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2014

February  06

 

CCPDA appeals for cooperation

ITANAGAR, Feb 05:  The Capital Complex Petroleum Depot Association (CCPDA) has informed consumers that due to the economic blockade in Assam, the capital complex Deputy Commissioner, has directed rationing of fuel. As per the directive, the 2 and 3 wheelers will get 5 litres per day followed by LMV 10 litres  and HMV 20 litres per day. Administration has restricted loose sale of fuel and working hours of all Petrol Pumps shall be from 9 am to 5 pm.

The CCPDA has appealed to all the consumers to bear the inconvenience and abide by the direction of the DC Capital Complex. Furthermore, the CCPDA earnestly requested the State Government to make necessary arrangements to escort the fuel tankers till the IOC depot at Doimukh if the blockade is not lifted at the earliest. As per information, if the fuel tankers do not replenish the stocks soon, then all petrol pumps will be completely dry in a few days time.  

 

Civil aviation authority accused of bias

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has accused the civil aviation authority of showing bias against poor and common people in air-lifting at Guwahati by giving priority to the kith and kins of VIPS and VVIPS.

“It is learnt that the civil aviation authorities who are responsible for air-lifting the stranded people, are performing their duties in a biased manner by giving a priority to the kith and kins of the VIPs and VVIPs to fly back home,” ALSU alleged in a release, and sought the immediate intercession of civil aviation authorities and state government of Arunachal Pradesh to give an equal opportunity to every Arunachalee.

“It is also learnt that the school children, who went to Delhi to showcase the state’s rich cultural heritage at 65th Republic Day celebration, are also stranded at Guwahati along with some sportspersons of the state,” the release said and urged the state government to make immediate arrangement for immediate air-lifting of these school children and sportspersons.

Moreover, priority should be given to common people, especially the students, it said while requesting the Chief Minister and civil aviation authorities to increase the frequency of helicopter service to airlift all the stranded people as earlier as possible.

 

Org calls for peace and harmony

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Expressing concern over the current situation of Arunachal, post Tarasso incident, the All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Union today called for maintaining of peace and harmony between people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.  The union said that students studying outside the states are facing untold woes as the surface communication is totally disrupted.  Further it demanded for adequate forces to be deployed at various dispute areas so that peace and tranquility be maintained.

 

AACWA suspends its democratic movement

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Taking serious note of prevailing situation in the state, particularly after economic blockade by some groups in Assam, the All Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association (AACWA) has temporarily suspended its proposed 24 hours Capital bandh on 7th February next. The decision to temporarily suspend democratic movement came after emergency meeting held today considering the current crisis. Association also urged both Assam and Arunachal government to book the leaders of CPI-ML and KMSS under national security act for allegedly resorting to economic blockade and undermining the age-old relationship of both the states. Further associations conveyed its heart-felt condolence to tragic death of Nido Tania who was allegedly beaten to death for reacting against racial slur.

AEKPEWA appeals for timely release of honorarium, regularization of job

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: All East Kameng Panchayat Employees Welfare Association (AEKPEWA) in a memorandum to Panchayati Raji minister has appealed for timely release of monthly honorarium for computer assistants, drivers and office peons under various Anchal chairpersons, DPDOs and Zilla Parishad Chairperson in East Kameng district. The staffs under Panchayati Raj have been facing lot of problems due to non- payment of monthly honorarium in time, the Association said.

In a six-point memorandum to the minister, the association demanded revision of honorarium of computer assistants, office peons and drivers and also regularization of their services. The Association further said that no employees should be terminated without following the established procedures.

Informing that the staff of Zilla Parishad chairman has not been disbursed honorarium for last one year, the Association requested the Panchayat Minister to release the same at the earliest. It further said that while disbursing honorarium preference should be given to that staffs who has been serving in the department for last many years.

 

Association seeks replacement of DDSE

ITANAGAR, Feb 05:  Claiming that deputy director of school education Kurung Kumey district has failed to comply in submitting the name of teachers for the excellence award to be given away on state hood, the All Arunachal Pradesh Assistant Teachers Association today sought action against DDSE. In its representation to the education minister the association said that selection process of excellent teacher’s award has been completed but till date there is no reply from the DDSE.  Terming it irresponsible and negligence on the part of said DDSE, the association demanded for his replacement.

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Brutal assault on Arunachalee boy at Longi in Assam

Assam Govt. to bear medical expense

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 05:  A 15 year old student of government secondary school Seijosa identified as Ratan Bagang son of one Teya Bagang Gaon Burah of Dipik village under Dissing Passo circle of East Kameng district was yesterday reportedly attacked by group of miscreants and inflicted grievous injury somewhere at Longi Centre under Gengia Police Station in Sonitpur district of Assam. Speaking to this daily, Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parasar confirmed the incident and informed that the boy was immediately taken to the Tezpur hospital and later shifted to GMC hospital, Guwahati. The SP further stated that condition of the boy is critical but stable. A case has been registered against the culprits at Jinjia police station (case no-17/2014)  U/S 143/326/307 IPC. The culprit would be brought to book soon, the SP assured

The father of the boy disclosed this daily that the incident occurred around 10 am yesterday when a group of boys from Assam who were all friends of the victim took him to nearby boundary area in Assam. Deeply shocked with the incident, Bagang said, “My son and I have nothing to do with Tarasso incident. Why the innocent boy has been targeted?”

Meanwhile, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU), All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) central executive body and its East Kameng District Unit and 12th Pakke-Kessang Indigenous Youth Association have condemned the incident in strongest term. ANSU in a release appealed for maintaining calm and to let law take its own course of action. While questioning the agitating bodies whether the economic blockade is to pressurize the government or to kill, ANSU president Sikka Gapak urged them to lift blockade immediately so that no more people suffer. He further called upon all the people not to listen to the rumours which may aggravate the already worsening situation. In another release, ANYA while asking for stringent action against the perpetrators sought immediate deployment of task force in all the sensitive areas.

The Bagang Welfare Society today pleaded Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to ensure safety of Ratan Bagang, who is currently battling for life in Guwahati.

In its memorandum to the chief minister, the society appealed to compensate the boy and family who have been traumatized by the turn of event. It also squarely blamed state government and said it failed to resolve the boundary row which resulted in Tarasso incident.  BWS urged state government to engage its machineries to nab the culprits involved in such revengeful act.

Former MLA Techi Hemu is currently present at the hospital and is aiding the victim. It is also reported that the members of North East Students Organizations (NESO) under the leadership of its advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya today visited the victim and urged authorities of GMC to give best possible treatment to the injured Arunachalee boy. Arunachal government has sent its medical representative who is also monitoring his condition. Meanwhile, according to the sources government of Assam has decided to bear medical expenses of the victim.

 

 

Candle light protest held to demand justice for Tania

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: ‘No’, hundreds of youth shouted in chorus, in response to questions: Are we Chinese?... Are we chinkis? Are we Nepalis?, posed by Taba Thomas, an Arunchalee students’ leader from Delhi.

“Why are we discriminated? Are we not Indians?”, his questions evoked befitting reply: “We are Indians. Our identity is Arunachal Pradesh and we treat every Indian working within the state with love and respect”.

“We want justice for Nido Tania, Nido Tania amar rahe, Delhi Police kam chor, end racism, arrest the culprits, award death sentence to them”, slogans rented the air throughout as the melting candles reflected the charged sentiment of the youth on the grave issue that has caught the attention of the nation.

The group comprising young men and women holding placards and banners conducted a candle light protest rally from Akash Deep complex to demand justice for Nido Tania, who was killed after he was attacked by traders in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar market last week because of racism, before assembling in front of the CM’s bungalow here this evening.

When they insisted that the CM should address them, CM’s political secretary Bamang Tago, legislators Bamang Felix, Gojen Gadi and Thangwang Wangham informed that he was indisposed and would meet them tomorrow.

However, on behalf of the CM, the trio informed them that Tuki has not only expressed solidity with them along with the whole nation but also handed over copies of letters written to Union Home Minister Sushil Ku Shinde and Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung demanding exemplary punishment to the culprits, bold measures to end discrimination against the Arunachalees besides their safety and security in the national capital.

“The CM had coordinated the meeting of state leaders and students’ representatives with the Prime Minister, Home Minister and AICC vice president Rahu Gandhi, who have assured expeditious investigation and exemplary punishment against the culprits,” the trio informed before the group dispersed with an assurance that the CM would meet them tomorrow.

Meanwhile at Chennai too students took out protest rally against the killing of Nido Tania.

 

 

Stranded students sends SOS to Govt.

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: The hundreds of student stranded in Arunachal today sent an SOS message to the state government pleading for safe passage so that they could go back to their colleges and universities. Sources informed that hundreds of students are forced to stay back after Tarasso incident fearing for their lives, as few groups in Assam has imposed economic blockade and started targeting Arunachalee along National Highway 52 by erecting barricades.

More than 250 students of the Institute of Technology & Future Management Trends, Chandigarh pursuing further study under Post Matric Scholar Scheme stranded here since last week had to cancel their train reservation thrice as the precarious situation in Assam seems far from limping back to normalcy, source claimed.

The students were supposed to go back to their institute on 27th January itself, however the university authority had asked them to stay back till they receive the required fund from state government, source added. “By the time we received call from university to go back, the situation worsened in Assam and since then we are stranded,” said a student.

The final examination is reportedly knocking at door for many students pursuing higher study in major cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chandigarh and Shillong, however they are unable to leave the state yet. “If we don’t reach in time, our career will be ruined,” rued a student. The students are expressing apprehension that their university and college authority would not understand the current situation of the state. Similar reports are also coming from various district headquarters as the students who came home for winter break are forced to stay back.  The report also said that many people who are stranded in different parts of India are pleading the state government to set up helpline, so that their grievance can be shared.

 

 

PPA appeals for opening of border trade with China and Myanmar

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: The People's party of Arunachal has strongly demanded central government to immediately construct trans highway from Arunachal Pradesh to West Bengal via Bhutan to avoid economic crisis like present one being experienced in the state due to frequent economic blockade and bandh calls in neighbouring states.

Such Trans highway will boost the economy of the entire North East region and greatly enhance the capability of India’s look east policy in terms of preparedness and infrastructure. Party also demands that all the traditional trade routes and trades centres with China (TAR) and Myanmar be reopened with new infrastructures and policies for economic prosperity of the people living in those border regions. It is fact that before 1962 those border people had healthy trade relation across the national borders and people from others nations, in which they enjoyed economic prosperity. However, now the border trades with other neighbouring countries have been totally distrusted. Therefore, without Myanmar, India’s ‘look east’ policy will be incomplete stated PPA.

Re-opening of traditional border trades shall generate good volume of employment opportunity for people of Arunachal Pradesh and other north eastern states, which shall directly boost the India’s economy PPA continued.  

Besides, party strongly appealed Congress and BJP in particulars and all other political parties in the country to immediately pass the Acts/ legislation in parliament to protect the people from North eastern states from racial abuse in the country.

 

 

CM lays foundation stone of ITBP office premises

YUPIA, Feb 05: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki laid the foundation stone of the office and residential premises of the 31st BN Indo Tibetan Border Police Force at Yupia, headquarters of Papum Pare district this afternoon besides joining the Bhoomi Poojan.

Speaking on the occasion, Tuki spoke high of the elite paramilitary force, considered one of the best mountain forces in the world. ITBP is presently guarding 3488 Km long Indo-China Border in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and North East from Karakoram pass to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh at altitudes ranging from 9000 to 18,700 ft.

“This highly acclaimed elite border guarding force has been performing its duty of border management and internal security with the highest proficiency and with high sense of devotion, the Chief Minister said.

He lauded the force for organizing two high level seminars at Shillong on the topic ‘Challenges in Border Management in North East Region and Road Ahead’ and ‘Need to Develop Critical Infrastructure in Border Areas of Arunachal Pradesh’ in Itanagar respectively in the recent past. The third seminar – ‘Synergy among Various Agencies : Critical for Development and Effective Border Management in Arunachal Pradesh’ – is being held at Itanagar currently.

“This and other civic action programmes and free medical camps for local populace are testimony of its larger perspective of security and overall development of Arunachal Pradesh,” the Chief Minister pointed.

Raised in 1962, ITBP celebrated its Golden Jubilee Year in 2012 and on completing 50 years with remarkable achievements, Govt of India released a postal stamp on ITBP.

The Chief Minister particularly hailed the officers and jawans of ITBP who sacrificed their lives to rescue victims of the devastating cloud burst in Uttarakhand.

“I salute them from the core of my heart,” he said while assuring that it would be the Government’s utmost priority to provide all sort of assistance to ITBP in its projects in the North East.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister along with legislators Gojen Gadi and Techi Kaso, Secretary RWD, Director Industries, Chief Engineer (S&I) RWD, CEO PMGSY, ZPM chairperson Nabam Aka and other officials made a hectic tour of Sagalee Assembly constituency by road.

During the tour, the Chief Minister launched three PMGSY roads – Nimte to Langper, BRTF road to Rach Tabio village and PWD road to Apop Sango village. He also laid the foundation stone for an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Tani Hapa near Sagalee.

 

 

DONER to set up North East Cultural Centre in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 05: The Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Govt of India has assured to set up North East Cultural Centre in Delhi to cater to the needs of the North East people. “We fully agree with you to set up a cultural centre for the North East states. It needs to be really a meeting point for the North East people,” said U. K. Sangma, Secretary, Ministry of DoNER during the meeting held at his office in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today.

The meeting was attended by Robin Hibu IPS, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police, Ms K. Damayanthi, Joint Secretary, DoNER, Ms Mercy Epao, Deputy Secy, DoNER and K. Guite, Director, DoNER, and Bruce K. Thangkhal, media incharge, North East Helpline, Delhi. Under the initiative of Robin Hibu, the proposals being put forth to the DoNER ministry includes setting up of a two-room helpline at NEC house having dedicated phones with recording provision and emergency counseling room.  Manpower for helpline will be preferably hired from NE on honorarium basis and personnel from Delhi Police will aid them. They also decided to immediately start helpline at NEC Bhawan and there will be a liaison officer for youth at DoNER Ministry who will be incharge for reaching out to the youths.

The NE cultural centre is proposed to have meeting hall, library on NE States, Information Centre for NE Culture, Promotion of NE Art and Culture at Delhi, regular interaction with students and employees of NE, and centre for coordination with the State Bhawans, different

Forums, and NGOs for promotion of Art and Culture of NE. Apart from this, a proposal for setting up of Think Tank Centre of excellence for the welfare and progress of the NE citizens who are working or studying outside the NE states.

The DONER ministry assured to tap the talents of NE youths in the field of sports and music. “Along with Ms Damayanthi, Joint Secretary of DoNER, we have visited North Eastern Council Guest House in Yashwant Place, Chanakyapuri where a dedicated Helpline for the NE will be set up next month,” said Robin Hibu, who is also the Nodal Officer for NE.

 

 

Kameng belt worst sufferers of economic blockade

Correspondent

SEPPA, Feb 05: The economic blockade in neighbouring Assam has entered its 6th day, leaving several vehicles and trucks laden with goods and commodities stranded along the route. The worst sufferers are the people of East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang districts.

According to the details provided by Taku Bagang, District Supply Officer (DSO) of East Kameng district, the supply of essentials commodities like petrol, diesel and LPG gas are all out of stock. “Though helpless, but we are still trying to ascertain some solutions to the problem,” he said.

In fact, the situation seems to be even worse in the Seppa Township. “Due to unavailability of groceries like vegetables, the shops are all closed. Even auto rickshaws have stopped plying due to scarcity of petroleum.” as said by a local resident, Rakesh Taku.

In the Seijosa-Pakke Kessang area, the scenario has taken such a harsh turn that even essential food supplies are not making their way inside. The situation has only temporarily been addressed due to the timely intervention of former deputy chief minister Kameng Dolo who was able to procure essential goods for the people. However, he informed that temporary measures are not going to enough for the long term and concrete steps are required to address the issue.

He made an ardent appeal to the state government to detail a helicopter to be pressed into service so that food grains can be airdropped to the area for the people.

In the distant Tawang district, the situation is on the verge to reach the stage of scarcity with blockade of commodities in the Assam side. “Here, due to economic blockade, the stockpile of fuels is getting lesser day by day, so the consumers are getting a limited supply of petrol and diesels,” as stated by Kame Yangfo, a government servant.

 

Training on capacity building on prog evaluation for SCERT and DIET personnel

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: B N Lendo, Joint Director of School Education, GoAP today inaugurated a 5-day training programme on “Capacity Building on Programme Evaluation for SCERT and DIET personnel and key resource persons (KRPs)” of Arunachal Pradesh at Bharat Scouts and Guides Headquarters training hall, Naharlagun.

This programme has been organized by North East Regional Institute of Education (NERIE), NCERT, Shillong. In his inaugural speech, Lendo, while welcoming all resource persons and participants, expressed confidence in enhancing the quality of education in the state through sincere efforts of the people of the state. According to him, although the state of Arunachal Pradesh was behind the rest of the country on many indicators at the time of independence, the state has been making significant progress in the field of education and would soon catch rest of the country in both in its outreach and quality. He opined that such training on programme evaluation would go a long way in reviewing efforts and taking lessons from it to make further improvements in works.

Prof. Subhas Chandra Roy from NERIE, Shillong, who is the programme coordinator briefly, explained the objectives of the programme. According to him, programme evaluation is a key area of research in modern times to review any programme in order to know whether the programme has been true to its objectives.

S. S. Thakur, SCERT, Itanagar and Moto Nyori, Deputy Director, School Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, who is the honourary Director of the programme also spoke on the occasion.   

Training programme will continue till February 9 and is being attended by faculty members from SCERT and DIETs of Arunachal Pradesh, according to an official release.

 

 

Anti-Leprosy celebrated at Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Feb 05: Anti-leprosy day was celebrated as a part of Anti-Leprosy Fortnight here at Hansen’s Disease Sanatorium (HDS) Hospital, Pasighat on Feb-4 last followed by awareness rally which participated by the school children, lighting of candles at Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait by dignitaries and awareness speeches. The main objective of the day was to make people aware about the scientific reasons of leprosy as well as its medical cures.

Speaking on the occasion the Incharge DC Rajesh Panyang who graced the occasion said the day is observed all over the country in order to re-memorize Gandhiji’s selfless efforts and care for the people affected by the infectious disease leprosy (known as the Hansen’s disease). He said leprosy is caused by the bacteria (Mycobacterium Laprae) and completely curable and this message should pass on to the people to fight against it. Regular and adequate treatment which is very necessary to cure the disease and prevent its disabilities, Panyang added. The DC (Incharge) extending his cooperation said to protect the allotted land to HDS Hospital from the encroachers one Mondal would be deputed for proper verification etc and stern action would be taken against the violators.   

Dr. A Moyong, retired Jt. Director of Health Services (NLEP) attending the program spoke at length about the anti-leprosy program implemented in India and Arunachal Pradesh in particular sharing his vast experiences in National Leprosy Elimination Program.

Denong Tamuk, PMC Chief Councilor in his deliberation advised the participating students to learn more about leprosy and other diseases availing the optimum benefits of the awareness camp to make a better and disease-free society.  Tamuk assured to provide some fund to renovate the dilapidated building of leprosy colony and advised the Pasighatians to maintain cleanliness and use the limited lands good causes for upliftment of Township.

Earlier, District Leprosy Officer Dr. Tarik Tolom briefed about the contributions of Gandhiji in this regard and conveyed the messages of the President and Prime Minister to the gathering. While highlighting the NLEP activities in the district he said the state as a whole has been achieving the target. Deputy Director of Health Services (T&R) Pasighat Dr. N.Ninu said that Leprosy patients should take complete MDT to prevent relapse and deformities. Since East Siang has well equipped hospital, this health facility provision should be fully utilised by public. East Siang DMO Dr. D Bagra claimed that the leprosy disease is wrongly stigmatized and further demonstrated on diagnosis and treatment of leprosy cases. Dr. T Gao DRCHO and Tasong Jamoh CHO, HDS hospital also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)

 

 

Tourism Dept. organizes cleanliness drive at Malinithan

AALO, Feb 05: A day-long cleanliness drive cum social service under campaign “Clean Arunachal” was conducted at Malinithan, Likabali yesterday.  More than 300 participants including students and teachers of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Arunachal police, Govt. employees, public and all department officers of Likhabali sub-division took part in the programme. The main objective of this programme was to spread message to the people of Arunachal Pradesh to keep the tourist places clean and hygienic.

The programme was led by Tayom Bage, SDO, Likhabali, Tate Tatak, District Tourism Officer Aalo, R K Thungon, SDPO Likhabali, T Bali, DFO, Er Doge Kamduk, AE, Koyi Taipodia, Vice Principal and Rita Yorung, TIO Aalo. DIPRO

 

 

Block level sensitization-cum-orientation training prog held

AALO, Feb 05: A three days block level sensitization–cum-orientation training programme for capacity building to the frontline government functionaries and PRI member including SHGs through Intensive Training Programme (ITP) for Basar block was conducted from February 2 to 5 last.

Tonyir Basar, Zilla Parishad Member, Basar in her inaugural address clearly spelt out that the ITP Project is one of the most important training projects of ATI, Naharlagun which helps to sensitize the basic information on four major sectors, know about the convergence of the CSS programme and upgrade knowledge to improve our capacity building in implementation of programmes for effective delivery of public services at grass root level. While talking about the benefit of the training programme, he sought cooperation of all the participants in the programme.

Er. Moli Tatu, Asstt. Engineer PHE & WS Basar, Nyami Nyodu, Block Education Officer and Tamar Baki, Tech. Asstt-cum- State level Master trainer, DRDA, Aalo acted as Master Trainers and resource persons in this block Level ITP, training intervention programme at Basar block. DIPRO

 

 

Who is an Indian?

Denhang Bosai

The question posed is truly short consisting of only four words. But to our great chagrin and utter dismay, the answer is not as short as we all think thanks to complicacies knowingly or unknowingly created by our own fellow Indians whom the people of the Northeast lovingly called mainland Indians. The answer a lay Indian would have expected would be, an Indian means who is an Indian which is short and crisp. But sadly, the mainland Indians seem to have different ideas. They have created more questions to this simple question instead of looking for a straight and simple answer. This is a sure recipe for a great disaster for our ancient and great country India.  We must remember that India is a vast country with multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-caste, multi-faith and multi-region entities. We cannot roam in our own country with the word Indian written on our foreheads.

Can we? But the greatest tragedy is that our mainland Indians don’t recognize the people of the Northeast. In short they don’t know them. They have coined a derogatory term for the people of the Northeast called ‘chinky.’ The people of the Northeast with Mongoloid feature, small eyes and flat nose are not warmly welcomed by the mainland Indians living in the Indian metropolis. The girls from the Northeast are despised, ridiculed and seen as cheap and available. This is the bitter truth today.

The recent news of racial discrimination resulting in tragic death of young Nido Tania in New Delhi amply amplifies the sad reality. A number of similar tragic incidents had occurred earlier in so called developed places like Chennai, Bangaluru, Pune etc. Many more cases are unreported. Now, the greater question is, is racial profiling possible in India? Even if we can profile, is it possible to educate each Indian on the basis of racial profiling? In the Northeast, most of the South Indians are called Madrasis and not even Tamilians. So also most of the North Indians are popular as Biharis. This is mainly due to ignorance. But the Northeast people do not taunt them or subject them to ridicule and discriminate them in any way. They are loved and respected like any other Indians. The Northeast people can also easily use derogatory terms for them and call names but they don’t do it because they do not want to demean and belittle their existence as proud Indians. How we wish the mainland Indians think in the way we do. Our country would have been a much better place to live in.

Sometimes I wonder whether the mainland Indians are really ignorant about the Northeast people or are feigning ignorance. I myself have experienced not only in Delhi but also in Kolkata, Bangaluru, Chennai and Mumbai that our fellow Indians there don’t know anything and are not interested to know about the Northeast. Even the educated people have very vague ideas about the Northeast and its people. I was once asked by a person in suit and boot in chaste English from Mumbai in Mumbai as to where I came from. I told him that I was from Arunachal Pradesh. But before I even completed my answer, he asked, Himachal Pradesh? Then I said NEFA to which he again asked, from Nepal? To be a little convincing, I told this great man that I was from the Northeast, to which he asked, where is it, near Goa? I was flabbergasted, baffled and saddened because I had failed to make that gentleman understand who I am. Now, was he really ignorant or was feigning ignorance? He had also studied the same Indian history like us. If he were uneducated I would have accepted the truth easily. Paradoxically, the mainland Indians are proud of the Bhupen Hazarikas, Dingko Singhs, Mary Koms, SD and RD Burmans of the Northeast India. Does it imply that an ordinary man or woman from the Northeast must create a niche for himself or herself to earn respect as an Indian? We never do this in the Northeast. Our fellow Indians must know that Northeast is an integral part of our great country which is sensitive by virtue of its strategic geographical location. The people there are out and out patriotic who celebrate the national days like Independence Day and Republic Day with much more pomp, show and enthusiasm than even their own festivals. Many youths from the Northeast are serving in the mighty Indian army. Who can forget the valour and supreme sacrifices made by the brave Naga soldiers during the Kargil war?   I don’t know why our fellow Indians don’t realize that the greatest and the most ambitious Dragon country is jealously eyeing Arunachal Pradesh and other Northeastern states. Why are our fellow Indians feeding the fodder and the reason to smile to the Dragon land by ill-treating and discriminating the people of the Northeast in their own land? Why so much of hatred for the people of the Northeast? Does it in anyway help the cause of the country that we all call ours and love her? Our Indians must remember that the Chief Executive of our Indian government, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh represents Assam, one of the important Northeastern states in the Indian Parliament. We wish the Indian Prime Minister was more passionate in impressing upon the mainlanders that the Northeast he represents was taken care of and its people loved and allowed to live with dignity in their own land India.

Another tragedy is that the mainland Indians, the people of the Northeast, the intelligentsia and the media raise and hype the glaring issue of racial discrimination against the Northeast people only when a tragedy like the recent Nido Tania case strikes. Why should we wait for a rape or a lynch or a torture of a Northeasterner to surface to make this reality of racial discrimination a national issue? The effort to educate the mainland Indians on the entity of the Northeast must continue ceaselessly. The time has come to urge the Indian academicians to include the history of the Northeast in the school syllabus. When the people of the Northeast know so much about the Indian history and Indian people, it is imperative that the mainland Indians also made a conscious effort to know and understand the Northeast and its people better. They will lose nothing by doing that but gain immensely. The time has also arrived to make it a policy matter of Government of India to send more people, especially students to the Northeastern states to acquaint them with the Northeast. More programmes and shows on the Northeast should be telecast during prime time to enable the Mainland Indians know more about the Northeast. Also, more cultural exchange programmes may be held in all the metros of India. The leaders of the Northeast cutting across political party lines, must play a more pro-active role in show-casing the Northeast to the outside world. The DoNER ministry must think out of the box to ensure that the Northeast was projected in better light and not just as a region of insurgency. The ministry must contemplate to sanction budgetary allocation towards creation of permanent Northeast cells in all the metros to address the burgeoning issue of racial discrimination effectively. There should also be lobbyists from the Northeastern states stationed permanently in New Delhi to work in the interest of the region.

This is a time of chaos and morass of confusion for the people of the Northeast thanks to the callous attitude of the mainland fellow Indians. But the people of the region must not sob, must not indulge in self-pity, must not curse their fate for being born with Mongoloid features but to assert their rights and responsibilities. They should stop complaining by working hard to outsmart their perpetual critics in all spheres. More and more youths from the Northeast should strive to crack the UPSC examination on a regular basis and try to shine in sports, music and other fields to make their presence felt. This will be the fittest answer they can give to the mainland Indians who taunt them and look down upon. The Northeasterners should remember and draw inspiration from the fact that the Chinese, the Japanese, the Koreans, all have Mongoloid features who are known and respected all the world over for what they have achieved and for what they are capable of. Having said that they should try not to do what others dislike in the Indian metros. They should learn to make compromises for their own good and for the good of others. The old adage ‘when you are in Rome, do what the Romans do’ is apt here. Let us win over the bad by all that is good. Confrontation and tit for tat will not pay healthy dividends. The time has come to prove our mettle in all fields for the deaf to hear and the ignorant people to awaken from their slough of despondency. The Northeast has the potential to achieve something big for others to marvel at and envy. [The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at [email protected] yahoo.co.in ]

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2012

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Colour of skin should not matter

Dear Editor,

You know what’s really funny? When people criticize you right in front of your face in a language, that they don’t expect you to understand because of your ethnicity. But in fact you speak that language! No, actually it is really not funny to listen to those words to the very end that clash together, smirk, laugh and define what you are not. What’s funny is these people’s priceless expressions when you snap right back at them speaking in the very language that they did. I hope to give you a recount of my personal experiences and how they have shaped my maturity, and have proven to be central to my identity.

I hail from Arunachal Pradesh, a beautiful state in India that shares international borders with Bhutan, Tibet, China and Myanmar. We are referred to as “chinky.” It is a very offensive term and a person could go to jail if charged.  This identity as a “chinky” has often been overpowered by my “Indian” Indian identity.

For instance, this year, during summer, I went with my friends to travel to Rajasthan - one of the most popular places in India. It was scorching hot there! On one particular afternoon I decided to buy a colourful umbrella that was lined up for sale outside one of the famous forts. Since I am a very picky person by nature; I chose one amongst six after a15 minute-long analysis. Having finally made up my mind I asked for the price in English. There were a group of street vendors selling them together. One of them told the vendor with whom I was negotiating in Hindi (my own national language) to increase it by $5. In astonishment I waited for them to finish their discussion. However, it was also quite humorous hearing them say repeatedly, “Just increase the price. What would she know?” After they gave me the final price I just spoke in Hindi saying that they should not treat customers like that. The colour of my skin should not be the basis for their judgments. Often times, looks can be deceiving. Money is not everything. I digress though. Besides the moral of the story; the expression on their faces was priceless!

Another similar incident happened in Delhi. I was waiting in the queue to pay for a sweater that was on sale. Suddenly these two guys beside me started criticizing my hairstyle in Hindi without the slightest hinge of idea that I could speak and understand Hindi. “Look at this girl’s hair. Her hair is grey. What has this world come to that dying your grey hair became a fashion? Why does she have short spiky hair? Is she even a girl?” “Well, I’m sorry I got bald for a cause and now my hair is growing. For hair to grow long, it takes a considerable amount of time. Clearly you didn’t get the memo that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and as for my grey hair, No, I didn’t dye it! I naturally have inherited grey hair. Sorry, but I can’t help it. I was born this way”, was what I thought I should tell them in Hindi. I didn’t though. Instead I chose to ignore them and move on with my life. Ignorance is bliss after all.

However, I do hope that one day all these people will learn that the colour of your skin does not determine your nationality. And that day, better be here soon.

Yours,

Noniee Ligu,

Mahindra United World College of India

 

 

Don’t let black marketing blossom

Dear Editor,

I disagree on banning of Gutka and tobacco items by commissioner food security, government of AP. In common parlance it is actually a great step on part of state government. But simultaneously it holds its demerits as well. When such items are banned consequently black market and hoarding takes its supreme form, which results in price rise of such item. If a person is addicted to such things he will be ready to pay any price to get it. I suggest that instead of banning we should create public awareness regarding it by conducting numerous awareness classes, creating institutions to help people who want to quit, but due to lack of motivation and care that couldn't do. And on the part of government to create that mechanism which will make it compulsory to all students to visit such institution, it should be part of their conventional school curriculum.

Even if ban is still on, government must deal it with iron hand and should properly check such item when goods are brought into our state. If not, this decision will bear fruit only to black marketers.

Yours,

Dinho Game

Itanagar

 

 

Train is not safe

Dear Editor

I would like to share my painful experience about train journey. Indian Railway is totally unsafe for North Eastern people. On my way to UP, my train reached Bihar around 11 am. Some guys without ticket entered in my coach, they came to my seat and took seat without any request. I being a student let them but their attitude, words and manners was very unfriendly. When train reached Patna, their words was so powerful, they began to abuse me in their local language. But I ignored them.

It’s my earnest request to all the citizen of our state that, please don’t travel alone in Sleeper Class. The 2nd AC or 3 tier AC coach is little bit safe. Please ignore unwanted comments as our culture, customs and  manners are totally different from mainland states.

Yours,

Opang Padung

Banaras Hindu University,

 

 

Assam media is reporting in accusatory tone against entire Arunachal

Dear Editor,

In their bid for TRP’s, television news channels catering to Assamese speaking locals succumbed to prejudicial drama, resorting to an accusatory tone against the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh during the coverage of the Taraso /Bihali Massacre. Victims of the massacre deserve justice, true, but the State of Arunachal Pradesh is not in the docks here. Repeat: The State of Arunachal Pradesh is not in the docks. A crime unprecedented in the recent history of Assam-Arunachal relations was committed and no doubt the lawmen and law enforcers of both the states by now must have joined hands to hunt down the mass-murderers who perpetrated this inhumanity. Those cowards are guilty, not the State of Arunachal Pradesh, not the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Where is the sense in putting countless innocent families through privations in a backlash for the crimes committed by an unidentified barbaric mob?

The understandable indignation and anger of the people of Assam ought to be respected and at the same time the manner in which the whole debate on the Bihali/Taraso Massacre has been conducted by the regional news channels based in Guwahati must be brought under the scanner of tight scrutiny. Outfits managing the ongoing blockade on the transit points between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh may or may not gain public sympathy in the run to the near-drawing elections but their retaliatory act is irrational and skewed. And this madness has its origin in the negligent attitude of the Guwahati based television news channels. Before conjuring the ludicrous theme of “Assam versus Arunachal,” and wrongfully incriminating the entire State of Arunachal Pradesh, a simple second thought on the ramifications of such false allegations and unfounded claims could have averted the disaster that this economic blockade is proving to be as it elongates. Kangaroo courts presided over by the necktie-wearing yokels in television studios stand trial to the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, not the other way round. The conical beam of the overhanging focal light is to be shown on these self-appointed pundits, not on the Arunachali patient in a Tezpur-bound ambulance. They got one thing right though. Arunachal is indeed one.

Meanwhile, the hypnotizing portal in every home is fanning the flames even as innocents burn in the politics of vendetta. As matters stand, those standing in the docks facing accusations should be, in all reasonableness, the irresponsible shapers of pseudo-reality operating from the television studios at Guwahati, and the barbarian fugitives who left behind a trail of red. Murderers belong to no community, no religion: their relations, like their Gods, are dead.

Yours,

Tumto Nomuk,

NERIST, Nirjuli.

 

 

Assam has no respect for people of Arunachal

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to bring into light the recent incident which has proved to be a bane for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Since the Division of NEFA the state of Assam has been at logger heads with not only Arunachal but also other states bordering it over the boundary issue. The people of Assam trespassed into Arunachal territory  and on 20th January a mob of 400-500 people carrying fire torches and daos entered into Arunachal territory at Kamcham Village under West Siang district chanting slogans such as ”Arunachal Murdabad.”

Most recently on 2nd February, the trespassers organized a rally and have set camps in inside Arunachal territory. Such incidents are common in the boundary areas all over the state and I am sure we will witness more such incident in the future.  Their activities show that the people of Assam have no regard for the people and Government of Arunachal. If the state Government does not take necessary actions then the citizens will be forced to take up law in their own hands (time and again) to protect their integrity, respect and property against the encroachers. It would be better if the Supreme Court intervenes in the matter and the status-quo of the boundaries be maintained that was demarcated since the inception of the states.

Yours ,

Yiri Kamcham

Rajiv Gandhi University

 

 

 

 

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Is China spreading wing in NE states?

In a major embarrassment today government accepted that Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei allegedly hacked state-owned BSNL's network and the government is investigating the matter. Minister of State for Communications and IT Killi Kruparani informed the Lok Sabha about the incident. The incident shows the kind of penetration Chinese can make inside India and has possibility to disrupt stability of nation.

The central government should take serious note of this incident. China shares vulnerable international boundary with India in North East region and they can use situation to their advantage. Unconfirmed reports insist that many underground groups of NE like ULFA and NSCN have bases in China and they are tacitly supported by our neighbor. It is in this context that report of involvement of CPI (ML) activist in fueling boundary row in Taraso should be taken seriously by central government. Due to their involvement bloodshed took place which resulted in economic blockade against Arunachal by various Assam based organizations. Since then tension has been simmering between two states and anything thing can happen in the next few days. The Chinese stands to gain in such situation and therefore one should not rule out their involvement in supporting CPI (ML).