February 10

Free operation camp by VKAJ ends

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The Free Operation Camp organized by Vievakananda Kendra Arun Jyoti in collaboration with Remote Area Medical, Knoxville, USA, concluded successfully yesterday at Central Hospital, CIL, Margherita, Assam.

A total 44 patients were operated for Gall Stone diseases, hernia, appendicitis and other ailments during the camp which was inaugurated on February 3  by  Y Matey, Parliamentary Secretary of DOTCL, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.

In his inaugural speech he appreciated the efforts of VKAJ in the field of rural health care in eastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh and assured all possible help from his side. Pointing out the age-old  relations being maintained by the people of Margherita and the people of Arunachal, he wished that it should continue. 6 NRI doctors came from America to provide this voluntary service to the poor and needy patients of Arunachal Pradesh.

A total 210 patients registered their names during the pre-screening. Out of them 43 patients were screened for surgeries. 37 endoscopies were done for patients suffering from various abdominal related diseases like gastritis, ulcers etc. It is to be mentioned that Mitra Medical LLP provided machines to conduct endoscopies free of cost for the patients.

Most of the patients were from Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The most encouraging fact is that many patients from very remote Vijaynagar circle came all the way to avail the benefits. This camp already completed glorious seven years and more than 300 patients were operated without any complications. The NRI doctors also feel that there is need of this service and are eager to visit again next year.


CM mourns Mori Riba’s death

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has mourned the sad and untimely demise of Mori Riba, son of former Chief Minister Tomo Riba, who passed away after a brief illness in a private hospital at Guwahati on Saturday.

Expressing shock over the news of his death, Tuki in his condolence message to his wife Tumbom Ingo Riba shared the grief of the bereaved family members.  

"Late Mori Riba was a active Congress leader who served the party and the  state in various capacities. He was former Vice President of Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress and a dedicated party worker besides his association with numerous socio-cultural organizations" Tuki said while remembering his valuable contributions. "I pray the Almighty God to bestow you and your family with strength to bear the loss of your beloved husband. May the departed soul rest in peace in his heavenly abode," the message further added.


Bandh call condemned

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The Tai Khampti and Singpho Council strongly condemned the road blockade in Lekang (Mahadevpur) circle on February 5 "without prior information and valid grounds." It is worth mentioning here that All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association had proposed for a 12 hours bandh call at Mahadevpur in Lohit district on February 5 reiterating its demand of granting ST status to Deoris of the state.

Terming the bandh call illegal, the Council resented that a marriage party convoy of about 70 vehicles was allowed to cross Noa-Dihing bridge by few agitating members of Deori community during the bandh only after three hours long parleys and confrontation despite an understanding arrived the previous day between the bridegroom party, C R Namshum, former Minister and the bandh callers and written assurance given by the president of the Deori Student Union.  This has deeply hurt the Khampti and Singpho communities, the Council said.

Even otherwise, many essentials services and activities including movement of marriage parties are exempted under the purview of such bandhs due to social obligations, the Council said. "We strongly condemn and warn any individual, community or organisation trying to incite such activities not to repeat it  in future in the larger interest of maintaining the bilateral understanding from our ends," the Council added. It further criticized the role of AAPTWA functionaries "which created a sense of resentment to the indigenous communities" and demanded punishment.


NEFIS condemns rape

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: NEFIS (North East Forum for International Solidarity) strongly condemned the rape of a 14-year-old girl by the landlord's son at Munirka area in  South Delhi on Friday. The victim has suffered fatal injuries and is now admitted in Safdarjung hospital, the Forum said.

The police refused to file the FIR of the victim which led to a huge protest outside the Vasant Vihar police station,  the Forum said adding that  due to constant pressure from NEFIS along with many other women's' and progressive student organizations the police had finally  agreed to registered a case.

The incidents of violence towards the people from the North East has increased rapidly over the past few years and it is high time that police and  the administration take cognizance of this growing menace and become proactive in the protection of the vulnerable sections of the society. Otherwise these issues will snowball into nationwide protests and agitation, the Forum added.


Society bids to protect flora and fauna

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The Rending Welfare Society (RWS) has prohibited hunting, fishing, timber cutting, earth cutting and any kind of plantation including jhum cultivation in the areas that are inhabited by Rending clan, from Rechitaring village to Tayo village under Tarak Langdi circle of Kurung Kumey district in order to save flora and flora of the area.

This was decided in a meeting held at the ground of ME School, Rechitaring on February 3 last attended by all the clan members.


News Impact

State level CM’s Trophy begins

No dearth of sports talent; but we need to identify them: CM

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Arunachal Pradesh is the first and only state in the country to implement 10 per cent job reservation for sportspersons, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Addressing before 600 participants from nine districts at the inaugural function of the first ever state level Chief Minister (CM)'s Trophy for football and volleyball tournament (for men and women) at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) complex, Chimpu near here today, Tuki said his government's initiative for development of games and sports in the state has already started to bear fruits. The selection of two young footballers from the state for the 35-member National U-14 Girls football team and winning of medals at various national and international events by our young players in the recent past are the glittering examples, he said.

"There is no dearth of sports talent in Arunachal but we need to identify and groom them," Tuki said, while explaining the objective of launching the CM' Trophy tournament.

"At least one stadium of national standard in each district headquarters would be constructed in phase wise," he said, adding that govt has already approved for construction of such stadiums at Sagalee, Pasighat, Yupia, Ziro, Daporijo, Tezu, Aalo, Chimpu involving minimum Rs. 25 crore each.

Nowadays, sports has become big industry in many countries, Tuki said, and exhorted the young players that their ultimate goal should be the Olympics.

Informing that over 100 meritorious sportspersons have so far been employed under sports quota in various govt departments, he asked those employed to not to give up practicing sports after getting employed. "Rather, they should play an important role in grooming and encouraging upcoming players," he said before declaring the 12-day sporting extravaganza open. Parliamentary Secretary and Arunachal Olympic Association president Padi Richo highly appreciated the initiative of the ruling government under the leadership of CM Tuki for development of games of sports in the state.

Earlier, Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary Bilati Pertin informed about the aim and objective of the CM's Trophy.

Present on the occasion were, UD, Housing, Town Planning and Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki, Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow, Sports Authority of Arunachal Vice Chairman Likha Tara among others.

The inaugural football match (men) was played between Kurung Kumey and Capital Complex in which the former defeated the latter by solitary goal.

In men's volleyball, Capital Complex beat East Siang by 2-0 sets.

The semifinals and finals of the football competitions would be held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.

Rest of the participating teams is expected to arrive on or before February 13.



India, China to discuss incursions, hotline during defence talks

New Delhi, Feb 09: India and China are expected to discuss incursions by PLA soldiers, which are continuing even after the signing of a new border pact, and setting up of a hotline between the two Armies during their Annual Defence Dialogue starting February 24.

During the sixth round of Defence Secretary-level talks here, the two countries are also expected to review the functioning of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) signed between them in October last year.

Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur will hold discussions with his Chinese counterpart on various aspects of defence ties between the two countries which are expected to include incursions by PLA troops and apprehension of Indian nationals by them on few occasions last year, government sources told. There have been several incursions by the Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control even after the two sides signed the BDCA last October.

India has been saying that though the pact does not guarantee bringing an end to these incursions, it has helped in resolving the disputes at a faster pace.

The proposal for setting up a hotline between the DGMO- levels officials of their Army headquarters is also expected to be discussed and finalised at the meeting, they said.

The Chinese side had earlier said it does not have a DGMO in its force and they will have to find another officer for the purpose.

The meeting, which will begin on February 24, is also expected to discuss the possibilities of holding next round of joint Army exercises between the two sides, they said.

However, the agenda for the meeting between the senior officials of the two sides is yet to be finalised officially, they said.

The two sides recently held their third round of joint exercises in Kunming after a gap of nearly five years.

During the BDCA signing, the two sides had agreed for having more exchanges between their officers and training institutions.

They are also exploring the possibility of having joint exercises between the air forces and the navies.

The two countries had put on hold their joint exercises after the Chinese side denied visa to the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen BS Jaswal in 2010. PTI



Ering reviews security & transport arrangement

PASIGHAT, Feb 09: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering held an emergency meeting with the police and the officers of the transport department at his residence at Pasighat to review the arrangements for the safe transportation of stranded passengers in various part of the country.

"Many students , patients, cultural troupes etc are stranded and are feeling unsafe", said the minister. He wanted  foolproof  and safe transportation for all of them. Ering also contacted the police authorities of vulnerable areas of Assam and instructed them for proper security.

The SP incharge  and the Senior Station Superintendent APST Pasighat informed that due to the lifting of the economic blockade, normalcy has  been restored and normal APST and private buses have started plying. However they assured that all precaution will be taken for the safe journey of the passengers.  DIPRO



2 Arunachalee among 35-member U-14 national girls football team

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Techi Amin and Achom Degio are among the 35-member U-14 national girls football team selected by All India Football Federation (AIFF) for the Asian Confederation Cup scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka during March next.

"Amin and Achom have been selected for the U-14 national girls football team, and currently they are undergoing training/ coaching at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala along with other team members," informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association Assistant general secretary Kipa Ajay.

The final team of 25 players will be selected out of the 35, he informed.

All Asian countries will participate in the Asian Confederation Cup.

While expressing his immense pleasure over selection of two players from the state in the national U-14 girls football team, Arunachal Pradesh Football Players Association president Kipa Takum hoped they will definitely find place in the final team of 25. He said, their achievement will encourage more women in the state to take up sports seriously. He also hoped the state government will take more initiative for promotion and popularization of women football in Arunachal Pradesh.



Songs of relevance

By Egam Basar

The two recent incidents that took place at New Delhi and Tarraso reminded me of some songs of our former FTC Judge Goto Ete, which he brought out in his Album titled as "Darka Dolu" more than a month ago. I received a copy of CD from him as a New Year Gift with a New Year Greeting Card some days before New Year, 2014. I intensely listened to lyrics of the songs and felt that the poet has definitely rendered some vital messages depicting socio-political situations with far reaching relevance to the State. As a poet and lyricist, he had crafted the message so very well with patriotic fervour.

In one of the songs written in English titled " In our Arunachal, Dong is alike flower garden", the poet has vividly depicted  how the patriotic Arunachal stands like a fort of the country with its Himalayan mountains, Kangte and Sela, bounded by  China, Bhutan  and Myanmar. This shows the unflinching belief of the poet, like any other Arunachalee, that they are truly patriotic Indians. But at the same time, the poet has also asked a pertinent question indirectly, whether our fellow mainland Indians does really recognize us as Indians. The ironical expressions of the poet's lyrics compels us to think that on one hand , China lays claim on us and on the other hand, our own fellow Indians call us "Chinki," putting salt on our wounds. The sentiment of the poet is not of Arunachalees alone but also of entire people of the North East region who have been looked down upon by mainland Indians as if we are inferior citizens or foreigners from Nepal or China. This sentiment nagging the people of NE region for many decades erupts up from time to time and this time our son, Late Nido Tania had to sacrifice his life, protesting racial taunt. The irony is that the Arunchalees who boasts of being patriotic Indians are today standing on a cross road pathetically trying to prove its identity as Indians. Do we really deserve to be sandwiched between Chinese claim and Indian taunts, I wonder. In such distressful time, it is really heart-warming to see fellow people from north east coming together and fighting in unison at New Delhi for the justice to Late Tania and against racial discrimination to the people of north east which has now emerged as a national issue after 65 years of Indian independence. The solidarity and bondage among people of North East, especially the neighbouring sister states of Arunachal and Assam in the context of current scenario, is the need of hour as reflected in a yet another expression of the poet in the same song, beautifully narrating how the mighty Brahmaputra in Assam, is born out of rivers, Dibang and Lohit in Arunachal Pradesh, a natural testimony of the age old bond between two sister states. The message of the poet is "what is mine is yours and yours mine" and together we are pride of the nation and will fight for what is ours. In the present context of border imbroglio, the song implies that the boundary problem can be amicably solved only by people of two sister states themselves on mutually agreeable "give and take" basis as it is our land only. Efforts on formation of border peace committees by students and social organizations of both the states are appreciable steps and in a right direction to the solution of this vexed issue.

The another message of the poet having relevance to the crux of border problem with a historical reference  is embedded in the song " Vande Mataram" in which he and his family paid homage to the noted  freedom fighters like Late Moj Riba and Moji Riba and architect of modern India and Arunachal Pradesh like Late Daying Ering and others. In the song, the poet has informed about a very significant historical event at Dipa (a village at foothills of West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh) where Late Moj and Moji Riba, under the leadership of late Gopinath Bordoloi, hoisted the Indian national flag for the first time on the soil of Arunachal Pradesh in defiance of British Rule. However, the same village, as per the one man Bordoloi Commission, is under Assam. The point of relevance is that had there been representatives from Arunachal in the said Commission or had Late Bordoloi taken along with him his comrades of Arunachal who struggled for freedom of the nation under his leadership, in deciding the future of Arunachal and Assam, both the sister states may not have been at constant loggerheads on border matters as we see today and we may have settled border issues on basis of historical facts and justifications agreeable to both the sister states long back. While giving a strong message to the leaders to be visionary and farsighted lest their short sighted decisions give rise to perennial problems, the poet has deplored our own ingrate attitude towards our freedom fighters and leaders who had contributed much for freedom of the country and shaped the future of our state. As referred above, a simple gratitude to Late Moj and Moji Riba by erecting their statues at Dipa village at the site where Indian national flag was hoisted by them would have made the village a historical place and that would have given a historical testimony that the land belong the state. In Assam, we see many statues of freedom fighters at the places of their freedom movements but in our state we hardly see any. Government of India recognised Late Moj and Moji Riba as freedom fighters and awarded them "Tamra Patra" and they are the only recipient of such honour from the State. However, in our State, our own people have failed to recognise them. Likewise, to the leaders like Late Daying Ering, Late CK Gohain , Tamik Dabi, Bakim Pertin, Tomo Riba, Tadar Tang and many others, we have not done enough to give them due place of honour. Instead, we are fascinated with names like "Chandra Nagar", "Vivek Vihar" , "Niti Vihar" , " Ganga" and so and so forth. In future we may have some more like "Modi Nagar" , " Rahul Vihar", " Arvind Marg", " Mamta Market" etc. The poet through this song has given a message to the people of state to introspect as to why we should be so ungrateful and forgetful towards them. On his part, the poet and his family has rendered their voices to the song " VANDE MATARAM" as a humble offer of homage to these great souls of our State and I am grateful to him for this effort which should have been made by the people of the State. (The writer works in Department of Horticulture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh as Asst. Director (R&D)-cum- Mission Director, APHRDM and can be contacted at [email protected])



Assam-based orgs stage road blockade against 2000 MW Subansiri Lower project


RUKSIN, Feb 09: Several hundred members of Nikhil Bharat Krishak Sabha, business communities, Gorkha Student's Union, AATSA and few other Assam based organizations on Saturday staged two hours National Highway-52 blockade at Dolhat portion in Lakhimpur district to register their protest against the "defective" construction of 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric project at Gerukhamukh, according to sources.  The people of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji district in Assam feared that people living in downstream area would be devastated by SLHEP in case of any major earthquake.

The protesting groups have stoutly demanded the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments to redesign the SLHEP and to ensure safety and security of the people. They have further urged the authority to make it a "multipurpose" project by downsizing its dam structure.

It may be recalled that several ethnic organizations of Assam have been taking up the path of agitation protesting the NHPC and "the Assam and Arunachal governments' failure to honour the suggestions of the 'Expert Committee' to keep the construction at abeyance till the final reports was verified."

The agitating organizations, who are rigid on their demand, claimed that the ongoing dam construction at Gerukhamukh is devoid of technical assessment on the impact on the downstream areas.

Many technical experts have unequivocally said that the mega-dam projects should not be located in the seismically sensitive Himalayan foothill areas. They observed that the present location of the LSHEP 'was not appropriate,' since the site is geologically and seismologically sensitive. Moreover, the seismic design parameter is not properly chosen for the project.

The expert-to-expert meeting held at Guwahati during December last year on the issue of the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Power Project, could not arrive at a final conclusion and it was decided by the participants at the meeting to go for further sittings on the issue.

The local experts also pointed out that inclusion of a regulating pond, downstream of the dam, would eliminate the diurnal flow variations. It would also provide irrigation benefits and help in maintaining the natural temperature of the water, which is important for aquatic life, besides providing recreational facilities.



Workshop on 'Commodity Future' for farmers

ROING, Feb 09: The workshop on Commodity trading for farmers was organized by NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. (NABCONS) today at Parbuk Village of Lower Dibang valley district of Arunachal Pradesh. The work shop was attended by 33 farmers.

Kamal Roy, Asst. Project Manager/DDM, NABARD outlined the details of the the workshop. He highlighted that price discovery and better price realization to farmers for their produce are main objectives of commodity futures market. Generating awareness among the farmers and other stakeholders about the economic functions and benefits of the commodity futures market has been one of the major activities of the Forward Market Commission (FMC), informed Kamal Roy. The FMC is a body under the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

The main objective of the commodity market is to provide centralized market place where farmers can sell their commodities to those who wish to use them for manufacturing or consumption, and where producers and consumers can conveniently meet.

Apart from emphasizing the utility of the markets, the awareness programme also educated the participants on how to participate in the market, the precautions to be taken, and the use of information generated by the market in their decision making process.

R K Paul Chawang, Secretary AMYAA (NGO) spoke on the concept and importance of SHGs and Farmer Clubs and their role in community development. He further emphasized on community participation to bring about impact results in every developmental projects at the grassroots.

Beside, participants present also participated in the programme with queries, suggestion, views etc. The participants were very much in praise for NABCONS for sharing the same. The farmers left the meeting with the note that they are going to implement what they have learned from the programme.



APLS condemns barbaric attack on Nido Tania

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The Arunacahal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) in its 56th monthly sitting today vehemently condemned the barbaric attack on Late Nido Tania which resulted in his death at Delhi  recently.

Terming the incident as most inhuman, Tage Tada, Vice-president APLS, who chaired the session said, "We convey our deepest sympathy  to the parents of late Tania. And sincerely hope that justice will be delivered at the earliest."

The members also observed a minute's silence for heavenly peace of  departed soul.

It was truly the day of the juniors in the APLS sitting. It seemed  the untiring efforts of APLS in spotting and encouraging young talents have paid off handsomely.

Rindo Pertin, a class-VI student of 'Bunny's Fantasy world school' read out his inspiring article on achieving one's dream titled, "My dream," while Baji Andrew Ringu, class-IV student of Good Shepherd school shared his love for his pet dog in the poem, "My dog." This was followed by Green Mount School's class-VI student Rissum Diyum's, "Our key to success," a most encouraging poem on persistence and goodness. Kimi Diyum, class-II of the same school dwelled on the beauty of a flower and exhorted all not to pluck them indiscriminately in her poem, "Flower." Aryaman Das Borah, class-V  student of Guardian Angel school stunned everybody with his on-the-spot composed story titled "Kuttan learns a lesson," a scathing attack on indolence and unpunctuality.

All the story, article and poems were self composed.

Amongst the seniors, Inumoni Das Borah, a teacher of Green Mount School recited her newly composed Assamese poem, "Iyat eta xima asil," a heart touching expression of the age old Assam-Arunachal relations. Later, the house was put into splits by Pekba Ringu's humorous Assamese poem titled, "Abishkarok."

In the meeting, Tokong Pertin, General Secretary APLS informed the house that a ten-member team of Assam Sahitya Sabha will arrive Itanagar on February 11 to meet CM Nabam Tuki on a good will mission. On the agenda are discussions on maintaining the time honored brotherly relation between Assam and Arunachal and also on finding ways for preventing future occurrences of Behali-like incidences and economic blockades against Arunachal.



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Let’s discourage clan based organizations

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh is witnessing the rapid growth of clan based organization particularly among Nyishi. Many sub-clans are absorbed into one clan. The common objectives of such association are supposedly to work for the welfare and peace but I fear whether they really achieve their motto.

Recently I had witness a land dispute between two families at Itanagar. The dispute was over-taken by the clans. The dispute cause mental and physical injuries on both sides. The dispute could have been settled amicably but the interference of clan almost turned it into a battle field. Today the founders of such association emphasize on welfare and peace as their objectives but in reality their members are far from following their objectives. The members doesn't feel hesitate to quarrel or fight, realizing that the clan will extend their support. Our Arunachal is one among the least populated state but we have divided ourselves into different tribes and now we are dividing ourselves into different clans under same tribe. Different clans are trying to absorb more sub clan and members and thereby trying to show superior to other clans. We should not encourage such association.

Chinese government once sentenced death penalty to a fruit vendor owing to his adulteration of food, citing that if a hardcore militant start an open fire it could kill maximum of 10-20 people at a time but adulteration in food can kill hundreds and thousands in a single move. Similar is our case. If we see the negative side, if an individual is involve in quarrel or other public wrongs against the other individual, the sufferer will be only two parties but if the clans are involve hundreds and thousands will be the sufferer. So, I personally think we should discourage such clan based association and address the whole tribe as single brother and sister and other tribes as fellow Arunachalee. Otherwise the days will not be far when we would witness clan-war and the consequences we can hardly imagine.


Lingdum Taha

College Captain,

Arunachal Law College




Assam media has big role to play

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to share my heartfelt anguish over attitude of Assam based media organization towards Arunachalee people after the Tarasso incident. Very straightforwardly, I, too, would blame the media reports of Assam which always try to create a sense of anger and add more fuel on the inferno, worsening situation in the hearts of the big brother.

The partial and one sided news reports broadcasted from Assam without verifying ground reality of recent massacre has left an ugly blot in the history of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Media should be the mirror of the society, not of their bias feelings. Instead of spreading hate and infuriated message and rumours, media of Assam must pay their heed to bring people of both the states together through constructive, love and affection message. Media of Assam needs to play a greater role and responsibility in moulding a feeling of oneness among the people of both the states.

Economic blockade should not be imposed against Arunachal Pradesh because thousands of people from Assam also reside in Arunachal. Such kind of blockade will not be of any help to Assamese people but certainly will worsen the situation that develops due to boundary skirmishes between two states. Let us ensure that law takes its own course of action. Lastly but not the least, we, the Arunachalee people having very close intimate ties with the people of Assam, expect our big brother to play greater role and responsibility in creating brotherhood and fraternity among the people of both the neighbouring states.


K. Lego, Pasighat.




Action speaks louder

Dear Editor,

While the people of our state seems to be facing many difficulties in and out of state, on the other law makers are in no hurry to take a look on these issues perhaps. It appears as if they are awaiting another shocking incident to occur so that their fallacious idea on upcoming election towards people is unnoticeable. Regrettably, we are not ready to read someone’s obituary again, next to recent Delhi and Assam incidents. It is obligatory to work for the people, which is mandatory rather than concealing their duties and power in such conditions. Solving such cases without vacillation with utmost seriousness will be our first priority. We no longer believe in words but in action to unite our people as one.


Pakli Lombi,




Terror, frustration and so on

Dear Editor,

A gang of men setting their dogs on a Manipuri woman, that’s terror. Faultless teenagers from NE dying one after another in an alien land, that’s horror. Woes of an Arunachalee passenger harassed by goons in a third class railway bogie, that’s oppression. Being denied entry into an institute because you don’t look Indian enough, that’s bias. To get hired in a niche industry because you look exotic enough, that’s exploitation. Thousands of ethnic people caused to feel dissatisfied in their natural skin, that’s frustration. The onus of proving our ‘Indian-ness’ instead of cherishing our uniqueness, that’s a travesty of our constitutional rights. Lords of official communication disgorging inane verses and landlocked muscled outfits swallowing their rejected appeals for non-violence and understanding, that’s ironic. Class-conscious fashion-victims searching for humor in racist behavior, that’s a tragedy. A bald Sinead O’ Connor is rebellion. A bald Amma at Tirupathi is devotion. A bald Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, that’s showbiz. ‘Representatives’ of the people who deny the existence of racism, that’s losing touch with ground realities when drunk in power. No wonder our state’s in the dumps. Flattery on open display in public forums is just plain shameless, nothing much to be bothered about. You know what’s funny?


Mary Regisow,

NEHU, Shillong.



Few questions to concern authorities

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I on behalf of the East Kameng Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Teachers Association would like to ask a few questions to the GoAP regarding the indefinite pen down strike by AAPKGBVTA for the genuine demands of enhancement of salary and regularization of the KGBV staffs. My questions are as follow,

a)      Why the GoAP is still not taking any serious steps regarding genuine demands of AAPKGBVTA?

b)      What kind of the service GoAP expects us to give, though KGVB staffs get meager salary in Arunachal Pradesh?

c)      Will GoAP take the responsibility for indefinite pen down strike declared by AAPKGBVTA?

We are hoping for the positive result as soon as possible from the GoAP.


Vijay Tamang

General Secretary






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Atrocity against NE people continues

The situation for people of NE seems to be getting from bad to worse at national capital New Delhi. Just few days after late Nido Tania became victim of racial discrimination, now this latest report of 14 year old Manipuri girl being raped allegedly by her landlord’s son in South Delhi’s Munirka area has shocked everyone. As per report, accused identified as Vicky has been arrested after an FIR was registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act at the Vasant Vihar Police Station. The incident sparked off protests outside Vasant Vihar Police Station with group of students from the northeast blocking the road and clashing with the police following which traffic was diverted in the area.

The demonstrators raised anti-police slogans and also tried to barge into the police station. Incidentally couple of days ago, two NE girls was molested in South Delhi by the locals and despite their protest; police did not take any action. Even though politicians are making beeline at Jantar Mantar where NE students are protesting seeking justice for Nido Tania, it seems nothing is improving at ground level. The atrocity against NE people continues and only time will show whether politicians turn promises into reality.