ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Arunachal United FC (AUFC) stormed into the final of the second
State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament-2014 beating Papa FC 2-0 in the first
semifinal at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Both the teams started the match on an attacking note creating several scoring opportunities
but failed to score until 7th minute when Taja Bonung's strong footer rested in the
net to put Arunachal United ahead (1-0).
Papa FC went all out in search of the equalizer in the second half. With time running
out, Papa FC was desperate for the equalizer but their moves were successfully thwarted
by Arunachal United defenders. Fecha Lingfa doubled the score in 51st minute not
only to seal Arunachal United’s victory but also to book the team's place in the
Defending champion Naharlagun United FC will lock horns with Siang Highlanders in
the second semifinal tomorrow at 1:30 pm.
ABK appeals for safety of citizens
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: While expressing anguish and despair on the deterioration of law
and order situation in the Capital Complex in light of the recent incident of criminal
intimidation, threat, assault and attack on an officer of Raj Bhawan in particular
and other denizens of Capital Complex in general, the Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has
vehemently condemned and appeals for security for all.
An officer of the Raj Bhavan was reportedly threatened by a land encroacher, as per
the Police sources. If an officer of a protected place like Raj Bhawan is not safe
to discharge govt duty, what can be said of others, asked ABK.
ABK has sent memorandums to the Governor and Chief Minister of the state which it
said was positively responded with assurance of prompt justice.
ABK appealed to all governmental and nongovernmental organizations for concerted
effort to uproot such evil practices of society to make Arunachal Pradesh a crime,
corruption, fear, trauma, drug and nepotism free state as well as an ideal place
to rejoice contented life in 2015.
Stick to roots: Kanubari MLA
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Noted journalist turned politician Gabriel Denwang Wangshu today
called upon the filmmakers of the state to stick to their roots while making documentaries
and films to showcase Arunachal Pradesh at its best to the world. "Arunachal's cultural
identity could be the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) for films to capture global
market," he said after inaugurating the Abo Shambo Film Production House near King
Cup School, here this afternoon.
"Never compromise with your culture and tradition while making films. Films from
Arunachal can compete easily in the world's film arena if the state's cultural heritage
is best depicted in its originality,"he added. Lauding the proprietor duo Shambo
Flago and Nabam Abo for their efforts to establish the production house despite several
challenges, the legislator from Kanubari said that the state is yet to be projected
to the entertainment world because of lack of proper exposure. "If such efforts were
initiated 15 years back, the film industry in the state could have been in a different
position today," he said and assured the filmmakers of the state of all possible
help from his side.
In a note of caution, Wangsu asked them to remain alert from piracy and to work out
a system to get rid of the menace which he said, had posed a serious challenge to
the entertainment industry. A documentary 'Arunachal Jokes Vol I' was also screened
on the occasion which was also attended by Arunachal Press Club President Chopa Cheda,
Arunachal Electronic Media Association (AEMA) president Taro Chatung, senior scribes
Pradeep Kumar and Utpal Boruah among others.
ATSU condemns rape attempt of 6-yr-old
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The All Tagin Students' Union (ATSU) has condemned the incident
wherein a person was arrested for trying to rape a six year old girl at Raj Niwas
here on December 13 last.
It pricks all our heart to even imagine how anyone can think of such a shameful act
on a mere 6 years old child, it said calling on everyone, irrespective of caste and
creed, in joining hands in delivering capital and exemplary punishment to such criminals.
It further appealed the women commission and various NGOs to stand for the victim.
APSTGA approach MoS
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers' Association president
Tadak Gab approached Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, GoI, Kiren Rijiju
with an appeal to get the small tea growers of the state to register with Tea Board
of India (TBI).
"Tea growers have failed to get such certificate and they are unable to get the New
Planting subsidy from TBI," appraised the president.
The MoS meanwhile assured to look into the matter.
AAPLU celebrates 2nd foundation day
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) celebrated its second
foundation day with enthusiasm at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli today.
Attending the foundation day celebration, Parliamentary Secretary (UD, Housing, Town
Planning and Land Management) Techi Kaso termed the labour community as the backbone
of the state, who extend their support in all the development activities both directly
and indirectly. While urging them to maintain the hard work with honesty, Kaso assured
them to extend all possible support and help for their children's education for a
While stressing on land encroachment problem, especially in government quarters,
Kaso informed that no one will be spared whether they are bureaucrats, officer or
peon and government will soon initiate action against the defaulters.
Speaking on the occasion, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye appreciated the
AAPLU for its endeavor for the upliftment of labour community of the state. He urged
the union to bring all the labours community both from government to private even
to farmers under one umbrella for their welfare.
Stating that the dignity of labour must be honored, he urged them to be disciplined,
organized, hardworking and honest.
Earlier, a four-point memorandum was submitted to Kaso by the APPLU President Dana
Tadu in which the union sought land at Nirjuli to build AAPLU office, establishment
of labour colony and allotment of land for labour barrack in all the districts, implementation
of revised wages rate of labour force, and a labour stand at Naharlagun and Itanagar.
Various cultural programme were also organized to mark the day.
Contractors association opposes re-fixing of date
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The Mengio Circle Contractor Association (MCCA) has lodged complaint
with the Executive Engineer, Sagalee PWD Division against the extension of time for
receipt of tender papers for the works of construction of Steel Girder Bridge over
River Panior on Sagalee-Sakiang road under RIDF-XIX and appealed for retention of
the last date fixed earlier for receipt of tender papers.
In its letter to the EE, the MCCA claimed that the tendering authority had fixed
4.30 pm of December 19, 2014 as the last date for receipt of tender papers for the
above mentioned work. Accordingly, the intended bidders have submitted their papers.
However, the office of the EE had suddenly issued a corrigendum extending the last
date for receipt of tender papers for the work without any valid reason, the MCCA
It alleged that "the corrigendum regarding extension of the last date for receipt
of tender paper is nothing but a conspiracy to accommodate and fix some bidders who
failed to oblige with the original advertisement wherein the last date for receipt
of application was fixed on 19.12.2014."
It questioned as to why the last date for receipt of tender papers for another work
“Construction of Community Health Centre at Sagalee (Ph-1) under SPA” has not been
extended. which was notified in the same order.
A mistake cropped up due to typing error in 7th line of the first paragraph of the
news item under heading "BJP flays former PPA……." which was published on Sunday's
issue of this daily. The sentence should be read as "The State Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) today flayed Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) legislators, who have merged
with the Indian National Congress on Friday.
Govt. orders SIT probe into APPSC paper leak
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The State Cabinet, in its sitting chaired by Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki on December 18, has ordered a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into
the question paper leakage incident of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
The Cabinet has decided to issue a directive to state's Director General of Police
to conduct an SIT probe to unravel the truth and submit the report to the state government
for further action.
The Cabinet further opined that the APPSC may initiate appropriate action based on
the magisterial enquiry report which has already been submitted.
The cabinet also approved for Constitution of Civil Service Board and implementation
of Supreme Court's judgment regarding fixation of minimum tenure for Civil Service
In a bid to improve the education scenario especially in block levels, the state
cabinet gave a positive nod for implementation of block level reforms in the Education
administration of Director of Elementary education.
In a major decision, amendment of Section -130, Sub-Section -6 of the Arunachal Pradesh
(Land Settlement and Records) Act, 2000 and Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement and
Records) Rule, 2012 has been approved by the State Cabinet. Under the amended clause,
the lease period for allotted Government land has been extended from the previous
30 years to 99 years for Defence (Army, Air force), central/state Para-military forces,
all central government establishments and PSUs. The cabinet also approved amendment
of Section 133, sub-section-1 of the same Act and rules and other miscellaneous points
relating to land matters.
In a step to strengthen the traffic management and to check and control the increasing
cases of traffic rules violators, state cabinet headed by CM approved for enhancement
of penalties and delegation of power to head constables and above to compound the
offences punishable under various sections of Motor vehicle Acts.
The cabinet also approved to confer powers to District Tourism Officers to issue
Inner Line Permit only for tourists visiting the state.
Demands for early creation of Mon Autonomous Council surfaces
TAWANG, Dec 21: A meeting was held today at Tawang regarding Mon Autonomous Council
(MAC) between Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, public leaders of
Tawang and West Kameng districts today.
The representatives from both the districts called on the minister to take up with
the centre for early creation of the MAC.
Rijiju while responding to the demand of the people ensured to work out an amiable
way out to the demand.
The leaders said that though the creation of MAC had been passed by the state cabinet
which was succeeded by a visit of a centre committee to look into the demand, there
has not been any progress in the matter.
Minister UD and Tourism Pema Khandu read out a seven point memorandum which was presented
to Rijiju by elected leaders of Tawang. DIPRO
Himalayan region will get special status from Centre: Kiren
TAWANG, Dec 21: Stating that the Himalayan region has always been strategically important
for the nation, Union MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed that the centre is launching
many big projects which are in conceptual stage and that the Himalayan region will
get special status keeping in minds its strategic point of view.
The minister said this at the one day International Conference cum Workshop on Challenges
facing the Himalayan Region (Education, Health and Culture) which was held here at
Kala-wangpo Conference Hall.
He emphasized on the need to preserve the age old culture and traditions of the region
in these changing times.
Emphasizing on the fact that development of road connectivity in the border areas
of the country is his priority, Rijiju said that "The development of a region or
an area is impeded if there is no good connectivity".
Further, mentioning the issue of unemployment in the region, he informed that he
has already held discussions with the respective DGs of the central paramilitary
forces for special relaxation provisions in recruitment policies for candidates belonging
to the Northeast and Ladakh region.
Without knowledge, religion is incomplete. We need to have faith in our religion
and it should be a medium to propagate development in our society. We need monasteries
and Gompas, but along with it we need quality education and better medical facilities,
he said. Speaking on the inclusion of Bhoti language in the VIIIth schedule of the
constitution, which has been a long demand of the people of the district, Rijiju
mentioned the guidelines for a language to be included in the schedule.
Prominent Hollywood actor and Chairman of the Gere Foundation, Richard Gere who is
also the Global Envoy of the IBC expressed his views on the proper development of
youths in the modern age.
"As you educate your kids, you give them a sense of pride in their culture, in their
religion and who they are as human beings, that's the future you can develop for
the country." Mentioning his longing to visit Tawang, Gere said, "I had a great fortune
to travel across the world. I have seen some amazing things, amazing people and amazing
cultures. You can be very proud of what you have here. Tawang is truly a hidden paradise
and you live in a very special place".
He further mentioned that it doesn't matter whether a country is rich or poor; everyone's
concern is the same -health, education and culture.
Addressing the conference, Minister UD, Tourism, Art & Culture, Pema Khandu, invited
global attention to the Himalayan Region saying that it contributes substantially
towards global ecological balance.
"Indian Government also needs to be seriously concerned about its Himalayas and Himalayan
people as it constitute 16 percent of the country's geographical area", said Pema.
He appealed all the participants for a proactive introspection into the depleting
moral values, loss of culture, traditional art and professions etc to counter the
challenges faced by the Himalayan belt in the present day. He further mentioned that
Arunachal Pradesh being a young state, development was very late and slow. Hence
there are many challenges to overcome and to walk shoulder to shoulder with the developing
A message from the Chief Minister Nabum Tuki was also read out.
Earlier, Chairman DoKA Jambey Wangdi and Secretary General of International Buddhist
Confederation Lama Lobsang highlighted the major challenges faced by the people living
in the Himalayan region in terms of education and health. They expressed serious
concern on the cultural erosion being faced by all the communities in the Himalayan
The conference which was conducted by the International Buddhist Confederation in
association with the Department of Karmic & Adhyatmik Affairs (Chos-Rig) was inaugurated
by Rijiju and eminent Hollywood actor Richard Gere with lighting of butter lamp amidst
chanting of Mangalacharan by monks of Tawang monastery.
International delegates from US, UK and Sri Lanka participated in the Conference.
Work in unison for development of sport: Richo
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) President Padi Richo today
called upon the sports administrators and stakeholders to work as a unit to reactivate
grassroots sports and school sports which will serve as nurseries for identification
of young talents. He was addressing a meeting at a city hotel convened by AOA as
desired by the Chief Minister to discuss various issues related to development of
sports in Arunachal Pradesh.
He informed the representatives of various parent sports bodies and stakeholders
that the state government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has accorded sports as
one of the most priority sectors and adopted many policies in the state's quest to
develop sports for excellence and national glory.
Informing about the job reservation in few government departments for meritorious
sportspersons, the AOA president urged all government departments to follow suit
of these departments. He also requested all government departments to adopt one sport
discipline each and spend five percent of the total contingency fund for sports.
The AOA held wide-ranging discussion with the stakeholders on many burning issues,
such as lack of sports infrastructure, coaches, funding pattern to various associations
to conduct and participate in regional, national, international level events, talent
detection and identification methods etc. The suggestions and opinions gathered in
the meeting will be put forward to the Chief Minister for further action.
Further, the meeting adopted several resolutions which included demand for establishment
of Sports College, upgrading Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy to 12th standard, renovation
of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, construction of an Olympic Bhawan, inclusion of sports associations
of respective districts in the selection committees for selection of students for
admission in SLSA, preparation of annual calendar of sports and event by each and
every sports association.
The meeting was attended by Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago, Karate
Association of India vice president Likha Tara, AOA secretary general G Doke, presidents
and general secretaries of various state level sports associations.
Kurung Kumey could be a model district, says Governor
Itanagar, Dec 21: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today said
that remote Kurung Kumey district with its sparse population could be a model district
of the state provided the leaders and district administration lead by setting examples.
"The biggest challenge of the district is that the centre of gravity of administration
and public leaders is not in the district. If the people want development in the
district, the epicentre has to be in the district," the Governor said while addressing
district heads and panchayat leaders in his day long visit to Koloriang, the district
"The leaders and government departments have to put in a concerted effort to explore
ways to address the challenges," Sharma said, according to a Raj Bhawan press release.
Pointing that the district has huge potential for horticultural and tourism activities,
the Governor advised the people to harness it.
He said that government can only facilitate, it is the people, who has to undertake.
Acknowledging the infrastructural and communication deficits in the district, particularly
road and air communication, health and education, Sharma emphasised on proper implementation
of project, monitoring and utilisation of allocated fund.
"The local people have to be made stakeholders of the projects for making it a successful
one," he said.
At the same time, he said that strength of the tribal people is to think for the
whole community and this spirit needs to be rejuvenated.
Emphasising on providing basic amenities to the people in border areas, the governor
suggested availing health and other facilities of armed forces stationed in remote
areas by co-locating and pulling of resources together of the department.
He also advised for taking up education and health projects under Public Private
Commenting on success of sports stars of the state in the recently concluded 28th
National Level North East Sports championship at Itanagar, the Governor said that
the youth has the potential to excel in any field provided they are given proper
He urged upon the public leaders and government officials to mentor some youth and
facilitate them in joining armed forces.
State PHED Minister Takam Pario expressed gratitude to the Governor for his visit
to share the pain and challenges of the people of the district. He said the visit
of the state's head would provide impetus to the developmental process and streamlining
Apprising the Governor of various challenges in the district particularly road connectivity,
Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix said that people of the district migrate to
Itanagar and other places due to lack of road communication, health and education
He also expressed reservation on the implementation of work by Border Road Organisation,
the release added.
AAPSU opposes ULFA-I chief's statement on LSHP
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has strongly opposed
the statement made by United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) chief
Paresh Baruah threatening to launch armed protest against the Centre if it goes ahead
with 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project (LSHP) at Gerukamukh.
Describing the intervention and remark made by the ULFA-I chief, who is not a bonafide
citizen of this state, as uncalled for, AAPSU said it was baffled by the statement
issued by Baruah, which was carried as a news item on December 13 issue of 'Eastern
Chronicle' published from Guwahati.
"The scatterbrained and immoral remark made by Baruah is uncalled for. The students
union has always supported the cause for development in the state and it will continue
to oppose any individual or organization trying to hinder the developmental activities
in the state," stated AAPSU in a release.
"We are still to see the dawning of development in the state due to unavailability
of resources for generation of revenue in the state. Moreover, we are also being
opposed by our neighboring country China regarding construction of dam in the state.
But we would like to make it clear to the individual concerned and those opposing
it to refrain themselves from interfering into our internal matter. We would like
to assure the government and the denizens of the state that we are for the cause
of development of our state and we would continue our endeavor to support our people
and our government's initiatives of any developmental activities in the state," the
The apex student body of the state also questioned the Assam and Central Governments'
integrity and for being mute spectators over the unpopular remarks and threatening
issued by its banned outfit ULFA-I chief Paresh Baruah.
"We seek a concede of Assam and Central Government over the vexed issue as our people
have been suffering a lot in the recent past through no fault of their," the release
Senses Spa and Saloon brings quality services
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Confused about Christmas and New Year Gifts for your loved ones
and yourself? "Senses Spa and Saloon", for men and woman, set to open on Dec 23 could
be your answer.
Set aesthetically in Tadar Tang Complex in A-sector, Naharlagun, Senses Spa and Saloon
offers wide range of services including steam, sauna and Jacuzzi facilities, foot
reflexology, Swedish, Deep Tissue massages and aromatherapy and hot stone massage.
There are varieties of facial and hair care to choose from. The abundance of facilities
can be gauged from fact that there are more than 20 varieties of facial to choose
from for women, while there are 33 facilities for men!
"Senses Spa and Saloon" is co-owned by young entrepreneurs Tadar Jimpy and Indira
Taba Angu. It took them more than three years to make the idea take shape. The hard
work and planning behind the facility actually shows as the "Senses Spa and Saloon"
can be compared to some of the best in the country.
There are well trained18 therapists, masseurs, hair and facial experts to help you
beautify and relax.
So go get pampered with a rejuvenating facial and relaxing body scrub and massage.
Kameng Ecotourism-cum-River Festival concludes
BHALUKPONG, Dec 21: The seven-day Kameng Ecotourism-cum-River Festival concluded
here this afternoon with legislators of East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang districts
assuring to make it a calendar event, and to tap the region's tourism potential to
RWD minister Kumar Waii, Tax & Excise parliamentary secretary Tapuk Taku, Tourism
parliamentary secretary Mama Natung, and PHED parliamentary secretary Kumsi Sidisow
were unanimous in declaring Bhalukpong - the gateway to East and West Kameng and
Tawang - the epicentre of tourism in the three districts.
Lauding Bhalukpong for offering every aspect of adventure tourism, such as trekking,
river crossing, white water rafting, suspension traverse, aero-sports, etc, the 12
legislators of the three districts said they will contribute Rs 2 lakhs each for
the next edition of the festival to make it a better organised event. They were of
the opinion that the festival has the capacity to pull domestic as well as foreign
tourists to the region.
Waii, Taku, Natung and Sidisow opined that unity among the denizens of Bhalukpong
- mainly Aka, Miji, Nyishi, Monpa, and Sherdukpens - along with hospitality are the
prerequisites for tourism activities to grow in the area. Unanimously stating that
the region would witness fast economic growth if Bhalukpong's tourism potential is
fully tapped, they advised the people to preserve the rich flora and fauna, and their
age-old tradition and culture.
West Kameng deputy commissioner AK Singh, who was tourism director for four years,
said the festival should be organised with long term benefits in mind and not be
allowed to end abruptly after a few years of enthusiastic celebration.
The weeklong extravaganza was organised by the West Kameng Nature and Native Wildlife
Protection Society. Its chairman Miali Sidisow said the next edition will see greater
participation, especially that of foreign tourists.
White water rafting was the real crowd puller among the events of the festival. Domestic
tourists, especially from neighbouring Assam, flocked the venue early in the morning
to quench their adrenaline rush by riding the rapids of Kameng river from Elephant
Camp point to the festival venue. Kameng Aqua Adventure Club Seppa chairman Niku
Tara said the three boats used for rafting could not cater to the large number of
adventure seekers despite making several trips.
Arunachalee Karatekas shine in KAI Championship
ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The karate players of Arunachal Pradesh once again shown class
and supremacy by winning seven gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals in the National
Open Karate-do Championship conducted by Karate Association of India (KAl) at Talkatora
indoor stadium, Delhi from December 16 to 18.
While Minam Tekseng, Niaimun Mara and Goda Asha won one gold medal each in Kumite
in girls’ cadet and junior categories respectively, Abab Sangdo, Mojum Dodum and
Doni Yangfo clinched one gold medal each in kumite in cadet and junior boys categories
Goda Asha won her second gold medal in junior girls kata event.
Other medal winning players are Pate Yapa (Sil), Milleno Mamai (Sil), Bamang Yamu
(1 Sil, 1 Br.), Yorjum Sera (Sil), Lilly Maying (1 Sil., 1 Br), Tadam Doyom (Sil),
Dari Lokam (Sil), Samuel Dolo (Sil), Runa Dada (Sil), Chopa Talo (Br), Yaki Dignium
(Br), Ligang Anky (Br), Rei Yadi (Br), Rego Geyi (Br), Sakti Lamgu (Br).
Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) Technical Director Sensei SD Sharma, Tadar
Eba and Rakom Dugi were the Team coach, Assistant coach and Team Manager respectively,
according to an AKA release.
The recent joining of 5 legislators of People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) into Congress
party has once again exposed the darker side of state politics. Defection has become
the biggest problem plaguing the Arunachal politics. Over the year, the lone regional
party of state PPA has become breeding ground of defection and mergers. During every
assembly elections, those candidates who fail to get ticket of national parties fight
the election on PPA ticket.
However after getting elected within a year they merge with the national parties.
It’s a tragedy that regional party like PPA, which should have been symbol of unity
and pride, is being continuously abused and misused. The people of Arunachal should
learn something from Nagaland and Sikkim where Naga Peoples Front and Sikkim Democratic
Front, the two regional parties are in power since many years. The government run
by two regional parties are doing decent job. Infact today Sikkim is one of the most
developed states of India. The politicians as well as citizen of this state should
together join hand to stop the illegal practice of defection. This unhealthy tradition
of constant change of political colour after the assembly elections gives bad name
to the state and also hurt the sentiment of electoral. Let us strive to put an end
to this practise.
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Need quality roads
Through the column of your esteemed daily, Capital Youth Organizations would like
to state that we are shocked that within 2 years state PWD is again renovating the
Bailey bridge at Abotani Colony. It clearly indicates that the department and contractors
are misusing the finance and it is total wastage of public money as there are so
many works to be carried out and developed in the state capital.
We would also like to add that inspection of PWD minister is not enough as because
we need quality work by the agent and department.
Capital Youth Organization
Declare result soon
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to remind the Arunachal Pradesh Town Planning
department that the interview/viva voice tests of advertisement no: DTP/MUNC-24/2013-14
dated august 4th 2014 was conducted on 9th October 2014. Already two months have
passed still the result is not out.
I am wondering that why the department is taking so much time in declaring result
of a viva voice test. Therefore, I kindly request the concern department to declare
the result as soon as possible in the greater interest of appeared candidates.
We need concrete work for peace
The episode of Peshawar massacre has again created terror in society. Terrorism is
a great issue for world today. Every nation has almost experienced menace of horror.
Killing of 134 school children is not a small issue. School is known as "Temple of
Learning", how can 21st Century's citizen attack this temple? Conservatives and traditional
thoughts are still in our society. Illusion governs our society. Religious dogmatic
ideas are still visible from naked eyes. During the British rule in India, they adhered
to non-interference in internal affairs of Indian Kingdom and by following such policy
they took the advantages of ignorant society. They divide the society into caste,
religion, creed or colour. Education was restricted to upper strata only. The same
episode is in South Asian countries still today. Even well educated people are biased,
has attitude of regionalism and separatist are prevalent for the sake of personal
gains. By tweeting condolence message, candle march for victim’s family is not enough.
Society needs concrete works for peace and welfare of citizen.
Let us answer back
It is such a sad thing to know that the people of Northeast are being racially discriminated
in their own country. The tragic news of the death of young Nido Tania and also the
two Manipuri women being assaulted in New Delhi has shocked us. There were many more
such similar tragic incidents which happened at Pune, Bengaluru, and Chennai in fact
there are many more unreported.
The effort of our chief minister Mr Nabam Tuki to raise the issue of racial discrimination
with NCST is highly appreciated, It is a high time for us to take this issue seriously,
just going on a candle march or taking a few minutes of condolence after some tragic
incident is not enough.
Another tragedy is that most of the mainland Indians hardly know about northeast.
It is high time for us to stand up and fight against this racism. Why should we wait
for a rape to happen, an assault to occur or a tragic death of our brothers and sisters
to make this racial discrimination a national issue? Rather the struggle to teach
the mainland Indian on the entity of the northeast must continue eternally. It is
now time to instigate the Indian academicians to include the history of North East
in the school syllabus; there would be no harm in learning about the history of Northeast
rather it will benefit by giving a more detailed fact and insight about the history
of the entire India. We the people of Northeast have been pledging the national pledge
since kindergarten but when we grow up and step out of our state to mingle with our
brothers and sisters of other states, all we get is humiliation. But we won’t take
the humiliation anymore and we will answer them back, not the way they do, but we
will by showing our presence more and more, one should start working hard to crack
the UPSE examination on a regular basis, should try to excel in music, sports and
other fields and the most importantly one should first abolish the racism form the
core of their hearts so that we can preach others to do the same.
I would like to respond to a letter sent by one Tani Thomas Tallong wherein he condemned
the Anti Conversion Bill supported by the IFCSAP and called the followers of indigenous
faiths to be backward uncivilized and resorting to drinking and Kata Kati and followers
of Christianity to be sane and delivered from sin and darkness.
Likening all these negative elements to followers of other faiths shows how narrow
and confounded his world views are and moreover how blissfully ignorant he seems
to be regarding the evil abuses of church. In the past the church burnt many innocent
people branding them as witches and many small kids were (and still)molested by
paedophile pastors and so called Fathers.
Even Galileo was silenced by the church for claiming the Sun to be at the centre
of our solar system(1615).
But it doesn't mean every Christian is a child molester and likewise followers of
other faiths don’t follow regressive practices.
I follow my ancestor's faith but it doesn't mean I blindly believe in meaningless
rituals of sacrificing fowls dogs, pigs or mithuns. These rituals are useless and
cruel and can be liken to the mumbo jumbo tales of walking on water and bringing
back to life a dead body after 4 days. We all change so thus our approach to things
around us even religion (which itself has to change with time).
What the IFCSAP demands is debatable and to some extent impractical but it doesn't
give one license to glorify one's faith and demonize other's faiths. To be civilized
one need not embrace another religion, just cultivate and inculcate rationality,
compassion and scientific temper. Last but not the least I wish all the readers of
Arunachal Times a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead.
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