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
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
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
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.
State level CM’s Trophy begins
No dearth of sports talent; but we need to identify them: CM
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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])
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
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 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.
Arunachal Law College
Assam media has big role to play
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
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.
Terror, frustration and so on
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?
Few questions to concern authorities
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
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
We are hoping for the positive result as soon as possible from the GoAP.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
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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.