Director cum i/c of VTI Mito Nyodu informed
that the authority grants limited fund to the institute, which is inadequate to maintain
the regular activities, including the operation of vehicles.
Officials informed that the Poultry unit equipped with a hatchery of 15,000 incubating
capacity is lying defunct for the last seven years. As such, the cross-breed milch
cattle in the dairy unit hit hard by shortage of green grass during winter season
as there is no irrigation facilities in the grass cultivation sites inside the VTI
More than 300 trainees including in-service Veterinary field assistant (stockman)
and rural farmers were imparted training by the institute during the last five years.
The year-long training included skill development training for para-veterinarians,
short- term training on artificial insemination in cattle and training on Scientific
Rearing of Fowl for the farmers.
APBRDA VC lauds Arunachalee weightlifters
ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource and Development Agency vice chairman
Yura Tagung highly appreciated the outstanding performance of Arunachalee weightlifers
in the 8th Sub Junior Boys and Girls and 49th Men and 25th Women Junior National
Weightlifting Championship 2012-13 at Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
Attending the Championship as chief guest today, Yura said that the weightlifters
have made Arunachal Pradesh proud with their mesmerizing and record breaking performance
in the championship for which credit must go to Arunachal Weightlifting Association
and its president Abraham K Techi.
“I am feeling very proud of myself that I am invited as the chief guest of such a
big event by the organizing committee,” he said and advised the young athletes that
it is the right time and proper platform to expose their talents. Yura also expressed
his willingness to work for development of games and sports in Arunachal Pradesh.
It is worth mentioning here that Jimjang Deru and Sambu Lapung of Arunachal Pradesh
broke two national records in the Championship. Seven athletes from Arunachal Pradesh
are participating in the championship.
Young Aspirations: Nostalgia through NERIST & beyond…!
Nyalleescopy By Nyali Ete
Writing is my passion; I love writing. During my final (sixth) year in NERIST (North-eastern
Regional Institute of Science & Technology) - I entered NERIST through NEE-I (after
class-X), I started a weekly pamphlet called “Young Aspirations” for NERIST Arunachalee
students. I was the Chief-Editor.
It fills me with immense nostalgia to recollect the sweet memories as well as sweet
names of my colleagues. My friends such as Lod Nakku (now Assistant Engineer, Hydro-power),
Remar Gab (District Transport Officer, Aalo), Jikum Hiri (Assistant Engineer, Highway,
Arunachal), Tao Tana (Junior Telecom Officer, BSNL), Tadu Novin (who subsequently
did MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, and now a successful Hotelier),
Rakthi Duchok (Assistant Bank Manager, IDBI Bank, Itanagar), Doni Riba (who subsequently
did MBA from Financial Management Studies, Delhi University, and now working in Bangalore),
Mobia Gambo (now working as Assistant Engineer in Oil India Limited, Duliajan, Assam)
and Jummin Kamki (who also subsequently did MBA from Indian Institute of Management,
Ahmedabad, and now working with a multi-national company) rendered their services
as the Editors.
The Young Aspirations provided our budding writers and poets an opportunity to polish
and enrich their talents. There was space for everyone: Crosswords, Cartoons, Message-column,
Reader’s Corner, etc. It aimed to provide a platform to young Arunachalees to express
and share their aspirations freely and openly.
My mind was already impregnated with the idea of a pamphlet during my 3rd year; but
it could not see the light of the day until my final year, when I eventually managed
to bring out the 1st edition of the Young Aspirations, on 28 February, 2004, barely
a week after the victory-celebration/party hosted by my football team for NAPSA members.
Eventually, it did, and it took almost 3 long years to do so. Anyways, better late
The NERIST Arunachal Pradesh Students Association (NAPSA) football team, under my
captaincy, had trounced the NERIST Mizo Students Association (NMWZ) team in the final
of the Tadar Eachu Memorial Football Tournament, 2004, organized by the NAPSA every
For 2nd consecutive time, I led NAPSA team to championship. Even in 2003, my team
defeated Manipur team in the final.
The much needed energy, enthusiasm and, most importantly, the inspiration for the
pamphlet came from my own crude idea of a collective gathering in NERIST on a specific
day; which wouldn’t coincide with any tribe’s festival; preferably, March 25th, and
called Arunachal Indigenous Day, wherein every NAPSAlite should necessarily put on
indigenous Arunachalee costumes and attires, and all the possible Arunachalee cuisines
and delicacies would be prepared followed by community feast, cultural shows, and
the like to bring about collective consciousness of our cultural past and various
linkages; yet without any rigid adherence to any superstitious belief or ritual.
I was gradually devoting my time in understanding the essence of our cultural past,
religious ethos, customary rites and rituals, festivals and ceremonial practices.
Well, the nitty-gritty of the tradition and culture were far from my comprehension
and understanding; my level of intellect hadn’t yet widened enough to appreciate
the minute details; yet I showed great interest in them. I crudely interpreted many
of the things of the past.
Based on my own assumptions, I tried to paint pictures of life of the people in terms
of socio-cultural; socio-economic and socio-political conditions prevalent in olden
days. Festivals always occupied the prominent position for me, and I considered festivals
as the single major unifying force in any society.
In order to garner the support of the NAPSA members, the Young Aspirations was a
major instrument in spreading the idea as well as persuading their conscience and
Arunachalee nationalism. In the pursuit of the Arunachal Indigenous Day, an Indigenous
Day Committee was also formed, though it was in a very nascent stage.
I quickly worked out the economics of producing a single copy of the Young Aspirations:
Rs 2/- for print-out and Re. 1/- for Xerox. The total cost of production for a single
copy was coming to be Rs 3/-, whereas it was proposed to be priced at the rate of
Rs. 5/-. That way, we were supposed to accrue a profit of two rupees per copy which
would be deposited with the Indigenous Day Committee as a contribution towards the
festival fund. The members were convinced.
Yes, the initial response to the Young Aspirations was dull; the response of the
readers was lukewarm. However, it became very popular gradually and my room was flooded
with writes-up, poems, etc. Many NAPSAlites contributed writes-up regularly.
Just before my departure from the Institute after my final year exam in May, 2004,
we had already published 9 Editions, and every time, the content, design and also
subscription kept improving and increasing. It was really very satisfying. I got
to further improve my writing skills.
I pursued my hobby for writing even after that. While doing M. Sc. Forestry (Economics
& Management) in Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, I along-with one of my colleagues,
named Archie Rastogi, a student of M. Sc. Environmental Science, brought out a fortnightly
pamphlet, the “In Black & White” for our Deemed University; the University authority
patronized it. From gossips to serious, academic stuffs, the ‘IBW’, in short, was
very popular with the students. We tried to sustain it; but owing to pressures of
academic schedules, examinations, field-visits, dissertation works, etc. we couldn’t
carry it beyond 3 months.
After completion of M. Sc. Forestry, I got a placement as a Project Officer in Foundation
for Ecological Security (FES), under National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand
through campus interview. I was posted with the Spear Head Team (SHT), Bhilwara,
While learning the basics of Natural Resource Management (NRM), I also got myself
acquainted with the sense of community work, people’s participation, rural livelihoods
and village institutions. It reinforced and consolidated my deep-seated and long
cherished desire of helping people.
Yes, I always wanted to be a social worker, and I was training myself to be one.
As a matter of fact, my passion, zest & zeal, and of course, a little bit of hands-on
experience gained during NERIST while organizing as well as working for various events
and festivals like Mopin, etc. came handy in dealing with and fulfilling my works
and responsibility in the organization.
As a result of my performance, within 2 months of joining the FES, I was entrusted
with the Documentation of the Quarterly Progress Report of the SHT, Bhilwara. It
was not only a routine compilation of various reports or mere furnishing of the reports
of activities done; it was certainly a great responsibility and reflected the real
competence of the person concerned. Therefore, usually someone senior, who had put
on at least 5 years of work in the organization, would be entrusted with that work.
My work was appreciated by most of the members; but couple of seniors objected to
the manner in which it was drafted. Their contention was that the draft had deviated
from the basic tenets of the Organization’s objectives; they complained that the
FES was an Implementing agency; not an Advocacy group, and my draft was portraying
the FES as an Advocacy group.
Eventually, their concerns were incorporated, and the documentation was completed
with minor changes. It was also a learning experience: learning by doing.
After experiencing 8 months of grueling schedule in the FES, I eventually left the
Organization. Staying in Pitampura along-with BomgamPadu and UttamBori, I began my
preparation for the Indian Forest Service (IFS); that was in February, 2007.
Simultaneously, I sat in an entrance examination for Post Graduate Diploma in English
Journalism from IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication), New Delhi, a premier
institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government
of India, which imparts professional training and offers learning and academic excellence
to both novice and stalwarts of Mass media, including Journalism.
Nine months of professional training enriched and facilitated my writing skills.
Now, I was a trained journalist. Through Campus placement, I was selected by the
UTV group as Assistant Production Manager in the Editorial Desk. From a group of
more than 50 contenders, only 6 persons: 4 girls and 2 boys were chosen, and I was
one of the only two boys. It pushed my aspirations higher.
The IFS Examination, 2007 final result was announced the same day I joined the UTV,
Mumbai office on 8th April, 2008. Thankfully, my name figured in the list. A sheer
coincidence or an example of God’s blessings! “Kannoo, my popular nick-name among
friends, you have cleared IFS! Congratulations,”Asieleavio John, one of my close
friends since college days in NERIST, rang up from Delhi, and brought this beautiful
and most melodious news. I couldn’t believe my ears. I repeatedly asked him, “You
aren’t kidding. Are you sure, I’m there?”
“Hey, you are there and congratulations again,” he convinced me.
That was it. I immediately rushed to the HR Department of the Company and discussed
everything and requested to relieve me. It was such a mess actually! The HR Department
didn’t really understand it. I joined in the morning and wanted to leave or resign
in the evening itself. One of the senior colleagues, in-charge of the HR, tried to
explain. But I insisted my willingness to leave and join the IFS. Finally, she agreed.
Then and there, I put my resignation and rushed back to Delhi.
Back in Delhi, for more than a month, while waiting for the IFS Appointment Letter,
I joined another media house: ANI (Asian News International), a news agency based
in India having collaboration with Reuters, prior to joining IGNFA (Indira Gandhi
National Forest Academy), Dehradun.
Well, I’m trying to give the background of my passion, that is, writing at different
points in time, my journey into journalism and its application in IGNFA and beyond.