December 19

Practice of misusing

Raj Bhavans continues: Omar

Srinagar, Dec 18: Amid uproar over political developments in Arunachal Pradesh, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the practice of "misusing Raj Bhavans" to overthrow elected governments has not ended in the country.

"I thought the practice of misusing Raj Bhavans to overthrow legitimately elected governments was a thing of the past, sadly not!" Omar wrote on twitter, reports PTI.

Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi came out in support of his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart, accusing governor J P Rajkhowa of trying to destabilize the Nabam Tuki government. The chief minister charged that Rajkhowa has "misused" his constitutional power on the diktat of BJP-led NDA at the centre. PTI


Engineer suspended

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: N. Paichulupa, Executive Engineer, RWD, Seppa has been placed under suspension for remaining absent from the headquarters for more than three months which has adversely affected the various ongoing developmental activities of RWD in the district.


Golden Jubilee celebration

of RKM commence

AALO, Dec 18: The Golden Jubilee celebration of Rama Krishna Mission School, Aalo commenced today at the School Auditorium.

Addressing the gathering, the Secretary RK Mission School Aalo highlighted the achievement of the school in detail since its inception in 1966 and stressed on data base preparation of ex-students to utilize the services of alumni.

Retired teachers Bogi Ram Pegu and Santanu Raghunath Sindhe also shared their fond memories in serving the institution.

Secretary Science and Technology, Er. Gaken Ete, Secretary Education Marnya Ete, Jarjum Ete and Prof. Ujjwal Choudhury also shared their emotional connections with their Alma Mater and urged the school fraternity to work as a cohesive unit to keep up the reputation of the school as one of the premier institutions of the state.

President RKM Alumni Association, Jarsa Gamlin and Secretary, Kangki Darang also highlighted the activities and initiatives taken so far with the Alma Mater.

A two minutes silence was observed for peace and tranquility of teachers and students who are no more with the institution.

Boken Ete, the person responsible for establishing Rama Krishna Mission School, first teacher of the school, Mukya Nath Patir and host of retired teachers and super seniors were also felicitated on the auspicious occasion.

A Souvenir titled Ngunuk Gilin Ko edited by Kenli Ete on behalf of RKM Alumni Association was also released on the auspicious occasion. DIPRO


Another case against Pul

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh State Rubber Board (APSRB) Likha Maj has alleged that Itanagar police station is not registering his case lodged against former finance minister Kalikho Pul for making statement against him which has since gone viral. In the audio clip, Pul is heard making allegations that Maj made crores of money in the name of PDS work without doing any physical work.

In its letter to the home minister seeking his intervention in registering the case, he termed the comments in the audio clip as totally communal and provoking.


Governor saddened by death of man on road

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has said he was pained to learn about the death of one Karka Bahadur Chetry on the road in-between Itanagar and Naharlagun yesterday. The seriously ill person breathed his last at Papu Nallah when he was being brought to Kimin. The family members accompanying the sick person could not proceed further due to total road blockade at Papu Nallah

While condemning the sponsors of the road blockade despite prohibitory order under section144 of the CrPC, the Governor wished no family should face the agony in the future the family members of Chetry went through. PRO to Raj Bhawan


Mobile court settles 6 cases

KOLORIANG, Dec 18: A total of 121 cases were taken up out of which six cases were settled including four committal and two money suit cases at the mobile court held in the conference hall here today.

Lawyers and advocates from Itanagar, Koloriang and Ziro namely, Kago Tagyang, Jumkar Niri, Toko Nikam, Yumlam Kaku attended the Court.

The next hearing of the mobile court has been fixed on February 4, 2016.

Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ziro, Lower Subansiri district, who has been assignment for Kurung Kumey circle, conducted the Mobile Court.


TPWA provides relief materials to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Toru Panchayat Welfare Association (TPWA) on Thursday distributed relief materials to one Tana Nime whose house was entirely devoured in a fire that broke out at the NERIST residential quarter, Nirjuli in the wee hours of December 15.

TPWA team led by its president Tana Nido met Nime who is also the ASM of Toru Panchayat under 15th Sagalee Constituency and handed over the relief materials which included three blankets, utensils, a water filter and other bathroom accessories.

The TPWA team urged the authority concerned of the state government to provide immediate relief to the victim and also appealed to the NERIST Director to give necessary directives for renovation of the quarters at the earliest.


Job Mela at Namsai

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Industries Department, Namsai in association with the District Administration organized ‘job mela’ (job fair), skill development awareness programme and trainees’ selection rally at Namsai today.

325 unemployed youths and job seekers have registered themselves for the programme. Ten vocational training providers from different parts of the country are participating in the job fair and will sensitize, counsel and select candidates for different skill development training programme.

Addressing the youths at the inaugural ceremony, Namsai Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma advised them to avail the opportunity made available under CM’s flagship programme and attend it sincerely.

Vijay Laxmi Pandit, Pro Vice Chancellor of Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai emphasized on creating more opportunities in Agriculture, Horticulture and Veterinary sectors so that the passed out students of the university can become a successful entrepreneur.

ADI, Namsai BR Dey briefed the gathering about aims and objectives of the Job Fair.


Union blames Rajkhowa

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Arunachal Anti Corruption Union alleged that preponing of Legislative Assembly Session by Governor JP Rajkhowa is the main reason why the state is witnessing political unrest. Union also stated that holding of Assembly Session in a private hotel has been seen for the first time in the history of Arunachal. They termed the move as unconstitutional. Union has appealed to the Capital Administration to maintain strict law and order.


Training cum awareness programme at Miao

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Department of Forestry, NERIST, Nirjuli organized training cum awareness programme on management and cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants at Miao, Changlang recently.

The two-day programme organized under NEC sponsored project on November 14 and 15 aimed to create public awareness on the importance and economic potentiality of medicinal and aromatic plants for livelihood support.

Professor B. Singh, the Principle Investigator of the project, explained the importance of the programme and highlighted the scope of cultivation of these resources for sustainable livelihood in eco-friendly way.

Dr. PR. Gajurel from NERIST elaborated in details the diversity of medicinal and other plant resources of Arunachal Pradesh and their potential in socioeconomic development. He appealed to the people to harness the benefit using the support of various Govt. departments, organizations and institutions in the state and north east region.

Dr. Roshan Sharma from D.R College, Assam has also enlightened the villagers with various land use pattern in the region indicating the prospects of managements of medicinal and aromatic plants.

H. Nyorak, Assistant Field Director, Namdapha NP appealed to the people for sustainable uses of forest resources for economic development.

Some demonstration on propagation and cultivation techniques was made on the second day in a village by the team of research scholars and scientists of the department.

The villagers from Namphai Singphu, Sonking, Phanyak, New Yumchum, Khachnag villages along with officials from Namdapha National Park and a local NGO- SEACOW have actively participated in the programme.


IMI meet discusses on disaster

risk management

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) held its annual meet of the mountain states in New Delhi coinciding with the International Mountain Day celebration on December 11.

The meet was a follow up of the 4th Sustainable Mountain Development Summit held in Itanagar in October this wherein several recommendations were made for effective management of disasters in the mountain states of the NE region which is highly prone to natural disasters like earthquake, landslide, flash flood etc resulting in huge loss of human lives and properties.

The Meet discussed on successful implementation of these resolutions through identification of implementing bodies, agencies, formulation of mechanism, resources required, and timelines.

Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiu also attended the meet and assured his full support in the efforts for disaster preparedness and mitigation.

The meet was attended by Lt. Gen. Marwah and Dr. Kamal Kishore, Members of National Disaster Management Authority, representatives from the National Disaster Response Force, disaster management authorities from various states, grassroots level organizations working the field.

IMI is a collective initiative of a wide range of stakeholders from across the Indian mountain states, who gather together to deliberate and advocate mountain-centric development policy.


KVK training

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: A day long training programme on Organic Farming was organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Upper Subansiri today at Government Higher Secondary School Ligu for the rural youths.

Programme Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dr. Deepanjali Deori gave a presentation on ‘Poultry Farming and Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) of Cattle’.

She informed that FMD is very common disease in the area and farmers need to be careful about the disease. This disease can be avoided by giving vaccine in time. She also called on the rural youths to adopt poultry farming as livelihood activity as demand of the district is very high compared to the supply.

SMS Soil Science, Nyape Bam gave a presentation on “Organic Farming and Plant nutrition” and how to manage nutrient and pests organically. He informed that maximum incorporation of organic manure should be done during land preparation itself as release of nutrients from organic manure is very slow compared to inorganic fertilizers and management of deficiency disease is also difficult after development of symptoms unlike inorganic fertilizers.

Principal incharge of the school, Victor Belo also spoke in the training. Around 42 rural youths attended the programme.


News Impact


Uproar in LS as Congress protests over Arunachal

RS accepts motion against Governor

NEW DELHI, Dec 18: The political developments in Arunachal Pradesh created uproar in the Lok Sabha for the fourth day on Friday with Congress members led by Sonia Gandhi walking out in protest against not being allowed to have their say on the issue.

”Stop partiality”, agitated Congress members chanted as they left the House, with party leader Mallikarjun Kharge announcing boycott of the proceedings for the day. Janata Dal-United and Nationalist Congress Party members also walked out.

Sonia was herself in the Well for a while along with an agitated Kharge who pleaded with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to allow him to have his say, claiming that the developments in Arunachal portended danger for democracy. The Speaker remained unmoved.

During the Question Hour as also during the Zero Hour, Congress members stormed the Well demanding recall of the Arunachal Pradesh Governor.

In the question hour, when the Speaker disallowed notices of adjournment motion moved by some Congress members on certain actions of the Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Kharge said a “new turn” has taken place following the verdict of the Gauhati High Court.

The Speaker made it clear that no reference to the high court can be made in the House and the Arunachal issue has already been raised. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also urged the Chair to delete the reference made to the high court.

“You raise slogans every day. Government can't take decisions and House cannot run like this,” she observed.

Apparently referring to Congress, she said, “with years of rule and presence in the House, you have experience ... proceedings will take place as per rules and procedures.”

At one point, exasperated by their continued protests, the Speaker directed her officials to note down the names of Congress members standing in the Well raising slogans against the government.

After Congress members walked out, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy disapproved of their action to first disrupt the Question Hour by storming the Well and seeking to have their say in the Zero Hour. Agreeing with the Chair's decision of not allowing the Congress to raise the matter, he said that the government was ready to discuss any issue and was confident to satisfy the opposition, but the tactics adopted by it were not acceptable.

This led to protests by a section of the opposition including Asaduddin Owaisi of All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen, who wondered why the Minister did not speak when the Congress members were in the House.

In a major development Rajya Sabha Chairman, today accepted the motion against the conduct of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh following the political development in the state but the time and date for discussion is yet to be decided. Talking to reporters’ after an all party meeting, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien informed this. PTI



Arunachal Power battle shifts to Guwahati

Governor non neutral: HC

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: After the High Court stayed Governor J P Rajkhowa’s decision to move the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Session, power battle has shifted to Guwahati as the rebel Congress and Governor seeks to appeal court verdict.  

Kalikho Pul, the Chief Ministerial candidate of the Congress rebels and BJP  has already announced that he will contest the High Court order. The Governor, upset with the High Court verdict, also announced that he will appeal against the verdict.

Meanwhile, the High Court in its verdict has said that the Governor while summoning the House of the State Legislature is required to perform his duty with the aid and advice of the Council of Minister and the Chief Minister in consultation with the Speaker.

“The disturbing developments in the State of Arunachal Pradesh… indicate the tussle for power by opposing group and it is clear that the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly are heading the opposite camps. In such situation, the Governor as the constitutional head, is expected to discharge his role with dispassion and within the constitutional framework. But the impugned steps taken by the State's Governor which facilitated the political battle to move in certain direction in the tussle for power, reflects the non neutral role of the constitutional head and this is undermining the democratic process” read the verdict which was made available to the media on Friday.



Eviction along the ROW on Kimin-Potin road

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Papum Pare District Administration today carried out eviction drive along ROW on Kimin-Potin road at Kimin town. Few of the affected persons after claiming compensation have been refusing to vacate the building. Two RCC commercial building and one SPT building was demolished during the drive.  Border Road Organization (BRO) is carrying out the double laning of 45 kilometer Kimin-Potin road. In the first phase, BRO is working on 0-20 KM and project is supposed to be completed by 2017.  

Drive was led by SDO in charge of Kimin Liken Koyu, DLRSO Techi Hitler, OC Kimin PS Nabam Had, sub-inspectors Niri Rama, Hano Chatung along with police teams from STF Yupia and Kimin PS.

Further District Administration has appealed all those people who have already claimed compensation to shift out at the earliest.

“More eviction drive will be carried out along ROW if those who have already collected compensation do not move out. Strict action will be taken against those who create hurdle in the construction of highway,” said an official.

The eviction was carried out with the support of the All Kimin Youth Welfare Association (AKYWA). Also during the day members of AKYWA submitted a memorandum to SDO incharge which was addressed to Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare. The Association in their six-point memorandum has raised some important concern. They alleged that BRO is using out-dated machinery and is delaying the project.  

“The machinery deployed by BRO authority is outdated and have been hired from other project. So far they have engaged only three very old tippers, a single Pokland, few mixture machines. The machines are very old and constantly get destroyed,” AKYWA stated.  Further, they added, “So far almost one year has finished but BRO authorities are not able to lay even 1 meter of bitumen in the 20 km stretch. The formation cutting is also not finished yet. There is no maintenance of road and the work is going on very slowly. Despite getting ROW clearance in the open area, the reason for delay in formation cutting is not known to us. Worryingly, BRO is not maintaining the quality of work in executing the culvert, drain and retaining work. Cracks have already appeared in the culverts and drains which were recently constructed.”

The Association also alleged that despite local people of Kimin extending every possible cooperation to the BRO, they are using lame excuse citing local problem and are delaying project.

The AKYWA also alleged discrepancy in road alignment map. “District Administration had acquired the land and made payment for 20 meter in build up area and 24 meter in the open area. But the officers of the BRO on the ground are using another map which doesn’t have the counter sign of DLRSO/DC and they are claiming the land and assets beyond compensation paid by district administration using the non approved map”.

Such act of BRO officers on the ground might create law and order problem which need to be looked into seriously because no one will allow demarcation by any authority for which compensation is not paid,” the association stated.

They have appealed to the DC to look into the concern raised by them and warned that they will launch boycott movement against BRO, if administration fails to address it.



APCC calls for resignation of Governor

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Welcoming the decision of the Guwahati High Court to stay the orders of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh issued on Dec 9th, 2015, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has sought for immediate resignation of Governor JP Rajkhowa on moral grounds for showing disregard to the sanctity of the Constitution of India.

In a release, APCC stated that Governor JP Rajkhowa’s conduct in office so far, has considerably lowered the dignity of the high office and is suggestive of his incompetence to remain at the helm of affairs.

Appealing the Governor not to please any particular political party, APPC stated that the constitutional head should not indulge in excessive interference in executive affairs, which is again outside the ambit of his defined duties, it added.

Further, the APCC claimed that the High Court order vindicated their stand on the decision of the Governor for being unconstitutional.

Earlier on Dec 9th, Governor JP Rajkhowa had summoned a Special Session for removal of the Speaker thereby pre-poning the session earlier fixed from 14th to 18th January, 2015.



BJP accuses Cong of creating law and order situation

ITANAGAR: Dec. 18: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh today accused the ruling Congress government of creating law and order situation in complete defiance of Governor’s summon for legislative assembly session and allegedly directing capital district administration to put Assembly gate under lock and key.

The BJP in a release today said that Congress party workers were instigated to disrupt vehicular movement on National Highway between Naharlagun and Itanagar “just after the motion of the confident against Tuki government.” Alleging the ruling Congress and its party workers of “engineering serious law and order,” the Party said that the blockade of national highway for several hours has resulted in death of an aged patient.  “The act and indulgence of the ruling Congress is against the democratic spirit and principles” BJP said.

Mithun was slaughtered at the entry gate of Raj Bhawan yesterday by the Congress workers, the BJP said adding that this act has breached the sanctity of the Raj Bhawan as well as the customs and conventions of the tribal people.

Claiming that senior ministers resorted to unruly behaviour during the meeting with Governor on December 15, the party  also condemned it as unbecoming and unethical.

Reiterating its claim that political infighting within the ruling party halted development process, the BJP further said “the present government has been reduced to minority and in absence of any government, the Opposition moved impeachment of the Speaker within the democratic practices giving opportunity to prove the strength of the minority govt. which is nothing wrong.”



AdiSU to start agitation against Governor and MoS

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Disappointed with the non response by the Governor JP Rajkhowa and the minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju, the Adi Students Union (AdiSU) is all set to begin its agitation starting this coming Monday. The union has been angry with both the Governor and the Mos for mentioning the names of certain groups of Adi community during the celebration of Podi-Barbi festival.

Informing this to media persons at Press Club this afternoon, President Mida Pertin reiterated the union’s demand of apology from both the Governor and the MoS.

“Both being exemplary persons in the state, should know the sentiment of the people before coming out with anything,” he lamented while informing that Adi Baane Kebang and AdiSU had submitted a memorandum to the GoAP in 2009 to only mention the tribe’s name in the ST certificate and to do away with the names of the sub- tribes.

“The governor is neglecting us. If he has done wrong, he should be humble enough to apologise,” insisted Pertin.

He made it clear that it would not tolerate anyone making the same mistake again.

General secretary Buteng Tayeng informed, “We will start with dharna. And if they still continue with their ignorance, we will go ahead with our second phase of agitation with bandhs in all Adi inhabited areas.”

“Before Ramo, Bokar and Pai Libo, we are Adis. By doing this, they are discriminating us. Dividing us,” stated Auditor Jeni Bunyi.



Poi Pee Mau Tai celebration ends

Bilaseng Namchoom

NALLUNG/NAMSAI, Dec 18:  The three-day celebration of Poi Pee Mau Tai 2110, the popular New Year festival of Tai Community, ended on Wednesday.

The festival provides an opportunity to the people to meet together and share their feelings and moment of happiness besides showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Tai people.

Besides merry-making, games & sports and various cultural programmes were the main highlights of the celebration.

In spite of inclement weather, cultural troupes from far-flung villages like Piyong, Wingko, Innao, Kungseng, Jona, New Lathao and many other villages from the district joined the celebration.

President Tai Khampti Development Society (TKDS) Chow Siharaja Choutang termed this year’s celebration as best ever and appealed to the members of the community to keep the spirit alive and lead the society to a new height with renewed energy and new ideas in the days to come.  

The cultural display by troupes from Jona 3 and Jona 1 was appreciated by all.



West Siang Champion in Arm Wrestling

ITANAGAR, Dec 18: West Siang clinched the Arm Wrestling team championship title at Mini Olympic Games which concluded at Chimpu near here yesterday.

Nyummar Bagra of West Siang was declared as best arm bender in men’s section while Toi Taipodia of same the district was adjudged as the “Champion of Champions” in women’s section.

Veteran arm wrestler of the state Pakjar Taipodia awarded cash awards to both Bagra and Taipodia as a token of encouragement.

In Chess competition of the Games, Dupit brothers, Tachung Dupit and Tabu Dupit of Upper Subansiri won the gold and silver medals respectively in men's category. Tapi Shah of Lower Subansiri bagged the Bronze medal.

In Women category, Jinita Sorum of Upper Subansiri clinched the title to win the gold medal. The silver and bronze medals were won by Nich Nanu of Lower Subansiri and Ninu Lamgu of East Kameng respectively.

73 players from Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kra Daadi, East Kameng, West Kameng, East Siang, Tawang, Lower Dibang Valley, Dibang Valley, Tirap, Papum Pare and Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) participated in the competition which was conducted under Swiss method and FIDE law.

Results: (Arm Wrestling)

Men's 60. Kg: Lardu Yigam (Gold), West Siang, Puken Dagnyo (Sil ), West Siang, Tai Taro (Br), Kurung Kumey.

Men's 65 Kg: Soni Sonam (Gold), East Kameng, Mapu Yigam (Sil), West Siang, Neyeng Ajay (Br), Kra Daadi.

Men's 70. Kg: Bowie Doley (Gold), Kra Daadi, Jaydev Barman (Sil), Papum Pare, Dai John (Br), Kurung kumey.

Men's 75.kg: Bomi Bam (Gold), West Siang, PranJyoti Aditya (Sil),Papum Pare, Daneil Koyu (Br), Upper Subansiri.

Men's 80Kg: Biri Chattum (Gold), Kurung Kumey, Kento Lomi (Sil), West Siang, Biku Kishan (Br), Kra Daadi.

Men's 80+ kg: Nyummar Bagra (Gold), West Siang, Dilip Pradhan (Sil), Papum Pare, Mimmar Ete (Br), West Siang.

Women's 55 Kg: Yadam Baja (Gold), Upper Subansiri, Biri Anyo (Sil), Kurung Kumey, Bini Sangia (Br), Kra Daadi.

Women's 60.kg: Ibi Lolen (Gold), West Siang, Yabom Kodak (Sil), Upper Subansiri, Pakjum Taipodia (Br), West Siang.

Women's 65.Kg: Katu Yomcha (Gold), West Siang, Mina Ango (Sil), West Siang Kabak Oni (Br), Kurung Kumey

Women's 70. Kg: Doi Taipodia (Gold), West Siang, Bomter Gara (Sil), Basar, West Siang.

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Let parliament function

The disruption of winter session of parliament will again cost country heavily. Congress has not allowed Rajya Sabha to function over various issues which include demand for immediate recall of Governor JP Rajkhowa from Arunachal. Lokh Sabha has also not been allowed to function properly and has witnessed constant disruption. Opposition parties often use stalling of parliament session as method to score political brownie point.

It was BJP which started this culture of stalling parliament session. Especially during UPA 2 era, session after session got washed out. BJP did not allowed parliament to function and it badly hurt the governance. Unfortunately Congress is continuing the same tradition and has been regularly disrupting parliament. This tactic might give them political advantage but it is hurting the progress of country. The all important GST bill is still stuck in Rajya Sabha. Today an all party meeting was convened by Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari to break the on-going logjam between treasury and opposition benches on several issues. All parties have agreed for passage of six pending legislations in the remaining period of the Winter Session. These include Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill and Appropriation Bills. However there was no consensus on GST. Hopefully after this meeting, the parliament will finally function properly.




---- Readers Forum ----


Political turmoil: need of ethical and educational value

Dear Editor,

It is well known fact that nothing grows in a stagnant pool of water as is the same case of the Arunachal Pradesh where the socio-economic development  have remained stagnant due to  the  political upheaval in the state.  Political instability of the state is often because of corruption, incompetence, political blackmailing, mass defection, horse trading and the like.  In the end, public get victimized for this social and political turmoil.

It is worth mentioning that democracy is not only about number game and power struggle, but it is also about ethical and moral obligation towards the society. If someone seemingly can’t shoulder the responsibility of governance and lack credibility and loyalty, then with utmost rationality, he should pave way for other who is competent and has the ability for governance for the greater interest of the people.

We must acknowledge that some political leaders of our State are not really qualified to carry out the government policy and administration though they represent the will of the people. They are so unscrupulous and assume that government office as their own private properties leading to corrupt economic policies that eventually ensure socio-economic backwardness in our State. They remind us what Samuel Johnson said “Politics is the last resort of a Scoundrel”. Hence minimum educational qualification with moral science is must for politicians.

It is not easy to root out such a well-entrenched political, moral and social evil. Only a strongly motivated, honest leadership and pressure from an agitating public can imbibe real political socialization in the State.  The system needs a complete overhaul, reinterpretation and reformulation.


Kengo Dirchi

Disi, Basar, West Siang




Greed often devours the greedy themselves

Dear Editor,

On 16 December, 2012 Nirbhaya was raped who later succumbed to her injury. It generated  a popular public upheaval  against the authority for failing to curb such heinous crimes. 16 December, 2015 witnessed another rape, this time of the Constitution of India in Arunachal. Politics in India, based on a system of multiparty democratic polity, is bound to witness political solidarity and dissidence. However, all political activities have to be within the law and in accordance with the principles of the Constitution. In the case of a State, Governor of a State is the guardian of the Constitution and therefore, he is legally bound and legitimately expected to guard the Constitution and this can be done only if the governor is non-partisan.

The present political scenario of Arunachal raises doubts on the capability, competence and political affiliation of the Governor of Arunachal. The legal intricacies involved have been taken into cognizance by the court of law. Politically, the allegation of the Raj Bhawan turning into BJP’s head office, many believe, is clearly becoming evident.  BJP’s assertion that the dissidence within Congress is an internal matter has been exposed.

Many believe that the recent voice clip doing rounds in Social Medias wherein Kalikho Pul allegedly declares that their dissidence movement has the blessing of the Prime Minister, Amit Shah and the BJP is enough proof that the present constitutional and political crisis has been orchestrated by the BJP and its local leaders from Arunachal with the help of the Governor. If the BJP is clean on the issue it should not have requested the Governor to prepone the Assembly session and initiated the no confidence motion. It should have rather waited till the matter of dissidence is resolved within the Congress party after all BJP was in no position to form the Government unless it sought to topple the Congress Government necessitating a fresh election. By supporting the rebel MLAs of Congress and Kalikho Pul in the no confidence motion the hidden agenda of BJP has been completely exposed. Will BJP and the Governor take the responsibility of the political turmoil and law and order problem later? It was any body’s guess that the rebel Congress leaders after forming the Government and curving out the required numbers for a legally valid dissidence movement would join the BJP after all history speaks volumes.  

BJP and its leaders have a lot of explanations to do. People of Arunachal cannot be taken for a ride. The Governor on its part has to take moral responsibility in letting such unprecedented Constitution crisis happen in Arunachal. If the Governor was non-partisan, as he claims, he should not have summoned the Assembly session before its due date after all he, like all did, should have foreseen that law and order situation would be compromised in an intense political battle which often gets spilled out into the streets.  People know who all are to be held responsible for the chaos, law and order problem, constitutional crisis and political disturbances in Arunachal. Greed often devours the greedy themselves.


Nang Mil, Namsai



My state’s welfare is my welfare

Dear Editor,

Political instability is not new to Arunachal Pradesh. The state of chaos and confusions has become a regular phenomenon. Right now, there are too many questions to be answered.

In the past, the toppling of Jarbom Gamlin govt and the coming of Tuki govt was done with the same procedure and today we are experiencing the same. Why are the people who contributed to the coming of Tuki govt seems to be unsatisfied with its reign?  

Why the 21 Congress dissidents felt that Tuki don’t deserve the chair of CM anymore? Is it because they have the welfare of the state in their mind? Or do they have the welfare of their personal interests? The changing of governments has shown no signs of improvement in context of Arunachal Pradesh. This evidently shows the personal interests are very much prioritized by the Arunachal politicians.

There is no problem if the concern of the 35 MLAs is authentic and if the welfare of the state is what they genuinely desire for.

A realist, western political thinker Nicolo Machiavelli opined” The end justifies the means”.

Whatever be the mean but if the end is seeking welfare of all then that is justified. I support this statement. The citizens of Arunachal Pradesh should also try to bring more consciousness among themselves in terms of politics and realize that we cannot expect an uncorrupted govt if we ourselves are corrupted. The real value of education is yet to be witnessed among the masses.

There are so much of lessons to be learned from such happenings but unfortunately somewhere down the road our people still have a laidback thought. We have to try to reach the point where each one of us thinks, “My state’s welfare is my welfare”.


Atu Yekar

Rajiv Gandhi University




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